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10-03-2009, 04:54 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
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UPDATE (10/03/2009 23.43 CET): as promised, I’ve added videos demonstrating the multiplayer mode of Cocoto Kart Online and Alive 4-ever. The links to the YouTube videos are in the also-updated chart (currently the rows discussing these two games are at the bottom of the chart).

Also note that I’ve added some other demo videos too; currently, for the following titles. As with the above titles, the links to these videos are in the “Remark?” column of the chart.

Fifa 10
Catch-a-mouse 3
Blades of fury
Attack Pro
Adrenaline Golf Online

Also note that I meant ‘until’ by ‘after’ in “there is a huge rebate for Chess Elite for three days (that is, after Monday evening, US time)” above, in the original article.
10-03-2009, 06:56 PM
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Nice concept with the two devices in the videos Do you plan to make a website out of all this sometime?

10-04-2009, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by bomber View Post
Nice concept with the two devices in the videos Do you plan to make a website out of all this sometime?
Not necessarily an entire website... but will definitely improve it with tons of other videos, dynamic (filterable) chart, more verbose explanations of all the better titles, full with screenshots etc.
10-06-2009, 04:14 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,594
UPDATE (10/06/2009 23.08CET):

1.Several new videos have been uploaded (links in the main chart, in the “Remark” (last) column):

321 Jump by MASQ Interactive Limited
BOMBERMAN TOUCH 2 Volcano Party by Hudson (not bad at all. However, for some reason, it kept disconnecting when taking the video. Dunno why – back in August it worked OK.)
Flight Control by Firemint (this should be the first Bluetooth game you purchase (if you haven’t already done so))
F.A.S.T. Fleet Air Superiority Training by SGN (another excellent title)
Attack from the Dead by CDE (very lame title, not recommended at all)
Chess Elite (a steal for $1)
Sprint Addict (one of the worst titles ever released, avoid it at any rate)
Real Racing (excellent title!)
Hyperpuck (not bad)
Hiphop Allstar
Snake DOS (excellent if you like the retro feeling)

2. Updated some records; for example, Pong - iPhone Edition by Jonah Grant and 3-D Vector Ball by Gyrocade records with the latest news (no 3G vs. 3G S speed problems any more and BT support, respectively)

3. Added some games; for example, the just-released Bluetooth Wireless Tennis with Agnieszka Radwanska by FUN and MOBILE
10-06-2009, 05:11 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
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Originally Posted by Camzy View Post
Shouldn't this be moved to General Games and Discussions?
Come on, dude. He worked SO hard writing ALL of that...

Originally Posted by gunxsword View Post
If you check this guy's post records you see:
1. Has interests in RPG games in general and: 2. Trolls iPads & PSP 3. Abusive use of the word 'dumb' and its variants
10-08-2009, 02:30 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,594
UPDATE (10/8/2009 9:17 CET):

1. I’ve continued making and uploading videos (again, see the last column in the chart for YouTube links):

Baaahlast by Big Nerd Ranch (IMHO, very poor and vastly overpriced at $3)

3D Vector Ball by Gyrocade (great – particularly now that it’s received BT support)

BT Wireless Tennis with Agnieszka Radwanska (pretty nice tennis app – definitely easier to control than the alternatives)

iSamurai Bluetooth (a fun accelerometer-based game; offers definitely more than other “simple” accelerator-based multiplayer "games" like Quick Draw Cowboy Gunfight by ACME Mobile Products - here, the accelerometer is not only used to track the quick change from being in a vertical position to horizontal, but also other positions, movements, strikes and blockings.)

SG Mahjong by GameFront Singapore

TRIVIA WARS by Zephyr Creative (IMHO, Gameloft’s TV Show King is much better a choice. Note that the video only shows version 1.1; 2.0, according to the AppStore reviews, has become much faster to play)

Galcon Labs by Phil Hassey (great!)

Combat On Palm (a complete failure, no worth installing even for free)

Pong iPhone Edition by Jonah Grant (not bad)

Pollys Popping Parrots Reloaded by p13development (color matching – if you like the genre…)

Touch Hockey FS5 by FlipSide5 (very nice and even has a free, ad-supported but, otherwise, not dumbed-down version – as with all FlipSide5 titles)

Touch4 FS5 by FlipSide5 (see above)

Sea Battle Classic by A Kurulenko (for free, pretty nice Battleship-implementation)

2. In my previous Chess Elite quick review, I’ve mentioned the push mode has some quirks. Among other things, these are promised to have been fixed by the just-released update:

3. Adrenaline Golf Online by Eurocenter (the price of which, in the meantime, has, unfortunately, been increased to $5) has also been updated (to version 1.1), fixing the bugs pointed out by some TouchArcade users (see THIS and THIS):

10-09-2009, 09:30 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
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UPDATE (10/09/2009):

1. New videos added:

Bust A Move by TAITO (Well, you might like it; I, nevertheless, find it a bit pricey for a simple color matcher game which doesn't have any kind of non-parallel [!] multiplayer)
iFPS Online by Pick Up And Play (IMHO, pretty poor – no wonder it was even offered as free)
Tank War - Bluetooth Battle by 6tags.com (IMHO, Office Tanks by ET NETERA of the same genre certainly has much more up-to-date graphics, faster and more challenging gameplay and involves more strategy, particularly on bigger maps. That is, I'd prefer getting it first. Nevertheless, you may want to give this title a try too, particularly if you need / prefer BT over local Wi-Fi. Multiplayer only.)
Office Tanks by ET NETERA (definitely better than Tank War. Multiplayer only.)
ShapeShape by inXile Entertainment (IMHO, well worth the $1)
Armageddon Squadron by Polarbit 1.0.2 (IMHO, F.A.S.T. Fleet Air Superiority Training! by SGN is a better choice, particularly if you want to play others [not your buddies] online. It has, generally, far more online players. Also, it's way cheaper [$1 only].]
Asphalt 4 Elite Racing by Gameloft (while a lot of people dislike this title, I don’t – it’s big fun, particularly in multiplayer. A must buy at this price point [$1] – argh, I’ve purchased it for $10…)

NOTE: I’ve further refined the way I make videos. Now, in order to maximize screen estate use, I take videos of games operating not only in Portrait, but also in Landscape mode in Portrait orientation. This means you’ll need to watch YouTube videos of landscape games in Portrait mode on your computer or phone. If you don’t do this on a platform where watching videos in Portrait mode is possible, you can still do the following:

- Save the YouTube video in a format that can be played back in, say, the free VLC player. If you don’t want to use third-party YouTube clip saver methods but know where the cache of your Web browser is, you’ll find these videos there after you let the browser fully cache the video (which, in general, happens without having to watch the entire thing). For example, in Opera, you’ll find it at \Users (or. under pre-Vista OS'es, Documents and Settings) \username\AppData\Local\Opera\Opera versionnumber\cache. Search for big (5+ Mbyte and, if you let the system save HD videos, much bigger) files recently created. Rename them to have the extension FLV and pass them to the player.

- In VLC, go to Tools / Preferences. At the bottom left, make sure you select the “All” radio button instead of “Simple” under “Show settings”. In “All” mode, open the Video tree (the last record in the list on the left); under that, the Filters tree. Then, scroll down (still in the left pane) and select Rotate. Overwrite the default 30 degrees with either 90 or 270. Then, just click Filters above (the one where you’ve previously opened the tree) and check in the “Rotate video filter” checkbox (the sixth from above).

Note that, particularly when playing back originally HD videos on slower desktop PC’s, this may result in heavily slowed-down playback. In these cases, try using this method for playing back non-HD content only.

2. I’ve, in addition, added a quick review of LightBike Online by Pankaku Inc., a Tron clone. (A demo video will quickly follow.)
10-09-2009, 10:22 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,594
UPDATE (10/09/2009 17:20 CET): Chess Elite, of which I've elaborated quite a lot above, will (it isn't yet) be offered for free this weekend (AppStore link: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=315628126&mt=8 ). Go get it!
10-11-2009, 04:56 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,594
UPDATE (10/11/2009 22:46 CET):

1. As is announced in the official TouchArcade thread, at last, the (on the Windows Mobile and Palm OS platform, great and very popular) Warfare Incorporated will very soon get multiplayer capabilities. The version with four-player remote (lounge-based) multiplayer has already been submitted for approval; hopefully it will soon get approved. I can only hope the multiplayer is compatible with Windows Mobile and Palm OS clients. (Not that there would be that many players using these platforms to play games anymore, though… ).

2. Another major RTS (Real Time Strategy) news is that Command & Conquer Red Alert is being ported to the Apple platforms. Unfortunately, it won’t have multiplayer capabilities. Hope they will be added some time – as has been done to the above-mentioned Warfare Incorporated.

3. Archon, as has been promised for a while, will also receive multiplayer support.

4. I’ve added the following high-quality, HD videos to the chart:

Star Hogs by IUGO (Excellent artillery title; much better than some of the alternatives; for example, Baaahlast by Big Nerd Ranch, Inc.)

Iron Sight by Polarbit (another excellent artillery title – this in 3D)

Siberian Strike by Gameloft (a decent 1941 – vertical scroller shooter - clone with cooperative multiplayer)

Real Tennis 2009 by Gameloft (a decent tennis game)

Mino by Xio (a Tetris clone – somewhat better than the multiplayer alternatives; e.g., Crazy Drops by Colombiamug)

GTS World Racing by Handmark (a decent racing game. However, I find it a bit overpriced, particularly now that the, technically, much-much superior Real Racing is $7 “only”).

Fuzzball by Avolans (excellent!)

Ferrari GT: Evolution by Gameloft (another racing game. Technically, compared to Real Racing, it isn’t the best; however, it’s cheap and is, therefore, recommended.)

Fast & Furious by i-play (see my remark with Ferrari GT: Evolution: not the best racing title, but, at least, cheap)

Cube by fernLightning (this free but, on the pre-3GS / iPod touch 3G, uselessly slow first person shooter still hasn’t received server-side support and is, therefore, useless for multiplayer. BTW, in the demo video, I show exactly this: the current servers are incompatible and there isn’t any other way of connecting two Cube players together)

Arcade Pool Online by Lucky Clan : a pool game. I think you’ll want to prefer Adrenaline Pool Online 2 by Eurocenter to it, particularly because the excellent in-game speaking / talking capabilities.

Raging Thunder by Polarbit: Nice, particularly if you want to play buddies far away. (Nevertheless, don’t expect many online players. However, Real Racing may still be a better choice.

KIL.A.TON (this artillery shooter is not bad. Nevertheless, I think both Star Hogs by IUGO and Iron Sight by Polarbit are better.)

5. I’ve also modified a lot of details in the chart, making it even more up-to-date.
10-12-2009, 06:37 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,594
UPDATE (10/13/2009 2:00CET): I’ve added the following high-quality HD videos to the chart:

Shrek Kart by Gameloft: a brand new, just-released kart game with (strictly) local Bluetooth and Wi-Fi multiplayer capabilities. Knowing that Gameloft, despite their promises, still haven’t delivered true Internet (remote lounge) multiplayer for any of their games having strictly local multiplayer. Also see THIS and THIS for more info.

As you can see in the video, the game is certainly more jittery on the iPhone 3G than Cocoto Kart Online by Eurocenter.

StarPagga by Funsuma Games: a 3D space shooter. If you like games like F.A.S.T. Fleet Air Superiority Training! by SGN, you might like this one too.

Marble Blast Mobile by GarageGames: a very nice 3D game – assuming you have an iPhone 3G S. If you “only” have an iPhone 3G, don’t even bother, it’s way too slow.

DrawRace by RedLynx Ltd: wowz, this is a very nice game! Too bad you can’t explicitly play your mates in the game – you’re assigned random opponents.

DinoSmash Online by Eurocenter: without doubt the best platformer shooter – much better than both WiFi Warfare by Jesse Starks and the brand new and, now, lounge / Internet-enabled NanoMechs by Theorian. That is, if you like the genre and don’t want to play local (e.g., Bluetooth) games, his should be the first game you check out.

Crazy Drops by Colombiamug: a Tetris clone. Nothing to write home about.

Astraware Board Games by Handmark Inc: contains several mini-games. Unfortunately, now, it costs $3 (originally, for quite a long time, it was $1 only) and I’ve never seen anyone playing any games online. Therefore, if you do want to play strangers over the Internet, go for something else – particularly if you plan to play chess. (There’re both FICS clients and Chess Elite for the iPhone.)