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Is it just me? About iOS graphics.

10-07-2011, 06:41 AM
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Is it just me? About iOS graphics.

I often see games being developed for iOS which in my opinion look almost exactly like they were drawn in paint.
I'm not sure if i'm the only one, but a game like that has no chance to get on my phone at all, even if it's gameplay would be good otherwise...

In my opinion the basic iOS game should have the graphics style of games like Cut the Rope, Jetpack Joyride, Where's My Water?, Tiny Wings, Tiny Invaders, Rocket Claw, Plants vs. Zombies, ect... Just to mention a few... Some of them are older, some of them are newer, but they share a similar style.

They have this clean style which says "i'm a pretty game, perfectly fit on this phone". They don't need to be realistic at all, but this little cartoonish, clean style is what should be a standard for iOS games in my opinion.

I don't mean this as offensive to the specific game that i will mention now.
There is the game "Eliss" which is on sale now for free, the game costs 4.99$ otherwise. Now people really said nice things about that game in the comments, but i just can't get over it's paint-like graphics... It totally turns me off even to try it. Not counting that anyway horrendous price tag...
Again, that game must be good if so many people like it, but it's my opinion.

This overall statement is also true for those japanese games... those anime graphics feel strange to me as well on the iPhone... But maybe that's because i just can't stand anime..

In my opinion gameplay and graphics should be both fitting.

Tell me your opinions and don't be scared to tell me the truth.

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Last edited by littlezoe; 10-07-2011 at 06:44 AM.
10-07-2011, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by littlezoe View Post
I often see games being developed for iOS which in my opinion look almost exactly like they were drawn in paint.
I'm not sure if i'm the only one, but a game like that has no chance to get on my phone at all, even if it's gameplay would be good otherwise...

In my opinion the basic iOS game should have the graphics style of games like Cut the Rope, Jetpack Joyride, Where's My Water?, Tiny Wings, Tiny Invaders, Rocket Claw, Plants vs. Zombies, ect... Just to mention a few... Some of them are older, some of them are newer, but they share a similar style.

They have this clean style which says "i'm a pretty game, perfectly fit on this phone". They don't need to be realistic at all, but this little cartoonish, clean style is what should be a standard for iOS games in my opinion.

I don't mean this as offensive to the specific game that i will mention now.
There is the game "Eliss" which is on sale now for free, the game costs 4.99$ otherwise. Now people really said nice things about that game in the comments, but i just can't get over it's paint-like graphics... It totally turns me off even to try it. Not counting that anyway horrendous price tag...
Again, that game must be good if so many people like it, but it's my opinion.

This overall statement is also true for those japanese games... those anime graphics feel strange to me as well on the iPhone... But maybe that's because i just can't stand anime..

In my opinion gameplay and graphics should be both fitting.

Tell me your opinions and don't be scared to tell me the truth.

You're a nitpicking graphics whore? No offense intended.

Last edited by Vovin; 10-07-2011 at 06:55 AM.

10-07-2011, 06:53 AM
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I see you didn't understand my post

Gameplay and graphics should be both important in the development of the games. In those paint-like games i feel like the gameplay was the only one they worked on... or most of the time even that wasn't.

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10-07-2011, 07:02 AM
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I see you didn't understand my post

Gameplay and graphics should be both important in the development of the games. In those paint-like games i feel like the gameplay was the only one they worked on... or most of the time even that wasn't.
I get what you are saying.

At times the "simplistic" graphics are a part of the developer's intent of how the game should look. Eliss is an example of that.

What is a turn-off is when a dev is plainly lazy to put efforts into how the game "looks"

That said... different things word for different people. What is bad graphics to you might be arty for someone else.

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10-07-2011, 07:05 AM
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I see you didn't understand my post

Gameplay and graphics should be both important in the development of the games. In those paint-like games i feel like the gameplay was the only one they worked on... or most of the time even that wasn't.

I did understand... but I don't understand.

Well, beauty always lies in the eye of the beholder.
Some of us get hard when they see 8-bit gfx, some people cannot sleep anymore after the Infinity Blade 2 announcement.

Each gamer is different. I, for example, value gameplay over graphics, always. Sure, nothing against good gfx... that's a nice bonus, but for me, it isn't vital to enjoy a game.

For you, it is the whole picture - both gameplay and graphics have to fit together. And that's perfectly ok, too.
Just play what you like and see fit and ignore the rest.

It's the same when it comes to game genres.
Some think that people, who love to bounce a doodled guy as high as possible are just mad - at the same time, they enjoy to drive around in circles the whole day. Others play games where small people and monsters are throwing around with deadly numbers.
10-07-2011, 07:08 AM
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I did understand... but I don't understand.

Well, beauty always lies in the eye of the beholder.
Some of us get hard when they see 8-bit gfx, some people cannot sleep anymore after the Infinity Blade 2 announcement.

Each gamer is different. I, for example, value gameplay over graphics, always. Sure, nothing against good gfx... that's a nice bonus, but for me, it isn't vital to enjoy a game.

For you, it is the whole picture - both gameplay and graphics have to fit together. And that's perfectly ok, too.
Just play what you like and see fit and ignore the rest.

It's the same when it comes to game genres.
Some think that people, who love to bounce a doodled guy as high as possible are just mad - at the same time, they enjoy to drive around in circles the whole day. Others play games where small people and monsters are throwing around with deadly numbers.
Indeed. Different people like different things, have different opinions, it's just right like that.
But that's why i made this thread. I didn't want people to defend my opinions, i want to hear yours, i want to hear everyone else's opinion on the iOS game graphics

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10-07-2011, 07:21 AM
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so you dont mind the soundtrack ? :P

i think a good grafic is nice to have but not essential for a good game
if you take infinity blade it has a supreme grafic but is a bit short on gameplay side
if it would be the other way around ( supreme gameplay and a weaker grafic ) i would have liked it even more

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10-07-2011, 07:26 AM
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so you dont mind the soundtrack ? :P

i think a good grafic is nice to have but not essential for a good game
if you take infinity blade it has a supreme grafic but is a bit short on gameplay side
if it would be the other way around ( supreme gameplay and a weaker grafic ) i would have liked it even more
As i mentioned i don't want realistic graphics. I want that clean cartoonish graphics that fits the phone's style perfectly.
The realistic graphics are good on the PCs, but i don't think that it's meant for the iPhone...
I don't like Infinity Blade at all... Indeed it looks good, but it's gameplay is poor in my opinion.


Soundtrack: It's indeed something that can make a game overall more enjoyable, but i didn't mention it here as it's not really related to the graphics argument

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10-07-2011, 07:33 AM
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As i mentioned i don't want realistic graphics. I want that clean cartoonish graphics that fits the phone's style perfectly.
The realistic graphics are good on the PCs, but i don't think that it's meant for the iPhone...
I don't like Infinity Blade at all... Indeed it looks good, but it's gameplay is poor in my opinion.


Soundtrack: It's indeed something that can make a game overall more enjoyable, but i didn't mention it here as it's not really related to the graphics argument
Frankly, I am sick of people trying to impose their dogmatic and narrow tastes on the entire iOS community. You like cartoony graphics? Fine: buy games with cartoony graphics. Those of us who appreciate a variety of aesthetic approaches on this platform will continue to enjoy games that deliver on them.

This is about a pointless a discussion as you can get.
10-07-2011, 08:07 AM
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Frankly, I am sick of people trying to impose their dogmatic and narrow tastes on the entire iOS community. You like cartoony graphics? Fine: buy games with cartoony graphics. Those of us who appreciate a variety of aesthetic approaches on this platform will continue to enjoy games that deliver on them.

This is about a pointless a discussion as you can get.
I'm also sick of people who have reading problems and jump to conclusions while they didn't even understand what i wrote

As i already said at least 2 times, even in the original post, i want to hear opinions on what you think about iOS graphics. I stated my opinions already, it's the time for the others.

If you can only troll then you are not welcome here. Go outside for the fresh air and calm down.

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