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What are your fondest iOS gaming memories?

01-30-2017, 01:46 PM
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What are your fondest iOS gaming memories?

I'd love to hear about your fondest or favourite iOS gaming memories - whatever stands out to you as that one moment that truly sold the platform to you and is the reason why you're a member of our excellent community, or perhaps the one recently that has made your jaw drop and realise the full potential of the App Store as a gaming platform. I'd love to potentially turn this into a front page article as well, so please go into as much detail and nostalgic reminiscence as you want!

For me, it has to be the very first time I played Tap Tap Revenge on my dad's iPhone 3G. I know now the game seems absolutely dated and has a billion clones on the App Store, but being able to download a game for free and it responding to the touch of my finger on the capacitive screen (as opposed to the clunky DS stylus at the time) was truly revolutionary.

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01-30-2017, 02:24 PM
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I fondly & sadly remember spending a year & a half building my beautiful creation on Tap Zoo (Pocket Gems). While it's still around, upgrading, carrier changes, &, admittedly, just plain ignorance of the whole "mobile, iOs, iPhone, etc. workings", sadly, my beloved, labour of love is gone...out in cyberworld, perhaps, hopefully, being admired by other beings. :-)

01-30-2017, 02:39 PM
Shout out to ngmoco's Dr. Awesome Microsurgeon M.D.—the Qix game that convinced me tilt could be a precise and fun control scheme. The patients' names were pulled from your Contacts.

Special mention of Snail Mail and iDracula. To my shame, I also got into Epic Pet Wars for a time :|

EDIT: Snail Mail still runs on iOS 10! "It burns!" You can't buy it, but I just played it!

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01-30-2017, 02:39 PM
Joined: Sep 2016
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Truck vs Grenade was the best!

I'm pretty sure the first ios game i ever played was truck vs grenade. And gosh was it a horrible game (look up youtube of it )

Me and my brother had just gotten our hands on our families IPod touch. And for some reason the first game to catch to eye was Truck vs Grenade! it had i think 3 stars, and was probably the entire reason for Console/PC gamers not taking IOS seriously. Still, it used the gyroscope and we had a great time.

Some games that actually stayed on our device are the ones i really have fond memories of. Two games in particular (i cant remember the names but i think they basically just explained the game) one was probably called rooster hunter. (flat 2D sprites) just appeared on the screen, and you had to tap them to kill them... and that's it, if you took too long you lost. Mainly we played it because me and my brother could work together to slay hundreds of 2D roosters!

And the other was probably called stick man defense. there were 3 stick man at the bottom of the screen, and you would swipe them to have them shoot. it was actually a decent game, and me and my brother would try beat all the waves for hours.

Anyway! thanks for reading.
01-30-2017, 02:40 PM
Long or short answer? Let's go for the first one. hahhahahhaa

Two games got me into mobile gaming (snake and tetris don't count): Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride. Simple, addictive and very fun to play. These kind of things were forgotten in consoles (before the indie rise) most of time.

In fact, I was a long-time lover for handhelds. The idea of carrying around games anywhere and the lack of need for a TV always amazed me. I loved mini-games, gameboys, Game Gear and later Gameboy Advance, DS and Vita. Sadly I lacked money to buy one, which only has changed around Gameboy Advance time. I got one with Pokemon and some games and, man, I had a great time! Lying on bed and playing immersive games was unmatched. There I have played some of my all time favorites like Final Fantasy VI. Then, I got a Nintendo DS and got even more stoked. Mario 64, Chrono Trigger, Phoenix Wright, Mario Kart... I was over the moon. The stylus and dual screen were a great addition. And I had fun. Lots of that. Pure, simple and plain fun. Gaming, for me, is all about that.

Then I ran into the afore mentioned games from Iphone. Some google searching and I found Touch Arcade. For some time I was just voyeuring and later got registered. Man, I found some truly gems. On my phone, I found great games from genres I love: RPGs, Adventures (Point & Click was alive again, for God's sake!), Gamebooks (man, I loved those books) and much more.

I was amazed by the fact that publishing a game became so simple and that we got a lot of experimental stuff that would never, otherwise, be available on consoles. Where else would I be able to play something like Device 6? How about The Room? Those are gold. And I got port of some of my favorite games ever, like KOTOR and GTA SA. Man, a game from PS2 era on the palm of my hand. Who would have thought so? The future was so promising... This feeling was maybe my fondest memory of gaming. EVER. Of any platform.

I truly believe hat I had the "perfect" and ultimate gaming platform on the palm of my hands. It was so obvious that I would have all my favorite games there forever and would never bother with another platform (Playstation? Xbox? Who needs that? lol) Until people refused to pay for games and Apple shoved updates for force upgrades on devices, in which ever minor ones broke older game. Yeah, the dream was over.

Don't take me wrong. I still love iOS gaming. I am just jaded and not fond at all of Apple's policies. Even so, I have on my backlog more games than I can play on several lifetimes, including many gems. I still think it is the best platform for me, despite all the issues. It even brought to life one of my childhood dreams. Many years ago, I friend of mine led me to believe that was a "Final Fight" (my favorite at time) colored mini-game, that played exactly like the Arcade. Man, how I would dig that idea! Well, it is sitting on my phone, even if I don't like much the game anymore. lol

On another note, Shaun and his column became something the holy grail of gaming, since RPGs were a favorite of mine. I have fond memories of reading RPG reloading and bringing back many joyful memories. He writes so well and has great insights on games, which is fantastic.

On iOS I found a new love for roguelikes game (I despised Permadeath, which has changed with Wayward Souls) and that became one of my favorites genres (if the term is as vague as RPG). Rocketcat, Simogo, Inkle and Telltale became some of my favorite devs ever, on any platform and any time.

And Touch Arcade is also part of fond memories about gaming. And I hope it still this way for many years to come. In fact, I am gonna use the opportunity to share my part on Patreon, on this very second!

Thanks, guy, for your existence!
01-30-2017, 02:56 PM
Joined: Dec 2015
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Great question, Rob. I had a PSP and PS2 already lying around the house when I got a 3GS, so gaming on my phone wasn't really on my mind to begin with. I got Rolando free with it, which seemed cool but was no LocoRoco. Really, I thought the phone was just for casual games like Angry Birds or Doodle Jump, which were enjoyable but nothing that pulled me back.

The first indication for me that I actually had something that could be my primary gaming device was when Final Fantasy popped up on the App Store. I wasn't that in tune with the iOS scene, so didn't know there were already plenty of great long-play games out there, but Final Fantasy was something I did know. It was incredibly exciting to play a high quality JRPG on a freaking phone. Watershed moment for me. I've never looked back.

And now we have FFIX, DQ8 and KOTOR on iOS. And originals, like Crashlands, Sorcery and The Room, which are just as good. Honestly, for me, it doesn't need to get any better than this - but it will anyway. Which is just awesome.

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01-30-2017, 04:03 PM
Originally Posted by OrangutanKungfu View Post

The first indication for me that I actually had something that could be my primary gaming device was when Final Fantasy popped up on the App Store. I wasn't that in tune with the iOS scene, so didn't know there were already plenty of great long-play games out there, but Final Fantasy was something I did know. It was incredibly exciting to play a high quality JRPG on a freaking phone. Watershed moment for me. I've never looked back.
Final Fantasy did it for me too. I didn't even have an iPhone but my wife got a 3GS. I didn't no what the App Store was until I was playing around with her phone and tapped on the app. The first thing I saw was Final Fantasy and within a month or two I had a 3GS. Before that I was happy with my flip phone.
01-30-2017, 04:11 PM
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 26
The two that come to mind are Clickie Zoo and Unblock Me

Clickie Zoo came out recently but had so much more depth and character than I expected out of an idle game. It's ridiculously addicting despite how simple it is

Unblock Me was one of the first mobile games I got hooked on. Still remember how many times this distracted me from doing my school work.
01-30-2017, 04:40 PM
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,132
The Quest+expansions for it,Pocket God,ngmoco's games like Rolando,Foursaken media games like bug heroes,old gameloft games like Backstab which I still miss.
01-30-2017, 08:53 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Iowa
Posts: 605
Wow. I just scrolled ALL the way back in my purchase history.
There's Pocket Tanks right near the beginning for my iPod. Soosiz, Hoggy, GeoDefense...
This thread is a good idea. It's fun to delve into those memories. I'll have to do so when I've got some time.