I enjoy playing baseball video games. However, I don't enjoy games where I have to manage the team and keep track of injured player and then there are different button combinations to push to certain hits and pitches and you have to memorize an entire manual to play the game. If you feel the same way, then Ballistic Baseball is the baseball game for you.
Ballistic Baseball, by Gameloft, brings baseball back to the basics. You play the pitcher on defense and the batter on offense. When you pitch you can easily choose the pitch you want to throw and where you want to throw it. There is an accuracy slider for when to through the ball similar to many golf video games. That is about it for pitching. The game takes care of fielding for you. The only other pitching option is changing pitchers when your pitcher gets too tired. I did find that pitchers tend to get tired very fast. In a one inning game I went through about a pitcher for every two batters.
When you hit you can move the batter away from the plate, or closer, and you swing the bat. Nothing more. The game chooses when you run and how far to run.
I don't think it can get too much simpler than that. In fact, it might be a little too simple for my taste. While I enjoy the game, I do wish there was the option to bunt and steal bases. If I had to choose between the two it would have to be bunting. I think a baseball game needs the option to bunt.
When you play there are three modes of play. Online, play with a friend locally and vs. an AI opponent. Online gives you a three inning game (which I like) and offline gives the option of choosing 1 to 9 innings and the stadium you want to play on. The stadium is chosen when you play online. The stadiums are a nice variety of scenes. One even has a pirate ship in the background.
I do appreciate the offline option here. I tried playing online once and there was no one else for me to play. I have played several games without an offline mode and when there is no one to play you eventually stop trying and delete the game. I did not try the local player option.
I played the game with and without a controller. I personally found hitting and getting the perfect pitch to be easier with the button on the controller. Your experience may vary.
My only other minor problem with the game, and it more of a patience thing on my part, is I would appreciate the ability to click through the cut scenes between innings. I know it is small, but those get boring and repetitive after a while.
Overall, Ballistic Baseball is a nice baseball game for iOS and AppleTV. It is fun and great for those, like me, who want a game you can just pick up and play.
Arcade Reviews Rating 4.5 out of 5
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When I started Things That Go Bump by Tinybop Inc. I had no idea what to expect. What I got was a nonstop fun game that was like Battlebots with household items!
In the game you start as a spirit or a colored light and you choose a house of the room to play in. There are several options and each has items specific to that room. Once in the room you have to find an item to be your body (this might be a spool of yarn or a cheese grater) and then find weapons to connect to the body (a kitchen knife for example). You need a weapon to battle other living creations that have come to life in the room.
There are two modes to play. One is online against other players and is basically a last person standing type of game. The other is single player and you just keep battling other utensil monsters until you are defeated.
Gameplay is fun and very easy to learn. You find items and press one icon on the right of the screen to control it or add it to your body. Another icon lets you jump and a third lets you fight. The left side of the screen has a joystick type of controller for moving around. I played on an iPad and iPhone. I found it easier on my iPad, but very playable on the phone. No controller is needed for this game.
That's basically the game in a nutshell. Did I mention how much fun it is? I really enjoyed it. The fun nature of the graphics and the speed of play make it more enjoyable.
My only complaint is that I wish there were more rooms or perhaps more houses to advance to once you beat one house. Maybe that can be considered for a future update. For now, this game is staying on my devices.
Arcade Reviews Rating 4.5 out of 5
For some reason this is not made obvious in the game. What you have to do is start a multiplayer game and keep clicking through. It looks like you need to add friends by giving out the code, but keep clicking through. Eventually, you arrive at a screen where you can choose AI players. Select that and you can now play a one player game.
When you hear the name "Sonic Racing" you probably think "Mario Kart." Well, I did too. Sonic Racing has some aspects similar to Mario Kart, but it is very different in other ways. Here is my review of the game from Apple Arcade.
One of the biggest differences in Sonic Racing is that you race in a team of three, and you control the lead car. You only race against one other team. I find this strange and think it would be more fun to have six players instead of two teams of three. Perhaps it is a server issue, but I would think SEGA would be able to handle it.
One of the similarities is power ups. Power ups here are called Wisps. Wisps are little creatures with different abilities. As you play wisps can be powered up by collecting or buying there cards.
There are also challenges and evens to earn rings. The rings let you purchases more wisps.
After each race you can earn trophies. Trophies unlock new leagues which in turn unlock new courses and characters.
That's the basics of the game.
For a short gameplay race click the video below.
Here are my Pros and Cons of the game.
Fun racing game with familiar characters
Awards to unlock and different race tracks and cars/characters to unlock as you play
Can use a controller, although I found it easier on my iPad without one.
No $4.99/month fee that Mario Kart for iOS charges (Yes, you have to pay that amount for Apple Arcade, but you are getting access to MANY more games for that price.)
In my testing Sonic Racing has much better controls than Mario Kart for iOS
Available on iPhone, iPad and AppleTV
Offline mode only lets you play in Practice mode
Why do you have a team? I don't get the point.
Wisps are confusing.
Gameplay its too fast for the smaller screen of the iPhone and with that controlling is very difficult on the small phone screen.
Very few characters are unlocked at the start
The app crashes a lot from the menu screen
Some races just end after a few seconds (assuming it is a server issue or the other player stopped playing?)
Overall Sonic Racing is fun, even though confusing. It is still worth the download if you are a fan of this genre and you subscribe to Apple Arcade.
AArcade Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Download the game here.
tint. by Lykke Studios is a relaxing color mixing puzzler. In the game you are presented with different pages of color. You have to get specific colors to endpoints or goals. Those goals might be colored Origami butterflies or colored bells or other colored objects.
Sounds easy enough. However, sometimes the goals are not the colors you have and you have to mix colors. Basic color mixing theory knowledge is a must.
Other times paths need to be adjusted with white paint. Even further into the game colors themselves need to be adjusted by going through special blobs that remove a color. For example, green going over a blue remover makes it yellow.
The end result is a scribble of paint that doesn’t necessarily represent anything. Although some of the random designs you create to get to the end are cool looking.
The game definitely makes you think, and can be tricky at times. The levels definitely get harder as you move through the game. There are hints available which will point you in the right direction or use them all to solve the level. I found myself using hints in the higher levels and thinking "Why didn't I think of that!" Thanks to Apple Arcade these hints are free (not gaming your subscription to Arcade). I can easily see them requiring an ad view or an in app purchase if the game was outside of Arcade.
One nice thing about tint. Is that it is easily playable on any size screen. iPhone play will not be an issue.
There are fifty levels in total and the end of the game promises more levels. I will be keeping the game one my iPad eagerly awaiting those new levels.
Aarcade Reviews rating 5 out of 5
Download tint. from Apple Arcade here.
In my first impressions tweet of ShockRods, by Stainless Games, I said it reminded me of the Playstation game Twisted Metal. I don't have much experience with Twisted Metal, except playing at my friend's place many years ago. However, I remember it being fun and crazy. You drove around in a crazy Hot Wheels type of car and it was basically last car standing. After playing Shock Rods for a little while longer, it still reminds me of Twisted Metal. I wouldn't say it is not a Twisted Metal clone at all, but a new addition to the genre.
In Shock Rods, you are a car, or Shockrod, driving through different environments trying to survive by not be destroyed by the other Shockrods. You do this by not getting hit by their weapons, and destroying the other rods with weapons you collect. That is the basic goal of the game.
When you start a game you choose between online play with other people or offline where you play against bots. While I did seem to have a couple of long waits when connecting to an online game, I aways found a match. This is more than I can say for another online game in Arcade.
There are several different game scenarios that you can get dropped into. These include deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, shock ball, and golden ram. I have randomly played all except for shock ball. The gameplay video below is from the golden ram scenario. (As you can see I'm not the greatest player yet, but I think it will improve over time).
In addition to the various modes, there are various locations. You can play in a lava pit or in the mountains or several other locations. You can also customize your vehicle in various options to make it your own style.
Overall, gameplay is fun. However, I did find controlling my vehicle to be a bit tricky, even with a controller. It was definitely easier with a controller, but still not easy. Gameplay is also fast and furious. You can't blink or you might be destroyed. I would not recommend playing this on an iPhone. The screen is too small and in my opinion the game is too hard to follow on the small screen.
One big complaint is the lack of a map while you are playing. It would be nice to have a map of the playing area that also showed where the enemy and friendly vehicles were. Without the map I was just driving around blindly trying to find my targets. Once I did find a target it was hard to tell if it was friendly or an enemy. I just ended up shooting at whatever crossed my path.
My other complaint is that you get dropped into the areas without any directions on how to play that particular game scenario. The name of the match is displayed, but a summary of the goal would be a little helpful.
With those complaints aside, ShockRods is still a fun game. Fans of Twisted Metal will definitely find it enjoyable and so will other fans of games of this genre. Is it perfect? I would say no, but it is worth downloading and trying out. I feel like it is one of those games that you need to constantly play and get used to thoroughly enjoy.
AArcade Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5
The name Mutazione did not make me think of a peaceful, but mysterious, island where your sick grandfather is keeping a secret and sending you on tasks to help him. It made me think some mutant science adventure with fighting and scary mutants. However, the first description is what the Apple Arcade app Mutazione, by Die Gute Fabrik is all about.
Yes, there are mutants, but not the scary kind (at least not all of them). In fact most of them are friendly.
Let me back track. In the game you play Kai, a fifteen year old girl, who has gone to the island Mutazione to visit her ailing grandfather. Mutazione is home to a community of mutants that are the ancestors of the survivors of a meteor over one hundred years ago. As I said earlier, these are friendly mutants, who welcome you and help you throughout the game. There is also one creepy mutant who remains a mystery as of this writing and how far I have gotten in the game.
You are on the island to visit your sick grandfather, who seems to know more about the island then he is willing to tell you. There is definitely a mystery to unravel as you play, but there is also a lot of fun to be had as you interact with the inhabitants of the town. You learn about their relationships with each other, and they also lead you through the game with tasks by your grandfather.
Gameplay is very simple. You tap to go to various locations and icons let you know when you can interact with certain items on the screen, including people. The "world" is rather small and you can quickly get from one extreme to the other. The characters you interact with range in shapes and sizes.
One of the things you do as you play is collect seeds for planting a garden. I have had to plant a garden once so far, and it is not as easy as it sounds. The plants have to be placed in the correct spots for the garden to grow correctly.
Mutazione is definitely not the game I was expecting when I started playing it, but I am finding myself really enjoying the game. It feels like I am working my way through a novel and I have to get to the end. I have found times when I don't really know what to do and am clicking around to interact and get a clue, but I still keep playing. I am anxious to see what secret the grandfather is keeping.
I definitely suggest checking it out.
AArcade Reviews Rating 4 out of 5
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