Category Archives: Just not my type

Gravity Hook HD

The game is easier to play than describe, but I’ll try. You’re a little person in a space suit, and you have a grappling hook. There are a bunch of orbs in the air above you. Touch one of them and the hook will grab it and pull you up. But you have to be strategic because there is only so much power in your hook. The farther away the orb, the less power you have to get pulled up. And there is gravity, so as soon as you can, you need to move to a different, higher orb, or else you’ll fall and lose. The orbs have different properties too — sometimes, they blow up after 3 seconds (blowing you up too if you are near), sometimes they fall immediately, and so on. Turns out I’m not very good at it…

Survival score: A few games

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Gravity Hook HD

The game is easier to play than describe, but I’ll try. You’re a little person in a space suit, and you have a grappling hook. There are a bunch of orbs in the air above you. Touch one of them and the hook will grab it and pull you up. But you have to be strategic because there is only so much power in your hook. The farther away the orb, the less power you have to get pulled up. And there is gravity, so as soon as you can, you need to move to a different, higher orb, or else you’ll fall and lose. The orbs have different properties too — sometimes, they blow up after 3 seconds (blowing you up too if you are near), sometimes they fall immediately, and so on. Turns out I’m not very good at it…

Survival score: A few games

Supersonic HD

If you like those roller coasters where you flip around in 360 degree corkscrews, you’ll like this game. You’re in pretty small tunnel in a first-person view, and the game speeds you along through the tunnel as it winds and twists You have to collect diamonds and avoid mines. When you hit one of the barrier-type structures that appear periodically, it’s game over. You move left and right by tilting the iPad , and since it’s a tunnel and there is no gravity, there is a lot of flipping upside down. The first person view means that you never experience the upside down-ness. The tunnel seems to rotate instead. The developers say the game has great music, but I play with the sound off—too hectic for me as it is!

Survival score: A few games.

Supersonic HD

If you like those roller coasters where you flip around in 360 degree corkscrews, you’ll like this game. You’re in pretty small tunnel in a first-person view, and the game speeds you along through the tunnel as it winds and twists You have to collect diamonds and avoid mines. When you hit one of the barrier-type structures that appear periodically, it’s game over. You move left and right by tilting the iPad , and since it’s a tunnel and there is no gravity, there is a lot of flipping upside down. The first person view means that you never experience the upside down-ness. The tunnel seems to rotate instead. The developers say the game has great music, but I play with the sound off—too hectic for me as it is!

Survival score: A few games.

1 Bit Ninja

2D platformer looks just like every other Mario clone except with not just crappy graphics and controls but REALLY crappy graphics and controls. If you play platformers all the time, you’ll probably think this 1 Bit Ninja is cute. You can run just one direction, only one speed (fast), and you die a lot. Well, I died a lot. Didn’t even bother making it through first level. OK, those of you crying foul, supposedly (according to the web page), the whole 2D thing is a ruse and it’s actually 3D with hidden paths and stuff. I couldn’t even get far enough to explore that option!

Survival score: Get it out of here!

1 Bit Ninja

2D platformer looks just like every other Mario clone except with not just crappy graphics and controls but REALLY crappy graphics and controls. If you play platformers all the time, you’ll probably think this 1 Bit Ninja is cute. You can run just one direction, only one speed (fast), and you die a lot. Well, I died a lot. Didn’t even bother making it through first level. OK, those of you crying foul, supposedly (according to the web page), the whole 2D thing is a ruse and it’s actually 3D with hidden paths and stuff. I couldn’t even get far enough to explore that option!

Survival score: Get it out of here!

Chop Chop Caveman

I have a hard time finding 2D platformers I enjoy playing. Started all the way back with sega and Sonic. Even with Mario, though that was a little better. Just not enough exploring for me.

Well, any way, I highly recommend chop chop caveman is to any one who adores 2D platformers. It has interesting characters, just the right sense of humor, smooth gameplay, and meets all of the typical expectations for the genre. Just not enough intrigue and adventure to keep me playing beyond a level or two.

Survival mode: 30 minutes…your mileage will almost certainly vary.

Chop Chop Caveman

I have a hard time finding 2D platformers I enjoy playing. Started all the way back with sega and Sonic. Even with Mario, though that was a little better. Just not enough exploring for me.

Well, any way, I highly recommend chop chop caveman is to any one who adores 2D platformers. It has interesting characters, just the right sense of humor, smooth gameplay, and meets all of the typical expectations for the genre. Just not enough intrigue and adventure to keep me playing beyond a level or two.

Survival mode: 30 minutes…your mileage will almost certainly vary.

Bacillium HD

This was an early line drawing game — the kind where you draw a line and the character you control follows the line. Here, you control some little buggy that is being attacked by little wheels and buggies and spaceships and you have to lay down and complete a circle around them to make them vanish.

STRESSFUL! a) you might as well be a snail, b) the attackers swarm, c) too often you think you’ve made a circle, but there must be a microscopic gap in it because the DAMN THINGS KEEP COMING. Ok, breathe. And delete.

It’s a fine game, just not my type.

Survival score: 5-7 minutes.

Bacillium HD

This was an early line drawing game — the kind where you draw a line and the character you control follows the line. Here, you control some little buggy that is being attacked by little wheels and buggies and spaceships and you have to lay down and complete a circle around them to make them vanish.

STRESSFUL! a) you might as well be a snail, b) the attackers swarm, c) too often you think you’ve made a circle, but there must be a microscopic gap in it because the DAMN THINGS KEEP COMING. Ok, breathe. And delete.

It’s a fine game, just not my type.

Survival score: 5-7 minutes.

Escape – Norm’s World XL

This was one of the first games I downloaded, back for the itouch. Eventually it was upgraded for the iPad. Didn’t change the game, though. This is like the peg games…you are a cute little mop top who has to jump from one circle to the next in just the right pattern to jump on all the circles only once always going forward. The gameplay is clean and simple, artistic. I grew up with games, and I think I felt obligated to try it out. But really, I didn’t like them much then, and not any better now. Survival score: 5 minutes

Escape – Norm’s World XL

This was one of the first games I downloaded, back for the itouch. Eventually it was upgraded for the iPad. Didn’t change the game, though. This is like the peg games…you are a cute little mop top who has to jump from one circle to the next in just the right pattern to jump on all the circles only once always going forward. The gameplay is clean and simple, artistic. I grew up with games, and I think I felt obligated to try it out. But really, I didn’t like them much then, and not any better now. Survival score: 5 minutes