iPhone & iPad Review Round-Up: Alicia Darkstone, Brain Challenge HD, Helsing’s Fire

Sat, Jul 17, 2010

iPad, iPhone, Mobile

With so many games being released on the iTunes App Store, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with which ones you should or shouldn’t be playing on your iPhone or iPad. Thankfully, we have the review round-up to show you the best games available on the App Store, complete with summaries and reviews from all around the web.

Alicia Darkstone: The Mysterious Abduction for iPhone

Another notch on the hidden object game pole, Alica Darkstone covers the story of a woman who goes to see her friend only to find out he’s been abducted sometime that evening. Alicia must solve the mystery using clues strewn throughout the game in order to solve the puzzles and find her lost friend. GameZebo says that “We’ve yet to see an iPhone game of this nature to be amazing, but Alicia Darkstone: The Mysterious Abductioncertainly has enough going for it to be considered “pretty good.” The only real annoyance the reviewer found in the game was the addition of ads on the free version, as they occasionally obstructed gameplay a bit. Rating: 3.5 out of 5. Price: Free (with ads) or 99¢ (no ads).

Brain Challenge HD for iPad

A game ported over from the PC and Xbox Live Arcade is Brain Challenge HD for the iPad. Much like the DS hit titles Brain Age or Big Brain Academy, it’s a collection of brain “training exercises” that are intended to keep you sharp as a tack. While the legitimacy of these exercises is unknown, SlideToPlay says the game is still quite fun. The ‘test’ is intended to be played once a day at 90 second intervals and will consist of either logic, math, memory, visual or focus. SlideToPlay said the game is “not something you’ll play for hours, but is fun to pick up and play for 10 minutes each day” and that “improving your performance is very fulfilling, even if you don’t actually get a mental boost from it.” Price: $2.99.

Helsing’s Fire for iPhone

What Angry Birds did for birds, Helsing’s Fire is looking to do the same for shadows. A unique catapult physics game, Helsing’s Fire has you launching various colors at enemies on the screen. If an enemy is the same color as the light ray, they will be eliminated. The controls and gameplay are simple at first, but get much more complicated later on. In TheAppEra’s review, they said the game has the potential to oust Angry Birds for the top spot as it’s “EXTREMELY fun.” Price: 99¢

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