iPhone & iPad Review Round-Up: Osmos, Build-a-Lot 2, Reiner Knizia’s High Society

Mon, Jul 19, 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.

Osmos for iPad

Osmos was a great PC/Mac title that looks to inject some fun into osmosis by having you play as a single organism that absorbs smaller organisms. TheAppEra reviewed the game and said that it plays better on the iPad than any other platform just simply because of its multitouch control. They also claimed that the graphics were a treat and shined on the iPad. Overall, TheAppEra said it is “likely the best game on the iPad so far at half the price of the PC version.” Price: $4.99.

Build-a-Lot 2: Town of the Year for iPhone

Build-a-Lot 2 is all about managing neighborhoods by buying, selling, building and collecting rent from tenants. Materials for building must be managed as well as contractors, and pleasing the mayor is a priority as well. SlideToPlay said that the biggest change between this version and the first was the “curb appeal” which means that your houses and neighborhood are mainly judged on the exterior, rather than the exterior as in the first game.

Overall, SlideToPlay was most impressed about “its ability to keep us sweating over decisions while the timer counts down. It has quite a few challenging elements to juggle, and after the first few towns, the expert rating for efficient success becomes very difficult to achieve.” but was not impressed by the lack of differences from the first game, with no new modes or online capabilities. Rating: 3 out of 4. Price: $4.99.

Reiner Knizia’s High Society for iPhone

Based on a card game where you bid on luxury items, Reinter Knizia’s High Society is more about picking and choosing which items to bid on than anything else. Each item is assigned a certain point value and whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.

Whoever is left with the least amount of money at the end of the game is an automatic loser, with everyone else deciding the winner by the amount of points they have tallied. GameZebo says that the iPhone version is completely true to its source but has certain presentation issues that need to be addressed. The game is single player only, and “Pass and play (or even better, a network option) would’ve added a lot here, especially given the subject matter” and overall they felt the game was “unfinished” with no sound and plain graphics. Rating: 3 out of 5. Price: $2.99.

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