iPhone Review Round-Up: Earth Defender: First Encounter and Plug the Pipe

Sun, Jul 25, 2010

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. 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.

Earth Defender: First Encounter

From Fishlabs comes an interesting take on the classic Atari game Missile Command. While this may not be a unique concept, Earth Defender manages to do it while looking downright pretty. The concept is that many alien invaders are simply not happy with earth being a nice, peaceful place and it’s up to you to launch missiles and destroy them as they descend to earth.

Just like Missile Command, Earth Defender relies on chaining, in that multiple aliens can be destroyed by the same bomb. Along with the standard features taken from Missile Command, there are new weapons such as the black hole bomb and the electric bomb. TouchArcade reviewed the game and said that it “looks and sounds fantastic, and plays just as frantically as Missile Command of old” and that it’s “a true-to-its-roots Missile Command inspired game; and with 5-finger multi-touch and OpenFeint, should really appeal to fans of the genre.” Price: 99¢.

Plug the Pipe

Considering we’ve had iPhone games for the economic troubles and the Swine Flu scare, it’s no surprise we have a game about the BP oil spill. Plug the Pipe has you dropping trash from the top of the screen to land on a busted oil well in order to plug it.

Slidetoplay said that “The biggest fault with the game is its terrible physics. You drop each item into the ocean by tapping on it, then tapping on the screen where you want it to fall. Pressing on the screen will show you which direction the current is going, so you can try to drop to the left or right of the oil well. No matter what you do, though, your trash will bounce around the ocean floor, making your efforts futile.” and that overall “they are all in favor of recognizing the weakest attempts in gaming as a subject of shame and ridicule– sort of like Plug the Pipe itself. Plug the Pipe’s problem is not that it tries to make fun of a tragedy; it’s that the game itself is laughably shoddy.” Rating: 1 out of 5. Price: 99¢.

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