iPhone game roundup: Arcade Bowling, Burning Tires

Peter Cohen, Macworld
16 January, 2009
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Despite the December holidays and Macworld Expo in San Francisco last week, iPhone and iPod touch game developers are going full-bore with game releases. Here’s a roundup of just some of the recent additions to the App Store.

Chuck the Ball. Chuck the Ball has to find lost stars and he needs your help. You guide Chuck past hazards to pick up the stars, grabbing bonus items on the way and making sure the clock doesn’t run down. Chuck the Ball is $3.99.

GL Golf Deluxe. Nuclear Nova Software has released GL Golf Deluxe, a 22-course version of their 3D golfing game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It costs $12.99. Since the original GL Golf was released this new Deluxe version sports a rewritten graphics engine and a six course; up to four players can play. There are three difficulty modes, different club sets and mulligans.



AirFight is a 3D flight sim game that lets you combat enemy fighters. There’s a multiplayer mode, support for the accelerometer and multi-touch to control the plane, and 3D sound effects. There are three difficulty levels, “battery-saving” or “normal” modes, machine guns and homing missiles and more. It costs $9.99.

Burning Tires. Burning Tires is an off-road racing game that pits you against other opponents as you drive gigantic off-road vehicles across deserts, ice, and lava tracks (12 in all). Seven different vehicles have unique driving characteristics. You collect trophies as you win. It costs $3.99.

Archibald’s Adventures. Game publishing veteran Rake In Grass (makers of Jets ‘n’ Guns and other titles) has debuted on the iPhone and iPod touch with Archibald’s Adventures, an action puzzler priced at $9.99. The game features more than 100 levels as you help a boy on a skateboard find his way through mazes of mechanical mayhem. Archie and Professor Klumpfus are trapped in the professor’s mansion, filled with experiments that have gone wrong and a paranoid computer.

Shivering Kittens. Information Appliance Associates has released Shivering Kittens for $3.99. You must free adorable, shivering kittens from their icy confinement in this falling blocks puzzle game. Ten increasingly difficult levels test your skills.

Table Tennis Star. THQ Wireless has released Table Tennis Star, a ping pong game for the iPhone and iPod touch priced at $2.49. You choose from one of 12 characters and take on players from the U.S., Europe and China. Three modes keep up the challenge.

Arcade Bowling. Skyworks has announced the release of Arcade Bowling. Contrary to the name, though, it’s not a bowling game — it’s a skeeball-style game, and it’s priced at $2.49. You use your fingers to fling “laser” balls down the alley and up the ramp into scoring holes. It features two soundtracks, Classic and Progressive modes and more.

The Safe. JobCompass has released The Safe, a safecracking game for the iPhone and iPod touch. “When you do crack The Safe, it might just take you on a whole new adventure,” they say. It costs $1.19.

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