iPhone game roundup: Streetball, SkyCoaster 3D, Wild West Guns

Peter Cohen, Macworld
17 February, 2009
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Looking for fun stuff to do with your iPhone or iPod touch? Look no further than this week’s edition of the iPhone game roundup. We have news on a fun new hoops game for the device, along with a rollercoaster sim, arcade-style gun shooter, a blast from the Amiga past and much more.



Streetball is a $4.99 basketball game for the iPhone and iPod touch. You play a two-on-two timed game, 21 or H.O.R.S.E. in a good old fashioned game of back alley hoops.

SkyCoaster 3D. SkyCoaster 3D is a 3D roller coaster simulation that generates a different coaster each time you play (it does it automatically, this isn’t a coaster building game). You can use your own soundtrack, too. It costs $1.19.

3 Card Pro Poker. 3 Card Pro Poker is an iPhone/iPod touch version of the popular casino card game. You sit at a Three Card Stud poker table and bet against other computer-controlled players. It costs $5.99.

Bop-It. Bop-It is a stress reliever that lets you load a picture of someone or something you’d like to take out your aggressions on, then beat them with “boppers” ranging from eggs, tomatoes and fly swatters to bowling balls, pipe wrenches, shoes and baseball bats — 18 in all. $1.19.

Monkey Jewels Monkey Jewels is a colour-matching game similar to Bejeweled. It costs $1.19. Race against the clock to match three or more gems, and the longer you go, the faster you have to match them.

Krypton Egg. A brickbashing game with its roots on the Amiga and Atari ST home computers, Krypton Egg has been resurrected for the iPhone and iPod touch. It’s priced at $1.19.

Wild West Guns. Gameloft’s Wild West Guns is a $5.99 arcade shooter similar to the old arcade rifle games. It features 18 challenges with numerous targets and enemies to shoot, weapons exclusive to the iPhone version (the game started out on the Wii), and five different game modes.

Cronk 1.1. Cronk has been updated to 1.1. This variation on “match three” puzzle play (a la Zuma) features a caveman and boulders. The update features basic gameplay improvements, new difficulty modes and other changes. Cronk costs $5.99.

Jack or 100 Ways to Barbeque. Jack or 100 Ways to Barbeque is a $2.49 2D platform action game in which you have to find the exit of each level. Jack must find his way through a maze of secret corridors, while avoiding baddies like serpents and flames.

Mafia: Respect and Retaliation. SGN has released Mafia: Respect and retaliation, a social networking game in which you work your way up the mob ladder from street thug to powerful don. Construct bars, restaurants and casinos — recommended for fans of Mafia Wars and similar games. Free.

Mind Nimmer. Mind Nimmer places you in an escape pod in space. The computer is rude, self-centred and insulting, so you have to beat it to put it in its place. The game itself is based on an ancient Chinese puzzle game. It’s priced at $3.99.

Rolando Lite. You might have heard of Ngmoco’s hit iPhone game Rolando, but if you’re still reluctant to spend money to try it, you’re in luck. The company has released Rolando Lite, a free version that gives you a taste of the gameplay.

Mafia Boss 1.4. JL Software has released Mafia Boss 1.4, a new version if its popular Mafia game tracking application. The new release lets you e-mail summaries of the current game status. This tracker is for fans of Mafia who want to keep track of what’s happening on their iPhone or iPod touch. It costs $4.99.

Wooden Labyrinth 3D. Wooden Labyrinth 3D is another maze game in which you must navigate a metal ball through a wooden maze filled with holes that you must avoid. It’s priced at $3.49.

Fliparoni Lite. Squires Studios has released a free version of their video puzzle game for the iPhone, Fliparoni Lite. You must assemble a moving video clip by flipping and rotating pieces.

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