New iPhone game roundup: Pocket Jockey, Raging Thunder, iFun, more

Peter Cohen, Macworld
19 November, 2008
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Games remain the biggest section of apps available for download from the App Store, and one of the most popular segments. Here are some of the ones that have come to our attention just in the past few days.

SGN—maker of iGolf, iBowl and iBaseball—has released iFun, designed to work as a social networking game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It features a golf-swinging game, and you can share it with your friends and participate in online challenges. It’s free, and available for download now from the App Store.

Dessert Dilemma is a new tile moving puzzle game from Cocoa Touch Games. You must move dessert off the table by moving obstacles out of the way in the shortest amount of time possible. The game tracks your best time in 50 puzzles. You can send your best times to an online server to compare scores with other players. It costs $2.49.

Jigsaw Wild is available from 99Games for $2.49. It’s a jigsaw game built around a wild safari theme. You can build jigsaw puzzles featuring images of wild animals, birds, reptiles and insects. You can change puzzle shapes, and “shake ‘n’ break” puzzles to get them apart. The game also has a provision to capture images with the iPhone’s built in camera, and more.

Kings Corners is a $1.19 card game that is based on the solitaire game Kings in the Corners. You, predictably, are tasked with building stacks that include kings in all four corners.

The $1.19 Pocket Jockey is billed as “a fully-body horse racing game.” You must gallop in time to the beat of the song to make your horse run faster, an an occasional whipping will get your horse running faster still. The game even supports a multiplayer mode through Wi-Fi.

Raging Thunder, Polarbit’s auto racing game for the iPhone and iPod, is currently on sale for $4.99. But more than that, it’s been updated with support for online multiplayer gaming—a first for this type of game on the iPhone, according to the developers.

A social drinking app, King’s Cup costs $3.99. You select a random card from the virtual deck; the card then tells you what action to take (along with an animation).

Do you like to play basketball shooting games on the midway, or in arcades? Then check out Skyworks’ $2.49 Arcade Hoops Basketball, a virtual recreation of one of those games. See how many baskets you can sink in 45 seconds, or move on to a progressive level with a moving basket.

A variation on the card game Snap! has been released—WaKi Snap! will set you back $2.49. Two players square off on the same iPhone, trying to be the first person to snap a card on the deck. The game features touch and vibration capabilities, with many game variations and up to 3 full decks of cards.

TV Show King Online is a $5.99 game-show style trivia game that features support for up to four players. It includes 3,000 questions and customisable avatars; special game modes; and 3D animation.

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