2nd April 2011
To commemorate the arrival of Final Fantasy III on iPhone, Tokyo-based Square Enix has reduced the price of its entire back catalogue for a limited time. So, for the combined outlay of £8.87, you can engross yourself for hours - nay, weeks - in one of our Top 10 games of 2010 Chaos Rings, the highly Qi rated Secret of Mana, AND the bewitching Song Summoner.
Fans of Cave’s graphics intensive shooter Mushihimesama Bug Panic will be delighted to hear that multiplayer has been incorporated into its arsenal via a recent update. You can now battle over wi-fi and 3G courtesy of Game Center matchmaking, and are free to unleash Bluetooth bullet hell. The revered Japanese shmup specialist has also expanded the number of gameplay settings in Bug Panic: auto-bomb can be turned on or off and attack types are switchable.
Flick Golf! has visited its publisher’s clubhouse for some refinements and upgrades - five new courses and one extra mode (QuickPro) are the standout gameplay additions to Full Fat’s finger-flicking fun, while improvements to the framerate and collision detection around the pin are welcomed with open arms. Game Center has also been integrated into Flick Golf! via the recent update, along with 15 supplementary achievements and easier level unlocks.
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Do you believe in magic? No, seriously: do you? If not, how do you explain the length of David bleedin' Copperfield's career. I digress...
Casting a spell or five over the great and the good of the iPhone pundits is Final Fantasy III, which has both rekindled a few memories and unlocked the door to a new generation of fans.
Square Enix’s seminal role-playing game - revolving around four youthful and inexperienced warriors - caused a stir in the early ‘90s by introducing a job change system, and its impact 20 years later on iOS is no less pronounced.
Bespoke controls for the iPhone’s touchscreen have helped Final Fantasy III level up all the way to the #1 spot, a point pursued by Pocket Gamer: “Battle menus are clear and concise, and you can directly tap on enemies to quickly issue weapon attack commands.”
Angry Birds’s bid for global domination shows no sign of letting up, as everyone’s favourite fiery fowl migrate to the sunnier climes of Rio de Janeiro on a desperate rescue mission.
Eight textbook reviews from professional iPhone bird watchers have propelled the winged creatures onto Qi’s leaderboard (and up the UK's App Store charts), a lucrative tie-in with the upcoming Fox movie Rio underlining the franchise’s contemporary importance.
In among Rovio’s 60 levels of catapulting carnage lie a talon full of gameplay additions, 148Apps eagle eyed reviewer explaining that “many of the puzzles include ropes, hanging shades and elaborate trees that throw an extra challenge when compared to the original game.”
Another Finnish studio Remedy has swooped - or rather careered - into contention with Death Rally, an explosive combination of cold weapons, hot wheels, and boiling blood.
Richly lauded for its console action-thriller Alan Wake and third-person shooter Max Payne, Remedy certainly looks to have found the perfect antidote to the mundane Sunday driver on iPhone.
I got the poison. I got the Remedy. I got the pulsating, rhythmical Remedy. Indeed.