If you're the type to check out the app stores (iTunes, Android and more) for the latest applications for your smart phone, you've heard of Angry Birds (free or 99 cents, Rovio), which has stayed high in recent lists of favorite game rankings. It's all a game should be on a smart phone, and it takes advantage of the technology that makes mobile devices awe-inspiring, including great graphics, sound effects, touch-screen interaction, physics and problem solving.
This multilevel game is my latest addiction; I am about to delete it so I'll quit playing so much. But first I'd like to find all the golden eggs, or get three stars on each level, or ....
In the game, birds are angry that green pigs have stolen their eggs, so they hurl themselves at the pigs in various hideouts in order to destroy them. No, it doesn't make any sense if you haven't played it — green pigs that steal eggs, don helmets and create shelters of glass, concrete and wood to protect themselves from bird projectiles. But try it out; you'll be hooked.
A simpler game lets you be both the designer and the player. I tried out Sketch Nation Shooter (99 cents, Engineous Games) thanks to a code provided by developers.
It's an innovative app for the iPhone that lets you decide on the characters, weapons, enemies, power-ups and more. You can draw the different elements yourself or use the ones already in the game and then play away. Various games have shown up on my iPod Touch, created by the younger users in my house. One features a shark shooting a stream of bullets at an airplane; another has cupcakes, ice cream cones and candy bars raining bullets on the hero. Elementary-age kids created both games and had a great time doing so.
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