Review: Word Ace by Self Aware Games Review Score: 5 / 5

 A few weeks ago we published an interview with Self Aware Games, the publishers of Word Ace. After spending many hours with the game, I am now happy to review this unique, and clever title.

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   Word Ace is a hybrid title. The game plays like Texas Hold Em’ poker, but instead of the standard playing cards you are used to, you have letter cards. Each letter card has one letter and a point value similar to scrabble tiles. Instead of playing for the best standard poker hand, you play the word with the highest possible point value.

  Instead of playing against boring and predictable AI, in Word Ace you can play online against friends. If  you don’t have any friends handy when you have the urge for a hand you can easily be matched up against other online opponents. The online play is seamless and makes each hand of Word Ace extremely unpredictable and entertaining. Word Ace is a multi-platform title, as online play includes both Palm Pre and iPhone users. The developer also revealed in our recent interview that multi-platform play will also include a facebook version in the near future, giving you even more ways to play the game with your friends.

   The entire user interface has a very high level of polish showing that a great deal of thought and care went into the development of this title. Your online profile for example, includes three seperate avatars. One avatar is your standard, one reflects a sad complexion, another a happy one. You can set these avatars using any picture on your iPhone or you can take the pictures for each reaction with your camera on the fly. As you are playing you can change your avatar with a quick swipe on the screen and your avatars reaction is immediately seen by the other players on your table. The feature ended up being alot of fun and brings extra personality to each player when playing online.

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  Instead of releasing the standard lite and full version for thier title Self Aware Games released Word Ace and Word Ace Pro. Word Ace is a fully featured game, and provides you with 1,000 chips per day for free which is plenty to keep you playing for many hours on the low stakes tables. If you want to really start throwing your weight around, and you want to purchase extra chips to play at high stakes tables, you will want to buy Word Ace Pro. Pro includes a hefty bag of chips to get you started, and enables in app purchases so that you can buy additional chips to play at the high stakes tables. The developers have made it clear that you can enjoy this premium quality game for free, and if you really enjoy the game you can upgrade.

 Word Ace is a great game that can easily eat away hours of your free time if you’re not careful. The unique hybrid brings out the best in both  Texas Hold Em’ poker and word games and is just plain fun. The best part is, you don’t have to take my word for it, just go download Word Ace and decide for yourself.

 Word Ace gets 5 poker chips/ out of 5

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Published in: on September 21, 2009 at 6:14 am  Comments (3)  
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Review: Run! from Arthur Ham Score 5/5

 

   – Review by Robert N. Mullen

There are certainly more than a few reaction games available on the iTunes store. Run! is another reaction game, but don’t let this keep you from taking a look. During my time with the game I quickly became hooked, and found more substance than I would typically expect from a game in this genre.

  The controls of Run are simple, but work very well. Simply swipe up to jump, swipe down to slide. You can also tap on certain obstacles such as brick walls and boulders to shoot and destroy them. Tap the sole action button in the game to pull off a running punch, or in the air for a flying kick. The controls really make this game. The controls are exremely well adapted to the device, and feel very natural. I found sliding under a barricade, or fly kicking a zombie to be quite intuitive and very enjoyable.

  You will find a variety of obstacles as you run including metal barricades, the aformentioned brick walls and boulders, sharks, walrus, zombies, springboards and more. As you progress forward, new obstacles are added into the mix as you level up.

  The music in the game is fun and fitting. I also noticed there are some really nice subtle touches such as a scenery change in the background changing from day to dusk, to night after each retry.

  As with any truly great iPhone game, you will find global online leaderboards, and achievements, adding replayability to an already addicting title. Another fun feature is a page with additionaly tracked stats such as your average score, total score, and a “death by” chart that shows you just how many times you have been killed by some of the games main obstacles and enemies.

  The developer has already posted some details for the next update that include an additional gameplay mode, new achievements, and, best of all, new obstacles.

  Overall, Run! is tons of fun, and quite addicting. I can enthusiastically recommend this game as the next must-have addition to your iPhone gaming collection.

 I give this game 5 drop kicked sharks/ our of 5

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iPhone Game Reviews: I Dig It

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  When I first laid eyes on I Dig It I thought, “hmmm the tractor looks kinda cool but how can drilling around in the dirt possibly be any fun?” But then, mainly out of curiosity I downloaded the lite version still confident my intial assumptions were correct.  In 15 minutes was hooked and soon paid for the full version.

 

  I Dig It starts you out in a nice tutorial covering all of the basic skills you will need as a back yard miner. This is always nice to see as far to many iPhone games forget to include this useful feature. (kind of funny since you certainly won’t find a brochure with your purchase…) The basic gameplay in I Dig It is this: You need to raise a set amount of money in a certain amount of time. Depending on the mode you are playing this could be 15 minutes, or it could be 4 hours. You raise money by digging under your farm finding tin, silver, various gems, antique bottle caps and more. You mine the goodies, bring them back to the surface and your wife sells em’ off for some quick cash.

  Much of the fun in this game comes from finding and collecting the various “Diggins” scattered in the earth. There is a large variety of diggins. While digging you all sorts of diggins consisting of various types of ore, antique junk, bottle caps, gems and more. The deeper you dig, the better the digins you find. There are also rare diggins that are much more difficult to find than most. The pacing of the game is very well done so that you really feel a sense of accomplishment when you unearth an espesially good diggin.

  There is also a nice amount of strategy required in the game. You are always on the clock, so digging and mining efficiently is important. You also can not just immediately drill to the higher value diggins. As you progress down into the depths, your vehicle begins to overheat, and your vision is increasingly impaired. To dig deeper without overheating you will need to upgrade your vehicles coolant system. You have several other upgrades at your disposal all of which cost you your hard earned money. Upgrades available include armor, coolant, radar, drill bit and more. Balancing exactly what parts to upgrade and how to make to most out of those upgrades is key. Since you must constantly watch your time while managing Fuel, Temperature, and Hull Damage it pays to have a strategy when digging, in fact a keen digging strategy is necessary for a win.

 While some other reviews I have read have complained about the lack of a save feature, I have found that if you hit the iPhone home button and exit the app at any time, you start right back up where you left off whenever you start the app back up. That is good enough for me, as I see no need to have multiple saves for a game like this. I Dig It offer many hours of gameplay and plenty of replayability with its extra modes and scoring system. You will also find facebook integration which is nicely worked in with in game achievements.

  If you still have any doubts about this highly entertaining title, there is a free lite version available that will give you a very good sample of the game. However, at only $1.99 this game is easy for me to recommend. In fact, if you check the app out right now, you will catch the game on sale for only $0.99

 I Dig It gets 4.5 lumps of platinum out of 5

Published in: on September 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm  Comments (1)