Fun on your mobile
IN the mobile gaming space, Apple has a huge lead with the iPhone and iPod Touch range. But Microsoft is determined to make inroads with its Windows Phone 7 platform. The game catalogue is steadily growing, with free trials for every game and slick devices such as HTC HD7 helping. But the Xbox Live service lacks enough top exclusives and is overpriced. Even so, players after a little Flight Control, Bejeweled or Fruit Ninja action are catered for and backed by several solid titles. Here are five.
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX ($9)
A neon-tinged redux that cleverly improves on the original. Ghosts are now not to be feared but courted. The more chasing the player, the sweeter when Pac-Man turns the tables.
Hydro Thunder GO ($6.50)
With nine courses and solid tilt-based controls, this jetboat racer is worth a look, but has an average frame rate and some poor route design.
This physics-based puzzler sees players positioning bounce pads, funnels and more to direct a flow of water from a dripping tap into a bottle. It’s fiendishly addictive, with oil and lava adding interest.
Puzzle Quest 2 ($9)
Part role-playing game, part Bejeweled-style puzzler, Puzzle Quest 2 sees players set out on a mission to save the world. To do this they’ll take on quests, defeat monsters on the puzzle battle field and power up their character.
Parachute Panic ($4) INSTANT VIDEO
Take a snap of this image using the WiMo app for iPhone or Android to see Dungeon Siege III in action. An old favourite on iPhone with comic appeal, players are charged with guiding parachutists safely down on to waiting boats, while avoiding helicopters and shark-infested water.