I got a 16GB iPhone 3G in white. It’s beautiful and fast, like a sports car. The wait in line starting at 3:30AM was worth it and the conversion process was painless. The screen “seems” wider even though it’s not and the grip is much smoother and easier on the hand. I’ve spent some money on games and other apps: Moto Racer, Ms. PAC-MAN, Enigmo and Twitterrific. Here’s a breakdown:
* Moto Racer
I’ve wanted a fun game to play when I have 5 minutes of down time and this fits the bill. Not much in the way of backstory to tell, but you’re a motorcycle rider on a race to recover a beautiful hostage. The game has two controls–steer and gas–and they make use of the technology in the phone without overdoing it. Steering is done by tilting the phone from side to side and, once you get a read for it, it’s very easy to control. Ten bucks well spent and easily repeatable.
What is there to say–I’m a child of the 80’s. The game works as expected but the controls are poor. The acceleromter expects you to keep the game level so it’s hard to make rapid direction changes. What really works the best is swiping your finger in the direction to move the joystick. The ‘virtual joystick’ stays in that direction until you swipe again. This allows you more of an arcade machine experience. After switching to the swipe method, I got much farther than before and the game became fun.
This game is all puzzles with no real “right or wrong” answer to each one. You have water or fire sources and you use them and a variety of tools to fill a corresponding jug. I’ve played the game on other platforms and it works better when you have more screen space than is allowed on the iPhone. I’m reserving judgement.
I bought the premium for one reason only–developers deserve to be rewarded for their efforts and my ten bucks was my vote for The Iconfactory.