Today we look at fast-paced doodling with Doodle Summer Games, quick-fingered bubble matches with Bubblanche, and more Olympic Sports competition with Retro Decathlon 2012.
EnsenaSoft has explored the doodle genre with the release of Doodle Summer Games. No drawing here, but you better have quick fingers to get those doodle figures moving fast. An homage to the Olympic Games, you compete with your doodle guy in four events: Sprinting, Short-Jump, Javelin and Cycling. You can choose from 15 countries and compete solo or against up to four friends hot-seat style. Different competitions require different finger actions, from fast tapping for Sprinting to quick circles on the screen for the Cycling run. The game is a free universal version (sans ads and in-app purchases), but we found it most fun on the iPhone/iPod Touch. EnsenaSoft is planning to release a full paid version at the end of August with eight additional events to compete in.
We’re all so very tired of “another matching game” that claims to be “unique” so it really takes something special to make us sit up and take notice. Bubblanche is just that sort of game. The debut iOS title for Kolograph, in this game the differently colored bubbles are falling in quick succession, and you have to swipe fast to remove swaths of matching bubbles. The purer and more complete your selection is, the more points you gain; bad swipes will cost you points. As we played Classic mode to check it out we soon found the lower part of our screen covered with black “bad” bubbles and our heart pounding. Two other modes…Timed Mode and Zen No-limit Mode…are included in the game. Bubblanche is a universal app for $1.99, but we found it crashing our iPad while our iPhone 4S took it just fine.
Whereas Doodle Summer Games presents a simple user interface with multiplayer features, Retro Decathlon 2012 for iOS has a more versatile and detailed interface for competition without any multiplayer. The Decathlon is an Olympic event that involves successfully completing ten different athletic sports with the best scores. Games include the long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters run, 110 meters hurdles, and javelin throw. Developer Cinemax has released the game with a 50% launch sale, so the game can be downloaded for $0.99. Based on viewing some gameplay footage, this looks like a game that would work best on your iPad for that precious screen real estate.