It’s been a couple of weeks, so I figured I was about due for another installment of Games I Like. This time around – while not really a theme to begin with – I guess you could say all of these games are somehow connected to my past. As a gamer for almost 30 years, I was a Pac-Man fan like everyone else back then. I was also a Terminator fan, so while I’ve heard they butchered the new movie, it was nice to see them do a good job on the game based off of it. And, while I don’t remember exactly where I’ve seen him, I know I used to watch the star of La Linea on some show when I was a kid.
Pac-Match Party – I never thought I’d say this, but a match 3 game involving Pac-Man is actually pretty fun! While the basic mechanics revolve around match 3, the kicker is that your matches fuel the movements of a little Pac-Man in the game’s border. If the ghosts that are chasing him catch up to him you lose a life. When all lives are gone it’s game over. Power ups are nice because you can stockpile them and use them when you want. The graphics aren’t breathtaking, but then Pac-Man was never about visuals. The one thing I am disappointed in is that the music isn’t more of a modern rendition of the classic Pac-theme then the music the game actually has.
Terminator Salvation The Game – I haven’t seen the movie yet, and I really didn’t know anything about the game before actually buying it. I can’t hardly resist when a premium game goes on 99 cent sale, however, so while I have no concept of how good the movie is, I know what the game is like. Turns out it’s actually pretty cool. It’s not quite an on-rails shooter, but it’s not really a full fledged third person shooter either. What’s important is that you get to blow lots of cool looking Terminators to smithereens. The controls are workable enough once you get used to them, and I like the ability to duck behind barriers and around the corners of walls. Having other resistance members come to your aid from time to time is also neat, because it reminds you that this really isn’t just about you (until they all get picked off, of course). The visuals really bring out a war torn environment, and the sound’s not too shabby either. I guess you can add this to the short list of games that prove licensed tie-ins can be done right.
La Linea – I don’t remember where I’ve seen the protagonist of this game before, but I know I used to watch his cartoon when I was a kid. Basically your character is a line that has taken the shape of a man. He’s fallen in love with a female line, and you have to help him by playing the part of the drawer. Connect the dots to draw a bridge for line to cross. Draw a line in the air to create a trampoline to bounce on. Knock things out of his way by tapping on them, or tap behind him to cause him to jump. Line is always running, but you can tilt the device to slow him down or speed him up. What’s really awesome about this game, however, are the visuals. The main part of the world is a continuous line that both Mr. Line and the obstacles he must overcome are drawn out of. This effect kind of gets ruined when he’s flying a plane, but I’ll forgive them for trying to throw in diverse gaming elements. Overall this is a quirky platform game that is both fun and at times humorous.
And there you have it – a blast from my past updated to modern gaming standards on my gaming device of choice, the iPhone. None of these games are necessarily the best at what they do, but they are all quite fun and make nice use of their licensed characters. Stay tuned for next time when I once again randomly select three games that are on my device.