The iDevice games we've been playing this week.
When the team aren't sitting around admiring Apple's resplendent design choices or crying at their vastly overpriced contract plans, sometimes they use their shiny iDevices to actually play games. Here's what was being played this week:
Tom Orry, Editor - MovieCat
I downloaded this purely because it was free, but after playing it for countless hours it's easily one of the best games I've played on my iPod Touch. On the face of it MovieCat is nothing special. It's a quiz game centred on movies; answer questions correctly to move on; get enough wrong and it's Game Over. Nothing overly brilliant there. But MovieCat isn't just another run of the mill quiz game - it's a quiz game with some genuinely clever rounds and a set of questions that are brilliantly up-to-date.
One round will see you having to guess the film from a series of clue cards held by cats; another round shows you drawn scenes from two films (with cats instead of people) and you have to guess which actor appeared in both; another shows a conversation between two characters, with you having to guess the film. One particularly tricky round presents you with names of three chapters from a DVD, and you have to identify the film.
Quite why the cat involvement makes it so much more enjoyable is hard to say, but for some reason I can't imagine the game having the same draw if they weren't involved. In a nod to cat lore, you get nine lives, and on the hard difficulty settings it's pretty tough to make it through the end and challenge the high score leaderboard. MovieCat is now available for £1.19 on the App Store, and I can't recommend it enough.
Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Street Fighter IV
Oh, what a difference a 59p sale can make. I was never particularly keen on the idea of playing Street Fighter on my iPhone - I didn't spend over a hundred bones on an arcade stick so I could play fighters without it - but at that special weekend price I figured I'd take a punt.
The game works pretty well. It's not quite as smooth as the console versions, which is slightly off-putting, but the overall package manages to come together nicely. There are currently an impressive 14 characters on the roster, though Deejay is locked until you either play three versus matches or complete the game with every single character. I'd take the former, but actually finding people to play against is a bit of a toughie.
It's a nice enough port of Street Fighter, but I'm not entirely sure what it wants to be. It's a bit too serious to be played casually, and anyone looking to invest themselves in the intricacies of Street Fighter would definitely prefer the console version. Alternatively, it does work well as a bit of eye candy you can use to impress your Android-owning mates.
One thing's for sure, though - I'm even less likely to invest £30 on the upcoming 3DS version than I was before.