Saturday, February 19, 2011

Herman the Hermit jumps to the top of this week’s best iPad games

Our hero Herman has spent years finding inner-peace and learning the ways of Nature high atop the Himalaya Mountains. Now it’s time to put his Jedi-like reflexes to the test in this week’s top iPad game. It’s a platformer that’s custom-made for family fun!

Toss in a turn-the-tables zombie game, an iPad-exclusive Back to the Future romp, and a thoroughly satisfying single-stick bug shooter, and you’ve got yourself a solid set of new games to enjoy in these final days of February.


Herman the Hermit
A frenetic, family-friendly game that challenges players to keep Herman jumping from rocky platform to platform. Be one with gavity and secure your place on the leader boards.

Zombie Runaway
Turns the tables on the usual zombie story line, this time putting you in the role of the very last zombie escaping from a human horde. Must, run, faster!

Back to the Future Ep 1 HD
Set a few months after the third movie installment, you’ll take on the role of Marty who, once again, must travel back in time to save Doc Brown. Its your density to grab this app!

Bug Wars
Do you have what it takes to protect your friends from the alien bugs? This super-fun single-stick shooter is this week’s must-buy.

Read all of my Apple iPad and Google Android application reviews at Appolicious and Yahoo! Tech.


Herman the Hermit ($.99)

It’s not easy to find truly family-friendly games in the App Store, unless you’re really into board games. Capcom, thankfully, came through this week with Herman the Hermit, a fresh game that challenges players of all ages to keep Herman jumping nimbly between quick-moving rocky, levitating platforms. Borrowing its controls from Angry Birds, you’ll need to set his jump angles and distances by pressing down in the middle of the screen and setting the direction by dragging your finger. The best part? Herman tends to miss a platform now and again. No worries – his walking stick doubles as a helicopter blade, bringing him out of the clouds and back into view. Be sure to grab the rocket and teleport power ups along the way to speed Herman to his goal – peace, becoming one with Nature, and climbing the high score leader boards.

Zombie Runaway ($.99)

Com2us take the tried-and-true zombie game formula and stands it on its head in this rush n’ run game. Taking on the role of the last surviving zombie, you’ll need to boogie on out of the cemetery as fast as your festering, fleet feet can ferry you. You’re locked on the only path out, and you’ll need to move between three lanes forward, jumping over tombstones and gathering speed and power-ups along the way. The more tombstones you crush when powered-up, the more time the game puts on the clock. How far can you get? Post your best score to Facebook, compare your romps with friends, and more. When the standard game gets tired (and it will), be sure to jump into Blitz mode to speed things up!

Back to the Future Ep 1 HD ($6.99)

It’s time to dust off that Delorean and join Marty and Doc Brown on an all-new, iPad-exclusive adventure. Spanning five full episodes, and with a story set a few short months after the third movie, you’ll take on the role of Marty who, once again, must travel back in time to save Doc Brown. With Steven Spielberg executive producing the series, Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as the voice of Doc, and a unique, cartoonish-take on the central storyline, there’s a lot to like about Telltale’s newest offering. The app is true to the spirit of the movie franchise, with just the right amount of humor, crazy escapes, and 80’s era tech to please long-time fans. You’ll encounter a range of puzzles along the way, each downright easy to solve. (If you have kids trying to play along, you’ll be glad they’re not super-hard!) That said, the tale tends to roll out slowly, and without much peril (timeline-changing wise with your one-of-a-kind car) should you fail. Still, every serious BTF fan won’t want to miss this fresh addition to the cannon, with four more episodes to look forward throughout the year.

Bug Wars ($1.99)

Do you have what it takes to protect your human friends from a never-ending horde of alien bugs? This super-fun single-stick shooter is short on story, but long on fun. (And it’s my pick for this week’s must-have game.) While your human target aimlessly walks around an open field, aliens converge on them from all sides. Use the on-screen joystick to train your weapon on the baddies, then blast away! Land a solid shot and you’re rewarded with some serious splash damage. Use your finger to pick up the cash your wayward client drops to say “thanks” after each wave, and do your best to ignore their gyrating hips and silly dance at the end of each full level. (Shudder!)

Fallout 3, how much do we like thee?

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