Thursday, September 23, 2010

The joys of playing on my belly

I know many of you have had and iPhone or Ipod Touch for a while, and even perhaps an iPad.

I got mine, an iPod Touch 64 GB, just about 6 weeks ago, after accepting that my iPod classic had kicked the bucket.

And this opened up the wonderful world of the App store, and, especially, the world of iOS games. Too bad there’s not a NWN2 for iOS yet… ;) But I’ve got other games on there, my favourites being Tower Madness (I never get tired of hearing these aliens explode!) and Civilization Revolution  (a dummed-down Civ-game, but just as addictive), Carcassonne  and, of course, Grokion  (great music and graphics! ;) Though I haven't been much of a platformer kind of guy since the heady Shareware days). The Diablo-like Dungeon Hunter is pretty good too, though I’ve only played the Lite version so far. I was quickly turned off on the other hand by GTA Chinatown Wars’ controls and the 3D CRPG Ravensword with its wafer-thin story and poor writing, not to mention the game breaking bug I hit. More than ever now, I'm looking forward to Ossian's "real" RPG on iOS.

How pleasurable I’m finding now to disconnect from my computer to play quick, fun sessions crashed on the living room couch or lying on my bed. These days I’m spending more time playing in that position than sitting at my desk.

I’ve had a GBA for years now however and it never caused me to part with my computer in this way. It was more of a poor substitute when off travelling somewhere, in some hotel room. Perhaps its the games (and the fact they cost much less on iOS and therefore you can try out more till you find one you really like : gotta love App store pricing and demos!), but likely the actual machine and its interface has more to do with it.

The position of the hands on the iPod Touch and the tactile relationship with the game is something that feels natural and pleasurable. In fact, I’m noticing I’m enjoying more iOS games that you actually interact with through the screen rather than those that use a virtual joystick and buttons.

That’s not to say that PC gaming is dead for me, far from it. I’m still playing : NWN2 of course, Wyrin’s fantastic White Plume Mountain in particular, Mass Effect 2 and Wheelman (I’m a big fan of Vin Diesel, and I’ll enjoy anything that has to do with him, I’m not even sure why!). And I just bought Borderlands, just because it was $10 on D2D. On my PS2, I'm still strumming along to Guitar Hero and Rock Band games from time to time.

And you, if you’ve got an iPod, iPhone or iPad, what games are you playing? I’d like to know what other NWN2 fans are enjoying.

Thanks for reading!


Anonymous said...

For the GBA--as I imagine you like strategy and RPGs--you could look into the Advance Wars series. They're quite fun, actually. Not sure if you've ever played them, but I love the whole series. :p

E.C.Patterson said...

Actually, Advanced Wars 2 is the only game I still play on the GBA!, when I do play. Great game and addictive. I still haven`t finished the campaign though!

Amraphael said...

Welcome to the addictive world of iOS! The iPhone was the first Apple-device I ever came in contact with and I was surprised how much and fast it replaced the use of my laptop computer. I still use my workstation for heavy jobs and gaming, my XBOX360 for relaxed sofa gaming but for most Internet-things I use my iPhone. When i comes to quick and easy entertainment I love this hand held little thing. As you I played Carcassone (often together with my wife), Grokion and Civilization Revolution. I like to mention Lux Touch (a RISK-clone), The Package (a really good looking puzzle game) and 7CitiesTD. Of course I've installed Frotz so I can play lots of old and new textbased adventures like ZORK.
I've been talking to a friend that knows the hardware very well and he told me that we could in fact play a game like NWN1 on the device. It has the power if someone create a streaming solution for it. He showed me a WOW-test a company has been experimenting with. So a reasonable pretty, fully functioning CRPG on the iOS-platform is possible. I'll be really interesting to see what Ossian will present. If you want soms retro CRPG you could try QuestLite. A bit like DungeonMaster on Atari.

Take care!

Wyrin said...

thanks or the namecheck ;)

I found my old GBA whilst I was packing to move house and dug out Advance wars 2 again - brilliant game, and final fantasy tactics is fun for that too

I did also just pick up Civ5 in the post today so I may disappear of the face of the planet for a few months....