Fresh iPhone Apps for Aug. 2: The Blocks Cometh update, Flight!, Campaign The Game

Aug 2, 2012
Games

This week, we’ve got a few easygoing arcade titles for you on the App Store’s biggest game day. The first is an update to vertical scroller The Blocks Cometh, which throws in new characters and new challenges. Next is a paper airplane-throwing game called Flight! in which your goal is to get your plane as […]

This week, we’ve got a few easygoing arcade titles for you on the App Store’s biggest game day. The first is an update to vertical scroller The Blocks Cometh, which throws in new characters and new challenges. Next is a paper airplane-throwing game called Flight! in which your goal is to get your plane as far as possible in a single toss. Finally, Campaign The Game brings simulation to the advertising world, putting players in charge of running a successful agency.

The Blocks Cometh by Halfbot update (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

I’m a big fan of Halfbot’s The Blocks Cometh, and the game has just gotten another big content update that brings even more to the table. The core gameplay remains – players dodge falling blocks even as they jump from block to block, climbing ever higher to earn points – but Halfbot has added even more unlockable characters for players to chase within the game. The new update also supports iCade.

In the last update, we got a number of new game modes. There’s the Classic Mode, in which players climb as high as they can until they’re killed, and Arcade Mode that’s all about high scores, as well as a Casual Mode that significantly rolls back the difficulty on Blocks. There’s also a “Gamebot” mode inspired by classic handhelds that you can grab through an in-app purchase.

Flight! (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Throwing paper airplanes can be pretty fun in real life, especially when you learn how to make some sick folding designs and throw in additional elements, like a paperclip for weight in the nose. Flight! takes that premise and turns it into an arcade title, in which your goal is to throw a paper airplane as far as you can. Each throw can net you stars along the way, which earn you cash to spend on improving your plane.

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The more you deck out the plane, the further you can get it to go and the more control you get in-flight. With upgrades like boosters and tilt controls bought along the way, you want to move through each city in the game by stringing together one throw per “day” in order to cross the whole thing. The fewer days it takes you to traverse the city, the better. There are also challenges to unlock, and Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Campaign The Game (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Simulation title Campaign The Game puts players in control of their own advertising agency, asking them to figure out the techniques that will make bring in the most customers for their clients and add the most prestige to their firm. Unlike simulation titles such as Game Dev Story, Campaign is actually pretty simple – you decide which employees are on your team and what the broad strokes of your campaign will be, and then you have to sit back and see how those decisions play out.

During each new campaign, you’ll have to deal with incidental events, however. Sometimes someone will walk into your office and force you to make a decision, and that decision can affect your score. Other times, you’ll need to decide whether a high-maintenance client is actually worth the effort. There’s also Game Center support, so you can compare your progress to that of your friends.

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Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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