Fresh iPhone Games for Dec. 30: Berzerk Ball, Topsy Turvy Mobile, Buccaneer Blitz

Dec 30, 2010
Games

Today’s Fresh Games run an interesting gamut. We start with an addictive casual game in which you try to hit a geek as far as you can, then move on to a port of a Flash puzzle-platformer in which gravity is a variable. After that, you’ll be donning the title of Admiral as you send […]

Today’s Fresh Games run an interesting gamut. We start with an addictive casual game in which you try to hit a geek as far as you can, then move on to a port of a Flash puzzle-platformer in which gravity is a variable. After that, you’ll be donning the title of Admiral as you send a fleet of pirate ships against your enemies. Read all about what we’ve found for your gaming approval below.

Berzerk Ball (iPhone) $0.99

First, you’ll smash a geek and send him flying; then you’ll guide him through the air for maximum distance. That’s what’s going on in Berzerk Ball, an addictive casual game that has just enough content in its two parts to remain interesting for a long time. It also packs some role-playing game elements, like buying new stuff and increasing your characters’ skills to make them better at their jobs.

You’ll start by choosing one of multiple different characters with different strengths and weakenesses, then sending them on to pound geeks for a living. Once your geek has started lying, you can take control of him and try to earn bonus distance by steering him into distances comparable to machines using jet propulsion. Berzerk Ball also comes with the ability to post advancements to Facebook, achievements and online leaderboards.

Topsy Turvy Mobile (iPhone) $0.99

You’ll work to complete each of Topsy Turvy’s 40 levels by guiding your character to different surfaces. Whenever he stands on a certain surface, the level rotates and gravity shifts, demanding that you find a path through while contending with an ever-changing perspective, potentially falling to your death, and portals that take you to different areas.

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Part puzzle game, part platformer, Topsy Turvy will also have you fighting through rotating levels to find coins, which unlock many of the game’s built-in achievements. The game is a solid port of a Flash game of the same name, so fans of the original will find nothing significantly altered here.

Buccaneer Blitz (iPhone) $2.99

Pirates and arcade action are part of the package with this real-time strategy game. Like other strategy games, you’ll raise a fleet of ships and try to take down other pirates and capture their islands to win, but Buccaneer Blitz also has a few tricks hidden in its peg leg.

For one, you can always manually take control of your ships’ cannon and open fire on enemies. RTS games traditionally have the player issuing orders to computer-controlled combat units, but here you can take control to try to sway a battle in your favor. Buccaneer Blitz has full Game Center support for leaderboards and achievements, as well as a head-to-head online mode so you can take on other iPhone swashbucklers online or locally, using a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.

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Phil Hornshaw

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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