Fresh iPhone Games for Nov. 9: Mask Game, Virus Strike, Baseball Superstars 2011

Nov 9, 2010
Games

You can start with a free version of the game Memory, then move on to a hybrid puzzler reminiscent of classics like Bejeweled and Flight Control. When you’re done with those, you can upgrade to a baseball sim brimming with features. They’re all below, just waiting for you in today’s Fresh iPhone Games. Mask Game […]

You can start with a free version of the game Memory, then move on to a hybrid puzzler reminiscent of classics like Bejeweled and Flight Control. When you’re done with those, you can upgrade to a baseball sim brimming with features. They’re all below, just waiting for you in today’s Fresh iPhone Games.

Mask Game (iPhone, iPad) Free

Mask Game is sort of like Memory, and sort of like Three Card Monty. There are eight masks randomly arranged on the screen, which disappear after you have a chance to try to memorize their locations. Then the game flashes one of the masks — it’s your job to try to remember which location the mask was in.

It’s a pretty simple game and is currently free. Mask Game has a cool art style, and it becomes more challenging as time goes on, requiring you to remember more mask positions. You’ll get a quick memory fix out of this app — and it’s free, so get it now.

Virus Strike (iPhone) $0.99

Here’s a puzzler that combines aspects of some very popular games — namely Bejeweled and Flight Control — to make a fairly unique but simple and intuitive game. It runs on the premise of drawing lines to direct colored viruses around the screen in order to keep them organized.

Virus Strike has two kinds of puzzle elements: viruses and antibodies. Both come in various colors, and both sets of objects fall from the top of the screen to the bottom. By drawing a line to create a ramp, you can direct the viruses and antibodies to different places around the screen. Pile viruses of certain color together, and when an antivirus shows up, you can send it to the viruses of the same color to eliminate them, as long as their touching. But if an antivirus touches a virus of the wrong color, the viruses multiply. It takes some skill and coordination to keep the viruses from piling up too high and ending the game.

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If you’re looking for a different take on a few classics, check out this indie app.

Baseball Superstars 2011 (iPhone) $4.99

Cartoony graphics and six game play modes define this baseball game app. In addition to playing through standard games of baseball, you can also run through an entire baseball season, play in home run derbies, and take part in various mission modes that have you completing specific tasks.

You also have the ability to play as a single character or manage a whole team, and Baseball Superstars is full of achievements to unlock. It might be a little more expensive than most games, but there’s lots to do in this game. Baseball fans are going to be busy for a while.

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