Find out how to scratch records on your iPhone, why ice cream never seems to land on your cone, and a few tips for working with Original Gangstaz.
Nimblebit's Scoops is difficult to even characterize as a full game. It has all the characteristics of a game, such as a brief puzzle moment, a few themes, and little bit of a goal. This does not make this free iPhone game effective in any way. The main problem in Scoops is that it seems to forgo any type of depth or real obstacle. The basic premise of Scoops is a stacking game where you begin as an ice cream cone catching scoops of ice cream as they fall from the sky. You attempt to get the highest possible stack of ice cream scoops that you can. Each scoop that you miss will lower the score that you are accumulating in accordance with the height of your stack. This is not enough of a real challenge since you can really just limit the amount of motion you have with the stack. Your stack will not really knock over and there is no significant risk of you losing enough points to actually make your score hit a new low. You have the option to switch the theme of Scoops from ice cream to something like hamburger, but any of the other insignificant themes cost $0.99 from the iTunes' App Store. This is insulting as Scoops is already deficient on its own. The other aspect of Scoops that is annoying is the weird focus it takes on sharing your score on social networking sites. I am not sure how many people really want to Tweet about their high scores from this less than mediocre free iPhone game.
The music instrument simulation or puzzle game concept has finally extended over to DJ equipment. With Baby Scratch you are basically just given a little turn table that you can scratch on incessantly. When Baby Scratch first starts up you are given a brief audio track, but the essential purpose of Baby Scratch is to record your own audio tracks and to then play and 'remix' them. The audio record function in Baby Scratch is fairly self explanatory, though it would be nice to use audio from other sources like the iPod section of your iPhone. The interface of Baby Scratch is colorful and clear, making it easy and fun to use. There is no excess of features here and there is not a lot of depth in the software, but that really doesn't matter in this specific situation. Baby Scratch is just fun, and that's OK.
The Godfather, which is probably the most apt name for this iPhone game developer, has been one of the main popularizers of the text based iPhone MMO RPG craze. It's free iPhone games like iMob Online and Race or Die have become seminal classics along with similar names like iMafia and Rockstars Live. Every so often The Godfather does a major overhaul on its game design, which is something that Storm8 does in small increments and PlayMesh does by releasing sequels. Original Gangstaz from The Godfather is quite a leap for them, especially into color cliches of urban gangs. In Original Gangstaz you start by selecting your color, then your crew, your name, and of course your gangsta type that determines what you are best at. This will sound familiar to anyone that has played iMob Online, but this is really true of all the text based iPhone MMO RPGs. In reality their similarity is part of their charm as the only thing that varies between them is theme and stylistic execution. All the basic features are in play in Original Gangstaz such as getting money and experience by completing Jobs. You can use that money to buy weapons to use in Jobs and Fights, as well as invest in property from the Slum Lord. Original Gangstaz really does step up its game in that it adds to what games like iMob Online, Girl Wars Online, and Race or Die started. There is a lottery feature in Original Gangstaz that allows for a little chance at money by using scratch cards. Like most free iPhone games, Original Gangstaz seems obsessed with allowing you to connect with Twitter and Facebook, and this constant connection to social networking sites seems as though it will remain a regular station of mobile phone gaming. iMob Online had Respect Points, and Original Gangstaz has Street Cred. Original Gangstaz Street Cred are cheat points that you can buy from the O. G. for real money. This Original Gangstaz Street Cred is used to buy different things like energy, health, stamina, and loyalty recharges. These Original Gangstaz Street Cred points are the main way that The Godfather makes money off of it, and this was especially true of iMob Online Respect Points. What is new about The Godfathers model is that in the O. G. there are a diversity of ways that their cash flow goes beyond the Original Gangstaz Street Cred. The first is a link to where you can actually purchase an Original Gangstaz T-shirt, as well as a way to get lotto cards by completing some strange Facebook task. All these intricate features aside, Original Gangstaz is a major step forward for The Godfather and the genre as a whole. The best tips for games like iMob Online are still true for Original Gangstaz, and these can be summed up by never paying for Original Gangstaz Street Cred. There is enough free Street Cred to make up the difference.