Take a joystick to the past, a bird to the sky, or a colored block to the stack with this new round of iPhone games!
The best game that can come on a cell phone is one that provides a good experience that comes in a format that is simple enough for casual gaming. This is not to limit the possibility for the iPhone to be a platform for full mobile gaming, but in terms of the "cell phone" gaming mindset these quick blasts of fun are par for the course. This is exactly why Commodore 64 for the iPhone works. Commodore 64 ports classic Commodore 64 games onto your iPhone for free. Yes, this is exactly as rad as it sounds. On this Commodore 64 collection we are given Arctic Shipwreck, Dragon's Den, International Baseball, and several others. They all come with an interface that is reminiscent of the traditional shaky monitor and bulky joystick controller to maximize the pixelated goodness. Commodore 64 comes on the Open Feint network and works so cleanly that at times you forget some of the problems with the games themselves. There are moments when the glitchy graphics, though often self imposed, become a little annoying on such a small screen. Likewise, the controls are not the easiest to maneuver in their position and are not always responsive. These are minor complaints because when Commodore 64 is working for you it sparks a smile immediately. This should be a call for more free iPhone games to be developed from classics of the 80s past.
Bird Strike, a popular new free iPhone game at the iTunes' App Store, is a nice rendition of a gaming genre we have seen a lot of lately. With Bird Strike we get colorful cartoon birds jumping strait up into a 60s rendition of the big scary city. You start by bouncing up on a wire and then as you begin to fall down you will position yourself as to hit items that will spark you back up in the air, such as fireworks. This is done in two formats that either let you go on a level based system or just fly as high as you can, respectively. There is really nothing new here in Bird Strike, but that may just be alright. The graphics are amusing, the details are observed, and the controls are responsive. Bird Strike represents what is incredibly popular among free iPhone games more recently. Here you find a game that is so simple in terms of design yet addictive enough to keep players coming back. There could be a lot more depth in Bird Strike, and the Open Feint network could be utilized in more interesting ways, but you are still going to have a little fun with it despite that.
Real Arcade's Collapse Chaos is a relatively clever puzzle game that forgoes ingenuity and instead integrates the popular elements of several other well established puzzle titles. The idea behind Collapse Chaos is that blocks are building up from the bottom of the square area. They then pop up under the blocks that are already there and it is up to you to get rid of them. The only way to do this is to find blocks of the same color that are touching in numbers of at least three. It is here where the strategy of Collapse Chaos really comes into its own. You must plan your block selecting so as to allow the remaining blocks to arrange so that you can eliminate them. This is all pretty standard and is put into a level format that takes the map design that many platformers have made familiar. Chaos Collapse is fun to a point, but the tried and true concept is not quite as successful here. There is a lot that is familiar to serious fans of puzzle games, but you may miss some of the games from which Chaos Collapse draws from. None the less, Chaos Collapse is not a bad game and if you have already been driving through a lot of the other titles on the iPhone then you will have another one to add to the list. The best thing about free iPhone games like Chaos Collapse is its just as quick and easy to delete it when you're bored as it was to download it in the first place.