Doodle Jump just came out with it’s best update ever, the addition of multiplayer! Doodle Jump matches you through Game Center with a opponent (either a friend or random matched player someplace in the world) to play a race against (similar too Fruit Ninja). You race across the usual assortment of Doodle Jump stuff in order to make it to the goal first (or just be the last one standing). The effect is seamless, with a match within seconds. It occasionally is a little choppy, but who cares when you get this amazing free update.
Archive for March, 2011
Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Rio Free just hit the App Store! Angry Birds Rio consists of 60 levels with more levels on the way. There is even a boss level! Levels aren’t based around popping pigs though, instead you have to rescue other birds from cages. Just like the other amazing Angry Birds games, Angry Birds Rio is $.99 and is a lot of fun. Hopefully I’ll write a review soon.
So after being super disappointed that the 3DS demo pod was closed, I made my way to a Best Buy to play one of their kiosks. The Best Buy kiosk is limited, playing only PilotWings Resort on one system, but at least I got to play it. However I did hack their unit and was able to try Face Raiders and the Mii Maker (more on the hack later).
Down to business.
If you’re thinking about buying a 3DS, you really need to try it first. Everyone I know who tried it could see the 3D, it just depended if it hurt their eyes or not. Some people’s eyes instantly hurt (my aunt, for example). Others see the 3D fine and have no problem (my sister, cousin, and dad).
My problem was a little trickier, it never really hurt my eyes, but I saw double occasionally while focusing in the distance.When PilotWings used big 3D effects, I was a lot more comfortable with the turned off. At the same time though, you lose an effect that defiantly impacts the gameplay. I also noticed that I had a harder time using it on PilotWings than Face Raiders or the menus. This is because the 3D pops-out at you a lot more during PilotWings (or I could have had a bad angle).
Overall the 3D works, things pop at your face while others sink deep into the background. The biggest outward jump into my face was probably an inch or so, which is definitely cool. Just make sure before you dump $250 into Nintendo that it doesn’t hurt your eyes first. There are kiosks everywhere, check out this map and find one close to you.
The Circle Pad
First off, the circle pad is awesome. Funny enough I liked it better than the 3D graphics. Very smooth, kind of rubbery, and just perfect in every way. It entirely exceeded my expectations. Fluid and brilliant. I was also able to compare it with the PSP’s. Way better and easier to use.
Other Buttons and Stylus
The buttons are pretty much the same as the DSi’s with a few differences. The D-Pad was moved down to make room for the circle pad putting it in an awkward position. It still works, but in most cases, just use the circle pad instead. The new home button works well and works similar to the Wii’s home button, but adds limited multitasking. Also the new shoulder buttons work better and have more spring. The telescoping stylus is nice, but in my demo’s I didn’t get to use it much.
One of the benefit’s of hacking the system. Face Raiders kept me laughing for my brief time with it. In short, the 3DS takes a picture of your face, sticks a helmet on it, and makes your in game face laugh maniacally. The result is brilliant. Of course your face doesn’t just laugh, it sneers, puckers it’s lips and more. Truly a excellent game. It’s 3D also works better than PilotWings.
Another hack benefit. The Mii maker is a lot more in depth than the Wii’s. The make a Mii from a photo works well, especially when you compare the photo and Mii. Another fun toy. Menu’s looked good in 3D too.
Just drove about 100 miles to visit the 3DS demo station in Santa Monica to find that it’s closed for today and tomorrow. The LA Marathon is Sunday. There is a street fair going on today and they lost their permit for both days. I’m now headed to the single demo unit in a local Best Buy to play PilotWings Resort. Very, very disappointed Nintendo.
How many times am I going to post about Angry Birds? I guess a lot because Angry Birds just came out with a new update. 18 new Ham ’em High levels and a updated pause menu! The pause menu now advertises all the Angry Birds stuff out there. The plushes, tees, websites, and more. I am now digging all the cool shirts (even if their a little pricey). However the load time on the pause menu is a little slow, which is bound to anger many. a Did I mention this 18 new level update was free? Even with their self promoting adds, Angry Birds rule the world!
Creeps! Holiday Edition slipped under my radar entirely. For those who don’t know, the Creeps! is an epic tower defense game for iPhone. Currently, in the holiday version, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day levels are included with more holiday levels on the way. The game now costs 2 bucks and looks to be promising in the future.