Another week, another six games to medlify! Yes, that’s a word. We’re trying to bring a little more pizazz to the feature by seeking out the App Store’s strange and wondrous; this time around, we’ve got the world’s most difficult bicycling game, a little something from the halcyon days of the Atari 2600, and one of the iPhone’s three (and counting) beer pong simulators!
As always, be sure to drop us a line if you’re interested in having your game appear on STP. We love to hear from you!
This game’s title isn’t quite accurate–it should be called Bike AND Die 2. Making it through these levels in once piece takes the dexterity of a concert pianist; the physics are straight out of The Matrix, but your rider succumbs to minor falls and bumps like he’s made out of the finest bone china. We like tip-and-balance racers as much as the next guy, but we’re not used to such exacting standards! $2.99 for a limited time.
No buttons? No problem! TouchSports Tennis ’09 proves that you can still play a decent game of tennis on the iPhone. You tap on the court to position your player, and then tilt in the direction you want to hit the shot. It works well enough, but we wonder if the controls might have been a little more intuitive the other way around, since we are now so used to moving our characters via tilt. $4.99.
If you’re too young to be familiar with the Atari 2600, you can skip right over this item. If not, you’re in for a treat. Developer Peter Hirschenberg’s ported a little piece of gaming history to the iPhone, in perfect form. In addition to being the first action-adventure video game (although some would dispute its classification as such), Adventure also contained the original easter egg. We wouldn’t pay any money for it, but it’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose.
Movie Challenge is a pretty awesome little trivia app that’s packed chock-full of film factoids, posed in multiple kinds of challenges. The game’s 3000 questions come in many forms, including word scrambles, chronological puzzles, true-falses, and even jumbles. $1.99 to beat irritating film nerds down at cocktail parties.
Okay, okay… We know that Match-3 games are diametrically opposed to “strange and wondrous,” but we felt like calling Smiles out anyway. Its production values remind us a little bit of Gaia, which is a very good thing. In addition to the usual combo-mongering gameplay, it also has a keen puzzle mode called Zen that’s surprisingly involved. $4.99.
Although it’s nowhere near as popular as diligent study and newsreels at the drive-in cinema, beer pong, aka Beirut, still rates as a major collegiate pastime (at our undergraduate institution, we called it “the sport of kings”). Beer Pong U offers three orthodox styles of play–although the paddle variant is shamefully missing–tilt controls, and a dirty frat basement. Bliss! $2.99.