I-Play’s Summer Lineup: Pool, Jewels, Weddings, and Blenders

We’ve never seen such a strange lineup in one demo before. On iPhone, I-Play has something coming for the sports fan (Pool Star featuring Earl Strickland), casual gamer (Jewel Quest Deluxe), wedding-obsessed (Dream Day Wedding), and even disgruntled workers (Blend the Boss).

In the US, Pool Star features pro shooter Earl Strickland, while the UK version will use Steve Davis. We learned today that you’ll be able to play peer to peer multiplayer when iPhone OS 3.0 comes out, and while you can grab the game for $1.99 now, the price will increase to $3.99 pretty soon. Pool Star seems to be a competent pool sim, so check it out now at a discount price if you’re interested.

Jewel Quest Deluxe is the follow-up to Jewel Quest II, and it adds boss battles to mix up the match-three, gem-sliding fun. In the boss battle we saw, your fedora-donning tough guy and an opponent took turns sliding gems in a race to acquire 25 red jewels. While this is pretty much exactly the same formula as Bejeweled and similar games, the boss battles, unique table layouts, and future peer to peer multiplayer could make this one slightly better.

Dream Day Wedding is one of the best games of this bunch, probably because it involves no actual lifelong commitment or drunken in-laws. Instead, it’s a seek-and-find game, where you have to gaze deeply into a highly detailed photo of a ballroom, spa, or other wedding-based location to pick out hidden knickknacks. A few minigames, like adjusting the spouts at a chocolate factory, take this a bit beyond the normal seeking gameplay.

And finally, because novelty gross-out games are alive and well on the iPhone, comes the amusingly tasteless Blend the Boss, a port of the Joe Cartoon game. In Blend the Boss, you can take a picture of someone you hate and place it on a cartoon body. Then you have to shoot a bird out of the sky, land the dead bird on a catapult, and it will launch the object of your ire into a man-sized blender. When they fall in, they’ll turn into Danny Torrance’s elevator nightmare from The Shining. This is one gnarly App, and while it may be good for a few laughs in the break room, if upper management finds out about it you’ll quickly end up unemployed.

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