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On iPhone Games And Apps

May 22, 2010

So, a while ago, I got myself an iPod Touch. I love the thing. I mean, it’s so small and thin and smooth, every time I hold it in my hand I get this weird urge to skip it across a lake. Anyway, the reason why I didn’t go with an iPhone was because I was perfectly happy with my Blackberry, and in any case, what I really needed first and foremost was a device that would serve as a dedicated music player. Anything more would just be gravy.

But that said, I’d be a fool if I didn’t take advantage of the many apps available. So far I’ve only downloaded a handful — mostly news apps but also a few social ones like Facebook so I can quickly scan the headlines or see what my friends are up to. What I’ve shied away from so far, believe it or not, are the games. I don’t know, somehow I’d convinced myself that trying to tap out a high score on a tiny screen just wouldn’t be my thing.

However, a couple days ago, both Biobreak and Scarybooster posted articles talking about iPhone games. Now normally, like Syp I’d rather just read a book (on the Kindle app!) if I ever found myself out somewhere waiting around with nothing else to do. But reading those articles got me thinking that maybe I should give iPhone games a try. I could download a few just to mess around with them, it couldn’t hurt. So, I went ahead and grabbed a bunch that looked interesting off the top 25  list in the free category.

Anyway, I played around with all the games, found that not surprisingly, some were more entertaining than others. I had fun, but in the end I just couldn’t get into any of them.

Maybe I’ve been spoiled by years of gaming on computers and high-definition TVs. Or it could be the fact that the quality of free games is generally lower than that of the ones you have to pay for. Or maybe there’s just something wrong with me. I don’t know. After all, everyone else around me seems to like ’em. Even the simplest of games get a lot of love. My best friend is constantly obsessed over a high score for this iPhone game or that, my brother’s roommate apparently has a Doodle Jump addiction, and my husband could probably spend hours playing Paper Toss if I left him alone long enough with my iPod Touch.

For now, I’ll probably stick with my books. But I haven’t given up yet. I don’t doubt there’s probably an iPhone game out there just waiting to hook me, I probably just need to get schooled on what’s hot and what’s not. Scary seems to enjoy Angry Birds, and I imagine that’s gotta be a #1 game for a reason. Hey, for $0.99, maybe I’ll give that one a shot for my first paid game! I will also welcome any other suggestions — and not just games either, I’d love recommendations on cool apps just in general. Like I said, for the moment I’ve only experimented with a handful.

And speaking of cool apps — getting back into World of Warcraft led me to download the Mobile Armory. Damn, what a nifty MMO app, especially with this Remote Auction House thing that’s now in beta. I’m now pondering the mobile authenticator, even though I already have a regular one.