It’s time for our weekly digest of tiny iPhone reviews, courtesy of iPhoneTiny.com, with some extra commentary exclusive to Cult of Mac.
This time, we review Baseball Fever HD, Blackjack Free HD, Break HD, Cliffed, Compression HD, JamPad, Labyrinth 2 HD, Labyrinth 2 HD Lite, Paper Football HD, Paper Football HD Premium, Pukk HD, Sir Revs-a-Lot HD, Tangle Plus Lite, Tap Blaster HD, WeatherBug Elite for iPad.
APP OF THE WEEK
Labyrinth 2 HD: Fantastic tilt-based marble-in-maze game with bonkers courses and fab aesthetics. 5/5 $7.99 http://bit.ly/9JAQKR
Baseball Fever HD: A great game if you hate baseball – and yourself. Avoid. 1/5 Free http://bit.ly/9RpTi2
Blackjack Free HD: Tolerable if ugly blackjack with nails-down-chalkboard audio. 2/5 Free http://bit.ly/crWEZR
Break HD: Mediocre Breakout game, seemingly wrenched screaming from early ’90s Amiga public domain disk 2/5 Free http://bit.ly/cWFbUj
Cliffed: Norm’s World XL: Rush-to-bottom vertical platformer. Lacks depth (oho!), but good controls/visuals. 3/5 Free http://bit.ly/9PQU1X
Compression HD: Puyo Puyo in a trash compactor. Like the decent iPhone game, but larger and free. 3/5 Free http://bit.ly/bNTz0t
JamPad: Drum loops? Check! Mixer? Check! Piano keyboard that slides on drag & can’t be locked? Ch- *WHAT?* 1/5 Free http://bit.ly/avw4zj
Labyrinth 2 HD Lite: 15 levels from the tactile, fun, great-looking tilt-based maze game. 3/5 Free http://bit.ly/dr05BT
Paper Football HD: Like Paper Football HD Premium, but with ads that regularly crash the app. Rubbish. 1/5 Free http://bit.ly/azkoVe
Paper Football HD Premium: Truly awful flick-based paper football with added awful sauce. 1/5 Free http://bit.ly/ap0sGY
Pukk HD: Pong with lip-gloss on. OK w/ two players but the most pointless single-player game imaginable 2/5 Free http://bit.ly/bTRCnu
Sir Revs-a-Lot HD: Poor update of iPhone IndestructoTank clone, hampered by acres of space between foes 2/5 Free http://bit.ly/bbIuSg
Tangle Plus Lite: Island-connect game. Fun until completed – after about 5 mins. Good ad for full game, tho’. 2/5 Free http://bit.ly/cOGCX4
Tap Blaster HD: Pong with multiple projectiles. Has potential, but currently silent & feels unfinished. 2/5 Free http://bit.ly/cNRVpq
WeatherBug Elite for iPad: Feature-packed, good-looking weather app – for USA. If elsewhere, drop rating by 2. 4/5 Free http://bit.ly/cQZ4Sd
It’s early days for the iPad, but it’s clear quality at the free end of the scale is pretty woeful and far worse than for iPhone. However, the best the iPad has to offer often outshines similar titles for iPhone. A case in point is this week’s top app, Labyrinth 2 HD. The tilt-based marble maze worked nicely on iPhone, but feels right at home on iPad, with the larger device affording more precision movement, better graphics and a more immersive experience.