To be honest, I haven't got many games that will actually give it a real workout. If I want to play most modern games, I tend to play them on my XBox 360. So it was really just a matter of seeing how some of the games I own actually run on this baby.
First up was Hydorah, Locomalito's amazing free homage to Nemesis/Gradius and other arcade shooters of the Eighties. If you haven't downloaded this yet then you're quite mad, and I challenge you to go and do so now. I love it so much, I paid for a limited edition disc version.
|Prepare to meet your nemesis. What? At least I didn't use "It's R-Type of game"!|
Next up, I went on a bit of a Minter-fest. Inspired by my post of the other day, I loaded up Steam and installed a couple of The Yak's most recent efforts - Space Giraffe and Gridrunner Revolution. Although both are fairly simple games, they're renowned for shifting a lot about the screen in glorious/horrendous technicolour, depending on your viewpoint. Both games benefitted substantially from the extra processing power and screen real estate... a good amount of time passed very quickly indeed.
|Gridrunner Revolution. I actually know exactly what's going on here.|
First of all, I went from Gridrunner Revolution on the PC to Gridrunner on the iPhone. And whereas Revolution changed the game mechanics of the original substantially, iOS Gridrunner goes back to the basics... to a degree. Naturally though, there's a twist, which in this case comes in the form of extra weapons and classic arcade sound effects. In fact, if you close your eyes while someone else is playing it, you could be forgiven for thinking you'd stepped into your own version of Narnia, located in an Eighties' seaside arcade. Fast and frantic, Gridrunner is easily one of the very best iOS games available.
|Gridrunner (iOS). I actually know exactly what's going on here.|
Finally, I moved back to the PC for one of my all-time faves... Sid Meier's Sim Golf. Now, I know that Sid Meier is a genius... but I haven't really got on with many of his games. Mine is but a feeble brain, incapable of processing all the commands needed to win at the likes of Alpha Centauri and Civilization. Similarly, I have no great love for The Sims series of games. But Sim Golf? Pure, unadulterated joy.
|I could have made the first hole a little easier... but why?|
So, that was good fun. I enjoyed myself. Tomorrow, it'll be time to crack on. I've got questions out with all the positive responders now, and have one reply to work on. Things have slowed down a bit... my last three e-mails have received no responses. It may be that the addresses are dead by now, or at least aren't checked very often, but it's a little bit of a downer. Still, that just means I have to look elsewhere for the time being. I have a few people in my sights...