October 09 iPhone Picks
Its a somewhat eclectic mix of games for our first monthly iPhone games round-up. Covering remakes of old classics, frivolous cheap thrills and even the ability to be a rock star on your iPhone or iPod Touch, there's certainly plenty to try out from this October. To start things off, we come to a game more addictive than crack if you're a football fan.
Championship Manager 2010 (2.99 GBP)
Odds are if you're a football fan and a gamer, you've probably tried a football management game and with good reason. The likes of Football Manager and Championship Manager enable you to lead your favourite side to victory all thanks to your supreme tactics. So it's excellent news to finally see a good football management game available to play on the move, in the guise of Championship Manager 2010. With up to date transfer data from the Summer transfer window and the ability to play alongside real managers, the deal just gets better and better. There's also a 2D match engine, which may be slightly reminiscent of the Amiga days of gaming but works admirably on the iPhone by providing enough detail to see what's going on. For a mere 2.99 GBP it really is a no brainer for the iPhone owning football fan. It'll make your commute go like a breeze!
Doodle Jump (0.59 GBP)
A game that promises on its iTunes app page that it's worth getting dumped for must surely be something a little special. Doodle Jump is certainly that, bringing brief addictive spells to the level that Flight Control once commanded. Doodle Jump is ridiculously simple, as so many great games are. Using tilt controls you navigate the Doodler, a small ship which must traverse a sheet of graph paper while avoiding black holes and various enemies. The real beauty comes from the knowledge that the game is frequently updated. Recently a Halloween Easter Egg was added allowing the Doodler to turn into a ghost, as well as a trampoline being added. With extremely smooth and accurate tilt controls, Doodle Jump is simple, unadulterated fun and at 59p it's certainly worth a download.
Doom Classic (3.99 GBP)
Returning to an old classic can sometimes be a dangerous move. The realisation that a great game from 20 years ago hasn't aged very well is always a sad event. However fortunately this isn't the case with id Software's release of Doom Classic on the iPhone. It might take a little while to adjust to the virtual d-pad touch controls but once you've mastered them, this is pure good old fashioned Doom. With all 36 missions available to play as well as co-operative and competitive multiplayer, nothing's missing from this fantastic adaptation of Doom. Its a stunning walk down blood-filled memory lane.
Earthworm Jim (2.99 GBP)
From one youthful memory to another, we come to Earthworm Jim. Who could resist the mutated worm that saved the world from Psy-Crow and Queen Slug-For-A-Butt back in the 1990s? The iPhone version suffers slightly from a virtual d-pad that fills nearly half the screen but despite that it is still terrific fun. Earthworm Jim has always had a quirky sense of humour and this is perfectly shown here. The controls work well with swinging from platform to platform being quite simple to do and the graphics and sound upgrades are subtle but wholly appropriate for such a remake.