Archive for iPhone

Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus live on the App Store!

Posted in Apple App Store, Apps, Games, News with tags , , , , on October 18, 2010 by phonicamagazineuk


Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus  for iPhone and iPod touch is available  on the App Store: http://j.mp/9RBvsN .Carry out missions all over the globe and enjoy one of the best FPS multiplayer experience on your iPhone!

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Where is everybody?

Posted in Games, Gaming with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2010 by phonicamagazineuk

 

 

I recently went back to Sid Meier’s Pirates – fiver on Steam, absolute steal – and it struck me how long it had been since I’d played a game where one man’s personality was such a strong thread throughout the experience. From the grunting throat noises the characters make to compliment the subtitles right through to the faintly drunken-sounding yo-ho-hos as you’re setting the t’gallants and making for Havana, there’s a big friendly grin on the game’s face. It’s about as subtle as a custard flan to the face, but it’s there and it dares you to dislike it.

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction

Posted in Games, Gaming with tags , , , , , , on August 17, 2010 by phonicamagazineuk


Publishers: Ubisoft

Developers: Ubisoft

Format: Xbox 360, PC, iPhone

Available: Now

Slowly slowly catchy baddie…

The act of stealthing can be incredibly frustrating. If a silent task is executed correctly, with a well aimed soundless bullet to an enemies head resulting in an unnoticed kill, then playing the silent assassin is both thrilling and rewarding. But when things go wrong, and you’re left dangling ridiculously from a drainpipe while half an army pump lead into your badly camouflaged spine, there are few more infuriating circumstances. So has the well renowned Splinter Cell series managed to provide us with more fiendish moments than frustrating ones?

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Sid Meier’s Pirates!

Posted in Games, Gaming, Mobile Phone with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by phonicamagazineuk

On Guard!

 

Publisher: Concrete Software in Partnership with Oasys Mobile

Format: Blackberry

Everyone is app crazy. Thanks to Apple and it’s pioneered app store we saw mobile phone manufacturers respond as fast as they could, desperate to close the gap that Apple revealed.

In past years, we were quite happy with purchasing games for mobile phones, so the platform for developing applications was there already. Apple didn’t reinvent the wheel…Instead they removed the limitations and encouraged development of anything and everthing under the sun as an app, creating an elitist add on to support their presence in the mobile market.

RIM, a smartphone manufacturer who truly stands out from the bunch. The Blackberry App World is home to over 5000 apps geared towards the blackberry niche market. I decided to download Sid Meier’s Pirates! Continue reading

Brothers in Palms

Posted in Games, Gaming, Technology with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by phonicamagazineuk

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Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front

Publishers: Gameloft
Developers: Gameloft

Format: iPhone, iPod

Available: February

Great game, but do FPS’s really work on the iPhone?

Although the original Brothers in Arms game was an iPhone hit, I personally wasn’t a huge fan. Not that it wasn’t a good game, it was. It had some compelling sections of breathless action, the graphics were solid, and shooting people in the face while on a bus-ride home was always fun. But personally I just don’t think FPS’s or TPS’s work on the iPhone. We’ll come back to that in a minute, but for now, let’s have a run-through of Gameloft’s latest offering- Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front.

Brothers in Arms 2 has been improved in every department, making it far superior (in terms of stats anyway) to the original. Whereas BIA1 had three environments, this new version has five; Pacific, North Africa, Italy, Normandy and Germany. Sadly, Ardennes (home of the mighty pate) has been dropped. BIA1 also had approximately three hours of playtime, while BIA2 has six. Other features such as more levels and more vehicles are also on show. They should have called it Brothers in Arms X2.

Another feature that impresses, and could become the making of BIA2, is the multiplayer. The original didn’t come with this option, so it’s a big deal for BIA2. Now instead of just playing through the game on your own, you can join a group of like-minded souls, and get some WW2-style killing done. There’s no co-op mode, but a deathmatch should still make for some interesting gameplay. Whether it’ll work in practice, with possible connection problems being a worrying vulture hovering above, is yet to be seen. But hopefully it will, and it should make those bus-rides home more enjoyable. And noisy.

During our playtest we were quite impressed with BIA2’s gameplay. It wasn’t mind-blowing, and as usual the visuals were a bit higgledy piggledy, but it was good fun. There were plenty of baddies to shoot, the areas were well laid out and sound-wise the action sounded intense. There were some clever set pieces also, such as a plane crashing right into the battlezone. Little touches like that add real depth to a game, and take it beyond a dumb ‘bang bang’ shooter.

But the main problem we had, and one that I personally still believe is the reason why FPS’s on the iPhone don’t work, is that the controls were extremely fiddly. Layout-wise, they were OK, with the movement cursor at the bottom-left of the screen, and the shoot button on the right. But the basic task of moving around was a real problem. To aim, you had to rub your finger around the screen, and to walk you had to rub the cursor at the bottom. There was an awful lot of inconvenient work involved, and that doesn’t include shooting and selecting weapons, whilst getting shot at.

FPS’s on iPhone’s just don’t work. There’s too much to do, the controls are fiddly and numb, and you’ll just end up running into enemy fire while looking at your shoelaces. Not that Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front isn’t a good game, it’s probably about as good as it gets. But it’s shackled by the awkward control system, which isn’t advanced enough to deal with so many variations. Just leave the FPS’s to the big boys, iPhone, and stick to what you’re good at, like point-and-clicks, racing sims and puzzles.

Scott Tierney

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iPad Will Change the Technology World

Posted in Culture, Mobile Phone, Technology with tags , , , , , , , on January 29, 2010 by phonicamagazineuk

iPad

 

 

Phonica Magazine is normally focused on mobile and games technology. Apple is a key topic in our writing because of the innovative and exceptional iPhone, the fantastically capable touch device which revolutionised the way we view handheld technology. Now Apple has announced the iPad, a crossover device somewhere between an iPhone and a Macbook- and it’s the most exciting piece of technology the world has ever seen.


Imagine that we once used to interact with our computer with a clunky mouse, our computer stuck to the wall with wires and its monitor equally immovable. Those days are gone. We don’t even need a keyboard anymore. Apple’s iPad is a revolutionary tablet computer which enables the user to manipulate everyday workloads with their hands, browse the full internet at arms length, purchase digital books, videos and music on the move and all of this for just $499.

There’s a lot to tell about the new iPad, the first thing to explain is the reason it’s appearing on a games and mobile phones blog. As the first piece of technology to incorporate all of the tech from one of our favourite phones, the 3GS, into a computing device- and the first piece of tech to allow usage of all the current apps on App Store on anything other than an iPhone or iPod Touch, and a product that will use 3G communication for data, this whole new category of product is directly related to everything Phonica holds dear. In fact it is a new territory and deserves its own space on the current tech landscape.

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The King is Dead! Long Live the King!

Posted in Mobile Phone, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by phonicamagazineuk

 

Images of the Mountain View press conference started pouring through my television screen at ten o’clock this evening. Shortly before that I nearly lost an eye whilst eating a late dinner; as the innocuous host of BBC’s Click whipped out a Google Nexus One in front of my eyes! I nearly cried. “The Nexus One!” I yelled at my bemused friends, “it’s here!” Whilst they nonchalantly ignored my geekish fanaticism I skipped through my iPod touch’s Sky Remote Record app, recording nearly every news channel I could see. I wasn’t going to miss this for the world! Continue reading