iPhone Game Friday: Arcade Games

Welcome to another edition of iPhone Game Friday. This week the iPhone game market has been dominated by the release of “Grand Theft Auto: China Town Wars” and we will have a full review of this game coming next week (sneak preview: It’s fantastic!)

This week sees the continuation of our themed roundups, focusing on apps that fall into the ‘Arcade’ category of games. Again we will try and bring you a brief introduction into five great games, from the delightful Rat on a Scooter to the promising Goals! Pro.

Rat on a Scooter XL

Rat on a Scooter XL

Rat on a Scooter XL

One of those game titles that may confuse you, or make you wonder why a rat would be on a scooter, Rat on a Scooter XL is incredibly addictive.

With cute graphics and the simple aim of performing stunts across the platform race course, developers Donut Games have made such a basic game one of the most enjoyable pick-up-and-play games on the iPhone. So it’s cheap, addictive and there are three game modes to keep you occupied. What are you waiting for?

Price: $.99
Developer: Donut Games 
Download: App Store

Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey

Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey

Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey

Waldo, or Wally as he is also known, is the world’s best hider in the game of hide-and-seek. Featuring 12 magical worlds and hundreds of items to find, this game has beautiful graphics and plenty to keep you occupied on a boring day at the office.

There are some extra features to give some variation from the book version of Waldo (apparently all 12 worlds can be found in books) and so the game tries to distract you with paint splatters, shaking screens and flipping the search window upside down. Some will argue that it lacks variety, but what do you expect from a game where you search for someone?

Price: $2.99
Developer: Ludia 
Download: App Store

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D

Everyone’s favourite bandicoot came to the iPhone almost two years ago at $9.99 which some may have said was a little too expensive for a basic karting game, however, since the price drop to just $2.99, you have to ask yourself what is stopping you.

Control Crash and his friends using the iPhone’s tilt features as you battle your way through 12 tracks in order to become the champion driver. This is the closest experience to Mario Kart on the iPhone and is great fun to play on the go, although lack of an update in 2 years gives you the impression the developers have forgotten about it.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Activision Publishing. Inc
Download: App Store

Goals! Pro

Goals! Pro

Goals! Pro

Harking back to the good old days of Empire Soccer ’94 (anyone else remember this?) Goals! Pro is the epitome of classic top-down soccer games. Even going as far as to feature an arcade style interface with a joystick and red and blue buttons Goals! Pro is a slick, fast-paced game that quickly becomes addictive once you have mastered the, slightly fiddly, control system.

The game features a Cup Tournament and is rumoured to be releasing a multiplayer update sometime later this year. Try it out for free by downloading Goals!

Price: $.99
Developer: The Game Creators 
Download: App Store

Hot Dog Down a Hallway

Hot Dog Down a Hallway

Hot Dog Down a Hallway

If you’re still with us, you have probably just read that title and thought “What?!” but for those of you familiar with Kitten Cannon style games, Hotdog Down a Hallway is just a title stating the obvious.

Your aim is to fire a hotdog down a hallway avoiding items which slow you down, like Crabs, while trying to land on items which will extend your flight, such as fans and plant leaves. You set the power and angle of your shot and then, while the hotdog is in flight, try and control the angle using the iPhone’s tilt controls. The better angle at which you hit the ground, the better the bounce. It’s strangely addictive and it’s free, so give it a go today!

Price: FREE
Developer: Metaversal Studios 
Download: App Store

What Do You Think?

As usual, we want to know what you have been playing this week and whether or not you agree or disagree with what we say. Post your favourite arcade games below and don’t forget to check back next week for another iPhone Game Friday featuring the best new releases.

We will also have a bumper review of Grand Theft Auto: China Town Wars if I can drag myself away from it long enough to write it for you!