I’m leaving tomorrow for a mini-vacation – a wedding followed by 2.5 days in Orlando – and since I’m not the best air traveler in the world (though I’ve gotten much better), I’ve been stocking up on iOS diversions to help keep my anxiety in check. Likewise, there’s bound to be some downtime during this trip, so I’ll need some stuff to keep me occupied.
Here, then, is a quick rundown of what I’ll be checking out over the next few days:
Pocket Planes: Nimblebit’s followup to the insanely addicting Tiny Tower arrived late last night, and I’ve become arguably even more hooked on PP than I was on TT. Instead of building an endless skyscraper, you are gradually building an airline. Right now, I’ve got 5 or 6 planes ferrying people and cargo along a narrow corridor in the Northeastern US (on my iPhone, at least – my iPad game is starting out in South America), and soon I’ll be buying airports in the Midwest and beyond. It’s engaging, it’s non-stressful, it’s got the same charming 8-bit art style that TT had, and it’s FREE – and not in that annoying way where it’s technically free but you have to shell out real $$ in order to actually get anywhere. Free, Universal
Temple Run: Brave: Imangi’s follow-up to its mega-hit Temple Run, now with Pixar branding for its forthcoming film. It is pretty much the exact same game as the original, except with better graphics and an “archery mini-game” which really just requires you to tap on archery targets as you run past them. It’s a little awkward, but it does mix things up a bit. $.99, Universal
Air Mail: A truly gorgeous 3D flying/exploration game, reminiscent of Crimson Skies (but without the combat, at least so far). It’s a little aimless at times, but it’s also one of the best-looking games on the new iPad. $4.99, Universal
Defender Chronicles 2: I’m not much for tower defense games, but this has been getting great reviews… $2.99, Universal
And of course, lots of 8-Bit Ninja, Spellsword and Fairway Solitaire.