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Scandinavian action – Flying Sweden

I feel that the Mac App Store has brought a flood of really awful games. This makes it even more difficult to find interesting stuff to play. Recently a friend of mine pointed me to the uDevGames indie game contest. On of the winners this year is a game called FlyingSweden. FlyingSweden is a very unconventional space invaders like shooter. You are in control of a flying island representing Sweden. On your island you can build shooting monuments (starting with an ikea canon) and resource houses that bring you money, workers and science point. Naturally you need these resources to build more stuff which will bring you more resources to build more stuff.

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Side scrolling Action Shooter – VictoryMarch

The App Store is being flooded by very bad games for ridiculous prices. Nonetheless I found a well designed and fun 2.5D side scrolling Action Shooter called Victory March [link updated].

The gameplay is simple: You play a WWII soldier (choose between Soviet or Yankee) and you run from left to right through the war zone shooting at evil Nazi guys. While shooting is quite simple the game combines action with fast paced platform jumping. Since you can’t stop running you have to concentrate on not getting shot, killing Nazis and jumping accurately.

There’s no more to tell, just try it out. It’s fun and free. Unfortunately it is only available from the Mac App Store as the programmer apparently has iPhone roots (an iPhone version is in work according to the developer)

There is a pro version for 99 Cents, too, but I couldn’t figure out what the difference is. I assume it adds more levels but I have not finished the Lite version yet.

Product: VictoryMarch [link updated]
Price: Free
Requirements: Mac OS 10.6.6 (App Store)
Publisherbootant

50s style in space – The Adventures of Rick Rocket

I love retro games and I’ve been playing Asteroids games for hours and days when I was I child. Last week I was overwhelmed by the urge to play something like that again. And finally after following over two dozen macupdate download links I found Rick Rocket.

Rick Rocket is a mixture of asteroids and space invaders with a full story mode about aliens attacking earth and you being the only one who can save our beloved planet. The gameplay is simple but fun: just shoot the alien ships and try to upgrade your weapons. The whole game features a great 40s / 50s style atmosphere including intro, comic-style story sequences and spaceships that look like add-ons to old breakfast cereals. It’s great. I have not yet played all 48 levels but The game is addictive and has a well balanced  difficulty progression in terms of spaceship and weapon upgrades and enemy strength.

Rick Rocket has a free demo mode and can be downloaded from mygamecompany.com/Products/RickRocket/. It is not available in the AppStore and costs $20 which may sound a lot but it will bring you hours of fun and remember where you spend more money on things that are less fun without hesitation like: 3D Movies, haircuts, car stuff and boring novels.

App: The Adventures of Rick Rocket
Price: $19.99
Requirements: PPC / Intel, Mac OS 10.4, 1Ghz
Publisher: My Game Company

Coolest Physics ever – Osmos

This is so cool! I just found it on macupdate.

I can hardly describe it – you just have to try it, only so much:
You are a ball of energy – a bit like a bacteria – and you live among hundreds of other balls of different sizes in a small universe. The rules are simple. You can eat smaller balls to grow and you should try not to be eaten by balls that are bigger than you.

osmos screenshot

Osmos has a free demo version available from their website, so feel free to try it. And if you like it you can buy in the new Apple AppStore – I guess – €2,49. But I’m not sure because once you bought an App you cannot see the price anymore (well done, Apple). Anyway it’s quite cheap. If you don’t like the AppStore you can get it on the website for $10 (includes versions for Mac, Win, Linux, without copy protection).

App: Osmos
Price: €2.50 (AppStore – limited time)
Requirements: Apple AppStore / unknown when downloaded from website
Publisher: Hemisphere Games

Biofilm – Replicate and kill

Biofilm is not a new game but it’s still a very creative idea. The entire game takes place in a petri dish where you are in control of a colony of bacteria. There are nutrious areas where your little friends can grow and replicate, and there are evil cancer cells with whom you compete over nutrients. So you try to grow as much “soldier”-cells as possible to outnumber the enemy. Naturally there are different types of cells like glowing light cells, supporting cells, freezing cells and bomber cells. The gameplay is quite similar to old versions of command and conquer or warcraft so you will quickly feel comfortable.

This game is a lot of fun especially if you love simulation games (which are rare anyway) and the graphics are very cute. The price tag is $18 or €15 which is not so cheap but ok. (That’s the price of a 3D-Movie ticket) .

The only problem I had, was that my MacBook touch pad did not work properly with this game. Only half of my right-clicks were actually accepted so it was a bit fuzzy to control my germs. Yet I think this is not an issue with a mouse and there are keyboard controls, too.

Maybe you just download it and try it yourself 🙂

App: Biofilm
Price: €15 / $18
Requirements: G5 or Intel, Mac OS 10.3.9, (two button mouse would be useful)
Publisher: Battery Acid Games

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