Lane Splitter

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Lane Splitter

Generally speaking, I’m not much of a game player. I do play the occasional game of Solitaire, or Words With Friends, not so much to win but more as a challenging exercise to see what words will go where and what letters can be made into words that function within the WWF framework.

I recently came across a simple yet addictive Android-based graphics riding game called Lane Splitter. The game displays a three lane freeway full of cars and trucks that periodically change lanes. These vehicles always use their turn signals signalling their intent. You the motorcyclist are racing down the freeway with the object of avoiding either crashing into the walls or other vehicles. As the game progresses, your motorcycle speeds up, progressively going faster and faster in ever more dense traffic. You steer the motorcycle by tilting your phone or tablet a bit left right from the level position.

Best of all, Lane Splitter is free and the Google Play Store. There are occasional ads in between games, but the ads are non-intrusive and never interrupt the game play itself.

Activision Pitfall Updated and Released for iOS

Some of you may know the game Pitfall thanks to it being kept alive through computer emulators, and a few of you may even remember playing it on your Atari game console.  Now Activision has revived the classic with a remake for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices.

The game has been redesigned for modern mobile devices, so don’t expect any nostalgic 8 bit graphics here.  The work was done by Blast Furnace, a new Activision UK game studio.  Gordon Hall, head of the studio, said, “The team has kept the elements that made the original so much fun to play, and merged them with a cool, retro HD art style, updated controls and play mechanics to keep both old-school fans and newcomers happy.”

The new Pitfall coincides, not by accident, with the 30 year anniversary of the original Atari version from 1982.  An Android version is also planned, but no release date has yet been scheduled.

Jumbo iPieces at The Gadget Show

Jumbo GamesiPieces from Jumbo are a new range of games that join traditional tabletop games with iPad game apps. In a nutshell, the iPad becomes the game board and game pieces are placed on the iPad. The game app displays the board but being an app, can bring animation and other effects to the game. Sheer genius.

There are four games which can be download from the Apple AppStore; Snakes & Ladders, Fishing Game (Magnetic Fish), Game of Goose and Air Hockey. I didn’t recognise Game of Goose, but it’s a traditional Dutch game: Jumbo is a Dutch company.

The iPieces themselves are sold in small packs, with different iPieces for each game – the picture below shows the pre-production packaging. Each iPiece pack is £9.99.

iPieces Games from Jumbo

Here are the game pieces, the iPieces themselves. On the left are two fishing rods for Fishing Game, in the middle the pucks for Air Hockey and on the right, two “men” and a ladder from Snakes and Ladders. As with any game, the number of players varies. The Game of Goose has six players, but Air Hockey only two.

iPieces

If you are worried about the iPieces scratching the iPad screen, there are felt pads on the bottom of the iPieces which I imagine would be good enough for occasional use. Hardcore Air Hockey players might want to invest in a screen protector.

The game boards are brilliantly reproduced by the apps and unlike the original board games, these can have animations and sound. I’ll be reviewing each app in more detail in a future post.

Game of Goose

New iPieces games are coming soon, including Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Ludo, Pool and Stratego.

If you want to learn more, listen to my interview with Catherine from Jumbo.

Snakebyte Video Game Controllers

Mitch Perliss of Sunflex USA (www.snakebyte-usa.com) presents the Snakebyte brand of game controllers. Folks have been having a lot of fun with this one, you can write on the TV with the controller and a host of other fun things.

Interview by Jeffry Powers of Geekazine and Esby Larsen of MrNetCast.com

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