Tuesday, October 19, 2004
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Following from Part I, the categories of games in this article will include the best role playing games (RPGs), best adventure games, best 3D games, best platformers, best space game, best game pack, best shooting game and best solitaire game.
Best Role Playing Games
Inscenic's Warring Nations is without a doubt one of the best RPGs out there at the moment. In this game you manage resources, conquer new lands, build your castles and train/recruit troops until you rule the entire continent. An incredible blend of board game and turn-based strategy - it is great entertainment for any role playing enthusiast. The rules need to be learnt, but once you get going, it really takes everything you've got to beat it. Our very own Pocket PC thoughts has reviewed Warring Nations and says that it is a game hard to put down.
Pocketgamer.org ranks the Green Myste 'up there in the higher echelon of PocketPC gaming'. In the mythical world of the Green Myste you meet up, and possibly invite various adventurers to join you during your quest. With loads of monsters to kill and traps to avoid, this game is a worth while entry in this category.
Warlords is coined as the most popular turn-based strategy series in PC history. Thanks to Pocket PC Studios, this magnificient RPG is now available on the Pocket PC. The coolest thing about Warlords II is the infinitely replayable random maps, as well as some planned scenarios as well. Another worthy addition to any RPG library. pdarcade.com gives this game a great big thumbs up!
Best Adventure Games
The sinister, dark and mysterious Fade was a technological revolution as far as quality pocket pc games were concerned when it first came out and most probably will remain a classic for years to come. Although the game engine only allows static views of the world, this does not take away the beauty and essence of the game. Fade uses a combination of pop-up characters and notably in the beginning of the game, text, to illustrate that things are going on while you move about. The visuals are incredibly subdued and have a dark feeling to them. 'The game blew me away!' says Pocket Now.
Z-Logic's Gilbert Goodmate is a very beautiful well-implemented and fun adventure game. It is amazing how Z-Logics has managed to execute a PC port without sacrificing anything major. With over 40 hours of gameplay, this game is another classic in the making for Pocket PCs. This game has got a good storyline - with some interesting twists in it, great humor (I couldnt stop laughing at one point) and very challenging gameplay. Pocketgamer.org gave this a 10 out of 10 rating because it is so cool
Best 3D Games
Int13's Crazy Kart is a fabulous 3D racing game (great for those of you who love Mario Kart!) - with intuitive controls, a clean and polished interface, and assembly language game engine that gives it such a smooth gameplay. The 3D cartoony figures are brilliantly done. The game contains five worlds and twelve beautifully handcrafted maps. For those who are trying to save up for christmas, I would like to point out that Crazy Kart now costs less than $5.00 at clickgamer.com
PDAMill's Anthelion has an incredible 3D engine, involving and humurous storyline and fun gameplay. Not to mention that the sounds and music are superbly done. PDAGold says that it is an amazing action game with stunning in game visuals. PocketMatrix.com/PocketGamer.org rated the game 10 out of 10 for sheer excellence!
In Xen Games' Interstellar Flames, a vast horde of alien battleships are approaching our solar system. Due to maintenance problems only one fighter craft is ready to defend the planet. Yes, that's you. and you alone! Fly dangerous missions against huge battlecruisers, dogfight with enemy fighters in asteroid fields and destroy the alien fleet before it enslaves Earth. Interstellar Flames is a visually stimulating and fun 3D combat game - truly a worthy candidate in this category.
Best Space Games
Space Treker 3
SunDialSoft's Space Treker 3 is by far the most indepth space adventure game that I have come across. You get to choose from one of 5 ship types (Carrier, Salvage, Fighter, Explorer and Colony) and explore a vast galaxy with hundreds of inhabited systems full of trading opportunities and populated by numerous alien cultures (many of whom will prove hostile). Can your skill as a trader, your tenacity as an explorer and your cunning as a fighter guide you through the worlds of Space Treker to achieve the ultimate rank? You must equip and repair your ship, discover resources, trade at a profit, defeat your enemies and join the guild of your choice if you are to succeed. Another great thing about this game is that each time you begin a new game all systems, ships, names and trade goods are renewed to ensure a long gameplay lifetime. You can save the current game to restart at a later date and the keys used can be re-mapped to suit your preferences. If you are a Star Trek fan, you will really really love this game!
Strange Adventures in Infinite Space
Astraware's Strange Adventures In Infinite Space is different every time it is played. Stars, planets, black holes, nebula mass, alien patrols, items, lifeforms and other encounters are randomized for each new Strange Adventure. It comes with 21 different ship types, over 60 different weapons, drives, shields, gadgets and artefacts, 18 alien lifeforms, 17 different planets and star types and 7 unique alien races. With an average playing time of 5-20 minutes per game, you will definitely get your money's worth.
Best 3D Games
In AIM's Toki Tori, you are armed with an arsenal of 10 different tools and weapons. The game contains four mysterious worlds, offering over 60 levels of exciting platform and puzzle action. You will really need all your brain cells to get you through all of the levels!!! pdabuyersguide rates this game an incredible 20 out of 20!
Moon Child is an oldskool platformer by Klaar - with 13 levels and 4 worlds to complete the game, this is true platformer classic for the Pocket PC. PocketPC Louisville coins this game as one of the best platformers they have ever seen!
Blade Of Betrayal
In HPT Interactive's Blade of Betrayal, you play the role of Spencer Corinth -- on a personal quest to discover the mystery behind your father's death. Your life is in danger as you fall deep into a chasm of lies and deceit, fueling your quest for personal vengeance. Explore an array of environments, from building tops, to underwater mine fields, to mechanical wastelands where you will discover numerous hidden power-ups to assist you in your journey. pdabuyersguide rates the highly sylish world created in this game.
Best Game Pack
In Omnytex's K&G's Arcade, you play the part of Henry Miller. mild-mannered farmer from 17th-century England. You find yourself the captive of two wise-cracking aliens, Krelmac & Gentoo. They challenge you to escape their maze-like ship by finding your way through the five levels of play. With 26 cleverly constructed mini games to play as you play out your adventure, this is an amazing game pack by any standards! TekGuru praises this game as sheer nostalgia done right! On a final note - Fans of Wario Ware by Nintendo will love this game!
Best Solitaire Game
One-For-All Solitaires Collection
Paragon's One-For-All Solitaires Collection is inarguably the biggest collection of solitaire games on pocket pc today. With more than 200 different solitaires included in this collection you can play a new different game every day for several months. All the most popular solitaires are included: FreeCell, Klondike, Black Hole, Calculation, Carpet, Yukon, Joker solitaires and many more.
Best Shooting Game
PDAMill's award winning Snails is a fun action-strategy game. It features fantastic graphics, sounds, background music and gameplay. The game has been continuously developed for over two years, has won many international awards and generally considered as a flagship product of mobile gaming. PocketGamer.org says that this game is one game that is a “must have” for all Pocket PC owners. It says it all
Conclusion of Part II
It is certainly a tall order to create a 'best of' list from the vast number of games available for the pocket pc into just one article (ok, so I split it into 2 parts because it was too long ). I hope readers will agree that the games mentioned in this 2 part article have set a new benchmarks for quality and value for money in the Pocket PC gaming market.
What will more advanced technology, hardware, and programming talent bring to the gaming experience in the near future? I guess only time will tell. One game to look out for could be Atlantis Redux - now available for Pocket PC! This is quite simply the BIGGEST GAME EVER ! Is your Pocket PC 400mhz or above? Do you have 20MB free program memory and 120MB of free storage? If so you could be in for a treat with Atlantis Redux - the game even includes an hour of full motion video! Check out these breathtaking screenshots !
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