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Top 5 iPhone games

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Here are my favourite iPhone games -- and the reasons why. In my experience the cheap ones usually end up being the fun ones, because they are simple and anybody can figure them out and play. And my list supports that experience!


1. Tiny Wings

TINY Wings is a game for the iPhone that I've reviewed before, but it's an all-time fav. The game is simplistic in style, addictive, and highly entertaining. The essence of the game involves a bird that has to make it as far as it can before the sun comes down. It's a little difficult to explain, but take my word for it, it's insanely fun.

The reason I rank this as my No.1 iPhone game is because it's a pickup game. I can play it for 30 seconds and close the app and be done with it or I can enjoy the game for 10 minutes.

You don't have to constantly wait for loading screens or for new levels to appear; the application runs very smoothly. I'm in love with this app and when I have an idle moment in the car (I'm a passenger of course), or waiting for something, I open it up an play for a bit.

Basically, if I ever have a spare moment to dink around on my phone, I'll always play Tiny Wings. The application cost 99 cents and it is a must have. (I've made it to Island 8; just try and beat it!)


2. Rat on The Run

THIS app has to be one of the oldest games I have on my phone. In fact, this was the first game I downloaded on my first ever iPod Touch a couple of years ago. But like they say, it's "an oldie but a goodie."

The idea of this game is you're a rat on a scooter and you have to jump onto these landing pads and collect the cheez-its. As you progress, the game picks up speed and the jumps become more tricky to navigate. This game is also an app that you can play for a short period of time, very much like Tiny Wings.

Before Tiny Wings came along, this was all I played, therefore it got knocked out of the David Bell No.1 Fav Game position. This application also cost 99 cents. (Highest score is 82 cheez-its collected)


3. Doodle Jump

DOODLE Jump -- what a great game. This game uses the iPhone's accelerometer. For those who don't know what an accelerometer is, basically it's a chip inside your phone that allows you to shift your phone side to side or up and down and the game reacts with the movement. This means you can use your iPhone like a steering wheel to drive a car in a racing game.

In Doodle Jump, your motive is to get as high as you can get. It's starts really easy with lots of platforms available to land on, but as you get higher, things start exploding, jumps are only temporarily available, there are monsters you have to shoot, and the game gets a whole lot faster. There is a really competitive quality to this game as your score is based on how high you get. My average game height is usually around 20,000 feet. The application is once again just 99 cents, very addictive and is one of the original iPhone games available. Great game.


4. iRaft Wars

THIS game originated on the website The game was made available to the iOS platform years later. It never really became a Top 10 game, but I still have one hell of a time playing it.

The idea for Raft Wars is there are two characters on a raft, and you have to shoot across the water toward two enemies on a second raft. The twist is, your enemies are mushrooms, star fish, or plants, and they are armed too! After beating a level, you can upgrade your weapons based on your score.

The trickiness of this game is that you have to not only aim, but also account for distance. It's really hard to hit an enemy every time, because different weapons can shoot different distances. So you not only have to guess the distance, but pick the right weapon. The game gives advantages to your opponents; they will usually hit you every time. You'll die quickly at first.

This game cannot be picked up and put down and there are numerous loading screens as well so you have to focus when playing Raft Wars and play it for a while. This game is a great time passer and a super fun experience. Go ahead and download it. This game costs $1.99.


5. Peggle

THE Peggle game for iPhone is a strategy game. It's almost like Tetris, but not really. In Peggle, your mission is to eliminate all of the balls. You have a gun and you need to position yourself so you have the opportunity to destroy all the balls. You have only 10 shots per level and some levels are super hard, so you have to think strategically to be good at this game.

To be successful you have to factor in different bounces and the play angles of each ball to hit another ball. It's a tricky game to play, but anyone over the age of eight could figure this one out. It's a game that I could see myself playing, beating, and then starting over.

It's great to play for a longer period of time like when you are travelling. It's quite addictive and worth the big price tag of $3.99.

What are your favorite games? Hit me on Twitter @TheDavidBell.

David Bell, 14, is a student at St. Paul's High School. At age 12, he started making instructional videos about using computers and soon expanded his videos to include technology product reviews. Today, David is a YouTube Partner under the name iBellix with more than 3,100 subscribers to his channel. David is also the founder of, where he and several staff writers keep people up to date on technology trends and directions. David is excited to be writing for Sunday Xtra and sharing his thoughts, opinions and predictions.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 26, 2011 ??65522

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