The iPhone and iPad are wonderful traveling companions. Whether you’re en route, or waiting for a connecting flight, whip out that iOS device and while away the hours reading a digital magazine, or better yet, gaming.
Mind you, I’m the last person to consider these devices the go-to place for hardcore gaming, but the app store is filled to bursting with great time wasters and blasts from the past. It’s the latter I want to focus on right now. Indeed, what better way to fill a free moment or two than to relive a gaming classic from times long gone?
SEGA has released a number of games in the App Store and Google Play store, updated versions of cult gaming titles. Below are three examples that are definitely worth checking out.
Sonic CD ($ 4.99)
Sonic the Hedgehog, also known as Sonic, is SEGA’s flagship rival to Nintendo’s Mario. The supersonic blue mascot has appeared in an impressive number of games over the last twenty-plus years, running rampage on its fair share of arcades and consoles – amongst which, Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
Sonic CD is an impressive port, with retina-ready sprite graphics (yes, it makes a notable difference). On-screen controls, as featured in the majority of iOS arcade games, provide a more than decent way of controlling the little blue guy. Although the merit of a physical controller can’t be so easily downplayed, the controls are fluid and easy to master.
Fans of Sonic don’t have to stop at Sonic CD. SEGA has added multiple Sonic games to the App Store, including Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 4, and a number of Sonic-flavoured spinoff games.
Crazy Taxi ($ 4.99)
Crazy Taxi was made famous on the DreamCast, but also appeared on other consoles. A port of the DreamCast version is now also available on iOS devices. For the uninitiated, Crazy Taxi is a game where you defy time, gravity, and as much traffic rules as you can possibly manage to drive customers across town. Beat the time limit to get the dough and a new customer.
Remarkably, this seemingly simple concept provides more replay value than you’d expect. Rocking out to The Offspring, you keep finding new back-breaking ways to get from A to B. In the end, it’s not the number of customers serviced that keeps with you, nor the fare accumulated at the end of day, but the sheer joy of driving around like a crazy taxi.
Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition ($ 2.99)
Take a maze, add a ball, some monkeys and a stopwatch, and you get the addictive and fun game of Super Monkey Ball. Tilt your device to steer the monkey across the maze, grab the banana-flavoured power-ups to earn extra lives before the timer runs out.
With six different worlds, a grand total of 125 themed mazes, and four different choices of monkey, you’ve got a great deal of Super Monkey Balling ahead of you. If that isn’t enough, you can find the first Super Monkey Ball iPhone game in the App Store as well.
Do you like to revisit the classics? What are some of the best iPhone games or iPad games that you play to while away the time? Let us know in the comments section below the article!