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Some Favorite Early iOS Games From Cat in a Box Games Get Updated for iOS 7

Posted by Jeff Scott on December 12th, 2013

Some of my favorite all time iOS games - made by Cat in a Box Games - have been updated for iOS 7, the iPhone 5 screen size, and Retina displays. Years after release, these games have remained some of my favorites. If you've never played them it's a great time to pick them up and give them a spin now that they are all updated for the latest hardware.

Blue Defense was the first game released. It used the accelerometer in an interesting way; having the player rotate their phone 360 degrees to defend the blue planet in the center.

Blue Attack has the other end of the story with the blue side attacking the red invaders in their home land. Different control methods and unique game play.

Blue Defense: Second Wave! amps up the original title with new attacks and new fun. It's a great place to start if you've never played any of the three.

Fastar! is a completely different game, a lightweight RPG and a ton of fun. [Editor's Note: Yes! Fastar!]

Red Conquest is a new take on the Red/Blue storyline and is full blown real time strategy game. Deep and fun.

All great games and all worth supporting. It's always nice to see a developer keep games like this alive by updating for the latest hardware and iOS versions.

Favorite Four - High Score Obtainers

Posted by Chris Hall on August 25th, 2010

I can see the confused look on your face already, wondering what the heck a "high score obtainer" is. These are the games that have only one goal, and that is for you to obtain a high score. Sure, most games have some sort of score system built in, but there are only a select few that make you click on that darn OpenFeint button every time you lose. Here are my four favorites.

To me, the best high score games are the ones that keep things the most simple. Ninjump really doesn't have a whole lot going on, just a ninja with an insatiable desire to go up. The controls are as simple as possible, with just a tap sending you to the opposite wall, which is hopefully not occupied by a rival ninja, a building overhang, or a swooping bird. Anything in the middle is gravy though (or maybe chop suey would work better), because your ninja instantly kills anything he touches while in mid air. What's great though is that the game provides a simple twist to the genre, giving you a crazy boost up the screen when you destroy three of the same object in a row.

The best part about the game though is that your score is simply based on how high you get. There are no bonuses and no combos, so you know exactly how hard the person at #1 worked for their score.

There's just something very freeing about Solipskier, and it keeps sucking me in for more. I absolutely love seeing how fast I can get going and how far I can get without falling into the dreaded pit of shame and the game over screen. Like any good game in the "high score obtainer" genre, the controls are incredibly simple, but in this particular instance, difficult to master.

Fastar! is a great high score obtainer that gives you so much more than the average game in the genre. Instead of just giving you one thing to control, Fastar! gives you spells and a sword for your mission to dispatch the enemies with as much haste as possible. Most of the 24 game modes have a simple objective, get through them as fast as possible without dying, and nothing more. Once your level is done, and they will be done fast, the game throws your lowly high score in your face, almost taunting you into playing again.

If you haven't put at least an hour into trying to beat some high score in Fastar!, you must not have a competitive bone in your body.

It's a tough call, but Orbital is probably in my top 5 favorite iPhone games of all time. It has a fairly simple concept that is extremely difficult to master, and is extremely unforgiving. Make one mistake and you are dead, but at least you know exactly what you did when you made the mistake. Also, unlike the rest of the high score obtainers on the list, time is not an issue in Orbital. Take as much time as you'd like... the game doesn't care one bit. Nothing is moving and nothing is growing, it's all you and your increasing incompetence.

The best part of it all is the frustrating realization that your last move may have doomed your game for good. Instead of rushing you past your mistakes, forcing you to mentally move on, Orbital gives you time to scowl at the screen for as long as you want. Nothing is funnier than seeing someone yell at you iPhone after not beating your high score.

The Portable Podcast, Episode 45

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 10th, 2010

No, Huey Lewis, it is not hip to be a square.

On This Episode:

  • Carter speaks with John Kooistra and Henry Truong of Cat in a Box Games about their whimsical new action RPG, Fastar, discussing the game's origins and where the humor for the game came from. Click here to check out Fastar's original prototype mentioned on the show.

  • Carter speaks with Steve Tompkins and Dave Hakim of Movable Sprites, discussing Chuck Gnome's distinctive look, inspiration from carnival and theme park attractions, and how the game worked in z-axis elements in a 2D pop-up book esque world.

Who Are We:

  • Host: Carter Dotson

  • Guest: John Kooistra & Henry Truong, Cat in a Box Games (Fastar)

  • Guest: Steve Tompkins & Dave Ahakim, Movable Sprites (Chuck Gnome)

Where To Hear TPP:

  • None

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @portablepodcast

Apps Mentioned In This Episode:

Fastar! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on July 30th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: REALLY FAST
Fastar! is the fastest RPG ever... it even rushes you through the upgrade process.
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Fastar! - An Action RPG For People On The Go

Posted by Chris Hall on July 13th, 2010

Fastar! (Fight Angry Squares: The Action RPG!) is one of the most bizarre side scrolling action games that I've seen since Tomena Sanner. As an action RPG, Fastar! doesn't bother with slow buildups and sissy story telling, it just gets right into you killing angry squares.

"Fastar! is an Action RPG for when you just don't have time for an Action RPG. Dead simple to pick up and play, you'll be slashing and shopping your way across the grassy plains of [irrelevant flavorful name of fantasy world here] in seconds. You'll cross the world in mere minutes."

With a neat hand drawn style and its promised pick up and play style, Fastar! looks to be one of the best (or at least quickest) RPG's of 2010. Cat-In-A-Box Box Games expects it to be out July 30th, so be ready... and fast!