Apple, making science fiction come true. That should be their tagline. If they needed any advertising at all these days that is. Who has an iDevice of some kind? Me too. I'm generally sceptical of touch screen technology but since I got my new iPhone in January I'm starting to change my mind.
Almost immediately it allowed me to work with an app development company, Thinkling Studios, on their debut game, Thinklings - Space Rescue. Don't worry, I only beta tested. Finally released today, I may not be as proud of the game as Simon and Stewart, the app development genius creators, but I am still excited to see a project I had a little input in to be launched in to the world.
So what exactly is it? Here's a fun little video to help explain:
Using your fastest finger, you must guide the Thinkling Starship, Blue Shift, past the evil Slumlords and rescue the Thinklings, who are trapped on their home world. Beware, however, as space holds many dangers and obstacles: asteroids, mines, wormholes and homing-comets, along with the spiky, disgusting Slumboid, leader of the Slumlords. Help is at hand though, the Thinkings reward players with power ups to assist them on their quest. It is a game of daring and danger, timing and tactics, rescue and reward.
Having played this game for many hours myself I can attest to both its ease of play and its extreme addictiveness. I started my testing expecting to put in half an hour here and there only to find an entire evening had passed without looking up. The combination of point scoring and multiple goals to achieve kept me repeating the game time and time again ignoring the technical aspect of my task and desperate to open every unlockable and beat my own high scores. You may take that as reason not to play the game but if you're in to playing app games then I can think of nothing better than one with that many hours of gameplay.
I'd be remiss if I didn't tell you where to get the game, so follow this link to the app store to download the game for your spangly iPad and keep your eyes peeled for the iPhone download in the next couple of weeks.