iPhone App of The Week: Trace

August 20, 2009

iPhone App of The Week

Note: I am doing two of these this week because I will be on my way to Prague at 2 PM tommorow, and will be gone until the 31st.

This Week:


Trace is a game thats quite unique. The hand drawn visuals are the first sign of it. Trace is also very fun and creative, but you have to look beyond the surface to know it.

Think of trace like Super Mario 3. It’s the same platforming elements. Maybe the production values aren’t as high, but jumping around on platforms and dodging various elements has always been Mario fare. Lets get one thing straight though: Trace is not Mario.

In Trace, YOU draw the solution. You draw the path that the stickman takes. Basically, you have controls at the bottom. Left, right, erase, jump. And you use your finger to “trace” a line that you then platform until you reach the finish.

Trace has six worlds of different elements. These don’t affect the gameplay too much. The elements are in the picture above. These elements contain roughly 30 levels each. You do the math. That’s a lot of game.

Part of the charm of Trace is its homecooked feel. It’s like a home made cookie, baked with love, expertise, and tastiness. And you get to contribute to that cookie by drawing your own platforms and solutions, like some sort of create a cookie workshop. It’s a very involving feeling.

Trace is a game that is meant to be played by people who think outside of the box. Its a hard game. And a puzzle. Not like Ragdoll Blaster, where the solution is hidden in the level. In Trace, the player must create it. The game takes a lot of thinking.

If you like and of the Super Mario series and you have an iPhone and a reasonably high GPA, I would recomend trace as your next iPhone App purchase. Oh yeah, it’s free.


Modern Warfare 2 Coop Impressions (GameSpot)

August 20, 2009

GamesCom 2009 is officially underway here in Cologne, Germany. While the show has a heavy focus on European games, there’s still a huge presence of American games. But few games from the States are as high profile as Modern Warfare 2. We opened the show by checking out that game’s new Special Ops mode, which expands on the format of the short, action-packed Mile High Club bonus level from Call of Duty 4 and adds some interesting new bells and whistles.

Read the rest at GameSpot

Monthly Poll

August 19, 2009

Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Gallery

August 19, 2009

See them at EUROGAMER

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Trailer

August 19, 2009

Fable 3 Coming Late 2010

August 19, 2009

COLOGNE, Germany–After spending nearly three years in third place, Sony threw down the gauntlet yesterday at the 2009 GamesCom. First and foremost, the financially ailing electronics giant announced a new $299/£249/€299 PlayStation 3 would launch on September 1 in North America and September 3 elsewhere. The company also unveiled PSP Minis, a new “snackable game” initiative which will bring arcade and casual titles to the portable’s download store for an affordable price.

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Lost Planet 2 Coop Demo Coming to Xbox Live Next Week

August 18, 2009

Capcom has announced that Xbox LIVE Gold gamers will be the first to experience Lost Planet 2, as Capcom will be releasing a co-op demo for the game on August 19th. Silver members will get access one week later, on August 26th. Here’s Capcom’s description for the demo:

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