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  • TarickStonefire 25 Dec 2012 13:33:49 3,242 posts
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    Darren wrote:
    Why isn't Firefox available for the iPad?
    Ask Mozilla? Why do you need it?

    Darren wrote:
    Also I couldn't find uTorrent either.
    Why did you expect to be able to?

    Any Netflix library in the world for a couple of quid a month? Gimme!

  • TarickStonefire 25 Dec 2012 13:37:29 3,242 posts
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    Got Spaceteam yesterday (2-4 players required, each with iDevices, and you all act like you're on the starship enterprise bridge, it's brilliant), played with my non-gaming wife. She enjoyed it so much this morning she actually suggested playing again. Wow.

    Only problem - can't work out what 'Flip to avoid the wormhole!' means. We've tried everything we've found on the internet describing the technique and nothing actually works. Anyway apart from that, it's class. And free!

    Any Netflix library in the world for a couple of quid a month? Gimme!

  • jonsaan 25 Dec 2012 13:51:26 25,360 posts
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    Oh wow. That sounds incredible :)

    I'm in!

    FCUTA!

  • TarickStonefire 25 Dec 2012 13:52:55 3,242 posts
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    It really is fab. I defy you not to start delivering your instructions like a true Starfleet officer. The temptation to confirm your team-mates instructions is hard to fight, but there simply isn't time to do so as well as apply the adjustments to your own panels as well as instruct everyone else. Chaos! But bloody good fun too :D

    Any Netflix library in the world for a couple of quid a month? Gimme!

  • jonsaan 25 Dec 2012 13:54:59 25,360 posts
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    Got 2 pads and two touches. Can we all play then?

    FCUTA!

  • TarickStonefire 25 Dec 2012 13:56:47 3,242 posts
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    @jonsaan Yup, you all download the app, make sure you're on the same WiFi network or turn Bluetooth on, and you're away. The pre-game lobby is brilliant :)

    Any Netflix library in the world for a couple of quid a month? Gimme!

  • jonsaan 25 Dec 2012 13:57:58 25,360 posts
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    Fantastic. Cheers. Added to my list.

    FCUTA!

  • TarickStonefire 25 Dec 2012 13:58:13 3,242 posts
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    Here's the link for Spaceteam, folks - trust me, it might look a bit ropey, but you don't even have time to think about that as you're fluxing capacitors, engaging warp drives, shaking to avoid asteroids and trying to re-attach panels that are hanging on by a single screw...

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spaceteam/id570510529?mt=8

    Also, if any of you are fans of the Big Bang Theory, it's hard to *not* feel like you're them while playing. They would love this game. If they were real.

    Edited by TarickStonefire at 13:59:50 25-12-2012

    Any Netflix library in the world for a couple of quid a month? Gimme!

  • dgb 26 Dec 2012 00:02:12 657 posts
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    TarickStonefire wrote:
    Here's the link for Spaceteam, folks - trust me, it might look a bit ropey, but you don't even have time to think about that as you're fluxing capacitors, engaging warp drives, shaking to avoid asteroids and trying to re-attach panels that are hanging on by a single screw...

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spaceteam/id570510529?mt=8

    Also, if any of you are fans of the Big Bang Theory, it's hard to *not* feel like you're them while playing. They would love this game. If they were real.
    Second this. Just played it with my wife and daughter. Bonkers, fun and free!
  • gunark 26 Dec 2012 00:50:34 711 posts
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    Need for Speed Most Wanted is probably my game of the year on iOS. Proper racing like a cross between Burnout 3 and Rage Racer. Great handling. Superb graphics. Loved it more than the console versions.

    Also - Plague Inc. make a virus, infect the world, see three hours disappear in a blink.
  • boo 27 Dec 2012 11:33:11 11,846 posts
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    Good call with Plague Inc. Picked this up yesterday (69p).

    I'm starting off simple, with a bacteria. Managed to kill 3.5 billion at my first attempt before those science-y bastards managed to develop a cure!
    Very poor second effort - just scraped over the 1 billion dead mark. Apparently I need to tone down the effects, as the more disgusting it is, the more effort people put into developing a cure.

    So something nice and subtle.
    And terminal.

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  • Moot_Point 27 Dec 2012 19:40:52 4,362 posts
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    I found spreading the virus most important, but leave using the wind until a little bit later, because the virus spreads incredibly quickly once airborne.

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  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 19:48:59 27,413 posts
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    Fluxx

    iOS has hardly got a shortage of great digital board and card games, but Fluxx has instantly become one of my favourites. It literally takes a couple of minutes to learn the rules (which are constantly evolving during play anyway) and games are fast enough to not outstay their welcome (longest so far has been 30 minutes with a full set of 4 players).

    Simple, well designed, up there with Uno as a great go-to card game for people who don't play card games, so much so I'm going to grab the physical game the first time I see it.

    The only criticism I can level at it is that AI players are bit too easy to beat and that multiplayer game lobbies take forever to fill and then just often sit there because the match creator needs to launch the game rather than it happening automatically. A small chat option or nudge to check for signs of life would be nice. The second point can be applied to most digital board and card games though in MP though, so its hardly unique in that regard.

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  • fletch7100 28 Dec 2012 07:54:02 7,360 posts
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    @boo

    Just started playing Plague and how I played my first games on easy( started Egypt ) and normal started USA). Went airborne straight away. Then built up my abilities. Mainly resisting cure/research, and hardening cell walls to survive in different climates. Then react to the game messages, example ships have more health controls then add in water transmission DNA to bypass those controls

    Then I tried to get a foothold in most of the world before going fatal. One point I had over 100 million infected with little research being done against my disease. Then when either I had footholds in the hot and cold countries or the world had started to research my disease then I would go on a killing spree.

    Lost my first normal game after killing 8 billion as I left some people alive in Greenland. Insomnia and Aneamia is good combo as that slows the scientists down from working.

    Edited by fletch7100 at 08:11:33 28-12-2012

    Edited by fletch7100 at 08:21:28 28-12-2012
  • RyanDS 28 Dec 2012 08:11:39 9,596 posts
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    Hector

    A point and click adventure that reminds me so much of Leisure Suit Larry. Funny, rude, coarse and actually rather good . I am currently half way through chapter 2 and would recomend it to everyone, especially as it is currently 69p an episode.
  • RyanDS 28 Dec 2012 08:14:54 9,596 posts
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    Oooh, here is a PC Gamer review that sums it up well...

    Hector has a puzzle where you have to pass a comatose heroin addict off as a defective sex doll as part of a plot to blow up a porn store.

    Review over. 82%. No. Really. You don’t need to know anything else. I could tell you about the plot, that it’s more or less Peter Griffin as a cop, protecting an England where Eddie and Richie’s flat from Bottom leaked out and infected a whole city with its weapons-grade filth. I could mention at least three other moments just as darkly wrong as that opening sentence, and the only reason I don’t is that it’s a typically short Telltale game. It’d spoil too much.

    Not big. Not clever. (but quite funny)

    What matters, though, is that this is the game where you pass a heroin addict off as a sex doll as part of a plan to blow up a porn store. If you find this offensive, don’t expect any sympathy – Hector is one of those rare games that simply does not give a fuck. If you don’t choose the most offensive dialogue options at every turn, you’re playing it wrong. Even its hints screen hates you and wants you to die. “I love that look you get on your face when you’re frustrated,” it sneers. “Fat, pouty lips, crossed eyes, acne-flecked skin pockmarked with anger and twisted into a hideous sneer of confusion… Oh, that’s just your regular face. Sorry.”

    Hector is easily the most British game you’ll play this year, and one of the funniest. It’s the copy of Viz you used to sneak peeks at; the late-night comedy you were never allowed to watch. It wears its heart on its sleeve, even as its scabby balls ejaculate pitch-black venom into your eyes. You can’t approve of it, although you will laugh. And when you laugh, you can’t complain.
  • spamdangled 28 Dec 2012 08:34:55 27,413 posts
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    Is it wrong that Leisure Suit Larry comparisons are far more likely to put me off even trying a point and click title?

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  • spamdangled 28 Dec 2012 08:36:57 27,413 posts
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    Hector is easily the most British game you’ll play this year
    Yeah, but next year we get Sir, You Are Being Hunted which looks like the indiegame equivalent of Emmerdale when it comes to being uniquely British to an extreme degree but oddly strangely compelling.

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  • boo 28 Dec 2012 09:19:34 11,846 posts
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    Cheers, Fletch.

    I started one game in India, which seemed to be my best jumping off point. Also tried South Africa and Brazil. In each case, I can infect plenty of people - most games get to the point where 'the last healthy person on the planet has become infected', but the trouble is I can't kill people fast enough. Once I start upping the symptoms and people start dropping, the cure research kicks off and then it's a straight race.

    Trouble is, by that point, I've normally got all the bonus' for spreading to other countries, and so can't make any more upgrades.

    Ah well. I'm sure genocide is like anything else - practice makes perfect.


    /wonders whether this thread is being read at GCHQ

    Edited by boo at 09:20:02 28-12-2012

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  • fragglerocks 28 Dec 2012 12:23:24 302 posts
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    I've spent some of my Christmas holidays attempting to play Baldur's Gate on the IPad. Attempting as I've died a lot, suffered multiple corrupt saves and got stuck in so many doorways I have lost count. I think I'll come back to this one once they've fixed some of the bugs.

    In better news I've also been playing ticket to ride, which is charming :)
  • the_dudefather 28 Dec 2012 12:31:54 9,328 posts
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    Buy Hector, it's ace

    I like to think of it as a point and click version of the tv show Bottom

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  • SuperCoolEskimo 28 Dec 2012 19:21:50 9,941 posts
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    Bought Plague Inc for my iPhone, awesome game! Really hard though (been playing on normal). Just managed to kill over 6bn people but there were some survivors in Russia and I couldn't get enough DNA points before there were no more infected people left.
  • UncleLou Moderator 28 Dec 2012 20:48:17 35,719 posts
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    TarickStonefire wrote:
    Got Spaceteam yesterday (2-4 players required, each with iDevices, and you all act like you're on the starship enterprise bridge, it's brilliant), played with my non-gaming wife. She enjoyed it so much this morning she actually suggested playing again. Wow.

    Only problem - can't work out what 'Flip to avoid the wormhole!' means. We've tried everything we've found on the internet describing the technique and nothing actually works. Anyway apart from that, it's class. And free!

    Thanks for the tip, this is hilarious! :D

    "Flip" means you both need to turn your screen 180 degrees - if your home button is on the bottom, it should be on top afterwards.
  • spamdangled 28 Dec 2012 21:00:19 27,413 posts
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    the_dudefather wrote:
    Buy Hector, it's ace

    I like to think of it as a point and click version of the tv show Bottom
    If I hate Bottom, will it be lost on me? I love a good new point and click and want to get it to support the genre but desperately find myself on the fence with these descriptions of it :(

    Another shout out for a board game app: food fight. It takes common food item makes it a soldier in an army and gives it ia stupid name like Private Fishstick or Major Weiner which results in manchild giggles. It then gives each one a course trait that gives them a bonus, and sort of has risk-style territory capture at its core. Field any army you want a battlefield, but units that match rorating courses associated on those battlefileds get a bonus. Highest point value in a unit v unit fight wins. It has a sort of pythonesque humour whilst also being an interesting territory control board game.

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  • the_dudefather 28 Dec 2012 21:09:16 9,328 posts
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    darkmorgado wrote:
    the_dudefather wrote:
    Buy Hector, it's ace

    I like to think of it as a point and click version of the tv show Bottom
    If I hate Bottom
    THEN YOU'RE DEAD TO ME

    I dunno, check out a longplay on youtube, if you like the look of it after 10 minutes, give the first episode a whirl

    On the topic of iPad adventure games, finished The Last Express while at home for the Christmas break, it's pretty tough to play through without excessive use of the built in hints or a sneaky glance at a walkthrough

    Great atmosphere though

    Edited by the_dudefather at 21:11:29 28-12-2012

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  • Dante_Cubit 28 Dec 2012 22:47:04 1,928 posts
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    SuperCoolEskimo wrote:
    Bought Plague Inc for my iPhone, awesome game! Really hard though (been playing on normal). Just managed to kill over 6bn people but there were some survivors in Russia and I couldn't get enough DNA points before there were no more infected people left.
    A good strategy is simply to focus on transmission for a while and get your plague spreading. In the short-to-medium term don't invest anything in severity and channel your DNA into making the disease very difficult to cure before anyone realises it even exists. Once you have multiple transmission vectors and a very resilient disease funnel everything into severity and get multiple potentially fatal symptoms (I'd particularly recommend the one with neurological involvement that ramps up the difficulty of the cure). You should now be killing billions and countries will be pouring resources into the cure. If you've done this well you should hit a tipping point where countries fall faster than the cure is developed and progress will slow to a crawl (use the chart to determine where the cure looks improbable). Don't overspend on symptoms as you need hosts to carry the infection. If the disease is too deadly you'll leave lots of pockets of survivors. Save your DNA from the mass death phase and funnel everything into more transmission based upon your needs. Typically you'll need to cover spots that are either richer (antibiotic resistance), have a common climate (hot/cold resistance) or particular population density or geography (animal transmission vectors). If you need to then reduce your lethality by devolving symptoms and use the points on transmission. Keep checking the country data and make sure infection rates climb quickly enough to deal with deaths. You should now be able to sit back and watch the remaining people die will with a very weak diease due to the lack of any research taking place...
  • SuperCoolEskimo 28 Dec 2012 23:00:30 9,941 posts
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    Didn't know you could devolve and get points back. Was quite stuck on Russia, as it's rural I tried infecting via livestock but they culled them, and every other route I had pretty much maxed out. Will keep trying though.
  • RabidChild 29 Dec 2012 00:38:55 2,292 posts
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    Yeah, ignore symptoms other than a few to get you going, ramp up infection methods and save some points back to mutate for total organ failure. And then stop playing cos it's no fun anymore.
  • Megapocalypse 29 Dec 2012 14:23:46 5,472 posts
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    Enjoying Plague Inc. Really struggling with the Fungus plague though. Spend so much time getting it to spread its hard to make it lethal/resistant to cure. Came close to a win once but think it was a fluke as I normally fail to kill more than a billion.
  • Moot_Point 30 Dec 2012 02:07:51 4,362 posts
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