Jetset: A Game for Airports

App of the Day: Jetset: A Game For Airports

One of the disadvantages of the App Store's ludicrously fast turnover is that great games can be missed in the rush. Take, for example, this manic satirical puzzle game that debuted way back in the dark and primitives days of 2009.

But wait. Satirical? Yep, Jetset is a game with a point to make, and is aimed at an audience likely to appreciate its jabs. This is a game about the lunacy of airport security, and the post-9/11 paranoia that has seen bizarre and intrusive restrictions implemented, lifted and implemented again at airports around the world.

That, by a happy coincidence, is also the driving gameplay mechanic. You're in charge of a security checkpoint and must clear people through as quickly as possible. Allow the line to reach the door and it's game over. Chances are, that won't happen. You're far more likely to fail because of the inexplicable changes to the security criteria you're trying to enforce.

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iPhone Roundup

iPhone Roundup

Drop7, EDGE, newtonica2 and Jetset.

At the end of 2008, we thought we'd try and do away with roundups. On the one hand, they're a useful way of picking through the games we might otherwise miss out. On the other hand, there's usually a good reason for missing them out, and if we're interested enough to write about something, why not give it a day in the sun?

With the iPhone, though, there's just no avoiding it. Not only are the games far more numerous than their DS and PSP counterparts, but they're often much cheaper and smaller, too, and the quality level is rising. The bigger and better ones will get their own reviews - everyone wave to Rolando! - but we want to get through as many of the good and interesting ones as possible, if only to justify the itemised App Store bills that keep piling up on my desk. So here's some of the stuff I've been obsessing over lately.

Drop7

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