Hate sports? We don't care. Download it anyway.
As much as we love puzzles, gamers cannot live by them alone, so it's good to see ESPN Cameraman. Although it lacks the 3-D graphics of other iPhone games, it's built on a fun and simple premise that harks back to our grade school days. You've got two photos side by side, and the goal is to pick out the differences. Not exactly the most technologically sophisticated game out there, but without question, one of the iPhone's best.
ESPN and EpicTilt pulled 73 photos from the year, a diverse mix from the Olympics, National Basketball Association, Soccer, College Football, the National Football League and other sports/organizations. Holding the iPhone horizontally, it's your job to identify the changes. It could be someone's jersey number, a logo on the side of a car or a symbol on a jacket. All you need to do is poke the alteration and the game wraps a circle around it. Locate five of them before time runs out and you'll move onto the next photograph.
If you're really stumped, there are three hints per picture, but using one is the wimp's way out. Instead, suck it up and study each photo. Just make sure you keep an eye on the clock and resist random poking, as doing that chops off precious time if you miss. You also get three lives, and lose one every time you fail to locate a picture's five differences. Fortunately, the game shuffles the pictures, so you won't have to solve them in the same order when you restart.
In addition to the game, ESPN Cameraman also has a global leaderboard for uploading high scores as well as easy access to ESPN Mobile, which saves you from exiting the game and accessing it via Safari.
We love this game. ESPN and EpicTilt made excellent use of the iPhone's touch screen and gave us lots of pictures to examine. Since it's free, you have no excuse not to download this fun sports app. Let's hope the upcoming Deluxe edition, which allows us to add additional pictures, has a gamer friendly price.
What's Hot: Free, game shuffles its 73 pictures each time you play, catchy ESPN music, global leaderboard, easy access to ESPN Mobile.
What's Not: Faking pictures? We hope ESPN doesn't make a habit of that.