Tilt to Live
No Geometry Wars for iPhone? No problem.
Activision's decision to make Geometry Wars: Touch iPad exclusive (at least for now) made some iPhone owners jealous, but at least they have the next best thing. One Man Left's Tilt to Live reminds us of Bizarre Creations' addictive shooter, but it sports unique features that make it stand out from the competition and possibly surpass it. Even better, it costs a very affordable $1.99. That's a small price to pay for excellence.
This is one of those phenomenal games built around a simple concept that becomes nearly impossible to master the longer you play. As the title implies, you must tilt the iPhone to guide a triangular shaped object around an enclosed playfield, skillfully dodging red dots. To destroy them, you run through a series of weapon icons strewn about the screen. One creates a nuclear explosion that vaporizes anything within the blast radius, while another unleashes a bunch of homing missiles. Then there's an ice weapon that temporarily freezes enemies within its path, and a one-shot burst of energy that makes those red dots cry mama; there are more weapons to unlock. On top of that, we love the numerous in-game achievements that make surviving for lengthy periods of time more enjoyable.
To score lots of points, you'll need to chain attacks to create a multiplier, no easy feat as the dots quickly crowd the screen. Fortunately, the developers did an excellent job with the controls, allowing near pinpoint precision maneuvering through the tightest crevice. We still yearned for an analog stick, but for the most part, we were able to pull off some acrobatic moves and get out of dangerous situations.
In addition, the game comes with two recently uploaded modes: Gauntlet and Code Red. The former challenges you to collect orbs to increase time while dodging all sorts of obstacles, while the latter is a crazier version of the basic mode, with multiple dots appearing the second you begin a new game. While not revolutionary stuff, both of these offer something different.
Social networking features make Tilt to Live even more incredible. Not only can you post scores to online leaderboards, but you can also plaster them on both Facebook and Twitter, courtesy of AGON Online. It's a great way to boast to your friends and issue challenges.
Now all we need is a high definition iPad version. Tilt to Live is without question one of the most polished and fun iPhone games we've played in months. For two bucks, there's no reason why you shouldn't download it ASAP.
What's Hot: Super addictive gameplay, excellent tilt controls, three modes, online leaderboards, social network integration, only costs $2.
What's Not: Would love to play this game with an analog or virtual stick.