So you sit on top of some prehistoric bird and joust against your opponents, all the while collecting eggs. Believe me, it's really fun.
THQ's made quite a deal in snagging the rights to do many classic Midway arcade games for mobile phone use. They've already got an abundant library of titles available, and among them is the classic Joust, one of the more unique and addictive 80's arcade games out there.
In the game, you take control of a knight sitting atop a winged bird (think ostrich, but more mobility) who must duel with rogue knights atop vultures by simply bopping them at a higher angle. Doing this forces the knights to be dismounted and turned into an egg that must be collected before it hatches.
It sounds weird, yeah, but long-time fans will understand how the gameplay works, and it still works tremendously well in cell phone format. The game has simplified controls with left and right functions, as well as the "flap" button that allows you to get some gravity. It also has a building challenge level with each new stage, including the "egg wave" that has scattered rogue eggs all over the place, and the introduction of the almost invincible pterodactyl, who will rip through you unless you dispatch it in a very precise manner.
The game looks and sounds just like its arcade counterpart, which is very good news as well. Normally, an emulation would find something missing but here, it's well captured from the old coin-op. The only thing really missing is the ability to play the game against a friend in two player, as it's only set for solo. However, you can upload your high scores onto a leaderboard where you can compare yourself to other knighted flappers...if there is such a thing.
THQ's on a roll thus far, with a great conversion of Root Beer Tapper on the go and now Joust joining the party. This classic is most definitely worth a download and will give you lots of action during your lengthened road trips. And, hey, what other game lets you beat a pterodactyl from the comfort of your phone?
What's Hot: Looks and plays just like the arcade classic.
What's Not: No multiplayer, but still great fun.