About App Store Games for the iPhone
Free vs. Paid
- Blowfish is a popular free app that does not have a paid version.
Although there are some free full games for the iPhone, developers will often use a free app as a demo to lure customers to buy the full game. The most popular games have been found to be around $.99.
The iPhone 3GS
- Baseball Superstars 2009 has been called a "surprisingly deep baseball game."
Many believe that the emphasis on speed within the iPhone 3GS is Apple's first move to become a major player in the mobile gaming industry. With a much faster processor, games can become more advanced with full 3D graphics.
Impact on Traditional Gaming Consoles
- Online games, such as Ninjas, have caught on, as well.
The iPhone has been catching up to handheld gaming mainstays, Nintendo and Sony. When the App Store was only 3 months old, it already stocked 1,500 games, while the DS and PSP's gaming library lingered in the hundreds.
- Pocket God: tilt the phone to trip your minions!
Many games in the App Store use the iPhone's internal accelerometer to control game play, such as seen in Super Monkey Ball or Pocket God.
- Some hackers have released jailbreaking software, which hacks the App Store games and offers them for free. However, jailbreaking voids an iPhone's warranty, and downloading these hacked apps is highly illegal.