Posted by David Gerhard on 10/27/09
Release Date:October 23, 2009
Summary:Touch Point is a classic arcade style game with a social interactivity twist. Challenge friends, share your score, or just shoot butterflies on your own.
Touch Point brought four words to my mind Duck Hunt iPhone App. Now don’t go calling the authorities because this is not an official connection. Hmmm, while I’m making connections, maybe Oregon Trail Hunting iPhone App works too. I cannot forget Point Blank either.
Basically, Touch Point is an arcade shooting game that hinges on reactivity and receptivity. Touch Point offers 10 different challenging levels, each of them with 3 different difficulties.
Each level has a different theme. Some are levels are a bit confusing (I’ll get to that later) and all themes are nature based.
For the Win
- Incremental challenge
- Social Aspect (say hello to 2.0 – thanks to OpenFeint)
Touch Point uses OpenFeint, a social gaming platform, to offer 2 different challenge modes to the players.
I was challenged by my “friend” Meltor (who sounds more like my arch-nemesis with super-villain powers) to a time trial. Meltor, if that even is his given name, challenged me a time trial where I must play for longer than he did without error. No offense Touch Point, but I declined this offer. Meltor has some serious time on his hands (as he’s probably an eighth grader in detention – yes even my arch-nemisis’ weaknesses makes me look bad) and played perfectly for 24 minutes. 24 minutes!? I don’t have that kind of time to shoot at butterflies, hedgehogs, or seahorses.
Although I did not partake in the challenge, I’m sure many people do. I cannot rave enough about incorporating a social aspect (even if this one is wasted on me) in a game because players who are really into it get to find others who also harbor the same addiction to 24 minute binge butterfly shooting.
I can’t help but enjoy playing this with the childhood videogame memories that this brings forth, even if I have ethical issues with killing the gleaming, beautiful, weightless butterflies. I’ve held back from alerting PETA.
- Character Design
- Snow Level
First and foremost I have to mention the design of this app. The game play and all the bell and whistles are great, but the way that Touch Point looks could use some work. There is no cohesion between the design of the levels and the menues. One minute we are in 2.0 heaven with shiny gradient cartoon characters, and the next we are in a field with realistic looking animals that we will pulverize. All I’m suggesting is getting rid of the little green guys.
My final missed shot falls on the Snow Level. This is some personal beef between me and the hedgehod, er the format. In this level there is a change where you do not need to tap the animal, instead you tap one of the three buttons after a quick glimpse at what your target is. There are no directions and it took me a while to pickup on it. Ok, so I’m acting as a sore looser; forget that… but not the bit about the green guys.
Touch Point is a successful classic arcade-style inspired game with a new social twist. If you like quick games, this one’s for you.
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Categorized as: $1 to $4.99,Arcade,Games,Paid Apps,Social Networking
Tagged as: arcade game, Classic Game, Duck Hunt, OpenFeint, paid App, Shooter, Touch Point