Friday Free App Rundown March 15th – Boat Games

Friday Free App Rundown March 15th – Boat Games

Mar 15, 2013

There is just something about the sea. When the boat is sitting in the calm water in a beautiful harbor, it’s hard to imagine being anywhere else. Okay, I can’t say I have ever experienced that but it looks cool on TV. Anyway, there are a lot of cool things boats can do. Being in a game is one of them. This week’s Free App Rundown is all about boat games. Let us know which great boat game should have made the list in the comments below.

Absolute RC Boat Sim

During winter months in the Midwest all of the lakes are frozen so there is no option to race RC boats on them. Absolute RC Boat Sim will help calm the urge until Spring. This is a pretty realistic RC boat simulator. Several different boat types are available to make it even more fun. Use the on-screen controls to maneuver the boat around the water even hitting a few jumps along the way.

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3D Beer Chase Boat Racing FREE

Remember the game Toobin’? Well this has some similarities to that. Basically there is a beer truck that tipped over and its up to the guy in the boat to get all of it as he paddles down the river. There are also women in bikinis on rafts. Bump into them to up the love points. Gat all the beer bottles to keep the beer level up. Bumping into the other people on tubes will lower the beer level.

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You Sunk My Tug Boat FREE

The easiest way to explain the game is, it’s like the light bikes in Tron only with boats. The boats travel really fast through the water and leave a wall behind them. Try and leave a wall in the path of the other boats so they crash into it. The game goes until there is only one boat left. As the level is being played, it gets harder and harder to maneuver around will all of the walls in the way.Good luck!

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Parachutes and Boat

This game is all about catch and rescue. As the parachutists are falling from the sky, it is the job of the people in the boat to catch them and move them to shore. With only 2 additional people per boat, it can be pretty difficult to catch all of the skydivers and get them to safety.

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TorpedoRun Free

As the captain of the USS Kick-Ass, there is a need to go to battle. There are a lot of other vessels in the area and they are all out to sink of the submarine that’s attacking them. Pummel the other ships with mines and torpedoes while avoiding their attacks as well. This is a super fun game and different because it is on the water.

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Jelly Defender Review

Jelly Defender Review

Oct 5, 2011

Arcade shooters have been set in a wide variety of locations, but you don’t see too many of them set underwater. Jelly Defender is one of the rare exceptions, putting you in the briny blue as a lone submarine attempting to survive 40 levels of attacking jellyfish, shooting down as many as possible for the highest score.

With each level comes a new type of jellyfish that moves in a different way. Some go very slow while others go very fast. Some oscillate between very wide arcs while others make very short arcs, making them hard to hit and hard to avoid. In order to succeed, you must kill a certain number in order to unlock the next level. You only get one life per level, but unlimited attempts to pass it. If you crash into a jellyfish, you have to start the level again from the beginning. In later levels, it can get pretty tough. Some of the challenge of the game is made up in the way points are deducted from your score for each missed shot. You don’t lose anything if jellyfish swim right past you, but for the best score possible, you need to make every shot count.

Beyond anything I’ve mentioned so far, Jelly Defender is in a pretty sorry state. The gameplay is about as shallow as they come. All you do for the entirety of the game is shoot and dodge jellyfish; you can’t even move around. You’re constantly set to the far left of the screen, only capable of moving up or down while a steady barrage of jellyfish flow in from the right. For a game that borrows the name “defender,” hoping to evoke a bit of that arcade classic was wishful thinking. This game is only like Defender in the most barebones way possible — the game is set to landscape view and you shoot things. And that’s about its deepest connection.

Levels end when they end, giving no indication of progress, of how far you have left to go or any kind of conclusion. The level just ends, shows you a score and asks if you’d like to continue. In all likelihood, I don’t see too many people wanting to after the first few levels. The graphics are very basic, without any special effects to make it interesting at all. For example, your shots are nothing more than a tiny, black streak while jellyfish simply disappear when hit. The background looks nice but reminds me of an image you might stick to the back of a fish tank, with schools of fish frozen in space and seaweed leaves standing still. Even worse, the background is also the wrong size; jellyfish swim right off it and onto a black bar at the edge of the screen. As for the jellyfish themselves, they’re hardly animated. Tentacles stiffly hang down as they move towards you.

Overall, I’d say Jelly Defender is a must to avoid. It’s too basic and doesn’t offer much fun aside from endlessly shooting boring, cartoon jellyfish.