The iPhone. My iPhone has 100 games and most of them are better than games on the Mac. Oh, decent games on the Mac cost from $10 to $25.
Very good games on the iPhone cost from 99-cents to $4.99. See a problem? I’d play more games on my Mac’s luscious screen if the experience were as good as the iPhone. Or, at least priced like iPhone games. Games like Bomba.
Love Me Or Leave Me For 99-cents
Simply put, a game in the Mincey household has to be fun to play and worth the money. Mac games are more expensive than cheap.
The advantages are fast keyboard action, big screen (or, at least, bigger than an iPhone), and great sound.
The disadvantages are the same as they’ve always been. Mac games, the kind you want to play, are expensive.
This is especially so since the iPhone App Store turned the game industry upside down.
What makes Bomba the exception for Mac users who want a fun game? This is mostly a math proposition. Bomba is dirt cheap at 99-cents. Bomba is a classic arcade game (can you say Jezzball?) made up like a 21st century Mac game.
What makes this better than most Mac arcade games is the balance of action vs. strategy. Each level brings new types of balls.
Each new type of ball has a different behavior. You’re challenged to isolate the balls, confine them and run up the score.
There’s not much to not like with Bomba, especially if you’re an arcade games fan.
What I like about Bomba is the mix of plain old random action with strategy and skill.
Powerups and multipliers pop up, seemingly random, but apparently to help you. That best you more points, but sometimes they screw up my plans (makes me wonder how good my strategy really was).
The only real negative is Bomba’s screen color scheme. Boring. With millions of colors available, Bomba seems to use eight.
Otherwise, Bomba is fun, moves quickly, seldom gets tiring or frustrating, and is far more valuable as a big screen Mac game than 99-cents would indicate.