For anyone looking for some top-notch instant-gratification time killers for your Apple device of choice, I strongly suggest checking out some of these App Store gems.
Jet Car Stunts for the iPhone
$1.99 / Lite
A fantastic little genre-mixing time suck, Jet Stunt Cars appeals on many levels. Combining high speed futuristic car driving, with platforming elements, along with colourful 3D graphics and an easy to learn but hard to master control system, Jet Car Stunts will keep you hitting the retry button over and over to shave seconds off your laps.
You can’t beat the price on this blink-and-you-lose love letter to the famous ‘Tron’ Light Cycle race. The LightBike 2 developers don’t waste our time with the why’s and how’s of our futuristic duel; they simply let you quickly jump into a frenetic race of quick turns and deftly pulled off jumps. Supplying graphics that combine ‘Tron’ with ‘The Matrix,’ LightBike 2 is a pleasure to the eyes and to the twitch games in all of us.
A throwback to the classic arcade basketball shooting simulator, NBA HotShot HD delivers the same frantic ball throwing game play, minus the embarrassment of your sister hitting more three pointers than you. Accuracy counts, and scores increase with special glowing basketballs leading to your total score, eventually unlocking all 40 + basketball skins and other collectables. Nice graphical touches really hit the nostalgia buttons with a classic scoreboard and true-to-life sound effects.
A simple premise + flawless execution = oddly addictive. You are a Samurai. Someone at the bottom of the screen is throwing vegetables in the air. Your job is to use your sword to slice the veggies into quarters, racking up combos, while avoiding the random bottles of poison the unseen lobber throws into the mix. A multi-touch enabled title lets you and some friends all go at it; just keep an eye out for who gets overzealous, striking with their finger tips in haste, and ending it for everyone as the poison flows freely, halting the game. A colourful assortment of vegetables will keep you engaged for some time, and the constant reminder of the perpetual high score reminds you that maybe the next round will be your best.