January 12, 2006

Toys for the Siemens SK65

Finally got around to dolling up my darling new cellphone. First off, ┬ÁTelnet looks like a nice lifeline to support my TCP/IP habit. Haven't tried SSH Floyd yet. Probably doesn't support public/private keypair authentication. Bah humbug.

But, games. Akalabeth lets you relive the experience of the fabled Apple ][ forerunner to the Ultima RPGs, in the palm of your hand. It has a certain timeless appeal to it, and features a god mode "for when you get tired of starving to death." Ehem, yes. Now if someone could only port Moraff's World...

Best Spy Hunter clone I've found would be Road Warrior, which is suitably mindless and works surprisingly well on the subway.

Prize for most usable Tetris goes to Metris, with runners-up Jamtris (open source) and MyM Tetris (black & white hardcore).

Most bemusing: Atomic Underground, an 8-bit NES-type racer with Burnout style bonus for driving on the wrong side of the road.

There's even a Rampage clone, Monkey Madness. Which comes close, but doesn't quite bring the skyscraper down. Still, points for "The plot: you are a 40 foot ape."

Oh, and Out Road demonstrates that we're not quite capable of satisfactory Out Run clones just yet. Damn it.

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