IPod games

IPod games

An iPod click wheel game or iPod game is a video game playable on Apple Inc. portable music player, the iPod. The original iPod had the game Brick (originally invented by Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak) included as an easter egg hidden feature; later firmware versions added it as a menu option. Later revisions of the iPod added three more games in addition to Brick: Parachute, Solitaire, and Music Quiz. The games for the iPod touch are available through the Apple's App Store.

History

In September 2006 the iTunes Store began to offer nine additional games for purchase with the launch of iTunes 7, compatible with the fifth generation iPod with iPod software 1.2 or later. Those games were: Bejeweled, Cubis 2, Mahjong, Mini Golf, Pac-Man, Tetris, Texas Hold 'Em, Vortex, and Zuma. These games were made available for purchase from the iTunes Store for US$4.99 each. In December 2006 two more games were released by EA Mobile at the same price: Royal Solitaire and Sudoku. In February 2007 Ms. Pac-Man was released followed in April 2007 by iQuiz. Up until this point, all the available games could be purchased in a package, with no discount.

In May 2007 Apple released Lost: The Video Game based on the television show, which is made by Gameloft Gamestudios. In June 2007 "SAT Prep 2008" by Kaplan. This was introduced as 3 separate educational games based on the subjects writing, reading, and mathematics. In December 2007, Apple released Sega's classic game; Sonic the Hedgehog, which was originally packaged with the Sega Genesis system in the early 1990s.

With third parties like Namco, Square Enix, EA, Sega, and Hudson Soft all making games for the iPod, Apple's MP3 player has taken great steps towards entering the video game handheld console market. Even video game magazines like GamePro & EGM have reviewed and rated most of their games as of late.

The games are in the form of .ipg files (iPod game), which are actually .zip archives in disguise. When unzipped, they reveal executable files along with common audio and image files, leading to the possibility of third party games. Currently Apple has no publicly available SDK for iPod development.

Games for Purchase

These are the games that you may buy for $4.99 per game for the newest iPods, excluding the iPod touch.

Title Type Publisher Release Date
Texas Hold'em iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Apple Inc. September 12, 2006
Zuma iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G astraware September 12, 2006
Pac-Man iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Namco September 12, 2006
Tetris iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Electronic Arts September 12, 2006
Mini Golf iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Electronic Arts September 12, 2006
Cubis 2 iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Fresh Games September 12, 2006
Sudoku iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Electronic Arts December 19, 2006
Ms. Pac-Man iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Namco February 27, 2007
SAT Prep 2008 (Math) iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Kaplan June 22, 2007
SAT Prep 2008 (Writing) iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Kaplan June 22, 2007
SAT Prep 2008 (Reading) iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Kaplan June 22, 2007
The Sims Bowling iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Electronic Arts July 17, 2007
The Sims Pool iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Electronic Arts July 31, 2007
Brain Challenge iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Gameloft/Apple Inc. September 5, 2007
Phase iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Harmonix November 6, 2007
Sonic the Hedgehog iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Sega December 18, 2007
Peggle iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G PopCap Games December 18, 2007
Bomberman iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Hudson Soft December 18, 2007
Block Breaker Deluxe iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Gameloft/Apple Inc. January 15, 2008
Pole Position Remix iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Namco Bandai January 21, 2008
Naval Battle iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Gameloft February 4, 2008
Chess & Backgammon iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Gameloft February 4, 2008
Yahtzee iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Hasbro February 11, 2008
Pirates of the Caribbean: Aegir's Fire iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Disney February 20, 2008
Bubble Bash iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Gameloft February 25, 2008
Scrabble iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Hasbro March 3, 2008
Bejeweled iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G PopCap Games April 15, 2008
Mahjong iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Electronic Arts April 22, 2008
Monopoly iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Hasbro June 3, 2008
The Sims DJ iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Electronic Arts June 9, 2008
Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Square Enix July 8, 2008
UNO iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Gameloft S.A. July 2008
Mystery Mansion Pinball iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Gameloft S.A. August 2008
Chalkboard Sports Baseball iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G D2C August 2008
Spore Origins iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Electronic Arts Inc. September 2008
Star Trigon iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Namco Networks America Inc. September 2008
CSI: Miami iPod nano 3G, 4G, iPod classic 5G, 6G Gameloft S.A. September 2008

Default Games

These are the games that originally came with each of the iPods

iPod Version Title/s Publishers
iPod classic 6G Vortex, iQuiz, and Klondike Apple Inc.
iPod nano 4G Vortex, Maze, and Klondike Apple Inc.
iPod nano 3G Vortex, iQuiz, and Klondike Apple Inc.
iPod 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G, iPod video 5G and 5.5G, iPod nano 1G and 2G, iPod mini 1G and 2G Music Quiz, Brick, Solitaire, and Parachute Apple Inc.

Criticism

iTunes has come under much criticism due to the UK price of iPod games, GB£3.99 (about US$7.40). Many people from the UK have given the games 1* ratings, stating that Apple is "ripping off" Britain.

A similar thing has occurred in Australia. Australians pay $7.49 AUD, while the regular exchange rate hovers at between $5.00 and $6.00 AUD.

Developers have criticized Apple for not creating a software development kit (SDK) for software developers to create new iPod games. This is likely to keep the DRM scheme of iPod games closed.

When the iPod classic and iPod nano third generation were released, games which had been previously purchased could not be synced to the new iPods. This made many consumers angry due to their lost investment.

Unofficial Games

Some older iPod units are capable of using replacement firmware such as iPod Linux and Rockbox. These firmware projects can play many other games including a native port of Doom, and via a native port of the Game Boy emulator Gnuboy many other games including Super Mario, Tomb Raider, MegaMan, Kirby, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and hundreds more.

Some free iPod games which use iPod's Notes feature are available for the iPod firmware at iPod Arcade.

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