I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker for an app that can use the iPhone’s accelerometer in interesting ways, and Core Damage by Comrade Software is just such an app! This isn’t a game that you can just pick up and play without first reading the instructions, because the control interface is like no other game I’ve seen. It takes the classic brick-breaker genre, puts it in a circle, and then relies on you to physically turn the iPhone in order to move the “shield” (the brick-breaker’s paddle) around the nuclear core (the part you don’t want to hit).
This is a great game, but it’s also very frantic if you can’t get a handle on the controls. Before you know it, you’re turning your iPhone upside down and then sideways and all the way back around. Without good hand/eye coordination, and a good grip on your iPhone, you may as well just be throwing it up in the air and let it land where it may. That being said, you will never see a game like this on any other console. It’s a lot of fun desperately turning your iPhone round, trying your best to protect the core.
The idea is that you’re bouncing around this “Very Large Atom” to clear away nuclear waste around the edges of the container, all the while protecting the core from the very same VLA. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a nuclear reactor or a nuclear engine or what, but the graphics go a long way toward selling the idea. There’s a bit of a 1950’s feel to the game, and the old school digital score keeper and the flip-digit life indicator are just plain cool.
Like I said, I love games that use the accelerometer in unique and interesting ways – and maybe I’m a little bit biased toward that end – but Core Damage is a really fun and addictive game. Well worth a look!
Core Damage requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later and is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch.