When the iPad first arrived, a lot of iPhone games got HD treatments to make the jump to the new platform. A little over a year later, and the opposite seems to be happening. Sword & Sworcery EP and Chicken Balls both arrived on the iPhone late Wednesday after originally premiering as iPad games.
Chicken Balls is a physics puzzler that’s pretty much a combination of Angry Birds and Peggle. The iPhone version brings the same gameplay I wrote about in my piece about Chicken Balls HD, with Game Center and OpenFeint support for stat and achievement tracking and leaderboards. I found the game to be just as fun on the smaller screen, although I do miss the extra real estate when I’m zoomed out as far as possible to take in the entire level. But at $0.99, it’s a great buy, especially if you’ve burned out on Angry Birds and Little Wings and are looking for something a little bit the same, but also very different.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP also gets the iPhone treatment. If you already purchased the iPad version when it was released, you’re in luck, because it becomes a universal app thanks to an update. iPhone-only gamers will be pleased to find that they can pick up a dedicated small-screen version of the app for $2.99, which is $2 cheaper than the price of the universal app. The game is an adventure title which mostly involves walking around and tapping on things, along with some combat thrown in. Despite its apparent simplicity, it’s actually an amazingly rich gaming experience with an attractive, original graphical flair and an amazing immersive soundtrack. I may be putting the cart before the horse here, but I think S&S EP will be up for at least a few indie and mobile game of the year awards. The iPhone version manages to preserve the cinematic quality of the iPad original, despite the smaller screen.
If you were curious about all the buzz these games were getting but couldn’t get in on the fun because you only have an iPhone or iPod touch and not an iPad, now’s your chance to check them out.