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Genre: Sports :: Players: 3+ :: Released: 20/4/09

Playman Track & Field (iPhone) Review

Publisher: RealArcade ::

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Fast loading
Great controls

Cons

Online tables could be improved

Sound
Vibration
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

85

Graphics

85

Sound

80

Controls

90

Playability

85

Lastability

85

Review Details
Handset Apple iPhone 3G
Time Played 1 hour
Game Progress Won both tournaments and all events

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 29/4/09

Putting the A back into Athletics


It's interesting times at the moment for the iPhone. It seems all the old school mobile developers are bringing their classics to the iPhone. For a game to be a success on java you had to either have a big brand behind you, call the game Tetris or just be very, very good. Playman falls into the latter category. Playman Track & Field is essentially Playman Summer Games 3 from last year. It was a great game and received 86% and a gold award from us. Fans of the original who have now upgraded to an iPhone or have an iPod Touch should flock to this port especially for only £0.59!

For those of a certain age who remember Daley Thompson's Decathlon and International Track and Field will feel right at home with Playman. The game has 5 events and all have a similar basic control system. Back on the java handsets, the screen would flash 4s and 6s on the screen in a random order. The quicker you pressed the buttons, the faster you ran. Without a keypad on the iDevice, the numbers have been replaced by green buttons that will randomly appear on the sides. For most of the events that involve running (basically all of them except the 110m hurdles), the first part uses this alternating button press to run. The final bit of the event involves both thumbs at the same time. To dip for the line, press both the red buttons when you feel the need. Launching yourself or other objects in the field events is controlled in a similar manner. It all works a lot smoother than ever before and the fast loading times coupled with the excellent graphics make for a great game.

The options are the same as before. There is amateur and professional difficulty settings for the AI and the events can be played either individually or strung out into a tournament. An online high score table has been created for the iPhone version but at the moment this only includes your best tournament score (individual event breakdowns please MrG).

It shouldn't be too long before you win the Pro tournament and if you get bored you can always try out Survival mode. This is a one-on-one battle against a family of Innuits (don't ask why - I don't know). Lose any one event and it's game over. However, survive and the game will continue and the opponents will get stronger after each round of events.

Playman Track & Field shows that this type of game can work on the iDevice and for only £0.59 you cannot really go wrong. There's been nearly a dozen Playman over the years and hopefully there's more to come.