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An iPod click wheel game or iPod game is a video game playable on the various versions of the Apple portable media 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. These games should not be confused with games for the iPod Touch. Those games require the iPhone OS and are only available on Apple's App Store on iTunes.
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. 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-specific development. The iPhone SDK only covers the iPhone OS and the iPhone and iPod Touch, not traditional iPods.
This is a list of games available for the newest iPods, excluding the iPod Touch. Each game costs US$4.99 to purchase.
These are the games that originally came with an iPod.
|iPod Nano 4G; iPod Nano 5G||Vortex, Maze, and Klondike||Apple Inc.|
|iPod Nano 3G; iPod Classic 6G||Vortex, iQuiz, and Klondike||Apple Inc.|
|iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, and 5.5G; iPod Nano 1G and 2G; iPod Mini 1G and 2G||Music Quiz, Brick, Solitaire, and Parachute||Apple Inc.|
|iPod 1G, 2G||Brick (known as "Game")||Apple Inc.|
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.
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 digital rights management 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.
It is also notable that after a download has been made for a game, it cannot be downloaded again unless a separate purchase is made for the same item. This is different behavior than applications downloaded on the App Store, which can be downloaded multiple times.
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, Mega Man, Kirby, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and hundreds more.
All versions of the iPod Touch or iPhone can be hacked to allow free downloading of thousands of open source games. This process is commonly known as "jailbreaking", and involves modifying the iPod firmware to allow users to run applications and games created by a third party source.
- ^ "What's Inside an iPod Game?" bensinclair.com, September 14, 2006.
- ^ "Fun for your iPod", November 26, 2007.
- ^ iTunes store
- ^ Melanson, Donald (2007-09-19). "iPod games must be repurchased for new iPods". Engadget. http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/19/ipod-games-must-be-repurchased-for-new-ipods/. Retrieved 2008-09-30.
- ^ http://ipodxs.com