A good cell phone should have a joystick. There, I've said it. Manufacturers
can't just throw some flimsy buttons together and expect people do develop
good games for their phones. Sure, the graphics might look great, but the user
interface is a big chunk of the gaming experience. Ruin that and you ruin
every game that runs on your lousy device.
When Nokia released their 7650 and SonyEricsson followed with their T300, I
thought for sure that phone manufacturers had come to their senses and that this
was to be the standard for all new models. But no. Nokia's new and "improved"
3650 model was instead cursed with an unbelievably frustrating "joypad". And
whoever designed the directional button of the Nokia 7250 should be swiftly
removed from the gene pool.
Anyhow, there are some games that you simply can't play on a joystick-deprived
phone without going insane. And at some point I thought I might as well encourage
sensible technology by writing at least one such game. Something that took
full advantage of a joystick. An idea that seemed to fit was the classic labyrinth
game where you twist a couple of knobs to tilt a board and try to make a metal
ball roll along a path without falling into a hole.
Here you can see the game, which I called "Graviton", running on a SonyEricsson T300
and a T610. It became a pretty good time waster. There are other cell phone versions of
the ball-through-the-labyrinth game out there, but I tend to think that mine is the
one that comes the closest to capturing the feeling of the original.
The emulated web game you can play for free, but if you want this game for your cell
phone (assuming you've got one that supports mophun), you need to purchase it from some
local reseller. A partial list is available on
this page at the mophun site.
In case you'd settle for a two-level demo version, you can download one for free for the
SonyEricsson T226, T230, T237, T238, T300, T302, T306, T310, T312 or T316 here:
Graviton.mpn, or one for the SonyEricsson T610, T616, T618,
T628, T630, T637, Z600 or Z608 here: Graviton610.mpn.