I picked this one up tonight and it is very well done! The game is something akin to a slow motion Super Monkey Ball or Mercury. It's not bad, but what really shines is that the whole game is packed with Daniel Johnston art.You play the game over Daniel Johnston tunes. It's a riot, and instantly interesting for the die hard fan that I am!
Off in the distance I can hear throngs of non-iPhone-owning fans screaming right now. I know how this goes. When I released the first issue of Steampunk Tales on iPhone only, I was met with a fountain of email from very nice but sad people who sadly couldn't buy the app. "Hi, How are you?" works great on the iPhone and I don't know how you'd do it otherwise. If you're a fan and want to check it out, borrow someone's iPhone or iPod Touch over lunch, spent the $0.99 to get the app and check it out for an hour. I think you'll be glad you did.
The Texas singer and songwriter Daniel Johnston has always poured at least as much of his wild energy into his artwork — brightly colored drawings of a kind of Manichean war in his mind — as he has into his songs. But aside from the stray album cover or concert T-shirt emblazoned with his creations, his art and music rarely come together.
That they have now done so in a video game, released last week for the iPhone, seems somehow fitting in the topsy-turvy career of Mr. Johnston, who has never owned any kind of cellphone, let alone an iPhone, and has no telephone at all in his house in a small town northwest of Houston. (To reach him you have to call his father, next door, who summons Mr. Johnston via intercom.)