By Tari Akpodiete on Sat, 01/02/2010
By Jim Karpen on Sat, 01/02/2010
The game site TouchGen recently named the top games of 2009 in nearly 20 different categories, from the best action game to the best online multiplayer game. The site also named a runner up in each category. Plus, they selected the best overall game of 2009. And the winner is . . . . iBlast Moki, a puzzle game. The judges liked it in part because it was the one that "truly feels unique to the platform."
By Tari Akpodiete on Fri, 01/01/2010
Finalists and winners were selected based upon strategic initiatives and objectives, impact of technology used, creativity, ease of use, reach and execution and proven market success. Judges for the 2009 Mobile Excellence Awards were comprised of an esteemed panel of industry leaders and luminaries who were all in attendance the evening of the event.
Attendence at the event doubled and submissions for awards consideration came from 12 different countries. Twenty-One companies overall were presented with a spectacular 18 lbs of heavy cut crystal award and honored for their excellence.
About the Sims 3 for iPhone:
Direct the lives of your Sims using touch and accelerometer controls while exploring the 3D neighborhood. Customize their looks & personality. Give them big browns or baby blues. Cover their head in curls or have them sport a mohawk. Make them Neurotic, Funny, or Shy. Choose their career. Take them fishing. Watch as they fall in love.
* Create, control, and explore with The Sims using your iPhone & iPod touch!
* Experience stunning, 3D open-world environments
* Edgy camera angles render a provocative, realistic experience
* Customize your Sims with a variety of personality traits and physical characteristics
* Enjoy more clothing and accessory options with the Create-A-Sim feature
* Fulfill your Sims needs and increase the amount of activities available to them
* Unlock 73 goals & wishes for your Sims to help them self-actualize
* With no definitive ending, enjoy endless hours of entertainment!
By Eric Pankoke on Thu, 12/31/2009
It's just minutes away from midnight where I live, but that still gives me time to post the last entry in my 12 Reviews Of Christmas (or as it has now become, 12 Reviews Of December) series. This time I took a look at Chillingo's latest racer, Speed Forge Extreme. If you like futuristic racing with deadly weapons and cool tracks, I think you'll agree that Speed Forge Extreme is worth taking for a spin.
By Jim Karpen on Thu, 12/31/2009
iType2Go Pro has just received an annual Pogie Award, meaning that it's one of New York Times columnist David Pogue's top picks for the best technology of 2009. And it's definitely a clever idea: If you're the kind of person who sends text messages while you're walking, the iPhone uses the camera to display what's in front of you and the text that you're typing appears superimposed. You can direct that your message be sent as a text message, e-mail message, Facebook update, or Twitter update. It works in either vertical or landscape mode.
By Eric Pankoke on Thu, 12/31/2009
I'll admit this is a bit of self-promotion, and it isn't completely iDevice related, but the post will be short and it's New Year's Eve, so I figured "why not?" At the beginning of 2009 I started writing short reviews of iPhone games that I dubbed "Quick Looks". The intent was to simply write a couple of paragraphs providing a basic overview of the game and the give it a simple verdict: Recommend, On The Fence or Not Recommended. On The Fence usually meant I liked the game, but I wasn't really sure if it would have mass appeal or not.
Anyway, the concept has gained a lot of momentum over the year, but the Quick Look posts were starting to get buried under all the news and other reviews that were streaming through the front page of Technobrains, so the webmaster of the site decided to give Quick Looks their own subdomain. For a nicely laid out look at just the Quick Look posts of TechoBrains.com, please check out http://quicklook.technobrains.com/. And don't be afraid to view it on your iPhone's Safari browser. It looks pretty snazzy there as well.
By Gary Abel on Thu, 12/31/2009
So I'm working on my MacBook Pro and listening to music with my iPhone headphones connected to the computer. I take a break and happen to look down and see the buttons on the headphone and begin to wonder if they will control iTunes on my MacBook. I decide to give it a try and son of a gun, they work. The upper and lower buttons control the volume. One click of the middle button paused the music. Two clicks and I was listening to the next song. Three clicks and I was back to the previous song.
I thought I had made the discovery of the year. I was ready to go online and spread the word and show the world my genius. I was ready for the accolades to start coming in. Fame was mine!
By Nate Adcock on Thu, 12/31/2009
We got em, and you know you want em! The Battle Bears developer, Mr. Benjamin Vu--the animator dude his own self--sent me 3 codes, and offered up 3 free T-shirts as well (free shipping only to US, and Canada), so here is the deal for this giveaway. You, the reader, post up a comment here, preferably bear-related--example: a creative new way to kill cute, cuddly pink Teddy bears, and I pick 6 lucky winners (contest ends Sunday, January 3, 2010, 11PM EST). Read on for full contest rules..
By Eric Pankoke on Thu, 12/31/2009
Sherlock Holmes has always been one of the greatest literary detectives. With the new Robert Downey Jr. movie fresh in everyone’s minds, it stands to reason that some developers wouldn’t mind capitalizing on the publicity to give their software that extra push. A few Sherlock Holmes products have hit the App Store recently, one even based on the feature film. Thankfully, this one is not. Instead, Sherlock Holmes: The Game Is Afoot is actually an interesting combination of hidden object game, spot the difference game and ebook reader. As individual elements they’re nothing special, but blended together they make for a pretty decent fare.
By Nate Adcock on Wed, 12/30/2009
I have been searching for that one game--probably all of my earthly existence--if you know what I mean (if you don't, then nevermind). The one that makes it all truly worthwhile-the meaning of life/death and all that. The slogging through endless tunnels, killing mindless enemies. That one game that brings everything you've experienced up to that point sharply into focus. A gaming epiphany... Friends, I have found that game, and it is Battle Bears. I wish I had the time tonight to describe the sheer joy of this magnum opus of quirky FPS from SkyVu Pictures.
By Jim Karpen on Wed, 12/30/2009
The best-of-year lists appearing in the waning days of 2009 are a great way to identify apps that you might like and find useful. Macworld recently posted an article presenting their 2009 App Gem Awards — the best apps in 20 different categories, including 5 different types of games. Some of these we've posted about, but others are new to me. Some of the picks include CNN Mobile for news, Boxcar for notifications, and iBird Explorer Plus as best reference app.
By Eric Pankoke on Wed, 12/30/2009
I realize that Christmas is over now, but I really wanted to finish this series. Technically I only need two more entries since I did two reviews one day, but we'll try to get all 12 in before the end of the year. Today's review is for a game that actually came out in February, but it's been on my plate to review this whole time and really deserves the spotlight. Besides, the way I figure it, there's always a multitude of new iDevice users, so this is bound to be useful for someone, even all this time later.
By Jim Karpen on Tue, 12/29/2009