In our current economy, 99 cents don't go as far as they used to. In fact, you'd be lucky to find a name-brand chocolate bar for under a dollar these days, and you can pretty much forget about quality entertainment for such a price. Because of this sad state of affairs, I think it's especially important to note the 99-cent iPhone apps that really shine - especially the lesser-known ones. One such app is Must.Eat.Birds., created by European developer Mediatonic.
Dr. Seuss on my iPhone was great, my son loved it but The Lorax ($2.99) on my iPad is out of this world! This ebook is just more good stuff from Ocean House Media, see my previous post on The Cat In The Hat. The Lorax is the same well designed reader with a new story.
Hollywood has led us to believe that adventurers hunting for treasure are the good guys and ancient pharaohs, mummies and the like are bad. The roles are reversed in iPharaoh, and it’s up to you to use mummies, giant cubes, sliding or rotating walls and booby traps to defend against the adventurers hunting for the pharaoh’s treasure.
Playing Sonic The Hedgehog 2 was a stroll down gamer memory lane, though actually this title was popular after I had pretty much outgrown video games (so I thought). I came home on leave one Christmas, and my nephew got this game as a gift. We played it quite a bit, if I remember correctly. If you have not previously become acquainted with Sega’s zippy blue hedgehog, then allow me to introduce you.
There have been countless variations on the Tetris theme over the years, and quite a few have made their way to the App Store, but Block Knights is one of the most original. Unlike the original, it uses all four sides of the screen as the playing field, and does so in an effective manner. (I don’t have to twirl my device around and get all caught up in the headphone cords.)
As a reviewer, a beta tester, and an addicted gamer, I install a lot of apps on my iPod touch. I keep the ones I love and delete the ones I don’t, but there’s a third category of games. These are the ones that I play briefly, like, but then forget about when other priorities demand my attention. These are all good games that deserve more attention than I’ve given them. I’d like to take this opportunity to do a more thorough review of five of my favorites. Having said that, some of the reviews might seem a bit short. This was originally intended to be a single article in an issue of iPhone Life Magazine, but due to scheduling circumstances it had to be cut. They've given me permission to print the article on my blog instead, and I wanted to keep the actual reviews intact from the article (obviously this first paragraph has been changed!)
I love Hangman, especially on my iPad that I can take anywhere. If I have a few minutes to wait, I pull it out and play a round.
Custom Hangman is a bit different than some of the others I have found in that you can add your own custom word lists. You can play them yourself and share them with friends. You could even help your kids learn their spelling words by using this app!
Included in the app, are twenty word lists and game categories, including SAT words, which are the ones I especially enjoy. The app works with iPhone and iPod Touch. Check out the video below:
I like positive solutions, and Barefoot Explorers has created a fun and entertaining game that provides a positive solution for our environment. For every Panda Hero
game that is sold, they plant three live trees through a partnership with Trees for the Future
Your job in Panda Hero is to tilt, roll, swerve and jump through mazes, forests, rice fields and more in order to rescue the Panda that have been trapped by poachers. After rescuing the Pandas, you can feed, dress and play with them.
Puzzles are great fun. Now I can put a puzzle together anytime and in anyplace. I don’t have to worry about lost pieces or even having my cats jump on it and mess up my hard work!
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned it (at least since the last time I reviewed a scrolling shooter), but I love scrolling shooters. They don’t even necessarily have to be very original, though it certainly doesn’t hurt. They just have to look good, sound good, and have solid play mechanics. Oh yeah, they have to be fun as well. I’d even be able to overlook the audio and visuals to an extent if the game played well. Fortunately, Above And Below plays pretty well indeed. It also looks sharp and sounds good. Unfortunately the controls need a bit of work. Surprisingly, I’m okay with that.