It was a cold week last week, capped off with heavy snow here in the East, and these three puzzle solvers helped kill the hours between shoveling episodes. Hope it's warmer where you might be enjoying this edition of WIPTW, so let us begin.. Cool Xonix is a rebooted Xonix clone that adds additional obstacles, and challenges to the vintage arcade classic. Jolly Jam (from mega game maker Rovio) is a match up game that practically jumps off the screen. Kindly Colors, also a matchup, will make you do a bit of painting too. Read on for all three mini-reviews.
YouTube just made the job of parenting a little easier with their new YouTube Kids app (free). The Internet is such a trove of content, and naturally kids want to have access to it. But there's so much there that parents would rather they not be exposed to. YouTube Kids provides a walled garden of content that's rich enough to keep children entertained and to provide opportunities for discovery and learning but that keeps out things parents would rather they not see.
Mobile games can be more than just match-three puzzles and in-app purchases; they can also create a genuinely compelling environment and immerse you in another world. The folks at Atypical Games provided me with a download code to play their latest release, the first-person survival horror game Radiation Island. In it, you are deposited on a mysterious island with nothing but your bare hands; you must find food, craft tools, fend off dangerous animals and zombies, and try to uncover the island's secrets. This may sound a little like Minecraft, especially considering the crafting mechanic, but Radiation Island's gorgeous graphics and open environment appealed to me in a way that Mojang's blocky world hasn't quite matched. I've quickly become invested in my character's fate and spent many hours wandering and trying to survive.
Apple does a great job with apps in addition to hardware, and several of its "extra" iOS apps are must haves—Keynote and Pages are two examples. But the company should have included a conversion app, either as part of the calculator app or as a standalone one. Fortunately, there is Convoto, an elegant tool for conversions. The interface is nice and clean, clearly inspired by Clear, the to-do app. Rather than garish buttons, a swipe interface is used. Multiple rainbow-colored selections distinguish the numerous conversion options.
Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week's installment focuses on none other than Apple itself and the ever-increasing attention it is giving to iOS gaming and gaming culture.
Vainglory (free) is a new iOS game that has taken the world of mobile gaming by storm. Developed by Super Evil Megacorp, Vainglory belongs to the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre—MOBA in gaming vernacular. Recently I got to chat with Kristian Segerstrale, COO & Executive Director at Super Evil Megacorp. We had a great conversation and I even got to play a few rounds of Vainglory with pro gamer turned Vainglory Video Community Manager, George “Zekent” Liu, and Super Evil Megacorp's Director of Marketing and Communications, Heini Vesander. I'm even more excited than ever to see what the future holds for this game, a game that is not only the pinnacle of awesome, but is also poised to revolutionize the way core gamers perceive and interact with modern games on the iOS platform. The following transcription is a must-read for any core gamer, as we delve into the creation of what is being hailed as one of the best new iOS games, and the only MOBA perfected for touchscreens.
My daughter is participating in the American Heart Association Jumprope for Heart program. To prepare, I've had her try the VERT Jump Tracking Device ($124.99). While it's meant for professional and serious athletes, it gave her the feedback and encouragement needed to keep working. The VERT is a belt-clip wearable that's made in the U.S. and if you don't have an outfit that accommodates a belt-clip, they include an elastic belt as an option.