Recent App Reviews
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.
I have been meaning to check some of these apps out, but just haven't had time. Algoriddim has a range of tools to turn your Mac into a DJ studio (and a remote control app for iPhone). In our latest issue we featured a story on using iPod or iPhone to assist in your recording endeavors. In that article, I highlighted a music producer who used his iPhone completely for recording an album. If you're interested in mixing your own tunes, check out our latest issue, and read on to learn more about Algoriddim's apps:
Mobiata Brings the iPhone’s Best-Selling Travel App to the iPad
Mobiata announced the launch of their best-selling iPhone applications, FlightTrack and FlightTrack Pro, for the iPad. FlightTrack is the #1 best-selling paid travel application on the App Store and the iPad version takes advantage of the expanded size and capabilities of the iPad to give people an amazing flight tracking experience. Users can track unlimited, multiple flights and watch each flight’s progress on the gorgeous map interface. It looks amazing.
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.)
Gotta love free, eh? The A1 Beat Driver game is actually fairly well done. Similar to IMP (reviewed here), you navigate around a track, avoiding hazards and picking up markers. The music includes fresh tracks from the likes of the Rakes, and Torpedo. The graphics are well executed, and the overall quality is what you would expect of an Audi product. You can grab it here in iTunes, or read on for more press release...
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:
KidKeys - a colorful keyboard for kids. Makes it easy for kids to write notes, e-mails, or play games using KidKeys and the iPad to connect with your computer. Works on a Mac or PC.