Recent App Reviews
I love match 3 games. The problem is that so many developers start with the “tiles in a box” approach and try to figure out how they can improve on it. These days, however, so many match 3 games exist that developers really need to start thinking outside of the box (didn’t see that one coming, did you?) Thankfully, that’s exactly what Dan Russell-Pinson did when he designed Furballs (in space) for the iPhone. The playing field is 360 degrees and constantly moving, and the path drawing technique adds a new perspective to the mechanics. Oh, and did I mention there are things like comets and satellites to contend with?
I am on record as having some reservations about this new device so I am obliged to give credit where it is due.
This thing is fast... zippy even! I never would have said that about my netbooks, one of which I sold to make room for the iPad that I am typing this on. I am sure there will be frustrations, such as when I visit a website that requires Flash or if I have to type at length, but so far I do not feel as if I am missing out on anything, even as I type this on my iPad. I am getting faster at typing with this virtual keyboard. The trick is to make a leap of faith and trust the autocorrection. And find a comfortable way to hold the iPad.
The device is heavier than I expected. Heavy may not be the right word. It has more heft. It is substantial.
Is the iPad “magical”? No. Is it pretty darn impressive? Absolutely. After picking my iPad up this morning at the Portland Mall in Maine, I got right down to business seeing just how well this thing can blog, and in so doing, put it through the paces that everyone wants to know. I’ll let you be the judge based not just on these words but by the recognition I’m doing it all on the iPad. So where to start? Setting up MobileMe is just like the iPhone, Settings > Mail > Add Account > then enter your MobileMe account info and you’re in. You set it up to connect to the internet just like your iPhone or iPod Touch. And if you’re a brand new convert to the iPhone OS, it’s about as intuitive as you can get.
Reviewed this app awhile back on the Windows Mobile side of our site, and now SPB has versions for Android, Symbian, and iPhone! What surprised me is they are offering it for free for iPhone (it's $14.95 for WinMo). It worked pretty well then, but have not tried any other versions or checked the channel availability lately (which was somewhat limited). You can get it on the App store here, or read on for press release details.
Somehow a set of emails got crossed one day, and I ended up downloading this game instead of the one I thought I was downloading. Since the developer had provided the code to someone for review, I felt like I should provide a review even though I didn’t mean to actually download the game. For their sake I really wish I didn’t feel that way. As Randy Jackson from American Idol might say, “it’s not good, dog”. The music is good, but that’s the only part of the game that’s really aesthetically pleasing. The closest product game play wise I could think to compare it to on the App Store would be Heavy Gunner 3D from Com2us, but the experience of the two games doesn’t even come close. With some work it could be playable, but lackluster controls and ultra-repetitive game play just make me want to leave the planets at the fate of their attackers.
Have you ever heard a mink talk? Do you know what kind of gait a Blue Heron has? Can you identify Grizzly Bear tracks?
When I first started the Witty Bit app, the song went on and on and on. I couldn’t figure out how to get pass the first screen. Finally, I discovered you merely have to swipe to the next screen to get it to stop. Whew!
I wouldn't normally blog about price changes, but EA has dropped the prices on a ton of apps, that have mass appeal, so here's the scoop... I will be picking up Simpsons Arcade myself. Enjoy!
Two free apps announced today increase your options for making low-cost calls via your iPhone or iPod touch. goober VoIP is like Skype in that it can use the data capability of your iPhone via WiFi or 3G to make telephone calls. But the rate is 1 cent per minute compared to Skype's 2.1 cents per minute for calls in the U.S. and Canada. International calls are around 1.4 cents per minute. The first two minutes of any call are free, and you get 100 free minutes when you first sign up.