Recent App Reviews
My first post from CES, and you can see that the booth is coming along swimmingly, and the iPhoneLife team is just about ready for prime-time.
When describing a game it’s pretty common practice to say “it’s like…” Well, to finish that phrase for Ant Conflict I’d say “It’s like chess”. In fact, I’d wager to say that if you want to be any good at it, you’ll have to take the time to study the board like you would a game of chess. Unfortunately, I’m not that patient. Thankfully I’ve learned to like games even when I’m not very good at them, and I like Ant Conflict. The characters are cool, the game is challenging, and brute force is not an option.
Melatonin is an alarm clock app for the iPhone, but unlike other alarm clocks, this one is peaceful and almost hypnotic!
An adorable yellow bird sits on a rock in a sunlight yard. When you’re ready to go to sleep, you tap the bird, and night begins to fall. The little bird says “Goodnight” and proceeds to twitter gently as the sun slowly goes down and the stars begin to twinkle. You can set how long you want sunset to last or skip this altogether.
Moodagent has only been out about three weeks and already has over 200,000 downloads and is currently averaging 25,000 downloads a day. Pretty impressive. It's a freebie that lets you move sliders to indicate the type of music you want to hear, and in seconds it generates playlists. It uses the song's actual content to make recommendations based on digital analysis of the music. This is in contrast to Apple's Genius, which makes recommendations based on purchase history.
Everyone who posted a comment is a winner this time. Thanks to SkyVu for sponsoring a giveaway of Battle Bears (and T-shirts), and everyone who commented. Winners and instructions for claiming prizes appear after the break. Please tune into our blogs in the future for more great giveaways, and if you happen to be at CES, don't hesitate to stop by our booth to say hi (#4642 North Hall)!
If you just got an iPhone or iPod touch, congratulations! You are on your way to enjoying the most game-changing mobile device to come along in a while. And even if you've had your device for a while, the following should help you with the App Store, specifically writing reviews.
As a developer, over the past year, I've seen a lot so I thought I'd compile some hints to make your app experience better!
This is it, folks! Your last chance to win a too cool T-shirt or a redeem code for a free version of the game. Get your Battle Bears comments up here or the previous post to win (deadline: 3 Jan, 2009, 11PM EST)! Full details and rules appear here on the previous post.
The new year's just begun but there's always something to review. First up is a sweet little match 3 / PvP combat game from Handy Games called Puzzlegeddon. The game's fun to play, the match 3 element is blended nicely into the game's mechanics, and it looks pretty sharp too. They just need to throw in some human opposition to round out the picture.
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.
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.