Recent App Reviews
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.
We got em, and you know you want em! The Battle Bears developer, Mr. Benjamin Vu--the animator dude his own self--sent me 3 codes, and offered up 3 free T-shirts as well (free shipping only to US, and Canada), so here is the deal for this giveaway. You, the reader, post up a comment here, preferably bear-related--example: a creative new way to kill cute, cuddly pink Teddy bears, and I pick 6 lucky winners (contest ends Sunday, January 3, 2010, 11PM EST). Read on for full contest rules..
Sherlock Holmes has always been one of the greatest literary detectives. With the new Robert Downey Jr. movie fresh in everyone’s minds, it stands to reason that some developers wouldn’t mind capitalizing on the publicity to give their software that extra push. A few Sherlock Holmes products have hit the App Store recently, one even based on the feature film. Thankfully, this one is not. Instead, Sherlock Holmes: The Game Is Afoot is actually an interesting combination of hidden object game, spot the difference game and ebook reader. As individual elements they’re nothing special, but blended together they make for a pretty decent fare.
I have been searching for that one game--probably all of my earthly existence--if you know what I mean (if you don't, then nevermind). The one that makes it all truly worthwhile-the meaning of life/death and all that. The slogging through endless tunnels, killing mindless enemies. That one game that brings everything you've experienced up to that point sharply into focus. A gaming epiphany... Friends, I have found that game, and it is Battle Bears. I wish I had the time tonight to describe the sheer joy of this magnum opus of quirky FPS from SkyVu Pictures.
I realize that Christmas is over now, but I really wanted to finish this series. Technically I only need two more entries since I did two reviews one day, but we'll try to get all 12 in before the end of the year. Today's review is for a game that actually came out in February, but it's been on my plate to review this whole time and really deserves the spotlight. Besides, the way I figure it, there's always a multitude of new iDevice users, so this is bound to be useful for someone, even all this time later.
In an earlier post I mentioned two $0.99 apps that let you record video if you have an original iPhone or iPhone 3G.