Recent App Reviews
The creative use of the iPhone is, I find, stunning. Every day I receive press releases for apps that I just wouldn't expect. Two new apps that illustrate this are Retina and Eye Glasses. Retina ($.99) is for those who are color blind. You simply point the camera at something, such as an item of clothing in a store, and the app will show the item in the camera's preview mode and tell what color it is. Eye Glasses ($2.99) lets you use your iPhone to see tiny text or other hard-to-see details.
With the introduction of the (free) Vonage Mobile app for the iPhone and Vonage Mobile for iPod Touch, the world might have just gotten a lot smaller. I've been using Vonage since August 27 2005, well before the downturn in the economy, primarily because of growing dissatisfaction with traditional landlines service, customizability and cost. For example, prior to the switch to Vonage, my monthly phone bill was constantly betweeen $90 and $150, primarily because of in-state toll calls and my wife calling family in Hungary. It also irked me that call forwa
Kelen continues to work with his iPhone, his favorite game is EA's (.99) Spore which has led to a number of interesting and exciting creations. For example, Spore inspired his creation of his own monsters, and then back to creating visually interesting and sometimes intense images with his iPhone.
Dragon Portals is a rare breed in a couple of ways. It's a match 3 game, but it's not quite like any that I've played before. That other thing that was a bit odd was that it was one of the few match 3 games that actually grew on me. Normally with match 3 games I either like them or don't, but I actually came around on this one. In the end it even became a mild addiction for me. I'm not sure it's worth the full asking price given all the match 3 games already available on the App Store, but if you love match 3 and are looking for something different you won't find a better place to look than Dragon Portals.
There are also plenty of racing titles in the App Store, but none has generated the buzz of EA’s Need for Speed: Undercover which provides an astonishing list of twenty different cars to race in eight different scenarios (with names like “Highway Battle” and “Cop Takeout”).
Galaxy on Fire is another multi-platform port that excels on the iPhone. A 3D space shooter in the tradition of Elite and Wing Commander, Galaxy on Fire provides more than just a chance to step into the cockpit and blow away a few alien bogies. It offers a great way to scratch both your science fiction and trigger finger itch.
Galaxy On Fire lets you scratch your science fiction and trigger finger itch.
Chillingo has quickly distinguished itself as a leading publisher of innovative games for the iPhone. In fact, it would have been easy to populate this article exclusively with Chillingo titles. In this article I focus on one of their most popular and influential games.
iDracula: Battle waves of monsters on your quest to slay the ultimate vampire.
RedLaser is an Awesome barcode scanner! So far, I've used it for groceries, books and makeup. It is super fast and super easy to use. You simply aim your iPhone at the barcode on the item and RedLaser does all the rest. In seconds, it displays a list of prices and links to a variety of online stores where you can immediately purchase the product directly from your iPhone.
Another title that is well-suited to the iPhone format is PopCap’s port of its popular word puzzle game. As with many of the best iPhone titles, gameplay is straightforward. You are presented with a screen full of letter tiles; your task is to make the best word you can from a series of contiguous tiles. The more sophisticated or obscure the word, the better your score.
Rogue is one of the most venerable titles in the history of electronic entertainment. Multiple versions of it exist for nearly every platform, and there are already several versions for the iPhone and iPod touch. ChronoSoft’s Rogue Touch is far and away the best.
Rogue Touch’s intuitive controls and efficient interface make it an ideal role-playing game for the iPhone.