Recent App Reviews
Strongholds is one of the best of the few, true strategy games in the App Store. Your challenge is simple: destroy the enemy’s command center or build up yours to the required number of points.
All of your buildings are already constructed, and there are no troops to control. Instead, everything is played out using action cards that you purchase using resources you acquire as you play the game. (The cards you purchase are randomly distributed by the computer.) The action cards affect factors of either or both of the camps.
I didn’t think I’d enjoy a game in which a fuzzy, red creature juggles other fuzzy creatures; however, this one is surprisingly addictive. It lets you juggle one, two, or three of the fuzzy little “Uggles,” and the longer you keep them in the air, the faster they go. (It gets downright frantic when you have three Uggles going at full speed.) In the beginning, you get to choose from three types of Uggles, but as you earn points you can unlock others. The different types have no effect on game play, but they look cool. In fact, the graphics in general are very nicely done.
You may think you’ve played this game before. Worse yet, you might believe you’re good at this game. You’d be wrong. While taking a cue from games such as Snood and Bust-A-Move, Eyegore’s Eye Blast is probably the most creative variant of this game I’ve played in a long time, or possibly ever. The game is challenging, frustrating and fun, all at the same time. And once I learned the secret to controlling your destiny even more, the game rose to a whole new level of cool.
People have some pretty amazing photos stored on their iPhone, and some of them are very personal—to be shared with a loved one only, or with no one at all! In addition, some people keep sensitive work-related photos on their device. The iPhone is a very portable device, easy to lose or leave lying on a table at your mom’s house. Private Pics provides a password protected area on your iPhone to store sensitive or very personal photos. (Also check out Find My iPhone, a new OS 3.0 feature that will help you locate your device if you ever lose it.)
Whether you’re moving into a new apartment or doing a living room makeover, one of the most important decisions you make will be the selection of the right color of paint. As luck would have it, you’re visiting a friend’s house and you see the perfect color. Unfortunately, he doesn’t remember its name or where he got it. What do you do?
Even the best of us have had laundry accidents. Whether it’s a red towel in with the whites or a wool sweater shrunk to mini-me proportions in the dryer—we’ve all “been there, done that.” Laundry Pal is like a decoder ring for clothing tags. Located on all clothing are tags with fabric care symbols that tell you how to wash and dry the item. Laundry Pal tells you what the symbols mean and how to properly handle the article. If you’re ever on the fence about whether that new cardigan should be washed with the rest of your delicates, consult your Laundry Pal!
In the movie Clueless, Alicia Silverstone portrayed Cher Horowitz, a hip, high-tech woman with so many clothes packed in her closet she had to catalogue them on a computer. Now we have an iPhone app that lets you do that and more. Install TouchCloset, create an account, and add items to your online wardrobe inventory. Then you can effortlessly put together outfits and send ideas to your friends for their feedback.
I already thought the Whole Foods Web site was pretty cool, but it just got a lot cooler with the release of this iPhone app. If you have special dietary requirements (low fat, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.) you can enter those into the app, and it will display a list of recipes that meet your needs. It will also whip up recipes based on the ingredients you have on hand! In addition, if you’re really struggling for some ideas, you can peruse their extensive directory of favorite recipes—all delicious and ridiculously healthy!
Do you ever wonder what you can do about global warming? My Carbon helps you determine your personal carbon footprint, the first step in developing a strategy to lower it. I’ve been using this app for some time now and I have found myself more conscious about how much electricity I use, whether I have my foot on the gas peddle when I’m going down hill, and much more. This app really makes you think.
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them.” It’s great to have Shakespeare at your fingertips, whether you’re studying British Lit in high school or taking an advanced seminar on his tragedies in college. This simple but solid app from Readdle contains all of his plays as well as his sonnets and poems. It even has a search feature; type in “a rose” and it comes back with “What’s in a name?