Recent App Reviews
This game has been out for awhile, but I have been so engrossed playing it, I’m just getting round to posting on it. I often find games that have 1-2 star ratings that are decent, and games with 5 star ratings that disappoint, so I think ratings are a bit, ahem, overrated. Reducing an in-depth review to a single score is self-defeating in my opinion, because many people will consider only the rating (I do the same thing).
I love Boxee. It aggregates streaming movies, TV, and other videos from around the Internet into one simple interface on your desktop computer that you navigate with your remote. It's been my replacement for cable TV. It was initially available only on the Mac, but I believe a Windows version is now available. So today's news is that now, via the free Boxee Remote app, you can use your iPhone as a remote with Boxee rather than the bare-bones remote that comes with the Mac.
Hellfire by Astraware and Pazzazz games will take you back to the cold war era, when the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. were locked into an escalation of military might. The top helicopter gunships of the day were the Mi-24 Hind (Soviet) and AH-64 Apache (American), and just about anyone from that era is familiar with the ferocious firepower of these helicopters. The Hind has a longer history and more varied operational capability than the AH-64, so it's not exactly a fair comparison.
Puzzlicious from GiantCrayon Games is a new puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch available for $0.99 from the Apple iTunes Apps Store. The game is a straightforward rectangular piece re-assembly objective to reconstitute a random photo pulled from your iPhone's photo library or from the developer's Picasa web album account.
"LetterBug is a frantically fun, and challenging word-spell puzzle game, new from Portable Zoo. In Letter Bug, players spell words from layers of letters. The bigger the words and the faster you spell them, the more points you get. As you “clear” letter layers, more letters come up onto the primary layer to use.
Have been playing Low Grav Racer (from Cobra Mobile games) for about a month, and not getting tired of it. I'm up to the final competition mode (Delta Class), and can't get past the 4th track (Space Junk). If you want a fast and furious pod racer/combat game, you need to try this one out.
The game is even more intense with cockpit view on...
AccuWeather.com has just announced a new application (free!) that automatically determines your location and offers an array of weather forecast information, as well as weather alarms and health indices.
When I first heard of Ocarina, I thought it was novel — using the iPhone as a wind instrument — but I didn't imagine it would catch on. It is, after all, a time-consuming affair to learn to play a new musical instrument. But it's become a top-selling application.
In the news today is Microsoft's release of its first application for the iPhone: Seadragon Mobile, an image-browsing app. And it has raised eyebrows because the same app hasn't been released for Microsoft's own Windows Mobile platform.
What will they think of next? You gotta watch this short video and this of an iPhone being played like a flute, or rather a recorder. Apparently Ocarina creates sound by letting you blow across the iPhone.