Diversity in any market is a good thing. It is the driving force behind uber-successful virtual exchanges like the App store, where large programming houses offer top of the line products right up next to an app banged out by an 11 year old (which in some cases might be the better choice). I love to see it, and never shy away from encouraging it. Take the case of former EA employee faced with a choice to relocate (to the U.S.) or open up his own mobile gaming shop. Read on for the 411 on how the newly minted PlaySide is going to endeavor to bring you the best in mobile gaming...
Looking a little like a Kevlar vest for iPhone, the new iFrogz Mix is a polycarbonate hybrid case with a thicker TPU edge. TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) is a choice material for it's resistance to abrasions, oil and grease, while retaining excellent elasticity. It's better than traditional rubber in some respects as it is lacking in overly adhesive properties (easier to pull out of the back pocket), with the added benefit of anti-microbial properties. Wow that sounded scientific... I need to stop researching and reviewing all these darn cases...
Shoot, you know I love a good snowball fight! Ain't had any of the neighborhood kids try for me in recent winters though. I can still hurl a mean iceball when the mood hits me.
What I played this week was mostly a festival of EA 99 cent titles (Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Mirror's Edge, and Battleship) that cost me too many hours of distraction when I should have been doing more productive things. I also found an app finder app called AppsCube Explorer that allows you to browse apps through a 3D interface. It helped me waste yet even more time by enhancing the navigation required to find more freebies--so I could waste even more time--if that makes sense. Select your next virtual iTunes gem in a slick 3-D gamelike interface!
mophie is rocking World AIDS Day by partnering with (RED), and releasing a special edition of the flagship juice pack power pro line of portable chargers in a stunning cardinal hue. A portion of the proceeds go to the Global Fund. Fight the AIDS epidemic, get a charge up and do it in style! Now available at link above, so go get one of these beauties (great holiday stocking stuffer, by the way)... Read on for more PR info on the release...
Man the Apps store is like going down the rabbit hole. Every time I open iTunes or go there on the iPad/Pod, I end up downloading 3 or 4 apps and ebooks I didn't know I needed (most freebies). It can trigger more impulse-shopping than a trip to Staples or Home Depot. Anyway, today EA has SHIFT 2 Unleashed up there for free, and I found that out using another freebie app called AppsCube Explorer (3-D app explorer which is cool all by itself), which I'll swing back and post up more info on in my next "What I Played" edition.
More free stuff to report hitting the app store. This time the developers of the awesome Galaxy on Fire 3D space shooter team up with team Volkswagon to bring you an awesome single player driving experience. Get behind the wheel of 6 of the finest automobiles in the world in Sports Car Challenge. Read on for full PR info below or grab it at the provided iTunes link.
EA is offering a ton of great iPhone apps at 99 cents (Real Racing, Dead Space, Need for Speed, The Sims, and more), and many others at reduced rates in their Game Feast Sale (main iPhone game site here). Offer lasts though Nov 28th 2011, so don't delay. Some of the finest games we have reviewed on our blogs this year are on this list!!
Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of my somewhat-weekly column featuring the games, apps or even gadgets I played with during the week. It's not always strictly iOS related, as last week (or was it the week before?) I reviewed the HP TouchPad, though a couple of the apps mentioned also have iOS versions. This week, it's all iPhone/iPod/iPad and all free, so if you want to get some game on this turkey day weekend, it won't cost you a cent. Bowmaster Lite brings you the thrill of the early pilgrims, who couldn't go to the supermarket to bag a turkey. Chromian Wars is a new war strategy sim game with AR features. My fav of the bunch has to be Falling Stars--quickly make funky tones/beats with this addictive and free music maker game.
Speakal has some of the more interesting audio products available for iPhone, and iPod. I have written about several on our blogs, and in terms of quality, have found them a decent product for the price. Maybe not in the same class as say the Sonos or iHome audio products like the iW1 we've reviewed, but they still produce a good sound. Speakal has the market nearly cornered in unique and eye-catching designs with clever features (see my review of the motion-sensing, rechargeable iPig). If you want a sound dock that simply looks good, sounds good, and doesn't break the bank, the iKurv is a good pick--which, by the way, will also push composite video from your iPod/iPhone to a TV or monitor.