Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a retro game to kill some time this Labor Day? Tapsteroids is free today, so don't wait, go grab it here. If you liked Asteroids (and who didn't), then you will love Tapsteroids. The classic title reborn with gameplay concepts and enhancements we only dreamed of back in the day. Read on for more press information..
This week, I discovered a slot car racing experience (called SlotZ Racer) which is about the most fun I have had playing games on the iPod touch (the developers really nailed it). Another fun distraction has been Destructopus, a scrolling smash-n-duck monster attack. Finally, not strictly under the "what I played" category, but figured I would close out with a mini-review of the social news reader called nu.
If you are in the market for something mind-numbing yet enjoyable on this long Labor Day weekend, go snag Destructopus: Total Ramage! (spelled that way on the AS). Hearkening back to the days of 16-bit nirvana, this Rampage-like scroller is more fun than a triple somersault cannonball off the high dive (which I hope you will attempt sober this year)! Read on for the full PR skinny, and please, folks...destroy responsibly!
One complaint I have about the iPad's screen is the beautiful, glossy surface. Sure it looks great, until you actually touch it. I'm tempted to wipe it with something 10 seconds after turning it on. The glassy surface is also not optimal for quick and constant finger dragging when gaming, and glare and reflections can be be distracting. The NuVue Anti-Glare protective screen guard will diminish these issues.
Out of town on business, and didn't have much time for games, but when I returned this weekend (to be greeted by Hurricane Irene) I had finally received a package with 2 JOYSTICK-IT Arcade stick game accessories (bought one for my daughter) from my fav geek site ThinkGeek.com! So, after battening down the hatches, I wasted no time trying one out on several of my favorite games (Galaxy on Fire 2, Jet Car Stunts, and Paper Racer), and wow is this a simple yet worthy add-on! Read on for more info and to check out my action videos...
Coming soon to the app store, a tower defense (or treasure defense in this case) game that caught my eye, mainly because the trailer is so well done. Truly, TD can actually get on my nerves sometimes (except for the 3D Monster Trouble, which I love). Anyway, I hope the game is as fun as the trailer makes it look. More information to be forthcoming, I am sure... Tiny Heroes PR blurb excerpt follows...
Weird physics puzzle game called iBlast Moki (currently free) which involves setting timed explosive charges, the force of which will propel cartoon heads toward and hopefully into a target. The jingly music has a pleasant quality and the graphics are very lucid for a cartoon-ish game. It is all strangely compelling (see trailer after the break for version 2) for a half-hour or so. In other news, still trying to beat all the Paper Racer levels on the iPod (having done so on iPad)...
This week in "What I played" news, I got in some Reno Air Races but not much, as it's that time of year when the Buyer's Guide is in production, so working mainly on writing up my year's top picks. I did however find time to squeeze in a review of the Clever & Son music player app called PanAmp. An original and efficient way to find and queue up your tunes.
In my previous review thread on the Sonos Play:3, I covered unbox and setup minutiae. In this wrap-up post I'll cover setting up dual Play:3 speakers in a left/right configuration, the new Sonos iOS control app, and consider the strengths (and a few weaknesses) of the new wireless speaker system!
Clock apps are popping up all over, and though I didn't have much time this week (pun intended) to play my 2 current fav games in the app world--namely Jet Car Stunts, and Pinball Magic (alas, I completed all the tracks in Paper Racer)--I did have time to check out 2 new clock apps and a cool flying game. Globaclock is an interesting way to keep world time zones straight, and Talking Jelly Clock is just, well weird. Breitling Reno Air Races is mucho 3-D racing fun...!