TouchMyApps » Clay Branch http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:23:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit in Review – The High End Performance of Law Enforcement http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/24/need-for-speed-hot-pursuit-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/24/need-for-speed-hot-pursuit-in-review/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:25:46 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=43573 I enjoy a good arcade style racing game. Daytona U.S.A., the Burnout series, Split/Second and NFS: Most Wanted to name just a few. So when EA announced Need for Speed Hot Pursuit I got excited. Then the trailers arrived to show off the game in action and I became ecstatic. And now that Hot Pursuit is … Read more]]>

I enjoy a good arcade style racing game. Daytona U.S.A., the Burnout series, Split/Second and NFS: Most Wanted to name just a few. So when EA announced Need for Speed Hot Pursuit I got excited. Then the trailers arrived to show off the game in action and I became ecstatic. And now that Hot Pursuit is released, is it going to join the ranks of some of my favorite arcade racers? Only one way to be sure, read on to find out.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit comes with three modes of gameplay. Jump into a Quick Race, play Local Multiplayer over Wifi or dive right into the heart of the game with Career Mode. Your career is made up of 24 events that will put you in the shoes of a law enforcement professional climbing their way through the NFS ranks in the pursuit of becoming Top Cop. Sadly, you’re unable to play through as the criminal, a feature that is part of the console version.

Along the way you will compete in four different racing events, earning Bounty to unlock 15 different cars with increasingly better acceleration, handling and speed. The event types vary. Tough Justice will have you taking down an increasing number of criminals under a set time in order to earn Bounty. There are three levels per event and each level grants you more Bounty. In Interceptor, you face off against a single criminal with a set time limit – the faster you take them down, the bigger the Bounty earned. Power Struggle has you competing with fellow officers to reach the finish line first, and finally, Rapid Response has you racing alone against the clock and speeding through checkpoints until you reach your final destination before time runs out.

Through most of the events your vehicle will come equipped with different abilities, helping you accomplish your goals. Most of the items you’re given aren’t very powerful on their own, but they work together over time to help get the job done. Some of these abilities include setting up Road Blocks, where fellow officers attempt to block the criminal’s path; emitting EMP blasts within a certain distance that slow down the opponent; and laying down Spike Strips, an effective way of damaging their cars (besides slamming into to them). The opposing speedsters are not defenceless either. Often they will come equipped with oil slicks and jammers that block your ability to use anything against them while they hit the NOS and speed away.

The controls in Hot Pursuit are built around the accelerometer and they work well once you’ve overcome the initial learning curve. That said, you may still find yourself taking some turns a little wide even after getting accustomed to the controls. Your vehicle’s acceleration is set to automatic by default, allowing you to concentrate more on your driving, along with the occasional braking or NOS boost. You do have the option of turning off automatic acceleration, which will give you more control over your vehicle, though either way works fine. There is also a 180 degree turn built into the controls but you will likely find very little use for it in the game.

Thanks to the Retina Display built into the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G, the game looks amazing on these devices. The car models are very well done and they appear to be a step up from those you might find in a PS2 racing game. The locations you race in also have some pretty good visuals, though after you’ve spent some time with the game, you will begin to notice the same backdrops over and over again. A little more variety would certainly have been much appreciated. And like many of the previous Need for Speed titles, Hot Pursuit does a great job of giving you a sense of speed as you’re flying down the freeway.

One other item worth mentioning is the option EA built into the title screen called, “Get Bounty”. The game’s launch price is $4.99 and offers roughly 4-5 hours of career play from start to finish. You will have to replay previous races to ensure you’ve gotten all of the available Bounty in order to reach the six million mark required to unlock all 15 vehicles. Get Bounty, on the other hand allows you to forgo the entire career and purchase bounty in $1, $2 and $3 increments. Buying all $6 worth via in-app purchases will max out your bounty and all vehicles will be made available to you from the very start. If you want to compete with friends over local wifi using every car in the game, this may be an option you would like to consider. Otherwise, it feels a little “dirty” and goes a long way to decreasing the value of the games played in Career Mode. It also breaks the first half of the game as you can then blow through to the top bounty ranks with ease.

Overall NFS: Hot Pursuit is a very solid racing experience on the iDevice. Thanks to the game’s tight controls, lengthy Career mode and awesome visuals, EA’s latest installment in the Need For Speed franchise makes for one highly enjoyable and action packed racer. If you’re a fan of the NFS series (and racers in general), you’ll find Hot Pursuit a worthy addition to your app collection.

App Summary
Title: Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Developer: Electronic Arts
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $4.99 App Size: 380MB
  • Lengthy single player career mode
  • Continually better vehicle unlocks
  • Impressive visuals
  • Vehicle Abilities should be stronger
  • Inability to play as criminal in career

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Splatterhouse in Review – A 2×4 Head Busting Arcade Classic http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/18/splatterhouse-in-review-%e2%80%93-a-2x4-head-busting-arcade-classic/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/18/splatterhouse-in-review-%e2%80%93-a-2x4-head-busting-arcade-classic/#comments Thu, 18 Nov 2010 22:30:22 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=43177 I remember walking into my local arcade and laying eyes on SPLATTERHOUSE for the first time. The visual joy of a hockey mask wearing protagonist who strolls through a monster house full of nasty creatures was a sight to behold; and when he proceeds to bash them in with a 2×4 that gives off this … Read more]]>

Arcade Classic brought to iDevice

I remember walking into my local arcade and laying eyes on SPLATTERHOUSE for the first time. The visual joy of a hockey mask wearing protagonist who strolls through a monster house full of nasty creatures was a sight to behold; and when he proceeds to bash them in with a 2×4 that gives off this amazing “pop” sound as it connects, well, that just had me hooked. After sinking my entire $5 allowance into the machine, I ran over and told my friends I had just played the greatest Friday the 13th game ever!

Well Splatterhouse wasn’t a game based off of the Friday the 13th series, but it was a very satisfying experience. You can imagine my excitement when I heard the news that Splatterhouse was coming to the App Store. I was being given another chance to relieve those wonderful memories from my childhood, and for a lot less money. So how did the move to the small screen turn out? Were my memories left in tact?

For the most part the transition to the iDevice has been kind. From the start you have the option of playing through the game on three difficulty levels and choosing whether to turn on an assist option that adds an additional button for making the “slide” move easier to perform. After playing though and completing a level (there are seven in the main game) you will have the ability to start the game from the beginning of any level that’s already been completed, thus making it much easier to fight your way to the end.

This being an arcade game that was designed to eat your quarters, the gameplay is repetitive and requires repeated play-through for memorization. Boss fights are satisfyingly/frustratingly tough. It’s exciting to get to the end of each level and see what new boss awaits, but frustrating in having to play them several times over until you’ve figured out their pattern and which weapons/fighting style is the best way to use.

The controls work well for the most part. Besides the directional button you have the attack and jump buttons. Your basic attacks consist of a punch while standing, kick while kneeling and a slide attack. There are times the directional button doesn’t react to particular movement requests you make. Mainly when you’re kneeling and you want to turn from one direction to another. The slide attack may or may not work when attempting to perform it with the default button layout. This is where turning on the assist becomes a welcome addition. With it enabled, a third button will be added to the screen, giving you a simple way to initiate the slide attack and significantly improving your chances of pulling off the move. There are also a number of weapons throughout the game you can pick up, each satisfying in their own way. I personally love the shotgun, though the sound of the 2×4 connecting with a monster’s head is also thrilling.

Someone just got REALLY UGLY

In addition to the Arcade mode, Namco has included a Splatter Rush mode. Again you have three difficulty levels to choose from. Each level puts you on a different landscape. The goal of Splatter Rush is to stay alive for two minutes and build chain attacks while enemies come at you from either side. This mode is supported by leaderboards, giving you the chance to compete against others for the best overall score.

Graphically the game looks comparable to the arcade version I remember playing over 20 years ago. There are three view sizes to choose from and each one takes up more and more of the screen. The first two are are a bit too small and you may find as well find that they’re not the best way to play through the game.

Splatterhouse is an easy recommendation for those who remember the original fondly, as well as anyone who enjoys a classic side scrolling beat’em up. Splatter Rush gives you hours of additional gameplay if you enjoy the ability to compete with others on leaderboards. For those of you who are easily frustrated by controls that don’t react 100% of the time to your input or the need to memorize enemy movement through repeated play-through of most levels, you may want to pass on this classic arcade hit.

App Summary
Title: SPLATTERHOUSE Developer: Namco
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.0 Min OS Req: 3.1.3
Price: $2.99 App Size: 19.1MB
  • Arcade Classic in your hand
  • Excellent “Pop” sound from your weapon
  • Splatter Rush mode
  • Competitive Leader boards
  • Repetitive game play
  • Imperfect controls
  • Background Wallpaper takes away ability to view fullscreen

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Keep your iPad and Apple Wireless Keyboard Snuggly with iPad Wallet http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/17/keep-your-ipad-and-apple-wireless-keyboard-snuggly-with-ipad-wallet/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/17/keep-your-ipad-and-apple-wireless-keyboard-snuggly-with-ipad-wallet/#comments Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:32:59 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42954 Are you an iPad owner who can’t be without their trusty Apple Wireless Keyboard, but you don’t have a compact traveling bag to properly protect them when on the road? Feast your eyes on the iPad Wallet from WaterField, makers of quality bags and sleeves for your gizmos. The iPad Wallet features two scratch free, lightly padded … Read more]]>

Are you an iPad owner who can’t be without their trusty Apple Wireless Keyboard, but you don’t have a compact traveling bag to properly protect them when on the road? Feast your eyes on the iPad Wallet from WaterField, makers of quality bags and sleeves for your gizmos.

The iPad Wallet features two scratch free, lightly padded internal pockets for both your iPad and keyboard, keeping them separate and safe. An additional pocket allows room to carry your connection wires and even your iPhone. The Wallet also comes with impact-resistant inserts and a self-locking zipper for added layers of protection.

The current production run has already sold out, though you can pre-order it now for a November 18th shipping date. The iPad Wallet comes in six different colors and sells for $79.

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Meet the Neo-i, the first all-in-one iDevice sound dock with built-in Pico projector http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/17/neo-i-all-in-one-idevice-sound-dock-with-built-in-pico-projector/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/17/neo-i-all-in-one-idevice-sound-dock-with-built-in-pico-projector/#comments Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:55:05 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42965 Going on sale in mid-December (just in time for Christmas) for a recommended retail price of $449, the Neo-i by Optoma delivers onto the consumer the first plug ‘n’ play sound dock with built-in Pico projector for your iPhone and iPod Touch, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your audio and video content in one transportable, tabletop … Read more]]>

Going on sale in mid-December (just in time for Christmas) for a recommended retail price of $449, the Neo-i by Optoma delivers onto the consumer the first plug ‘n’ play sound dock with built-in Pico projector for your iPhone and iPod Touch, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your audio and video content in one transportable, tabletop device. The Neo-i comes complete with a 16-watt built-in stereo speaker system and additional inputs to accommodate just about any source component.

Sporting a modern, graceful design that blends easily into any environment, the Neo-i combines a 50 ANSI Lumen Pico projector delivering an image of up to 120″ in native WVGA (854 X 480 pixels) resolution in 16:9 format, with a full-bodied 16-watt stereo system. Thanks to its utilization of Apple’s patented 30-pin connector, the docking station accommodates all iPod, iPhone and iTouch devices. Additionally, the 2.5 lb projector has a contrast ratio of 2,000:1 and a bulb life of over 20,000 hours, as well as VGA and HDMI 1.3 ports that will allow users to hook up other gadgets and video sources.

If you’re looking for a last minute gift idea for the techy in your life or you are the techy looking to pick up the latest and greatest, keep your eyes peeled for the Neo-i’s arrival this December. There’s just something really cool about projecting pictures and movies in your iDevice onto just about any surface. And if you can’t wait to get your hands on a gadget with similar technology (and one that’s much more portable), Optoma has already released the Pico PK-101 Pocket Projector for the iPhone/iPod, which sells at the Apple Store for $199.

Press Release

FREMONT, Calif. Nov.1, 2010 Optoma, the world’s best-selling brand of DLP projectors and leader in Pico projection technology, announces the Neo-i,the first all-in-one iPod® sound dock with built-in Pico projector that gives digital media device users plug ‘n’ play compatibility to enjoy their audio and video content projector in one transportable, tabletop device. Complete with a built-in 16-watt stereo speaker system and additional inputs to accommodate just about any source component, the Neo-i combines the best of both portable digital technologies providing users with a simple, unique audio/video solution. The Neo-i goes on sale in mid-December with an end user price of $449.

“The Neo-i offers a unique solution to a marketplace that is increasingly dependent on portable devices for both audio and video content,” said Jon Grodem, Optoma’s senior director of sales & marketing. “This gives them a simple, all-in-one solution for sharing that content.”

Built on the award-winning designs of Optoma’s Pico projectors and incorporating the latest audio and amplifier technologies, the Neo-i offers consumers an elegant, innovative product with a unique set of qualities and features. Sporting a modern, graceful design that blends easily into any environment, the Neo-i combines a 50 ANSI Lumen Pico projector delivering an image of up to 120” in native WVGA (854 X 480 pixels) resolution in 16:9 format, with a full-bodied 16-watt stereo system that employs a bass reflex design within the 2-speaker system that increases the effective displacement of air, resulting in a louder, fuller sound with greater frequency range. The effective dynamic range of the audio was also increased using unique digital signal processing techniques, resulting in a listener perception of greater bass and dynamic range. And because The Neo-i also incorporates Class D amplifiers for maximum efficiency, it can be also be run using an optional battery pack.

Utilizing Apple’s® patented 30-pin connector, the docking station accommodates all iPod, iPhone® and iTouch® devices. Users will have three options for accessing and controlling their media selections: From the control interface of the iPod/iPhone device; the included IR remote control; or through the backlit control panel on the Neo-i, itself. Metadata, such as song and video titles and artist names, can be displayed by the projector to make playback management easier. And the Neo-i also charges the iPod/iPhone while docked in the unit.

The Neo-i also incorporates A/V inputs for external devices that expand its usability beyond the iPod or iPhone. HDMI and VGA ports allow connection to laptops, Blu-ray players, and Apple TV. In addition, an optional accessory kit provides connectivity to the iPad.

While not categorized as a portable device, the Neo-i’s small size (12.8” x 8.9” x 3.1”) and light weight (less than 2.5 lbs) make it easily transportable. And its low operating temperature and instant on/off feature enhance its portability. Additional product details and specifications are available at www.optomausa.com.

Complete Neo-i Specs

General

Native Resolution: 854 X 480 (16:9)
Panel: 0.3” WVGA DLP
Brightness: 50 lumens Bright mode
Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
Uniformity: 60% (JBMA Standard)
LED / Life: RGB LED, >20,000hrs
Dimensions: 12.8” x 8.9” x 3.1”
Weight: < 2.5 lbs

Lens & Throw Distance

Image Size: 5”~120” (16:9 native)
Projection Lens: Fixed Focus Lens, F/1.8
Throw Ratio: 1.8
Off-set: 100%

Compatibility

Video/Audio In: 2.5 mm A/V jack, Composite
VGA CNNT: PC in (WXGA max)
HDMI in: HDMI 1.3 (1080i 60)
Audio Out: 3.5 mm audio out jack
Speaker: 8W x 2

IO Terminals

Sockets (iPod Dock, VGA, A/V Jack, Audio Out, HDMI, DC Jack)

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Griffin introduces the PowerDock Duel and AirCurve Play for your iDevices http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/15/griffin-introduces-the-powerdock-duel-and-aircurve-play-for-your-idevices/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/15/griffin-introduces-the-powerdock-duel-and-aircurve-play-for-your-idevices/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:16:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42627 Started in 1992, Griffin Technology has grown to become one of the largest providers of accessories for your digital media. With their latest releases of the PowerDock Duel and AirCurve Play they continue to improve upon and accessorize your favorite electronic gadgets. The PowerDock Duel is built around the concept of placing everything you carry … Read more]]>

PowerDock Dual

Started in 1992, Griffin Technology has grown to become one of the largest providers of accessories for your digital media. With their latest releases of the PowerDock Duel and AirCurve Play they continue to improve upon and accessorize your favorite electronic gadgets.

The PowerDock Duel is built around the concept of placing everything you carry in your pockets or hold in your hands in one convenient location when coming and going from a single destination. Carrying both an iPad and/or iPhone/iPod with you? Simply plug it into the dock and charge both simultaneously. Access to your iDevice’s screens and sounds are left unobstructed while you store your keys, wallet or gum in the valet dish. The PowerDock Dual is now available and can be yours for $59.99.

AirCurve Play

Griffin’s AirCurve Play is an Acoustic Amplifier built specially for your iPhone 4. Its clever design collects the sound from the built-in speaker of your iPhone and amplifies it with the AirCurve’s built-in coiled waveguide and projects it into the room, thus making your iPhone speakers louder by 10 decibels. The “Play” was also engineered so that it works without batteries or power adapters.

Built out of transparent polycarbonate, you’re able to view see your iPhone 4 from a 360 degree angle in either landscape or portrait mode. AirCurve Play is also now available and priced at a reasonable $19.99.

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Is your cell phone provider LYING TO YOU? Find out with Cell Phone Coverage Map http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/15/cell-phone-coverage-map/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/15/cell-phone-coverage-map/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:57:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42751 . Developer Root Metrics believes your cell phone provider may not be entirely honest with the coverage areas they claim to provide their customers. With the help of their recently released app, Cell Phone Coverage Map, they’re hoping to put the tool in the palm of your hands to give you and your fellow uninformed … Read more]]>
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Developer Root Metrics believes your cell phone provider may not be entirely honest with the coverage areas they claim to provide their customers. With the help of their recently released app, Cell Phone Coverage Map, they’re hoping to put the tool in the palm of your hands to give you and your fellow uninformed cellphone carrying friends the ability to see which provider gives the best coverage in the areas your phone is most used.

Simply download the free Coverage Map App and within a few taps, it will immediately begin testing your network provider’s coverage in signal strength, dropped calls and data throughput speeds. Combining your data anonymously with potentially millions of others who have activated the application as well, Root Metrics will create easy-to-read, interactive maps centered on your location. Along with the maps created for signal strength and data speeds, you’ll have the option to check the root scores of all carriers in your area, multiple markets outside of your current location, and the ability to use the zoom feature to expand out to your entire metro area or zoom in to street level.

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Root Metrics currently has data available in 22 cities including: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix, Billings, Denver, Bismarck, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Don’t see your city? Just download the App and start transmitting your information today. Cell Phone Coverage Map is currently available for the iPhone and coming soon for the Android and Blackberry.

Cell Phone Coverage Map RootMetrics, Cell Phone Coverage Map, 0.51MB – Free

App Description

Tired of your mobile carrier not living up to its claims as you deal with spotty data service and dropped calls?

RootMetrics uses millions of real-world results from mobile users like you to deliver the one true picture of carrier performance.

Now you can finally get an accurate picture of your carrier’s performance with voice and data ratings displayed on intuitive maps that measure service metro-wide or down to your street address. Or compare carrier ratings side-by-side.

Join the movement to create an open mobile market. Download the free RootMetrics app today.

The coverage information in the market today is incomplete and gathered infrequently – often no more than once a year – resulting in soft advertising claims of network reliability.

RootMetrics is different. We’re an independent voice, measuring accurate carrier performance.

We track signal strength, dropped calls and data throughput speeds by capturing millions of real-world results directly from participating mobile users’ devices, like yours. Then, using our sophisticated analytics engine, this data is brought to life through easy to understand maps and ratings that show the true picture of each carrier’s performance down to the most granular level.
Here’s your chance to make a difference.

Help create a more open mobile market, with accurate, unbiased and timely network performance data available to everyone. And make the carriers more accountable when their networks underperform. Join the effort today by downloading the free RootMetrics app.

Here are the five steps to creating an open mobile marketplace:
1. Millions of mobile users like you download the free RootMetrics app to your smart phone
2. Turn on the app so it can actively test the network
3. The app collects the data that authentically reflects your use under real-world conditions, including variables like weather, seasonality, time-of-day and network traffic
4. We combine your data anonymously with similar data from other mobile users
5. We publish a detailed and true picture of each carrier’s performance across the US

The result is easy-to-read, interactive maps centered on your location. You select the display that you want…
• Signal Strength View – a quick look at signal quality
• Data Speed View – a view of download and upload speeds
• RootScore – a side-by-side comparison across all carriers
• Multiple Markets – Tap on another location and view the data of your selected location
• Zoom Feature – Use the iPhone pinch to zoom out to view data across an entire metro or zoom in for a street level view

To begin, select one of the following cities from the map to view and compare coverage: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix, Billings, Denver, Bismarck, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York or Boston. If your city is not included on this list, test your network often to begin sending us your coverage. Be sure to tell your friends and family – the more people collecting the data, the sooner we’ll be able to deliver the true picture of coverage in your area.

Thank you for joining with RootMetrics to create a more open mobile market, one that provides you with an accurate picture of your service while holding the carriers more accountable. With real world data from users like you as the input for our independent, unbiased analysis, we can make a real difference.

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Learn a skill on your iDevice that could put you behind bars with Card Counter http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/12/tmsoft-releases-card-counter/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/12/tmsoft-releases-card-counter/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 21:11:20 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42631 TMSOFT, the makers of Blackjack Basic Strategy Card steps up their game by giving you the chance to learn a skill only the most daring (or shady) of individuals would be willing to perform. Card Counter is a “game” that has you counting cards to beat the dealer and casino out of their money. Features … Read more]]>

TMSOFT, the makers of Blackjack Basic Strategy Card steps up their game by giving you the chance to learn a skill only the most daring (or shady) of individuals would be willing to perform.

Card Counter is a “game” that has you counting cards to beat the dealer and casino out of their money. Features include a redesign of graphics and game play, support for iPad, iPhone and Retina Display. A new challenge mode has been created with unlimited rounds to see just how much money you can make. Submit scores via Facebook, Twitter or E-mail. Game Center leaderboards with iOS 4 .x devices are integrated into the game (so Las Vegas Casinos know who to keep an eye out for on your next trip) and Achievements are expected soon.

Keep your eyes glued to TMA for possible news reports of individuals getting their body parts placed in vices — “Casino” style — for attempting to take their new found skills into the real world. Card Counter (universal app) is now available on the App Store and can be yours for $1.99.

Card Counter TMSOFT, Card Counter, 12.4 MB - $1.99

App Description

You play BlackJack. You love BlackJack. You’ve memorized basic strategy and know what to do in every hand. But now you want more. Maybe you saw the movie “21″, read the book “Bringing Down the House”, or just heard about card counting. Card Counter will teach you everything you need to know without having to enroll at MIT.

FEATURES
* Universal iPhone and iPad app. Buy once play anywhere.
* Beautiful graphics with Retina display support!
* Study guide for learning the system of counting
* Card tutorial to demonstrate card counting
* Practice modes for fine tuning your skills
* Progress through easy, medium, hard, and expert game levels
* Earn lots of cash with challenge mode and unlimited levels.
* High scores for tracking your progress with world wide ranking.
* Game center leaderboards for iOS 4.1 capable devices.
* Blackjack basic strategy reference card included
* Learn all the popular card systems including Hi-Lo, Hi-Opt I, Hi-Opt II, KO, Omega II, Silver Fox, and Zen Count.
* Add new counting systems with the custom strategy builder. Let’s you specify the card count values and starting count.
* Voice over by Oscar Santana from Big O & Dukes and Mike O’Meara show

Learn everything you need to know on a plane to Las Vegas, a car ride to Atlantic City, or in the comforts of your own home.

Study. Practice. Win.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Card Counter is a video game based on the techniques of card counting. Using an iPhone or any device while at Blackjack tables is illegal. Never play Card Counter or use any electronic device while playing at casino tables.

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Hasbro races Nintendo’s 3DS to market with the release of my3D Glasses for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/11/hasbro-races-nintendo%e2%80%99s-3ds-to-market-with-the-release-of-my3d-glasses-for-apple%e2%80%99s-iphone-and-ipod-touch/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/11/hasbro-races-nintendo%e2%80%99s-3ds-to-market-with-the-release-of-my3d-glasses-for-apple%e2%80%99s-iphone-and-ipod-touch/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 04:32:15 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42620 As reported by the Associated Press, Hasbro Inc. will bring direct competition to Nintendo and their handheld 3DS gaming market with the release of my3D Glasses for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch. Expected to release in the spring of 2011 for the low price of $30 (Nintendo’s 3DS releases in March of the same year … Read more]]>

As reported by the Associated Press, Hasbro Inc. will bring direct competition to Nintendo and their handheld 3DS gaming market with the release of my3D Glasses for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch.

Expected to release in the spring of 2011 for the low price of $30 (Nintendo’s 3DS releases in March of the same year for an expected retail price of $299), my3D has the added advantages of not only playing games in 3D, but giving you full 360 degree travel and entertainment experiences.

Hasbro has partnered with Dreamworks Animation for-as-yet unannounced content, along with the Los Angeles Convention Center and Visitors Bureau for travel experiences to locations such as the Wax Museum and Santa Monica Pier — with more locations expected to be announced soon.

The 3D device will also work with a 3-D television channel provided by Discovery. Sony and IMAX are expected to provide content before the end of next year.

My3D is in the shape of a pair of low cost binoculars or a 3-D viewmaster you may have played with as a child. It’s not yet clear how you will interact with games or even your media as your iDevice slides directly into the front of the my3D device.

3D in the palm of your hand is just around the corner, so keep you eyes locked on TMA as we’ll keep you up-to-date on this potentially game changing accessory.

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NBA Elite 11 in Review – Nothing but Net or Air ball? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/nba-elite-11-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/nba-elite-11-in-review/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:38:23 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42536 When EA announced they were changing the name of their long running basketball franchise from NBA Live to NBA Elite, as well as improving the games’ quality, fans of the series were excited for the possibilities. After the recent announcement that the first game to bare the new title was being cancelled only days before … Read more]]>

When EA announced they were changing the name of their long running basketball franchise from NBA Live to NBA Elite, as well as improving the games’ quality, fans of the series were excited for the possibilities. After the recent announcement that the first game to bare the new title was being cancelled only days before its expected console release, the same fans were left with the option of waiting another year for its arrival or take the opportunity to get small and pick it up on their iDevice. Is the compact version enough to hold fans over for another year, or should it have been ejected from this year’s lineup as well?

From Elite’s title screen you have a few options to choose from, including a tutorial of the game’s basic and advanced move set. The exhibition mode will allow you to pick two teams and start playing from the get go. In season mode, you can take a team through a 12, 20, 41 or 82 game season in order to reach the playoffs and a chance at the championship title. Or if you’d rather go straight for the title, you can jump into the playoffs immediately. The last game type is the 3-point shootout. Choose your player and compete in two rounds of competition to see who the league’s greatest long range bomber is. Unfortunately, gamers won’t find online options for either play modes. The only online option for the game is the ability to download updated player rosters. (As of this writing, there were no updates provided).

Gameplay is as you would expect. Control the movement of your player with an invisible analog control stick on one side and two buttons on the other for controlling offensive and defensive plays. And depending on whether you’re completely new to the game or are returning as a seasoned “NBA Live” gamer, you may choose to play on the Rookie, Veteran or All-Star difficulty.

Scoring is fairly easy on any difficulty level. Completing a lay-up or slam dunk is as simple as dribbling around the floor until you find an opening or perform a juke move around the defending player. All shots from distance will require a bit more practice as you get used to the shot indicator. The indicator looks like two halves of a basketball that appear on either side of a player until they come together at the top, changing colors from red to yellow and finally green. For the most part you’ll never make a shot while in the red; your chances improve as you reach yellow and by the time your in the green you will hit a majority of your shots. There have been occasions where I’ve been fully in the green and missed but also made it while the indicator was red.

Defensively the game really starts to breakdown. Planning on blocking the opponent’s lay-up or slam dunk? Don’t bother. Once the CPU decides to attack the basket, you can either count it or pray for the brick. Outside shots only improve your chances slightly. On some occasions you might manage to get a block but for the most part, you better hope they catch nothing but air. The same can’t be said while the opposing team is on defense. They will block shots, steal and pull off fast breaks. One thing you have going for you is the A.I. getting called for goal tending…A LOT. Far too often in fact. At times, it feels like I’m watching a junior league game who has a defender taller than the hoop just standing there with their hand covering the rim.

For those who like to customize their rosters, Elite 11 has a trade system and the ability to sign free agents. You can even unlock 1 of 30 Legends by winning a championship. So you want to sign Magic Johnson to your team after you’ve unlocked him? As long as you have an open slot for one more player on your team, go to the free agent list, locate MJ, slide him over to your team, and confirm your action. Now you want to trade with the Miami Heat? L. James for R. Artest? C. Bosh for P. Gasol? Sure thing, just swap them from their respective teams in the trade menu. Now you’re playing the Lakers with Magic, Kobe, Lebron and Bosh. The game also offers stat tracking, but only for the current game. So you won’t get to see how many points and rebounds your superstar (or other players for that matter) is averaging over the course of the season, which is a shame really.

After all’s said and done, it probably wouldn’t have been a bad idea if NBA Elite 11 for the iDevice decided to follow in the footsteps of its console big brother and taken a delay in release to become a more rounded product. Depending on your expectations for how a basketball game should play out, Elite can be a fun title. If you’re looking for an “Arcadey” style 5-on-5 basketball game and care nothing more for the rest (i.e defence, full stat tracking in season mode), you’ll enjoy what Elite 11 has to offer. If on the other hand you want a little more depth, better balance between offense/defence and just more b-ball realism in general, you’ll likely want to pass on this one.

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App Summary
Title: NBA Elite 11 by EA SPORTS™ Developer: EA Sports
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $4.99 App Size: 184MB
  • Ability to play with Legends
  • Arcade like game play
  • 3 Point shootout mode
  • Nice graphics on retina display
  • Poor defensive ability
  • No online play
  • No season stat tracking
  • Poor trade/draft implementation

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Smule gives you the tools necessary to battle Satan with the release of Magic Fiddle http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/smule-gives-you-the-tools-necessary-to-battle-satan-with-the-release-of-magic-fiddle/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/smule-gives-you-the-tools-necessary-to-battle-satan-with-the-release-of-magic-fiddle/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:03:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42545 Ever said to yourself, “I’d like to be like Johnny and battle the devil for a fiddle of gold”, but never quite had enough cash to purchase the fiddle and for the 1-on-1 lessons to make your dream come true? Well stop day dreaming because it’s now a reality for only $2.99 (and of course … Read more]]>

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Ever said to yourself, “I’d like to be like Johnny and battle the devil for a fiddle of gold”, but never quite had enough cash to purchase the fiddle and for the 1-on-1 lessons to make your dream come true? Well stop day dreaming because it’s now a reality for only $2.99 (and of course the hundreds of dollars you’ve already spent on your iPad).

Smule, the creators of Ocarina – one of Apple’s “All-time top 20 Apps” — along with other popular ones including Glee Karaoke and Magic Piano bring you Magic Fiddle for the iPad. Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques in Story Book mode, perform from a list of 20 songs, earn medals for your performance, and compete with other fiddle players from around the world in online leaderboards (Satan may or may not be a competitor). So if you’ve ever had aspirations of learning how to play yet another instrument on your iDevice, Magic Fiddle is another unique musical app from Smule that shouldn’t be missed. Check out the video demo after the gap.

Magic Fiddle Smule, Magic Fiddle, 16.04MB – $2.99



App Description

Hello. I am your fiddle. I am programmed to make you a musical prodigy. Your untrained fingers will play beautiful music in a matter of minutes. My fiddlery magic will help you earn high scores, gold medals and fun badges. You and I will be unstoppable on the global leaderboard, competing with fellow fiddlers. Seriously, in the amount of time it took you to read this you could have learned ‘Ave Maria’. I kid you not (fiddles never joke).

You, my friend, are not just someone with an iPad. You are a virtuoso.

PICK UP AND PLAY:
• Pick up and play beautiful songs by following streams of colored light in my SongBook, no skill required!
• Impress your friends by playing any of my 20 songs I have in my SongBook, from video game theme songs to ‘Ave Maria’ and everything in-between.
• Bow, pluck, trill, and play vibrato and glissandi right from your iPad.

TAKE IT TO THE TOP:
• Earn scores for every song, and medals for playing well. I will be the judge of ‘well’ (not your mother).
• Show off your newly found musical aptitude to your fellow fiddlers by competing for a spot on the global leaderboards.
• Earn badges as you accomplish new heights of fantastic fiddlery.

LEARN FIDDLING TECHNIQUES EASILY:
• Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques through fun learning adventures with me – my StoryBook takes us on an 8-chapter interactive journey to teach you different techniques with activities and step-by-step instructions.
• Practice your new techniques on real songs as you improve.

LISTEN AND SHARE WITH THE WORLD:
• Listen to other magic fiddlers play on the globe around the world.
• Broadcast your masterpieces for the world to enjoy.
• Show your support for fellow fiddlers by ‘liking’ their songs.
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Want to learn still more about me?

I’m flexible: Any bowed string musical instrument can be referred to as a fiddle.
I’m worldly: I’m played in continents around the world.
I’m experienced: I first appeared in India circa 3000 BC.
I’m funny: What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle? About $10,000 dollars.

I’m also classy, dark, and musically inclined…..

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Assassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles in Review: Failing to live up to Expectations http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/15/assassins-creed-altairs-chronicles-in-review-failing-to-live-up-to-expectations/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/15/assassins-creed-altairs-chronicles-in-review-failing-to-live-up-to-expectations/#comments Fri, 15 May 2009 17:58:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=10916 Assassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles published by Gameloft under license from Ubisoft Entertainment is a 3D stealth/action game developed for your idevice. You take on the role of a Master Assassin known as Altair in a prequel to the 2007 console game Assassin’s Creed. Your mission is to locate and turn over to the Order … Read more]]>

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Assassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles published by Gameloft under license from Ubisoft Entertainment is a 3D stealth/action game developed for your idevice. You take on the role of a Master Assassin known as Altair in a prequel to the 2007 console game Assassin’s Creed. Your mission is to locate and turn over to the Order of the Assassins, “The Chalice” an object so powerful it could bring an end the Crusades. The device is currently being held by the Templar. You discover the location of the object early in the game, but before you can recover it, you must first find three keys being held by three separate individuals in three separate locations of the holy lands. With this knowledge you set out to accomplish your mission.

Creed was one of the more hotly anticipated titles for the iDevice in recent memory. Having been based off of one of the most financially successful new IP’s in recent history, expectations were high for the quality of gameplay it would bring to the market place. Sadly, the game suffers from bad camera angles and control issues. The problems become obvious early and you’re never able to overcome them for any extended length of time. During the course of play, you spend most of your time moving across rooftops, jumping from beam to beam, swinging on ropes and grappling hooks while attempting to avoid arrows, sharp blades, large boulders and collapsing environments.

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The control stick isn’t as responsive as its console sibling. When you’re balancing on a beam 20 feet above the ground you need all the precision you can get. Jump too soon, too late, too little or too much and you will find yourself looking at a death screen. Luckily there are frequent checkpoints, so there isn’t the pain of having to start over from the beginning of the level. But when you come to a tricky location that has multiple obstacles located between checkpoints and you misstep the first one because you over jumped and have to start over, only to come to the next obstacle and discover there was an unexpected jump at the bottom of the slope you were unaware of and fall to your death, the death screens and restarts begin to add up as it becomes a constant battle of trial an error.

Another issue fighting you throughout the game is the camera angle. You’re watching your character from the side in a zoomed out perspective. Being in a 3D environment your character will move from left to right and back to front. When you come to a point where Altair is facing you and he must jump from the platform he’s standing on to one in front of him and you can’t determine the distance between the two surfaces, you can find yourself plummeting to your death because you didn’t jump enough, or you over jumped and landed on the spikes below. This issue could have been resolved if the player had been given control of the camera.

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Visually the game looks good. While playing through some locations, I was reminded of similar locations in the console version. The designs of the buildings have nice detail and the look of fire and explosions go a long way to draw you into the experience. Altair’s costume has nice subtle details that cause it to stand out in the environment. There are a handful of designs for guards you will see spread throughout the game with the occasional mini-boss being unique in their own clothing and hair styles on par with that of Altair’s character.

The game is filled with voice acting for your character and those he comes in contact with. There is a nice believability to the acting and gives you a real sense of depth to the characters. Along with the voice work, text is displayed across the screen. Following along with the dialogue you will find that the two don’t match up on a number of occasions. Nothing that hurts the overall experience, but it feels a bit out of place.

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The games fighting system offers the player the depth of multiple attacks and defense with the option to use, swords, daggers and even bombs throughout the game. Very often you will find you can dispatch your enemies by simply mashing on each of the two basic sword attacks without the need for fancy moves or use of additional equipment.

For those who played the console version and are looking for more of the same, or you’ve never experienced the world of Assassin’s Creed but you want a stealth/action game you can spend a few hours with and don’t mind playing through the same scenes over and over until you get everything right, you will enjoy Altair’s adventure. For everyone else, I can’t recommend Assassin’s Creed, having witnessed the death screen more than 100 times over the course of the game, lead to serious frustration and the desire to crush my iphone on multiple occasions. Until the controls are tightened, camera issues are fixed and the ease at which you can plunge to your death are addressed, Assassin’s Creed is an example of a title that fails to live up to its expectations.

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App Summary
Title: Assassin’s Creed-Altair’s Chronicles Developer: Gameloft
Price: $9.99 App Size: 129.0 MB
  • The visuals look as good as any PS2 or PSP game.
  • The voice acting feels natural.
  • Easy to misjudge distance between platforms, causing you to plummet to your death.
  • Inability to adjust camera angle, resulting in unecessary death and repetitive play throughs.
  • Depth of fighting mechanic can very easily be ignored for repetitive basic sword attacks.

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour in Review – A Finger Stroke from Greatness http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/13/tiger-woods-pga-tour-in-review-a-finger-stroke-from-greatness/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/13/tiger-woods-pga-tour-in-review-a-finger-stroke-from-greatness/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 07:20:48 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=10782 Growing up, I was considered to be a child prodigy at golf. Over the course of a single summer I trained my skills on a daily basis, preparing for a competition that if won would result in a future for me resembling the life Tiger Woods himself now lives. It was that day, I made … Read more]]>

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Growing up, I was considered to be a child prodigy at golf. Over the course of a single summer I trained my skills on a daily basis, preparing for a competition that if won would result in a future for me resembling the life Tiger Woods himself now lives. It was that day, I made history. In 18 holes, I scored 18 holes in one. I knew my future was set. There was nothing that was going to stop me. It was only after my completion of this magnificent feat that my parents informed me that both my ball and all of the 18 holes had magnets in them and that everyone at the local Golf n’ Stuff miniature park scored 18 holes in one every time. It was then I decided if I couldn’t be a professional golfer, I would review video games about golf. So now a week later, I am here to tell you about Tiger Woods PGA Tour from Electronic Arts. Is it possible to bring a beloved console game to your iDevice and not have it be a shell of its former self? Read on to find out.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour from developer Electronic Arts offers the player an opportunity to play as one of five professional golfers including Tiger himself or create their own character to compete through a yearlong 15 tournament competition to see who truly is, the greatest golfer in the world.

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After you’ve selected your player of choice and chosen the color of clothes they will wear it’s time to tee off. You can select either Play Now or go directly to the PGA Tour. Selecting play now will give you an opportunity to play on one of the seven courses in six different modes with up to 3 additional players (in select modes). Play now also allows you to earn money with successful shots that you can put towards improving your equipment and the entry fees of the PGA Tournaments.

The controls of the game are easy for a beginner to pick-up and have a good time with but also offer depth for a more experienced player to master in order to become one of the best golfers on the Tour. The swing meter is located on the screen adjacent to your character. Place your hand on the ball, swing back and then forward, releasing the ball and allowing it to fly down the fairway. The option is built into the swing mechanic to allow you to perform a power boost, fade and draw as well as an option to control the spin on the ball once you have launched it into the air. Pay close attention to the wind gauge; distance your club of choice travels on average and hazards in order to get the most out of each round.

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Visually the game looks great. The color of the grass has you wanting to reach out and grab it. The next course appears different than the last in weather, trees, buildings and design. Your golfers motions are fluid and you believe his actions caused your ball to move down the course. There are a handful of animations and after a few play troughs you will most likely have seen them all a couple of times.

The sound of the game feels like it was lifted directly from a real world round of golf. From the smack of the ball off the tee to the thump of the ball landing in a sand trap or on the green, you feel like you’re actually experiencing the game in real time. Although there is no visible crowd, you do hear crowd reactions to your performance on the field and get a great selection of ambient sound effects like bag pipers playing. You also have play-by-play commentary from former golfing pro Sam Torrance and The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman who add believability to the overall experience.

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The game offers a lot of bang for your buck, you could spend hours upon hours playing through a number of the options available in the play now mode, earning money, improving your characters equipment and your abilities and still have as many hours or more to compete on some of the most recognizable courses around the world for prize money and the respect of the best under par average on the Tour.

Tiger Woods PGA doesn’t offer an online leaderboard or competition. With the ability to play through the PGA Tour, it would have been nice to compete against others in a tournament. With only seven courses included in the game there are a lot of known stops on the tour missing from the competition, resulting in repeated play troughs of few courses offered. Verbal crowd reactions are nice, but having actual spectators on the field would have gone a long way to increase the realism of play.

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Overall Tiger Woods PGA Tour for your iDevice is a game for the masses. If you’re a fan of golf games or someone who enjoys a gaming experience that keeps you coming back again and again, Tiger Woods is right for you.

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App Summary
Title: Tiger Woods PGA Tour v.1.0.0 Developer: Electronic Arts
Price: $9.99 App Size: 160.0 MB
  • Pick-up and play controls with built in depth for advanced play.
  • High quality graphics for your idevice.
  • Hours upon hours of gameplay.
  • No online leaderboards or competition.
  • Missing known courses from the PGA Tour.

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