TouchMyApps » Matt 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 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:42:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Tangrams – The Ancient Chinese Logic Puzzles Come to the iPhone and iPod Touch! But which is “better”? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/01/29/tangrams-the-ancient-chinese-logic-puzzles-come-to-the-iphone-and-ipod-touch-but-which-is-%e2%80%9cbetter%e2%80%9d/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/01/29/tangrams-the-ancient-chinese-logic-puzzles-come-to-the-iphone-and-ipod-touch-but-which-is-%e2%80%9cbetter%e2%80%9d/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2009 18:59:25 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=4467 First, why don’t I explain what exactly a Tangram puzzle is.  In a Tangram puzzle, you have a shape.  This shape is actually comprised of a group of other shapes.  In Tangram, you have seven pieces:  Two large triangles, two small triangles, one medium triangle, a square, and a strange slanted rectangle piece.  The key … Read more]]>

tangrampro10First, why don’t I explain what exactly a Tangram puzzle is.  In a Tangram puzzle, you have a shape.  This shape is actually comprised of a group of other shapes.  In Tangram, you have seven pieces:  Two large triangles, two small triangles, one medium triangle, a square, and a strange slanted rectangle piece.  The key is to place and rotate these seven pieces until they form the shape that you’re looking for.  So, now that you’re in the loop, let’s get to the review!

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Tangram Puzzle Pro

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My fellow Touch My Apps reviewer Dave P has already reviewed TanZen, and you can check that out here. I originally came upon Tangram Puzzle Pro on the App Store when it was free and fell in love.  I quickly became addicted.  My friend Mark and I would sit there and just play Tangram after Tangram after Tangram.  It’s easy to play and lots of fun!

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Later, after becoming thoroughly hooked on Tangrams and quickly running out of puzzles to play, I sought out another Tangram app. Lo and behold! TanZen is also right there in the app store! While I did have to pay for it, I was more than happy to to acquire more Tangrams to solve!

I’m not going to go too deep into how you play the games, as they’re pretty much the same. You touch the piece of your choice and drag it to the proper place. Then you use the circle surrounding the piece to spin it into the position that fits best.

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Both apps work the same way and pretty much look the same too. So, why don’t we just get down to business and do some comparing?

I personally prefer Tangram Puzzle Pro. Here’s why:

In Tangram Puzzle Pro, the pieces all snap into place and rotate smoothly into the appropriate positions. It’s really easy to tell if you have the piece in the right place, because the piece will totally fill up that space, or not. In Tanzen, the pieces still have some wriggle room, and you have to rotate the piece perfectly to make it fit properly.

Another point for Tangram Puzzle Pro goes to the indication of two pieces overlapping. Frankly, it’s much more obvious. In Tangram Puzzle Pro, the overlapping pieces become red, showing you plain and simple “wrong”, whereas in TanZen, a little icon in the top left corner indicates it, and it’s just not as straightforward and easy to tell. These are just little things, but they make the difference for the avid Tangram player.

They have about the same number of puzzles, and are both constantly being updated with more. All these points to Tangram Puzzle Pro, TanZen does have a couple little advantages. One is the ‘Masters Mode’. In ‘Masters Mode’, instead of dropping the pieces onto the shape you are forming, you only have a small picture of the shape to work with. From that small picture, you have to put your pieces together on blank canvas to make the little shape in the corner. TanZen also has Hints and the ability to choose your piece colour. One other minor advantage is having all your pieces ready right away. In Tangram Puzzle Pro, you have to drag them out of the drawer at the bottom or shake up your device to release them onto the board.

Graphically and musically they’re on par with each other, and while TanZen has those extra little features, it’s all about the gameplay and the superiority that Tangram Puzzle Pro has in dragging and rotating pieces makes all the difference in the experience.

If you’re looking for the “better” Tangram game, this reviewer’s opinion is that Tangram Puzzle Pro is a better play, but if you’re like me and you just can’t get enough Tangrams, get them both! (There’re lite versions for you to try too!)

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Slyder Adventures in Review: Keep Slyding! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/01/13/slyder-adventures-in-review-keep-slyding/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/01/13/slyder-adventures-in-review-keep-slyding/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2009 05:28:01 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=3724 Welcome to Slyder Adventures, where you play a semi-gelatinous blob who must make his way through a maze of bumpers, walls, switch-activated doors, speed-boosters and -busters, and black holes. The goal of the game is to collect as much food as you can in each level, catching and eating all the strawberries, ice cream cones, … Read more]]>

slyder1Welcome to Slyder Adventures, where you play a semi-gelatinous blob who must make his way through a maze of bumpers, walls, switch-activated doors, speed-boosters and -busters, and black holes.

The goal of the game is to collect as much food as you can in each level, catching and eating all the strawberries, ice cream cones, blocks of cheese and more.  Our hero must have an amazing metabolism, because he gulps down so much food, but never seems to gain a pound!  If only we all could be like that…

slyder2Anyway, back to the game at hand!  There are two modes to play in the options menu, “Touch & Tilt” and “Touch Only”.  I started with the latter option, hoping to enjoy using this application in its “full glory”, using as many of my iPhone’s super-features as possible.  I found the “Touch & Tilt” mode a bit too challenging.  You have to manage turning the level upside down and around and around via touch and dropping our friend Slyder in the direction of choice by tilting.  But the tilting only works on one axis, left to right.  Or at least it only works properly on one axis.  I just found that this mode made the gameplay too complicated, it took me three levels just to get used to it.  Not exactly intuitive.

slyder3Once I switched to “Touch Only”, I had a much easier and more natural time playing the game.  In “Touch Only” mode, you need only to turn Slyder’s world around to make him drop in the appropriate direction.  Now, while this mode is easier to play, it’s a little less precise, which makes it less easy to get all the snacks, especially in the harder levels.  For all of you hardcore gamers who need to get all the points in a level, you’ll want to stick with “Touch & Tilt” and work with the tricky interface to pick up all the culinary items that Slyder seems to crave.  An unfortunate compromise there.

The only challenges really are slow patches of sticky goo and black holes which cause you to lose a life and start the level over again.  The lack of story, enemies, and threat of losing lives and points takes away some of the traditional gaming fun for this reviewer.  The soundtrack is alright, pretty repetitive though, and the looping is a little patchy.  It’s decent graphically, quite smooth, though it would be nice to see some more varied colour schemes in the levels.

As far as gameplay goes, as I said before, in “Touch Only” mode it’s pretty decent, but it lacks intuitiveness.  Also, there’s no way of tracking levels or going back to redo them, which is always nice in a game where you want to accumulate points and make high scores.  This game would be enriched by a story line, more enemies and threats to the character, easier and more intuitive gameplay, and more “typical” game features.  All this said, it is fun and reasonably addictive.  If you’re just looking for a nice game to spend some time with, this game has endless hours of play for you!  I can see anyone getting some enjoyment out of it, it’s great for just winding down and chilling out.

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App Summary
Title: Slyder Adventures Developer: HUDSON(C)Sandlot Games Corporation
Price: $2.99 App Size: 9,9 mb
  • Smooth and well-drawn graphics
  • Moderately Addictive
  • Easy and low-key
  • Soundtrack not very well done
  • Gameplay not highly intuitive
  • Lack of key elements to a good game (story, enemies, mission, level-tracking)
  • Needs more varied level environments.

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Toy Bot Diaries 3 in Review – Grapple It! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/23/toy-bot-diaries-3-in-review-grapple-it/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/23/toy-bot-diaries-3-in-review-grapple-it/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2008 06:18:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=2542 Matt here, your newest TouchMyApps writer. For my first review (of which there will be many!), I’m reviewing Toy Bot Diaries 3. Having not played Toy Bot Diaries 1 & 2, the series is new to me. If Toy Bot Diaries is new to you, here’s a little back story. In the first Toy Bot … Read more]]>

Matt here, your newest TouchMyApps writer. For my first review (of which there will be many!), I’m reviewing Toy Bot Diaries 3. Having not played Toy Bot Diaries 1 & 2, the series is new to me. If Toy Bot Diaries is new to you, here’s a little back story. In the first Toy Bot Diaries, there is a strange machine which plagues Toy Bot. In Entry 2, Toy Bot climbs out of the sewers and into the skies! In Entry 3, Toy Bot has gone outer space; it’s the next frontier for our little metal friend. He’s off to rescue King Bot from the clutches of the evil War Bot who is bent on destroying the earth!

But this isn’t the only objective. There’re also memory chips to gather to regain lost memories of how your beloved King Bot was kidnapped and War Bot’s terrible plan to …  I won’t give it away. Some of the chips are in plain sight, some are hidden, and some require some puzzle solving.

This game is great. The graphics are well done; smooth and nicely drawn. The colours are rich and the gameplay well animated. The comic/storybook style intros and plot fill-ins are lots of fun.

Playing Toy Bot Diaries 3 is fairly intuitive once you learn the basic controls.  You move about a level by walking (tilting your iPhone/iPod touch in the direction you want to walk) and grappling along.  You can only grapple onto other metal objects, which provides for a fun challenge.  You tap a piece of metal to grapple, and then hold that tap to retract your metallic arm to cling you to the metal object, tap some blank space to release your grip.  Once you’ve got a good grapple on a metal object, you can swing Toy Bot from side to side by tilting your iPhone/iPod Touch.  From there you can grapple to another metal object or lock your gravity boots on and grab another object to you by grappling it and retracting it to you.

With all the tilting and tapping, Toy Bot Diaries 3 makes good use of your device’s touch screen and accelerometer.  There’re some tough spots where you’ll have to use some puzzle solving skills; things like moving objects to different places and pressing buttons in special orders, etc.  You’ll need to pass these kind of little puzzles to get through the levels, so be sure to practice different grappling and retracting methods to make it through to the end.

The first level is kind of tricky as there’s no gravity, so you have to swing your way everywhere without getting sucked into a vortex. It’s a great starter level though, it gets you right into the game and gives you lots of needed practice for the later levels in the game. The next levels are also great.  Having to grapple Tarzan-style to make it through a bottomless pit; having to pull objects out of holes and find secret goodies; having to navigate reverse gravity rooms and more awaits you in the next levels of the games.  And of course, there’s an epic battle at the end, but I will give away no more!

I have to say, this game is very addictive.  You’ll find yourself going back to it time after time trying to get the memory chips you missed in the level you just finished. It’s lots of fun, and still quite a challenge. It’s not too hard to cause you throw your iPhone or iPod Touch at the wall, but just challenging enough to keep you going and trying time after time to conquer the challenge! Too bad it’s the final episode. It’s great for the kids, but fun for all ages. Good job IUGO!

App Summary
Title: Toy Bot Diaries 3 Developer: IUGO Mobile Entertainment Inc.
Price: 3.99$ App Size: 37.9mb
  • Great graphics
  • Fun gameplay
  • Decent soundtrack and option to listen to iPod Music
  • Unique and Original
  • Interface is sometimes tricky
  • The last entry in the series!
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