TouchMyApps » NP 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 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:52:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.5 Green Quest 1.2.1 – Be a Queen or King for more than a day with this app http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/10/11/green-quest-1-2-1-be-a-queen-or-king-for-more-than-a-day-with-this-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/10/11/green-quest-1-2-1-be-a-queen-or-king-for-more-than-a-day-with-this-app/#comments Tue, 12 Oct 2010 01:30:16 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=40942 California based Green Queens and Kings has released Green Quest 1.2.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Who doesn't want to be a Queen or King for a day? Use your power for good in this fun and inspirational game. People of all ages are loving the chance to design and then be their own Queen or King. As a Green Queen or King you have the power in this game to really help the earth. Make a difference in the most simple and fun ways with Green Quest today. … Read more]]>

Claremont, California – Green Queens and Kings has released Green Quest 1.2.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Green Quest is the start of a new generation of apps that gets all of us back outside, helps us to learn respect and compassion for the earth, and encourages fun times together with family, friends, and neighbors.

The more friends that do this app the more you all help the earth! Also, parents and teachers are already having fun with their kids using Green Quest with friends and in classrooms around the globe. Green Quest makes being Earth friendly easy and fun for all ages.

Kids today are tech savvy and, of course, love to play games. Parents and teachers want their kids to grow up to be compassionate and confident leaders. The Green Quest app inspires eco friendly play and empowers kids, including us big kids, to make a positive impact.

With Green Quest, you can name and design your own character – a delightful queen or king. You then set out to complete a series of missions, doing your part to help heal the earth. These earth-friendly missions involve your choice of just you, your family and/or your friends in taking steps that help sustain your homes, local communities and the resources of our planet.

Caring for the earth becomes simple and fun with Green Quest.

Green Quest features include:
* Customizable characters
* Interactive storytelling
* Compelling visuals
* Rich graphics
* Available in English, Spanish or Chinese
* Fun virtual rewards
* The real reward of helping the environment and having fun

Creator and Family Specialist, Meredith Ball, LCSW, says, “Technology is a gift when used to teach valuable lessons and make our communities healthy places to live in. Green Quest does exactly that for our children, families, classrooms, and environment. We each have the power to keep Earth beautiful.”

Supported Languages:
* US English, Chinese and Spanish

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
* 6.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Green Quest 1.2.1 is only $0.99 (USD) and is available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes app Store in the Games category.

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Green Queens and Kings is an organization dedicated to the development of fun and simple activities that inspire children and families to be Earth friendly. Our first product is the Green Quest app series. In development is an ebook, cartoon, and green parenting consulting services. Green Queens and Kings is focused on using media to teach and inspire our children and families to help the earth every day. Copyright (C) 2010 Green Queens and Kings. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Photography Expert Trapped Inside iPad – Reveals Trade Secrets http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/11/photography-expert-trapped-inside-ipad-reveals-trade-secrets/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/11/photography-expert-trapped-inside-ipad-reveals-trade-secrets/#comments Sat, 11 Sep 2010 20:43:48 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=39260 Aspyre Apps today announces PhotoCaddyHD, its new iPad version of their award winning photography guide. PhotoCaddyHD is a handbook for photographers of all skill levels, with content that is constantly evolving thanks to an active user community. Users of PhotoCaddyHD have access to a broad range of photography topics, with each topic containing a number of built-in suggestions on how to take better photos. To supplement this content, customers are able to contribute their own tips and advice. … Read more]]>

Sydney, Australia – Aspyre Apps today is pleased to announce that their award winning photography guide, PhotoCaddy, is now available for the iPad. PhotoCaddyHD is a handbook for photographers of all skill levels, with content that is constantly evolving thanks to an active user community.

Users of PhotoCaddyHD have access to a broad range of photography topics, with each topic containing a number of built-in suggestions on how to take better photos. To supplement this content, customers are able to contribute their own tips and advice. “Users can vote for the tips they find useful, which means the content is continually expanding and improving.” said Ben Williams, founder of Aspyre Apps.

“PhotoCaddy for iPhone was a tremendous success, being featured by Apple several times and reaching the finals of 148Apps Best App Ever contest.” said Williams. “Photographers are crazy about quality, so bringing such a rich application to the iPad platform is sure to please many shutterbugs.” The application also features a learning area for new photographers, DSLR camera settings, and note-taking capabilities for shooting out in the field.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
* 15.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
PhotoCaddy HD 1.0 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category.

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Aspyre Apps, an independent iOS studio based out of Sydney, Australia, was formed in early 2009 by Ben Williams for the purposes of creating useful, original and fun applications. Copyright (C) 2010 Aspyre Apps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Beatrider Touch in Review – Stronger Beat Needed http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/08/beatrider-touch-in-review-stronger-beat-needed/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/08/beatrider-touch-in-review-stronger-beat-needed/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2009 09:03:46 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12420 BeatRider Touch was a game that had been on my radar for a long time, because of its touted feature of being able to upload your own songs to play along to. Like Tap Tap, Beatrider is a rhythm game where players tap icons on the screen along with the music as it plays, occasionally … Read more]]>

beatrider1BeatRider Touch was a game that had been on my radar for a long time, because of its touted feature of being able to upload your own songs to play along to. Like Tap Tap, Beatrider is a rhythm game where players tap icons on the screen along with the music as it plays, occasionally sliding your fingers to hold down notes.

Now I can say that Beatrider, upon first examination, seems awesome in every way and capable of fulfilling all of your rhythm game fantasies. I was extremely excited to be able to upload one of my own songs though, and I immediately jumped in thinking I could pull out any song from my iPod Touch and play it on the spot.

This is the part about BeatRider that was most disappointing to me. The music upload feature is a slow and tedious process to go through. It requires you to create an account on BeatRider, navigate to www.mybeatrider.com, then log in. From there you have to upload your music files (music w/ DRM not supported). Even with extremely fast internet, this process took a minute at least, and you have to individually choose music files to upload; you can’t just select the songs you want then let your PC/Mac do its thing.

beatrider2So, after uploading all of the songs on the computer, you go back to BeatRider on your iDevice to face yet another step. I figured out that you have to then download your songs again onto your iDevice before they can be played. Now this took another 30 seconds or so on my extremely fast internet. At school, where the Wi-Fi isn’t nearly as speedy, it took 10 whole minutes to download the song onto my iPod. Imagine doing this for multiple songs.

What makes matters even worse is that you’re only limited to 20 uploads of your songs at a time. If you want to change out songs, you have to then go back on the website and delete some songs. Plus, there’s a 7 day expiration period. After the 7 days, if you decide to change your music list online and refresh your account on the iPod, songs that have gone past the 7 days will not be there anymore because they’ve been deleted off the server. You’ll find yourself repeatedly uploading songs online, then downloading them again on your iPod.

beatrider3To put those matters aside, Beatrider is pretty fun to play. You have to be careful with your music selection as songs that are consistent and have a heavy bass will in turn have accurate note charts during the game. However, a lot of times songs may end up as a mess because the music recognition system that creates the note charts is not very precise. BeatRider I guess is more catered towards pop songs, and while music like Flo Rida’s Right Round, the Black Eyed Pea’s Boom Boom Pow, and Coldplay’s Viva La Vida work great, other songs just seem random and not that fun to play.

The graphics and visuals of Beatrider are pretty decent, with easy to identify colors and notes. I felt that the game was missing the polish that is present in the Tap Tap titles, though Beatrider isn’t ugly by any means.

The main thing I didn’t like about the animations was that they come down really fast, then slow down a bit as they get closer. An easier way to put this is like seeing the notes come down on a slide, even though the chart seems flat. They seem to come down at a constant rate but as they approach, they become more and more cramped which is most evident in the sliding portions. Something that looks like a gradual slide to the left will actually turn out to be a really quick shift.

beatrider4The music uploaded is also very clear and I had no problems playing them, it’s just that the sound emitted when pressing the notes is jarring and really annoying. Thankfully you can turn down that note key effect.

The controls work great, with responsive touch controls and the system picked up my slides well. However the play area is really small, and doesn’t utilize the entire screen. Especially for a person with bigger hands, I often found myself missing the notes because the buttons were really cramped. A future update promising landscape mode should fix this though.

Overall, gameplay is pretty good in Beatrider if you ignore all of the issues previously mentioned. The various difficulty levels provide just about everyone with a suitable level, and unlike Tap Tap which only has 3 notes, Beatrider is actually difficult and can become really intense! It’s great to have your own music playing and be able to keep track of your scores and max combos for your favorite song.

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As far as replay value goes you could say it is endless because it’s always possible to put different songs on the list. Your best score for each song is tracked, and there is an online leaderboard as well. The online high scores list is faulty in that they only track the highest scores ever, so the more fast paced and longer the song is, the higher the scores you’ll be rewarded. If the list was separated into different time categories, the leaderboard would be more refined and informative.

Beatrider could have been the perfect rhythm game but alas, it’s not. If you’re willing to overcome its shortcomings, mainly uploading the music, you’ll have a blast actually playing the songs. Every time you finish one, there’s a nice breakdown of how you did and the ability to have basically any song to play with is wonderful. At $4.99, it’s a bit much for being able to only upload 20 songs at a time. If you’re willing to have only 1 song to play with at a time, I would recommend you go with the Lite version. BeatRider is definitely headed in the right direction and hopefully future updates will allow it to fulfill its full potential.

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App Summary
Title: BeatRider Touch (v 1.0) Developer: TheMusic co., Ltd
Price: $4.99 App Size: 5.5 MB
  • Actually provides a worthwhile challenge
  • You get to upload your own music!
  • Fun to play
  • Nice colors and effects
  • Screen is cramped
  • Uploading music is a chore
  • The note charts aren’t always accurate
  • Notes don’t come down evenly
  • Pricey for only 20 songs that have a 7 day expiration

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Parachute Panic in Review – A Wonderful Breath of Fresh Air http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/03/parachute-panic-a-wonderful-breath-of-fresh-air/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/03/parachute-panic-a-wonderful-breath-of-fresh-air/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2009 14:27:28 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12029 Behold, the newest game from FDG Entertainment, which has proven to be the latest “one more time” application on your iPhone or iPod Touch. This unique casual game requires you to safely guide your parachutists to the boats below, all while avoiding hazards such as UFO’s, helicopters, thunderclouds, and of course bloodthirsty sharks! This is … Read more]]>

parachute_panic9Behold, the newest game from FDG Entertainment, which has proven to be the latest “one more time” application on your iPhone or iPod Touch. This unique casual game requires you to safely guide your parachutists to the boats below, all while avoiding hazards such as UFO’s, helicopters, thunderclouds, and of course bloodthirsty sharks!

This is another simple game which manages to make you play round after round. Parachutists are released from overhead planes, and even though some of them are smart enough to pull their own ripcord, most of them will need your help to deploy their parachutes! By tapping the parachutists, their parachute opens up, and swiping the screen creates gusts of air which are used to guide them safely onto the ships below.

Obstructions such as the UFO’s and helicopters can be destroyed by 5 swift taps. Every time one is destroyed, you net a point, which is earned whenever a parachutist safely lands on the boat. There’s no way to avoid the thunderclouds other than directing the parachutists away from them, but I wish you could blow them out of the way as well. The controls work real well, as you can blow the wind in almost every direction, and it’s really fun to direct your parachutists onto the ships passing below.

parachute_panic18I really enjoy the graphics in Parachute Panic. They are made to create a hand drawn feel, with a graph paper background and sketch like drawings. They’re simple, clean, and well done overall. The animations such as the sharks coming to eat the divers, the parachutes opening, and the planes flying by are all smoothly executed. Parachute Panic is a crisp game and the visuals make it a great game to look at and play.

The audio effects are also well done. The soundtrack is excellent to listen to with wonderful sounds; such as the clip played when all of your lives are used up and 5 parachutists have failed to safely reach a boat. The other effects are great too; they’re clear and don’t get on your nerves at all.

parachute_panic8And that’s all the gameplay is about! You open up parachutes, and guide the parachutists to safety, which can be really complicated as the boats move and can differ in size. Lose 5 people to the dangers along the way and it’s game over for you. Even though it may seem simple and repetitive, it’s actually not! Every time I die I try to top myself one more time — Parachute Panic is just as addicting as the already well established Flight Control.

There is no lack of game statistics. From how often you fall victim to each of the dangers, to your average score, and high score: all are kept track of. This helps the replay value even more as you can always try to achieve the best stats possible and one-up yourself. In the future, online high scores would be great, and maybe different game modes such as a completely randomized mode instead of sets of waves would be nice.

parachute_panic11Anyone looking for a game that can be played casually needs to check out Parachute Panic. You’ll want to save as many of the little guys as possible, and it’s also great because there’s an auto save function so you can continue from your previous progress, instead of having to restart every time you open up the app. At its excellent price of just 99 cents, grab it quick before it goes back up!

Parachute Panic gets kissed by TouchMyApps. This is the perfect game for literally everyone who just wants to kick back and relax.

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App Summary
Title: Parachute Panic (v1.0) Developer: FDG Entertainment
Price: $0.99 App Size: 6.0 mb
  • Wonderful hand drawn graphics
  • Sound and music are excellent
  • Laid-back and simple
  • Gameplay is just so addicting and smooth!
  • The price is right
  • Possibly more game modes
  • Online highscores would help even more

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Kryzer Prologue in Review – 360° of Pure Action http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/29/kryzer-prologue-in-review-360-of-pure-action/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/29/kryzer-prologue-in-review-360-of-pure-action/#comments Fri, 29 May 2009 07:06:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11613 360°. A full circle. That’s what Kryzer Prologue is based off of! You control the flight path an inter-dimensional cyberspace glider as it vaporizes enemy units. Instead of traditional side scrolling or vertical shoot ‘em ups, Kryzer Prologue’s unique gameplay sets you in a circular play field as you rotate clockwise around the circle. Kryzer … Read more]]>

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360°. A full circle. That’s what Kryzer Prologue is based off of! You control the flight path an inter-dimensional cyberspace glider as it vaporizes enemy units. Instead of traditional side scrolling or vertical shoot ‘em ups, Kryzer Prologue’s unique gameplay sets you in a circular play field as you rotate clockwise around the circle.

Kryzer Prologue is not complicated, but it manages to hold your attention and keep you playing. Your controls consist of just 2 buttons. You have a plus and a minus sign to move you further away and closer to the center of the circle, respectively. Your ship automatically fires and flies itself; all you need to do is guide it. The controls can be a bit hard to wrap your mind around as a new perspective has to be taken, but they are smooth and easy once you’ve played for a while.

kryzer2Your life is tracked by the amount of time you have left. Once the timer hits zero, BAM! you’re vaporized. Every time you destroy an opponent they’ll drop an orb which you can fly into to gain an extra 5 or 15 seconds. But crash into an opponent or get shot by one, and you instantly lose 30 seconds. The longer you go without receiving a penalty, the faster you go and the farther your shots will go around the field. You will also gain higher scores for defeating opponents.

This game is extremely fun to play as you try to one up your last score on the worldwide high scores standings. There are 3 difficulty levels, so you slowly work your way up to the top. Kryzer becomes extremely fast paced and you’ll find yourself scrambling to not get hit. The increase in difficulty comes a bit soon, but it’s easy to get used to.

kryzer3The visuals are well presented in Kryzer Prologue as is the music and sound effects. The electronic beat in the soundtrack is catchy and nice to listen to, and the sound effects make Kryzer rather immersive. Clean cut and well presented, Kryzer Prologue is pretty to look at.

The only things missing are possibly more add-ons like different weapons, more level variety, and what not, but the reason Kryzer is so great is because of its easy to pick up and play feel. The high scores list provides good replay value, and there’s even a competition so people can win copies of the next Kryzer game!

kryzer5Anyone needing to fill a spot on their iDevice’s springboard should definitely save room for Kryzer Prologue. It is straightforward, addicting, and most importantly it’s a lot of fun! For only a dollar you can’t go wrong by buying it, and if this is just the prologue, then I can’t wait for Kryzer 3D.

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App Summary
Title: Kryzer Prologue (v1.0) Developer: FDG Entertainment
Price: $0.99 App Size: 8.4 MB
  • Clean cut and easy to play
  • Good attention to music and graphics
  • Leaderboard competition a plus
  • Makes you play just one more time!
  • Unique game style
  • Controls quirky at first
  • Could use more depth
  • Battery life not the best
  • High Scores take a bit of time to load

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Last Cannon in Review – Beware the Knurlings http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/25/last-cannon-in-review-beware-the-knurlings/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/25/last-cannon-in-review-beware-the-knurlings/#comments Mon, 25 May 2009 17:16:44 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11415 “This is the end. What was once paradise is now waste and rotting meat. I am surrounded by the decaying corpses of these disgusting invaders. The stink of them fills my thoughts. And I am so hungry. Before my mind consumes itself in despair, I have to write our story. My name is Jhava, and … Read more]]>

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“This is the end. What was once paradise is now waste and rotting meat. I am surrounded by the decaying corpses of these disgusting invaders. The stink of them fills my thoughts. And I am so hungry. Before my mind consumes itself in despair, I have to write our story. My name is Jhava, and as far as I know, I’m all that’s left.”

Dark and somber, but it catches your attention huh? That is the beginning of the tale you get if you choose to open the in game journal. Don’t worry though, Last Cannon is actually very relaxing to play and the rest of the game isn’t really depressing.

last_cannon2In Last Cannon, the goal is to defend your cannon, which is apparently the last one (duh) from the invading Knurling forces. This is kind of similar to Space Invaders where the enemies move across the screen, then move down close and closer as time passes. If you fail to stop a Knurling though and have one of them bypass your cannon, then you’ll lose a life, which are represented by flags. Lose all four and it’s game over for you.

Controls in Last Cannon are straightforward and simple, with a little twist. By tilting your iPhone or iPod Touch, you control where your cannon is pointed. Weapons at your disposal include: the laser beam, your actual cannon and finally, the bombs.

With the laser, you can use it to hold a Knurling in place, and change its color between blue and orange. This plays a large role in the game because you have a limited amount of cannon shells, and you can only gain more by destroying Knurlings of the same color with one shot. Knurlings will only explode and destroy others of the same color, so it’s possible to get some huge chains going on. The laser is crucial in creating these changes, so set up your color changes accordingly.

last_cannon3The cannon is simple, you shoot off rounds at the enemy Knurlings and as explained above, they’ll explode if they’re touching others of the same color. If you tap the fire button again when the cannon is in the air, you can remotely detonate it. You also have a bomb that you can use to clear the screen. You won’t get any points but it’s a good way to get out of tight situations. As you kill more Knurlings, the bomb recharges and after a certain number you’ll be able to use it again.

The action becomes hectic really quick, and soon you’ll be scrambling to destroy all the Knurlings. You’ll quickly find yourself drawn again and again to the gameplay as you try and defend your base from the invaders!

Last Cannon features great graphics and animations. While the background, along with your cannon is in an eery black and white, the knurling and cannon shots are all bright colors. They’re well detailed though, and there’s no pixilation or out of place images. The soundtrack is also nice to listen to, fitting the game nicely and making it that much better.

last_cannon4There’s a high scores list which is nice because you can always try to one-up yourself. However there’s only one way to play. If there were more game modes, or a bit more variety in possible upgrades and whatnot, Last Cannon would be even better than it is. My biggest gripe is that if you’re in the middle of a game you can pause, but you can’t save your progress, quit, then resume. The wonderful narrative doesn’t appear in the actual game either.

In the end Last Cannon is a joy to play and anyone looking for an update to a more classic game type should definitely check it out. It’s a bit shallow, but at its price of just a buck this is a steal. If you’re looking for a challenging and fast paced arcade shooter, Last Cannon is recommended for sure. Some more depth to the game would make this game even better, but look out for future updates which include global online leaderboards.

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App Summary
Title: Last Cannon (v1.0) Developer: shadiradio
Price: $0.99 App Size: 6.9 MB
  • Wonderful sound and visuals
  • Gameplay is easy and addicting
  • Controls are a breeze
  • Backstory is very intriguing
  • Needs more game modes/variety
  • No option to save your progress
  • Narrative doesn’t appear in game

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Submarine in Review – Launch the Torpedoes! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/20/submarine-in-review-launch-the-torpedoes/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/20/submarine-in-review-launch-the-torpedoes/#comments Wed, 20 May 2009 16:27:44 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11226 Hey there, sailor! Take control of this state-of-the-art submarine as you steer around obstacles and battle against enemy forces. Submarine is an action packed, side scrolling, underwater game fit for any adventurer. The first thing I noticed was the crisp 3D graphics of Submarine. There are no pixilated images at all, and there are cool … Read more]]>

submarine1Hey there, sailor! Take control of this state-of-the-art submarine as you steer around obstacles and battle against enemy forces. Submarine is an action packed, side scrolling, underwater game fit for any adventurer.

The first thing I noticed was the crisp 3D graphics of Submarine. There are no pixilated images at all, and there are cool effects like realistic, shimmering water. The animations work well too, with smooth transitions for explosions and your sub easily cuts through the water.

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The submarines, weapons, explosions, and other effects are all great; however, the background is plain and doesn’t ever change. The rock and ice barriers on the top and bottom seem out of place and the only scene you ever see is a plain blue canvas behind you, with the light effects of course. If these visuals were brought up to par with the rest of the game then Submarine would truly be an extremely pretty app. I’d also like easy to read instructions as the text is just too small and a bit blurry.

To go along with the graphics, the sound effects and music are also well done. The music is pretty catchy, if a bit repetitive and annoying at times, but it does create a lighthearted and fast paced mood to the game in which the other sound effects also fit well.

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Now for what you’ve all been waiting for: the actual game! You guide your submarine either by tilting the device left and right to bring it up and down, or you can use touch controls à la iCopter. The accelerometer controls are basically flawless, with an option to adjust the sensitivity as you wish. They are smooth, responsive, and generally just work great. However, the touch controls need serious work. Sometimes, accelerometer controls just don’t work. For example, when you’re on the bus good touch controls should be an alternative. However, they are seriously lacking, as it is guide your sub accurately and the controls are too sluggish to do so with any precision.

In some of the game modes you can speed up/slow down, and fire different weapons. You can adjust your speed by tapping the right side of the screen to accelerate, and the left side to decelerate, while there are on-screen icons that you can use to fire your weapons. These controls were responsive, and I never had trouble accessing them. You can also earn power ups like shields, bonus points, and extra armaments.

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There are 3 game modes in Submarine. There’s Classic Mode, where you are unarmed and have to dodge all the obstacles coming your way. There’s Battle Mode, where you are able to fight back, but then enemy forces appear. And finally there’s Admiral Mode, where you have to reach the end before time runs out. In this you have the option to adjust your speed. The 3 game modes are different enough that you’ll want to play each one through all 15 levels apiece.

As far as replay value goes, the 3 modes will last a while. However, I thought it was curious that while your scores are tracked, there’s no high score list of any kind. I just get a feeling that after beating the entire game there’s just not that much to go back and do.

Overall Submarine is a well detailed game perfect for picking up and playing for a few minutes at a time. However, a few additional updates and fixes will bring it to the next level.

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App Summary
Title: Submarine (v2.0.5) Developer: Brisk Mobile Inc
Price: $1.99 App Size: 6.7 MB
  • Graphics and sound are crisp
  • Accelerometer works smoothly
  • Great for casual play
  • Can get repetitive
  • Touch controls need work
  • No high score list?
  • Backgrounds need more variety

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Kaloki Adventure in Review- Galactic Lemonade Galore! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/11/kaloki-adventure-in-review-galactic-lemonade-galore/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/11/kaloki-adventure-in-review-galactic-lemonade-galore/#comments Mon, 11 May 2009 18:27:18 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=10710 “Everyone loves galactic lemonade … which means big space bucks for you! How are you going to supply power to your lemonade stand? Better build a solar windmill. How will you pay for the windmill with no space dollars? Kaloki Adventure (Outpost Kaloki X on Xbox live Arcade) is the light-hearted space-station tycoon game filled … Read more]]>

kaloki_adventure6“Everyone loves galactic lemonade … which means big space bucks for you! How are you going to supply power to your lemonade stand? Better build a solar windmill. How will you pay for the windmill with no space dollars? Kaloki Adventure (Outpost Kaloki X on Xbox live Arcade) is the light-hearted space-station tycoon game filled with clever characters and wacky storylines, where it’s your job to keep the visiting aliens happy and rake in the cash!”

kaloki_adventure2Kaloki Adventure follows the same essential formula as other tycoon style games. You’ll have to try and rake in as much $$$ as possible by managing your out of the world lemonade stands, herb gardens, spy academies, chem labs, and more! You start off with just the core of a space station, and visitors will start to come in soon enough. You basically have little “blocks” which allow you to construct your expansions, but these aren’t limitless so you’ll have to strike the right balance of locations to maximize profit.

What adds on to the gameplay is that you can adjust the prices as needed, while each building uses a certain amount of energy, so generators will also have to be built. Even more is that if you’re not careful with maintenance, then your station will slowly fall into disrepair. Each scenario gives a different objective, from reaching “x” amount of dollars, building “x” item, and/or reaching “x” star ratings, all in the allotted time limit.

kaloki_adventure1In the main story mode, you race against time to save the princess, traveling through different sectors and meeting many unique characters along way to fame and glory. These scenarios can be pretty unique, while other times it just feels like you’re doing the same thing over again. Still, the plot is great and will make it so you want to keep playing to find out what happens next.

If you beat the story or get tired of it, there are different sandbox modes to try out as well. In these modes you’re in a free-form situation, from jungles to aquariums, and this way you can play as you like, just having fun and completely controlling your space station. It’s also a good way to practice and get a better hang of the game if you have to.

kaloki_adventure5Graphics in Outpost Kaloki X are very good, especially for ones on the iDevices. The crisp 3-D graphics are pleasant to look at, with good detail while pixilated images are basically non-existent. They’re not perfect, but they do really make for a nice world to play in. The station and ships are all well detailed, and the characters are also well drawn; the only time the images aren’t that great is when you look into the backgrounds, which are sort of plain. Otherwise there’s nothing wrong with the visuals in Outpost Kaloki X.

The soundtrack is uplifting and catchy; it was not tiring to listen to at all. The sound clips are also accurate and make for an immersive experience. Trust me, you won’t really want to play your own songs instead as the music in the game is great to listen to already.

kaloki_adventure4For the most part Kaloki Adventure is top notch. A few areas could be improved, most notably that sometimes the game just seems to head in the same direction regardless of the scenario, giving that “been there, done that feel”. Also, you can’t go back to previous scenarios in the game if you want to re-do parts of the story. Last of all is that towards the end there’s just so much happening at once that it can be hard to see what’s what , resulting in some lag to kick in.

In the end, Kaloki Adventure is an excellent game that everyone should try, especially if you are a tycoon fanatic. You can aim for the best times which you’ll be awarded with a bronze, silver, or gold medal. NinjaBee has done it again with an excellent product, proving their reputation as a high quality developer. Despite a few minor gripes, Kaloki Adventure is sure to be worth the money and will keep you entertained for quite a while.

Now all I have to do is make more galactic lemonade!

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App Summary
Title: Kaloki Adventure (v1.0) Developer: NinjaBee
Price: $2.99 (sale $1.99) App Size: 7.5 mb
  • Great storyline
  • Nice quick paced gameplay
  • Pretty graphics
  • Music and sound effects are well done
  • Can feel repetitive
  • Players can’t select previous scenarios
  • Screen can be way too cluttered, causing lag

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G in Review – It Will Pull You In + 1 Promo Code Giveaway http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/05/g-in-review-it-will-pull-you-in/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/05/g-in-review-it-will-pull-you-in/#comments Tue, 05 May 2009 16:53:55 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=10452 Gravity. Something so simple, yet it holds so much power. What is it exactly? Well, it’s defined as the force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall toward the center of the earth. Now you may be wondering why I’m talking about this, but it turns out that the new game G, by … Read more]]>

g_screen1Gravity. Something so simple, yet it holds so much power. What is it exactly? Well, it’s defined as the force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall toward the center of the earth. Now you may be wondering why I’m talking about this, but it turns out that the new game G, by Soma Games, is all about gravity.

G is an arcade/puzzle game for the iPhone and iTouch platforms. It is  set in a futuristic Earth where the player builds and launches rockets to explore increasingly complex fields where obstacles, power-ups and gravitational bodies interact with the rocket’s path. The idea behind the game is that you’re on a spaceship and you shoot off sounding rockets to ping targets, which I suppose are some kind of treasure or space junk you’re looking for.

g_screen2First off, tap a button to bring up the fire control grid which allows you initially to adjust three variables:

  • The angle at which you’re firing the rocket
  • The impulse of the rocket
  • The burn time of the rocket

The angle should be self explanatory; you can shoot in 360 degrees around your ship, so you just aim in the direction you want the rocket to go. The impulse determines how powerful the rocket will be, and burn time is how fast the fuel is used up. You can even get rockets that have multiple firing stages, so you can adjust your aim in the middle of the path if necessary.

You start off with a certain scenario, and you estimate where you think you’ll have to aim the rocket and the amount of juice you’ll want to launch it with. After that, you adjust your aim,  impulse, or burn time to try and fit your rocket path. As you progress, you’ll quickly get the hang of things and as a result, begin to use fewer rockets for each level. You don’t have to hit all the targets and sound off on them in one flight path, but the fewer rockets you use, the more points you get.

g_screen3The main thing that affects your rocket though, is gravity! There will be asteroids or other large masses floating around in space, and you can use their position to your full advantage in order to launch your rocket. If not, it can be a hindrance and then it’ll be necessary to compensate for their pull on your rocket. Sometimes you’ll have to think creatively to plan your flight paths, but the physics and thinking aspect make for a very engaging game.

Now onto all the other parts of this game. G looks and plays beautifully, with wonderfully drawn backgrounds, and there’s much detail in the images. The art style is really unique, and they’ll really appeal to anyone playing this game. The sounds are well done too, with very believable effects, and a soundtrack that is pleasing to listen to. The dialogue is another aspect that’s well polished, with none of that cheesy generic voice that is so commonly found in other apps.

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However, there are a few things that could be fixed up a bit in G. First off are the dialogue boxes. I find that they appear on the screen way too long, and as there’s no way to skip by them. Sometimes you’ll have to just wait until they go away, especially if you read the text rather quickly . Also, there are a few glitches that I occasionally encountered. The main one was when I opened up the game and everything was black except the fire control buttons. Luckily exiting and restarting the app fixed that problem.

G is an excellent game, well polished except for a few aspects. If the instructions were clarified a bit more (like what does the falling apple in the level select mean?), along with some other points, G would be an even better experience than it already is. It can be challenging, and those who aren’t too much into science might discover that they’ll be guessing just to get by each level, but anyone looking for a good puzzler should check this out.

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Update: Soma Games has notified TMA that an update has already been submitted, one that addresses the issues we mentioned in our review of G (bug fixes, improved speed of tutorial and story line)

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App Summary
Title: G (v1.0) Developer: Soma Games
Price: $4.99 App Size: 39.0 mb
  • Very crisp visuals
  • Gameplay is a blast
  • Really makes you think
  • Storyline fits well
  • Dialogue Boxes stay up too long
  • Menus are a little clunky
  • Minor Glitches

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Defender Chronicles marching to an App Store near you http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/04/30/defender-chronicles-marching-to-an-app-store-near-you/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/04/30/defender-chronicles-marching-to-an-app-store-near-you/#comments Fri, 01 May 2009 04:16:55 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=10266 Tower Defense lovers rejoice! Introducing Defender Chronicles, developed by Gimka Entertainment Inc and Menara games. This game is said to be a new twist on the Tower Defense genre; one that’s also blended with role-playing adventure elements. Just released was their first gameplay video, and this promising TD title will be out in May for … Read more]]>

defenderchronicles_preview1Tower Defense lovers rejoice! Introducing Defender Chronicles, developed by Gimka Entertainment Inc and Menara games. This game is said to be a new twist on the Tower Defense genre; one that’s also blended with role-playing adventure elements. Just released was their first gameplay video, and this promising TD title will be out in May for just $4.99, so keep your eyes peeled! More screenies and video after the break…

Featuring unique character classes, painstakingly hand-drawn battlegrounds, multiple game modes, and an engaging storyline, players take up the role of a warlord who is destined to lead an army against the Orc and undead hordes.

Instead of the traditional top down view featured in most Tower Defense games, Defender Chronicles utilizes a 2-D side view of all the action, forcing players to think in a different way. Containing plenty of polish, this game looks to be one to hold your attention for quite a while. For more info and to satisfy that Defender Chronicles crave, check out their website here.

Onwards, soldiers!

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Ro in Review- Tantalizing Puzzler http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/04/29/ro-in-review-tantalizing-puzzler/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/04/29/ro-in-review-tantalizing-puzzler/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2009 18:07:14 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=10214 Puzzle games are practically made for mobile phone gaming. There’s just something about games that you can turn on, solve a puzzle or two and then turn it off.  Here comes Ro. Ro is basically what a puzzler should be, and developers should follow this example in implementing new twists and concepts instead of solely … Read more]]>

ro_5Puzzle games are practically made for mobile phone gaming. There’s just something about games that you can turn on, solve a puzzle or two and then turn it off. 

Here comes Ro. Ro is basically what a puzzler should be, and developers should follow this example in implementing new twists and concepts instead of solely producing tried and true games.

ro_1With Ro, you see a picture at the start of each puzzle. The image is split up into a series of irregular rings which are then scrambled. As the player, you have to rotate all the rings back into the correct position, thus solving the puzzle. This creative approach to puzzles is great to play through and finish.

Ro is a game that not only plays good, but it looks good as well. The images used in the game are nicely done. You have a good mix of graphic elements and photos to weave your way through. The images are all very crisp and clear, and players will be drawn to them. Sadly, you can’t upload your own visuals like in other puzzle games. As a result, it ends up being that you ignore the pictures and just focus on the rings, as each level is essentially the same except for the twist which you have to unlock.

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Rotating the rings back to where they’re supposed to be seems like a simple enough game, right? Well, each puzzle has a different pattern as to what each ring will do when turned. Each ring has a cause and effect path to it and you have to figure out what the rule is so that you can recreate the original image. The patterns progressively become more and more challenging as the game moves on, and later levels can sometimes end up as huge marathons due to the increase in level of difficulty. However, Ro does a good job of easing the player into the game, with the first few levels fairly easy to solve. Be prepared for the long haul though, as the difficulty sure ramps up fast!

That said, I feel that the game is actually too hard. In many cases, it simply ends up as randomly spinning pieces to get the right orientation, and going through the steps over and over again to solve the puzzle. A lot of times luck played a pretty big factor in the games I played. I’m sure some people love to go through and grind through levels, but if you’re put off by meticulous adjustments, then Ro might not be for you.

ro_2 The controls of Ro are very easy to use and you can play this game with one hand very easily. All you have to do is put your finger on the ring you want moved and slide it in the direction you want to go. Each move will take the ring a quarter turn and you can keep your finger on the ring if you want it to rotate even further. But as stated before, be careful as you have to watch out for a pattern! My only gripe is that sometimes I press the wrong ring, as the slivers you have to press are a bit too narrow. Sure, you can just rotate back in reverse if you make a mistake, but I feel that an “undo” button would be handy.

As far as the other aspects go, Ro does a good job. You can listen to your own music in the game, and some stats are tracked so there is good replay value. You can try to beat your time taken and the amount of moves used on each puzzle. However, the downside to this is that only 1 score per puzzle is kept. It definitely would be nice to see multiple scores, so as to prevent friends with superior Ro skills from wiping out your previous achievements with new high scores.

In the end, Ro is a unique and challenging game that looks and plays great. If you’re the type of gamer who enjoys puzzles that will have you thinking for a long time, then Ro is for you.

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Title: Ro (v1.0) Developer: Roamular 
Price: $1.99 App Size: 10.1 MB
  • In its own class of puzzlers
  • Great visuals
  • Will keep you going for a while
  • Can be rather confusing
  • Starts to be repetitive after a while
  • Puzzles sometimes solved by sheer luck, not strategy.

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Hospital Havoc in Review – Heart Pumping Action! + 2 Promo Codes http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/27/hospital-havoc-in-review-%e2%80%93-heart-pumping-action/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/27/hospital-havoc-in-review-%e2%80%93-heart-pumping-action/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2009 13:23:41 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=7873 Hospital Havoc is a game which allows the player to take the role of doctor by admitting, diagnosing, and treating some of the most whacky patients ever encountered. With a challenging campaign, including three levels of difficulty to choose from, 20 career levels, 19 possible illnesses, 3 to 6 bed conditions, 10 addicting scenarios, Hospital … Read more]]>

hospitalhavoc1Hospital Havoc is a game which allows the player to take the role of doctor by admitting, diagnosing, and treating some of the most whacky patients ever encountered. With a challenging campaign, including three levels of difficulty to choose from, 20 career levels, 19 possible illnesses, 3 to 6 bed conditions, 10 addicting scenarios, Hospital Havoc is full twists and turns that will keep you entertained for a long time.

“Do you have what it takes to run your very own heart-pumping hospital? Help your doctor navigate through the havoc by admitting, diagnosing, and treating some of the most whacky patients ever encountered in their budding career. Calculate, strategize, and manage the hospital and expose your doctor to patients to gain notoriety and achieve the coveted position of Surgeon General.”

hospitalhavoc2Now, being a doctor can’t be too easy! After the doctor diagnoses the disease the patient happens to have, a prescription is written, and then filled by taking the form to the computer. From there, the medicine appears in the pharmacy, and then the patient can be treated! After being healed, the patient is then discharged, and then the nurse will have to go and clean up!

There are 3 ways to play Hospital Havoc: Career Play, Continuous Play, and Scenarios. It is recommended to start off in the Career, as that is essentially the tutorial. Continuous Play, as the name suggests, goes on continuously until you fail and get sick. Scenarios present a variety of different situations for the player to treat, such as sunburns, zombies, blindness, and more!

Controls are easily utilized. Everything is run by the touch pad, and tapping each object such as the patient, computer, trash can, and bed, will then be carried out by the doctor or nurse, which can be customized. The icons and items were large enough so that I never had difficulty selecting an item, but they weren’t too large to obstruct the action. Hospital Havoc is very easy to play, and the simple controls help lead to any easy to pick up, but eventually much more complex game.

hospitalhavoc3Scoring is attributed to the cleanliness of the hospital, so cleaning the bed, emptying the trash, and washing your hands will boost your score. Chaining actions will also be awarded with bonus points, such as entering 2 prescriptions into the computer. So as in any real life hospital, hygiene and speed are essential to a good rating!

In addition to the core gameplay, there are machines such as an IV drip, and Heart Monitor, while power-ups such as Shoes and a PDA will help care for the patient and improve the efficiency at the hospital. Options in Continuous Play include adjusting the difficulty (There are 5), enabling power-ups, cleanliness, and machines, plus the number of beds in the room and a time constraint. This makes for much varied gameplay if you’re bored of just the standard gameplay.

hospitalhavoc4Visually Hospital Havoc is a pleasure to look at. Fun and cartoony 3-D graphics, and smooth animations all make for an immersive experience. Even details such as the patients’ expressions are done well, and for those of you that just can’t stand bad looking games, not only does Hospital Havoc look great, it plays great also! The sounds are also well done, and add to the atmosphere of being in a hospital.
Some improvements that would be nice to see would be shorter loading times, as the Hospital Havoc often has long periods of waiting for the next scenario to start, especially the initial loading screen. Also, it would be nice if there were more nurses, or different assistants, as sometimes the characters just can’t handle all the things going on at once.

It’s on sale at $2.99, which is a great deal, but the original price of $6.99 is a bit high for my tastes, and especially for those who aren’t fans of this genre. Still, Hospital Havoc is a fun little time management game, and if you’ve always wanted to be a doctor, here’s your chance to become a Surgeon General!

Hospital Havoc gets kissed by TouchMyApps. Overall it’s great, but some people might want to pass if they don’t enjoy time management games.

Note: Bitwise  Design’s advertisement with TMA has had no bearing on this reviewer’s opinion of Hospital Havoc

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Title: Hospital Havoc (v 1.0.1) Developer: Bitwise Design
Price: $2.99 (Sale) App Size: 13.1 MB
  • Good graphics and sound
  • Engaging gameplay
  • Lots of options to play around with
  • Great depth
  • Would be nice to see more characters
  • Ridiculous load times
  • A bit expensive at original price

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