TouchMyApps » Matthew 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 Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:38:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.5 iDroid Mini Browser – A sleek, and currently free Safari alternative http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/02/idroid-mini-browser-a-sleek-and-currently-free-safari-alternative/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/02/idroid-mini-browser-a-sleek-and-currently-free-safari-alternative/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2010 08:45:05 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=27174 Lately web-browsing apps have surged in the AppStore. While browsers such as Opera, and Mozilla will never see the light of day, there are good alternatives on the AppStore that offer some similar features. iDroid Mini Browser is one. karzy, iDroid Mini Browser – Free (for a limited time) More after the gap: iDroid Mini Browser … Read more]]>

Lately web-browsing apps have surged in the AppStore. While browsers such as Opera, and Mozilla will never see the light of day, there are good alternatives on the AppStore that offer some similar features. iDroid Mini Browser is one.

iDroid Mini Browser karzy, iDroid Mini Browser – Free (for a limited time)

More after the gap:

iDroid Mini Browser features a sleek and simple UI, as well as key aspects that sets itself apart from the competition. It is the first web-browsing app that I’ve come across to offer preview windows of the web-page by holding down its tab. Also, similar to Safari on the Mac, iDroid Mini Browser lets you store up to 9 visual bookmarks on the homepage. Another great feature is the ability to search for specific words on a web-page.

While not as feature-filled as some web browsing apps such as PERFECT Browser 3, iDroid Mini Browser is definitely one of the coolest of the lot – and best of all, it’s free for a limited time!

App Description

****FREE FOR LIMITED TIME****** ORIGINAL PRICE US$1.99
Video Demo: http://tinyurl.com/idroidmini

UPDATE:
1. Refresh Button
a lot of people are requesting refresh button. It might not be obvious but when the page is not loading, the play button is the refresh button ( the right side of the url). :)

2. Update
Many users have submitted bugs and suggestions. The next update in about a week should satisfy many users:) Until then this app will be free. Thanks for supporting!

iDroid Mini Browser is an innovative browser designed specifically for the revolutionary multi touch iPhone.Inspired by iPhone’s Safari,Android browser and Opera min. A definitely must have for all iPhone and iPod Touch users!

Features:
● Interactive Tab browsing:
Innovative tab browsing designed only for the iPhone. The active tab is shown by green light. When the web browser is loading, the green light will blink.

● Full Screen Browsing:
Want to enjoy web pages in full screen? There is NO button for that… Simply rotate you iPhones/iPod Touches to landscape :)

● Advanced caching algorithm:
Ensures fast loading of websites!

● Preview Tab:
A real comfortable way to take a peek at other tab while staying on the current tab. Tap and hold any inactive tab to preview.

● Smart Url:
The smart url is inspired by google chrome. Suggestions from Google.com appear as user type the url. It saves time and makes browsing experience better.

● Quick Links (Visual favourites):
Inspired by many leading browser, apparently this feature is currently missing. In iDroid Mini Browser, user can add their own Quick Links to access their favorite website very quickly!

● Sleek graphic:
Meticulously designed UI for more pleasant experience. Many of the UI is inspired by other famous browsers, but has been carefully designed to fit the iPhone perfectly.

● Find in page:
Now you can search any words in any web page!

The one feature which is worth highlighting is the tab browsing. The iPhone has a small screen, therefore using the conventional tabs found in most desktop browser is very inconvenient to use. While Apple has created a new way to have “tabs”, there are not really tabs. And the tabs also doesn’t load simultaneously.

iDroid Mini Browser solution to tabs browsing on iPhone is to have tabs shown below. There are 4 tabs ( due to processing limitation on the old iPhones) available for the user to switch. Each tab has a LED light which show the loading progress of that particular tab. When there is no light it means that tab is not loading, blinking LED light means that tab is loading a web page , and finally green light means that tab has finished loading a web page.

Please please contact me if you have any suggestions, complaints or just wan to know about me :)

iDroid Mini Browser karzy, iDroid Mini Browser – Free

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Assassin’s Creed II Discovery- Ezio Strikes again! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/01/assassins-creed-ii-discovery-ezio-strikes-again/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/01/assassins-creed-ii-discovery-ezio-strikes-again/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:51:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=27153 Rejoice Assassin fans, Ezio has now entered the App Store once again. Assassin’s Creed II Discovery has finally re-appeared on the App Store after an unexpectedly release several weeks back, only to be pulled shortly without warning. However, this time, it appears that Ezio is here to stay. Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed II Discovery – $9.99 … Read more]]>

Rejoice Assassin fans, Ezio has now entered the App Store once again. Assassin’s Creed II Discovery has finally re-appeared on the App Store after an unexpectedly release several weeks back, only to be pulled shortly without warning. However, this time, it appears that Ezio is here to stay.

Assassin's Creed II Discovery Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed II Discovery – $9.99

I, for one, am a fan of the series, so much that I made sure to complete every single achievement in both Assassin’s Creed games on the Xbox 360. Nerds aside, the series has one of the best storylines of any games I have ever played.

Assassin’s Creed II starts off right where the first one ended, but features a different character than the original. Coming from a multicultural team with different faiths, the game presents an intriguing twist on religion and the origin of man. Although the new release of Assassin’s Creed II Discovery on the iDevice features the same character as the console version, Ezio, it appears to have an entirely different storyline.

Discover an untold chapter from the Assassin’s Creed II storyline. Follow Ezio as he travels to Spain to rescue fellow assassins being held under the guise of the Inquisition, only to uncover a Templar plot to sail west and discover the New World.

Originally being released with a $11.99 pricetag, the actual price has been adjusted to $9.99.

And being a side-scroller with elements similar to that of the soon-to-be-released Mirror’s Edge, Assassin’s Creed II Discovery will feel and play differently than its “more” (although, not entirely) open-world predecessors.

Happy Hunting and Arrivederci!

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The iPad – an oversized iPod Touch http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/01/the-ipad-an-oversized-ipod-touch/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/01/the-ipad-an-oversized-ipod-touch/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:34:23 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=27132 If you build it, they will come. The birth of the iPad from Apple’s womb brought mixed results from the fanboy/girl community. While some find the iPad as merely an eBook reader on steroids, some find it a bloated iPod Touch that brings nothing new to the table. Call it what you will, one can’t … Read more]]>

If you build it, they will come. The birth of the iPad from Apple’s womb brought mixed results from the fanboy/girl community. While some find the iPad as merely an eBook reader on steroids, some find it a bloated iPod Touch that brings nothing new to the table.

Call it what you will, one can’t deny a chuckle from the rather cheesy name. In fact, the “magical” iPad has spawned several comedic parodies amongst popular YouTubers like jacksfilms.

Whether you hate it or can’t get enough of it, the iPad is most definitely going to change the AppStore as we know it, and be a part of our joke arsenal for years to come.

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – Jacks Its Way Onto The App Store! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/18/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars-jacks-it-way-onto-the-app-store/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/18/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars-jacks-it-way-onto-the-app-store/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2010 16:40:12 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=26252 It’s now safe to say that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has made its debut on all three major portable gaming platforms: DS, PSP, and now the iDevice. Though it’s unexpected, we iDevice gamers are a happy, lucky lot. Hopefully, Rockstar won’t pull an Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery scenario and yank the game from the … Read more]]>

It’s now safe to say that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has made its debut on all three major portable gaming platforms: DS, PSP, and now the iDevice. Though it’s unexpected, we iDevice gamers are a happy, lucky lot. Hopefully, Rockstar won’t pull an Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery scenario and yank the game from the App Store after too few short hours.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – $9.99

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars appears to be a close port of the DS version. Having on-screen buttons and a digital analog stick, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will feel and handle much differently, control-wise, than on the other gaming platforms. The mini-games that appeared on the DS are all here, and have been implemented to fit the iDevice screen. Other gameplay aspects such as the drug trade (which plays a crucial role in the game), and scratch-off tickets (ex. lotto) have also been included. But, what appears to have been omitted from the iDevice version is WiFi multiplayer.

Few GTA-style sandbox games have been released onto the App Store: Payback, Car Jack Streets, and Gangstar. It seems that Gangstar will no longer need to fill that empty hole in me that belonged to Grand Theft Auto, because the real deal is now out and hopefully will remain on the App Store permanently.

It requires 3.12 firmware as well as a 2nd+ generation iDevice to run.

Press Release

LEFT FOR DEAD IN THE WORST PLACE IN AMERICA

Following his father’s murder, Huang Lee has a simple mission: deliver an ancient sword to his Uncle Kenny to ensure his family retains control of the Triad gangs of Liberty City. Huang is a spoiled rich kid who expects everything to run smoothly, but his trip does not go exactly as planned. After being robbed and left to die, he will search for honor, riches and revenge in the most dangerous and morally bankrupt city in the world.

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Kim Rhode’s Outdoor Shooting in Review- Incinerating Rabbits, One Missile At A Time http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/10/kim-rhodes-outdoor-shooting-in-review-incinerating-rabbits-one-missile-at-a-time/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/10/kim-rhodes-outdoor-shooting-in-review-incinerating-rabbits-one-missile-at-a-time/#comments Sun, 10 Jan 2010 20:32:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=25846 Hunting games have been a mixed bag in the AppStore. Just like a new Planter’s bag of peanuts, some are salty delicious and some are stale. For the most part, the genre has been rather successful on the AppStore; although, there has been no official Cabela games. Well, Cabela no more, because Kim Rhode’s Outdoor … Read more]]>

Hunting games have been a mixed bag in the AppStore. Just like a new Planter’s bag of peanuts, some are salty delicious and some are stale. For the most part, the genre has been rather successful on the AppStore; although, there has been no official Cabela games. Well, Cabela no more, because Kim Rhode’s Outdoor Shooting has made it onto the AppStore and it’s a head trophy.

Kim Rhode’s Outdoor Shooting was made by none other than Ethan Nicholas himself. If you’ll recall, Ethan was one of the first successful indie devs to make it to the top of the AppStore for his worms-like tank game iShoot.  Now that Kim Rhode’s Outdoor Shooting is out, it could well be the next Ethan installment to climb its way up the charts.

Levitating deer not included

The game spans out across 5 different locations, each with varying scenaries and animals to shoot: Sunset Lake, Midwest Farm, Grizzly River, Deep Forest, and Killing Fields.

When first playing Outdoor Shooting, the majority of the locations, as well as the guns are locked. In order to unlock them, they must be earned through a point-based system. Each kill garners 20 points, and either a location/gun is unlocked when you reach a point milestone, like 2,000 points for an AK-47.

Speaking of guns, there’s quite an interesting selection in the game. There are the typical ones you’d expect to shoot small animals with, such as a pistol or rifle. Then, there are those that pack way more heat (and firepower), like the shotgun, minigun and even a rocket launcher.

Considering that the last two unlockables become available at 5,000 and 10,000 points, if you do the brain-crunching mathematics, that’s 500 kills to unlock everything in the game. But, that is not actually the case. Kim Rhode’s Outdoor Hunting has several achievements that automatically boost your total amount of points when unlocked. The achievements are listed on their own page, along with their descriptions, amount of points when unlocked, and progress to see how close you are to unlocking them.

Too close for comfort..

For a FPS, it’s vital that the controls work well, and they do. Although aiming/looking around is entirely done through the use of the accelerometer (there’s no calibration), it’s still relatively easy to scope out an animal from a distance. The onscreen crosshair also helps hunting your target with more precision. To move about, there’s a digital joystick (double-tap to run), as well as buttons to shoot and zoom.

My first suggestion would be another control scheme that allows aiming through the use of finger gestures – like swiping to look around and pinching to zoom (see Modern Combat: Sandstorm). Also, social networking would go great with Outdoor Shooting. Despite the plethora of achievements, there’s currently no way to show off your hunting skills with the rest of the world. Hence, OpenFeint, AGON LIVE, or even Plus+ would be a nice welcome addition to this already solid game.

Overall, Kim’s Rhode Outdoor Shooting is an enjoyable 3D hunting simulator. While the graphics aren’t the best the iDevice has to offer, the game runs flawlessly on my 3GS. The AI of the animals is impressive too, and they’re not afraid to kill you either. That retreating bear may just turn around to make you his evening meal.

Ethan Nicholas now has a new trophy to hang on his wall, and it’s a Grab It rating.

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App Summary
Title: Kim Rhode’s Outdoor Shooting Developer: Naughty Bits
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $2.99 App Size: 53.9 MB
  • Good 3D graphics
  • Free-roam hunting
  • Several guns and locations
  • Achievements
  • Only one control scheme- steady aiming can be slightly difficult at times

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Mistwalker Game Imminent – Final Fantasy on the iPhone maybe a reality http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/04/mistwalker-game-imminent-final-fantasy-on-the-iphone-maybe-a-reality/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/04/mistwalker-game-imminent-final-fantasy-on-the-iphone-maybe-a-reality/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2010 22:07:49 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=25628 Hironobu Sakaguchi, the mastermind behind the fabled Final Fantasy series, now has his mind set on Apple’s mobile gaming platform – the iPhone. Mr. Sakaguchi and his team at Mistwalker rung in the New Year with a bang and teaser message on the website: “2010 is the year of my long-awaited new blockbuster project… Oh, … Read more]]>

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the mastermind behind the fabled Final Fantasy series, now has his mind set on Apple’s mobile gaming platform – the iPhone. Mr. Sakaguchi and his team at Mistwalker rung in the New Year with a bang and teaser message on the website:

“2010 is the year of my long-awaited new blockbuster project…
Oh, by the way, We are also working on a project for iPhone.
This should be released soon as well.
We will put our efforts together and do our best!
I’m sure you’ll Love it.”

While no more information was given, it’s more than enough to make us salivate and hope that the game runs along the lines of Final Fantasy or Blue Dragon. Whatever the case maybe, just knowing that this “blockbuster project”  is being created by a gaming legend is more than enough reassurance that it will indeed be awesome.

So, 2010 has arrived on a positive note thus far, and there’s much to look forward to.

Let the speculating commence!

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Labyrinth 2 in Review – It’s Balls to the Walls Awesome! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/29/labyrinth-2-in-review-it%e2%80%99s-balls-to-the-walls-awesome/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/29/labyrinth-2-in-review-it%e2%80%99s-balls-to-the-walls-awesome/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2009 18:33:18 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=25315 After the success of Labyrinth, which was released more than a year ago at the App Store, Illusion Labs have finally released a sequel to this massively popular iDevice  game. Boasting tons of new features such as cannons, bumpers, merry-go-rounds as well as multiplayer via Bluetooth and WiFi, Illusion Labs have revamped a classic and … Read more]]>

After the success of Labyrinth, which was released more than a year ago at the App Store, Illusion Labs have finally released a sequel to this massively popular iDevice  game. Boasting tons of new features such as cannons, bumpers, merry-go-rounds as well as multiplayer via Bluetooth and WiFi, Illusion Labs have revamped a classic and essentially created  a “must own” title for iPhone/iPod Touch gamers .

Right out of the wooden box, Labyrinth 2 comes with 20 levels packs (ranging from easy, medium, and hard), including a tutorial. Each level pack has its own challenges, as you are confronted with new obstacles such as magnets, doors and fans. You will even come across a duplicator that splits  your ball into two, thus spicing up the challenge and gameplay. This mechanism is crucial on certain levels that require more than one switch to be activated at the same time.

While the 70+ levels are fun, they don’t last forever. Luckily, this is where Labyrinth 2’s biggest feature comes in – the community. With the ability to download countless level packs created by other players, the replayability value in Labyrinth 2 is nearly endless. Online level packs are categorized into 3 sections: New, All levels, and Top 25. Along with this, there is also a search function that allows you to look for specific user’s level packs (if you know their unique ID). A very handy “What’s Hot” area will let you download the most popular packs, which are rated by users out of 5 stars and in difficulty.

To create your own levels, you must know your ID number and pin code (which is given to you from within the app). Once logged into www.levelpack.com, you can start creating your own level packs using a simple drag and drop interface. Making level packs is not only fun, but also quite easy; which should encourage just about everyone to design their own Labyrinth and share ‘em with the community.

Being an accelerometer based game, it is paramount that the controls are spot on. Well, the good news is that they are indeed excellent in Labyrinth 2 . The accelerometer can be calibrated, which I found necessary for a couple levels. This along the beautiful visuals, only adds to the sheer awesomeness that is Labyrinth 2. You almost can’t help but feel like you’re playing with a real Wooden Labyrinth Puzzle.

This is one of those instances where calibrating accelerometer helps..

The multiplayer aspect of Labyrinth 2 pits you against  up to 3 other friends. The objective in this mode is to beat your friend’s time on any chosen level. Overall, this was implemented well and it definitely adds another dimension to an already feature laden game.

Labyrinth 2 also has over 25 achievements, although I did encounter several related bugs. As you get closer to unlocking an achievement, there will be pop-ups notifying you of your progress. On a couple occasions, especially with the “beat the level maker’s time” achievement, it simply would not unlock (even though I clearly bested the time). My only other minor gripes are the lack of an online leaderboard as well as an in-game soundtrack. To counter the lack of a leaderboard, you can still attempt to beat the level creator’s best time. And for those of you who prefer to have some tunes playing in the background, you can always pump up the jam with music from your iDevice.

If Labyrinth 2 can be summed up into one statement, it would be: “fantastic sequel to a great classic game”. Labyrinth 2 exceeds its predecessor in every way, shape or form. Illusion Labs have built upon the original with some awesome additions and added a great deal of polish to the classic game. Without a doubt, Labyrinth 2 sets itself apart from most iPhone games – earning itself the highest rating.

With that said, Labyrinth 2 dodges laser beams, magnetic attractions, and plenty o’ holes to score a “Kiss It”.

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App Summary
Title: Labyrinth 2 Developer: Illusion Labs
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.0 Min OS Req: 2.0
Price: $4.99 App Size: 6.4 MB
  • Fantastic sequel with new elements
  • Unlimited replayability value
  • Achievements
  • Local multiplayer via wifi or bluetooth
  • Online level creator
  • Thousands of downloadable levels
  • Music library support
  • “Ghost” ball option
  • No in-game soundtrack
  • No online leaderboards
  • Bugged achievements

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MobileNavigator North America in Review- Navigates to the first spot on my SpringBoard http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/14/mobilenavigator-north-america-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/14/mobilenavigator-north-america-in-review/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2009 03:22:06 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=24689 When the iPhone was first released, there were no GPS apps at the AppStore. The closest thing to a true GPS on the iDevice was the included Google Maps app, unlike its cousin on the Droid, isn’t a real GPS. However, after the release of Navigon/MobileNavigator, things started to change. Four months and a few … Read more]]>

When the iPhone was first released, there were no GPS apps at the AppStore. The closest thing to a true GPS on the iDevice was the included Google Maps app, unlike its cousin on the Droid, isn’t a real GPS. However, after the release of Navigon/MobileNavigator, things started to change. Four months and a few major updates later, Navigon has proven itself worthy of taking on the role as a complete GPS device replacement and now sits pretty atop my springboard.

After coming out of a bad experience with my LG LN735, I was skeptical about GPS on the iPhone, and unwilling to shell out more cash. Navigon is another story. It is chock full of things that I’ve never even knew existed on a GPS, such as Speed Assistant – which tells you your current speed and even how fast you should be going. If you go above it, be prepared for a caution.

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Navigon comes pre-loaded with maps for the United States as well as Canada and takes up a whopping 1.4 GB. Finding directions is as easy as entering the city, street, and number. If you don’t know the exact address and partially know the street name, Navigon will recommend similar addresses which might be relevant. As long as you know the name of the city, you can enter specific locations such as stores and landmarks, and Navigon will get you there with ease. For example, I went to Yankee Stadium a couple weeks ago but didn’t know the way. After entering New York for the city, I tested out Yankee Stadium for the street name, and sure enough, Navigon was up to date with location and even telephone number.

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Navigon has 3D and 2D (bird's eye view) map options

Navigon also has the ability to search for POIs (points of interest) which are broken into specific categories: gas stations, restaurants, banks, ATMs, etc.. Although there are POIs for just about every restaurant and store imaginable, I did notice that a few were outdated. Still, the POI feature which automatically refreshes, is amazing.

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Navigon can be used in either portrait or landscape

Navigon makes use of 2 crucial facets that weren’t possible prior to OS 3.0. The first connects to the Contacts app and extracts address information for easy directions. The second lets you play music from your iTunes library. You can also enable night mode, which shows the map as though it were nighttime.

With the latest update, traffic can be updated live for the one-time sum of $25. Once live traffic is enabled, Navigon will periodically update with the latest news on traffic congestion, closed roads, and even sporting events which might attract a lot of visitors. All live traffic updates can be manually viewed from within the Traffic section of the app, but show up live on the map for instance reference. Of course, Navigon will also update based on best routes with the least traffic.

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Unfortunately, Navigon doesn’t spell out route summaries, so don’t be surprised when “turn right on Moose Rd., go straight for 0.5 mi.” doesn’t show up. Even my hunk of junk LG had that feature. You also can’t click POIs to extract realtime details such as phone number.

When it boils down to it, Navigon is the golden goose egg; it is la crème de la crème (corny, yes, I know). I have never come across a GPS as superb as Navigon. It works great and has a strong GPS signal which is picked up quickly. Live traffic updates, tons of POIs, and ease-of-use makes Navigon as one of my favorite applications.

Navigon drives home safely avoiding accidents, road congestion, and definitely escapes a low app rating with its extreme helpfulness.

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App Summary
Title: Mobile Navigator North America Developer: Navigon
Reviewed Ver: 1.30 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $89.99 App Size: 1.46 GB
  • Landscape and portrait support
  • Ability to play iPod library
  • Live traffic updates (via micro-transaction)
  • Tons of POIs
  • 3D and 2D map options
  • Speed warnings
  • Easy to use search function
  • POIs cannot be checked in real-time and some are outdated
  • No route summary

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The Sandstorm Strikes Back!- MC:S Multiplayer Update Is Upon Us! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/05/modern-combat-sandstorm-multiplayer-update/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/05/modern-combat-sandstorm-multiplayer-update/#comments Sat, 05 Dec 2009 19:28:28 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=24298 If you’ve read my review of Modern Combat: Sandstorm, then you know how much I praised the game. With gorgeous graphics, good solid controls, and an enjoyable but short storyline, Modern Combat: Sandstorm provides for an excellent FPS experience on the iDevice. However, my only gripe with the near-perfect game was the lack of online … Read more]]>

modern-combat-sandstorm-preview1If you’ve read my review of Modern Combat: Sandstorm, then you know how much I praised the game. With gorgeous graphics, good solid controls, and an enjoyable but short storyline, Modern Combat: Sandstorm provides for an excellent FPS experience on the iDevice.

However, my only gripe with the near-perfect game was the lack of online multiplayer. Well folks, after nearly 3 months of waiting, Gameloft has finally pulled through! Local and online multiplayer has been added in this new and one heck of an update. 3 maps are currently offered, which support up to 4 players in solo or team matches. Performance on my 3GS has been surprisingly good, with minimal lag experienced. Needless to say, this is one heck of an update. One of the best FPSes on the iDevice just got better. Modern Combat: Sandstorm is highly recommended if you still haven’t picked up a copy yet. Go Go Go!

Gameloft, Modern Combat: Sandstorm, $4.99, 209 MB
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Update: There have been widespread reports of players encountering the dreaded UPNP error when attempting to connect to a network. Personally, I was able to “fix” this by turning Airplane mode on on my iPhone. If this doesn’t work for you, try enabling/disabling your bluetooth as well. Hopefully, Gameloft will have this sorted out shortly.

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Rock Band in Review – Superb rhythm and great musical taste a good game do make http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/04/rock-band-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/04/rock-band-in-review/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2009 13:30:51 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=24214 When I think back on rhythm games, one of the first that comes to mind is PaRappa the Rapper on the good ol’ PS1. When I think of contemporary examples, Guitar Hero,its offsprings and rip-offs come to mind. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, its undeniable that Rock Band (one of the … Read more]]>

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When I think back on rhythm games, one of the first that comes to mind is PaRappa the Rapper on the good ol’ PS1. When I think of contemporary examples, Guitar Hero,its offsprings and rip-offs come to mind. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, its undeniable that Rock Band (one of the more popular offsprings of Guitar Hero) has left its imprint on all the consoles. Now, the oft’ copied Rock Band has migrated to the palms of eager iDevice gamers.

Prior to Rock Band, I had a few other rhythm-based games on my iPhone, includingGuitar Rock Tour 2 and BeatRider Touch , to name a couple. Considering EA has had much success in the App Store thus far, I was intrigued by Rock Band. Thankfully, on the iDevice it is as close to the console version as you can get.

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If you like intimidating white tigers, the menu is gorgeous. Carnivores aside, the game itself is broken down into three modes: Quick Play, World Tour and Multiplayer. In Quick Play mode, you simply choose a song, choose an instrument and difficulty (easy, medium, or hard), then you’re on your way. World Tour mode presents you with five options to choose from: Solo Tour, Play Online, Claims To Fame, Leaderboards, and Tell A Friend. Solo Tour is the campaign in Rock Band, where your band travels around the world to famous locations such as Boston, New York (unfortunately I couldn’t find myself in the audience), Seattle, Paris, and lastly Moscow. Each location has three different songs to choose from, and a mystery song that is unlocked once you complete the others. Depending on how well you perform a song, you’ll earn stars and fans. There is a maximum of five stars per song.

Online play (via Bluetooth for up to 4 players) is very like the console version. There are unison bonuses and you can even save a buddy by activating overdrive mode when they are boo’d into oblivion. Overall, it is very good, but susceptible to a bit of lag. Claims To Fame lets you track your progress through the campaign by showing you which locations you have unlocked. You can also check up on your achievements (hallelujah!) and statistics (your favorite instrument, number of online fans, campaign completion, etc.) from within Claims To Fame. In total there are 22 achievements, some of which can only be unlocked via bluetooth multiplayer. I consider myself an achievementaholic, and I’m still struggling up to this day to unlock a few of the achievements. Anyways, Rock Band makes use of Facebook for leaderboards and to challenge friends. And, thanks to EA’s commercial mind, you can ‘Tell a Friend’ via email about Rock Band.

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You simply tap the note that corresponds to its color at the right moment. As you correctly play a sequence of notes, the combo meter will fill up and increase your multiplier. Occasionally, glowing notes will appear and if you successfully hit them, your overdrive meter will start to fill up. Once the meter is filled enough, it can be activated by tilting the iDevice forward and back. When overdrive mode is activated, it is much easier to build a multiplier and be saved from being annihilated by an angry audience.There are also instrument solos that will give you bonus points depending on how well you do. In total, there are four instruments in Rock Band. Guitar, bass, and drums all have a similar feel to them and the vocals (if you can consider that an instrument) are like the instruments except the notes come from the right to left (instead of top to bottom). When first hearing that there’s vocals for Rock Band on the iDevice, I was both curious and confused. That is until I realized you don’t have to embarrass yourself by singing in public, that the notes replace the actual ‘singing’. However, I wasn’t too thrilled with the vocal instrument because it simply felt awkward tapping notes that corresponded to the singing in the song. Every time you hit a wrong note, the singer abruptly stops singing until the next note you successfully hit. Other than that, all the other instruments are great.

My biggest priority is the music and thankfully Rock Band does indeed have rock music, instead of Lady Gage bubblegum bonanza. There are twenty songs in Rock Band ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to The Beastie Boys. There are also downloadable song packs that can be purchased for a dollar each via in-app purchases. There are a total of two songs per pack from artists like OK Go and Lenny Kravitz. So far, there have been two songs packs that were released for free as well as others that are a dollar – which is a good sign that EA will periodically update the app with new song packs.

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My gripes for Rock Band are few. The first thing I was slightly disappointed with was the fact that there is no band customisation. But, the clips don’t loop and actually correspond to the song, so it isn’t that bad. For example, if there’s a guitar solo in the song, there will be a clip playing of the guitarist.

In the end, Rock Band comes out on top as one of my favorite rhythm games. It has the most polish and glamor among rhythm tappers and is a joy to play. With the addition of achievements, multiplayer, and in-app purchases, Rock Band definitely justifies its $10 price tag.

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App Summary
Title: Rock Band Developer: Electronic Arts
Reviewed Ver: 1.1.71 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $9.99 App Size: 158 MB
  • 20 great rock songs
  • in-app purchases
  • bluetooth multiplayer
  • achievements
  • online leaderboards
  • 4 instruments
  • no customizations
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There are loads of good music apps out there. Below are a few:

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A.D.D. Finally Trips Into the AppStore http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/24/a-d-d-finally-trips-into-the-appstore/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/24/a-d-d-finally-trips-into-the-appstore/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2009 08:37:09 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=23581 After its initial rejection, the lite version released and then pulled, and a good six months wait, IUGO’s A.D.D. (Addictive Dumb Distractions), has finally been released. IUGO’s catalogue contains many successful titles such as Cliffed and Implode! to which A.D.D. has been added. Addictive Dumb Distractions features 70+ fastpaced minigames, similar to that of Warioware which … Read more]]>

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After its initial rejection, the lite version released and then pulled, and a good six months wait, IUGO’s A.D.D. (Addictive Dumb Distractions), has finally been released. IUGO’s catalogue contains many successful titles such as Cliffed and Implode! to which A.D.D. has been added. Addictive Dumb Distractions features 70+ fastpaced minigames, similar to that of Warioware which can be played in three modes: Quickplay, Practice, and Hardcore. There is also an online leaderboard to fuel friendly competition.

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The main reason Apple felt the need to throw A.D.D onto the backburner for six months is because of the sometimes risqué minigames that came bundled with it. These includes peeing in the snow and picking your nose – but hey, isn’t that just human nature? Although it is uncertain which of the minigames got pulled from the original version, it is certain that IUGO plans to update A.D.D. with more minigames and probably more controversy to follow suit. Heck, if dropping a pencil into a woman’s crack isn’t humorous, then I don’t know what is (yes, that is indeed a minigame included in A.D.D. and not my perverted mind at work).

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The best Black Friday deals with TGI Black Friday App http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/23/the-best-black-friday-deals-with-tgi-black-friday-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/23/the-best-black-friday-deals-with-tgi-black-friday-app/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2009 16:40:58 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=23561 Update: Our massive  Black Friday Apps Bargain round up can be found Here Pack your bags, sell your children (if you have any), Black Friday is nearly upon us! November 27′s festivities will culminate in the trampling death of at least one unwary American shopper at the hands of bloodthirsty doorbuster shoppers. As the season … Read more]]>

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Update: Our massive  Black Friday Apps Bargain round up can be found Here

Pack your bags, sell your children (if you have any), Black Friday is nearly upon us!

November 27′s festivities will culminate in the trampling death of at least one unwary American shopper at the hands of bloodthirsty doorbuster shoppers. As the season of good cheer approaches, the season of robbing/theft/murder will parade the streets along with the mob of angry, drooling 4 AM cut-throat bargain shoppers.

To get ahead in the game, Ecatcher, Inc. has released a helpful app known as TGI Black Friday which will help you find the best deals from the biggest boxes such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Sears, and tons more. The UI is simple, elegant, and makes the job of finding those deals possible.

So, if you’re like me, start planning now, and write your will just to be safe.

Good luck and may the force be with you.

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