TouchMyApps » Melvin Vu 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 The Enigma Machine in Review – A Great Mental Workout http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/10/6398/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/10/6398/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2009 16:40:26 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=6398 What do you get when you add a pinch of the classic game “Hang Man”, a dash of the ever popular “Master Mind” and combine it with great graphics and music? The answer is Crude Games LLC latest offering, The Enigma Machine. Hot on the heels of recent popular WWII movies Defiance (starring Daniel Craig … Read more]]>

enigmamachine1What do you get when you add a pinch of the classic game “Hang Man”, a dash of the ever popular “Master Mind” and combine it with great graphics and music? The answer is Crude Games LLC latest offering, The Enigma Machine.

Hot on the heels of recent popular WWII movies Defiance (starring Daniel Craig of James Bond fame) and Valkyrie (Tom Cruise), this game brings you back to 1940, where the Enigma Machine, a cryptography device used by the Nazis was captured by the British. You as an agent of Bletchley Park, site of secret British code breaking activities during World War II, must put all your skills to the test to decipher the KEYWORD stored in the Enigma machine which will assist in defeating the Nazis. Failure to do so will bring disastrous consequences.

enigmamachine5You start off the game by choosing to decipher either a 3, 4 or 5 letter word. Type the letters of the word you have in mind on the “machine” and it will tell you how many letters you have in common with the code word. You then make other guesses, using the information you have to come up with the word. I decided to start off with a 3 letter word. As I input the letters on the quite beautiful Enigma Machine, I could see the rotors of the machine putting each letter into place. Adding to the realism, I could also hear every part of the machine click into place as I type. Full marks to the developers for attempting to  make the game as real and as authentic as possible.

enigmamachine2The Enigma Machine allows you to look back at the previous words which you have guessed and even lets you circle letters which you think are in the code and cross through those you think are not. There is also a setting on the machine itself that lets you turn the letters on the keyboard either red or green so you can see what letters you’ve used and if you think they work or not. This is extremely useful when deciphering 5 letter words. After correctly deciphering the code, you are given a rating based on how many guesses you took. An added feature which I like is that definitions are provided for each of the words being deciphered. It’s like a mini dictionary!

enigmamachine4I find that this game can be quite difficult at times as you are only given the number of letters you have in common with the word and not how many are in the right place. This could be an added function the developers might consider for future versions. Another improvement that could make the game a little more interesting is the addition of a story line where you could bring the war closer to an end after each round of code breaking.

Overall The Enigma Machine is a solid and fun word game that will surely give you a great mental mental workout.

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App Summary
Title: The Enigma Machine (v1.0) Developer: Crude Games, LLC
Price: $1.99 App Size: 6.6 mb
  • Authentic visuals and sound
  • Challenging word puzzler
  • Added Definitions of words
  • Poor rating or scoring system
  • Could be better with an added story line

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Heavy Mach in Review – Heavy Firing Action http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/08/heavy-mach-in-review-heavy-firing-action/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/08/heavy-mach-in-review-heavy-firing-action/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2009 03:17:14 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=6292 We know in some countries, people pay to smash up plates and bowls in a room to de-stress. Now you can de-stress in a fun and less messy way by playing IndieAn’s new blast them all off tank shooter game, Heavy Mach. Heavy Mach features some beautiful graphics that combines with simplistic yet challenging game … Read more]]>

heavymach88We know in some countries, people pay to smash up plates and bowls in a room to de-stress. Now you can de-stress in a fun and less messy way by playing IndieAn’s new blast them all off tank shooter game, Heavy Mach.

Heavy Mach features some beautiful graphics that combines with simplistic yet challenging game play. The game is split into 6 missions with multiple stages (4-5) within each mission. A total of 60 stages are provided and can range in length. The developers have promised more missions in their frequent upgrades. In the latest version 1.12, an endurance game play stage has been added. This is where you attempt to survive as long as possible with the onslaught of all kinds of enemies with varying fire power.

heavymach8The objective of Heavy Mach involves moving your tank and destroying a large variety of tanks, helicopters, and heavy artillery before ending the stage by blasting off giant boss enemies. Your enemies fire different types of weapons, from basic straight-shooting rounds to swerving heat-seeking missiles. You are however not left in the lurch with nothing to defend yourself. Besides your tank’s armor you have the ability to jump. Jumping can be upgraded to a double jump, which allows you to tap the jump level a second time while in midair. Not only is this ability useful in avoiding falling into various gaps in the platforms that appear along the route, but also for dodging missiles, lasers and other fire power that the bad guys throw at you.

heavymach2You can also upgrade your tank along the way. There are temporary upgrades to weapons and armor that appear in the form of boxes that fall from slain enemies. Permanent upgrades come from experience points gained from destroying enemies. You have a choice of upgrading your movement, armor, or weapon strength, with a total of 18 points to be gained and spent throughout the game.

heavymach4Different types of weaponry can be collected and added to your tank. Some examples are heavy-damage artillery rounds with short range, droplet bombs that shower an enemy with shells from the sky, and laser beams that shoot quick and straight. Some weapons work better on certain enemies than others. A tip is to save your heavy artillery until you need to fight the big bosses. Otherwise, you will never be able to defeat them with just basic rounds of bullets.

Controls in Heavy Mach are simple and intuitive. Moving your tank involves left/right tilt of your iPhone. Tap on your targets to fire weapons at them and to jump, you will need to hit the lever at the bottom left hand corner. To switch weapons, tapping the weapons icon next to the boost lever will cycle through your available weapons. With the latest update, the menu bar at the top left hand corner is now working and you can save and exit your game or simply pause it to scratch your bum without being killed!

heavymach6Overall Heavy Mach is an exciting “blast them away” game. You will definitely be addicted to it just like I have. There are still small kinks in the game though which the developers should iron out, like except for big bosses, you can actually move your tanks right through enemy vehicles without any ill effects. Plus, your tank never turns around, so you can’t fire behind you. Nor does Heavy Mach seem to keep track of your score, which is strange for such games. It would also be nice to have varied backgrounds and a variation of attacks from different combinations of enemies. Other than that, Heavy Mach is one of the games that you should have on your iPhone, especially with its current sale price of $0.99! If you’re still hesitant, by all means give the free lite version a try first.

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App Summary
Title: Heavy Mach (v1.12) Developer: IndieAn
Price: $2.99 App Size: 27.8 mb
  • Simple yet challenging gameplay
  • Excellent Graphics Lack of different kinds of enemies
  • Realistic fire power sounds
  • Price point of $0.99
  • Lack of different kinds of enemies
  • Gets rather repetitive

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