Rimelands: Hammer of Thor is hammering at App Store’s doorstep

Guess what – people at Apple in charge of reviewing apps seem to have stepped up on their game. Rimelands: Hammer of Thor, the recently previewed contender to one of the top spots in the App Store’s RPG games has been released for everyone to enjoy. I myself have already spent a fair amount of time on it thanks to a hands-on with an earlier build and am sure it will bring hours of fun to any RPG fan. Here’s my sum-up of it in case you’re too lazy to read the full text:

But I can tell you what we have shaping up here will definitely give even the titles from the big developers a run for their money. Rimelands throws in the pot an excellent storyline and setting, great graphics, a deep and varied RPG system and superb replayability to serve the iDevice gamers one of the best RPG games on the platform.

If you’re still in doubt – look out for a full review at TMA soon, or just go ahead and pick it up right away.

Rimelands: Hammer of Thor Crescent Moon Games, Rimelands: Hammer of Thor - $4.99

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Rare Metal – a sweet-looking new slide puzzle for car geeks

Yikes, what memories flood back to this 30 year old as Rare Metal’s screens slide by my eyes. I used to be a car guy way back in 1988 (I was nine years old). I’d sit up all night looking over pictures of the then-new Ferrari F40 and Porsche 950, and dream. Geez, well Black Ice Applications (fitting don’t you think?) have just rolled out (oh the puns) Rare Metal, a puzzler for car geeks, and it looks good. Hell, combine cool metal with any puzzle game and it’s all good, but with a slide puzzle? the sort you carried around between two dirty thumbs as a child? It’s all reaaaaaaal good! This 0.99$ app features seven cars and 5 levels of difficulty. Woot!

Rare Metal Black Ice Applications, Rare Metal, 3.84MB – $0.99

An update on Egypt The Prophecy and Secret of the Lost Cavern

Just a few weeks after my report of the final release of Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, Anuman Interactive has now put up the rest of the game for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Finishing up with Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3 this epic adventure piles up to be the most expensive one on the App Store, with each installment weighing in at a hefty $3.99. But if you are willing to dole out the cash, you’ll be rewarded with an excellent and intriguing journey through ancient Egypt. Look out for a full-scale review by my esteemed colleague shigzeo soon and be sure to check out my preview with hands-on video in the meanwhile as well.

Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, 299.72MB – $3.99
Egypt The Prophecy - Part 2 Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 2, 358.55MB – $3.99
Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3 Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3, 537.35MB – $3.99

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Master of Alchemy for iPhone released + Contest to win a Flip Video Ultra HD Camcorder

Chillingo’s original physics-based puzzler, Master of Alchemy (first released for the iPad), is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Recently reviewed by Steve, the game is a refreshing take on the genre where players must manipulate various objects into solids, liquid or gases and move them around the board in order to complete levels.

MoA even supports the iPhone 4′s retina display, ensuring top notch graphics on the device. To celebrate its release, the iPhone version is currently on sale for $0.99, with the iPad version dropping from $4.99 to $2.99. If you want to enjoy an excellent puzzle game and one that’ll hold your interest, don’t miss out on this great deal. Chillingo is also giving away a Flip Video UltraHD Camcorder and copies of the games to celebrate the occasion. Check out the complete contest details after the break.

Master of Alchemy Chillingo Ltd, Master of Alchemy, 37.8 MB – $0.99
Master of Alchemy HD Chillingo Ltd, Master of Alchemy HD (TMA Review), 19.1 MB – $2.99

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Egypt The Prophecy rises out of the sand from the App Store!

Almost half-a-year ago I posted an exclusive preview of an adventure game by Tetraedge, well known for such titles on the AppStore as Jules Verne’s Return To Mysterious Island, Jules Verne’s Secrets Of The Mysterious Island and of course, their recent hit Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon. I was very impressed by the ambiance of the game, known then as The Egyptian Prophecy, as well as the excellent graphics, puzzles and story. Unfortunately due to some changes in the coporate world the game had been frozen in the almost ready state for a few months. But thankfully, now all issue have been resolved and with a minor change of name, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 has found it’s way onto the AppStore, with the other 2 parts to be available soon. Be sure to check out my preview of the game or just pick it up to enjoy for yourself. Oh yeah, and there’s a video after the gap as well.

Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, 299.72MB – $3.99

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Bike Repair – a new iPhone app for the tool in the saddle

Would that I had this app a week ago when brake/alignment/power train troubles rocked my wife’s borrowed steed. We got on well enough, but my inept fixes cost us an hour of time in the saddle. Bike Repair may be categorised ‘Sports’ at the App Store, but I think it occupies a higher niche altogether: a utility/sport/productivity/lifesaving God almighty blessed app. Bikers should love it especially whilst on the road and offline. From kids bikes to Cyclocross racers, just about every contemporary bicycle is covered in its tutorials. So too is all major bicycle maintenance – that is, apart from wireless iPhone bicycle speakers! There are 90 quality images to help you through mundane maintenance and lots of helpful fixing hints.

And thanks be to Colagno, Bike Repair costs a mere 199 pennies and is modelled on good ol’ Canadian bikes from designer, Opus Bike. From one former Opus rider to a current Opus rider, I say thank you Atomic Softwares, this is one hot app.

Bike Repair Atomic Softwares, Bike Repair, 5.5 MB – $1.99
Bike Repair Lite Atomic Softwares, Bike Repair Lite, 1.2 MB – Free

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Share your doodles on the web in real time with WebPad

Ever thought of using your iPad to share hand-drawn messages or show off your artistic talents with friends and loved ones even though they’re miles away? And in real time to boot? Now you can with the newly released WebPad for the iPad, an innovative app that easily lets users sketch and draw on the device while others are watching on a web browser as it’s happening. Here’s how it works:

1. Start the App
2. Tell your friends the WebPad URL
3. Draw, doodle, write, drop in your thoughts on your iPad
4. Your iPad screen is being shown on the the webpad web page, realtime, stroke by stroke!

WebPad is rather basic in its features though (several colors and brush sizes are available), so don’t expect it to replace the likes of ArtStudio for iPad and SketchBook Pro anytime soon. Still the applications of WebPad are almost limitless, be it a professor making notes during a lecture and sharing them with his/her students or some bloke proposing to his girlfriend in “real-time” (probably not advisable). Take a look at the video showing the app in action after the break.

WebPad Ignition Soft Limited, WebPad – $4.99

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Skype updated to support iOS4 multitasking

Hallelujah! The thing that everyone has been waiting since Steve Jobbs’s iOS4 announcement has finally happened! Skype has been updated with full iOS4 multitasking support, including one for receiving calls and IMs in the background and switching to another application in the process. How this will affect AT&T’s profits remain unclear, but I for one am glad this has finally happened. Did I mention calls over 3G are supported?

Here’s what’s new:

  • Run Skype in the background with multitasking in iOS4.
  • Receive Skype calls and IM while other apps are running or when your iPhone is locked. You can also continue your call while you switch to another application.
  • Multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Get it now or check after the gap for full app decription.

Skype Skype Software S.a.r.l, Skype, 7.44MB – Free

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Dracula The Path of the Dragon HD out on the iPad – Sink your teeth in the big screen!

Dracula The Path of the Dragon is an adaptation of highly acclaimed PC adventure game for the iOS. It has been released in 3 parts for the iPhone back in late winter/early spring and has earned a well deserved spot in our AppStore’s Best Adventure Games, as well as being highly acclaimed by the press all across the board. It was and still is one of the most atmospheric adventures on the iDevice platform. And in the last couple of weeks it has become even better with a remastered iPad version released for your pleasure by Anuman Interactive. If by any chance you missed the original it is definitely worth picking it up for the big screen.

Dracula The Path of the Dragon – Part 1 HD Dracula The Path of the Dragon – Part 1 HD, 748.65MB – $5.99
Dracula The Path of the Dragon – Part 2 HD Dracula The Path of the Dragon – Part 2 HD, 597.33MB – $5.99
Dracula The Path of the Dragon – Part 3 HD Dracula The Path of the Dragon – Part 3 HD, 937.31MB – $5.99

And should you have missed the game entirely, there’s always an opportunity to pick it up for the iPhone/iPod Touch as well.

Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 1 Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 1, 338.75MB – $0.99
Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 2 Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 2, 435.55MB – $1.99
Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon - Part 3 Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 3, 525.38MB – $1.99

Fruit Ninja HD slices its way into App Store

Fruit Ninja, a seriously addictive game that has has taken the App Store by storm, has finally arrived on the iPad. Having sold more than a million copies for the iPhone in just 74 days, the new HD version arrives to the delight of veggie chopping enthusiasts around the world. Though the gameplay remains unchanged, the iPad version now supports eight finger swipes and multiplayer game modes.

Swipe up to EIGHT fingers across the screen to deliciously slash fruit like a true ninja warrior, taking in all of the crisp detailed effects which have been radically improved from the iPhone version. With two games modes in single player and worldwide leaderboards using Openfeint, the addictive gameplay will keep you coming back for even higher scores.

MULTIPLAYER has now arrived on Fruit Ninja HD! Two players can play head-to-head in unique gameplay modes Classic Attack and Zen Duel. It’s always fast, frantic and hilarious action with two players battling to achieve sweet sweet victory!

I’ve managed to squeeze in some Fruit Ninja play time on my iPad and it’s already become my current favorite time-waster on the device. Multiplayer works splendidly and it’s loads of fun competing against a friend (or foe). The price tag ($4.99) maybe a bit steep for some, but hardcore fruit fanatics who loved the game on the iPhone surely won’t hesitate to pick up the HD version. If you’ve never played Fruit Ninja before, just know that slicing fruits and veggies has never been more fun. Video trailer after the gap.

Fruit Ninja HD Halfbrick, Fruit Ninja HD – $4.99
Fruit Ninja Halfbrick, Fruit Ninja (iPhone)- $0.99

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