TouchMyApps » Memory 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, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Claws-on Preview: Imp or Oaf? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/02/preview-imp-or-oaf/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/02/preview-imp-or-oaf/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2009 15:12:55 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=22379 Many people were hoping that the first game to come out from Gilded Skull Games would be Galactic Keep, an impressive looking pen-and-paper RPG emulator. But that game is still in development, and in the meantime, they’ll be releasing their first game called Imp or Oaf?. I got the chance to sit down with the … Read more]]>

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Many people were hoping that the first game to come out from Gilded Skull Games would be Galactic Keep, an impressive looking pen-and-paper RPG emulator. But that game is still in development, and in the meantime, they’ll be releasing their first game called Imp or Oaf?. I got the chance to sit down with the beta version of this game, and played it on and off with my 5-year-old son, and I’m here to give you my impressions.

The premise is fairly simple: you’re supposed to decide if the character on your screen is an Imp or an Oaf. When describing those characteristics to my son, I told him an Imp would be a trickster and an Oaf would be kind of goofy. You then have to use your own deductive reasoning to figure out which one of those two best fits the character in the picture.

Oh, there’s one more thing – you’re not actually shown the whole picture of the character. You’ll be zoomed in to a particular spot on the picture at the start of each round. Then, you decide to either click the button and choose if it’s an Imp or Oaf, or you can tap the picture on the screen to have it zoom to another spot on the picture. While that might help you by revealing more of the character and improving your odds of guessing correctly, you also lose potential points with each zoom (starting at 100 points, and decreasing by 10 for each zoom). And once you reach zero, your turn at guessing that character is over.

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In the beta build you can play 10, 20, or 50 round games. At the end, you’ll be given your score – there are plans for an online scoring system so you can strive to be the greatest Oaf of all time.

Really it’s a very cute game. My son really enjoyed playing it, and wanted to keep going after each game was over. He gladly counted each round, and his score at the end. It’s the kind of game that is great for young kids: simple to play and easy to understand. The artwork is just amazing – it’s got a style all its own and really helps it stand apart from the crowd. I did have some suggestions to give back to the developer, mostly based on how my son was playing and what he seemed to want the game to do. And of course, there are still some unfinished things in the game – like highscoring – but it actually plays very well and I had no major issues with the beta. In all, both my son and I enjoyed playing Imp or Oaf?, and I’ll be looking forward to reviewing it when it comes out.

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Cooking Star in Review – Slice & Dice Your Way to Cooking Fun http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/14/cooking-star-in-review-slice-dice-your-way-to-cooking-fun/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/14/cooking-star-in-review-slice-dice-your-way-to-cooking-fun/#comments Thu, 14 May 2009 14:05:10 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=10858 First came Cooking Mama, a game of cooking themed mini games. Now Cooking Star is the newest kid in the kitchen. Cooking star lets you slice and dice your way to being a star chef. If Cooking Mama left you starving for even more savory meal preparation, then Cooking Star will give you food for … Read more]]>

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First came Cooking Mama, a game of cooking themed mini games. Now Cooking Star is the newest kid in the kitchen. Cooking star lets you slice and dice your way to being a star chef. If Cooking Mama left you starving for even more savory meal preparation, then Cooking Star will give you food for thought!

Developer Glu now has a flying game, a cops & robbers game, a Realty business sim and now a cooking game. Cooking Star is a series of 8 mini games that will have you can tilt, touch, tap, flick, and flip delicious looking food dishes. The objective is to master each dish by getting 5 stars and unlocking a challenge dish and also a real recipe.

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Cooking Star’s main screen shows you choices of recipes, challenge modes, settings, today’s recipe, story mode and an about Glu page. Story mode gives you a variety of mouth watering dishes to cook. Dishes included are:

Kebab - touch & turn to cook, shake to add spices
Rice Ball – tilt to roll a rice ball over flour to increase its size
Tofu - Slice tofu into required size blocks
Burger - catch the correct ingredients by tilting your device
Chowder - ‘Stir’ to make the perfect soup
Meatballs - flick meatballs into a cooking pot
Borscht - Tap Tap revolution cooking style

Chowder is the easiest mini game in my opinion, only requiring you to keep an eye on stirring direction and tapping on bad ingredients to fill a green bar in time. It also made me hungry for some chowder soup! The Borscht mini game blatantly uses the popular music game tap tap revolution as a way to make enough borscht before time runs out. Burger is similar to the game Scoops but is not as fun. My least favorite was the rice ball. I found it pretty tricky trying to get the rice ball to even go in the correct direction much less roll over the flour spot. But, Tofu is my favorite mini game. I enjoy ‘slicing’ up cubes of tofu into the required blocks. I would have liked to have seen another similar mini game.

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In Story Mode, you want to get a score higher than 70 to unlock the next level of difficult. Unlock all 5 and you get a total of 6 challenge dishes along with 8 recipes. Touch the Food Basket on the main menu and you get Today’s Special mode. There are 5 dishes for you to prepare every day. If you get the required high score for a dish, you will get a new recipe for a total of 30 recipes.Touch the Oven to enter challenge mode. The dishes are locked at the beginning of Cooking Star but are unlocked in Story mode. Try to break your record with this challenging mini game. Touch the Recipe Box to view your collected recipes for use in a real kitchen. Pretty handy I might say. Touch the fridge to enter settings mode.

The controls are straight forward. I didn’t find it very difficult to master each dish by tilting, touching, swiping the screen, shaking and swiping. I the controls creative especially with the tofu dish. The rice ball dish was a poor use of control design. If you need help, there is also a much needed tutorial.

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Graphics are very nice, colorful and sharp. I enjoy the animations of the stove, pots, preparation and cooking. It actually made me rather hungry and long to return to my own kitchen. The soundtrack for Cooking Star is pleasant but not intrusive and you can turn off the sound in the settings menu.

What I like about Cooking Star is that it is fun, cozy, colorful and nicely done with mini games. But, there are not enough mini games and the rice ball game and meat ball mini games were just frustrating. If you liked Cooking Mama then you will want to give Cooking Star a try. I’m giving it a tasty Tap It rating.

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App Summary
Title: Cooking Star (V 1.0) Developer: Glu Games Inc
Price: $1.99 App Size: 18.3 MB
  • Fun game play
  • Creative design
  • Well done Animation
  • Copies from two other games
  • Not enough mini games
  • Some difficult mini games

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Monsters in Review – Simon Says Scary http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/25/monsters-in-review-simon-says-scary/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/25/monsters-in-review-simon-says-scary/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2009 04:04:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=5669 Okay admit it, you like cute things. Things that make you laugh or smile. Babies, puppies, kitties – anything else? Okay, anything else cute that we can chat about on an iPhone review site? Something online? Something you can play with? Getting any ideas? Okay, in the App Store? How about Monsters? No no, not … Read more]]>

pinkOkay admit it, you like cute things. Things that make you laugh or smile. Babies, puppies, kitties – anything else? Okay, anything else cute that we can chat about on an iPhone review site? Something online? Something you can play with? Getting any ideas? Okay, in the App Store? How about Monsters? No no, not the cable company, the game.

Yeah, Monsters, brainchild of Samuel Vermette crept into the store 16 February to less fanfare than it deserves. Why? Well in the same timeframe, it has competed with many many applications including the Top App of the World; the App Store is a vicious place to do business.

From the Monsters Website

Monsters is a fun, simple and pixel perfect game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. With its brilliant graphics and sounds, Monsters makes you work your brain out!

Featuring Memory Test, a new kind of Simon Says with monster shouting and laughing.

As per its description, Monsters is a simple game. All you do is mimic the lights and laughs the monsters make by following the pattern of their screams with your finger. Child’s Play. You gather points and as you do, wuffie – if you can break into the World’s top 10 spots, you get your name etched into digital history. When you make a mistake, the monstes laugh at you and yes, their laughs and screams are brilliant. Audio is clearly recorded and even though I have been laughed at many many times since starting this review, it is never tiring.

monsters-gameimg_0027My first reaction was negative: 99 cents for a Simon Says clone? I was underwhelmed and disappointed. However, after introducing my wife to the foursome, I discovered the secret to Monsters: bring a friend. This game: simple, cheap and overlooked is brilliant when played with someone else. Together you will discover the monsters’ cute arm movements, blinks, screams and yells. Though I didn’t laugh when playing by myself, my wife’s laughter bubbled over to me and soon we were blundering through Monsters with tears running down our faces.

Monsters is that sort of game: you need someone to play with. A party would be the best setup for Samuel Vermette’s game. Loads of people and toxins in the blood stream – a perfect match for a game of quick memory skills and piexel perfecct laughing monsters.

Sadly, though we broke the Top Ten with a score of 118, our score was not updated. If this error is not isolated, there will be many people who disappointedly await wuffie to only be ignored.

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Monsters is Immeasurably fun when played with others, but there is currently only one game mode and it is not enlightening when played by yourself. Hopefully the developers will soon add further updates that bring more than tapping monster fun to you and your mates.

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App Summary
Title: Monsters (v 1.0) Developer: Samuel Vermette
Price: $0.99 App Size: 1.4MB
  • Monsters!
  • Cute, Pixel Perfect drawings
  • Funny
  • Great with friends
  • Bugs in scoring system
  • May need to make friends to have fun with Monsters

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