TouchMyApps » Sports 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 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:51:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Wonderputt in Review – 18 Holes Of Imagination http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/15/wonderputt-in-review-18-holes-of-imagination/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/15/wonderputt-in-review-18-holes-of-imagination/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:39:39 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70238 I’m not really a fan of electronic golf games.  In fact, the more realistic they are, the less interested I am.  Mini-golf games, on the other hand, can be quite entertaining given the right dash of something.  In the case of Wonderputt, it’s the way the holes are set up.  I’m not just talking about … Read more]]>

I’m not really a fan of electronic golf games.  In fact, the more realistic they are, the less interested I am.  Mini-golf games, on the other hand, can be quite entertaining given the right dash of something.  In the case of Wonderputt, it’s the way the holes are set up.  I’m not just talking about level design, either.  It’s great fun simply watching the course get created!  Let me explain…

Truthfully, Wonderputt is pretty standard when it comes to game play mechanics.  You drag from the ball in the opposite direction that you want it to travel, then release when you feel you’ve given it enough power as indicated by the growing arrow.  Just like any golf game each hole has a par, but beyond that you can shoot to your heart’s content until you sink the ball in the hole.  Of course you won’t get a good score that way, but that’s okay if all you care about is looking at the game and having fun.  Once you’ve completed the course you can go through it again trying to collect fragments of a rainbow, and after that it’s just a matter of getting all the Game Center achievements you might have missed the first couple of times through.

What makes this game so charming is the level design.  The entire course is constructed in one gigantic not-quite-cube type of construct.  You’ll travel from a farm to an archeological dig to a construction site and beyond, and even get launched into space.  Each hole is cleverly designed, and several of them are quite interactive.  Better yet, you get to watch as most of them are set up.  For instance, on the farm you’ll watch cows graze out a path for your ball, only to get carted off by a UFO before you can play.  The game is even cool in how it gets your ball from one hole to the next, whether it’s being blown out of a whale’s blow hole or being dropped off by a passing pigeon.  If you’ve ever played the adventure game The Tiny Bang Story (TMA Review), Wonderputt feels like what that developer would come up with if they were making a miniature golf game.

The graphics are quite impressive.  Not in a “wow look at that 3D” sort of way, mind you, but more in a “pixel art rocks” fashion.  The fact that everything is packed on a single screen means that most things are necessarily tiny, even on the bigger iPad screen, yet the details are still pretty amazing.  The animation is top notch as well.  To top it off, the sound effects are a perfect compliment to the action.  The only thing I’m not particularly thrilled with is the music.  It’s not bad, and actually rather tranquil, but it just doesn’t have the same flair as the rest of the aesthetics.

Wonderputt is a great mini-golf game.  There are no real frills when it comes to game play, but the presentation more than makes up for that.  I’ve played through the course at least four times already, and I’m not even close to being bored with it.  Now if I could just stop getting worse at certain holes instead of better!

Kiss It Rating - 5/5

App Summary
Title: Wonderputt Developer: Damp Gnat Ltd
Reviewed Ver:  1.0.1 Min OS Req: 4.0
Price: $0.99 App Size:  20.5 MB
  • Incredible level design
  • Fantastic visuals
  • Great sound effects
  • Sometimes hard to “grab” ball
  • Music nice but lackluster

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Flick Golf Extreme! In Review – Golf! Reinvented! Supercharged! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/08/11/flick-golf-extreme-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/08/11/flick-golf-extreme-in-review/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:46:07 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=56142 Reviewing Flick Golf! (TMA Review) a few months ago I was absolutely thrilled by the new and original spin (pardon the pun) on the genre. Distilling the essence of one of the most aristocratic sports to a simple flick of the finger is pure genius. Well, Tiger Woods, it’s time to eat your golf club, … Read more]]>

Reviewing Flick Golf! (TMA Review) a few months ago I was absolutely thrilled by the new and original spin (pardon the pun) on the genre. Distilling the essence of one of the most aristocratic sports to a simple flick of the finger is pure genius. Well, Tiger Woods, it’s time to eat your golf club, as Flick Golf Extreme! takes the same unique gameplay and offers to go dunk the golf balls from helicopters and skyscrapers for the ultimate golf experience.

Flick Golf Extreme is far from being a classic sports game. Throwing away all of the tedious choosing of your golf club and carefully planning your shot, it centers instead on the flight itself. Of course the goal is still the same – get your ball in the hole. In one shot.

This is not as impossible as it may seem at first sight – even in flight you have control over the trajectory of the ball. This means that by carefully and precisely swiping across the screen you can fulfill the dream of any pro golfer and fine-tune the flight plan. In-flight movie not included though. And just be cautious of the wind as it may wreak havoc on the trajectory.

But all of this we have seen before in the original. Same with two of the game modes – Quickshot and Campaign, though the environments have changed quite a bit. Just to reiterate: in Quickshot you have a limited time to get as high a score as possible with each hole-in-one or even a bulls-eye granting you an extension of the deadline. In the campaign mode you have 9 shots with a change in location after each 3 with the same final goal. An additional mode is available, however, and a new one at that – 5 balls. Here you have only 5 balls and have the same goal: get as high a score as possible. But 5 balls does not actually mean 5 shots, as any ball sunk in the hole is retrieved to play again, and for a series of hole-in-ones you’ll get some extra balls as well.

The scenery has changed too; instead of traditional greens you’ll do the golfing on an aircraft carrier, top of a skyscraper, an oil rig in the middle of nowhere and a couple more places like that. Each level has a certain number of score levels, from bronze to something in purple. The latter is almost impossible to attain on some levels even by scoring all hole-in-ones. By the way if you do have more than 2 hole-in-ones in a row, you enter the burning ball mode, followed by a sparkling ball in case of a perfect strike. These special effects don’t actually influence the dynamics, but for some reason I found it more difficult to control the flight fine-tuning.

Visually Flick Golf Extreme looks gorgeous, especially on the Retina screen on my iPhone 4. The environment and effects are rich and alive, and the interface is simple and intuitive, with only a flick required to send the ball flying and simple swipes to control it. I would like to see some sensitivity controls though, as I felt sometimes the effect of the swipes was too strong.

Taking the action from the boring old golf field to places where no golfer has gone before Flick Golf Extreme offers basically the same unique gameplay of the original, but in a new and colourful wrapping. The variety of environments is refreshing if a bit limited and the added game mode is quite fun. In the end if you own Flick Golf! I can’t recommend picking up the Extreme version, as it is mostly more of the same and should probably have been simple IAP or even a free update. But if you’re fresh on the lookout for a fun and original golfing experience you certainly won’t go wrong with Flick Golf Extreme!

With this I declare Flick Golf Extreme! officially touched!
Grab It Rating - 4/5

App Summary
Title: Flick Golf Extreme! Developer: Full Fat
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.2 Min OS Req: 3.1
Price: $0.99 App Size: 42.80MB
  • Still fun but already not-so-original gameplay
  • Extreme and beautiful environments
  • Addictive game modes
  • Limited amount of environments
  • More an addon than a true self-contained title

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Touchgrind BMX coming Spring 2011 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/03/16/touchgrind-bmx-coming-spring-2011/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/03/16/touchgrind-bmx-coming-spring-2011/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:38:11 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=49834 Remember Touchgrind, the excellent skateboard simulator? My fingers still dance awkward steps across my iPod when I’m looking up hard dictionary words like ‘cluster’ and ‘shill’ ’cause Touchgrind rocked them to the memory core. It made this crappy sk8tR into something special, and kept my hands busy in the best ways possible. Well, come this … Read more]]>

Remember Touchgrind, the excellent skateboard simulator? My fingers still dance awkward steps across my iPod when I’m looking up hard dictionary words like ‘cluster’ and ‘shill’ ’cause Touchgrind rocked them to the memory core. It made this crappy sk8tR into something special, and kept my hands busy in the best ways possible. Well, come this Spring, Illusian Labs will release its sequel, Touchgrind BMX. The same sort of free style physics will get things going on pipes and over rails from the relative safety of your iDevice. That means no more pinchin’ the biscuit. For now, enjoy the above video. We’ll have more as it comes.

Wanna get prepped for Touchgrind BMX on one of the iDevice’s first truly innovative titles? Check out Touchgrind now!

Touchgrind Illusion Labs, Touchgrind (TMA Review), 6.87MB – $4.99

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NBA JAM In Review – EA Is The Bus Driver & They’re Taking You To School! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/14/nba-jam-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/14/nba-jam-in-review/#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:03:22 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=48032 For all you gamers who grew up during the ’90s, NBA JAM should be quite familiar to you (Boomshakalaka!). One of the most popular arcade titles to have ever been released, it was THE game to play back in the day, and now thanks to the folks at EA, it’s back with a vengeance on … Read more]]>

For all you gamers who grew up during the ’90s, NBA JAM should be quite familiar to you (Boomshakalaka!). One of the most popular arcade titles to have ever been released, it was THE game to play back in the day, and now thanks to the folks at EA, it’s back with a vengeance on the iDevice.

Anyone who’s ever played NBA JAM knows that when it comes to fun, this super charged arcade-y basketball game has it in spades. Seasoned JAM players will feel right at home on this portable iteration – the sights, sounds and gameplay have all been faithfully recreated. And if you’re new to the experience, then get ready for giant heads, flaming nets and backboard smashing dunks. The acrobatics alone would impress even the crew over at Cirque du Soleil.

Like all sports games, your goal is to out score the opponent. Where it differs here, are the rules – or lack thereof. Instead of the usual 5-on-5, you play in a schoolyard-esque 2-on-2 game of basketball. The only rules that apply are goaltending, and the shot clock. So be prepared to fly high above the rim for rim-rocking dunks and nasty blocks, swipe away for ferocious steals, and shove your opponents’ behind to the ground. To spice things up, you also have challenges that you can accomplish, which will in turn unlock extra features like zany in-game tweaks and cheats and some of the best basketball players ever known. If however, you want to skip all the challenges and unlock all the extra features and players without putting in the time, you can do so via in-app purchases. There are multiple packages available ranging from $0.99 to $2.99

With all the ups NBA JAM has to offer, unfortunately there is also a down, and a rather big one at that – the lack of multiplayer. One of the biggest draws of the arcade hit in its heyday was the heated competition with friends. The in-your-face-dunks, accompanied by the non-stop trash talking really made the game. Needless to say, it is a downer that EA completely left out this feature. Hopefully, this key ingredient will make its way via future updates. If not online multiplayer, at the very least the ability to connect with a second player via WiFi or Bluetooth.

Graphically the game is stunning. Retina Display is supported and the visuals are crisp, clean and vibrant. Even your favorite players are instantly recognizable on-court. The sounds are also true to NBA JAM, from the swoosh of the net, the hoop catching fire to the squeaks of the sneakers on the hardwood. Oh yeah, it even features the voice of Tim Kitzrow, the original play-by-play announcer. “He’s on Fire!!”

So to basketball fans young and old, I highly recommend you go and grab NBA JAM for your iDevice. It’s every bit as fun as the beloved arcade game you’ve come to know and love. It paved the way for other “arcade” sports games to follow and to this day, the universal appeal remains. Addictive, challenging and easy to pick up, NBA JAM is perfect for quenching your hoops thirst no matter where you are. The only thing holding back a perfect score is the lack of multiplayer. With it, this would have been an easy “Kiss It” rating. Hopefully EA will fire out an update in the near future, so the trash talkin’ can commence once again.

App Summary
Title: NBA JAM Developer: EA SPORTS
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $4.99 App Size: 262MB
  • Awesome graphics
  • Insanely addictive
  • A great refresh of a classic
  • Extremely easy to learn and play
  • Lack of multiplayer
  • No Game Center integration

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Flick Golf! In Review – Tiger Woods, eat your golf club! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/29/flick-golf-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/29/flick-golf-in-review/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 20:37:57 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=45706 It’s hard to really imagine anything new in a sports video game. Overall, we have our range of titles from the absolutely arcade-y ones to the die-hard real-life simulations, though the principal generally stays the same. But every once in a while a stroke of genius hits a developer in the head (usually an indie one) … Read more]]>

It’s hard to really imagine anything new in a sports video game. Overall, we have our range of titles from the absolutely arcade-y ones to the die-hard real-life simulations, though the principal generally stays the same. But every once in a while a stroke of genius hits a developer in the head (usually an indie one) and we get a unique perspective on a well-known sport. This time, that resulted in Flick Golf! – truly, golf reinvented!

Flick Golf is an original re-imagining of golf. You could try and think of it as a cross between the shooting range, classic golf and mini-golf. The goal is to get your ball in the hole, as in real golf, but to do so you have only a single shot. Yep, you heard me, a single shot.

The caveat is – you can actually control the ball in flight. I know it sounds a bit strange and almost god-like, but that is the hallmark of Flick Golf. And, of course, to make your job more difficult wind is there to wreak havoc with your flight plan. Finally, to top it off, either the starting point or the target hole actually moves as well between shots (depending on the game mode) so don’t get too comfortable with a single shot.

Flick Golf offers 2 different game modes for your entertainment: Quick Shot and World Tournament. The latter consists of 4 progressively unlocked levels, each offering 9 shots to shoot for a high score. Depending on the final you’ll be awarded either a Bronze, Silver or Gold trophy, with the Silver a minimum to open up the next level. Strangely enough I wasn’t able to find a combination yet to unlock the fourth tournament map, and to this moment am not sure whether it is a bug or not.

Quick Shot offers a more arcade look at the game, with you given a fixed amount of time instead of a fixed amount of strokes to gain as the highest score possible. To make things more interesting, if you score a Hole-in-one or even a Bull’s eye shot, your timer is extended so theoretically it’s possible to get an infinite score. Theoretically. Oh yeah, in this mode you can unlock 3 maps only.

In such a simple gameplay premise controls are everything. And here Flick Golf excels, embracing the iPhone’s touch capabilities to provide simple and intuitive interface. You basically flick the ball to shoot and while it’s in the air, flick left and right to maneuver it. I did feel the game was too strict when it comes to sending the ball down the hole, as it seems the ball stops right on the edge more often than not. And making a perfect shot (where you sink the ball without it touching the ground at all) is near-impossible to achieve at all. A shadow on the ground, indicating the ball’s current position would be nice to help in this respect.

Speaking of which – visually Flick Golf looks nice. The courses are detailed and distinct, each with its own atmosphere. Nice environmental additions like ruins in Scotland, boats in Miami and lots of water and other stuff do help in spicing up the surrounding areas as well.

Flick Golf! is definitely one of my favourite casual games on the iPhone. The simple gameplay is horribly addictive, and the just-one-more-shot craze makes it near impossible to put down. I would like to see more courses though, since the 7 available (across 2 gameplay modes) become a bit boring after a while. And some tweaks to the physics would be nice as well, with the ball unbelievably sticking right on the edge of the cup far too often for my taste. Regardless, whether you’re a golf fan or just looking for a quick pick-me-up type game, you won’t be disappointed with Flick Golf!

With this I declare Flick Golf! officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Flick Golf! Developer: Full Fat
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.1
Price: $0.99 App Size: 31.14MB
  • Superb concept
  • Intuitive controls
  • Addictive gameplay
  • Very very addictive gameplay
  • Only 7 courses
  • Sometimes frustrating physics
  • No multiplayer

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NBA Elite 11 in Review – Nothing but Net or Air ball? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/nba-elite-11-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/nba-elite-11-in-review/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:38:23 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42536 When EA announced they were changing the name of their long running basketball franchise from NBA Live to NBA Elite, as well as improving the games’ quality, fans of the series were excited for the possibilities. After the recent announcement that the first game to bare the new title was being cancelled only days before … Read more]]>

When EA announced they were changing the name of their long running basketball franchise from NBA Live to NBA Elite, as well as improving the games’ quality, fans of the series were excited for the possibilities. After the recent announcement that the first game to bare the new title was being cancelled only days before its expected console release, the same fans were left with the option of waiting another year for its arrival or take the opportunity to get small and pick it up on their iDevice. Is the compact version enough to hold fans over for another year, or should it have been ejected from this year’s lineup as well?

From Elite’s title screen you have a few options to choose from, including a tutorial of the game’s basic and advanced move set. The exhibition mode will allow you to pick two teams and start playing from the get go. In season mode, you can take a team through a 12, 20, 41 or 82 game season in order to reach the playoffs and a chance at the championship title. Or if you’d rather go straight for the title, you can jump into the playoffs immediately. The last game type is the 3-point shootout. Choose your player and compete in two rounds of competition to see who the league’s greatest long range bomber is. Unfortunately, gamers won’t find online options for either play modes. The only online option for the game is the ability to download updated player rosters. (As of this writing, there were no updates provided).

Gameplay is as you would expect. Control the movement of your player with an invisible analog control stick on one side and two buttons on the other for controlling offensive and defensive plays. And depending on whether you’re completely new to the game or are returning as a seasoned “NBA Live” gamer, you may choose to play on the Rookie, Veteran or All-Star difficulty.

Scoring is fairly easy on any difficulty level. Completing a lay-up or slam dunk is as simple as dribbling around the floor until you find an opening or perform a juke move around the defending player. All shots from distance will require a bit more practice as you get used to the shot indicator. The indicator looks like two halves of a basketball that appear on either side of a player until they come together at the top, changing colors from red to yellow and finally green. For the most part you’ll never make a shot while in the red; your chances improve as you reach yellow and by the time your in the green you will hit a majority of your shots. There have been occasions where I’ve been fully in the green and missed but also made it while the indicator was red.

Defensively the game really starts to breakdown. Planning on blocking the opponent’s lay-up or slam dunk? Don’t bother. Once the CPU decides to attack the basket, you can either count it or pray for the brick. Outside shots only improve your chances slightly. On some occasions you might manage to get a block but for the most part, you better hope they catch nothing but air. The same can’t be said while the opposing team is on defense. They will block shots, steal and pull off fast breaks. One thing you have going for you is the A.I. getting called for goal tending…A LOT. Far too often in fact. At times, it feels like I’m watching a junior league game who has a defender taller than the hoop just standing there with their hand covering the rim.

For those who like to customize their rosters, Elite 11 has a trade system and the ability to sign free agents. You can even unlock 1 of 30 Legends by winning a championship. So you want to sign Magic Johnson to your team after you’ve unlocked him? As long as you have an open slot for one more player on your team, go to the free agent list, locate MJ, slide him over to your team, and confirm your action. Now you want to trade with the Miami Heat? L. James for R. Artest? C. Bosh for P. Gasol? Sure thing, just swap them from their respective teams in the trade menu. Now you’re playing the Lakers with Magic, Kobe, Lebron and Bosh. The game also offers stat tracking, but only for the current game. So you won’t get to see how many points and rebounds your superstar (or other players for that matter) is averaging over the course of the season, which is a shame really.

After all’s said and done, it probably wouldn’t have been a bad idea if NBA Elite 11 for the iDevice decided to follow in the footsteps of its console big brother and taken a delay in release to become a more rounded product. Depending on your expectations for how a basketball game should play out, Elite can be a fun title. If you’re looking for an “Arcadey” style 5-on-5 basketball game and care nothing more for the rest (i.e defence, full stat tracking in season mode), you’ll enjoy what Elite 11 has to offer. If on the other hand you want a little more depth, better balance between offense/defence and just more b-ball realism in general, you’ll likely want to pass on this one.

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App Summary
Title: NBA Elite 11 by EA SPORTS™ Developer: EA Sports
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $4.99 App Size: 184MB
  • Ability to play with Legends
  • Arcade like game play
  • 3 Point shootout mode
  • Nice graphics on retina display
  • Poor defensive ability
  • No online play
  • No season stat tracking
  • Poor trade/draft implementation

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NHL 2K11 In Review – 2K Shoot! they Score! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/01/nhl-2k11-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/01/nhl-2k11-in-review/#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2010 10:22:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38638 I’ve admitted it before and I’ll admit it again: I am Canadian. And yes, I love hockey. With the preseason just weeks away, I’m like a kid on Christmas eve. Coinciding perfectly with the upcoming season is the latest on ice offering from 2K Sports. Their NHL 2K series has been a favourite of mine … Read more]]>

I’ve admitted it before and I’ll admit it again: I am Canadian. And yes, I love hockey. With the preseason just weeks away, I’m like a kid on Christmas eve. Coinciding perfectly with the upcoming season is the latest on ice offering from 2K Sports. Their NHL 2K series has been a favourite of mine from the start. That said, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of the recently released NHL 2K11. Read on to see if their efforts get them the cup, or time in the box.

One thing I love about franchises is consistency. Rather than reinventing the wheel every year, the folks at 2K take their tried and true formula and just improve it a little bit more every time. Now some people would see that as dull, but  I love it. After all these years of enhancements and improvements you end up with a solid GUI that looks amazing and functions exactly how you would expect. It’s very user friendly and intuitive.

Now when it comes to in game graphics, results are about as good as they can get with all the action on the ice. Up close the faces of the players may not be entirely distinguishable but they did try to keep consistent with regards to the numbered jerseys. My only concern with that is I don’t understand why they would go to the trouble of making sure all the jerseys were numbered right but then not include the names on the back as well. Now you do see the players name/position when they are selected and/or controlling the puck.  I will commend them on the instant replays though. They look great and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love taking a second look at their own handy work?

Menus and navigation are very close to their console cousins. I especially liked the help menus. Rather than cramming everything into one page, or one long continous scrolling list they broke it down into mini cheat sheets. You just swipe your way through each one and there’s just enough info in each without making you feel overwhelmed. There are 4 game modes available to you: a quick game option, free (practice) skate, shootout and season. I’m loving the quick game mode as it allows me to jump right in and hit the ice. Although a close second is definitely season mode. I know I’m not the only one that loves to play their favourite teams’ season right along with watching the real games to see who does better.

Controls in game are great. Following the familiar console setup you use a d-pad to move and the have your dual-role buttons (e.g. Button 1 = shoot/check). They’re well placed on the screen and are easy enough to execute your favorite moves or team strategies. The only thing that may take some getting used to is the camera angles. I had to cycle through a few ofthem and play a few games to decide which I liked the most and would recommend you do the same. There are 4 offered so there is no reason for you to just settle on the default.

I guess the only thing I was really hoping to see but didn’t was some online integration. I realise that online multiplayer would be a bit of a hassle (and probably lag like hell) but I’m thinking more along the lines of leaderboards and achievements. A game like this would lend real well to any of the current social platform integrations or any variation thereof. I know I would love to be able to brag about how well my team did. Another possible social integration could have been fantasy teams. Many of us do it already on various websites. It would be awesome to be able to combine the fun of playing with the skill and creativity of creating fantasy teams.  All in all though I just love NHL 2K11. I haven’t stopped playing it since I downloaded it and with the season just getting ready to start, I probably won’t be stopping till next spring. I have to recommend this title to all hockey fans. You will definitely enjoy NHL 2K11.

App Summary
Title: 2K Sports NHL 2K11 Developer: 2K Sports
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.2 Min OS Req: 3.1.2
Price: $1.99 App Size: 188 MB
  • Great graphics/design
  • Familiar 2K look & feel
  • Excellent help/menu structure
  • Love the instant replay
  • Camera angles take some getting used to
  • Could use some more social integration (see post for examples)

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Bike Repair – a new iPhone app for the tool in the saddle http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/03/bike-repair-a-new-iphone-app-for-the-tool-in-the-saddle/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/03/bike-repair-a-new-iphone-app-for-the-tool-in-the-saddle/#comments Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:37:32 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=36952 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: … Read more]]>

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

Piccies and more after the gap:

Are you tired of searching the web to find your solution? Most web site are not well structured and have too much text to read before finding your solution. Then you go to the garage to fix your bike and realize you have forgot half of what you have read online.

Bike Repair on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad is the solution. You have your reference with you all the time.

Each step contains a few simple phrases/tasks. It goes straight to the point, no long paragraph explaining something that has nothing to do with the repair and that you will forget anyway. The most important thing, we don’t assume you know everything about bicycles. Every term used is simple, if they are technical, we show you what it is on the picture, so you are not left wondering what it is and trying to look for it on your bike.

Here is the list of all bike parts and their repairs/adjustments covered in the application so far:

Wheels
Change the Rim Tape
Change Tire
Change Inner tube (flats)

Hub Adjustment
Rear Derailleur
Adjusting H-Screw
Adjusting L-Screw
Adjusting B-Screw
Index Adjustment

Front Derailleur
Height and Angle Adjustment
Adjusting H-Screw
Adjusting L-Screw
Index Adjustment

Chain
Cleaning
Lubricating
Wear Inspection

Handlebar and Head Set
Align Handlebar
Adjust the Headset

Pedals
Replace Pedals

Cantilever Brake
Brake pads Alignment
Centering the brake
Tension Adjustment

V-Brake
Brake pads Alignment
Centering the brake
Tension Adjustment

Center mount Brake (road bike)
Brake pads Alignment
Centering the brake
Tension Adjustment

Other
Helmet Fitting

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Super Badminton 2010 in Review – Not in my backyard http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/03/super-badminton-2010-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/03/super-badminton-2010-in-review/#comments Tue, 03 Aug 2010 14:24:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=35575 I am a bona fide backyard badminton player who just happens to graduate to university team play in both Canada and Japan. As for strings, I’ve done ‘em all: second, third, and first but I prefer tightly stretched titanium. A cursory glance at the Super Badminton 2010 (SB010) menu reveals all the trappings of good … Read more]]>

I am a bona fide backyard badminton player who just happens to graduate to university team play in both Canada and Japan. As for strings, I’ve done ‘em all: second, third, and first but I prefer tightly stretched titanium. A cursory glance at the Super Badminton 2010 (SB010) menu reveals all the trappings of good tournament badminton. Unfortunately, it also misses most of the meat.

Firstly, SB010 isn’t licensed, so none of your favourites will slip in. Not that you need a pixel perfect Peter Gade to enjoy bandying about a  feathered shuttlecock, but for all the many teething fans out there, it would be fun. Sport fans, you’ll love the rankings and the queer absence of international badminton’s greatest countries.

Thank God SB010 is a straightforward game: smash, lob, and clear are the basic controls at your disposal. A digital cross or mock analogue pad’ll move your avatar around the screen and tilting your device will direct the shuttlecock. To be honest, the control scheme works pretty well – as long as you aren’t ready to win. Neither the stick nor the analogue pad are made for this game and neither the floor nor the crowd cam really make tournament badminton playable.

SB2010′s indication system is similar to most ball games. The shuttlecock is huge – you won’t miss it and here is a little shadow that creeps beneath it at all times. The problem isn’t that either one is faulty, it’s that both the shuttle and the shadow are sluggish. Or, maybe it’s just that the animation sucks. Sometimes the shuttle disappears overhead and often, your avatar will miss a perfectly reasonable birdie.

He or she will also struggle to get anywhere on the screen. Slow, choppy, and fumbly, SB2010′s avatars are embarrassing even to backyard badminton fans. Want to smash? Good luck timing that one. How about a nice moving lob? Not gonna happen. To hit the shuttle, you have to be at the right place at exactly the right time. There is very little leeway and absolutely no sporting coordination to connect nylon to feather.

If the above doesn’t dissuade you, read on. Badminton fans: you’ll laugh at the frying pan clears and the overextended, choppy missed smashes. It’s too bad too since drop shots, back pedaling and net play look realistic enough. The squeaky eeky of sneakers on the court, too, is … you know, squeaky. SB2010 does allow you to turn down the music volume and sound effects (thank God), but it might be nice if from the start, its designers were out to please rather than brutalise the ears.

There are options aplenty: different courts, old school scoring systems, and several game types, but trust me on this: option candy doesn’t make up for SB2010′s faults. I would have loved to recommend Super Badminton 2010, but, in good conscience, I cannot. From to controls to animation, SB2010 is fraught with negligent design. Its good points: good close-to-the-net animations and controls are overshadowed by everything else. Until the devs smooth out animations and add realistic reach to the players, I caution you to stay away.

App Summary
Title: Super Badminton 2010 Developer: Rohit Gupta
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $2.99 App Size: 22.3 MB
  • Badminton!
  • Good close to the net animation
  • Good game selection
  • Sounds
  • Controls
  • Houdini shuttlecock
  • Unrealistic play
  • No Indonesia?

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    FIFA World Cup Sale! This weekend only http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/11/fifa-world-cup-sale-this-weekend-only/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/11/fifa-world-cup-sale-this-weekend-only/#comments Fri, 11 Jun 2010 18:13:40 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34389 If you really wanted to get in on a little football action before/during/after/in celebration of the big tourney but were thwarted by the 6.99$ price tag, starting this eve right now, you can rejoice. EA have lowered the price of FIFA World Cup™ (TMA Review) to 99 cents and FIFA 10 to 4.99$ (a reduction of ~1/3). … Read more]]>

    If you really wanted to get in on a little football action before/during/after/in celebration of the big tourney but were thwarted by the 6.99$ price tag, starting this eve right now, you can rejoice. EA have lowered the price of FIFA World Cup™ (TMA Review) to 99 cents and FIFA 10 to 4.99$ (a reduction of ~1/3). So if you’re a fan of the game and are looking for ways to get into the World Cup spirit, now would be a splendid time to pick up these EA titles.

    FIFA World Cup™ Electronic Arts, FIFA World Cup™ (TMA Review) – $0.99

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    FIFA World Cup in Review – International ball sport for Palmela http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/12/fifa-world-cup-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/12/fifa-world-cup-in-review/#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 10:48:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=32791 EA really is and always has been one of the best game developers out there. I’ve waxed poetic before about their overwhelming success across virtually every platform available and they show no signs of slowing down yet. Their latest title that came across my iDevice is FIFA World Cup. I had seen this title at … Read more]]>

    EA really is and always has been one of the best game developers out there. I’ve waxed poetic before about their overwhelming success across virtually every platform available and they show no signs of slowing down yet. Their latest title that came across my iDevice is FIFA World Cup. I had seen this title at the top of the charts at launch and instantly added it to my “must have” list. Read on to see if EA finally dropped the ball, or if they were able to get another Gooooooooooooaaaaaaaaalll!!.

    If you’ve played EA games before (and I would honestly be shocked if you haven’t), then you will know that when it comes to eye candy, EA has you covered. They put a lot of work into design and it shows. With  World Cup, they took their cue from the themes and colors used for the actual event. Lots of rich browns, oranges and yellows everywhere. The silhouette scenery and stencil art pops right out and makes the UI look beautiful. Everything about the design makes you think soccer and Africa (the location of World Cup 2010 is South Africa in case you weren’t aware).

    When it comes to in game graphics, the stadiums and fields look perfect, players are clean and even details like player or ball shadows are spot on. Definitely a pleasure to look at.

    As far as game play is concerned, EA went with the standard floating d-pad on the left and a pair of buttons on the right. Sticking with the standard allows people to feel comfortable before they’ve even played. Kudos to EA for not feeling a need to re-invent the wheel. There are lots of special moves and/or combo moves you can do (i.e. double passing) by pressing specific button combinations. It took a little bit of work at first but after awhile it was no problem at all. Controls are one of the biggest cripplers when it comes to games and I’m glad EA did it right.

    Another aspect of game play that I thought was amazing was the “realism” factor. While playing you have your standard kicks to move the ball but by pressing button combos and/or by being in the right places at the right times, you’ll see your player doing some pretty crazy shots, including getting huge air to head butt the ball. Fun stuff.

    Added to that, is the game commentary. Normally with sports games the commentary is a bit dry with samples duplicated too often. In FIFA  it sounds and feels just like a real game. People are excited and the action just feels so much more real than in other games.

    There are 5 different types of game play available. Kick Off, World Cup, Shoot Out, Captain Your Country and multi-player (local only). Kick off is the equivalent to a play now button. Important to have, however it still takes a handful of taps and some waiting to get into the game. In my opinion play now should mean now. A minor thing, but still important. World cup is exactly that. You can either play full qualifications and playoffs or just the playoffs. Shoot out is just you taking and blocking penalty kicks. The last one though really peaked my interest. Captain Your Country allows you to play as captain of a world team. You control your character but can direct other players to pass or shoot as well. Think of it like when you play arcade basketball. You can pass to a computer controlled player on your team who will play the game, but if you want it back or want them to pass/shoot you can make them. I liked the idea of being able to represent your country (as long as they are a part of the World Cup) the chance to be patriotic adds a different level of fun to a game (unless you’re Canadian). The multi-player is local via wifi or bluetooth. Although it is fun to play against friends or family. I would have liked to see some online multi-player here.

    If you are leary of brushing up against the greats, there is a training section available from the main screen. There you’ll learn all you need to know. It’s a quick, painless but thorough group of how to’s that I actually enjoyed playing through.

    Similar to their other game franchise’s, there are stats, ratings and info on all teams in the game. While playing, you even get stats throughout the game (e.g. image showing the percentage of the game that the ball spent time in different zones, visuals of shots on net, etc). A lot of great extra content that is relevant to the game and useful. One omission though is online ranking or leader boards. It may not be a necessary feature, but its fun sometimes to see how you stack up against the world, and in a World Cup game, it feels like it should be there.

    In the end EA has once again proven that they are one of the best developer groups out there.  FIFA World Cup is a solid game that is easy on the eyes, a joy to play and has just the right amount of content. Whether you are a soccer fan or not I would recommend FIFA World Cup to you. It’s a great game that will keep you busy for quite awhile.

    App Summary
    Title: FIFA World Cup™ Developer: Electronic Arts
    Reviewed Ver: 1.0.2 Min OS Req: 2.2.1
    Price: $6.99 App Size: 39.4 MB
    • Beautiful design
    • Lots of play options
    • Plenty of stats and info
    • Great realism
    • No online presence (play or leader boards)
    • Not all countries represented (may disappoint some users)

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    Pool Pro Online 3 FREE today for both iPhone and iPad! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/28/pool-pro-online-3-free-today-for-both-iphone-and-ipad/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/28/pool-pro-online-3-free-today-for-both-iphone-and-ipad/#comments Wed, 28 Apr 2010 17:06:27 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=32249 To celebrate the success of Namco’s UniteSDK gaming network (already with 2.5 million users and counting), Pool Pro Online 3 has been made FREE today for both the iPhone AND iPad (normally $4.99 for each device). For those not familiar, UniteSDK is Namco’s own version of a social network that not only allows for global … Read more]]>

    To celebrate the success of Namco’s UniteSDK gaming network (already with 2.5 million users and counting), Pool Pro Online 3 has been made FREE today for both the iPhone AND iPad (normally $4.99 for each device). For those not familiar, UniteSDK is Namco’s own version of a social network that not only allows for global leaderboards/achievements and real time messaging with other users, but also cross-platform play. With plans for Pool Pro Online 3 to make its way to the  PC, Mac, Android and other Mobile platforms in the coming months, iPhone and iPad owners will be able to showcase their pool skills to even more players during Online play.

    If you enjoy billiards/pool, downloading Pool Pro Online 3 is a no-brainer. And for those of you who own both the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad, be sure to download both versions!

    Pool Pro Online 3 Namco , Pool Pro Online 3 (TMA Review) – iPhone/iPod Touch Version

    Pool Pro Online 3 for iPad Namco , Pool Pro Online 3 for iPad – iPad Version

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