Safety Button – Send an SOS from your iPhone

safetybutton2There are apps that you want to use, and then there are ones you hope you never have to use (unless you get a kick out of faking your own kidnapping). Sillens AB has just released an iPhone app that could potentially come in very handy in times of crisis/distress.

Safety Button is your new way of feeling safe when moving about. With Safety Button you always have someone who knows exactly where you are and if something should happen; your iPhone will contact your chosen person for you, with your location and much more.

Using external servers to trace your steps, it starts collecting your position every 20 seconds via GPS whenever you start Safety Button. The moment you hit the big honking red “Help” button, the servers will relay an SOS message via sms and/or email, stating your current position to a preset family or friend. According to Sillens AB, the app comes with 3 pre-paid smses and works in any country where an iPhone is available for purchase. While most people won’t see a need for Safety Button, $2.99 does buy a piece of mind for the paranoid or those who attact trouble like a magnet. More screenshots and an faq after the break. [Safety Button, $2.99]

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More Metal Gear Solid Touch details revealed

metalgeartouch03 Metal Gear Solid is easily my favorite video game series of all time. What’s not to like? MGS has always been loaded with gripping cinematic story lines, stealthy gameplay, a variety of combat methods (sniping!) and some of the best visuals for every console its been on. While Metal Gear Touch has been made specifically for the iPhone/iPod Touch, it won’t be a full-fledged MGS game we’re accustomed to. Konami has recently debuted a new website that reveals more info regarding its gameplay:

Wage battle using intuitive touch-based shooting controls. Solid Snake’s final battle recreated on the battlefield of your 3.5-inch widescreen display!…Control the action with your fingers using the “Multi-touch interface” of the iPhone/iPod Touch. Trace your fingers on teh screen to take aim, and shooting by tapping. Pinch out or Pinch in to zoom-in/out on targets and snipe them from a distance.

Judging from what’s been revealed on the website, it looks like Konami has another “solid” Metal Gear game on their hands. Screenshots and video after the jump.

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geoDefense in Review – Tower Defense gets an Old Facelift

geodefense1It seems like vector-esque graphics are the new vogue. With the rise in popularity of games such as Vector Tanks and Blue Attack!, it was only a matter of time before developers brought this visual style to the arena of Tower Defense (aka) TD games. This seems a no brainer given the fact that one of the better Flash TD games out there is Vector TD, a TD game that is done in vector graphics. Yet, despite the fact that the TD genre has a growing number of entries and that vector graphics may one day be passe, geoDefense does make a strong case in justifying its presence in your iDevice and within the TD genre in general.

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Wooden Labyrinth 3D Review – Steady Hands, Steady Heart + 1 Promo Code

woodenlabyrinth1I am a man of many moods. This is why I love the AppStore. I can find Apps that fit my current state of mind. One mood that has been seeing much rotation in my life is that of quietness. As I get older, I tend to find time to draw myself away from the fast paced, extreme themed, action oriented options that are out there and seek for simplicity and solitude. Wooden Labyrinth 3D goes a long way in enhancing those peaceful times.

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A Real RPG arrives at the App Store – The Quest

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The Quest – 3D Fantasy RPG is a simply titled game from Redshift and published by Chillingo that looks to follow the classic formula for a PC RPG, not a console cartoon stat monger adventure like the myriad of Square/Enix knock offs.  The Quest has been on Windows Mobile and Palm for some time but has finally made it to a superior platform and for only 5.99$.  If you are fans of the Elder Scrolls, Ultima Underworld and of course Sierra’s genre defining, Betrayal at Krondor, this new RPG should appeal to you.

Notably however, its graphics are far richer than any of the classics listed above and you can play from the comfort of your iPhone or iPod touch.  I know I have waited for a release of a real RPG since the App Store’s inception.  Count me as one who is waiting for this game to be bloody amazing.

More Pickies and Chillingo’s video after the jump!

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geoDefense blasts into App Store, $0.99

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Update: Our review of geoDefense can be found here

Critical Thought Games has just released geoDefense, a new and exciting tower defense game for your iPhone/iPod Touch. Inspired by the critically acclaimed Geometry Wars, geoDefense offers high energy gameplay and great visuals.

Something exciting and new in the Tower Defense genre! The geometric vector creeps are fast and intense. With 30 different maps, each its own puzzle, you’ll have to work fast to keep up. Using exciting vectorized graphics, this highly kinetic games brings a whole new dimension to the tower defense. Devastate creeps with blasters, lasers and missiles and watch their energy debris swirl through the gravity wells of your vortex towers. Now it’s time to figure out how to put that absorbed energy to good use.

My first impressions of geoDefense is how challenging and fun the game is. Enemies move fast, so if you want to avoid a quick death, you really have to plan your tower placements and upgrade them accordingly. Unlike many other tower games, geoDefense allows you to play each of the 30 levels whenever you want, without the need to unlock them. I highly recommend you grab a copy while the price is still $0.99. Keep an eye out as we’ll be reviewing geoDefense in the coming week. [geoDefense, $0.99]

Things in Review – What the iPhone needed built in all along

things1I remember when I first got my iPhone (it was a first generation that I had to unlock to use outside of the US), I was very amazed by the syncing capabilities. The data on the phone was exactly the same as on the computer, I could copy all my bookmarks, e-mail account settings and my entire phonebook without any problems such as duplication or the phone simply not syncing (I used to use Sony Ericssons). However I was, and still am, intrigued as to why the phone cannot sync tasks or to-dos. The reason is very simple; Leopard has it and since it could sync everything over from the computer, why not tasks and to-dos??

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Rocky Artue in Review – Yes… I know that Rhymes

rockyartue1In the culinary world, the concept of fusion cuisine is explored with varying degrees of success and failure. The same is true for games. There has been a blending of such genres like action and RPGs. Rocky Artue fused two genres together to form the first true, in my opinion and recollection, on-rails platformer. There is no other way to describe this.

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