vlingo, a multipurpose Voice Recognition app for the iPhone, didn’t receive nearly the same amount of fanfare compared to Google’s own Mobile Voice app as both were released around the same time. While this maybe the case, vlingo is certainly no push over in the field of speech recognition. Already a very popular and useful app for the Blackberry, vlingo is like a Swiss Army knife for the iPhone. Not only does it search through your contact list to call via voice command, it also searches Google or Yahoo for queries, look up and map local listings and even updates your status on Facebook and Twitter.
With their highly anticipated release of Rolando just around the corner, ngmoco has given iPhone gamers another quality title in Dr. Awesome, Microsurgeon MD. Making use of the accelerometer, gamers are finally able to play Doctor on the iPhone. Starring as Dr. Awesome, your job is to save patients from a deadly outbreak by isolating and trapping an assortment of nasty viruses found within tissue cells.
Ben Stein, most well known for his hit TV game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money”, has graced the iPhone compliments of a trivia game (not much surprise there). In Ben Stein: It’s Trivial, rather than trying to ‘win’ his money, your goal is to score as many points as possible via trivia questions. With enough points, you can have Cheex the monkey steal Ben’s prized possessions.
Tatomic, developed by VGViews, may very well be one of the more addictive puzzle games you have yet to try out for the iPhone. Seemingly inspired by hit titles such as Lumines and Super Puzzle Fighter II, Tatomic successfully fuses several proven gameplay elements and adds some unique twists of its own. The premise of the game may already be familiar to those who have played enough puzzle games. Link similar colors together, clear them off the board and watch more combos come your way. What sets Tatomic apart though is HOW you trigger these explosions. VGViews has cleverly designed this puzzler with 3 game modes that will have players utilizing different strategies for each game type.
Pangea Software is certainly no stranger to the iPhone gaming scene, with 6 games already available at the App Store. With the successful release of Enigmo under their belt, Pangea has once again released another physics based game in Antimatter. Unlike Enigmo though, Antimatter is a unique arcade game that resembles part pinball and part Geometry Wars. Rather than shooting everything up in sight, you must guide a streak of bright orange antimatter particles with your finger. Floating all around are ‘Cosmic Strings’ that light up the screen like a constellation map. With this antimatter, your job is to change the cosmic strings from a state of blue to a neon like orange by colliding the two together. Doing so will also add time to the clock. All the strings must turn orange before the timer runs out or else its game over.
Margot’s Word Brain is a multi-platform word game that has now been ported to the iPhone, compliments of Slam Productions. Players will find not one, but five types of word games to play with. Included are Word Link, Word Mine, Hyper Text, Word Safe and Word Search. Upon choosing your type of game, first time players can watch Margot give an on screen demonstration explaining the rules of that particular game. Most of the games have a time limit of 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Conversion tools are great little apps to have on your iPhone or iPod Touch simply because of how useful they can be at the right time. With a few taps, you can convert such categories as temperature, speed, length and area. Some apps convert the basic, most used categories while others can convert just about anything you want to throw its way. HiConverter – A Comprehensive Unit Converter and Tip Calculator, developed by Chillingo, is just such an app. With over 3000 units and 108 categories to convert, the majority of users’ needs are more than likely to be covered.
When was the last time anyone played a racing game with a Snail as the main choice of character or ride? Never? Almost never? That’s why when I first saw this game, I had no idea what to expect. Was I in for a “snail-paced” and boring racer? Or as the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover? Even after just several minutes of Snail Mail action, I knew I had the answer to my question. Snail Mail is an amazingly fun and fast paced racing game for the iPhone.
Word games seem to be everywhere in the App Store. With so many of them in the market, developers have to try and distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack with new concepts or ideas. Pyrus certainly fits this bill as a word game with a unique twist. Here you are presented with a board of 5 scrambled letters where the player must form a word as quickly as possible before the timer runs out. Rather than the typical tapping or sliding around letters to build a word, Pyrus requires you to use up to five fingers in order to assemble your word. Touch and hold down your finger on each letter in the correct order and the letters you type will appear on the top of the screen. When you have spelt out the word, release your fingers from the board to have it submitted.
Developer Air-O-Matic’s first app release, Pull My Finger (an app that made farting sounds as the phone vibrated), was rejected by Apple on grounds that it was of “limited utility”. With their follow up attempt in Stickies, Air-O-Matic has finally released one where Apple can’t accuse it of being useless. Stickies is a very simple app that allows users to create their own little stick-it notes and have them displayed in the phone unlock screen. Instead of seeing the battery indicator or some other picture background every time you ‘wake’ the iPhone, why not see some notes that could serve as a reminder?