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?
Over the years, countless puzzle games have flooded the market. A large percentage of them have been either uninspired or unoriginal, duplicating the same idea over and over. Once in awhile though, one would emerge out of nowhere and catch us by surprise for their uniqueness and addictive gameplay. Super Puzzle Fighter II in 1996, Lumines and Meteos in 2005, Puzzle Quest in 2007 and finally Frenzic for the iPhone in 2008. First released for the Mac OS X by The Iconfactory and ARTIS Software more than a year ago, Frenzic is a breath of fresh in the puzzle genre.
After weeks of waiting, version 1.1 of Subatomic Studios’ smash hit Fieldrunners has finally arrived at the App Store. For those who missed out on this action packed title, you can read our review here. With new features like sound fx, music and additional fieldrunners, this is most definitely a must have update.
The most eagerly awaited update for the iPhone and iPod Touch has hit the iTunes App Store!
In the first update for the sensational top-selling hit FIELDRUNNERS, you encounter new enemies, explore an exciting new map, and challenge your wits with the all-new Endless gameplay mode! Do you have what it takes to become the ultimate tower defense master?
Begin humming the catchy theme composed by renowned sound designer AUBREY HODGES, whose work on over 160 titles includes the DOOM franchise, Madden, and Quake!
New Features found in 1.1:
This past weekend, I had written a post about the delay of the new Google Mobile App. Well after a 4 day delay, this voice recognition tool has finally made it to the App Store. So was it worth the wait? Most definitely. Along with a voice search function, this updated app also includes a rearrangable apps tab for all your google apps, making it easier to find your favorites. Location awareness is also now built in, which will automatically include your current location into searches.
John Kooistra’s first foray into the iTunes App store, Blue Defense! plunges you into the most heroic and devastating role of all-time: to save the Earth and the lives of its 6,730,568,430 inhabitants.
Defend your planet!”
Blue Defense puts you in charge of protecting your world from an invasion force that wants nothing more than your utter destruction.
6.7 billion lives hang in the balance… are your hands steady enough to handle the ever-increasing pressure of the attackers? Continue reading…
Mac About Town (the developer behind the App Store’s first self timer camera app) has sent us a copy of a soon to be released version 1.1 of FotoTimer that has additional features implemented. FotoTimer is a simple but useful app that allows you to delay the camera timer by 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds so you can take a group shot without leaving anyone behind. For camera shots at low light, setting a timer helps reduce the noise and blurriness caused by tapping the screen and a shaky hand. This new release will include a countdown sound so that you will know when a photo will be taken, as well as an option to automatically have a photo saved to your camera roll after FotoTimer snaps a shot.
A few simple test shots at low lighting showed improved images when the self timer was used and my iPhone propped up. No more unsteady hands and the slight shaking of the phone when tapping the shutter button.
Voice Dialing is one of the more useful features missing from the iPhone. Users therefore have been turning to the App Store for a voice dialing app that is both reasonably priced and accurate at the same time. Perhaps one of the most popular ones at the moment is Say Who, a free app that works reasonably well. The simple interface works well especially when you are trying to make a call while driving. Once the app starts, you can press down anywhere on the screen and say your contact’s name. Say Who will accept first and/or last names, nicknames as well as digits of the contact. When a contact is found, the default setting of AutoDial will automatically connect you to the first of the results found in about 3 seconds. Turning AutoDial off will allow you to choose which of the returned contacts you want to dial.
Movie Challenge, developed by Redwind Software, is a recently released movie game for the iPhone. Looking around the App Store, there appears to be quite a few such trivia games out there already. While I personally haven’t tried the others just yet, most of them offer what seems to be limited styles of play. This is where Movie Challenge steps up to the plate. Redwind Software has designed the game with loads of features in mind. Besides a trivia mode where the user must choose the correct answer out of x number of questions (as seen in most trivia games), Redwind offers multiple game types:
Games sure have changed over the years. Developers are constantly finding new ways of bringing innovation to game design in order to engage the modern gamer. Players want new ideas and innovations that capture the imagination. Well, Touch Physics is one of these games. It won’t win awards for 3D effects or graphics any time soon. What it will do though is captivate its players with gameplay and design.