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.
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…
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.
Zombies on the iPhone…check. Defending against Zombies in an Apocalyptic World on the iPhone …check. IUGO Mobile Entertainment, the brains behind Toy Bot Diaries and Shaky Summit, has released yet another quality title on the iPhone. The moment I saw the words Zombie and IUGO together, I knew I was in for a treat.
Word games are extemely popular in the App Store. With easily over a hundred such titles available on the iPhone, choosing one that stands out can be a hit and miss process. Personally, I love word games for the simple fact that it can be both entertaining and educating at the same time. I have discovered words I had not previously known by simply making guess attempts. Now that’s time well spent! So how does Worder stack up with the rest of the competition?
The Tower Defense genre has been picking up steam in the last several years. Desktop Tower Defense, an internet flash game released in 2007, was played almost 16 million times after only four months of release. A simple search on google will yield countless websites devoted to the genre. It was only a matter of time before developers started pumping out such games on the iPhone.
One of the most requested features on the iPhone is the ability to type emails in landscape view. Somehow, this feature still hasn’t made it’s way into the 2.1 firmware. The stock keyboard on the iPhone can certainly do the job, but if your fingers aren’t those of a 10 year old, chances are you will either be relying often on the auto correct feature or the backspace key.
In this post, I will be doing a non-scientific mini test and compare typing times in both landscape (done via the $0.99 app Wide Email) and portrait views. To add to the mix, I will include the innovative app called “Writing Pad”. For those who haven’t used this free app yet, instead of “typing” the keys one by one, you slide your fingers along the keyboard and trace the letters of your word. Your word then types itself out automatically and you keep sliding along. It is quite amazing.
I will be typing out the following paragraph, which happens to be a true story by the way. I will also be using the auto correct/complete feature (in stock email and wide email) to assist in the typing.
Years ago, this flight attendant was serving some coffee by hand. Somehow she misses the cup and down goes the coffee, right into the guy’s crotch. Being fairly new and inexperienced, she runs back into the galley, grabs a few towels and sprints back into the cabin. Without much time wasted, she reaches the passenger and starts rubbing the towels against his nether regions. Perhaps thinking she had done good with the clean up, she looks up at the guy and then she realizes she had been rubbing the wrong passenger all along. Now that’s what I call service in hospitality! The moral of this story? One man’s pain is another man’s gain!
I know not everyone uses Hotmail, but one of the complaints early on by iPhone users was that the native Mail app didn’t support Hotmail of the box (unlike Yahoo and Gmail). Well, you can’t blame the iPhone since Hotmail Live does not support the standard IMAP, POP3, or Exchange protocols. You can use IzyMail as a webmail gateway, thereby giving you POP/IMAP settings to enter into the native mail app to retrieve your mail. The downfall here is that your emails pass through a third party server and not to mention a monthly fee for the service. To get around this dilemma, I dug out my rarely used gmail account, forwarded my Continue reading…