Monopoly in review: iPhone/ iPod as a true mobile console is “Here & Now”

Earlier this month, I read an article quoting Apple Director of Technology Evangelism John Geleynsen where he proclaimed the iPhone to be a strong contender in the handheld console market. I was initially very sceptical, since I didn’t actually believe that a mobile phone could rival a “dedicated” console. Also, the platform only had simple games from independent software developers and the lack of big titles did not really make it attractive in the mainstream.

However, having had quality time with Monopoly – Here & Now: The World Edition, I’m now a strong believer of Apple turning the iPhone/ iPod Touch platform into a true mobile gaming platform.

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Braineous in Review: Cashing in on the “Brain” Genre?

The Iconic Monkey and his brain

The Iconic Monkey and his brain

In the time-honoured tradition of portable gaming, there have always been the stodgy genres: arcade, simulation, adventure, strategy, defense, puzzlers and racing. Eventually, however, parents became involved in the gaming lives of our pioneering gamer forebears. With such came the hitherto uneeded educational gaming genre into our pat world. From that day, our lives as gamers have changed. We are increasingly faced with addictive and mildly fun edugames popularised recently on the DS in titles such as Brain Age and Kanji Training.

Now, straight from TryThis Networks, Inc. to your iPod Touch or iPhone is the title, Braineous. I hesitate to call it educational so will use Try Networks’ own term, stimulating. Inside you will find a stimulating series of 10 games and an iconic monkey that trods on your ego.

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Toy Bot Diaries 3 in Review – Grapple It!

Matt here, your newest TouchMyApps writer. For my first review (of which there will be many!), I’m reviewing Toy Bot Diaries 3. Having not played Toy Bot Diaries 1 & 2, the series is new to me. If Toy Bot Diaries is new to you, here’s a little back story. In the first Toy Bot Diaries, there is a strange machine which plagues Toy Bot. In Entry 2, Toy Bot climbs out of the sewers and into the skies! In Entry 3, Toy Bot has gone outer space; it’s the next frontier for our little metal friend. He’s off to rescue King Bot from the clutches of the evil War Bot who is bent on destroying the earth!

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WiFi Touchpad in Review – Turn Your iPhone into a MousePad

WiFi Touchpad is a recently released app that turns your iPhone/iPod Touch into a wireless touchpad. According to the App Description:

Need a wireless keyboard/mouse for a presentation, or when you connect your PC to the big screen TV? The WiFi Touchpad is the application for you! It can turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a wireless touchpad and text input device. Sleek and simple, you can sit back and relax while you control with ease.

You will notice right away that it makes no mention of any Mac support. This is a shame since WiFi Touchpad is easy to use for the most part and works as advertised. Since I am not able to test this out on my Macbook, let’s have a look at how it performed on my desktop with Windows XP.

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iPhone Nano: on Your Wish-list?

Though there is nothing other than a product listing from XSKN, a case manufacturer, the fabled iPhone Nano is burning up the web.  As the end of the year approaches so too does the hastening of new product announcements and speculation.  Our colleagues at Slide to Play mentioned in a recent article that it would be a “be a logistical and PR nightmare” for Apple to release a product like the iPhone Nano.  I think we can all agree that there would be complications to such a product release, but on the flip side, are there no positives?

 

Several Case designs with mock up iPhone Nano image

Several Case designs with mock up iPhone Nano image

 
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Square Enix on your iPhone – Crystal Defenders

Square Enix, best known for their role playing titles in Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, have jumped on the iPhone Tower Defense bandwagon and released a Defense title of their own. Crystal Defenders is unique in that rather than building defensive tower structures around a map, you deploy jobs found in the popular Final Fantasy Tactics A2 game(Nintendo DS). Available classes include Dragoons, Black Mages, Theives, Berserkers and plenty more to choose from. Fans of the Tactics series and any defense game may want to give this a go. Now available at the App Store for $7.99. A Lite version is also available for players to test out the first 20 waves from one of four beginners’ maps.

More screen shots after the jump.

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App Price Drop – Christmas Holiday Edition

Christmas is only days away and developers have dropped more prices in preparation for the Holiday Season. Frenzic, one of my favorite puzzlers on the iPhone is currently only $1.99. Bejeweled 2, another popular match puzzler is on sale for $2.99.  EA has dropped prices on their titles, including Yahtzee and Tetris. As usual, be sure to check this post for the entire price drop list.

Note: Our Dec 15th post for app sales are still in effect!

Frenzic

$4.99 —> $1.99

Frenzic

Bejeweled 2

$4.99 —> $2.99

Bejeweled 2

YAHTZEE Adventures

$4.99 —> $2.99

YAHTZEE? Adventures

TETRIS

$7.99 —> $4.99

TETRIS®

SCRABBLE

$7.99 —> $4.99

SCRABBLE

Spore Origins

$7.99 —> $6.99

Spore? Origins

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A Look at QuickPic – Wireless Photo Transfers on Your iPhone

Transferring photos from an iPhone to your computer may not always be the most simplified process in the world.  If you don’t happen to have your cable with you, the only way to sync your photos for non-jailbroken iPhone users would be to email them to your inbox.  Certainly not very user friendly as you would have to send each photo individually, open your email and finally save them to your desktop or notebook. A new iPhone app called QuickPic actually simplifies this process by allowing you to download your photos to any computer using a web brower via WIFI.

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Touchgrind in review: Skateboarding IS a Geek sport

Game Title Screen

Ollie
Heelflip
Varial
Shuvit
Japan Air
Nose Grind
Nollie
360 Flip

Take a look at the above list. Are you reminded of those heady days of teenage rebellion? Do you look fondly on cursing, spitting, bleeding from falls, running from the fuzz and beating up roller bladers? If so, then I think that the Swedish Illusion Labs AB have an app that will have you switchstancing down memory lane.

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ngmoco’s Rolando has Arrived – Quick Impressions

Christmas has arrived early for iPhone gamers. Two of the most talked about and eagerly awaited games for the iPhone are now both available. Yesterday, it was SimCity that made the rounds. Today, we have Rolando hitting the App Store and not a moment too soon. Having spent sometime testing it out, I can say that it is indeed a wonderfully executed title. It has responsive and easy to use controls, well designed levels that offer plenty of engaging obstacles, eye candy visuals, a catchy sound track and did I mention fun? Yes, very fun! You will begin to realize the creativity and high level of production that went into Roland even after just several minutes into the game. The early App Store reviews have been very positive and Rolando certainly deserves no less.

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