Escape from City 17: Toronto’s other Claim to Fame

Toronto may be Canada’s most bustling city and her economic heart, but when taken in a global context, it is trite.  New York is bigger and louder, London is more expensive and Montreal clings to chic traditions.  Until the release of 7Cities by Neptune Studios, Toronto had little to report itself by on a global scale.  This morning, a cricked neck woke me early and I was greeted with a youtube video:  Escape from City 17 by Purchase Brothers.  I have never played HalfLife but many times have watched over Louis’s shoulder as he hammered crab-headed aliens with a crowbar and gained another freakish personality – I was in deep.

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Heavy Mach Promo Code Giveaway! (Closed)

heavymach8Heavy Mach is one of the hottest games to have been released in the past couple of days at the App Store and TouchMyApps has 3 promo codes to giveaway! In case you missed our impressions post of this sweet side scrolling tank title, check it out here. To enter for a chance at 1 of 3 codes, simply submit a comment and let us know what your thoughts/impressions are of Heavy Mach. Winners will be selected randomly and the contest will close Feb 16th, 2009 @ 11am EST.

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A Look at ReaddleDocs – File Transfer and beyond

readdledocs1Readdle, developers behind the robust and versatile Take A Note app, has recently released an impressive document and file management app in ReaddleDocs. While there are plenty of file transfering apps out there that compete to do a similar task (our comparison article of several can be read here), ReaddleDocs comes with a long list of features that should satify both casual and business users.

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iPhone shrinkage? 99 dollar iPhone; Hi-res iPhone

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Matte Back for the next iPhone?

What never stops in this constantly spinning world of ours?  You would be right if you guessed the Earth – as it always spins, rotates and is doing a crazy somersault around the Milky Way.  Other than the Earth however is another constantly moving and evolving ecosystem:  electronics.  Only 200 years ago, the first computer ‘programmes’ were being written by a famous poet‘s only non-bastard child, Ada Lovelace.  Back then, computers did not even run on electricity and eagre programmers had to actually study or be rich and educated.  Times have changed.  

99$ iPhone – Just Nickels and Dimes this time

Soon possibly, you will be able to pocket the iPhone for a mere 99 bones.  What will be different?  An article by MSNBC claims that a 99$ iPhone will be hitting shelves or presentation booths around June.  That is only 4 months away and while we must be excited, let’s discuss the issues surrounding the launch of a ‘cheap’ iPhone.  

In case you are wondering, the rumoured 99 Dollar iPhone turns out to be none other than the Previous-Generation iPhone 3G 8GB. Check out the WWDC announcement

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App Price Drop – Feb 12th, 2009

One of my favorite Tower Defense games, The Creeps! is now on sale for the low low price of $0.99. If you’ve been holding out for this sweet game, get it now before the price goes back up. Iron Man hits the $0.99 mark, along with ATTRACTION, a match 3 puzzler we enjoyed (read the reviewed here). Be sure to check out the entire price drop list after the jump!

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The Creeps!

$4.99 —> $0.99

The Creeps!

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IRON MAN: AERIAL ASSAULT

$2.99 —> $0.99

IRON MAN: AERIAL ASSAULT

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Cake Mania 3

$7.99 —> $4.99

Cake Mania 3

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ATTRACTION

$4.99 —> $0.99

ATTRACTION

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App Update: Abby Crabby

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Don't eva mess with a crab carrying a dynamite and broken bottle!

Steamboat Mountain Designs has recently released a v1.1 update to Abby Crabby, a visually appealing game I had previously reviewed here at TouchMyApps. While I did enjoy the game with its cute graphics and fun gameplay, I found that the tilt controls were not very responsive and the lack of difficulty settings didn’t help the matter. After hearing some of these concerns, Jeff Mathews tweaked Abby Crabby for a much more enjoyable crabby experience.
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Interview with 7 Cities Dev

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Ayngaran Vamatheva, the developer responsible for what is arguably the best Tower Defense game at the App Store in 7 Cities,  took some time away from his busy schedule and answered some questions we had about the game, Neptune Entertainment and seamonsters.

Neptune is now the furthest planet from the Sun in our solar system: What sort of symbolism were you going for in choosing your company name?

Neptune is the God of Sea in Roman mythology, and equivalent to Poseidon from Greek mythology. He is truly underrepresented in the Pantheon in both mythologies, and he has a pretty cool weapon, the Trident. He represents a power that is unknown to most so those were the reasons.

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Burning Tires 3D in Review – Yet Another Racer

burningtires1There is little doubt that the iDevice makes a great platform for racers. One can see that by the 5 pages of racing games in the AppStore. With so many to choose from, and with little variety between them, a game has to justify its existence in order to thrive. This is where Burning Tires 3D faces a dilemma. Is it good or innovative enough to warrant a purchase? Unfortunately, unlike Fishlab’s other racing game, Powerboat Challenge 3D, there is little reasons that legitimize this game.

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iShoot in Review – Rags to Riches

ishoot1Ethan Nicholas and his game, iShoot, represent the dreams and ambitions of the thousands of independent developers that flock towards the AppStore. He went from obscurity, which lasted for months, to recognition and renown for both his business acumen and for the quality of iShoot. He did so well that at the current time of writing, iShoot has been on the top 100 paid apps list for over a month.

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Heavy Mach assaults App Store, $2.99 + Impressions

heavymach1Already with two smaller apps under their belt (Fortune Egg and BPop), developer IndieAn has gone all out this time round with the release of Heavy Mach, a surprisingly fun and engaging side scrolling tank game. According to the app description:

Tank action game with full of reality, HEAVY MACH.!” Let’s enjoy a realistic tank shooting game with its easy control specialized to the iPhone device”.

While I wouldn’t exactly consider Heavy Mach to be a realistic tank shooting game (when was the last time you saw a real tank do double jumps?), I do love the sweet graphics , great controls and the ability to level up your tank in three different categories. Let’s have a closer look at some of the games features.

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