Everyone and their mother is aware that Need for Speed: Undercover is coming soon to the iPhone platform and that release is ~about~ a month away. It looks fab and knowing EA – their flagship racer will not be put too early to the App Store and in no way will they let it fall behind the competition. It will be the new Messiah App for the iPhone – or it will be the last straw. There is much hope riding on this app that has until now been the recipient of a mishmash of reviews that are not inspiring the greatest of confidence in fans for the iPhone version.
30 January, 2009, a beautiful shooter popped onto the App Store. ExZeus is developed by HyperDevBox and reminiscent of the days of Galaga or Space Harrier, but gloriously rendered and spectrally highlighted in 3D. If you like Japanese robots in particular and shooting things as a hobby, get excited because no one does robots better than the Japanese and no one shoots better than a robot. ExZeus is as per the App Description, a port of the famous arcade hit that has more recently made waves in in the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 2 crowd.
Gameplay video after the jump.
It is no small statement to say that sports games contribute largely to a console’s success. In Apple’s bid to legitimize their iDevice platform to the same level as their portable competitors, this is one area that is, unfortunately, severely lacking. With less than a handful of fully fleshed out sports games, any addition to the app store is a welcome one and a huge step forward in cementing the iPhone and iTouch as the gaming system it has the potential to be.
I won’t spend long on this list as our colleagues in krapps have probably covered at length the features of: Marriage Saver for Men, Marriage Saver for Women, Yes Man! and Just Say No!. This app All four of these apps have a commonality: original publication as tutorial for X-Code for dunrks and Dummies, grade 2 edition.
Sometimes well executed simplicity is all it takes to make a great game. Up there is an amazing example of this concept. It has a singular objective, simple yet well done graphics, and one song. Yet, it captures that “it” quality that all developers are seeking in their games.
FlightTrack has been one of my favorite travel apps on the iPhone and one I rely on most as I make my way through airports. It provides loads of useful info for travelers and the interface makes for easy navigation. Now FlightTrack Pro includes all the great features from the original FlightTrack and integrates support for TripIt, a popular online travel organizer. For those not familiar with TripIt, it basically organizes trip details (could be airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and even restaurants) into one master online itinerary. See here for a complete list of booking sites that is supported by TripIt.
So how does this all work with FlightTrack Pro? Simply forward your airline confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, and TripIt flight itineraries will sync automatically with FlightTrack Pro. For frequent flyers, this can be an indispensible tool as your entire travel plan is always right at your finger tip, without the need for entering airline codes and flights numbers over and over. While I personally haven’t tested out the “Pro” version just yet, the early reviews at the App Store has been very positive. Those who fly more than they care to should definitely have a look at FlightTrack Pro [$9.99].
Time Crisis, the arcade rail shooter we have all come to know and love, has just been released at the App Store by Namco. Namco has already ported over the beloved Katamari Damacy (“I love Katamari“), so its no surprise then that Time Crisis gets the iPhone treatment as well. The arcade and console versions of the game are of course played with the customary light gun and foot pedal, where you step on the pedal to engage enemies and let your foot off to take cover from incoming fire and reload. Since the iPhone offers neither accessory, Namco has made use of the iPhone’s accelerometer in hopes of recreating the Time Crisis experience.
Project Momo have broken their first ground in the App Store with PC Dr. Momo. That is not ‘PC’ Politically Correct’ or President’s Choice’. It probably stands for PeeCee or PC or Personal Computer. Dr., meanwhile is probably short for doctor – and momo? I should have asked. Anyway, PC Dr. Momo rides a fine line between dross and distinction. It is not a game nor is it really a reader app. It is a reading app tech demo with the potential that could launch a genre. However, it has a long long way to go before it reaches the popularity it needs to pull the purse strings of App Store shoppers.
If you’ve been following TouchMyApps for the last little while, writers and readers alike have both voiced their concerns over farting/burping/vomit apps that have polluted the App Store. There are simply just too many of them, seemingly turning Joe Blow into a developer, all in the name of raking in a quick buck. Well I believe that after all this farting business dies down, there’s a good chance the next big craze will be virtual girls making their way into iPhones/iPod Touches. Enter “iGirl – Shake her bikini“, aimed at those who enjoy big guns (guilty!), long legs and having that babe-in-a-pocket all day(and night) long.