The App store is a wild success. No one can deny that. With over 15 000 apps, it is proving every major naysayer wrong. However, there are many trends in the store. Everyone is out for a quick buck and with some apps certainly requiring no more than a few hours programming, it is like a crowded lazy person’s lottery. In fact I can story this with my own creation, iNails®. It is super top secret — basically you just shake the iPhone near any wall and it will make fingernail-on-chalkboard sounds. Naysayers beware, it will make me a rich man because the market is huge. Idea thieves, beware, this is in before you thought of it!
First, why don’t I explain what exactly a Tangram puzzle is. In a Tangram puzzle, you have a shape. This shape is actually comprised of a group of other shapes. In Tangram, you have seven pieces: Two large triangles, two small triangles, one medium triangle, a square, and a strange slanted rectangle piece. The key is to place and rotate these seven pieces until they form the shape that you’re looking for. So, now that you’re in the loop, let’s get to the review!
In a recent article, Macrumors.com reavealed that Apple’s own iPhone 2.2.1 firmware hosts a juicy morsel: the current iPhone -1,2 will be superceded by iPhone 2,1. While it was bound to happen at some point, this rather well-founded rumour spells some uncertainty especially in the mobile gaming arena.
TMA and other review sites will of course have to get our lovely iPhone 2,1 as soon as it comes out (certainly not soon) but barring massive changes, developers and users too could be forced to use emulation layers or old-style moslo type of software to run our favourites.
It’s tempting to judge a game by the companionship it keeps. Payback falls victim to this by the obvious comparisons to the original GTA I and GTA II. It has the immense task of measuring up to one of the greatest and well recognized gaming franchise in current history. So, does Payback meet these great expectations? Does it deserve a place in the App Store pantheon of great games? Is it worth spending $6.99? I say yes. Payback is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive gaming experience the App Store has to offer.
Let me begin by saying I love Qix style games. I remember playing them in arcades… Yes, I know it’s hard to believe but us “elderly” folks actually used to go to arcades to socialize and play games, rather than in our basements talking through headphones with our friends who are in a different household, or over 2 iphones via wifi. But this isn’t a history lesson. It’s simply to point out that I hold a special place in my heart for these type of games. Perhaps unfortunately and/or unfairly, I also come in with certain expectations.
TouchMyApps is giving away 10 copies of MeterRead (Go Green!), a rare App Store offering that helps you track energy usage and one that has the potential to help you save your hard earned money (not to mention helping the environment as well by being more energy conscious).
Studies show that motivated people who monitor their energy use generally save around 10-20% on their electric bill. This could add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year and by saving energy you will be doing your part to keep this planet healthy and green.
To win one of 10 copies, simply leave a comment and give us one or more ways on how you can save energy and be a little more ‘green’. Winners will be selected randomly and the contest will close Jan 31, 2009 @ 6pm EST. Be sure to check out Shigzeo’s article on MeterRead as well as our interview with the father and son dev team.
Is it the release we are all hoping for or not? Browser geeks are looking for Safari tweaks and upgrades and mail buffs are looking for many fixes including mail and pictures compatibility. Hopefully those issues have been resolved as Apple have mentioned in the update log:
This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
– Improved general stability of Safari
– Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll
Products compatible with this software update:
– iPhone 3G
Have you seen the Tom Hanks movie, Terminal? Did you like his cooked accent? How bout the terrible politics between his home country and homeland security USA that kept him locked up? How about the slomance? Terminal – liked, loved or hated – is actually moot to this review; JetSet: A game for Airports, is nothing at all like the movie. And your role in the game? Nothing Hollywood, just a security guard in inspections.
International flyers, JetSet has the answers to the questions that plague your about airports, security and fashion. Forget what you think you know. Why? JetSet will teach you all you need to know.
Update: Our review is now up! Read it here
Payback, a Grand Theft Auto inspired game, was perhaps one of the first highly anticipated titles to be released for the iPhone/iPod in 2009. Due to the discovery of a major bug in the game on launch date (Jan 15th) though, Apex Designs had to pull it from the App Store to iron out the kinks. Well Apex has let TouchMyApps know that Payback will be indeed be out later tonight at the US App Store. We’ve already got our copy in hand and are working hard to bring you a review ASAP. So stay tuned and be sure to check back for this seriously huge and sweeeeet game. When I say huge, I mean 200mb+ of awesomeness.
playtoniq, the folks behind the well received “Aqua” Sports series (Aqua Hoops /Aqua Punt), has dropped by TouchMyApps to let us know about their brand new game Just Fillin’. Set to be released tomorrow (Jan 28th), Just Fillin’ takes gameplay elements of the classic Qix and adds its own unique twist. Having spent time testing out the game, I must say it got me hooked with its simple but addictive gameplay.