Snail Mail – A Snail takes top spot on iPhone racers?

When was the last time anyone played a racing game with a Snail as the main choice of character or ride? Never? Almost never? That’s why when I first saw this game, I had no idea what to expect. Was I in for a “snail-paced” and boring racer? Or as the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover? Even after just several minutes of Snail Mail action, I knew I had the answer to my question. Snail Mail is an amazingly fun and fast paced racing game for the iPhone.

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Pyrus in Review – A Five Finger Word Game

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.

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App Price Drop – Thanksgiving Sale Edition

With Thanksgiving (Black Friday Sale!) just around the corner, developers have slashed prices on some very popular apps. If you haven’t picked up some of these apps yet, now is a great time. We will be updating this list as more sales become available. Enjoy!

List Updated: Nov 28 @8:08am

Pathways

$4.99 —> Free

Pathways

BeejiveIM

$15.99 —> $9.99

BeejiveIM

CameraBag

$2.99 —> $0.99

CameraBag

Sketches

$4.99 —> $1.99

Sketches

iXpenseIt

$4.99 —> $2.99

iXpenseIt

Armado

$4.99 —> $2.99

Armado

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Sticky Notes in Review: A Good Kinda Sticky for the iPhone?

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?

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App Price Drop – November 25th, 2008

Powerboat Challenge 3D

$3.99 —> $1.99

Powerboat Challenge? 3D

LIMITED TIME SALE : 50% Discount
Powerboat Challenge™ 3D, the multi-award-winning water racing spectacle, comes with improved graphics, analogue controls and rich realsound now also for your iPhone.
- Four cool characters with stylish racing boats to choose from
- In-game shop with lots of tuning options for your powerboat

FastCall

$4.99 —> $2.99

FastCall

FastCall makes it possible to find and contact anyone in no time flat.
In just a few taps, you’ll find whomever you need to find. Can’t remember the name? Just type in the title or company/organization. What’s more, there’s an effortless way to see everyone you call, SMS, and e-mail most often. Just take a look at the Heatmap. Contacts that you frequently access appear in hot colors. All the others are displayed in cooler colors. Since Heatmap learns from your usage habits, it’s always getting smarter.

Spinblox

$2.99 —> $0.99

Spinblox

Spinblox is a fun and exciting new falling block puzzle game for all ages, including Classic and Advanced games with 2 different modes: Endless and Timed. Classic, first seen as a Web app, now includes Advanced with special blox for an heightened challenge. Spin 2 blox to create a group of 3 or more same colored blox in a row or column. Groups are removed each wave. Points are awarded and the game is over when the blox reach the top or the timer runs out. Good luck!

Words – English

$2.99 —> $1.99

Words - English

This is the Words game version coming with an English word library. The Words game is also available as a separate version with a French, German or Spanish word library. Connect adjacent Letters to words. The longer the word the higher the score you get. Click the last selected letter again to try to remove it. If it is a valid word the selected letters will fall down and new letters will from above.

Mr. Sudoku

$2.99 —> $0.99

Mr. Sudoku

If you’re already a Sudoku fan, meet your new best friend — Mr. Sudoku. If you’re not yet a Sudoku fan, you soon will be! The unique and innovative interface lets you use a familiar input device to select your digits — your own personal digits! Draw the number you want, and it’s instantly converted into the actual number.

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Frenzic in Review: One Wickedly Addictive Puzzler

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.

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The Wait is Over! Fieldrunners 1.1 is upon us

After weeks of waiting, version 1.1 of Subatomic Studios’ smash hit Fieldrunners has finally arrived at the App Store. For those who missed out on this action packed title, you can read our review here. With new features like sound fx, music and additional fieldrunners, this is most definitely a must have update.

The most eagerly awaited update for the iPhone and iPod Touch has hit the iTunes App Store!

In the first update for the sensational top-selling hit FIELDRUNNERS, you encounter new enemies, explore an exciting new map, and challenge your wits with the all-new Endless gameplay mode! Do you have what it takes to become the ultimate tower defense master?

Begin humming the catchy theme composed by renowned sound designer AUBREY HODGES, whose work on over 160 titles includes the DOOM franchise, Madden, and Quake!

New Features found in 1.1:

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Google Voice App now available

This past weekend, I had written a post about the delay of the new Google Mobile App. Well after a 4 day delay, this voice recognition tool has finally made it to the App Store. So was it worth the wait? Most definitely. Along with a voice search function, this updated app also includes a rearrangable apps tab for all your google apps, making it easier to find your favorites. Location awareness is also now built in, which will automatically include your current location into searches.

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Blue Defense! in Review: Saving Earth’s Billions one Twist at a Time

No Stewie, dear God no!!

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.

App Description:

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.

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FotoTimer – Love at Low Light

Mac About Town (the developer behind the App Store’s first self timer camera app) has sent us a copy of a soon to be released version 1.1 of FotoTimer that has additional features implemented. FotoTimer is a simple but useful app that allows you to delay the camera timer by 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds so you can take a group shot without leaving anyone behind. For camera shots at low light, setting a timer helps reduce the noise and blurriness caused by tapping the screen and a shaky hand. This new release will include a countdown sound so that you will know when a photo will be taken, as well as an option to automatically have a photo saved to your camera roll after FotoTimer snaps a shot.

A few simple test shots at low lighting showed improved images when the self timer was used and my iPhone propped up. No more unsteady hands and the slight shaking of the phone when tapping the shutter button.

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