TouchMyApps » Sports http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Konami’s PowerPros 2013 World Baseball Classic now free for a limited time http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/05/01/konamis-powerpros-2013-world-baseball-classic-now-free/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/05/01/konamis-powerpros-2013-world-baseball-classic-now-free/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 07:57:56 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=72413 Konami’s recently released PowerPros 2013 World Baseball Classic for iPhone has dropped to free for a limited time (previously $4.99). This is the second instalment on iOS following POWER PROS TOUCH and the game is based on the popular baseball series from Japan - Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū. PowerPros 2013 features 2 game modes (exhibition and championship) and you get to … Read more]]>

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Konami’s recently released PowerPros 2013 World Baseball Classic for iPhone has dropped to free for a limited time (previously $4.99). This is the second instalment on iOS following POWER PROS TOUCH and the game is based on the popular baseball series from Japan - Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū. PowerPros 2013 features 2 game modes (exhibition and championship) and you get to choose from 16 “world” teams, which pack over 400 of the worlds best players. If you’re a fan of this long running baseball video game series or just baseball games in general, be sure to grab this one while it’s still free.

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Wonderputt in Review – 18 Holes Of Imagination http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/15/wonderputt-in-review-18-holes-of-imagination/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/15/wonderputt-in-review-18-holes-of-imagination/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:39:39 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70238 I’m not really a fan of electronic golf games.  In fact, the more realistic they are, the less interested I am.  Mini-golf games, on the other hand, can be quite entertaining given the right dash of something.  In the case of Wonderputt, it’s the way the holes are set up.  I’m not just talking about … Read more]]>

I’m not really a fan of electronic golf games.  In fact, the more realistic they are, the less interested I am.  Mini-golf games, on the other hand, can be quite entertaining given the right dash of something.  In the case of Wonderputt, it’s the way the holes are set up.  I’m not just talking about level design, either.  It’s great fun simply watching the course get created!  Let me explain…

Truthfully, Wonderputt is pretty standard when it comes to game play mechanics.  You drag from the ball in the opposite direction that you want it to travel, then release when you feel you’ve given it enough power as indicated by the growing arrow.  Just like any golf game each hole has a par, but beyond that you can shoot to your heart’s content until you sink the ball in the hole.  Of course you won’t get a good score that way, but that’s okay if all you care about is looking at the game and having fun.  Once you’ve completed the course you can go through it again trying to collect fragments of a rainbow, and after that it’s just a matter of getting all the Game Center achievements you might have missed the first couple of times through.

What makes this game so charming is the level design.  The entire course is constructed in one gigantic not-quite-cube type of construct.  You’ll travel from a farm to an archeological dig to a construction site and beyond, and even get launched into space.  Each hole is cleverly designed, and several of them are quite interactive.  Better yet, you get to watch as most of them are set up.  For instance, on the farm you’ll watch cows graze out a path for your ball, only to get carted off by a UFO before you can play.  The game is even cool in how it gets your ball from one hole to the next, whether it’s being blown out of a whale’s blow hole or being dropped off by a passing pigeon.  If you’ve ever played the adventure game The Tiny Bang Story (TMA Review), Wonderputt feels like what that developer would come up with if they were making a miniature golf game.

The graphics are quite impressive.  Not in a “wow look at that 3D” sort of way, mind you, but more in a “pixel art rocks” fashion.  The fact that everything is packed on a single screen means that most things are necessarily tiny, even on the bigger iPad screen, yet the details are still pretty amazing.  The animation is top notch as well.  To top it off, the sound effects are a perfect compliment to the action.  The only thing I’m not particularly thrilled with is the music.  It’s not bad, and actually rather tranquil, but it just doesn’t have the same flair as the rest of the aesthetics.

Wonderputt is a great mini-golf game.  There are no real frills when it comes to game play, but the presentation more than makes up for that.  I’ve played through the course at least four times already, and I’m not even close to being bored with it.  Now if I could just stop getting worse at certain holes instead of better!

Kiss It Rating - 5/5

App Summary
Title: Wonderputt Developer: Damp Gnat Ltd
Reviewed Ver:  1.0.1 Min OS Req: 4.0
Price: $0.99 App Size:  20.5 MB
  • Incredible level design
  • Fantastic visuals
  • Great sound effects
  • Sometimes hard to “grab” ball
  • Music nice but lackluster

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Follow NCAA tournament on your iDevice with March Madness LIVE app http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/13/follow-ncaa-tournament-on-your-idevice-with-march-madness-live-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/13/follow-ncaa-tournament-on-your-idevice-with-march-madness-live-app/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:02:25 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67037 The first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament begins tonight (between the 12th – 16th seeded teams) and if you’re a college hoops fan, the official NCAA March Madness Live app is definitely for you. March Madness Live lets you follow all 67 games in the tournament, giving you up-to-the-minute player/team stats, along with live … Read more]]>

The first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament begins tonight (between the 12th – 16th seeded teams) and if you’re a college hoops fan, the official NCAA March Madness Live app is definitely for you. March Madness Live lets you follow all 67 games in the tournament, giving you up-to-the-minute player/team stats, along with live radio and video feeds to the games. Unlike last year though, NCAA now charges $3.99 for live video streaming to your web browser, iDevices and other smartphones. So if you want to enjoy the road to the Final Four on your iPhone or iPad, you can enable video streaming with an in-app purchase. It should also be noted that this feature is only available to those residing in the US.

NCAA® March Madness Live NCAA Digital, NCAA® March Madness Live, – Free

Description

Watch every game of NCAA® March Madness® LIVE on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad! Download for free to check scores, fill out and follow your bracket, get game alerts, and NEW for 2012 – listen to live game radio. Upgrade with in-app purchase and watch live streaming video of all 67 games every game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for one low price of $3.99 for all 67 games.

From the First Round on March 13 to the Championship game on April 2, catch all your favorite rivalries, upsets, and buzzer beaters over both Wi-Fi and 3G. Plus, get alerts for your favorite teams, know when games go into overtime and crunch time, and set your TV channel settings to know where to watch any game on TV. You’ll never miss an upset!

NCAA® March Madness® LIVE offers these great features for free:

NEW for 2012: live game radio of all 67 games
NEW for 2012: live social chatter for teams in every game
- Fill out your official NCAA Bracket Challenge bracket right from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad
- Track the entire bracket live throughout the tournament
- Follow live scores and player stats – including team leaders and a live lead tracker (iPad only)
- Get alerts for upsets, overtimes, crunch time (close games), and your favorite teams
- Post directly to Facebook and Twitter
- Use My Channels to see where each game is on all four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV

With the low In-App price of $3.99 you can also:

- Watch the CBS NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show bracket selection show live on Sunday, March 11
- Watch LIVE streaming of all 67 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games
- Watch a live stream of team practices from the Final Four®
- Watch highlights of all 67 games; highlights available right after each game (iPhone/iPod Touch only)

Take it with you: your In-App purchase lets you watch live games on any of your iOS devices running iOS 4.3 or higher. Buy it once and watch games on all your devices for one low price – even your computer.

NCAA® March Madness® LIVE provides LIVE STREAMING VIDEO over both Wi-Fi and 3G. Note: sufficient network coverage is required to stream live video.

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Freebie Alert: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 for iPhone and iPad now free for limited time http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/09/22/freebie-alert-tiger-woods-pga-tour-12-for-iphone-and-ipad-now-free-for-limited-time/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/09/22/freebie-alert-tiger-woods-pga-tour-12-for-iphone-and-ipad-now-free-for-limited-time/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2011 01:04:05 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=58159 Round 1 of the PGA TOUR Championship in Atlanta, GA got under way earlier today (Keegan Bradley’s leading by 2 strokes) and EA Mobile’s celebrating the event by dropping Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 to free on both the iPhone and iPad. Having recently received a major update, PGA Tour 12 has been graced with improved gameplay performance and … Read more]]>

Round 1 of the PGA TOUR Championship in Atlanta, GA got under way earlier today (Keegan Bradley’s leading by 2 strokes) and EA Mobile’s celebrating the event by dropping Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 to free on both the iPhone and iPad. Having recently received a major update, PGA Tour 12 has been graced with improved gameplay performance and accuracy, the ability to earn free Pro Shop cash for playing the Closest to the Pin Challenge and much more. If Golf is right up your alley (or at least virtual golf), be sure to grab this quality freebie before it’s too late.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12 EA, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12, 289 MB – Free
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12 for iPad EA, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12 for iPad, 286 MB – Free


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GET THE NEW UPDATE NOW AND EXPERIENCE THE PGA TOUR LIKE A PRO! In response to our players, we’ve made this latest update a real 5-star experience. Now play with more precision and power – even earn FREE Pro Shop cash!

NO GOLF GAME FOR iPHONE/iPOD TOUCH IS ON PAR WITH TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 12…

SCORE FREE PRO SHOP CASH
Take on the Closest to the Pin Challenge and earn more Pro Shop Cash. Use your cash to upgrade your golfer and become a real force on the PGA TOUR. It pays to play!

SHOOT IT OUT WITH FRIENDS!
Invite your friends to compete in the Closest to the Pin Challenge. Post your best shots on Facebook. Capture the feeling of playing a casual round with your buddies – and talking smack!

SEE HOW YOU STACK UP WITH PGA TOUR PROS
Play as or alongside Tiger Woods and other PGA greats like Anthony Kim, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Paul Casey, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, and Camilo Villegas. Create your own male or female golfer, too!

Play in solo, head-to-head, or PGA TOUR modes – and also casually hone your skills in the TIGER CHALLENGE, featuring over 20 mini-games. Master the challenges and unlock special prizes!

ENJOY EVERY GOLFER’S FANTASY
Tee off from the Championship tees of 8 stellar courses, including Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, TPC Sawgrass, Hazeltine, Doral, Greenbrier, TPC Boston – plus the fan favorite, the PREDATOR.

SEE & FEEL THE SENSATION OF THE PGA TOUR
Soak in the feeling of standing on the world’s finest fairways with graphic quality made to maximize the Retina Display. Meanwhile, smoother and more precise touch control let you attack the greens and sink that clutch birdie putt in winning style.
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Touchgrind BMX coming Spring 2011 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/03/16/touchgrind-bmx-coming-spring-2011/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/03/16/touchgrind-bmx-coming-spring-2011/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:38:11 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=49834 Remember Touchgrind, the excellent skateboard simulator? My fingers still dance awkward steps across my iPod when I’m looking up hard dictionary words like ‘cluster’ and ‘shill’ ’cause Touchgrind rocked them to the memory core. It made this crappy sk8tR into something special, and kept my hands busy in the best ways possible. Well, come this … Read more]]>

Remember Touchgrind, the excellent skateboard simulator? My fingers still dance awkward steps across my iPod when I’m looking up hard dictionary words like ‘cluster’ and ‘shill’ ’cause Touchgrind rocked them to the memory core. It made this crappy sk8tR into something special, and kept my hands busy in the best ways possible. Well, come this Spring, Illusian Labs will release its sequel, Touchgrind BMX. The same sort of free style physics will get things going on pipes and over rails from the relative safety of your iDevice. That means no more pinchin’ the biscuit. For now, enjoy the above video. We’ll have more as it comes.

Wanna get prepped for Touchgrind BMX on one of the iDevice’s first truly innovative titles? Check out Touchgrind now!

Touchgrind Illusion Labs, Touchgrind (TMA Review), 6.87MB – $4.99

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Flick Golf! In Review – Tiger Woods, eat your golf club! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/29/flick-golf-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/29/flick-golf-in-review/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 20:37:57 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=45706 It’s hard to really imagine anything new in a sports video game. Overall, we have our range of titles from the absolutely arcade-y ones to the die-hard real-life simulations, though the principal generally stays the same. But every once in a while a stroke of genius hits a developer in the head (usually an indie one) … Read more]]>

It’s hard to really imagine anything new in a sports video game. Overall, we have our range of titles from the absolutely arcade-y ones to the die-hard real-life simulations, though the principal generally stays the same. But every once in a while a stroke of genius hits a developer in the head (usually an indie one) and we get a unique perspective on a well-known sport. This time, that resulted in Flick Golf! – truly, golf reinvented!

Flick Golf is an original re-imagining of golf. You could try and think of it as a cross between the shooting range, classic golf and mini-golf. The goal is to get your ball in the hole, as in real golf, but to do so you have only a single shot. Yep, you heard me, a single shot.

The caveat is – you can actually control the ball in flight. I know it sounds a bit strange and almost god-like, but that is the hallmark of Flick Golf. And, of course, to make your job more difficult wind is there to wreak havoc with your flight plan. Finally, to top it off, either the starting point or the target hole actually moves as well between shots (depending on the game mode) so don’t get too comfortable with a single shot.

Flick Golf offers 2 different game modes for your entertainment: Quick Shot and World Tournament. The latter consists of 4 progressively unlocked levels, each offering 9 shots to shoot for a high score. Depending on the final you’ll be awarded either a Bronze, Silver or Gold trophy, with the Silver a minimum to open up the next level. Strangely enough I wasn’t able to find a combination yet to unlock the fourth tournament map, and to this moment am not sure whether it is a bug or not.

Quick Shot offers a more arcade look at the game, with you given a fixed amount of time instead of a fixed amount of strokes to gain as the highest score possible. To make things more interesting, if you score a Hole-in-one or even a Bull’s eye shot, your timer is extended so theoretically it’s possible to get an infinite score. Theoretically. Oh yeah, in this mode you can unlock 3 maps only.

In such a simple gameplay premise controls are everything. And here Flick Golf excels, embracing the iPhone’s touch capabilities to provide simple and intuitive interface. You basically flick the ball to shoot and while it’s in the air, flick left and right to maneuver it. I did feel the game was too strict when it comes to sending the ball down the hole, as it seems the ball stops right on the edge more often than not. And making a perfect shot (where you sink the ball without it touching the ground at all) is near-impossible to achieve at all. A shadow on the ground, indicating the ball’s current position would be nice to help in this respect.

Speaking of which – visually Flick Golf looks nice. The courses are detailed and distinct, each with its own atmosphere. Nice environmental additions like ruins in Scotland, boats in Miami and lots of water and other stuff do help in spicing up the surrounding areas as well.

Flick Golf! is definitely one of my favourite casual games on the iPhone. The simple gameplay is horribly addictive, and the just-one-more-shot craze makes it near impossible to put down. I would like to see more courses though, since the 7 available (across 2 gameplay modes) become a bit boring after a while. And some tweaks to the physics would be nice as well, with the ball unbelievably sticking right on the edge of the cup far too often for my taste. Regardless, whether you’re a golf fan or just looking for a quick pick-me-up type game, you won’t be disappointed with Flick Golf!

With this I declare Flick Golf! officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Flick Golf! Developer: Full Fat
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.1
Price: $0.99 App Size: 31.14MB
  • Superb concept
  • Intuitive controls
  • Addictive gameplay
  • Very very addictive gameplay
  • Only 7 courses
  • Sometimes frustrating physics
  • No multiplayer

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NBA Elite 11 in Review – Nothing but Net or Air ball? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/nba-elite-11-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/nba-elite-11-in-review/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:38:23 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42536 When EA announced they were changing the name of their long running basketball franchise from NBA Live to NBA Elite, as well as improving the games’ quality, fans of the series were excited for the possibilities. After the recent announcement that the first game to bare the new title was being cancelled only days before … Read more]]>

When EA announced they were changing the name of their long running basketball franchise from NBA Live to NBA Elite, as well as improving the games’ quality, fans of the series were excited for the possibilities. After the recent announcement that the first game to bare the new title was being cancelled only days before its expected console release, the same fans were left with the option of waiting another year for its arrival or take the opportunity to get small and pick it up on their iDevice. Is the compact version enough to hold fans over for another year, or should it have been ejected from this year’s lineup as well?

From Elite’s title screen you have a few options to choose from, including a tutorial of the game’s basic and advanced move set. The exhibition mode will allow you to pick two teams and start playing from the get go. In season mode, you can take a team through a 12, 20, 41 or 82 game season in order to reach the playoffs and a chance at the championship title. Or if you’d rather go straight for the title, you can jump into the playoffs immediately. The last game type is the 3-point shootout. Choose your player and compete in two rounds of competition to see who the league’s greatest long range bomber is. Unfortunately, gamers won’t find online options for either play modes. The only online option for the game is the ability to download updated player rosters. (As of this writing, there were no updates provided).

Gameplay is as you would expect. Control the movement of your player with an invisible analog control stick on one side and two buttons on the other for controlling offensive and defensive plays. And depending on whether you’re completely new to the game or are returning as a seasoned “NBA Live” gamer, you may choose to play on the Rookie, Veteran or All-Star difficulty.

Scoring is fairly easy on any difficulty level. Completing a lay-up or slam dunk is as simple as dribbling around the floor until you find an opening or perform a juke move around the defending player. All shots from distance will require a bit more practice as you get used to the shot indicator. The indicator looks like two halves of a basketball that appear on either side of a player until they come together at the top, changing colors from red to yellow and finally green. For the most part you’ll never make a shot while in the red; your chances improve as you reach yellow and by the time your in the green you will hit a majority of your shots. There have been occasions where I’ve been fully in the green and missed but also made it while the indicator was red.

Defensively the game really starts to breakdown. Planning on blocking the opponent’s lay-up or slam dunk? Don’t bother. Once the CPU decides to attack the basket, you can either count it or pray for the brick. Outside shots only improve your chances slightly. On some occasions you might manage to get a block but for the most part, you better hope they catch nothing but air. The same can’t be said while the opposing team is on defense. They will block shots, steal and pull off fast breaks. One thing you have going for you is the A.I. getting called for goal tending…A LOT. Far too often in fact. At times, it feels like I’m watching a junior league game who has a defender taller than the hoop just standing there with their hand covering the rim.

For those who like to customize their rosters, Elite 11 has a trade system and the ability to sign free agents. You can even unlock 1 of 30 Legends by winning a championship. So you want to sign Magic Johnson to your team after you’ve unlocked him? As long as you have an open slot for one more player on your team, go to the free agent list, locate MJ, slide him over to your team, and confirm your action. Now you want to trade with the Miami Heat? L. James for R. Artest? C. Bosh for P. Gasol? Sure thing, just swap them from their respective teams in the trade menu. Now you’re playing the Lakers with Magic, Kobe, Lebron and Bosh. The game also offers stat tracking, but only for the current game. So you won’t get to see how many points and rebounds your superstar (or other players for that matter) is averaging over the course of the season, which is a shame really.

After all’s said and done, it probably wouldn’t have been a bad idea if NBA Elite 11 for the iDevice decided to follow in the footsteps of its console big brother and taken a delay in release to become a more rounded product. Depending on your expectations for how a basketball game should play out, Elite can be a fun title. If you’re looking for an “Arcadey” style 5-on-5 basketball game and care nothing more for the rest (i.e defence, full stat tracking in season mode), you’ll enjoy what Elite 11 has to offer. If on the other hand you want a little more depth, better balance between offense/defence and just more b-ball realism in general, you’ll likely want to pass on this one.

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App Summary
Title: NBA Elite 11 by EA SPORTS™ Developer: EA Sports
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $4.99 App Size: 184MB
  • Ability to play with Legends
  • Arcade like game play
  • 3 Point shootout mode
  • Nice graphics on retina display
  • Poor defensive ability
  • No online play
  • No season stat tracking
  • Poor trade/draft implementation

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NHL 2K11 In Review – 2K Shoot! they Score! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/01/nhl-2k11-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/01/nhl-2k11-in-review/#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2010 10:22:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38638 I’ve admitted it before and I’ll admit it again: I am Canadian. And yes, I love hockey. With the preseason just weeks away, I’m like a kid on Christmas eve. Coinciding perfectly with the upcoming season is the latest on ice offering from 2K Sports. Their NHL 2K series has been a favourite of mine … Read more]]>

I’ve admitted it before and I’ll admit it again: I am Canadian. And yes, I love hockey. With the preseason just weeks away, I’m like a kid on Christmas eve. Coinciding perfectly with the upcoming season is the latest on ice offering from 2K Sports. Their NHL 2K series has been a favourite of mine from the start. That said, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of the recently released NHL 2K11. Read on to see if their efforts get them the cup, or time in the box.

One thing I love about franchises is consistency. Rather than reinventing the wheel every year, the folks at 2K take their tried and true formula and just improve it a little bit more every time. Now some people would see that as dull, but  I love it. After all these years of enhancements and improvements you end up with a solid GUI that looks amazing and functions exactly how you would expect. It’s very user friendly and intuitive.

Now when it comes to in game graphics, results are about as good as they can get with all the action on the ice. Up close the faces of the players may not be entirely distinguishable but they did try to keep consistent with regards to the numbered jerseys. My only concern with that is I don’t understand why they would go to the trouble of making sure all the jerseys were numbered right but then not include the names on the back as well. Now you do see the players name/position when they are selected and/or controlling the puck.  I will commend them on the instant replays though. They look great and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love taking a second look at their own handy work?

Menus and navigation are very close to their console cousins. I especially liked the help menus. Rather than cramming everything into one page, or one long continous scrolling list they broke it down into mini cheat sheets. You just swipe your way through each one and there’s just enough info in each without making you feel overwhelmed. There are 4 game modes available to you: a quick game option, free (practice) skate, shootout and season. I’m loving the quick game mode as it allows me to jump right in and hit the ice. Although a close second is definitely season mode. I know I’m not the only one that loves to play their favourite teams’ season right along with watching the real games to see who does better.

Controls in game are great. Following the familiar console setup you use a d-pad to move and the have your dual-role buttons (e.g. Button 1 = shoot/check). They’re well placed on the screen and are easy enough to execute your favorite moves or team strategies. The only thing that may take some getting used to is the camera angles. I had to cycle through a few ofthem and play a few games to decide which I liked the most and would recommend you do the same. There are 4 offered so there is no reason for you to just settle on the default.

I guess the only thing I was really hoping to see but didn’t was some online integration. I realise that online multiplayer would be a bit of a hassle (and probably lag like hell) but I’m thinking more along the lines of leaderboards and achievements. A game like this would lend real well to any of the current social platform integrations or any variation thereof. I know I would love to be able to brag about how well my team did. Another possible social integration could have been fantasy teams. Many of us do it already on various websites. It would be awesome to be able to combine the fun of playing with the skill and creativity of creating fantasy teams.  All in all though I just love NHL 2K11. I haven’t stopped playing it since I downloaded it and with the season just getting ready to start, I probably won’t be stopping till next spring. I have to recommend this title to all hockey fans. You will definitely enjoy NHL 2K11.

App Summary
Title: 2K Sports NHL 2K11 Developer: 2K Sports
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.2 Min OS Req: 3.1.2
Price: $1.99 App Size: 188 MB
  • Great graphics/design
  • Familiar 2K look & feel
  • Excellent help/menu structure
  • Love the instant replay
  • Camera angles take some getting used to
  • Could use some more social integration (see post for examples)

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Bike Repair – a new iPhone app for the tool in the saddle http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/03/bike-repair-a-new-iphone-app-for-the-tool-in-the-saddle/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/03/bike-repair-a-new-iphone-app-for-the-tool-in-the-saddle/#comments Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:37:32 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=36952 Would that I had this app a week ago when brake/alignment/power train troubles rocked my wife’s borrowed steed. We got on well enough, but my inept fixes cost us an hour of time in the saddle. Bike Repair may be categorised ‘Sports’ at the App Store, but I think it occupies a higher niche altogether: … Read more]]>

Would that I had this app a week ago when brake/alignment/power train troubles rocked my wife’s borrowed steed. We got on well enough, but my inept fixes cost us an hour of time in the saddle. Bike Repair may be categorised ‘Sports’ at the App Store, but I think it occupies a higher niche altogether: a utility/sport/productivity/lifesaving God almighty blessed app. Bikers should love it especially whilst on the road and offline. From kids bikes to Cyclocross racers, just about every contemporary bicycle is covered in its tutorials. So too is all major bicycle maintenance – that is, apart from wireless iPhone bicycle speakers! There are 90 quality images to help you through mundane maintenance and lots of helpful fixing hints.

And thanks be to Colagno, Bike Repair costs a mere 199 pennies and is modelled on good ol’ Canadian bikes from designer, Opus Bike. From one former Opus rider to a current Opus rider, I say thank you Atomic Softwares, this is one hot app.

Bike Repair Atomic Softwares, Bike Repair, 5.5 MB – $1.99
Bike Repair Lite Atomic Softwares, Bike Repair Lite, 1.2 MB – Free

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Are you tired of searching the web to find your solution? Most web site are not well structured and have too much text to read before finding your solution. Then you go to the garage to fix your bike and realize you have forgot half of what you have read online.

Bike Repair on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad is the solution. You have your reference with you all the time.

Each step contains a few simple phrases/tasks. It goes straight to the point, no long paragraph explaining something that has nothing to do with the repair and that you will forget anyway. The most important thing, we don’t assume you know everything about bicycles. Every term used is simple, if they are technical, we show you what it is on the picture, so you are not left wondering what it is and trying to look for it on your bike.

Here is the list of all bike parts and their repairs/adjustments covered in the application so far:

Wheels
Change the Rim Tape
Change Tire
Change Inner tube (flats)

Hub Adjustment
Rear Derailleur
Adjusting H-Screw
Adjusting L-Screw
Adjusting B-Screw
Index Adjustment

Front Derailleur
Height and Angle Adjustment
Adjusting H-Screw
Adjusting L-Screw
Index Adjustment

Chain
Cleaning
Lubricating
Wear Inspection

Handlebar and Head Set
Align Handlebar
Adjust the Headset

Pedals
Replace Pedals

Cantilever Brake
Brake pads Alignment
Centering the brake
Tension Adjustment

V-Brake
Brake pads Alignment
Centering the brake
Tension Adjustment

Center mount Brake (road bike)
Brake pads Alignment
Centering the brake
Tension Adjustment

Other
Helmet Fitting

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Super Badminton 2010 in Review – Not in my backyard http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/03/super-badminton-2010-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/03/super-badminton-2010-in-review/#comments Tue, 03 Aug 2010 14:24:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=35575 I am a bona fide backyard badminton player who just happens to graduate to university team play in both Canada and Japan. As for strings, I’ve done ‘em all: second, third, and first but I prefer tightly stretched titanium. A cursory glance at the Super Badminton 2010 (SB010) menu reveals all the trappings of good … Read more]]>

I am a bona fide backyard badminton player who just happens to graduate to university team play in both Canada and Japan. As for strings, I’ve done ‘em all: second, third, and first but I prefer tightly stretched titanium. A cursory glance at the Super Badminton 2010 (SB010) menu reveals all the trappings of good tournament badminton. Unfortunately, it also misses most of the meat.

Firstly, SB010 isn’t licensed, so none of your favourites will slip in. Not that you need a pixel perfect Peter Gade to enjoy bandying about a  feathered shuttlecock, but for all the many teething fans out there, it would be fun. Sport fans, you’ll love the rankings and the queer absence of international badminton’s greatest countries.

Thank God SB010 is a straightforward game: smash, lob, and clear are the basic controls at your disposal. A digital cross or mock analogue pad’ll move your avatar around the screen and tilting your device will direct the shuttlecock. To be honest, the control scheme works pretty well – as long as you aren’t ready to win. Neither the stick nor the analogue pad are made for this game and neither the floor nor the crowd cam really make tournament badminton playable.

SB2010′s indication system is similar to most ball games. The shuttlecock is huge – you won’t miss it and here is a little shadow that creeps beneath it at all times. The problem isn’t that either one is faulty, it’s that both the shuttle and the shadow are sluggish. Or, maybe it’s just that the animation sucks. Sometimes the shuttle disappears overhead and often, your avatar will miss a perfectly reasonable birdie.

He or she will also struggle to get anywhere on the screen. Slow, choppy, and fumbly, SB2010′s avatars are embarrassing even to backyard badminton fans. Want to smash? Good luck timing that one. How about a nice moving lob? Not gonna happen. To hit the shuttle, you have to be at the right place at exactly the right time. There is very little leeway and absolutely no sporting coordination to connect nylon to feather.

If the above doesn’t dissuade you, read on. Badminton fans: you’ll laugh at the frying pan clears and the overextended, choppy missed smashes. It’s too bad too since drop shots, back pedaling and net play look realistic enough. The squeaky eeky of sneakers on the court, too, is … you know, squeaky. SB2010 does allow you to turn down the music volume and sound effects (thank God), but it might be nice if from the start, its designers were out to please rather than brutalise the ears.

There are options aplenty: different courts, old school scoring systems, and several game types, but trust me on this: option candy doesn’t make up for SB2010′s faults. I would have loved to recommend Super Badminton 2010, but, in good conscience, I cannot. From to controls to animation, SB2010 is fraught with negligent design. Its good points: good close-to-the-net animations and controls are overshadowed by everything else. Until the devs smooth out animations and add realistic reach to the players, I caution you to stay away.

App Summary
Title: Super Badminton 2010 Developer: Rohit Gupta
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $2.99 App Size: 22.3 MB
  • Badminton!
  • Good close to the net animation
  • Good game selection
  • Sounds
  • Controls
  • Houdini shuttlecock
  • Unrealistic play
  • No Indonesia?

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    PBA Bowling 2 In Review – Can You Handle Your Balls As Well As The Pros? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/26/pba-bowling-2-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/26/pba-bowling-2-in-review/#comments Mon, 26 Apr 2010 21:09:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=32203 There is certainly no shortage of sports games in the App Store nowadays. Everything from ping pong to hockey can be enjoyed on your iDevice; you name it and as the proverbial line goes, “there’s an app for that”. Recently I was given to opportunity to review Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling 2, a bowling game … Read more]]>

    There is certainly no shortage of sports games in the App Store nowadays. Everything from ping pong to hockey can be enjoyed on your iDevice; you name it and as the proverbial line goes, “there’s an app for that”. Recently I was given to opportunity to review Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling 2, a bowling game that features some of the biggest stars in the PBA. Seeing how I haven’t hit the bowling alley in years, I was eager to check it out. Read on to see if PBA Bowling 2 delivers the strikes, or wound up in the gutter.

    Playing the game is pretty simple. To bowl, swipe your finger up the screen and tilt your device if you want to add some curve to your ball. Adding to the realism, bowling balls come in various weights and even lanes will have different oil patterns. These two factors will affect how your ball rolls down the lane to strike the pins.

    There are 3 types of game modes available. Single game, Tournament and Spare Challenge. The first 2 modes are exactly what you’d expect, and the challenge mode will have you trying to knock pins down in various configurations (ie. making the spare).

    If you’re looking for a quick game, then the single mode is what you want. You can select the alley, your ball and your opponent (against the CPU, a friend or yourself). It’s a great place to work on your skills. The tournament mode is where you pit your skills against actual professional bowlers. You compete one at a time against different real life pros, increasing in difficulty as you progress further.

    All the game modes are enjoyable and offers something different depending on your mood, with Spare Challenge making for a nice change of pace from “normal” bowling. One thing I do find lacking though is online multiplayer. After playing against the CPU (or friends on the same device) for a while, it would have made it even more challenging and fun to bowl against other players from around the globe.  One feature that is rather cool is the ability to customize your ball. You can choose the weight, as well as the design of the bowling ball. In addition, you have the ability to add a special effect to the ball that affects how it goes down the lane. You start out with limited options but more are unlocked as you progress in the game.

    Visually the game is not too bad, though it could certainly be better. That said, it still looks better than a lot of other sports games I’ve seen. My main issues are that some of the lines aren’t as clean as I would’ve have liked and I did notice a bit of graphical clipping and glitches (e.g. When the arm comes to sweep pins away, you can see some of the pins coming through the bar).

    Overall, I feel that PBA Bowling 2 is a solid effort by Concrete Software. It’s a good bowling game that could be even better if the graphics were kicked up a notch and online multiplayer implemented via subsequent updates. If you are a bowling fan, chances are you’ll enjoy this one. The added realism of actual pros will put fans right beside some of their favourite PBA players. And even if you’re not a big fan of the sport, you can still enjoy the game for what it is. While it may not be visually stunning, the gameplay is fun and it’s still one of the better bowling titles I’ve come across at the App Store.

    App Summary
    Title: PBA Bowling 2 Developer: Concrete Software, Inc.
    Reviewed Ver: 2.0.3 Min OS Req: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. 3.0
    Price: $2.99 App Size: 19.4 MB
    • Enjoyable game play
    • Play against real life pros
    • Customization of ball
    • Graphics need work
    • No online play

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    Skeet Scoring Goes Touch Screen On The iPhone with ClayTracker 2.0.2 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/18/skeet-scoring-goes-touch-screen-on-the-iphone-with-claytracker-2-0-2/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/18/skeet-scoring-goes-touch-screen-on-the-iphone-with-claytracker-2-0-2/#comments Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:09:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=29667 ClayTracker 2.0.2, the first hand-held Sporting Clays scoring app for the iPhone and iPod touch has just released its latest upgrade that includes scoring screens for American, English and Olympic/International Skeet. ClayTracker simplifies scoring by eliminating the need for pencils, scorecards, and manually adding scores during or after the round. Shooters can instantly view their totals and standings, then begin scoring another round with the touch of a button. … Read more]]>

    Wilmington, North Carolina – ClayTracker, the first hand-held Sporting Clays scoring app for the iPhone and iPod touch has just released its latest upgrade that includes scoring screens for American, English & Olympic/International Skeet.

    “We are excited to expand the app we developed for Sporting Clays to now include Skeet.” said Tom Carter, president of EXPOGO Displays & Graphics, the company that created the program. “In Skeet it’s all about knowing stats to help improve your game, and ClayTracker automates this process by putting round totals, percentages, and each station’s scoring history right at your fingertips.”

    ClayTracker simplifies scoring by eliminating the need for pencils, scorecards, and manually adding scores during or after the round. Shooters can instantly view their totals and standings, then begin scoring another round with the touch of a button. ClayTracker combines multiple round totals, tracks shooter rotation and also prompts the “Option” shot upon scoring the first “lost bird” in American and English Skeet.

    ClayTracker is now featured as a “Staff Favorite” pick on the App Store and was also a featured app on the “What’s Hot” list in December. ClayTracker is available as a free upgrade to current users.

    Claytracker Features:

    • Scorecards, totals and percentages stored are in history
    • Touch-screen scoring with animated “Hit/Miss” buttons
    • Scores saved automatically so data is always preserved
    • Google Maps and one-touch dialing for favorite clubs
    • In-App links to many clay target related websites

    New Skeet Features Include:

    • Scoring for American, English & Olympic Skeet
    • Automatic prompts for scoring Option Shots
    • Tracks scoring history for all shots on every station
    • New quick-start demo video for scoring Skeet
    • In-App links to NSSA, CPSA & ISSA Rule Books

    Sporting Clays Features:

    • New keypad entry for setting up number of shots per round
    • Keeps scores and shot rotation, for up to nine shooters
    • Customized shot menus preserved ready for future rounds
    • ClayTracker demo video for scoring Sporting Clays
    • New Sporting Clays rules with link to NSCA Rule Book

    Device Requirements:
    * iPhone and iPod touch
    * Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
    * 9.8 MB

    Pricing and Availability:
    ClayTracker 2.0.2 is $19.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Sports category.

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    EXPOGO Displays & Graphics is a trade show display, graphic design and product development company founded in 1988 and located in Wilmington, NC. Copyright (C) 2010 EXPOGO Displays & Graphics. All Rights Reserved. ClayTracker is a registered trademark of EXPOGO Displays & Graphics, Inc. Wilmington, NC. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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