In the busy streets of large cities such as New York, Paris, and Shanghai, many people rely on the transportation system to get around. When you miss that bus or subway, or if you’re just in a hurry, one of your other options is to take a taxi. Of course, on busy streets a taxi may not be the most efficient method of travel, but at least it comes to you and hopefully, you won’t have to wait too long.
Firemint is an extremely successful development studio out of Austraila. Recently becoming popular among the iDevice crowd for their title Flight Control, they are definitely not new to the scene and have created games in all genres and across various platforms.
Back in 1992, Digital Illusions released their second pinball game Pinball Fantasies, on the Commodore Amiga. For many this is still the best pinball game ever created and has been eagerly anticipated ever since Cowboy Rodeo released it’s prequel, Pinball Dreams, on the iPhone a few months back.
I have admitted it before and I’ll admit it again: my gaming skills are far from admirable. Add that to inept puzzle-solving abilities, and I am a sad and frustrated lump of a gamer who can barely stretch his digital legs. Fortunately, I thrive on frustration and Connect2Media‘s Timeloop has plenty of it. It is a fun game which places you in the role of Nik, the robotic janitor of a mad-scientist who has just invented the time-machine. As they must, things go astray whilst Nik is cleaning. The result? The professor is trapped and Nik is left with the duty of freeing his boss and recapturing a litter of runaway kittens before time runs out.
Well, I personally cannot get enough of racing games. Assyria Game Studio‘s first foray into App Store gaming is Future Racer, a game which I dropped in order to write this bit. Part F-Zero, part Star Wars Pod racing, it is a fast and furious hover racing simulation with a graphics engine which pushes the iDevice. The best part though, is that Assyria Game Studio didn’t skimp on music. Techno, trippy, and well-matched to the game’s speed, there may be no need for iTunes playback at all!
We also have a hands-on preview of Future Racer.
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According to Mutlichannel, the popular streaming video interface, Neflix, will bring its services to the iDevice and Nintendo’s Wii console. This rumour comes at the hands of an ‘executive familiar with neflix’s plans’, so perhaps it is not time to undo your cross fingers, toes, arms and eyes; but time to pray. In the event that netflix software does hit the iDevice, offering 12 000 videos for streaming, it might be safe to say that a collective ‘whoopee’ will rise from fans of Apple’s device from around the world.
It never really occurred to me to apply numerical scores to love-making; apparently, however, that isn’t the case wit Passion‘s voyeuristic developer, Chris Alvares. This magical app does all the work for you – the calculation that is – and lets you get down to business. But, when the “meeting” is over, Passion displays your performance in an easy to suss score out of 10, based on the following criteria: Duration, Orgasm, and Activity. The catch: you have the opportunity to share your score online, with friends, relatives and complete strangers. Rather, I should say, you can now compete with your mates and relatives, share, discuss strategies – all using the Jesus Phone. I can see new uses for this on Twitter:
RT@shigzeo: Woohoo! New record – 3.76! Class dismissed!
But then again, perhaps there are some things which are better left unadulterated. For the experimental, however, there is Passion. Funny… in what seems the most perplexing ‘move’ by Chris Alvares, there is no iTouch compatibility.
Chris Alvares, Passion, 4.99$. 0.7MB
For puzzle fans, developer nagisa have rustled up a great addition to the Rush Hour puzzle genre which doesn’t mouse around. At 99 cents, Kitten Escape sports hundreds of levels, an online scoring system, leaderboard and a good set of selection tools at its disposal. So, is there any reason to drop the cat? No, grab it. But, if you want to know why, read the review!
Update: Our review of the Cy-Fi wireless speakers can be found here
CyFi, maker of great outdoor-oriented speakers for both the iPod and for other portables, have a couple of surprises for TouchMyApps. While the actual arrival date isn’t known (the mystery), both the A2DP and Kleer Wireless version will arrive sometime in August for review. Mark my words – I’ll be on those like Oprah on a cupcake (the intrigue).
Up till now, I have been using various sports-oriented earphones for riding, an option which is by far the most streamlined, but dangerous avenue available. Not to mention, constantly looking over my shoulder, running sprints and trackstand excercises, makes cabled audio a pain.
Both the Kleer and the A2DP version are available for 159$.
Last week, I noted that SepiaCamera had obtained a well-deserved price-upgrade: it is now free! The same developer, Takayuki Fukatsu, has had recent trouble with Apple’s approval process as his upgraded QuadCamera, a popular photographer’s tool was rejected for use with OS 3.0. Fortunately, that restriction has been lifted and the app can now be downloaded for 99 cents.
Takayuki Fukatsu, QuadCamera, 0.99$, 0.3 MB