Whenever you hear the words Japanese and RPG in the same sentence, one franchise that immediately springs to mind is Final Fantasy. Probably the most well-known example of the console RPG genre, it has celebrated reincarnations on almost all platforms imaginable. On the iPhone however the release of the first 2 parts of the series was met with mixed feelings. While being a classic the original games are over 2 decades old in game design and don’t really pose special interest for the modern gamers, other than the most die-hard FF fans. And the not too well adapted controls didn’t help much either. But there still is hope with the recent launch of Final Fantasy III – a true remake of the game fully adapted to touch controls.
Have you ever wondered what doodles do when their creators walk away? They don’t jump, that’s for sure (at least not in an infinite manner). The come to life and go on exciting adventures throughout time – or at least that’s what The Deskplorers – Episode One: “Knights” would like you to believe. This new series from Happy Blue Fish has a lot in common with such kids’ favorites as Dora The Explorer and Little Einsteins, which unfortunately includes a relatively short running time. Still, I think they have a good thing going here, and for younger kids who are okay with repetitive things they could get quite a lot of use out of this game.
The world is sometimes a very strange place. Not long ago, I remarked in my review of Hunters: Episode One (TMA Review) that the App Store was suspiciously devoid of Tactical Strategy Games. And in the space of a few weeks I’m writing another review of such a game: Tactical Soldier – Undead Rising. Born out of a strange marriage of classic top-down party RPGs and Strategy Games, this unique genre for the true masters of tactical planning has long been a favourite of PC gamers around the world. Being excellently suited for iDevice portable gaming, I’m glad that it is gaining traction on the platform.
With those huge data caps in the US, it’s often easy to forget that users in other countries are often stuck with a measly allowance of 200 MB per month. And that for roughly $30 – not too shabby for the carriers eh? With such a plan, it’s vitally important not to go over the limit, as the surcharges can cost you an arm and/or leg. But there is no longer a need to fret with DataMan – Real Time Data Usage Manager with Geotag, an app that allows you not only to keep the data at bay, but to see where you’ve used it as well!
I’ll admit I’m a bit of a softy when it comes to Time Management games, because I don’t mind the fact that most of them have the exact same flow to their gameplay. Still, it’s nice when something takes a little bit different approach to the genre, and I think Jane’s Zoo handles that quite nicely. It does feel a bit like it’s geared more towards younger players, but I’ve always considered myself young at heart anyway, and I’m rather enjoying the change of atmosphere and slightly simpler game play. Hard core Time Management junkies might find it a tad too simplistic, but I think it makes a great casual game that’s an easy entry for those with no experience in the TM genre.
For the longest time, I’ve waited for a good squad-based tactical game on the iDevice. We’ve seen an assortment of tactical strategy titles but all are centered more on strategy than true squad-based tactical gameplay. Until now that is. Out of the blue, Rode Games has released a freemium spin on the genre – Hunters: Episode One – probably the first game that truly takes all of us X-Com and Jagged Alliance fans for a spin.
For the longest time, even considering the iPhone camera to be a viable solution for taking everyday photos was out of the question for me. But that all changed with the release of the iPhone 4. The larger sensor, advocated by Steve Jobs, does indeed make a difference, and despite its somewhat slow focus, the latest iPhone has essentially replaced my point-and-shoot camera for most occasions. After all, they say the best camera is the one that is always with you! That said, its performance is not quite perfect (in spite of the touted built-in HDR photography feature) and if you really want to get the most out of your i-photos, the optimal solution involves dedicated photography apps like iCamera HDR: All-in-One.
Mint.com is a (free) web-based financial management tool for users to manage all their finances in one place. It is one of the easiest applications to use within the sector and also the one that I trust for our family finances. I’ve had experience using Quicken, Money, and Excel to manage our money, and while these tools can be very powerful and are highly customizable, they don’t compare favorably to Mint.com when it comes to getting a full picture of your finances with maximum ease.
I’m a huge fan of iPhone photography. So much so, that I started my own photo blog just to show off pictures taken with my iPhone 4. As such, I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting camera apps. And it is this very search that led me to my latest find – Halftone by Juicy Bits.
I know I’ve been touting in my last few hidden object game reviews about how I like the fact that this style of game is becoming more adventure game like as time passes. However, it’s still good to play a hidden object game every once in a while where the focus is on finding objects. That’s not to say that Romance of Rome doesn’t have any additional elements going for it, of course. I just appreciate the fact that the game remembers what it is like to be simpler in nature, without a mini-game lurking around every turn. Romance Of Rome is lots of fun, and despite the name isn’t very “girly” at all (okay, maybe just a little with the romance).