Braineous in Review: Cashing in on the “Brain” Genre?

The Iconic Monkey and his brain

The Iconic Monkey and his brain

In the time-honoured tradition of portable gaming, there have always been the stodgy genres: arcade, simulation, adventure, strategy, defense, puzzlers and racing. Eventually, however, parents became involved in the gaming lives of our pioneering gamer forebears. With such came the hitherto uneeded educational gaming genre into our pat world. From that day, our lives as gamers have changed. We are increasingly faced with addictive and mildly fun edugames popularised recently on the DS in titles such as Brain Age and Kanji Training.

Now, straight from TryThis Networks, Inc. to your iPod Touch or iPhone is the title, Braineous. I hesitate to call it educational so will use Try Networks’ own term, stimulating. Inside you will find a stimulating series of 10 games and an iconic monkey that trods on your ego.

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Toy Bot Diaries 3 in Review – Grapple It!

Matt here, your newest TouchMyApps writer. For my first review (of which there will be many!), I’m reviewing Toy Bot Diaries 3. Having not played Toy Bot Diaries 1 & 2, the series is new to me. If Toy Bot Diaries is new to you, here’s a little back story. In the first Toy Bot Diaries, there is a strange machine which plagues Toy Bot. In Entry 2, Toy Bot climbs out of the sewers and into the skies! In Entry 3, Toy Bot has gone outer space; it’s the next frontier for our little metal friend. He’s off to rescue King Bot from the clutches of the evil War Bot who is bent on destroying the earth!

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WiFi Touchpad in Review – Turn Your iPhone into a MousePad

WiFi Touchpad is a recently released app that turns your iPhone/iPod Touch into a wireless touchpad. According to the App Description:

Need a wireless keyboard/mouse for a presentation, or when you connect your PC to the big screen TV? The WiFi Touchpad is the application for you! It can turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a wireless touchpad and text input device. Sleek and simple, you can sit back and relax while you control with ease.

You will notice right away that it makes no mention of any Mac support. This is a shame since WiFi Touchpad is easy to use for the most part and works as advertised. Since I am not able to test this out on my Macbook, let’s have a look at how it performed on my desktop with Windows XP.

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Touchgrind in review: Skateboarding IS a Geek sport

Game Title Screen

Ollie
Heelflip
Varial
Shuvit
Japan Air
Nose Grind
Nollie
360 Flip

Take a look at the above list. Are you reminded of those heady days of teenage rebellion? Do you look fondly on cursing, spitting, bleeding from falls, running from the fuzz and beating up roller bladers? If so, then I think that the Swedish Illusion Labs AB have an app that will have you switchstancing down memory lane.

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Txtpedia in Review – Relearn Your ABCs

You ever get the feeling you are not “with it” anymore when you see abbreviations like AFK or HHTYAY and have no clue what they mean? Or if you always wondered what those darn acronyms stand for you see in chat rooms, IMs and SMSes? Well if you find yourself in these situations, then Txtpedia may just be the app the doctor ordered. Developed by Mike Baumer,  Txtpedia will not only make you say “Oooo, so that’s what it means”, but it will teach you some new lingo along the way.

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Chicktionary in Review – An Eggcellent Word Game?

Perhaps you are one of those at the office who pretends to be working hard on those TPS reports, but are in actual fact playing an online word game when the boss isn’t watching. Or you’re at home, bored out of your mind and getting your quick word fix on the interweb. No matter the scenario, if you have spent anytime playing Word Games on the net, there is a very good chance you have come across Chicktionary, a very popular title developed by blockdot. Well, anagram and word fans can now rejoice as Chicktionary has been be released for the iPhone.

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Strategery in Review – Dominate the World with Dice (and your iPhone)

Strategery is a rather unique take on turn-based strategy games like Risk, one where Global Domination is the goal of the game. To be more precise though, it is essentially an iPhone version of the very popular Online game, Dice Wars. While far from perfect, Strategery is a fast paced game where matches can be finished few minutes at a time and can be quite addictive.

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Platypus – A Fun iPhone Shooter made of Clay

Platypus is one of those titles that has had relative success, but it seems like not a whole lot of people know about the game. Having already been released on the PC, Mac, Smart Phones and the PSP, it has now found its way on to the iPhone. The one aspect that sets Platypus apart from other side scrolling shooters is that its entire world is created by clay. Anthony Flack, the game’s creator, painstakingly made every single element from a single lump of clay and photographed them with a digital camera. No wonder it is one of the most unique looking games out for the iPhone.

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Dr Awesome, Microsurgeon MD in Review – Play Doctor with your iPhone

With their highly anticipated release of Rolando just around the corner, ngmoco has given iPhone gamers another quality title in Dr. Awesome, Microsurgeon MD. Making use of the accelerometer, gamers are finally able to play Doctor on the iPhone. Starring as Dr. Awesome, your job is to save patients from a deadly outbreak by isolating and trapping an assortment of nasty viruses found within tissue cells.

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