Top Bargain iPad and iPhone Apps for May 29, 2010

May 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, iPad, Reviews

Here are this week’s top bargain apps for your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad!

The Simpson Arcade is just awesome! If you enjoy the Simpson, get this one and help lead Homer to the donuts! He beats up the entire neighbor for them! The game is optimized for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but I really enjoy playing it on the iPad in 2x mode. The graphics look great and the controls are even easier to use. Get it now since it’s on sale for 99 cents! It’s normally $2.99 iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | Free Version

We Rule Gold is a version of We Rule that comes with 10 free mojo with your account. Now with more items to build, and tress to grow, you can make your kingdom bigger and better than before. There are new orange groves that produce fruit, ruby trees, a prison, and much more! Now up to level 40! The new version of the game is available for the iPhone and iPad for free. iPhone/iPod Touch (Free) | iPad Version (Free)

The Guild Comic #1 and #2 are finally out as digital comic apps! Guildies from all around the world can now rejoice! These new apps of “The Guild” comics are based on the web series created by Felicia Day just hit the iTunes app store! Each comic is only 99 cents each. These are optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch, but it they look fine on the iPad at 2x as well. Purchase Comic #1 ($0.99) | Purchase Comic #2 ($0.99)

Square is an app that allows you to start accepting cash and card payments right on your iPhone or iPad. No contracts, monthly fees, or hidden costs for this new service. You can manage your money effortlessly with the app’s easy and intuitive interface. For more information, see SquareUp.com. Download for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad (Free)

Pebble Jump is a sweet little puzzler where you’re given a pebble board with a few pebbles in it. The object is to hop over pebbles and have the last pebble land in the red area. The game is normally $1.99, but is on sale this week for 99 cents. iPhone/iPod Touch Free Version | iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | iPad Version ($0.99)

Dizzy Bee and Dizzy Bee 2 Help guide the Dizzy Bee and help him safe all of his fruit friends by tilting your iPhone/iPod Touch. Collect flowers along the way for extra points, but be sure to avoid the evil baddies! The gameplay is a lot of fun — one of the first games I played that used the accelerometer, and the artwork is fabulous. Of the two games, I like Dizzy Bee 2 more because of the extra difficulty levels. But if you’re someone who like to play games in series, get both apps or better yet, get the Arcade version that contains both games. Dizzy Bee 1 iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | Dizzy Bee 2 iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) Full Review

Bed Bugs is an adorable game where you help the sleepy walker through a series of bad dreams. Squash all the bad monsters (bed bugs) but be careful of the faeries! Each level has unique monsters that are defeated a certain way. The graphics are beautiful and you can see some of pictures of Dizzy Bee hanging on the walls. :) The app is currently on sale for 99 cents. Free Lite iPhone/iPod Touch Version | iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | Full Review

Flippin’, formerly “Flipside” is perfect for those who enjoy fast-pace games. Imagine if Tetris was crossed with match 3, with better colors, sounds, and graphics and you got Flippin’! Matching pieces fall with a symbol on each side — near side (your side) and far side (you opponent’s side). The object of the game is to create at least 3 matches on your side. You have the option of flipping the pieces over by tapping on them. You can also drag falling pieces over to different columns. Match pieces horizontally or vertically to get points!
iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | Full Review

Igloo Games Arcade – this is probably the best deal. It contains all of the 4 mentioned games above AND is a universal app. So you can play it on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! The iPad version has additional modes — play in two player mode against or with a friend, as well as play two different games (with two players) at the same time. Definitely worth the $2.99, especially if you have an iPad. Purchase Universal App ($2.99)

PingChat! 2 is an instant messaging service for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and soon Blackberry and Android phones. This new version allows group chat, message confirmation, and multimedia support for photos, videos, voice notes, contacts, and maps! PingChat is normally $0.99 for iPhone/iPod Touch and $2.99 for iPad, but this version is free for a limited time! Download PingChat! 2 for the iPhone/iPod Touch (Free)

Supermarket Management is a fun time management game where you’re in charge, and you’re managing all the services in the supermarket. Get carts for the customers, stock up food, cut the deli meat, and run the cash register! Normally $2.99, it’s now on sale for 99 cents for just this weekend! Purchase iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($.99) | Free Version

Baby Memory Cue HD is an adorable memory match game. You can choose from 6 game pieces to 22. Your child can have fun finding matches to their favorite animals. It’s normally $1.99 for the iPad, but is free this weekend. Download Baby Memory Cue for the iPad (Free)

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Igloo iPhone and iPad Games On Sale!

May 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, iPad, Reviews

Igloo Games just announced a huge sale on their apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! You can now get Dizzy Bee, Dizzy Bee 2, Bed Bugs, and Flippin’ for the iPhone and iPod Touch for just 99 cents each. Or you can purchase Igloo Game Arcade (a universal app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) that contains all 4 games for just $2.99!

Dizzy Bee and Dizzy Bee 2 Help guide the Dizzy Bee and help him safe all of his fruit friends by tilting your iPhone/iPod Touch. Collect flowers along the way for extra points, but be sure to avoid the evil baddies! The gameplay is a lot of fun — one of the first games I played that used the accelerometer, and the artwork is fabulous. Of the two games, I like Dizzy Bee 2 more because of the extra difficulty levels. But if you’re someone who like to play games in series, get both apps or better yet, get the Arcade version that contains both games. (Full Review)

Bed Bugs is an adorable game where you help the sleepy walker through a series of bad dreams. Squash all the bad monsters (bed bugs) but be careful of the faeries! Each level has unique monsters that are defeated a certain way. The graphics are beautiful and you can see some of pictures of Dizzy Bee hanging on the walls. :) The app is currently on sale for 99 cents. (Full Review)

Flippin’, formerly “Flipside” is perfect for those who enjoy fast-pace games. Imagine if Tetris was crossed with match 3, with better colors, sounds, and graphics and you got Flippin’! Matching pieces fall with a symbol on each side — near side (your side) and far side (you opponent’s side). The object of the game is to create at least 3 matches on your side. You have the option of flipping the pieces over by tapping on them. You can also drag falling pieces over to different columns. Match pieces horizontally or vertically to get points! (Full Review)

Igloo Games Arcade – this is probably the best deal. It contains all of the 4 mentioned games above AND is a universal app. So you can play it on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! The iPad version has additional modes — play in two player mode against or with a friend, as well as play two different games (with two players) at the same time. Definitely worth the $2.99, especially if you have an iPad.

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Top Bargain iPhone and iPad Apps

May 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, iPad, Reviews

Here is a list of this week’s top bargain iPhone and iPad apps! Hope you find something you enjoy!

DizzyPad HD – has finally come to the iPad and it has gotten even more challenging! Help guide your little frog across the pond by leaping on moving lillypads. Watch out for the water! In the classic mode, the lillypads are spinning is circles. This brand new iPad version also has three extra modes available as in-app purchases – sliders, memory, and two-player battle. iPhone/iPod Touch ($1.99) | iPad-Only (Free)

Super Juicy HD – love popping bubbles? How about beautiful colorful ones with special powers inside of them? This game will have you tapping matching colors of bubbles to rack up your score. There is some physics involved, so tilt and turn your iPad to make more matches!
Lite for iPhone/iPod Touch (Free) | iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | iPad-Only ($0.99)

iHTMLPlus – If you’re a developer and need a way to view the source code of a webpage, this app is for you. It splits the screen into two — one for the code, and one for the website. You can scroll and move either side. A very simple app but definitely worth getting. iHTMLPlus is compatible with the iPad only and is available in the app store for Free.
iPhone/iPod Touch Version (Free) | iPad-Only Version (Free)

WarChess – Love chess? Then you got to play WarChess! Not only do pawns and knights move on the board, but they also physically attack the other side. This app requires an internet connection and you’ll be battling someone online at random. WarChess is available in the app store for Free! iPad-Only (Free)

Photopad by Zagg is a great image editor app for the iPad. Crop, draw, paint, rotate, scale and add various filters to your images. It’s very convenient to make quick edits to your photos and images. Photopad is available in the app store for free!
iPad-Only version (Free).

Aqua Forest 2 – Morning Dew is a beautiful puzzle game where you to collect the morning dew from plants into small containers. The water droplets will fall from leaves and you have to tilt the device capture it in the container. Your score is based on how much of the water you capture in each stage. The app is regularly $4.99, but is on sale for free!
iPhone / iPod Touch Version (Free for limited time)

BoardBox – love board games like checkers, chess, reversi, go, backgammon, tic-tac-toe, chinese chess, and other variants of these games? Now you can get it all in one app! It’s currently on sale for just 99 cents when it’s normally $4.99.
iPad-Only ($0.99)

We Rule Red is the version of We Rule with 10 free bottles of mojos. Use the mojo to help make your plants grow faster, or shops be more productive. I suggest downloading this even if you only play We Rule on the iPad. The extra 10 bottles of mojo will help!
iPhone / iPod Touch Version (Free)

Tap Tap Revenge 3 Boost – Tap Tap your way to the top of the charts! This app is the same as the original Tap Tap Revenge 3 except your account is credited with 5000 coins, 25 credits, and a special avatar item.
iPhone / iPod Touch Version (Free)

iPad User Guide is available for free in the iBooks store. To download it, launch your iBooks app. It should be featured at the bottom right. This manual will let you get to know your iPad better. If you don’t have iBooks yet, download it for free (for the iPad) and then search for iPad User Guide in the app!

iTimeLapse Pro – this app allows you to capture and edit time lapse videos right on your iPhone! Very simple to use and you can add minor effects to it as well. It’s normally $2.99 but is on sale this weekend only for Free!
iPhone Version (Free)

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This Week’s Bargain iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad Apps!

April 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, iPad, Reviews

Saving money is important but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your devices! Here’s a roundup of this week’s best bargain apps for your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad!

Cocoto Kart HD Online – if you enjoy car racing games, here’s a great game that you can get for a bargain! Originally $4.99, Cocoto Kart HD Online (for the iPad) has dropped down to 99 cents this week. Race go-go carts with people online and earn your trophies. There are always races ready, so no waiting for players. It’s a definitely bargain, but get it before the price goes up again! (iPad Version for 99 cents)

Soosiz HD Lite – rescue the Soosiz! Their planet got destroyed by an evil monster. Help the Soosiz find all of his family members across the galaxy and battle the evil-doers along the way. Jump, hope, and run and watch your world turn upside down. Enjoy a few free levels in the lite version. If you like it, consider purchasing the full version for just $1.99 (Originally $4.99). (Free iPad version | Full iPad Version for $1.99 | iPhone Version for $1.99 | Free iPhone Version )

Words with Friends – this game is a bit on the pricier side but I can tell you it’s worth it. If you enjoyed Words with Friends on the iPhone, you have to see it on the iPad. You can see the entire game board on the iPad screen and chat with your buddies easily on it as well. Challenge your friends and expand your vocabulary! Also see our full review here.
(iPad Version for $2.99 | iPhone Version for $2.99 | Free iPhone Version )

Glee – Who doesn’t want to sing with their favorite Glee cast member? The app comes with 3 premium tracks to sing to — “Rehab”, “Somebody to Love”, and “You Keep Me Holding On”. Originally $2.99, the app is currently on sale for 99 cents, but only for a limited time. Additional songs can be purchased in the app for just 99 cents. (iPhone/iPad Version for 99 cents)

Bananagrams – Love word puzzles games? Get this little gem! It’s fun to play and fun to say! You’re given a set of letter tiles. Connect the tiles to form words. Race against the clock and make as many words as you can. It’s on sale for just 99 cents, originally was $4.99! Made for the iPhone, but it looks great on the iPad as well. (iPhone Version for 99 cents)

Doodle Jump – a must have for any iPhone/iPod Touch user. Tilt your device left and right to help guide the doodle jumper as high as you can! Jump on boards, springs, and grab a jet pack to jump as high as you can. It’s updated weekly, adding new themes and levels. Voted one of the best games in the iTunes store, and is only 99 cents. Free lite version is also available with plenty of levels to test out. (iPhone Version for 99 cents)

Finger Physics – if you enjoy puzzle and physic-based games, this one is a must. Very cute and short games that are perfect for playing when standing in line. The latest version has a special guest appearance by the Doodle Jumper! Game is only 99 cents. (iPhone Version for 99 cents | Free iPhone Version)

Air Hockey Gold – is an adorable game for the iPhone/iPod touch, but even better when you see it on the iPad. It’s like taking the air hockey arcade game and putting it right in your device. Play against the computer or even an opponent right on your phone or iPad. It’s fun and addictive, and will surely bring smiles to everyone’s faces. This is available for free (with minimal ads) or only 99 cents without ads. (iPad/iPhone Version for 99 cents | Free iPad/iPhone Version)

Chicktionary – unscrabble a set of letters and make as many words as you can. Instead of tiles, the letters are etched in front of hens! Spell correct words and the chickens will bawk. Spell made-up words and they’ll squeal! It’s a fun game that you must get for your iPad. Best of all, the HD version is free! For iPhone/iPod Touch users, the app is $1.99.
(Free iPad Version | iPhone Version for $1.99 | Free iPhone Version)

Babo Crash HD – if you love match-3 jewel games, this is a must-have! It’s like like Bejewled on steroids! There’s so much action going on and my favorite part is being able to change the direction of gravity. Tilt and turn the iPad/iPhone to get pieces to fall in certain places. The app is universal, making it beautiful on the iPad or iPhone. Get it now before they realize they should charge more than 99 cents. ;) (iPad/iPhone Version for 99 cents)

Enjoy! Let me know what your favorite bargain apps are!

This article was originally published in Beatweek Magazine.

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iPad/iPhone App Review: Words With Friends

April 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, iPad, Reviews, Software and Web Apps

If you enjoy word games like Scrabble and Boggle, then you’ll love Words with Friends. One of the first games to be released on the iPad App store launch day, it has become a popular hit among iPhone, iPod Touch, and now iPad users.

The object of the game is to make as many words as you can with the 7 tiles given to you. Each game is between two players, where each player takes turns creating words by putting their tiles on the board. The board is filled with bonus spots — Double Letter, Triple Letter, Double Word, and Triple Word, so be careful where you put your words! Play all 7 of your tiles in one move and you get an extra 35 point bonus. Get the most points at the end of the game and you win!

This is a causal game that goes back and forth between the two players. There is no time limit for a move and you are notified via push notifications when it’s your turn. A great feature in the game is the chat window, where you can talk to your opponent in an sms-like window.

Like with most games, there are some improvements that can be made. One would be to increase the amount of games you can have queued up. Players do not need to respond to moves right away, which can be good and bad. It’s good because there’s no pressure on either players. It’s bad because players may forget about the game and not respond for a few days, weeks, and longer. This wouldn’t matter too much except that you can only have 20 games going on simultaneously. So if you want to play with more active people, you may need to resign some of the games. By resigning, you also lose that match.

Another improvement that needs to be made is the speed of the server’s response. When you submit a move or update your games, the data takes a while to transfer. I believe it depends on how many transactions are made, which can vary at different times of the day.

Also, there’s currently no built-in dictionary in the game. But players can arrange their tiles on the board and when they think they have a word, hit submit. The move will be made if it is a word, and will alert an error message if it is not.

Overall, this game is highly addictive and so much fun to play. It’s a great way to keep in touch with your friends and build your vocabulary while you’re at it! Try the free version for the iPhone/iPod touch and see how hooked you get!

The various versions are compatible with one another so you can play Words with Friends with your friends, no matter which versions they’re using. The difference between the HD version and the iPhone/iPod Touch version is that the board fills up the entire screen and the chat and menu panels appear as layers over the board game. In the iPhone/iPod Touch version, a new screen shows up for each task. The free version is optimized for the iPhone/iPod Touch and has ads on top of the board and a bigger ad once you make a move.

Words with Friends for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad versions are linked below:

If you want to play sometime, my username is ‘daynah.’ :)

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Top iPad Apps

April 2, 2010 by  
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Excited about the Apple iPad? So am I! The wi-fi version be available to all who pre-ordered tomorrow! To some, it’s just a giant iPod Touch, but I believe the iPad’s true magical powers lies in the hands of the developers.

There’s already so many iPad-Only apps available in the app store before the launch! Here are my personal top picks for iPad Apps. These are apps I think will revolutionize how the iPad will be used, or make you question how did you ever live without one. Some will be available on day one launch of the Apple iPad, others at a later time.

An App for Artists

Artist’s Touch | Download for iPhone/iPod Touch ($4.99)
Just imagine being able to draw or paint a portrait quickly and digitally, anywhere you are. This app is the perfect tool for artists. The moment inspiration hits, you can quickly sketch out your ideas and vision right on your iPad.

For more information about the Artist’s Touch iPad app, see their official website at Artamata, Inc.
Read more

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Words with Friends for the iPad!

March 29, 2010 by  
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Lately, my friends and I have been quite addicted to the Words with Friends on the iPhone every night. So you can only imagine how happy I was when I heard that an iPad version of the game was submitted to the App store!

Here’s the announcement from their Facebook page:

Words with Friends HD has been submitted to the App Store! ‘HD’ is the iPad version of Words with Friends with high resolution art and a fantastic new interface designed just for iPad. The iPad release is this Saturday!

-Words with Friends

It looks like so much more fun on the bigger iPad screen! I can’t wait to try it out soon. So.. who wants to be my first opponent on the iPad on Saturday? ;)

Read more at TouchArcade.

Note: Above image created from TouchArcade’s screenshot and Kevin Andersson’s iPad Template.

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Freebie Friday! (For 3/26/2010)

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Freebies, Games, Reviews

Yay, more freebie iPhone / iPod Touch apps! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks! Of the ones listed, definitely get We Rule asap and add my kingdom right away. ;) Enjoy!

We Rule | Free Download
Build your kingdom, make your own rules, and design it however you want. It’s a live kingdom with peasants and workers walking around, going on with their day to day routines. Create farms and be sure to harvest your crops, sell, and collect experience points. The best part of the game is probably visiting neighboring kingdoms for a dash of inspiration, or maybe compete on who has the better kingdom. My gamer name is ‘daynah’ — feel free to come visit my kingdom!

Piyo Blocks | Free Download (For a limited time)
Get ready for some pixel-matching fun! Piyo Blocks is an adorable and addicting match
A fun pixel match-3 game with cute baby chicks. Swap the baby chick blocks and level up by capturing the target number of piyos. You can also create combos for even extra points. It was $1.99 and is free today only!

Gibson Learn & Master Guitar Application | Free Download
This is a handy app if you’re interested in learning how to play the guitar. It comes with a chart with all the chords for reference, as well as some free videos lessons. Musicians may also find this app helpful as it has a professional quality chromatic tuner that allows you to tune any instrument, as well as a metronome to keep you on the beat. Very nice app and it’s absolutely free.

Touch Pet Dogs | Free Download
The newest version of Touch Pets Dogs 2.0 looks amazing. There’s a new social view where you can see your friends (neighbors) and all their virual dogs! New room themes have been added so each house looks a little bit different. The more dogs you own, the bigger your house is in the neighborhood. ;) My gamer name is ‘daynah’ — feel free to have a playdate with my pets!

Words with Friends Free | Free Download | Full Version
This is not a new game, but lately, my friends got me addicted to Words with Friends. It’s a word game that’s very similar to Scrabble. Each player is given a tray of letters, and the object is to put them on the board to make words out of them. Various points are given out depending on how many letters were use, how much each letter is worth, and/or where it was placed on the board. It’s a fun casual game played at both the players’ pace. Free version has ads after you submit a word, but you can purchase the full version for $2.99. My gamer name is ‘daynah’ if you want to play!

Huff Puff Volley | Free Download
Here’s a very cute badminton game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The animal characters play against each other on a volleyball court. In this version, your character is an adorable pig that can blow the birdie over the net. You can blow into the iPhone mic or tap the birdie to move it. Tile your phone left and right to move your character. I think the game is cute and fun, but the controls are not the best.

Mashable! | Free Download
Mashable.com is an excellent site for all your social media, technology, and entertainment news. If you enjoy the site, the app is a must! Be notified the moment a new article is on a website. The interface is very easy to navigate and makes reading the articles enjoyable. Instapaper is integrated in the app so you can view articles at a later time.

Digg | Free Download
The official Digg app was released this week which makes visiting your favorite news site much easier on the go! View by your favorite topics, easily digg, bury, and share news articles, as well as save your favorites for later reading.

Bargain iPhone and iPod Touch Apps

Here are two apps I think are the best bargain iPhone apps this week that are definitely worth buying.

Diner Dash | Download for 99 cents | Free Lite Version
If you enjoy time management games, then you’ll love Diner Dash. Help Flo run a restaurant by seating, serving, and clearing the dishes at each table. Try out the lite version for free, but act fast. Take advantage of the 80% off sale of the full version!

Dr. Horrible | Download for 99 cents
Any fan of Dr. Horrible will enjoy this app! Dark Horse Comics present Dr. Horrible as a comic. The story takes place with Billy being an 9-Year-Old boy, and you get to see how his criminal master-mind life got started. The story is brilliant, and the app is elegantly done. Flip pages just by tapping. Tap on settings for options to go back to a specific page or change the transition type. Very simple, and quite enjoyable. And if you don’t know who Dr. Horrible is, please go watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along-Blog! The 3-part webisode is free to watch online. :) This comic is a prequel to the webisode.

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Freebie Friday! (For 3/19/2010)

March 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Freebies, Games, Reviews

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday! I have some fabulous free iPhone /iPod Touch apps that I tested out this week that I think you’ll enjoy! Remember, act fast since some of these are only free for a limited time!

If you missed the previous freebies, see 2010-03-12 and 2010-03-05!

Wishing Stars | Free Download
If you’re a big Disney fanatic, you’ll greatly enjoy this game. It’s a scavenger hunt game you play at Disneyland (Anaheim, CA). The game will give you clues as to what to find at the amusement park. When you think you found it, let the app know and it’ll reward you with pieces of Disney stars. Since the app uses the GPS on the phone, this only works on the iPhone 3g and iPhone 3gs. It’s a great game for the whole family. Act fast, this app was $5.99, but is now FREE for a limited time.

Tiki Totem | Free Download
A very fun puzzler where you have to remove certain blocks without dropping the Tiki. It’s a game of physics! Simple, fun, and quite enjoyable. A premium version is $1.99, and you can also purchase more game packs via in-app purchase.

Tap Tap Revenge 3 | Free Download
TT3 is a great game for music lovers. It’s similar to Rock Band, but just a lot of tapping action on the fingers. Although not new, this app comes with weekly music updates. The more you play, the more experience points you get that you can use to purchase new tap tracks (music) or avatar costume (I personally prefer to use it on more music). Object is to tap all the marbles when they appear on the buttons. The more accurate you are, the more points you’ll score. There’s also a leaderboard, so add me as a friend (daynah).

Crazy Turkey Blast | Free Full Version Download (For a limited time)
If you enjoy hunting, or just blasting things on your iPhone, this is a fun one. Tilt and move your device to capture and blast turkey that may be flying by. That animation is funny, and trying to get them in your target is pretty fun. The full version is normally $2.99, but is currently free today only!

Minigame Party | Free Full Version Download (For a limited time)
If you enjoy micro-games (games that take less than 8 seconds!), then you’ll love Minigame Party. You go through a lot of cute little games in a few seconds doing various things like testing your reflex, color sight, and more. Full version is currently on sale for free, but get it while the deal lasts!

Cooking Dash Lite | Free Download
If you enjoy time management games, especially the Diner Dash ones, you’ll like this one too. Instead of just serving people, Flo is doing a lot of the cooking in this game. Seat your customers, mix up some drinks, and time your food on the oven to pick up the most tips to move onto the next level!

Spikey’s Bounce Around | Free Full Version Download (for a limited time)
Spring and bounce Spikey around the screen to save the captured butterflies! He sticks to walls, but will jump where you tap your finger. Swipe the plants and flowers holding the butterflies to set them free. I think it’s cute, and somewhat puzzle-like. Full version is currently free this week, so get it soon!

Critter Crunch Lite | Free Download
Capture little critters to feed the bigger ones! When the biggest critter is full, a chain reaction will take place and make nearby critters of the same color disappear as well. Very cute and lots of fun. It’s not a very new game, but definitely one of my favorites. There’s also 10 levels in both Adventure Mode and Puzzle mode, which is a great deal for a lite version. Full version is $1.99.

iBlast Moki Lite | Free Download
This is similar to Rolando, but there’s definitely more bombs and a whole lotta blasting of things in this game. It’s a game of physics where you have to place bombs in certain places and have them go off at different times. The object is to have the blast bounce the Moki’s into the portal holes.

Soosiz Lite | Free Download
Turn your world upside-down with Soosiz. Run around and hop planet to planet by constantly turning your device round and round. Save all the Soosiz to move onto the next level. Very cute game. The lite version won my heart and I had to purchase the full version.

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Freebie Friday! (For 3/12/2010)

March 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Freebies, Games, Reviews

There’s just so many apps in the iTunes App store… so where do you start? Here’s a list of wonderful apps I personally tried this week and greatly enjoyed. Click on their icons to take you straight to the iPhone / iPod Touch app download. If you have suggestions yourself, please let me know! Just leave a comment below.

PlayFirst’s Diner Dash Lite | Free iPhone Download | Full Version ($2.99)
A fun time management game where you play a waitress named Flo. In the game, you work in a diner and you get to serve up some food to your customers. Prepare dishes, sandwiches, drinks, and desserts! Do it as quickly as you can and pick up tips from your customers. Along with an iPhone app, you can also try it on a PC/MAC/xBox/Mobile for 1 Hour for free!

Jane’s Hotel Free | Free iPhone Download | Full Version ($2.99)
Running a hotel is never easy. You give out the keys to your guests at the reception desk and show them to their rooms. You also get to take care of lobby — call out the maid to water the plants and clean out the rooms. And of course, keep your guests happy by bringing them the newspaper, tea, or something they request. If you’re a fan of time management games, this is another great one! Try out the first 3 levels for free with the lite version!

Makeout Mania | Free iPhone Download (Full Version!) (Limited Time Only)
Makeout Mania is a cute puzzle game that reminds me of high school! Make students fall in love with each other, but watch out for those teachers! Rack up points as you score combos (perfect matches). If this is your first time playing, be sure to start off in puzzle mode (second link) and read the yearbook to see who likes who. This will ensure that you’ll get more points for the perfect kiss! And when you’re ready, play the super fast Mania mode. You’ll find yourself tapping a lot!

Supermarket Management Free | Free iPhone Download | Full Version ($2.99)
Working in a supermarket is not easy. You’re constantly trying to multitask — fill up empty shelves, help customers find items they’re looking for, cut up the different meats, make sure there’s enough shopping carts, run the cash register, and much, much more! This is a fun time management game where you play the store manager and do all of the above tasks. Very fun, especially if you enjoy time management games or just love grocery shopping! :)

SpongeBob Diner Dash | Free iPhone Download | Full Version ($4.99)
This is a great game for fans of Sponge Bob or the Diner Dash series. You get to play Sponge Bob and work as a waiter, serving people who enter the restaurant. Seat them, take their order, and bring out their food. The faster you do this, the more tip you get. I find the graphics for this game a bit too small (much smaller than the Diner Dash series), so I think they can improve that part. There’s fun music you’ll recognize from the cartoon. Try out the lite version first to see how you like it. There are 5 free levels in the lite version.

TouchPetsDogs Spring | Free iPhone Download
Normally 99 cents, this app will give you 10 extra bowls of food for your virtual dog as well as the Mad Hatter watch for your collar. If you downloaded “Touch Pets Dogs Go” for free last week, you’ll have enough bowls of good to trade in for a lot of puppy bucks! Trade in puppy bucks for clothes and toys for your puppy! My review of the original game.

TuneRunner | Free iPhone Download
Here’s a excellent game to play with your own music playlists! No extra music downloads necessary. The app populates itself with your music and the robot will dance to your tunes! Draw the shapes in front of him so he doesn’t trip. Draw them a few times before he touches them for extra points! There are some ads, but you can upgrade with in-app purchases for their removal for just 99 cents.

FoodSpotting | Free iPhone Download
FoodSpotting is a fun social network for foodies all around the world. They recently released an official version of their iPhone app that allows you to view pictures of foods taken in your area. If you decide to join the social network, you can also upload your own photos, add friends and see what they’re eating, as well as follow restaurants (not just people). It’s definitely a fun app if you love food! Here is my personal FoodSpotting website! You can make one too with this app!

Be sure to check out last week’s Freebie Friday if you missed it!

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Freebie Friday! (For 3/5/2010)

March 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, Reviews

Alrighty, it’s Freebie Friday, and for the first one, I’d like to give you a few links to my favorite free iPhone apps and music downloads for this week. Also, I’m thinking about starting an iPhone Apps mailing list. Would you be interested in joining it if I do? The content will be somewhat similar to this post! Enjoy all the freebies and happy un-birthday! I threw in some Alice in Wonderland apps since Tim Burton’s movie is out today!

CoolibahCoolibah is a very fun digital scrapbooking app! It was $12.99, but is now free! (with some limitations). There’s are a lot of beautiful scrapbook kits to choose from, made by professional designers. I personally love this app, especially when I’m on vacation. I can instantly create scrapbook pages and share them with my friends on social networks. My Review | iTunes

Wordcrasher Lite – play 4 levels for free! Make words out of the falling letters in the game. I like how the game pieces are like candies in a box. There’s great use of physics in this game. Full version is only 99 cents and well worth it. The developer has already started working on an iPad version with very beautiful graphics. My Review | iTunes

Angry Birds Lite – It’s a nice casual game where these angry birds get back at the pigs who stole their eggs. Catapult the birds and knock over all the pigs to advance to the next level. It’s a very simple concept, and very addicting as well. Lite version has 6 levels, and the full version has a ton of levels and is well worth the 99 cents!
My Review | iTunes | Full .99 cents

2Do Lite: A Stunning To Do List is an amazingly lovely task/to do list app. The user interface is simply beautiful. The lite version has a lot of capabilities. The full version is a bit expensive, but comes with more themes, calendars, colors, and backup.
iTunes

Alien Glyphs – A great puzzle-arcade game that tests how well your hand and eye coordination are. Match fast moving hieroglyphs to your given puzzle pieces. Great training for your eyes and shape recognition. (Free for limited time)
iTunes

Scoops – In honor of their release of a new game called Dizzypad, Scoops is free! Who doesn’t want to catch ice cream scoops in their cone? Catch as many as you can, but watch out for onions. You don’t want that on your ice cream! Also many other themes you can purchase in-app. Free for a limited time! iTunes

Touch Pets Dogs Go – is the best virtual pet app out there. Create, train, and feed your puppy! If you’ve played it before, this version will give you give you free puppy bucks, free 10 bowls of food, and also a White Rabbit Watch from the Alice in Wonderland collection!
My Review | iTunes

Alice in Wonderland Storybook — Enjoy the story of Alice in Wonderland in full color! The font is a bit small, but I love the classic illustrations in the app. The app is normally 99 cents, but is free until March 8, 2010.
iTunes

Alice Free Fall Lite – fall down, down the rabbit hole and catch some roses and powerups. But be aware of the falling cards and other obstacles! Try out the lite version for free. The full version is $2.99.
iTunes | Full $2.99

Alice in Wonderland – An Adventure Beyond The Mirror – is absolutely a fun adventure game, especially if you’re a big Alice! Journey with Alice and meet all your favorite characters from the story! Each one has their own special power that can help you finish the level. I’d recommend trying the lite version first before buying the full version for $4.99.
iTunes | iTunes ($4.99)

Alice in Wonderland Theme Song

Get the theme song from Alice in Wonderland by Danny Elfman for free! Available on Amazon, but US only.

Kina Grannis – ValentineKina’s Stairwells album released this week has already hit the billboard charts! She’s also making her hit single, Valentine, available for download on her website for free! Download now.

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iPhone App Review: WordCrasher

February 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, Reviews

Written By: Kevin Ng
Category: Games
Price: $0.99 [itunes link="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wordcrasher/id346537793?mt=8&uo=4" title="WordCrasher"] | Free: [itunes link="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wordcrasher-free/id353764862?mt=8&uo=4" title="WordCrasher Free"]

Size: 9.1 MB
Requirements: iPhone / iPod Touch
Version: 1.2
Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars

WordCrasher is one of the most addictive word games in the iTunes App store. Whether you love word games or not, you’ll fall in love with this one instantly.

The gameplay is quite simple. Colorful button-like game pieces with letters on them will fall into view. Simply tap on the game pieces to make words. If you make a mistake, tap on the orange X to clear the word or swipe to the left to clear one letter. If you make a word, tap on the green checkmark. You can also swipe downward to make letters fall faster. There are also two types of powerup — Time Freeze and Bomb. The “time freeze” powerup is helpful when you need a little more time to think about the words you’re creating and the “Bomb” is helpful when you need to clear the screen. You can create words using UK, International and US English spellings. Score big by making longer words or words with rare letters like “z” and “q.” Make as many words as you can before the screen fills up!

What’s magical about this game are the beautiful and colorful graphics as well as the realistic way the pieces fall and move in the game. Tilt the iPhone / iPod Touch and game pieces will fall and move around.

Two game modes are available in the full version — marathon and flood panic. In marathon mode, you make words with the game pieces falling down. When the screen fills up, the game is over. In flood panic, water and buoyancy are added to the equation. Game pieces are still falling down, but will float in water. The objective is to make longer words to lower the water level. Once the game pieces reach the top of the screen, the game is over.

WordCrasher uses the OpenFeint social gaming network to keep track of your scores and the leaderboard. Earn achievements and compete with your friends as well as gamers worldwide! Scoring categories include Flood Panic, Vocabulary, Marathon, and Word Score. You can even brag about your scores on Twitter and Facebook.

Overall, WordCrasher is very easy to play, fun, and can be quite addictive. The well-polished graphics and physics in the game also makes it really stand out. The best part is, Kevin Ng, the game developer, has already started working on an iPad version of his game. With the faster processor and higher resolution of the iPad, he can use more realistic and detailed graphics without cluttering the game. Read his blog for more details.

For more information about WordCrasher, see their official website. The full version is on sale for only 99 cents. A lite version is also available which allows you to play four levels of marathon mode. Happy word-crashing!

This article was originally published in Beatweek Magazine.

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GameSalad – Create Games without Coding!

I attended MacWorld Expo 2010 recently and one of my favorite booths was GameSalad. They promised that I could make a game without any coding or programming at all. So yes, I was interested! I sat in for the beginner session to see how GameSalad works.

GameSalad at MacWorld 2010

Photo by Albertech.net/@dragonal; Taken at MacWorld Expo 2010; I’m in the lower right!

GameSalad is the world’s most advanced game creation tool for non-programmers. With GameSalad, game makers of all levels can bring their ideas to life without programming a single line of code. Build games visually using a drag-and-drop interface along with a robust behavior system. Publish your games quickly and easy to the iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac Desktop, and the Web.

If you want to learn how to make games for the iPhone (or Mac), try out GameSalad. They had training sessions on the expo floor, which I thought was a lot of fun. Sessions ranged from beginner to advanced, and didn’t require any programming knowledge at all.. just a bit of creativity.

Basically, you can import your graphics (let’s called these actors) into the GameSalad software. Then you can place your actors onto the canvas (like the background) and add in other pieces in layers. Add behaviors to these ‘actors’ and you got yourself a game!

For the beginner session, we made a pinball game. We added the game’s background, along with the flippers, pegs, and pinballs. The flippers behaviors were control by the Left and Right Arrows. When clicked, the flippers would move up in an angle. If the ball touched a peg, points would be added up in a scoreboard.

The creation you create with GameSalad is all yours. This also means if you are creating an iPhone version of the game, an Apple Developer’s license is also require since you are publishing it under your account.

If you’re a graphic designer with an eye for games, definitely consider GameSalad. The software starts at $99 a year. I was able to create a simple pinball game in under 30 minutes… just imagine what you can do with just a little more time.

For more information, see GameSalad.com and follow them on Twitter.

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TouchPetsDogs – 3 Pups!

January 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Games

TouchPetDogs - 3 dogs?

I’ve been playing Touch Pets Dogs for the iPhone for a long time now — every since it was released in the iTunes App store. But this is the first time I ran into this bug. I actually LIKE this bug though! Usually you can only play with at most two dogs at the same time. I somehow got three on the screen. :)

I was finishing up one of the careers that needed a Crimefighting Dog. So I clicked on partner dog and selected a crimefighting one. Then I found out I didn’t have enough money to buy the career tool, so I hit cancel. And somehow, all three dogs — two are mine, and one was a friend’s (crimefighting dog) — appeared on my screen. I was able to move and play with each one of them!

Anyhow, here’s my pet Gizmo’s career status. He’s almost done with Crime Fighting school… I’m waiting for the Alien career to be added next.

And here’s my Plus+ status for TouchPetDogs. I’m an Advanced Mega Superstar Owner… I already maxed out on the achievements. heh

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Fun Holiday iPhone Apps

December 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Games, Reviews

Get into the holiday spirit with all these fun winter iPhone / iPod Touch apps! These are just a handful I tried out. Feel free to let me know what holiday apps are your favorite so I can try them too! :)

Snow Brawlin. Risoo the squirrel needs your help! A group of rogue rodents have taken over his area. And with the season’s nut shortage, there’s only one way to settle this. Snowball fight! It’s a fun game that will get your quick fingers tapping and heart laughing. The game is free but you can purchase in-app extra three lives for 99 cents. The pro version comes with the extra lives. (iTunes: Pro Version | Free)

arcticshuffle2Arctic Shuffle 2 is a cute and cuddly penguin puzzler that’s perfect if you enjoy short casual games. Object is to aim penguins to land on a target by bouncing off ice and other things. Earn loads of points and post them on the leaderboard. It’s available for only 99 cents in the iTunes App store. (iTunes: Full | Lite | Full Review)

Touch Pets Dogs 10 Food Grr is another version of Touch Pets Dogs, but it gives you 10 free bowls of food for your virtual puppy! Dress your little pup in the cutest winter clothes as you run around a winter wonderland! Lots a wonderful suprises int he game, as well as daily offers for free stuff. The game has amazing graphics and is fun for the whole family. Best of all, it’s free! (iTunes | Full Review)

Prep & LandingPrep & Landing. Disney’s Prep & Landing takes you through the Kringle Academy to earn your place in the elite unit of elves that prepare homes for Santa on Christmas eve! There are three mini games — Deployment, Sparkle Ball Practice, and Ski Jump. Fun and worth the 99 cents! (iTunes | Full Review)

GrinchmasGrinchmas let’s you play the part of Mr. Grinch on Christmas Day. If you’re feeling like a mean grinch, you can throw snowballs at the houses in Who-ville. If you’re feeling like Mr. Nice Grinch, you can shower the houses with gifts! Great fun for the whole family. App is on sale now for just 99 cents! (iTunes | Full Review)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas BookHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss is the first official Dr. Seuss ebook and it’s tons of fun! You have the option of the book reading to you, or reading it yourself. The pages are filled with the original book artwork and the animation is just spectacular. It’s perfect for young children learning how to read, and big kids who loved this book as a child. Definitely a must-buy for any Grinch fan! Currently $3.99 but well-worth it. (iTunes | Full Review)

Dr. Seuss Camera - The Grinch EditionDr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition is a fun way to add some whimsical Grinch-graphics to your photos. Just select a Grinch card and snap a photo! It’s really fun on unsuspecting people when you snap their photo and it turns out green! There are 23 different frames in all. The app is currently $1.99 in the app store, was $2.99. (iTunes | Full Review)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a lot of fun, especially if you enjoy the movie! Help Scrat collect acorns while avoiding dangerous obstacles and enemies along the way! Game features characters like Prehistoric pals Manny, Ellie, Diego, Sid and Scratte join Scrat throughout game play. Usually $4.99, this game is on sale for Christmas for only 99 cents! (iTunes)

Elf JumpersElf Jumpers. Help guide the elves to land on chimneys! Avoid dangerous obstacles and get all those presents to the good boys and girls. The audio sounds are just hilarious. The app is currently Free in the app store. (iTunes)
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Coca-Cola Virtual Christmas LightsCoca-Cola Virtual Christmas Lights is a nice way to add some sparkle to your holiday photos! Add lights, holiday symbols and more with this app. You can also post it and share with the world your photo. It’s currently in the iTunes app store for free. (iTunes)
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Holiday SmashHoliday Smash. If you enjoy bouncing ping pong balls off of a launch pad, you’ll love this! Smash the lights as fast as you can. For this holiday edition, the lights are in the shape of Santa, Snowman, Christmas Tree, Snowflake, Fireplace, Candy Canes, and more! Currently Free in the iTunes app store! (iTunes)

Triazzle Holiday. A great little puzzler to tickle your brain cells during the holiday season. Move triangle puzzle pieces around to match up the ornaments, dradles, light bulbs, nut crackers, and more! Great sounds and animation to brighten your day. Triazzle Holiday is available in the iTunes App store for just 99 cents. (iTunes)

Santa Rush. Digital Chocolate makes a lot of fun rollercoaster games, and this one is just as fun as the others. Your rollercoaster-ride is Santa and he’s taking a few elves with him in the other carts. Guide the rollercoaster carts to safety without losing anyone to advance to the next level! Fun and free! (iTunes)

crazypenguinxmasCrazy Penguin Christmas is the holiday version of Crazy Penguin Catapult 1 and 2. Help save Santa and the elves from mean polar bears by catapulting penguins to the rescue. The app is currently 99 cents, but I suggest trying the Lite version first to see if you like it.
(iTunes: Full | Lite)

Naughty or NiceNaughty or Nice? Christmas Detective is a simple app that scans a person’s photo and determines if they’re naughty or nice! Once the photo is analyzed, a “naughty” or “nice” banner is placed on the photo. There is also the option of posting the photo on Facebook and/or Twitter! This app may be a handy tool during the holidays. It’s currently on sale for 99 cents. (iTunes)

Scrooge’s Tip Calculator. Of course you should tip generously to your server(s), but this app makes it a lot of fun. What would Scrooge tip if he was eating with you? There are four levels of tipping – from a generous Christmas Spirit to a Scroogey mood. This app is currently in the iTunes app store for Free! (iTunes)

Santa's SackSanta’s Sack. Angry animals have stolen all of Santa’s presents! Help Santa get them all back by tiling the iPhone / iPod Touch and catching all the present in his big red sack! It’s a silly game with fun music. Available in the app store for free! (iTunes)
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Wii Game Review: Wii Fit Plus

December 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Gadgets and Accessories, Games, Geek Fun & Humor

If you’re a computer-chair potato like me, you know it’s hard to fit in any exercise (or movement for that matter) into your daily schedule. But Wii Fit Plus is a fantastic game to help motivate you to exercise. This is a nice upgrade from the previous version. If you already own Wii Fit and the balancing board, you only need the $20 game upgrade. If you don’t own it at all, you can buy the complete package for only $89.99 (on sale on Amazon – save $10).

Wii Fit Plus still uses the previous User Interface — which is good because it’s easy to use and it’s very familiar to Wii Fit owners. Additional features include a calorie count — so you can keep track of how many calories your burn after each exercise and throughout the entire workout. There are 15 new training games (which are my favorites) that will have you flapping your arms, running, and even do karate moves! It’s not only fun to play, it’s also hilarious to watch!

Wii Fit Plus also comes with new yoga and strength training moves. Any position yoga or strength training you didn’t unlock in the previous game will be unlocked in Wii Fit Plus. Wii Fit Plus routines can be set up so you would do exercises designed to improve specific ares. This is done by combining activities.

Changing players during the game has also become is much easier! In the original game, you would have to close your session, and then select the new player. In Wii Fit Plus, you can simply click on “Change Player” and the next player can start playing the same game. Best of all, all of your data transfers nicely over into the new game.

With the new improvements and additional games, I highly recommend this game for parties and individuals who need a fun way to be more active. I give it a 9 out 10 stars. Below is a more detailed review of each individual new mini game in Wii Fit Plus.

Reviews of each new Wii Fit Plus Training Game

The new Wii Fit Plus Training games are a lot of fun! They combine aspects of the original Aerobics and Balance games in the previous version. The wide range of mini games are quite impressive. Here are my reviews of each of the 15 new mini games.

Perfect 10 – In this game, you want to add up the numbers to 10 (in easy mode) by wiggling your tush to hit bouncing balls that add up to 10. This is a great mental and booty exercise game. Finish it to unlock the advanced level — adding numbers up to 15.

Obstacle Course – This one is definitely my favorite because it’s not a short game, and you do feel like you’re running an obstacle course on American Gladiators, or something similar to that. Run by walking quickly on the balance board. When you need to jump bend your knees and stand up. The balance board will pick up the weight shift. Be sure not to JUMP or remove your feet from the balance board. This will cause you to start the course over. This took me a while to get use to, but after the 3rd time, I finally got the hang of not jumping off the board. It’s a great workout that requires quick thinking and a steady pace.

Bird’s-Eye Bulls-Eye – If there’s one game you have to sit out and watch someone play, this is it! You become a bird and the object is to land on various targets to earn more time on your clock. The more time you earn, the more time you have to reach other targets on the land (and water). Flying to these targets will require you to flap your wings and stand still when you hover over a target. Little flaps will help guide you slightly upward when near a target, and big flaps will guide you farther. You really feel like a bird playing this! Unlock the advance level to fly over water and even to the top of mountains and blimps! Warning – be sure to stretch a lot, else your shoulders will be hurting afterward. Humans don’t normally work these wing muscles much. ;)

Driving Range – allows you to work on your golf moves. Turn the Wii Balance board to the side, and use the Wii Remote to swing. The game will show you how balance you are and correct your position. There’s no time limit, so relax and keep golfing. You can also take practice shots before each ball.

Skateboard Arena – is very fun once you get the hang of it! You turn the Wii board around and stand on it like a skateboard. Skate over lights to earn points and even go up ramps! The more points you earn, the more levels you can skate in. If you skate board starts slowing down, step off with one foot and push (just like a real skateboad) to gain momentum.

Snowball Fight – is definitely one of my favorites. You are snowball fighting against a whole army of Mii’s. Well, not really, but when you’re by yourself, it seems like an army! Hide behind a shield, but peek out to throw snowballs at your opponents. Step to the left to peek out on the left side, and step to the right to peek to the right. But be careful not to get hit with snowballs! Use your Wii Remote and aim at your opponents. Press down to throw snowballs at them!

Rhythm Kung Fu – is really cute. I’m a bit off rhythm for the faster moves, but I love how you can use the Wii Nunchuk and Wii Remote to mimic the moves. It’s a big improvement over Rhythm Boxing. I like how you can watch the Mii’s and just follow their moves right after instead of waiting for them to complete full moves.

Island Cycling – this is another one of my favorites. Although I’m not really on a bike, the moves you have to mimic does feel like I was riding on one. Just take fast steps on the balance board to move your bike faster, and use the Wii remote to maneuver the bike to the left or right. The object of this game is to capture all the flags on the island. There is no time limit, so you can go as quickly or slowly as you like. This game also gives you the chance to go and explore all parts of the Wii Fit Island. It’s incredibly scenic and fun indeed. Once you captured all 12 flags, head toward the finish line and then unlock the advance mode — 22 flags. Boy does this game work out those leg muscles!

Segway Circuit – this game is awesome and so much fun! You can zone out and feel like you’re really on a Segway! There’s a giant gopher on the loose, stealing all of the beach balls. The object of the game is ride around quickly and pop all of the beach balls. At the very end, chase the gopher around and pop the last beach ball. Be careful because he’s quick! Jump on ramps on your Segway to gain speed. Use the Wii Remote to steer to the left or right. And balance yourself on the board as you would on a Seqway. Very fun if you enjoy quick games.

Tilt City – the object of the game is to make the falling balls land in their matching colored-canister. Sounds easy right? There are two levels of boards that you control. The top one is controlled by holding the Wii remote on it’s side. The second level are controlled by your feet using the balance board. It gets pretty tricky with multiple balls dropping down. Quick hand-eye-feet coordination is needed to score high! Quite fun and challenging!

Rhythm Parade – you use the Wii Remote and Wii Nunchuk as your batons and you march down the streets in a marching band. Raise your ‘baton’ as you see lights coming down either side of the screen. This is not my favorite mini games because my feet and hand coordination is quite off. Once I get the hand motions down, my feet are off rhythm. Try it! Maybe you’ll have better luck than me.

Big Top Juggling – tests your balance skills. Balance yourself on a big ball as you use the Wii Remote and Wii Nunchuk to juggle balls tossed at you. It’s not one of my favorite — probably because I keep falling off the ball. But I’ll give it another try soon.

Table Tilt Plus – I simply adored the original Table Tilt games. This game tests your balance and speed. The new version is much more difficult because balls now have the ability to land on poppers that launch them onto a higher pedestal. It’s very challenging as you have to control where the ball lands as well.

Balance Bubble Plus – I got really good at the original game, and this version just took me by surprised! It’s quite difficult once you enter the dark cave and try to balance and maneuver around monsters in there. This works your eye and feet coordination and is quite challenging.

Basic Run Plus – is very similar to the basic run in the original Wii Fit aerobics games. However, you’re running with a cat at the beginning of the game instead of a dog, and the path is different. At the end of the run, there’s a short quiz to test how observant you are. So be sure to check out your surroundings as your run. Do well, and unlock the long run mode.

For videos of each of these games, see the official Wii Fit Plus website.

Fun for the Whole Family

Another thing that I really love about this game is how all of mini games tie together into one big Wii Fit Island! If you played the previous version of Wii Fit, you’ll notice that they used the same landscape — the land you see when you run around on the track. In Wii Fit Plus, when you’re running or biking, you’ll see the same course but with the addition of a much more land. The Wii Fit island is very nice and peaceful and you can roam all around it in the Island Cycling game.

Read more about Wii Fit on their official website. You can also purchase the game with or without the balance board on Amazon. The one with the balance board is currently on sale — save $10!

One more thing, since my family and friends are always over and playing games, I highly suggest getting a Wii Fit Balance Board Silicone Sleeve for your balance board. It makes cleaning the board much easier and comes in an array of colors! And if you don’t have a Wii Gaming System yet, go get one!

Feel free to leave a comment or questions below. I’m reviewing this game because it is one of my favorite games. The views expressed in this blog post are my own and do not necessarily represent Nintendo.

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iPhone App Review: Arctic Shuffle 2

December 17, 2009 by  
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Arctic Shuffle 2 ScreenshotName: Arctic Shuffle 2 (iTunes: Full Version | Free Lite Version)
Written By: Zinc Roe Design
Category: Games
Price: 99 cents, with option for in-app purchases for 99 cents each. (two are available)

Size: 10.2 MB
Requirements: iPhone / iPod Touch
Version: 1.2
Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars

Arctic Shuffle 2Arctic Shuffle 2 is a cute and exciting puzzle game that will have you playing for hours! Chill out with the cuddly penguins as you aim and slide them across the ice to land on the target! Be sure to watch out for obstacles that can hurt your precious penguin.

The game has 10 stages in each level of difficulty – beginner, easy, medium, hard, expert — that’s 50 different puzzles to solve! In addition, there are also two optional add-on packs for 99 cents, which include 24 extra stage each.

The scoring system for each stage is based on three parts — difficulty, penguins survived, and time bonus. Your total score are tallied up and added into the online leaderboard using AGON Online service. Compare scores with all players, people near you, and your friends. There’s even an option to post your scores on Twitter and Facebook.

The challenges and adorable graphics in Arctic Shuffle 2 keeps you coming back for more! Try it Arctic Shuffle 2 Lite for free. It comes with 10 levels. If you enjoy it purchase Arctic Shuffle 2 in the iTunes app store for only 99 cents.

This article was originally published and featured in iProng Magazine.

Disclaimer: I’ve received a promo code for “Arctic Shuffle 2″ iPhone app from Zinc Roe Design in exchange for a review.

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iPhone App Review: Flipside

December 14, 2009 by  
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FlipsideName: Flipside (iTunes)
Written By: Igloo Games
Category: Games
Price: $2.99

Size: 8.9 MB
Requirements: iPhone / iPod Touch
Version: 1.1.1
Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars

FlipsideLooking for some super puzzle fun? Try FlipSide! FlipSide is a challenging and fast-moving puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Imagine if Tetris was crossed with match 3, with better colors, sounds, and graphics and you got FlipSide.

Matching pieces fall with a symbol on each side — near side (your side) and far side (you opponent’s side). The object of the game is to create at least 3 matches on your side. You have the option of flipping the pieces over by tapping on them. You can also drag falling pieces over to different columns. Match pieces horizontally or vertically to get points!

The best part about this puzzle game is the various modes you can play in. Modes include Tutorial, Survival, Puzzle, Vs. com, and peer-to-peer (bluetooth).

There is a small learning curve for this game, but the tutorial mode gets you started quickly. It’s simple to follow and explains the game quite easily. I personally would play the tutorial mode a few times before jumping into the other modes.

In Survival Mode, you can play until the screen is filled up with pieces. There are over 20 stages in both Normal and Expert mode.

In Puzzle Mode, the object is to flip or move the pieces so they all disappear (without the addition of new pieces). This mode requires the most amount of thinking and isn’t timed. There are 20 stages in both Easy and Medium modes.

In Verses mode, you play against other players (the computer) and both sides is able to flip pieces to match what’s on their side. There are 5 other players — each one with their own characteristics and strategies. Each player also has 5 different levels to complete. The higher the level, the faster the pieces fall and the more competitive the player gets! Win two games at each level to move onto the next challenge.

You can also Play with a friend using bluetooth! This is similar to the Verses Mode, except it’s against a friend. You’ll see pieces they flip over and move around, and they see your moves as well.

The graphics are beautifully done and the sounds are just hilarious. I also enjoy how Igloo Software incorporates graphics from their previous games into the next.

This game is great for your brain muscles. You have to think fast and plan a strategy. And best of all, it’s highly addictive.

So how big of a match can you get? The bigger the match, the more points you’ll get! Flipside is available in the iTunes app store for just $2.99.

Note: This app review was recently published in iProng Magazine and Flipside has won iProng’s Best Puzzle App of 2009 Award!

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iPhone App Review: Disney’s Prep & Landing

December 8, 2009 by  
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Prep and LandingPrep & LandingGet into the holiday spirit and help Santa on the most important night ever! ABC brings to you Disney’s Prep & Landing, a new television special airing Tuesday, December 8th at 8:30/7:30c. Along with that comes a cute iPhone / iPod Touch app to spread holiday cheer!

You get to play Lanny, the Christmas elf, as he joins the Kringle Training Academy to become part of the elite unit of elves that prepare homes for Santa on Christmas Eve! Practice in these great mini games: Deployment, Sparkle Ball Practice, and Ski Jump.

In Deployment, you hop off of Santa’s sleigh and parachute down. But be careful! Avoid the toy airplanes, balloons and birds that may be i your way. catch the candy canes and presents to earn rewards!

You never know who’s awake and creeping downstairs anticipating Santa’s arrival! In Sparkle Ball Practice, toss sparkle balls to put eagre children and puppies to sleep.

There are lots of houses for Santa to visit on Christmas Eve, so in Ski Jump, you get to jump from rooftop to rooftop to catch special ornaments that increase your time to prepare for homes for Santa! Watch out for chimneys and snow pits!

This app also comes with some extra holiday fun. Santa has a special scanner to know if you’re naughty or nice, a compass, and a world map!

All in all, if you like fun little mini games, this is a great app to have. Play it while you watch Disney’s “Prep & Landing” tonight!

The app is available in the itunes store for just 99 cents.

If you’re in the US, you can view the video on hulu.

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Bargain iPhone Apps

December 3, 2009 by  
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The holidays are fast approaching and sales are all around us! I’ve been watching the “App” Market and seeing a lot of prices drop. So where can you spend your iTunes gift card and get the best bang for your buck? Here is a list of some iphone / iPod Touch apps that I thought were noteworthy and worth your time and money:

General Games

rampchampRamp Champ, originally $1.99, is now Free for a limited time! Overall, it’s a skee-ball app with a lot of personality! Play with various ramps and discover hidden Easter eggs. Win tickets and redeem them for virtual prizes. Beautiful graphics and the music reminds me of the good old carnival days. (iTunes | Full review)

touchpetsdogsTouchPetsDogs is an adorable virtual pet game that’s perfect for the whole family. Adopt a puppy or two and teach them tricks, dress them up, and even take them on playdates with your friends’ dogs. It’s a great social game every animal lover will enjoy. TouchPetsDogs 10 was 99 cents, but is currently free. This version comes with 10 (plus an extra 8) bowls of food for the dog and is the best bargain out of all the TouchPetsDogs versions. (iTunes | Full review)

nutchuckinNut Chuckin’ is an adorable game starring squirrels. This game features original artwork, unique gameplay and custom music. Help Risoo the squirrel hop up the ladder of branches as he dodge nuts chucked at him from a few trouble-making squirrels! New Lite version is available. Full version is only 99 cents. (iTunes)

South Park Mega MillionaireSouth Park Mega Millionaire Originally $2.99, this little treat is now only 99 cents. It’s a great game for any South Park fan. The South Park boys are on a Japanese game show where they have to rollerskate their way to win millions. Filled with bleeped out profanity, this game may be offensive to some and hilarious to others. (iTunes)

cromagrallyCro-Mag Rally Featured in Apple TV ads and in the Apple store, this app and all of Pangea Software apps have been dropped in price to only $1.99 cents (originally $2.99). If you like Mario Kart and other racing apps, try this pre-historic version of the game! It reminds me of the Flintstones. (iTunes)

eliminateproEliminate Pro allows you to play head-to-head combat with friends! It’s a first person shooter game that has the feel of Doom. You can play can play against anyone with the iPhone app installed. It’s real-time and a Plus+ Network account is needed (free). There are also in-app purchases, but they’re not necessary to have fun! The game is free. (iTunes)

crazypenguinxmasCrazy Penguin Christmas is the holiday version of Crazy Penguin Catapult 1 and 2. Help save Santa and the elves from mean polar bears by catapulting penguins to the rescue. The app is currently 99 cents, but I suggest trying the Lite version first to see if you like it. (iTunes: Full | Lite)

Puzzle Games

arcticshuffle2Arctic Shuffle 2 is a cute little puzzler featuring cuddly penguins. Slide them across the ice, bump them off of glaciers, and make one land safely on the target to collect points. Great quick and casual game. In-App purchases include plenty of levels to keep you busy. It’s currently $1.99 in the App store, but a Lite version is also available for free. (iTunes: Full | Lite)

Finger PhysicsFinger Physics is really cute! There’s a bunch of physics-related mini games with adorable graphics. Games include creating a stable contraption with various shapes, eliminating pieces to make an egg roll to a specific destination, and many more. It’s worth a lot more than it’s 99 cent price tag. A lite version is also available for free to try out. (iTunes: Full | Lite)

Zombie PizzaZombie Pizza combines my two favorite types of games into one — puzzle and time management game. It gets your brains racking.. and on pizzas! Add hearts, brains, and other disgusting body parts onto pizzas to feed zombies before they eat you! It’s currently $1.99 in the iTunes App store. (iTunes: Full | Lite)

FroggerFrogger is great if you like the classic arcade games. Toggle between classic and new graphics. Hop your frogs to safety to the other side of the pond and get rewarded. This game requires good timing skills and just fast thinking! This game was $7.99 when it was first in the app store. Now it’s only for 99 cents! (iTunes)

flipsideFlipside is a fast-action puzzle game with various modes to play with. This game is a combination of Tetris and Match 3 games. Beautiful graphics and hilarious sounds. There’s also a ton of levels that makes the price of $2.99 well-worth it. Just a warning, this game can be quite addictive. I’ll see you on the Flipside! (iTunes)

CollapseCollapse Chaos is one of my old favorites! I use to play this all the time. Tap matching gems and combine them to earn big points. Usually $1.99, now only 99 cents. It’s a very good game if you’re standing in line or something. (iTunes)
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Educational

Little CookLittle Cook. Got a little one who loves working in the kitchen? Let them try out Little Cook and cook up their own tasty treats (without the mess!) They can select one of 7 dishes to make and a put their cooking to the test with the young critic. Create a tasty treat, and the critic will be happy and give lots of compliments. Create a disastrous meal and the critic will ask you if this was your first time cooking. I find the comments hilarious, and it’s such a great educational game for your little one. This game is aimed at ages 4-7 and is available in the iTunes App store for just 99 cents. (iTunes)

Brain Quest Blast Off!Brain Quest Blast Off! comes in various levels and are educational games in fields of math, science, and more. Originally $14.99, each grade level app is now only 99 cents. Learning has never been so much fun!
(iTunes: Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7)

Graphics

psmobilePhotoshop.com Mobile is one of my favorite image editing apps on the iPhone. There are not as many options like the desktop version of Photoshop, but it’s just enough to make editing your photos on the go, easy. Brightening and cropping photos is a cinch. I also like the effects available. My favorite is the Vignette Blur effect. Best of all, it’s free! (iTunes)

sketchbookmobilexSketchBookX is a great professional on-the-go artist tool. If you ever want to doodle while you’re out, this is the app to have. All of your artist tools are available; just use your finger or a special stylist to start drawing. This is the free version of SketchBook Mobile. (iTunes)

I hope you were able to discover some great new apps for your iPhone/iPod touch. I spend a lot of time testing out apps, so you don’t have to! :) Let me know if you like these kinds of mini-review posts.

So, what are your favorite iPhone / iPod Touch Apps?

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