Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Microsoft changed, forgive the pun, the playing field when it released the Kinect which has been reported Apple passed on the technology when brought to it first. Now the Kinect has come to the iPad 2 by using the built-in front-facing camera. Bringing a bit of Pitfall to your iOS device, Fuego’s River Adventure pits Fuego on a raft against crocodiles and other obsticles to dodge using your body movement. The video above shows the came in action and how from children to adults it makes for a new entertaining way to use your iPad 2.

Crimson Apps, the author of this Kinect-like game, is releasing this game changer on sale for $1.99 as an introductory price. It plans on putting the technology into an SDK so you can expect more iPad 2 and even iPhone 4 and 4S compatible games coming soon.

Friday, April 8, 2011
ThinkGeek :: iCADE - iPad Arcade Cabinet

What started off as an April’s Fool joke has turned into a bonifide product from the crazy folks at ThinkGeek. The idea was to place an iPad into a miniature arcade game console and turn the iPad into an actual retro gamers paradise. Well, response was overwhelming and ThinkGeek figured that since they came, we’ll build it. Teaming up with Atari and it’s Greatest Hits package of yesteryear games, ThinkGeek will allow you to play Asteroids, Centipede, and nearly 100 games just like you did in the old days with a five-position joystick and rounded buttons. Now what geek that grew up in the 80s wouldn’t want this for their iPad? Heck, what geek wouldn’t buy an iPad just for this?

I was hot to place the iCADE into my shopping cart until I saw the price. $100. Yikes, for a joystick, a few buttons, and Bluetooth connectivity? Oh ya, the “wood” case and graphics. Dude, that’s a bit too pricey for my taste. To tell you the truth, I’m not sure I’d even grab one for half the price. Well, maybe.

I’m curious how well this will sell, especially when that’s a tank of gas to most people today, in this tough economy. Still, it’s a great idea that I hope sticks around so that when I can afford it, I may just get it to relive those glory days in the local arcade.

Friday, March 11, 2011

If Angry Birds has left you feeling like you need a new addiction then take a look at Evil Bricks. A game that reminds me of Minesweeper, Evil Bricks requires you to tap bricks to bring matching colors together to rid the screen of bricks. The above trailer shows you just how easy – and addictive – this game is. Give it a try…and don’t blame us for lost hours of your life.

Press Release
ONDON (March 8, 2011) — Portable Pixels has launched a colorful, fast-paced puzzle game for iPhone. In Evil Bricks, users enjoy a simple-to-learn but difficult to master game of matching colors on a wall of sliding bricks. Players swipe rows of multi-colored bricks to change their positions. When five bricks of the same color are lined up, they explode – but new bricks are spawned, some of which are Evil Bricks which can only be destroyed with a Bomb Brick.

Evil Bricks’ bright, colorful graphics make it engaging to users of all ages with swipe gestures which take full advantage of the iPhone’s touch screen. The game also integrates Apple’s GameCenter, which uses Leaderboards and Achievements.
Features of Evil Bricks include:
· Multiple game modes: Classic, Time Attack and Timed.
· Game Center integration with Leaderboards and Achievements.
· Optimized graphics for iPhone 4.
· The ability to share scores on Facebook and Twitter.

Evil Bricks is available in the App Store for US$.99. It is also available in German and Italian versions. A video demonstration of the game can be viewed at www.evilbricks.com.

About Portable Pixels

Portable Pixels is one of the UK’s leading iPad and iPhone developers with clients including Audi, Wallpaper magazine, Imperial College London and Lord Darzi. For more information, visit www.portablepixels.com.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ten One Design Unveils Fling Tactile Game Controller for iPad at CES 2011

Ten One Design, creator of the first capacitive touch-screen stylus for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, has announced its revolutionary tactile game controller for iPad – Fling. This patent pending device adheres to the iPad’s screen over the directional pad of any applicable game to deliver ultimate control and superb response for full gaming immersion. Fling’s unique spiral design creates actual physical resistance so gamers are assured of greater directional control.

Fling works with any iPad game with a directional pad, or virtual joystick, including Meteor Blitz, Across Age and Super Megaworm, among many other First Person Shooter and RPG titles.

To use Fling, launch the game of your choice, secure Fling’s center control over the game’s directional pad. Then simply place your thumb on the center control to navigate easily through the game.

Fling’s unique transparent and flexible design provides an unrestricted view of all on-screen action. Plus, the suction cups allow simple attachment and detachment for spontaneous gaming sessions. Click here to see full video demo.

Ten One Design Unveils Fling Tactile Game Controller for iPad at CES 2011

The included microfiber bag is ideal for on-the-go storage and doubles as the perfect screen cleaning cloth to eliminate unwanted smudges and fingerprints.

Available with Ice, Ninja and Ultraviolet accents, Fling can be pre-ordered now at www.tenonedesign.com for just $24.95 and will begin shipping at the end of January.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Toy Balls! Bounces into the App Store

Toy Balls! just landed in the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Developed by Cazual Games, enter the world of Toy Balls!, where balls of all types move and roll across a wooden universe, but beware the electro-zapper lying in wait to zap any ball that comes in contact with it. Navigate through the 30+ levels making as many ball connections without hitting the zapper. One touch and your balls are toast!

Toy Balls! is a matching-based physics game with a twist…players must use their quick reflexes to connect and eliminate the continuous flow of balls by matching at least 3 of the same kind, while navigating and dodging in-level obstacles, labyrinths and mazes. Select and match longer chains of balls to earn higher points and the coveted 3-star ranking. The game implements the actual physics of the balls used (tennis, baseball, bouncy ball, etc.) with simple and accurate game controls.

Stinger Missile onto the App Store with Exclusion Zone: Anti-Air Warfare for iPhone and iPod touch

Appular announces the launch of its fourth title, Exclusion Zone: Anti-Air Warfare, for iPhone and iPod touch, offering a combative spin on strategic line-drawing games. An invasion led by fighter jets, stealth bombers, and Apache helicopters is quickly approaching the military’s land and naval bases. Players must avert the attack and prepare their silos for an all-out air-strike.

In Exclusion Zone: AAW, players act as the military’s chief defense strategist during an onslaught of air raids. Players must guard landing strips and helipads by drawing anti-aircraft missile paths that intercept and annihilate enemies before they land. Bonus weapons such as electromagnetic pulses and homing missiles enhance the combative element of Exclusion Zone by adding more firepower to a player’s death-dealing arsenal. Exclusion Zone also features OpenFeint integration with leaderboards and achievements to intensify competitive gameplay.

“In the past, we were contracted to generate war simulation exercises and we’ve definitely integrated some militaristic defense concepts into Exclusion Zone: AAW, to make it a lot more intense,” says Patrick Fitzpatrick, Director of PTK Learning. “We have a talented team of developers committed to Exclusion Zone: AAW, so fans can expect monthly updates with new maps and weapons that are guaranteed to be packed with more heat!”

In celebration of the launch of Exclusion Zone, Appular announces that they will be giving away three $50 Visa Gift Cards in a raffle to players who have totaled the destruction of at least 100 enemy crafts. For more information on how to enter the contest and complete rules and regulations, please visit Appular on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/Appular.

Exclusion Zone for iPhone and iPod touch is available for $0.99 on the iTunes App Store at:

New iPhone App for Kids – BugMath!

Author: Sven Rafferty
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
New iPhone App for Kids - BugMath!

Bugs have taken over the iPhone—no, not the kind of bugs that crash your phone, but creepy, crawly kinds with an unexpected goal: teaching kids math!

TotsMobile has just released BugMath, a new educational game for the iPhone that teaches kids (ages 3 to 6) fundamental skills in counting, sequencing, addition, subtraction, and matching in a fun and interactive way. But what sets BugMath apart from competitors is its method of instruction, which is based on Singapore’s math principles.

Since Singapore’s math curriculum consistently earns top 3 ranking worldwide, Totsmobile created BugMath using the country’s main concepts, utilizing comprehensible visual cues, reinforcement of lessons in the form of games, and an engaging storyline to more effectively teach math to young children.

BugMath features a friendly alien named Ug-ug who crash-lands on Aliennz, a planet that’s full of bugs. Kids can join Ug-ug on his adventure to escape his buggy foes in five fun games, all of which teach math skills in a graduated format. Kids can start with Counting and Bug Attack and then progress on to Big & Small, Matching, and Plus Minus Bugs.

FLight Doodle

Jimmy McMillan, of the now-famous Rent Is Too Damn High Party, proclaimed Flight Doodle for iPhone, “a helluva game.” During last-minute campaigning, and just two hours before poll closing, New York State Gubernatorial candidate, Jimmy McMillan, took a few moments to try out EyeDip LLC’s popular title. He offered the game very high praise in the midst of a final round of photo ops and handshakes.

McMillan, of Brooklyn, New York, rose to immediate Internet fame after delivering his riveting and spirited message at the New York State Gubernatorial Debates last month. His YouTube videos have generated millions of views in the few weeks since the well-publicized debate.

Flight Doodle is a tilt-controlled, hot-air balloon game for iPhone and iPad, and coming soon to Windows Mobile 7 devices. Players customize their aircraft and fly as high as they can while collecting tools and power-ups, and exercising agility to avoid varied enemies and obstacles. The game’s elements combine to create a unique and delightfully light-hearted mobile gaming experience.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tiki Toss 3D

Mellow Militia has just announced Tiki Toss 3D for the iPhone and iPod touch. The relaxing beachside hook-and-ring-toss game transports players to an immersive island scene, complete with perfect surf, chirping seabirds, and a Tiki bar. The game features new reggae music from fresh and popular artists and even a crowd of surfers to heckle and encourage while they’re taking a break from the waves.

Tiki Toss 3D is a digital rendition of the classic beach and bar game. A metal ring is tied to a rope and dangles from a branch overhead. Players ‘swing’ the ring with a swipe of their finger, and try to catch it on a hook mounted on a palm tree. Along with realistic animations and 3D graphics, the addictive game-play provides fun and relaxation, with a dash of competition thrown in. Players can track their high scores on global leaderboards and challenge their friends via Facebook and Twitter.

“Tiki Toss 3D is all about providing a fun, authentic island environment in the palm of players hands,” says Kyle McGetrick, Co-Founder of Mellow Militia. “With details like real modern island music, detailed scenery, cheering friends and the relaxing rumble of breaking surf, our goal is to focus as much on the vibe of the game as the skill and strategy.”

Tiki Toss 3D has three modes for gameplay; Best of Ten, Session, and Arcade. Session mode offers unlimited tosses for players to try for the most back-to-back “ringers,” while the Arcade mode offers even more variety with score multipliers, a double down betting option and bonus tosses. Tiki Toss is truly a game of skill and Mellow Militia seamlessly ports this aspect from reality to the iPhone platform. Graduating to pro level is tough!

“When you’re playing Tiki Toss on an actual beach, you know you’re having a good day. Bringing the game to the iPhone with added dimensions like fun animations, Arcade mode scoring mechanics, and dynamic music playback has been really exciting,” says Mellow Militia Co-Founder Chris Puglisi. “We can’t wait to build in even more features!”

Tiki Toss 3D for iPhone and iPod touch is available at 50% off, for only $0.99 through November 1st on the iTunes App Store at:

For more information visit: www.mellowmilitia.com

Monday, August 9, 2010

I had an opportunity to look at a new way to view Facebook last week prior to the official release of some software that I think is going to change how people use the worlds number one website. Wowd, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, has put its real-time web tool engine into the heart of its new release, the Social Discovery Client for Facebook. Unlike other applications that use either Adobe AIR or are made for the operating system itself, Wowd created its tool in Java and runs a mini-web server on your Linux, Windows, or Mac system. You access the Social Discovery client the same way you would Facebook, through your browser. Instead of the crowded and static filled blue-themed web page your use to seeing, Wowd puts up a simple and easy on the eyes version of Facebook before you. Orange-themed.

“Wowd makes it easy to search for and find information that matters most to you in Facebook,” said Mark Drummond, CEO, Wowd Inc. who was Director of Mission Technology at NASA (JPL & Ames) working on mission technology for Mars surface operations before coming to Wowd. (Trust me, this guy is way smart having a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.) “The average Facebook user has about 130 friends and sees hundreds of status updates per day.  Our new Social Discovery Client makes it easy for people to filter and find the best of what’s posted and shared within their Facebook social graph so they can get back to enjoying social interactions and not get distracted by unwanted noise.”

Susan Doherty, Chief Marketing Officer of Wowd, told me on a phone conference call last Friday that Wowd surveyed 1,000 Facebook users when putting the Social Discovery client together and the number one complaint from users was game spam. You know, Jim needs you to help get gems, or Tammy’s farm is dying, and Mark’s just slain someone as a Mafia thug for something that you really don’t care about. While Facebook allows you to quiet the spam, it only allows you to do so one by one of your friends and as new games enter the social network realm, you have to continue your diligence and silence the new noise. Wowd with one click takes care of all of it. One click! Actually, I take that back, no click. By default after install, game spam is blocked. Thank you, Wowd!

Another high score in the survey results was losing touch with infrequent posters in a sea of chatter happy friends. I have over 450 friends and I know it’s common for me not see someone post to the point that I wonder if they even dropped me as a friend. Wowd took care of that by adding an easy link that you can click to keep up with all those infrequent posters. In my early pre-release version Wowd furnished me, I was able to easily “catch-up” with all those that post once in a while easily and quickly. I had to chuckle when I saw on the right column five names under the title “Most Active”. I guess even infrequent posters can still out post others. :)

Search is another frustrating topic with Facebook users. As it works, or really doesn’t work, Facebook search really doesn’t give much relevance in most users searches. Facebook is a social network and the power of that is the friends that build the network. With more and more looking to trusted source for advice, Google saw for the first time in – like ever – a drop in searches last month. People are tired of SEO-tainted search results. People know they can have confidence in advice from their friends and the ability to search Facebook easily for information as opposed to just having Friends and Pages results gives Wowd’s Social Discovery client a major plus over Facebook. You can effortlessly search for opinions on the latest movie, iPhone 4 advice, or even what’s good for dinner with Wowd’s Social Discovery Client for Facebook. Enter a search term and up comes all your friends that posted on their wall with that term, highlighted, along with even a tag cloud with related topics for further drill-down. Ya, I was Wowd when I saw how effective and straightforward it was to search within the browser interface.

But hold on, there’s more. You can create custom feeds such as “groups” of friends. If you’re like me, you probably have a batch of friends from high school, a collection from one job while another batch from that other job you took later. You can now put these people into “High School”, “Job 1″, and “Job 2″ custom feeds by name to see quickly see what the Class of 1989 did today. Um, that’s not my high school graduation year. Really. I’m not that old. Really. Custom feeds can also be created using keywords as well, much like search terms. In fact, when you perform a search you can save it as a custom feed to continue monitoring that topic. So nice, so easy.

Like the much ignored official Facebook app for the iPhone, you can also have a Favorite Friends section. These would be those that you want to be on the top of your radar. Hand select those that are closest, or maybe the farthest, in your life that you just have to know what’s going on with a quick click.

What else is there? Summaries. Here’s a place to see “What’s Happening Now”, much like a trending topic section. Active friends can be found here as well as a really cool graphical view of your wall that has a cork board background with push pins holding up quick wall posts, pictures, and other tid-bits. Visually, you take it in very quickly and very effectively.

In short, Wowd has put together a really exciting application that will definitely be my stop for my Facebook check-ins. Of course, without too much time even on it, I can see how valuable the free download is and I’m already itching for an iPhone version. Doherty assured me that it and Android app will be coming later. Phewf! My only disappointment is with the pop-up notifications that occur in the bottom right-hand of the screen. While nice, they are not clickable and thus offer little value other than to let you know something new has occurred.

Do realize one thing, reader, this is not a Facebook replacement as the application is far from being mature and is missing features that have become second nature to many users in using without even thinking about what they are doing. For example, clicking a friends name will not bring you to their page but rather to all of their posts. You can not dig deeper into their photos and other boxes here. You will still need to hop over to Facebooks page for full functionality.

The 25 MB package is free to install and Wowd will soon integrate text-based ads similar to Google Ads. Don’t worry, Doherty was pretty certain that image banner advertisement would not be dawning the orange-themed client and only relevant items would be displayed.

Visit Wowd for your download link now. I really think this will the be the new way to access Facebook, period. Oh, if you’re wondering how it compares to the Better Facebook plug-in for Firefox and Safari, remember what I said about the simply and static free lay out of Wowd? Ya, you won’t go wrong with the Social Discovery client. You will be Wowd.