Category: App Reviews

Tie a Proper Knot with Animated Knots by Grog HD — iPad App Review

grogappI first learned that knot tying had its own culture almost by accident while reading Annie E. Proulx’s The Shipping News, a novel that quotes liberally from The Ashley Book of Knots. Beyond tying my shoes or making a jaunty bow with a silk scarf, I’d never given knots a second thought. I couldn’t explain the difference is between a half hitch and a rolling hitch, nor did I regularly concern myself with a rope’s breaking strain. More importantly, however, I hadn’t considered the knot as a tool that could be as indispensable as a hammer, stapler, or chef’s knife.

Enter Animated Knots by Grog HD to cure me of my knot nescience. This new iPad-only app (iPhone/iPod touch sold separately) which ported from Grog’s website of the same name. Animated Knots offers users an encyclopedic knot-tying instructional database.

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Angry Birds Alum Launch Noble Nutlings – a Casual Racing iPad Game

Noble Nutlings

Boomlagoon is sure to be a name that will be mentioned a lot in tech news over the next few days. Three former Rovio employees founded Boomlagoon, which is the creative team behind the most popular game in the App Store, Angry Birds. Why is this new game company going to be the new hotness, you ask? Because they’ve just launched their own mobile video game and it is just as cute as the bird-flinging physics-based phenomenon. Don’t worry. Noble Nutlings is not an Angry Birds rip off. It is more like a Tiny Wings rip off, but whose paying attention.

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Miss the Boat? Chase it Down in Catch the Ark! – iPad App Review

mzl.mstsnbsqIn their latest title, Chillingo wonders if you can “survive the jungle and catch the ark?” With brilliantly simple on-screen controls, you will help navigate your way through jungle rapids while fighting against “outrageous hazards, hungry enemies, and even grumpy old Noah himself.”

To say this game is fast-paced is a tremendous understatement. From the moment you kick off your adventure, the twists and turns you take traveling down the water are exciting and addictive.

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Chillingo Invites You to Fling the Swing King – iPad App Review

mzm.mpuwzzwgWhat would you say if I told you that Chillingo was going to let you throw unicorn-riding puffballs around a colorful iPad universe? In Swing King, this is exactly what you will be doing. With another entry into the ever-popular physics-based game genre, Swing King invites you to solve the trajectory puzzles while avoiding a series of obstacles and a variety of traps.

“Fling the King, save the kingdom.” As with most games in this category, the first few levels are deceptively easy –but be careful and pay close attention because the skills you learn early on will help a great deal once you get a little deeper (like discovering all-too-late that certain things you perceived as dangerous are actually available to bounce and rebound against to get you where you need to go).

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Race in Zero Gravity on a Futuristic Track in Repulze – iPad Game Review

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Repulze is a futuristic top-down racing game from the creators of popular racing games like Reckless Racing and Reckless Getaway. It bears a remarkable resemblance to Wipeout Fusion, a similar game that was developed for the PlayStation 2.

This fast-paced new title puts you in the seat of an experimental hovercraft, driving as a test pilot for the Synthetics, a corporation that provides you with a series of scientific challenges to complete in the game.

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Race To Win With LEGO Legends of Chima: Speedorz — iPad App Review

LEGO LogoRace against the fastest Speedor opponents in the Kingdom of Chima as you fly through Rhino Canyon collecting studs and activating Chi. Finish the race in the fastest time to unlock new LEGO units and customize your character.

Players take control of a LEGO-built zip cord car to compete against the top six Speedor racers in the entire Chima Kingdom. All you have to do to win a race is get to the end before your opponent, but to earn achievements, unlock new items, and really win big, you’ll have to complete the course within a certain amount of time.

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Whip Your Restaurant Into Shape in Cook, Serve, Delicious! – iPad Game Review

cookserveTime management and simulation games are part of an ultra popular iPad genre, but most of those titles, like those in the Diner Dash series, give players little challenge.

That isn’t the case with Cook, Serve, Delicious, a serious restaurant simulation game that incorporates innovative touch gestures for cooking and preparing food.

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Hundreds Houses Complex Gameplay in Simple, Well-Designed Interface

hunappHundreds is a new iOS puzzler that strives to unite clean design with challenging gameplay. It’s definitely at home in the “minute to learn / lifetime to master” category.

The game includes 100 puzzles, and the goal in each level is simple: earn 100 points by tapping the circles. The round ends if the circle the player taps touches any other screen item while it’s red. It starts off easy enough, but turns full-tilt tricky before long.

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Man a Virtual Spaceship with Your Friends in Spaceteam – iPad Game Review

spaceteamSpaceteam is an innovative multiplayer game that combines button pushing and shouting in an incredibly entertaining way. In this cooperative game that’s designed to be played with friends or family, players will shout random phrases at each other in order to coordinate the safe operation of a virtual ship.

This is a free game, but each player will need to have an iPad, an iPhone, or an iPod touch in order to play. You will also need to be in the same room, as Spaceteam is meant to be played face to face. The game syncs the devices together using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and then displays a matching set of ship controls on each device.

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Help a Little Planet Find its Way Home in Paper Galaxy – iPad Game Review

papergalaxyPaper Galaxy, from Liquid Entertainment, is a puzzle game featuring a moon named Luna, who has simultaneously lost her way from earth and caught a cold. Players will use the little moon’s sneezes to rocket from planet to planet, in search of Luna’s lost home.

When I first opened Paper Galaxy, I was reminded of another paper-centric game, Paper Monsters, which featured a 3-D design that had been constructed out of paper, cardboard, and some bits and bobbles. Paper Galaxy has a similar design, with everything made from cute paper cutouts.

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