It is Friday again. Fridays mean so many different things to so many people. It might mean the start of a relaxing weekend, or the end of a great workweek. It might trigger desire to go on a road trip, or give you hope for a quiet weekend at home. For us here at PadGadget, it means remembering our youth. It means going back a couple of decades to a time when we sat on the floor eating cookies and milk while watching reruns of Voltron and playing games on our ColecoVision. It means we spotlight retro and classic games for Flashback Friday.
Category: App Reviews
It is time for another edition of PadGadget’s Sound Stage. Every week, we look for apps and accessories for musicians and fans of music. Last week, we showed you a pair of drumsticks that are specifically designed for the iPad. Think of them as a musician’s stylus.
This week, we have a fun synthesizer app that lets you manipulate sound to create crazy samples that you can use with any Midi compatible device. This app was recently updated with Audiobus support. To add even more awesome to the mix, it is absolutely free. There are no ads, no in-app purchases, and no paid upgrades. Just start playing and see where it takes you. Read More »
They Need To Be Fed 2 is the follow up to the original They Need To Be Fed game, which featured crisp, high contrast graphics and simple but fun platform puzzle gameplay. They Need to Be Fed 2 is more of the same, with a few fantastic additions.
As a platformer, They Need To Be Fed 2 is fairly unique. It uses 360 degree gravity, which means that you will navigate through the game from left to right and from top to bottom, making your way through the level grabbing up diamonds.
When I interviewed Nosy Crow‘s Tom Bonnick last month, he piqued my curiosity about Little Red Riding Hood, the company’s newest interactive, digital book for 3 to 8-year-olds. After a chance to use the app, which was released last week, for myself, I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint.
Nosy Crow’s version of Little Red Riding Hood encompasses the well-turned out, cinematic feel of their previous fairy tale digi-books, Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs, with a choose-your-own-adventure-style twist. Not only does the reader dictate how Little Red’s story unfolds, he can also play games within the narrative, and enjoy surprising iOS integrative features.
Penumbear is a unique-looking platformer. It’s dark and dreary with a haunting soundtrack, but focuses on the usage of light to get through various obstacles, which is a great concept. The game stars Penumbear himself, who is a little bear that wakes up in a dark castle basement.
Poor Penumbear has just a purple firefly to keep him company, but luckily, it’s a magical firefly that is able to turn on lights, which is handy because Penumbear has the ability to walk across the lines where shadow and light meet.
I can never resist an iOS game that offers up bright, cheery graphics and adorably endearing characters, so from the moment I opened up Mr. Crab I was hooked. The visuals are incredibly impressive, which is no surprise because this game comes from Illusion Labs, the developers behind other fantastic titles like Touchgrind and Touchgrind BMX.
In Mr. Crab, which is a fast-paced platform-style arcade game, you will play as the titular character, making your way to the top of a continually rotating sand castle while snapping up pearls and rescuing baby crabs.
Platform games that use polarity reversal to allow players to defy gravity are not uncommon in the App Store, but Gravity Duck takes the mechanic and slaps on a fun retro skin plus a cute duck, which, as it turns out, is a complete recipe for success.
In Gravity Duck you will take on the role of a duck who can manipulate the laws of gravity, walking on ceiling and floor alike with ease. Since Gravity Duck comes from Ravenous Games, the developers behind other hits like League of Evil and Infestor, I knew it would be a hit before I even opened the app.
Like many of you, I grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon on Saturday mornings, watching Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rafael, and Donatello fight crime and eat pizza. If you weren’t aware, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have made a reappearance of late, as there is a new movie coming out and there’s a new show.
There’s also a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles app available, called Rooftop Run, from Nickelodeon. As you might have imagined, Rooftop Run is an endless running game.
Gemini Rue is a pixellated futuristic science fiction adventure game that is described as having an atmosphere similar to “Blade Runner” and “Beneath a Steel Sky.” This isn’t your typical iOS casual fare – Gemini Rue is a detailed game that will require hours of gameplay to complete.
It is a story heavy game that focuses on Azriel Odin, an ex-assassin who has arrived on the dark and dreary planet Barracus and Delta-Six, a man who wakes up in the hospital with no memory. Odin and Delta-Six both face problems of morality, making tough choices that ultimately bring them together to seek redemption.
Sometimes after a long hard day at work it’s nice to have a relaxing, stress-relieving game to play. One that’s simple, fun, and requires little brain power to play. Monkey Boxing is one such game, offering up fast-paced fighting gameplay that will allow you to tap away your woes.
As you might have imagined, this is a boxing game, starring monkeys. That’s right, you get to take on the role of a monkey boxer and join up with the Monkey Boxing League. Your only goal is to fight for your life in order to be the last monkey standing.