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LET’S CREATE: POTTERY HD – REVIEW (89%)

Let’s Create: Pottery HD is a virtual pottery maker application released by Infinite Dreams Inc.

If one week ago someone had told me that I was be addicted to playing a pottery making game on the iPad I would have laughed at them, however, they would have been right.

The application opens to a virtual pottery turn table with a piece of clay on top and your inbox icon is flashing. You click the create option and you push and pull the clay into the shape you want. Within minutes you have made your first piece of virtual pottery and will more than likely be ready to make your next.

The graphics are nice, and the virtual pottery looks great with virtual cracks etc. The sound is peaceful and has birds tweeting.

On the upside:

  • Relaxing
  • Somehow creating a virtual pot is very rewarding

On the downside:

  • “I just need to make one more pot, just one more”…
  • Sometimes to the photos you receive are hard to duplicate.

Overall, this is an excellent application. I was amazed how much I enjoyed playing it. If you are in doubt try the lite version of the game for free, and after playing for half an hour you will be hooked too.

Rating: 89%

Size: 34 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.99

Link: Let’s Create: Pottery HD

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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in App - Entertainment, iPad, Reviews

 

PAC-MAN FOR IPAD – REVIEW (74%)

Pac-Man for iPad is the classic arcade game released by Namco Networks America Inc.

The application opens to Pac-man splash screen, then you can jump straight into the game. Collect the pills and avoid the ghosts. Collect the big power pills to make the ghost edible for a short time.

There are three levels of difficult Easy, Normal and Original.

The game does offer some options. Sound FX on or off, listen to your iPod library and the control method. Tilt, Swipe or Joystick. I found swipe to work best for me.

The graphics and sound are as the original, with no updates. Retro gamers will be pleased to see the game in its original glory.

On the upside:

  • Classic arcade action
  • Still fun to play are all these years

On the downside:

  • Showing it’s age.
  • Repetitive, but so was the original and we still played it for hours.
  • Was reduced when downloaded, but back to £2.99 already, which is a little high for a retro game.

Overall, this is just a retro classic. If you have not played Pac-man then you are not a true gamer. It is still fun to play and you still end up complaining the the ghosts do not stay edible long enough after eating a power pill. The game is basic, no amazing sound or graphics, but with Pac-man you don’t need it.

Rating: 74%

Size: 4.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.99

Link: Pac-man for iPad

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Game - Arcade, iPad, Reviews

 

FREE APP ROUND-UP (OCT 31 2010)

A pretty poor day for applications.

Color Me! Halloween Edition: 71%

A nice little colouring application, great for kids.

Pumpkins: 66%

An slightly above average  physics game, move the gravestone to bounce the pumpkins into the caldron. Text upsizes very badly on iPad.

Monster Fire: 61%

A reasonable retro style twin joystick shooter, gets tough quickly.

Egg Scramble: 59%

A strategy game, attack the other eggs by sending eggs and robot chickens from your egg.

Angry Cat: 55%

A reasonable cannon game, with nice stylised graphics.

 
 

NEWS FROM THE LAST 7 DAYS (OCT 31 2010)

Here are some of the headline from this week.

  • Apple delay the release of the White iPhone 4 again, now Spring next year
  • iPad now available in AT&T and Verison shops in the US.
  • iPad iOS 4.2 changes lock to a mute switch.
  • Lots of Halloween sales – Gameloft, Namco and EA
  • Apple to hold secret developer summit
  • iOS4 flaw allows access to contacts bypassing the lock screen.
  • RAGE will be out at the end of November and cost £0.59

Samsung Galaxy Tablet $399 on two-year contract.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Article, News - 7 days

 

SAMURAI II: VENGEANCE – REVIEW (72%)

Samurai II: Vengeance is a hack and slash adventure released by Madfinger Games.

The application is a follow up to Samurai, which was a similar game, but due to the annoying controls, touch screen and swiping, the original did not get great reviews. For this version the controls have been changed to virtual joystick and buttons and the game is greatly improved for this.

The game offers the main story mode, dojo (arena survival combat) and also chapter selection play once they are finished in the story mode. There are three levels of difficulty to select from. As you gain points in the game you can spend them on extra health or new combos.

The story mode has you exploring very linear levels, walking into an area that then locks off, and warriors teleport in for you to combat. Once all the warriors are dead the area unlocks and you walk onto the next area. There are a few limited puzzles to solve, but these are mainly find a lever to pull.

The combat is solid, but a bit of a button basher at times.

The graphics are excellent with there cartoon styling. The music is generally very good. However, I found the sound effect of the warrior shouting just annoying.

On the upside:

  • Beautiful looking game

On the downside:

  • Gameplay is not very exciting

Overall, this is a good game and a large improvement on the original, however, the game just feels more this going through the motions rather than an enjoyable adventure. I wanted to love this game, but there is something in the gameplay that just makes it dull. It is a solid game, but that magic something is missing.

Rating: 72%

Size: 82.2 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.79

Link: Samurai II: Vengeance

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2010 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews