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CANNOT STOP PLAYING (JAN 29 2011)

Here are three more games that have got a lot of play time this week.

1) Highborn HD – Jet Set Games [iPad] (£1.79) – 86%

With the release of the new campaign as an in-app purchase I have returned to playing this again.

2) ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection – Elite Systems Ltd [iPhone/iPod Touch] (£1.79) – 79%

Now the application has sixty titles to select from, including some real classic I have returned to playing it. School Daze and Laser Squad are still games that can hold my interest today.

3) Ping Pong – Insanely Addictive! – Miniclip.com [iPhone/iPod Touch] (Free) – 70%

Strangely addictive keep it up game that gets very difficult very quickly, but the keep on playing.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Cannot Stop Playing

 

READPAD – REVIEW (78%)

Readpad is an RSS reader (Google Reader) releases by GeeTouch.

*You will need a Google reader account to use this application, if you do not want to set a Google reader account you will not be able to use this app.*

This application allows your to link to your google reader account, and then see you feeds on the iPad in a nice to read list of articles. Once in the articles you have several options to read the original in safari or the built in browse, you can star them or may notes on the article. You can also send links out or export to read later in applications like instapaper.

The main drawback of this app for me is I like to click a button and flick rapidly through articles, skimming the articles to see if they are worth reading. On this app you can see the headlines, but need to click onto the headline to read in full. 

On the upside:

  • Clean and clear interface
  • Lots of sharing options
  • Can quickly see the feed the article is coming from
  • Nice Headline view

On the downside:

  • If multiple articles in one feed then there is no – one-touch to flick to the next article, two clicks or a large swipe are needed.
  • Three clicks to view in Safari, rather than two on other similar apps.
  • A little unstable, has crashed on me.

Overall, this is RSS reader applications. The article display is now and clean The options for going outside the application are good (especially for sharing services with lots of sites supported). I feel it is really now a two horse race between this and Reeder for which is the best RSS reader to have. 

Rating: 78%

Size: 1.0 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.99 

Link: ReadPad ~ innovatie Google Reader app for iPad – geetouch

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in App - Business, App - Life Style, iPad, Reviews

 

ZX SPECTRUM ELITE COLLECTION, GOLDEN AXE – RE-REVIEW

Two of our favorite retro titles have been had an update and worth a fresh look.

ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection – Elite Systems Ltd: 79% (up from 66%)

This application keeps on improving, it now has twelve games for free, and sixty games in all (the rest available via in-app purchases) The controls have been greatly improved. This is probably the best spectrum emulator I have used on any system (other than the ZX Spectrum itself). A must have for retro gaming fans.

 

Golden Axe – SEGA: Now 70% (up from 64%)

Over the christmas period Sega finally added the multiplayer option into the game and made a few tweaks. It is still not the game it could be, but if you were a fan of the game it is worth having a second look now. 

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Re-Reviews

 

FOX IN SOCKS [DR. SEUSS] – REVIEW (79%)

Fox in socks is a tongue twisting e-book / audio book and is published by Oceanhouse Media.

The application opens to the message “Take it slowly – This book is dangerous” leading my son to ask the reason why? I then had to explain about tongue twisters to him. After we read the book together he said that the book was not dangerous, but you did have to do the tongue twisters slowly.

The book gives you the options of reading the book yourself, having the read to you (and you control the page turns) or the complete book read to you automatically. The application also adds extra interaction by touching something on the screen the name appears in print and word is spoken.

The story is by Dr.Seuss and is a few tongue twists put together into one book, as you would expect from Dr.Seuss the characters and situations are a little off the wall.

This book is for kids and adults alike.

On the upside:

  • Interactive with the book adds to the “re-readability” of the book.
  • Universal for iPad and iPhone
  • If you love trying tongue twisters

On the downside:

  • No page selector to jump into the story to your favorite bit of the book.
  • No real story here, only tongue twisters.
  • A little expensive for what it is.

Overall, the book is nice and you will find yourself reading it a few times, but I do not think it has the longevity of some of Dr Seuss other titles.

Rating: 79%

Size: 18.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.39

Link: Fox In Socks – Dr. Seuss – Oceanhouse Media

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Books, eBook, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

TIKI TOWERS 2 – REVIEW (81%)

Tiki Towers 2 is a physics based puzzle game released by GameHouse.

This game is the follow up to Tiki Towers, this sequel follows the same style of game play. This is entering a puzzle in build mode, build your tower or structure, then release the monkeys from a box to see if they can escape the level and hopefully pick up a few bananas on the way.

This second game has a storyline, rather than the island hoping in the original, in this game, an evil gorilla dictator has sound down your planem making it crash land on his island, and he has stolen both your plane and your cargo of bananas. So your plan is to get to his mansion and then escape the island.

Gameplay wise the application presents you with a box containing your monkeys and an exit that must be reached. You are given a limited amount of building materials and need to make sure the monkeys can climb or swing to the exit. You can take as long as you like building the structures, but when you click the box the action starts. 

The graphics and sound are both good. The music is a little repetitive. The graphics of the monkeys are as cute as the original version.

On the upside:

  • Nice little puzzle game

On the downside:

  • Sometimes a solid structure is weak, but you do not know why.
  • You will find yourself retrying levels several times trying to get things just right.

Overall, this game is well designed and looks great. The game plays as well as the original, however, it seems be have become more difficult in the way the structures built seem to be weaker, and break even when they would have been more solid in the original. Is this a good or bad thing, it is hard to say, but you have to think a bit differently when solving the screens.  

Rating: 81%

Size: 126 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.79

Link: Tiki Towers 2 – GameHouse

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Game - Puzzle, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews