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PREWARE HOMEBREW DOCUMENTATION [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (72%)

Preware Homebrew Documentation is a overview to using Preware Homebrew and is released by Rod Whitby.

This application is an easy to browse set of documentation on how to install the Preware HomeBrew onto your webOS device and gain access to the HomeBrew applications, patches, themes and overclocking.

This application has a lot of interest at the moment, with the uncertainly that continues with webOS under HP control. If HP does discontinue webOS as they did with their devices (not likely at this stage), the HomeBrew community may be the only method to obtain new application. 

The documentation introduces you to the idea behind HomeBrew and how to install the software on your computer and to put you device into developers mode in order to install software.

You may need to dig a little deeper on the web after reading the documentation as it does not cover everything and it you need to trouble shoot anything the documentation is not here. The documentation includes Touchpad, but deals a lot more on the phone side of things.  

The user interface is simple and easy to navigate.

On the upside:

  • Clean and clear user interface
  • A good introduction to the HomeBrew community.

On the downside:

  • Documentation is lacking in things like troubleshooting.
  • The documentation does not go too deeply into anything.

Overall, this is a good overview of Preware Homebrew and is a useful and clear way of getting started with Homebrew. The same information can be found on the internet for free, but as the money goes to the HomeBrew community and has the promise to be update and correct then it is a good idea in getting the application if you are interested in joining the HomeBrew community.

Rating: 72%

Size: 6.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Preware Homebrew Documentation

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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in App - Life Style, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

SPRINKLE [IOS] – REVIEW (79%)

Sprinkle: Water splashing fire fighting fun! is a cute puzzle game released by Mediocre AB.

“The inhabitants of Titan, a moon of Saturn, lived out their days peacefully in their straw hut homes – until space tourists from Earth crashed through Saturn’s rings, bringing a storm of flaming asteroids crashing down on the Titans. To combat the widespread fires threatening their homes, the Titans have built a massive water cannon. And they need you to man it! “

This game is simple in design. You are presented with a puzzle, several areas of the screen are on fire (this can be added to by a flaming meteor moments into the puzzle) and you have to put out these fires with your cannon. Due to the designs of the levels, the cannon does not have a direct line to the fires, so you need to use the level itself to aim your water towards the fires. Finish the level before you run out of water, and you are rewarded droplets for the amount of water you had left.

The levels contain rocks that can be moved, switches to be triggered, cogs to turn and holes to block.

The game gives you twenty levels for free. Some of these are locked until you get the number of droplets needed to unlock them, which can extend the longevity, but for me I had to replay a level once and then I played through to the end in less than an hour. At this point you can unlock the next 10 levels for £0.69.

The game is control by moving your finger up and down on the cannon, to raise and lower it, and then away from the cannon to rotate the head of the cannon up and down.

The graphics and sound are both good, the graphics of the aliens are cute as the leap out of the way of the water and the fires.

On the upside:

  • Cute game.
  • Some nicely designed puzzles.
  • Realistic water effects.

On the downside:

  • Lack of longevity (finished base levels in less than an hour)
  • In-app to unlock what you know will be less than half an hour of gameplay

Overall, I liked this game and it was fun to play, however, the twenty levels you get for £0.69 are a little short lived. The idea of buying the next 10 levels for £0.69 when they are likely to last about 30 minutes, just does not feel like good value, especially as you know you will have to do it again for the next 10 levels. If the game had all the fourty levels for the original £0.69 or even £1.49 I would have been a lot happier. However, when you do not look forward to updates with new levels to a game it is a bad day.

Rating: 79%

Size: 18.7 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69 (in-app purchases to unlock later areas – £2.07 for the full current game.)

Link: Sprinkle: Water splashing fire fighting fun! – Mediocre AB

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Game - Puzzle, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

BREAKIN’ THE CHAINS OF LOVE (FITZ & THE TANTRUMS) – S.O.T.W. – REVIEW (74%)

Breakin’ The Chains of Love by Fitz & the Tantrums is this weeks free single of the week.

This song is a good release from iTunes.

Apple has this marked as a pop track.

The music track has a very sixties / seventies feel, with electric keyboard and drums. The music bounces along in the background giving an upbeat feel.

The song is well sung by the male singer along with a good female backing singer.

Overall, this was an enjoyable song, but not something I would put into one of my playlists. It is worth a listen especially if you like late sixties tracks.

Rating: 74%

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Breakin’ the Chains of Love – Single – Fitz & The Tantrums

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Music, Reviews, Single of the week

 

EDGE EXTENDED [IOS] – REVIEW (88%)

EDGE Extended is an action puzzle game released by Mobigame.

This is a follow up to the original Edge game, and I am happy to say is an improvement on the original.

In the game you move a cube around a geometric universe, navigating around the level in order to collect prisms and finding the exit square.

You appear on a level and set about your search for the exit. The levels can be very large and with secret areas, switches to trigger and moving blocks. There is even a strange black cube that appears appears from time to time triggering your way through a level or hindering your progress.

The mini map can offend show traps and hidden path ways, but these are not already clear, with the 3D begin used as part of the puzzle element of the game, however, this can sometimes be annoying as you fall off the map several times to find that due to the 3D a hidden path would have get you through minutes before hand.

There are 44 levels to play through, you are awarded a grade for the time taken to complete the level, and this can give you a reason to go back and retry and become an edge master with an S+ rating.

The game is controlled (by default) by dragging around the cube, with the cube following the direction you finger is moving. This works well and pretty precise. You can also control by a control pad (which works well) and tilt control (good, but did not give the precise control needed).

The graphics have a very interesting retro style, that works well, but feels more functional and exciting.

On the upside:

  • Addictive and Brain Teasing.
  • Great fun to play.
  • Universal.

On the downside:

  • The 3D landscape is used to confuse you at times, which is a bad thing at times.
  • Timing can be too vital especially in later levels.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable game to play. The mix of Action, Reflexes and Puzzle is just right. If it was not for the confusion caused by the 3D environment at times this would be one of my favorite games. I hope that Mobigames add more levels as I am playing it so much I am running out. This is a quality product at a great price.

Rating: 88%

Size: 19.2 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: EDGE Extended – Mobigame

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

FREE APP ROUND-UP (AUG 30 2011)

Below are four free applications for the Touchpad.

Tanked : 74%

A simple tank combat game offering multiplayer on the same device and online. The dare you not to smile the first time you kill an enemy with the beagle weapon. Some minor crashing issues.

Softick Freecell HD : 69%

Another good card game conversion by SoftTick.

Woodenigma : 69%

This is not a Touchpad application, but works well on the Touchpad in full screen. Nice puzzle game.

One Hundred Eighty (Enyo): 64%

A useful application for scoring a darts game (especially if you are not good at maths)

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Free App Round Up, Touchpad, webOS