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BOSS BATTLES HD [IPAD] – REVIEW (75%)

Boss Battles HD is a space shooter released by Backflip Studios.

“Join Rico the Raccoon as he takes up arms against the scum of the universe!”

This game is a simple shooter. You will select a boss to battle, then you will fly through a section of space (with a nice backdrop) and be attacked by a wave of enemies. Once you are past that way you will encounter the boss and need to work out its weak spots and take it down.

The attacks (wave and boss) drop gems (coins) that can be spent on upgrades, new weapons, pods and additional lives.

As you complete these boss missions more unlock and you will awarded a bounty for each mission.

You control the game by moving the ship with your finger, and the ship will automatically fire.

The graphics and sound are both very good.

As this is a free app it is ad supported, with ads for Backflip Studio’s other games, however, in this game it is overdone. A splash screen on opening, a bar on the mission selection screen, shop screen and even worst during the game itself. I love DragonVale another game by Backflip (this does not do this) and as I have it installed my keep advertising it me?

On the upside:

  • A fast and fun shooter
  • Lots of power ups to purchase.

On the downside:

  • In game add is far too big.
  • Very basic gameplay.

Overall, this shooter is good in small doses. The waves are quick and there are some nice power ups. This game is not going to win any awards, but it is fun and free.

Rating: 75%

Size: 46.4 MB

Price (at time of review): Free [in-app purchase for additional coins]

Link: Boss Battles HD – Backflip Studios

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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Game - Arcade, iPad, Reviews

 

EVAC HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (80%)

Evac HD is a Pac Man style game released by Hexage.

“The only way out is the way through! Run for your life through colorful neon mazes, chased by countless and ever-vigilant security forces. Be creative – play stealthily to avoid encounters, prepare traps for your enemies or just rush as fast as you can right in front of their eyes.”

Evac HD looks and feels very much like Pac-Man especially for the first two levels, but then you find out there is a lot more to the game. Traps, Puzzles and Power Ups all add up to a unique gameplay experience.

The idea of the game is to collect all the coloured dots on a level to open the exit, avoiding the red blocks on the way, who act very much like the ghosts from Pac-Man, but a little less active unless an alarm is sounded or they see you pass by.

There are hiding places and power ups along the way to help you avoid the enemy. If you get hit once by a block it weakens you, but you do not lose a life until touched again.

To game offers 32 levels in all, to unlock and play. You must complete the previous level to move onto the next.

Gameplay wise, you move around the mazes. Solving puzzles, avoiding the red blocks and collecting power ups. The game has a good mix of action and puzzle.

The game is controlled by a virtual joystick area. You can move it anywhere on the screen and 

The graphics and sound are both retro style, so nothing outstanding, but functional. Some nice lighting effects.

On the upside:

  • Fast and Fun action.
  • Interesting power ups.
  • Several Puzzle elements to the game as well.

On the downside:

  • Controls let the game down a little.
  • I would like a “Rewind” function (like Beyond Ynth) as you could be 2 minutes into playing a level, and move a yellow block into a corner (due to the controls) and then have to restart the level again.

Overall, this is a great mix of Pac-Man and puzzle game. I enjoyed playing it a lot, but for more the controls where the most annoying part. I moved them and calibrated them, but still ended up accidently pushing a block to far to getting caught in a trap.

Rating: 80%

Size: 28.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.59

Link: Evac HD – Hexage

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

UPDATED THIS WEEK (SEP 30 2011)

Here are some highlights of the big updates this week, seems most on the Touchpad this week.

Order & Chaos© Online – Gameloft [iOS] : 89%

Gamelofts online world continues to grow.

Music Player (Remix)  – Hedami [Touchpad] : 84%

This application continues to improve every week, bugs fixed and enhancements continue.

Advanced Browser for WebOS – MaKleSoft [Touchpad] : 85%

Several improvement to UI and a tweak or two, makes this the go-to browser for the Touchpad.

Giddy 3: Reasonably Special Edition – Peter Gordon [Touchpad] : 76%

Saving when you exit the app so you can continue later, is a great addition to the game.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Updated this week

 

JELLY DEFENSE [IOS] – REVIEW (81%)

Jelly Defense is a tower defence game released by Infinite Dreams Inc.

“Join the Jelly forces now and lead them to glory in this uneven and fierce fight against the invaders! Use your tactical skills and wisdom to tip the scales of victory in your favor in order to save the Diploglobe and the Jelly nation from the agressors! That’s right, you are their only hope – the one they call the liberator, the true leader, the Jelly savior! You are the hero they deserve! Just look at these poor little creatures. They trust you, they believe in you, they rely on you. Can you refuse those big faithfull eyes (or eye)? You’re really their only hope!”

The application puts you in control of the Jelly Defense. This tower defence game has you fighting different coloured enemies, these come in Red and Blue. You are defending ten green gems, which the enemies will steal and run away with if they get the chance. If you lose all of the green gems it is game over.

You have three towers available Red, Blue and a Mixed Colour Tower. For example, if a Red enemy passes a Blue tower then it goes by unattacked as the Blue Tower will do nothing against it. Therefore, you need a good mix of towers in order to make a solid defense.

As you kill the enemy jellys gold coins are dropped. You need to tap of these before they disappear. As you collect these your resources build up and you can purchase new defenses and upgraded the existing defenses.

There are a few power ups along the way, but these generally do not do much damage or adds to your coins.

Some of the areas are very long with twenty or some waves merging into one another. Also having to collect the coins means you have to actively have to play the levels and then one wave from the end you are wiped out by a huge wave of attackers.

Controls are done by dragging the towers into set locations around the level, you can then tap of them and buttons will appear offering upgrade or sell. You need to hold you finger down on these icons for a second or so, so you should not upgrade or sell by accident, this is useful as you are often tapping on the coins that have landed nearby.

The graphics are good, and will make fans of the other Infinite Dreams Jelly game will know what they are getting. For more the in-game graphics lack a little in animation. The music I think will be a love / hate thing. I liked the music, but my son turned the volume down when he had a go.

On the upside:

  • Well designed tower defence game.
  • Cute Jelly characters.
  • Mini Game bonus areas.

On the downside:

  • Very repetitive.
  • Not enough variety in towers / upgrades on offer.
  • Coin collecting means you have to keep an eye on the game at all times.

Overall, this is a solid tower defence game. There is nothing really new here, but it will appeal to those who like a more active version of defence games. I personally like to lay down the defenses, play the wave and then set up for the next. With Jelly Defense waves merge into one another, so you get no rest bite. Well worth a look especially at only 69p.

Rating: 81%

Size: 95.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Jelly Defense – Infinite Dreams Inc.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Game - Defense, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

SPLASHTOP REMOTE DESKTOP HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (87%)

Splashtop Remote Desktop HD is a tool to access your Mac / PC on the move and is released by Splashtop Inc.

*Screenshot from Splashtop accessing my Mac which was running Chrome browser in Full Screen Mode*

You will need to have the Splashtop Streamer software installed on your Mac or PC in order to use this application, this a free download from their website.

Once you have the software installed on both Touchpad and computer it is a fairly simple task to get them connected. I had a few minor issues, but this was due to having some older Splashtop software from the iPad version of the application. I tested on the Mac and PC, but reviewed using the Mac version.

I personally run my Mac at 1680 x 1050, so it is a little small on the Touchpad screen, so I let the app resize the screen to Touchpad native size of 1024 x 768 which worked well and gave enough screen size to still be able to use the applications without issue.

During testing I used a number of applications all the ones I tested worked and only iTunes playing some videos full screen gave issues with the video window becoming a grey boxed grid instead of the video playback.

Over the WiFi connection was speedy and worked well, over the web things were slower, but still reasonable.

My main issue was with sound on the application, it was never consistant and often I would get feedback from the Mac internal mic to the Touchpad. However, most of the application you will be using remotely will not really be using sound anyway.

The controls take a little getting use to with the swipes and with multiple fingers, but once learnt you can navigate the computer quiet well.

The usefulness of the application really depends on what you want to use it for. If you are looking to watch movies or action 3D games then you may be a little disappointed. However, if you are looking to connect to your machine and just use some software that is not available on the Touchpad, look at a website not supported by the Touchpad browser or use support the user of the computer remotely then this is great.

On the upside:

  • Fairly easy to set up.
  • Great for accessing your computer on the move.
  • Frame rate is good enough to watch low def movies and play low frame rate games.

On the downside:

  • The Mac Desktop Streamer application is a little buggy. Works OK, but did crash on me when setting up the Network options.
  • Sound does not work well at times.

Overall, this is a great remote desktop application. It generally works very well and if you are away from your main machine can be massively useful. It has a few bugs and issues, but still manages to do a good job. I can only hope that this service will improve over time.  

Rating: 87%

Size: 11.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £3.98

Link: Splashtop Remote Desktop HD

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in App - Business, App - Life Style, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS