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FREE APP ROUND-UP (JAN 24 2012) [TOUCHPAD]

Only two free Touchpad applications get the round up treatment today.

SuperNES : 68%

I have had this free app for a while, but not covered it. It works fine and full screen on the Touchpad, but the HP App Catalog does not list it as a Touchpad application. This application is a very solid Super NES Emulator. It can handle most roms well and once you change the skins to one of the more usable options (do not use the default) everything plays well. This app does not come with roms built in, so you will need to obtain them online, unzip and move the rom into the rom folder on the Touchpad. If you are a fan of Emulators then this is well worth a download, but for general Touchpad users it is a bit too much work. (It also opens the question of whether roms are legal or not, so I only have roms for games I still own.) 

Groupon Mobile : 65%

Living in the UK this one is not much good for me, but as there are lots of US readers of the Internetgumshoe I took a look. This is a nicely done application, that is easy to navigate. You can manually select your location or use your present location. You can navigate through the deals in your area. All the inform is there from the description, details of the offer and the locations it is available. You can also share details via sms and email. If you like Groupon, then this app is well worth having for finding deal.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Free App Round Up, Touchpad, webOS

 

ORDER UP!! TO GO [IOS] – REVIEW (79%)

Order Up!! To Go is a food cooking game released by Chillingo Ltd.

Time to release the chef inside you… Order Up!! To Go is a delicious blend of frantic kitchen cooking and restaurant empire building. Chop, roll, slice, and dice your way to culinary stardom. Optimized specially for iOS, featuring perfect controls and comic kitchen action, this is one time management game that will keep you busy for hours.

This game is a Freemium title that combines some of the basics of Cooking Mama with a little fast food management.

The tutorial has you flipping burgers at the local Burger Face as you arrive on the island, this teachs the basics of frying, grilling and preparing vegatables.

Then you move on to your own fast food business. You need to buy the types of food that you think the customers will ask for and then prepare the meals as they are ordered. Timing is needed to make sure you can cook all the items without one of the orders going cold.

The gameplay at least at the start of the game is very repetitive indeed, after you have made your 20th burger and fries you want to move onto something new. If I wanted to flip burgers all day I would be working at McDo.

The graphics and sound are both very good. The music becomes a little repetitive after a while.

Freemium wise, there are adverts on several on the screen, and during levels there are pop up ads that need to be closed from the menu bar. Ads can be removed for 69p, and Gold coins can be purchased, these gold coins seem to be needed for some items and at this time I had not earned any gold coins in game.

On the upside:

  • Interesting Cooking Mini Games.
  • Nice graphics.

On the downside:

  • Has crashed between zones.
  • Advert filled.
  • Moving around the kitchen is not as easy as it should have been.

Overall, this is an interesting and nice looking game. It is like a Free version of Cooking Mama, but the gameplay is far more limited and held back by the Freemium model. I have a feeling that if this game was not freemium the game would have moved on faster and launched you into a more interesting cooking experience.

Rating: 79%

Size: 20.1 MB

Price (at time of review): Freemium

Link: Order Up!! To Go – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

TOYSHOP ADVENTURES [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (84%)

Toyshop Adventures is a platform game released by Glu Mobile.

Our shopkeeper has lost his marbles (quite literally!) and it’s up to you to help him find his special marbles and restore balance to this once peaceful toy store! Guide one of the shopkeeper’s favorite toys through a variety of playful, platform puzzles.” 

This application puts you in control of a toys from a toy shop. The owner has lost his marbles (due to an accident with a robot) and you set out to recover his marbles for him.

Each level of the shop has a Lost and Found box at the end for the exit. You need to find you way to the box collecting all the marbles you can on the way. Robots are the enemy and you may get some side missions from other toys that will help you unlock new characters to play.

There are a few puzzles to solve along the way, like how to get to the marbles that appear to be out of reach, or crossing a large electrified floor.

There are power ups to be used, however, these need to be purchased with marbles and really are expensive for a power up. Most of the time you will no need the power ups, they make things easier, but sometimes almost too easy.

The game itself is fairly simple to play, you left and right buttons for movement and then additional buttons for jump and roping objects.

The graphics and sounds are very good. The graphics really are advertisements for Glu’s other games.

I have played the iOS version of this game, and they are very close indeed. This version has dropped in price from £4 down to £1.98, so I decided to take a look now. However, you have to remember that the iOS version is Free.

On the upside:

  • Very playable platform game
  • Several characters to play and unlock.
  • Lots of levels to play.

On the downside:

  • The game sometimes refused to respond on opening – had to flip from full screen to card several times before it worked again.
  • FREE on iOS.

Overall, this is a very good a platform game. The puzzles in the game make things a lot more interesting then a simple platform game. There are lots of characters and levels, so this one will keep you playing for some time to come. It is well worth a look if you like your platform games.

Rating: 84%

Size: 139.7 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.98

Link: Toyshop Adventures- Glu Mobile

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

GREEDY PENGUINS [IOS] – REVIEW (84%)

Greedy Penguins is a fun puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.

These birds are on a seafood diet…they see food and eat it! Help the gluttonous penguins, Gnasher, Muncher, Belcher and Cruncher, get their fill of fish in this comical puzzle game. Set in a gorgeous world with three amazing environments, deviously tricky puzzles and lots to unlock, Greedy Penguins is family fun at it’s finest!

There is a game in the app store called Civiballs by Clickgamer, and it is a game that I like a lot. This game is the really the same game, but reskined with Penguin and Fish. This change makes the game more graphically appealing.

You are tasked with trying to solve logic puzzles, where you have several coloured fish that need to go into the correctly coloured Penguin, however, you are not able to move the fish or Penguins directly, you have to use objects and other fish/shells on the levels in the correct order and with the right timing to achieve this.

If a Penguin gets the right colour fish it eats and gives an ice cream as it jumps into the sea. This ice cream can be tapped on and feed to the buddy for that level, giving you enter points. If you feed the Penguin the wrong coloured fish they vomit and you are not going to be able to complete the level.

The game offers six zones (a buddy for each zone) each of the zones have 12 levels each. So 72 levels is a reasonable amount of puzzles. You will need to get 30 fish awarded in each zone to advance to the next zone. This means that you will need 3 out of 3 fish on most of the levels, so this does slow down movement to the next zone.

The gameplay moves away a lot from cutting ropes that hold the fish and objects on the level. Timing can and will play a key element on a many of the levels. There are often no time limits, but on a few levels a hungry whale will appear and try and eat the Penguins.

The graphics and sound are both very good. The Penguin and fish graphics are very cute, even when the Penguin eats the wrong colour fish.

On the upside:

  • Some great puzzles.
  • Nice graphics.
  • Universal.

On the downside:

  • Lack of interaction with the levels.
  • This really is Civiballs re-skinned.

Overall, this game is a fun brain teaser and work very well. The puzzles are at the right level, tough, but not unsolvable and you can skip a few that stump you. If you like this type of puzzle game it is well worth a look especially at the price. There is even a lite version to have a look at if you are unsure.

Rating: 84%

Size: 35.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Greedy Penguins™ – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Game - Puzzle, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

FREE APP ROUND-UP (JAN 22 2012) [TOUCHPAD]

Only two free Touchpad applications get the round up treatment today.

Tegi’s Commander : 75%

This application is a very basic file manager application. It gives you access to the “/media/internal/” folder on the Touchpad. You cannot explore the Touchpad deeper than that, but it is enough if you have a file that you need to move around the Touchpad. Navigation is simple and clicking on the “i” button on the file and you will get an option for open, copy, move, rename and delete. If you tap on a supported file it will open another card opening the file (like an image). It you have been looking for a free file management application then this is one of the best I have seen.

Ukulele Chords Book : 60%

Talk about a niche application, this has to be one. Learn your Ukulele Chords on your Touchpad. Still the Key and then the Chord. The finger positions are then show with several variations. The application is nicely designed and easy use. If you plan to learn the Ukulele then this application could be very useful indeed.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Free App Round Up, Touchpad, webOS