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STEWIE SOUND-BOARD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (65%)

Stewie Sound-board is released by Fouad Chikh.

“WARNING : May contain explicit language . Stewie Griffin gets his own soundboard. Hilarious clips of Stewie from the Family Guy animated tv series. Lots of Fun.”

This application turns your Touchpad into a Stewie Sound board.

If you are a fan of the family guy cartoon, then you can replay some of Stewie’s most famous lines. Some of the sound clips are short and just reply the text shown on the button, others are full length audio clips for the complete scene it was said.

At present, the application offers 38 sound clips, so the price per clip is reasonable.

To clips have clearly been taken from the cartoon directly, so you can sometimes pick up editing and the sound quality on some clips are not perferct, but each of the clips is reasonable or better quality.

The user interface is pretty basic, with the buttons for the sound clips and a image of Stewie behind them. There are no options, preferences etc.

On the upside:

  • Simple to use sound-board.

On the downside:.

  • Only 38 sounds.
  • Some of the sound are not the highest quality recording.

Overall, for fans of Family Guy and especially Stewie will find some fun here, however, it will get pretty old after listening a few times and showing friends. For a sound board you just about get what you paid for.

Rating: 65%

Size: 54.8 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79 ($0.99)

Link: Stewie Sound-board – Fouad Chikh

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LIVE STREAMS [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (35%)

Live Streams is an online streaming service released by Flash Media.

“This app streams live tv shows, movies from third party websites like veetle.com. 36 channels are available more will come on the next updates. Some channels may go offline then come back on.”

To be honest we had no intention of reviewing this application, but due to receiving several requests I reviewed to see if my readers would be wasting their money or not.

The application loads to a screen filled with dozens of video channels to select from. Each channel is shown by a a name and a preview image that may or may not hint to what you may be able to watch.

When you click on one of these channels a screen will appear in the centre of the application, maybe 600 x 600 pixels with no option to full screen.

This screen will then try to stream the video you have selected. I say try, as results can vary greatly. Here are my first five experiences:

  1. Screen opened to a message in russian. (probably to say the video was unavailable)
  2. A message says 
  3. A large shadow net image that stayed on the screen and the video stream never started.
  4. Star Wars III appeared for three minutes with echoing audio, I refreshed and the video feed was lost.
  5. A two minute advert followed by a War Film I did not know, with a YouTube style advert over the bottom 20% of the same view screen.

After several tries I found that around 10 channels worked during my test, and the ones that did varied in quality and streaming speeds (smooth verses jumpy).

There are some films that do work and has reasonable quality, I even managed to full screen a few of the tested videos. So it is possible to watch a video stream.

From the messages that appear in the viewing windows like “Download Veetle TV to watch this channel” it soon become clear the sources of the streams. I went to Veetle website and found the web based streaming was easier and not down.

The user interface is OK for selecting a channel, but once the video window opens the viewing is controlled by the website you are streaming from, so options like full screen are often not shown, and even if you can click it, it will fail to launch or break the video stream.

On the upside:

  • You may find something that works for more than 5 minutes and is watchable.

On the downside:.

  • Lack of active content.
  • Playback quality leaves a lot be desired.
  • You have no idea what you will be watching and where it will be in the stream.

Overall, this is a disappointing application to use, with videos not opening, the wrong audio, adverts and off air stream. If you are already a user of veetle.com you will have access to most of these channels. To be honest I am sad I had to pay a $1 (£0.79) for the application, as during my testing I did not feel I got the moneys worth. You may find something to watch online for free, but be ready for a lot of disappointment along the way.  

Rating: 35%

Size: 2.8 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Live Streams – Flash Media

 
 

ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS-LIZARD-SPOCK [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (75%)

Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard_Spock is a simple battle vs CPU game releases by bwProductions.

“The eternal struggle continues! Battle against a computer-controlled opponent for supremacy on the field of fisticuffs. Do YOU have what it takes to emerge victorious? Popularized in 2008 by “The Lizard-Spock Expansion”, an episode of the hit American sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”, Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock (RPSLS) is a five-gesture expansion of the classic hand game Rock-Paper-Scissors.”

This application is basically an electronic version of Rock-Paper-Scissors with the two extra gestures adding in.

Full instructions are given in the application, but basically you select one of the five icons and the CPU will select one at random.

An animation of two fists getting ready to make their move is played out and then two big icons with the moves are shown and the Touchpad tells you who with winner is and clocks up the score at the time of the page.

Needless to say this is more of an Entertainment app rather than a full game, their is no option for a two-player game (via pass and play for example), this is purely you versus the computer.

Several games over the years have made modes or adventure around this the rock-paper-scissors system, it would be nice if this game had something like this, rather than the simple scoring system. 

All that said it is fun to play to small doses and can be entertaining to show someone this new form of the classic game.

On the upside:

  • Simple application which a nice user interface.
  • Fun gameplay in small doses.

On the downside:

  • No two player.
  • Becomes dull after a while.

Overall, this is fun little application and worth the 79p just to have a go with from time to time. If the developers could add something more to the game, then that would be great. If you are a fan of the big bang theory then you will probably want this.

Rating: 75%

Size: 3.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock – bwProductions

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in App - Entertainment, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

DOCTOR WHO ENCYCLOPEDIA [IPAD] – REVIEW (74%)

Doctor Who Encyclopedia is an interactive book and is published by Random House.

Explore and search over three thousand entries by episode, character, place or object and see the connections that link them together. Open interactive ‘portals’ for the Doctor, Amy, Rory, River and other major characters. Build an A-Z of your favourites, explore galleries of imagery and preview and buy must-have episodes.

This application currently offers information on the Eleventh doctor (the two series released to date), information on the 9th and 10th doctors can be purchased in app. The 9th doctor can currently be purchased for 69p  (was £4.99 on release, which many people complained about as it is only one series of information.)

The encyclopedia can be explored in many different ways with several portal pages, images, friends and places being just some of the the options available.

The application has a great visual look, but unfortunately, you soon find this is still over substance, as you will find it hard to find some information and easy to find others.

Most of the information lacks images or sound, and the text is given in a small scrollable area, rather than making more use of the large screen of the iPad. On one section I called up a pop up box appeared with only enough space for six or so words per line, and a scroll bar that went on for miles.

There are nice images and galleries in the application and these are nicely done with the option to expand the image to almost full screen.

Sound in the application is lacking, with the odd effect or Tardis noise, you will find yourself reading the application in silence.

The main issue I had with the application was the navigation of the information, I have used hundreds of application over the years and this has to be one of the worst “encyclopedia” designs I have seen. The search often does not work when you enter it, you select an option and sometimes wait not knowing if it is going to go a page or not. There are portals for some of the companions, but these do not include all the information on that companion, there is more hidden elsewhere in the app. For example, you need to search which episodes River song appears in, this should have been within her portal.

On the upside:

  • Lots of Doctor Who information.
  • Some great artwork and images.
  • A searchable database of information.

On the downside:

  • Crashes a fair bit.
  • User Interface is not great, could be a lot easier to navigate.
  • Search does not work as expected at times, like coming back with no results on a search for “Dalek”

Overall, this is an interesting application which could have been great. I am a big Doctor Who fan and would have been very happy if this application fulfilled half the promised features. However, it all seems a little half baked at times. Some of the stuff is great, but other sections are just lacking in images, sounds and content. For something claiming to be the “ultimate series companion” it is incomplete and badly put together. Fans will more than likely give it a break, but will find themselves disappointed rather than excited.

Rating: 74%

Size: 99.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.49 (With in-app purchases for additional doctors)

Link: Doctor Who Encyclopedia – Random House

 

GAMING APP CONSTRUCTION KIT [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (81%)

Gaming App Construction Kit is a game development tool and is released by Dream Design Entertainment.

“G.A.C.K. (gaming app construction kit) is an App where you create games without any programming knowledge. Ranging from shoot-em up games to jump&run games – it’s all possible. And all this is done with an easy to use touch-user interface. This is where developing is the real fun. The dream of your own game has come into reach.”

Having used Codify on the iPad a few weeks ago I have to make immediate comparison between the two. They both create games, but if different ways. Gaming App Construction Kit (G.A.C.K.) can create games without a know of programming, unlike Codify, but the games made by G.A.C.K. are more limited in that way.

The application basically allows you to create you own “shoot ’em up” or “run and jump” game.

I am old enough to remember S.E.U.C.K. (Shoot ‘Em Up Construction Kit) for the early days of computing. This application follows the same lines and works in much the same way. I even remembered outlaws from the original title, that has a good conversion built in.

G.A.C.K. is not really a true Touchpad application, it is more of an Emulator within a Touchpad app, in this way you will not be using the Touchpad keyboard or making use of the power of the Touchpad.

There are three examples built into the application that will help you explore the games and learn how to edit the games and with this become aware of how the write your own.

The game gives the following options to set up your game.

  • Sprites – The graphics to be used in game.
  • Backround – The graphics that will be used in the level design.
  • Animations – Setting up the animations, explosions and bullets of the characters in the game.
  • Sounds – Sounds made by the characters.
  • Levels – Setting the graphics, layout and size of the level, including the attack waves.
  • Hello Message – The wording for the start screen.
  • Players – Set up the player character including movement speed, live and power ups.

Once the game is set up you can test the game and see how it works, you can use a virtual joystick, tilt or iCade. I have never been able to get the tilt control to work. The virtual joysticks are poor and the fire button in underneath the joystick making shooting a little more difficult.

Unlike Codify you do not need to know how to program to use this game, but you must have the patience to set up all the graphics and the waves in the game.

Once the game is designed G.A.C.K. comes up a bit short. You are only able to test the game within the application, once you are happy it is complete there is nothing you can do with it. The files are on the touchpad and can be copied out using a file management tool, but you do not have a good user interface to test and play the game within.

The games that you can build will probably not not of saleable quality, really being the same as Commodore 64 titles of old. Maybe if you wanted to build a C64 emulator multipack?

The user interface is basic, but usable. Sprite design is good, but the UI falls down on the pop up keyboards that appear which are small and like more like phone side.

On the upside:

  • You really can build a game on the Touchpad.
  • Nice example to learn from.

On the downside:

  • No clear way to export or share the program.
  • Level design is hard on new levels as it does not resize correctly.
  • Small keyboard is tough to use.
  • Does not even remember your language selection when you reopen the app.

Overall, if you have any interesting is designing your own game then this application could be a good starting point. With no knowledge of programming needed it will give you an idea on how to design and game, including the number of graphics needed and wave designs. Do not go into buying this thinking you are going to make the next Halo or Tomb Raider, it is much more basic. As the developer suggests, this is like building a game with Lego, you can learn and then move on (just expect to be drawing your own bricks.) 

Rating: 81%

Size: 4.0 MB

Price (at time of review): £3.98

Link: Gaming App Construction Kit – Dream Design Entertainment

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in App - Entertainment, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS