Friday App Wrap

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

Friday, 23 November 2012

  • iOS App of the Week: Endless Road

    The icon for Endless Road is a little misleading — the game is, in fact, about driving along an endless road, but the art style differs somewhat. In a good way; we're actually really impressed with the extremely clean and tight graphics.

    In fact, everything about Endless Road has been finely tuned: the controls are very well managed, the concept is great and the music is rockin'. As you drive along, the road and landscape (viewed isometrically) construct themselves ahead of you. The aim is, of course, to stay driving for as long as possible, steering left and right to avoid obstacles and collect coins and power-ups. With these coins, you can upgrade your power-ups, collect more vehicles and — perhaps most interestingly — upgrade and paint the landscape around you. It's heaps of fun.

    Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
    Price: AU$0.99

  • 4NR

    We've seen 2D platformers that involve going up and down the screen before, even ones that use retro graphics, but 4NR is something strange. It's based on a Bible verse, Proverbs 15:24 — "The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath." The nearest guess we had for its name was web slang for "foreigner". Styled after what looks like the original Game Boy, it offers you a choice: climb up to escape the ever-rising Sheol pursuing you; or dig down and try not run into a dead end. Each offers a different challenge and style of gameplay in a strange, wonderfully ominous world.

    Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
    Price: AU$0.99

  • Vengeance: Woz with a Coz

    Here comes another strange one, in a completely different fashion. It's Danny Trejo teaming up with Steve Wozniak to rescue Woz's kidnapped wife in a 2D side-scrolling shooter (with a script penned by Woz himself) to promote Trejo's upcoming film Vengeance. No, we don't understand either.

    Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
    Price: AU$0.99

  • Dragons Dream

    The gameplay in Dragon's Dream is nothing special, though it's well implemented. It's an endless flyer, and you're a dragon swooping through the skies to collect orbs. It's the art that makes it spectacular; it's by British fantasy artist Roger Dean, whose gorgeously fantastical worlds have been adoring album and video-game covers (and bedroom walls) for over 40 years.

    Included in the app are seven exclusive wallpapers by Dean for your phone, too. If you're a fan of epic, old-school fantasy art, check this one out.

    Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
    Price: AU$5.49

  • Python 3.2

    Do you code? This app is for the latest version of Python for iOS. It includes an interactive interpreter, separate tabs for writing and testing scripts, import and export and full Python documentation.

    Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
    Price: AU$2.99

  • iSleepin

    If you have a problem with chronic oversleeping, iSleepin for iOS should get you up. When it sounds the alarm, you have to do a puzzle to get it to stop: either rolling a ball along a track, tracing a pattern of dots or assembling a jigsaw puzzle. If you sleep through anyway, the next puzzle will be even harder. Let's see you sleep in now!

    Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
    Price: AU$0.99 (Lite version available)

  • Android app of the week: Hero of the Arena

    Monsters! Fighting! Freakin' old school! This action-arcade game sees you fighting waves of monsters in an endless arena. As your little dude runs gauntlet after gauntlet (is this torture? Fun? Why is he doing this?), you unlock upgrades and bonuses, equipping yourself for ever more difficult foes. How long can you last?

    Platform: Android
    Price: Free

  • Arcane Legends

    MMOGs on mobile can be tricky to get right. Free-to-play game Arcane Legends, however, hits a bunch of great notes. You can jump on to play online co-op, but the game is also available as a solo experience, and it's wonderfully made — lush graphics and a sort of cheeky wit. It comes with the backing of developer Spacetime Studios' experience with other mobile MMO and fantasy games, such as Pocket Legends and Dark Legends ... and, best of all, it has pets.

    Platform: Android
    Price: Free

  • Dragon Slayer

    When it comes to IAP, Glu generally isn't too heinous, producing some quality games. Dragon Slayer, in our opinion, is worth it for the graphics alone. You're some sort of wizard killing dragons (gosh), and the game does a fantastic job of creating a sense of mass, scale and deadliness with the giant creatures. You have to use spells to defeat them, naturally, upgrading your gear as you go.

    Platform: Android; iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
    Price: Free

  • Overkill

    It's Android versus Apple in this cross-platform MMOFPS. Work your way up the ranks, collecting in-game representations of real-world weapons. Access leader boards and use Overkill Medals to unlock super-duper guns so you can do something actually a bit fun with all that brand loyalty.

    Platform: Android; iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
    Price: Free

  • Pixlr Express

    From Autodesk (Pixlr-o-matic, Sketchbook Pro, AutoCAD) comes a fantabulous new photo editor. It's massive: it has over 600 effects, overlays and borders, all completely free, as well as tools for editing, such as colour balance, teeth whitening, red-eye removal, contrast and brightness — and it can access your camera rolls so that you can use it on your pre-existing photos. It's our new favourite.

    Platform: Android; iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
    Price: Free

  • Jottacloud

    There's nothing more annoying when it comes to smartphones than breaking or losing a phone — and losing all your contacts, photos, videos, music and messages. Jottacloud is a free service that backs up your phone to the cloud, so that if something goes wrong, all you have to do is log in to recover it. Unfortunately, it doesn't cover app data. If anyone knows of an app that does, please feel free to let us know.

    Platform: Android
    Price: Free



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Adam86 posted a comment   
Australia

Hi MichelleIt would be great if someone in the media like yourself could point out the "actual cost" or "actual time" to play some of these "free" games.They can be great apps but cost WAY to much to take WAY to long to do anything.Love the Friday App Wrap.:-)Adam

 

Michelle Starr posted a reply   
Australia

Hi Adam,

Sometimes it takes a little while to figure out, but I'll try to keep an eye out for the warning signs.

Did you see this?

http://www.cnet.com.au/gameloft-my-little-pony-and-rampant-greed-339342493.htm

 

trebor83 posted a comment   
Australia

So in the 4 weekly app wraps since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 there have been no apps worth mentioning released for either platform? None of the built in apps for Windows 8? None of the 12 games from Gamesloft or Pandora (just the ones that occur to me off the top of my head) that are being brought to Windows Phone 8? Nothing?

Oh no. Sorry, I was wrong. You have mentioned Angry Birds Star Wars, which was brought to both platforms from its launch, you just failed to mention that it had and instead we just got the usual suspects, Android, iPhone and iPad.

 

Michelle Starr posted a reply   
Australia

Hi Trebor,

I like to test all the apps I write about here. Unfortunately I don't have a Windows 8 device, but I did put this together:

http://www.cnet.com.au/best-free-starter-apps-for-windows-8-339342188.htm

 

Mikee69 posted a reply   

WOW I find this a little bit of an easy out for someone in your position. Your someone posting on one of Australia's few 'large' tech websites and you 'don't have a widows device'. Maybe have a chat to your boss, then maybe users across more platforms will be represented better in here. You may have guessed I'm also a recent convert to W8

 

JulianH1 posted a comment   

Weird... friday app wrap is broken into pages for the normal web view, but seems to blow out in one huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge long line of reviews for the mobile view where I normally see it...

Isn't that possibly the wrong way around?
:-)

I'd really like the mobile view to not be 70 feet of phone screen, it takes a bit of effort to load all that over 3G when all I really want to see is the latest reviews.

Apart from that - love this page - have got lots of cool new app notifications from it over the time it's been running!

 

Michelle Starr posted a reply   
Australia

You've mentioned this to me before! I'll get our site team to look into it.

 

MarkI posted a comment   
Australia

I looked on Google Play for some of these apps and None were there?!?

 

Michelle Starr posted a reply   
Australia

Try clicking the links - where it says "Platform: Android".

 

Ray of Perth posted a comment   
Australia

Re Kaching: The IOS version was useless anyway, the iPhone doesn't have NFC or 4G, unlike Google phones which have both!!


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