• Annihilate Everything In Sight In Violet Storm

    Annihilate Everything In Sight In Violet Storm

    Violet Storm by Sad Cat Software icon

    Violet Storm ($0.99) by Sad Cat Software is a gorgeously designed neon arcade shooter that’s similar to Geometry Wars and Hyperlight. This is a no fuss shooter – there’s no storyline and no puzzles to solve, just straight non-stop shooting action.

    You don’t need instructions for this game. Your mission? Destroy everything in sight. This is a standard dual-stick shooter, so movement and shooting are controlled with two joystick buttons, which allow you to move forward and fire weapons in any direction.

    Enemies will come at you from every which way, swarming around you in an attempt to destroy your ship. In campaign mode, levels start out easy and then ramp up in difficulty, until you’re shooting furiously just to stay alive.

    As the game progresses, you can snag power ups that will advance your weaponry, giving you an all new style of shooting that keeps up with the difficulty increase.

    There are also power ups that increase damage, repair your ship, and give you 10 seconds of invincibility.

    Violet Storm by Sad Cat Software screenshot

    There are two mega weapons, the superbombs, which can be fired by tapping the icons above your shooting stick. You can activate these any time that you’re overwhelmed with enemies.

    The green superbomb pushes all enemies away while the blue will blast everything to pieces.

    In addition to campaign mode, the game has two other modes: Speed Havoc and Sniper. Speed Havoc is a timed mode where you need to destroy a certain number of enemies before the time runs out, and your score is based on how long it takes you eliminate them. Sniper Mode gives you a powerful weapon with burst shots, and the goal is to shoot as accurately as possible, because score is based on how precisely you fire.

    Three difficulty levels, easy, medium, and hard, make this game suitable for a wide range of skill levels. Medium was perfect for me (an eternally mediocre performer in shooter games) while more skilled players might want to take advantage of hard mode.

    Violet Storm by Sad Cat Software screenshot

    I’m not normally a fan of shooters, but Violet Storm’s action-oriented gameplay, fast-paced techno music, and visually appealing neon graphics were entirely addictive. The weapons, including a five-way triple bullet blaster and a triple-barrel homing missile launcher, were insane, which made annihilating enemies a fun task. There are no Game Center achievements, but there are leaderboards.

    I did notice some serious lag on my iPhone 4 when there were a lot of enemies on the screen, but that was not a problem on my (new) iPad. By the way, if you plan on playing this game, there’s a specific version for the new iPad (Violet Storm HD), but the regular version is universal. I’m a bit peeved that it was designed this way, honestly, since I would have liked to play with Retina graphics without shelling out money twice.

    All in all, if you’re a fan of dual stick shooters, specifically in those that are like Geometry Wars, this is a game that you will want to add to your collection, though I’d wait for an update to fix framerate problems if you’re playing on an older device.

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  • Let The Retina-Ready Weather 2x For iPad Brighten Your Day, And Enter To Win A Copy

    Let The Retina-Ready Weather 2x For iPad Brighten Your Day, And Enter To Win A Copy

    When it comes to weather apps, there are two main categories. On the one side, you have those packed with every feature possibly, and the other group is about simplicity and visual beauty. I’ve seen some spectacular looking weather apps over the years, though McLean Mobile‘s latest entry, Weather 2x, is definitely worth a closer look.

    Falling within the simple and decorative category, Weather 2x displays the essential weather data and forecasts accompanied by stunning visual imagery optimized for the third generation iPad’s Retina display. You can keep Weather 2x on your night stand, especially for easy viewing in the morning and before going to sleep, or otherwise integrate into your decor for quick reference.

    Weather 2x provides current conditions with a relevant photo depiction, the five day forecast, and a breakdown of every three hours, plus allows multiple location bookmarking. Available with a single tap, you can toggle the condition status, such as “Cloudy” or “Light Rain,” to show daily accumulated precipitation, visibility, chance of future precipitation, atmospheric pressure, wind speed, and wind direction.

    I’ve already mentioned the single tap gesture, but that’s only the beginning of the experience. When using Weather 2x, think of the weather photo as if it were a panel. Swipe your finger to the left to reveal the daily forecast breakdown and swipe to the right to open the locations gallery. To show or hide the five day forecast, just double tap or perform the two finger expand gesture anywhere on the screen.

    My final comments deal with clock display. As you’ve probably noticed, Weather 2x doesn’t have a built-in clock like many other visually focused weather apps. Indeed, McLean has taken a different approach, leaving the status bar in view. Not only does this provide the current time, but it also offers access to your iPad’s battery level and network connection status.

    Weather 2x is compatible with iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, and available in the App Store for $1.99. Although, read on to find out how you could get a copy for absolutely free.

    To have a chance at winning one of two Weather 2x promo codes, just hit that tweet button near the bottom of this page or retweet this post from your favorite Twitter app before March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. We will then search the Twitterverse for all of the retweets and randomly choose our lucky winners. The winners will be notified via Twitter, so please be sure to follow us so we can send you your promo code via a direct message.

    Non-Twitter users and those of you who want to increase your odds of winning can leave a relevant comment below before 11:59 p.m. PDT tonight to have a chance at winning one of the other two Weather 2x promo codes.

    Feel free to participate in the giveaway via either or both methods. Only one entry per person per method is allowed, totaling up to two entries per person if using both.

    Weather 2x (iPad 2) - Sunny

    Weather 2x (iPad 2) - Cold

    Weather 2x (iPad 2) - Five Day Forecast

    Weather 2x (iPad 2) - Breakdown

    Weather 2x (iPad 2) - Locations

    Weather 2x (iPad 2) - Settings

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  • Time Flies When You’re Having Fun Teaching Kids With Time Bird

    Time Flies When You’re Having Fun Teaching Kids With Time Bird

    These days, when an app has the word “bird” in its name, it’s most probably a Twitter client or a game trying to cash in on the popularity of Angry Birds. But Time Bird by tinytapps is neither a Twitter app nor an Angry Birds ripoff. It’s actually a simple app that helps preschoolers learn not the concept of time itself but just the important skill of telling the time.

    Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, or just a concerned family member, you can agree that teaching kids, especially the really young ones, is no easy task. Good thing there are lots of tools at your disposal to make the process a bit lighter. Among these tools are, of course, the iPhone and the iPad. Both of these devices run on the iOS platform, which has long been acknowledged as a powerful platform for education. Time Bird is just one example of how iOS can aid you in your teaching endeavors.

    By using the app’s representations of both analog and digital clocks, you can help a preschooler learn how to tell time. The app comes with a couple of mini activities that the child can perform to better hone his time-telling skills. One involves matching the analog and digital clocks so that they show the same time, and the other involves setting the time on the clock according to your instructions.

    You can download Time Bird now in the App Store for $1.99. To paraphrase the old proverb: Time and tide wait for no iOS user.

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  • A Chance To Win Bobbleshop For iPhone And iPad

    A Chance To Win Bobbleshop For iPhone And iPad

    AppAdvice has teamed up with BobbleShop in order to offer you a chance to win one of 10 promo codes for their delightful entertainment app.

    Bobbleshop allows you to create your very own virtual 3D bobblehead doll from a wide variety of parts. Actually, forget wide variety, what I really meant was a jaw-droppingly massive collection of more than 13,000 customizable parts. Basically, you shouldn’t have a problem designing one that looks just like you.

    The app starts you off with a featureless bobble. Adding parts to it is as simple as tapping on a region of the bobble to make drawers pop out and then selecting one of the many part variations. You can move parts into place by dragging them and then adjust their size, transparency, and color.

    Starting a collection.

    You aren’t just limited to customizing your bobble, either. Bobbleshop also allows you to change the background of your scene, customize the stand your bobble is on and the nameplate, add props (including an iPhone and an iPad!), and even box your bobble up.

    After everything looks in order, you can share your bobble with the world. The app includes the ability to post a photo of your bobble to Twitter or post it to the mybobbleshop.com gallery. You can also share the DNA of your bobble with a friend who has Bobbleshop installed, and they can import it directly into the app and play with, modify, and accessorize it. There is even an option to save a photo of your bobble as a contact.

    If you just can’t wait to win a copy of Bobbleshop, you’ll be happy to know that it’s currently on sale for $1.99. Just keep in mind that Bobbleshop requires an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2, or new iPad with iOS 5.0 or later installed.

    To have a chance at winning one of three Bobbleshop promo codes, simply hit that blue tweet button near the bottom of this page or retweet this post from your favorite Twitter app before 11:59 p.m. PDT tonight (March 31). We will then search the Twitterverse for all of the retweets and randomly choose our lucky winners. The winners will be notified via Twitter, so please be sure to follow us so we can send you your promo code via a direct message.

    Non-Twitter users and those of you who want to increase your odds of winning can simply leave a relevant comment below before 11:59 p.m. PDT tonight to have a chance at winning one of the other seven promo codes.

    Feel free to participate in the giveaway via either or both methods. Only one entry per person per method is allowed, totaling up to two entries per person if using both.

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  • Beat The Beast HD Offers 360-Degree Twist On Tower Defense Gameplay

    Beat The Beast HD Offers 360-Degree Twist On Tower Defense Gameplay

    Beat The Beast HD is yet another TD game. (That’s tower defense game in near-layman terms.) As indicated in the title, the enemies against which you will be doing a great deal of defending in the game are beastly creatures. What’s not indicated in the title, though, is the arrangement of the physical features of the area surrounding your kingdom, which, for lack of a better comparison, looks like a multilayered cake.

    So to speak, the beasts are out to eat your cake. Naturally, you wouldn’t want others to eat it, because come on, we’re talking about cake here! Okay, Beat The Beast HD is related to cake in only the slightest degree. But as I’ve mentioned, the kingdom in the game appears to be multilayered, at the top and center of which are the main gates. Leading to the gates is a spiral path readily accessible to the approaching beasts. Your job is to defend the gates by using protective towers, magic powers, and tactical skills. You can preview the gameplay in the video below.

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    Beat The Beast HD allows a 360° degree view of the kingdom, so you can rotate the view to where you want to operate your defenses. This type of view is especially suited for the formation of the environments on screen. The developer claims that the game’s 3D environments are “tested and ready” for the new iPad, but apparently that just means that it works on the new iPad and not that it fully supports the new iPad’s Retina display.

    Beat The Beast HD for iPad is now available in the App Store for $0.99. Is this new TD game going to be a piece of cake?

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  • At Least You’re Not On The Menu In Cannibal Cookout

    At Least You’re Not On The Menu In Cannibal Cookout

    Cannibal Cookout by MeYuMe icon

    Cannibal Cookout (Free) by MeYuMe has you setting the stage to nibble on some Nibblers.

    What’s a cannibal to do? All they want is to chow on the indigenous Nibblers, but hassles such as finding ingredients, keeping the water boiling, and dealing with any would-be Nibbler rescuers really make it hard to just enjoy a simple meal.

    Play as Hector or Elvira, with a huge pot of boiling water in the middle of the screen. Nibblers will pass by in the background.

    Grab one, shake it down to release any ingredients it may have, and toss it in the pot. The poor guys will struggle for help until they are finally cooked.

    Cannibal Cookout by MeYuMe screenshot

    But just because you’re able to toss some Nibblers in a pot doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a meal. Police officers, firefighters, and even angry birds are just some of the foes to get in your way as they try to rescue the Nibblers.

    Dealing with some of them is as easy as picking them up and tossing them like Bamm-Bamm would. Others, like the ninjas that swoop down on ropes, will need items bought from the general store.

    The giant pot will also need to be tended. A chute will automatically deposit logs to keep the fire going, tough you’ll need to make sure you have enough wood and fuel available.

    The levels in stage one take a while as each introduces some new obstacle, which means that the gameplay takes a while, too. Once the hunger meter reaches 100 percent, the level will end.

    Things do get better once more resistance comes along, though you have to get there first.

    Overall, your objective is to complete a recipe book to become a Head Chef (or chef of heads). The recipes will require Nibbler body parts, as well as other ingredients that can either be found within the level, donated when you shake down a Nibbler, or bought from the general store.

    This is an entertaining game that straddles the edge of dark humor without being too gory.

    Once you get past the tutorial element of the game, you’ll get wrapped up in what has to be the oddest time management game ever.

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  • Retina iPad Update For Climber Brothers Now Available, Sold Separately

    Retina iPad Update For Climber Brothers Now Available, Sold Separately

    Climber Brothers by Esquilax Games has been enhanced for the new iPad’s Retina display. As the Climber Brothers themselves would say, “Yahoo!” Or knowing that although the game in which they star in did get upgraded with Retina graphics for the new iPad, the upgraded version turned out to be available as a new and separate app, would they be changing their minds and say “Boo!” instead?

    Owners of the new iPad who are expecting a free update for their existing copies of Climber Brothers are likely to say “Boo!” upon learning that the Retina update is available as a new and separate app costing $1.99. The app is called Climber Brothers HD, in reference to the new iPad’s stunning HD screen, and the higher definition of image assets is actually the only thing that differentiates it from the non-Retina iPad version of Climber Brothers. Well, that and its price, which is a dollar higher than the price of the non-HD Climber Brothers, which also happens to be a universal app. By all accounts, the gameplay and content remain unchanged.

    Climber Brothers is a game about two retired climber brothers named Greg and Jeff. Upon learning of a hidden fortune in a castle up in the mountains, they set out to work closely together to climb and seek the treasure. Tied to each other at the hip, they advance in their perilous journey by alternately hooking themselves to the rock face until they reach the base destination in every level. Watch the gameplay trailer for Climber Brothers below.

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    Truth be told, this sort of gameplay doesn’t demand high-quality graphics as much as a first-person shooter, a hidden object game or a game about a flying psychedelic whale does. Nevertheless, an update to accommodate the new iPad’s high resolution is always welcome for any app. But to release a much-awaited update for an app separately and charge a higher price for it is to crush the expectations, maybe even betray the trust, of that app’s existing users — especially when they’re already used to receiving free and native updates, even for other apps for which separately sold upgrades can be justified if need be.

    As mentioned, the Retina-ready Climber Brothers HD for iPad is available in the App Store for $1.99. The universal Climber Brothers, on the other hand, costs $0.99.

    Retina iPad Update For Climber Brothers Now Available, Sold Separately

     
  • Apple May Ditch iBooks Sales Model To Appease Justice Department

    Apple May Ditch iBooks Sales Model To Appease Justice Department

    Apple may be willing to make a change to their “agency model” in order to appease the U.S. Justice Department. It also appears that publishers may be on board with the change, mainly because they might not have much of a choice. Traditionally, the sale of books is all about the retailer. They choose the price they wish to sell the book for, and the publisher has no say in the matter. With iBooks, the publisher chooses the price, and Apple sells it for that amount. This system does not make the U.S. Justice Department happy.

    Publishers like this model because of its “most favored nations” clause. This keeps them from selling books to retailers for less than Apple, and it prevents retailers from applying deep discounts to their books. Publishers often feel that these discounts devalue their books, and preventing this keeps the perceived value higher, and allows them to make more money.

    However, it seems as though that is going to change. Apple, the U.S. Justice Department, and publishers may be close to an agreement which would eliminate the “most favored nations” clause, and completely shake up the way Apple sells through iBooks. This could cause a change to Apple’s current 30 percent to 70 percent split with publishers on sales. This could also allow buyers to find e-books from other retailers, such as Amazon and B&N, for lower prices.

    Apple uses this split for the sale of applications, so if this adjustment happens, it will be interesting to see if it changes Apple’s entire ecosystem and perhaps alters the amount developers are paid across the board.

    Source: iMore

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  • Create an eerie symphony of sound with jelly

    And here you were under the impression that jelly was just for eating. Well, in most cases it is, unless you hook it up to a fancy capacitive sensor and some other bits of hardware and software to make this wiggly snack sing. A group of students at their last year at Les Ateliers French […]

    Create an eerie symphony of sound with jelly

     
  • Today’s Apps Gone Free: My Alarm Clock, iTrivia, Dolch Words, And More

    Today’s Apps Gone Free: My Alarm Clock, iTrivia, Dolch Words, And More

    Turn your iDevice into a stylish bedside alarm clock with Apalon’s My Alarm Clock. We also have a trivia game that will test your knowledge of everything Apple, and an educational app that will teach your child all 220 Dolch words.

    All app prices are subject to change at any time and without notice regardless of stated free duration. Price changes are solely under the control of the developers.

    iPhone:

    Dolch Words ($0.99 → Free, 12.6 MB): An educational app that will help your young child learn all 220 Dolch words and 90 sight words. Your child is simply required to build words by tapping on the scrambled letters. They’re also able to hear pronunciations for each letter and word. The app includes progress tracking, and six different categories.

    Dolch Words is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 90 ratings.

    BattleSheep! ($0.99 → Free, 48.0 MB): You’re at the center of a violent sheep battle and you must fight for your own survival by launching bombs at your enemies in this arcade game. Run away from the red bombs that are on the verge of exploding while collecting the black bombs to throw at other sheep. You can also collect three different power-ups to aid you in your quest. The game includes unlimited rounds, and OpenFeint integration.

    BattleSheep! is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3-star rating with a total of 62 ratings.

    Mean Mallows ($0.99 → Free, 18.7 MB): Help Choco, the last brave candy bar, fight to save his campsite from Mega-Graham’s army of mean marshmallows and graham cracker zombies in this endless survival game. You’re able to control Choco’s movements via a joystick in the left corner of the screen, and fire projectiles and melee with buttons on the right side. The game includes multiple weapon types, three difficulty settings, and local high scores and achievements.

    Mean Mallows is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 6 ratings.

    Tristis ($0.99 → Free, 13.4 MB): A logic puzzle game where you must make each horizontal, vertical, and diagonal line equal 65. Simply place the purple chips from the right side of the screen into the puzzle on the left to complete it as quickly as possible. Just keep in mind that the gray chips are static and can’t be moved. The game includes more than 300,000 puzzles, four difficulty settings, and leaderboards via Game Center.

    Tristis is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 6 ratings.

    Flick Tennis: College Wars ($1.99 → Free, 160.4 MB): This story-driven tennis sim has you playing as a tennis prodigy fighting to become the best college player. Make your way through the 11 episodes in story mode by defeating the most challenging of opponents. Swipe up and down with one or two fingers to perform different shots, and simply tap where you want your character to go after your shot. The game also includes exhibition and multiplayer modes, 35 comic book pages in story mode, 12 difficulty variations, 11 courts, and 10 players to choose from.

    Flick Tennis: College Wars is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 82 ratings.

    Hungry Turtle ($0.99 → Free, 22.3 MB): A physics-based puzzle game that requires you to feed the hungry turtle. Each level requires you to get the turtle to the apple as quickly as possible by utilizing nails, weights, and saws. The game includes four environments, 104 levels, and achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

    Hungry Turtle is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 11 ratings.

    Universal:

    iTrivia: All about Apple ($0.99 → Free, 5.1 MB): Find out just how big of an Apple fan you really are with this trivia game. The app includes over 500 questions from five categories, all of which are somehow connected to Apple. Each round consists of 10 questions with multiple choice answers, and you must try to choose the correct one before time expires. At the end of each round you’ll be provided with a personalized Apple knowledge quotient, and you’ll be able to go back and review any questions you missed.

    iTrivia: All about Apple is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 81 ratings.

    Occupied Forever ($0.99 → Free, 13.4 MB): A fast-paced matching game where you must try to keep the restrooms occupied. Different people stream down the middle of the screen, and it’s up to you to drag them to their corresponding restrooms before time expires. As your progress through the game, restrooms will begin to move and other items will be introduced, making it much more difficult to create matches. The game includes three modes, 50 levels, and leaderboards via Game Center.

    Occupied Forever is available for free today only (03/31). It has a 5-star rating with a total of 5 ratings.

    My Alarm Clock ($0.99 → Free, 16.2 MB): Turn your iDevice into the perfect bedside alarm clock with My Alarm Clock. This stylish app includes seven different themes, which can be accessed by simply swiping left and right on the screen. You can choose to deck your themes out in seasonal decor as well, and have them display time in 12 or 24 hour formats. The app also includes repeating alarms, a sleep timer, the ability to play music from your library as an alarm or use a standard sound, swipe to dim, shake to snooze, and even a built-in flashlight.

    My Alarm Clock is available for free today only (03/31). It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 2723 ratings.

    iPad:

    BattleSheep! HD ($1.99 → Free, 31.5 MB): You’re at the center of a violent sheep battle and you must fight for your own survival by launching bombs at your enemies in this arcade game. Run away from the red bombs that are on the verge of exploding while collecting the black bombs to throw at other sheep. You can also collect three different power-ups to aid you in your quest. The game includes unlimited rounds, and OpenFeint integration.

    BattleSheep! HD is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3-star rating with a total of 21 ratings.

    Demolition Master HD: Project Implode All ($0.99 → Free, 19.1 MB): Become a demolition master by flattening structures using a limited amount of explosives in this physics-based puzzle game. Attach explosives to the structures by simply dragging and dropping them into place, and then just watch as they come tumbling down. The game includes 14 locations, 210 levels, and leaderboards via Game Center.

    Demolition Master HD: Project Implode All is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 682 ratings.

    That concludes today’s issue of Apps Gone Free. If you like staying on top of these daily deals, don’t forget to check out our free AppsGoneFree app. It provides all the deals each day, and even an archive of past deals that are still active.

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    If you are a developer who would like to get your app included in our “Apps Gone Free” daily lists, here’s our basic set of rules:

    • It must have at least a three-star average rating at the time it goes free.
    • The app must not have been free numerous times (3+) over the last six months.
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    To submit an app, simply send a request to tyler@appadvice.com with the subject “Apps Gone Free.” Please include the name of the app, a link to it in the App Store, when and for how long you intend to offer the app for free, and anything else you would like to share. We will take it from there.

    Today’s Apps Gone Free: My Alarm Clock, iTrivia, Dolch Words, And More