Daily App Digest – December 12, 2011
Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes store today…
eCard Express And eCard Express HD
Announcing that Bartsoft Inc., a Canadian based company, has published 10 new Holiday cards, frames and fonts for both versions of the application, eCard Express for iPhone and eCard Express HD for iPad. This new update includes both nice classical and humorous cartoon style cards and frames for existing application categories like Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year.
All of these new cards are free of charge for current eCard Express users. And now the total selection of available cards for each application reached number 250!
eCard Express application enables users to create and customize greeting cards with high quality stickers, frames, and their own photos or images from the iPhone / iPad photo library. The app also allows users to save their creation to "My Cards", which is essentially an in-app library of all user-saved creations and a very convenient way to put together eCards for iPod users on the go, since it does not require a network connection until actually sending the cards.
While it may seem complicated, eCard Express is very intuitive and straightforward even for a novice iPhone user. With a very well designed user interface and Retina display graphics it makes the creation process significantly more enjoyable.
The goal of Sphinx Puzzle is to rotate and move seven geometric figures in such a way to create image in accordance with the contour. There are 45 figures to assembly in which outlines of birds, animals, and different objects are veiled. There is possibility to play against time or just construct the figures to pass the time. Just take required figure from the gallery at the top of the screen and put it into the contour. When you are on the right way, the outline becomes green. Intuitive and user friendly interface and original graphics full of Egyptian motives will appeal to even pretentious player.
Train your brain:
The variety of figures and different degrees of complexity allow customer to plunge into the exciting process of solving intellectual problems and to spend time with benefit for mind.This intriguing puzzle will be absorbing both for grown and child. It will not only captivate a child for a long time, but also will serve an excellent mean of spatial and creative thinking training as well as imagination developing.
Indie developer Jez Hammond of Zenout Studios is pleased to introduce Tetroms 1.0.1 for iOS, their new Action-Puzzler with fast sliding gameplay and incredible 3D graphics on all compatible devices. A universal app with retina graphics, players smoothly slide coloured rows and columns of balls around a 7×7 floating grid, edge-balls will wrap, attempting to match four-or-more touching colours horizontally and/or vertically.
When 4 touching colours match, they will shoot off towards the attacking enemies above. If the player is too slow, the enemy will get close enough to the grid to start taking the balls’ colour, after a few seconds a ball will lose all colour and become unmatchable. The game is over when there are no 4 matching colours remaining in the grid. Only the larger balls on the inside (5×5) of the grid can be used when matching four-or-more!
Players score points which are entered in Game Center leaderboards. There a 3 leaderboards to compete in: Handheld, Tablet, and Overall. There is also a local high-score for the device.
Music is by Gavin Harrison. Players can also choose to listen to their own music from their device’s song library, via the built-in music picker. Sound effects are currently still in development – as Gavin only had time to make the 2 excellent music tracks! – they will make the first update and further transform the game into the marvel that it is! Meanwhile, the programmer has included explosion sounds to provide a satisfying feeling when an enemy is prevented from taking the precious colour!
Boolba Labs presents its new puzzle game: Voltage. This is a new well-polished casual game with a unique gameplay and beautiful graphics. The game is styled in a dieselpunk theme inspired by Bioshock. The gameplay is reminiscent of "Tetris" but is even more addictive as it requires more thinking.
The game itself is best described as a retro-mutant with genes of "Tetris" and "Plumber" interfused into something completely new. You drop the blocks with conductors into the shaft in order to make the circuit. Different types of blocks behave in different way and while you gain new levels and score, the combinations of the blocks become progressively challenging.
* Three different game modes: carefully plan your next step in block limit mode, check your fast thinking in race againts the clock or try your most sophisticated combination in unlimited mode.
* Five types of blocks in countless random combinations.
* Seven different bonuses.
* Stylish retro atmosphere of dieselpunk.
* Original soundtrack.
* World-wide ranking system: be the best in round-the-globe high score table!
StarCall, the app that gives KPOP fans a chance for personal mobile-to-mobile video encounters with KPOP chart toppers has already skyrocketed into the top 200 free apps in the iTunes App Store.
StarCall’s quick rise in popularity is undoubtedly due to the stable of Korean pop-music superstars which have signed on to the SK service. Their official endorsement allows their fans the chance to exchange video calls and have exclusive access to the stars lives behind the scenes. StarCall launched with an already impressive list of over thirty of the most talented and successful KPOP performers and groups, including Super Junior, F(x), BoA, Girls Generation, among others, nor did it stop there. StarCall continues to add KPOP idols, to the delight of fans. IU, an award-winning singer who dominated the digital download charts this year, has just signed on.
StarCall offers fans an up-close and personal way to get to know KPOP’s most adored stars. The app is titled after its most exclusive feature – video calling in real time, directly with the stars. Fans that would otherwise never have an opportunity to meet their idols face to face are able to have the next best thing to a personal encounter with the stars they love most. StarCall is not, however, simply a video calling service. It provides fans an all-inclusive way to keep up on the daily lives of KPOP’s hottest, with targeted news feeds and interactive, real-time social network integration with Facebook and Twitter. Fans customize their StarCall experience based upon their favorite stars, and gain unprecedented access to their off-stage lifestyles.
Pixel Knights Ltd. announce Christmas Chaos, for iOS and Android devices. Pixel Knights release their second iOS and Android title from their new Welshelsh studio near Pwllheli, UK.
Proving that you don’t need to be a giant city based game studio to produce fun, innovative mobile games. Pixel Knights pride themselves on releasing easy to play games which are fun for the whole family.
The premise of Christmas Chaos is simple, you must avoid obstacles, collect coins and try to get Santa back to the North Pole to collect his sack of gifts to delivery to the Children on Christmas night. The entire game is controlled by a single touch, so no fiddly touch-screen controls to get to grips with, we wanted to make sure it was accessible to everyone from day 1.
Racing takes place against 3 beautiful, wintery backdrops, and even snow storms don’t stop Santa in his quest.
Carl Jones, Director and Lead Programmer at Pixel Knights says :
"I started writing games on a C64 at the young age of 10, mostly because I didn’t have a tape player with it to load them :p And the magazines in those days were always full of great listings to type in. Things progressed somewhat with the arrival of the Amiga, I used to spend days writing games on that platform using AMOS.
Unfortunately once I graduated from University and got a ‘real’ job, game programming became a distant memory. But recently I’ve been really captivated by iOS gaming and so decided it was time to re-kindle my passion for game development"
Holiday music lovers across the globe are getting an early Christmas gift courtesy of the talented mobile app developers at BluMedialab.com, who have released an update to their massively popular and completely free Christmas Radio app.
Featuring a streamlined interface and designed for iPhone, iPad and Android, the update allows listeners of all ages to enjoy a wide variety of Christmas hits from 40 unique stations.
Some of this year’s more popular stations include: Xmas in Frisko, Jazz Radio Christmas and Kristmas Kountry. There’s also North Pole Radio, which broadcasts directly from the North Pole – a detail that is sure to delight even the most sceptical of Santa-doubting kids; and probably more than a few adults, too.
"More than any other time of year, the holidays are defined by the music that celebrates this season," commented Pieter Born of BluMedialab.com. "And that’s why Christmas Radio is so massively popular around the world. At no cost, and conveniently via WiFi and cellular networks, people can instantly connect to the holiday music they love, whether that’s rockin’ Christmas hits, old standards, or whatever else they prefer. Quite simply, Christmas radio is holiday music on demand, and it’s completely free. And on top of all of that, the iPad app adds a touch of beautiful holiday decor when it streams music using the Airplay and stands near a fireplace, on a mantelpiece, on top of a table, or even nestled near the Christmas tree!"
Courage Wolf Jump
Rocket Splash Games Inc. today announces the launch of Courage Wolf Jump, an action-packed game for iPhone that challenges players to jump through 3 unique worlds and 9 dangerous levels toward the finish line. As a wolf, players collect coins that allow them to buy weapons, special abilites, and more. These valuable extras will be useful when fighting the evil bosses players will encounter on their adventure.
"Courage Wolf Jump is a whole new generation of jump game," said Benjamin Cousins, President of Rocket Splash Games Inc. "We packed everything we could into the game to make it as exciting as possible: weapons, cash, special abilities, multiple worlds, bosses, and much more."
In Courage Wolf Jump, players leap from platform to platform, climbing higher until they reach the top. Adding to the danger, some platforms are moving and others are guarded by lethal enemies. Missing a platform and falling off the screen will cause players to lose a life – lose 3 lives and the game is over.
"As you keep jumping higher, it gets more and more dangerous," Benjamin Cousins said. "As we say in the game, the harder you fall, the higher you’ll bounce."
Players collect coins as they jump through each level and this money can be traded for special abilities that enhance the game. Special abilities include: Ultra Boost for a huge leap up, Epic Howl to destroy enemies, and Super Mode to become invincible and bounce higher. Each special ability has 3 different levels to unlock.
In addition, passive abilities that players can choose from include Longer Jump to leap farther, Coin Multiplier for extra money, and Extra Lives to play longer.
Sleep Sounds Recorder LITE
Viaden Mobile, a prominent producer of iPhone/iPod/iPad applications in the Healthcare & Fitness category, has released a free version of their fresh Sleep Sounds Recorder app – Sleep Sounds Recorder LITE. This app for iPhone/iPod combines functions of an alarm clock, recorder and sound machine and can be used for fun as well as to reveal some specific sleep conditions.
It is common knowledge that some of sleep disorders such as sleep talking and snoring make one produce sounds while asleep. Sleep Sounds Recorder LITE’s mission is to help people monitor their sleep and see if they’re suffering from any of these disorders.
One of the app’s smart advantages is that the recorder isn’t active the whole nigh, but it reacts to the sounds at the time of their occurrence, which is also battery-friendly. Adjustable microphone settings allow users set the optimal sensitivity level to avoid recording of irrelevant sounds.
After the session it is possible to play back all sounds and view sleep stats. The app stores sounds and sleep stats for the 3 last sessions.
Sleep Sounds Recorder LITE can be used in 3 operation modes: alarm, record and record alarm.
Sleep Sounds Recorder LITE includes 20 wake-up and chillout tunes and nature sounds for easy falling asleep and pleasant waking up.
To those wanting to try something other than relaxing music and nature sounds that help fall asleep and wake up, the app offers the so-called binaural beats – low-frequency pulsations caused in the brain by 2 tones with slightly different frequencies perceived at the same time. Binaural beats are believed to have favorable effect on mood and emotions. Sleep Sounds Recorder LITE offers binaural beats for a variety of purposes.
Trunky Memory Game
From the makers of Trunky Learns Letters, in the top 10 list of educational games on iTunes in over 10 countries around the world, including the US, and countries around the Middle East, comes the latest game: Trunky Memory. Do you want your children to learn as they play? So do we at UpsideDown Games!
The idea for Trunky started years ago with an ambition to develop fun learning games to educate young children in an engaging way. The award-winning team’s vision was nurtured by years of experience making games for teachers, parents and kids with powerful learning and educational content.
Trunky Memory is a great way to practice word recognition, letters, and memory. Based on the classic and beloved game of memory, Trunky Memory has several modes in 3 categories (picture, words, numbers). You can match identical images, words and letters. You can also link words to their first letter, and the picture to a word. In the numbers category, you can match equations to their answer, or numbers to roman numerals, the written form of the number, or pictures. There is something for everyone at all levels!
MBA Learning Solutions
INTERSOG, a leading mobile application and learning solutions developer, was excited to usher in the next generation of their mobile business learning tools with the launch for MBA Learning Solutions 2.0 for the iPad. This business learning utility provides students with a user-adaptive business administration and management course geared to bolster their professional skills and value within the workplace. MBA Learning Solutions 2.0 is currently available for download on the Apple App Store in the Business category.
With a sleek yet highly intuitive educational interface in tow the app offers users a complete digital MBA level textbook fully integrated with term and concept search features. Together with study programs and practice tests the app delivers a truly mobile business-minded learning solution capable of helping anyone understand and master many of the most important modern business practices. Among its many practical features the application allows users to search out any and all in-text references for clarity through MBA Learning Solutions’ term and definition glossary. Furthermore, the application includes beautiful new text font options to ensure that the student’s educational experience is not simply fulfilling but easy to progress through as well.
A single-source learning solution, MBA Learning Solutions 2.0 combines its full-text course book with interactive flashcards and comprehensive self-tests to create a completely user-controlled educational experience. Users stand to gain a solid understanding of modern market influences and economic conditions, and how these factors affect various types of businesses today. More importantly still, they will have gained the real-world knowledge to identify and implement strategies to achieve results. Developed by based on the work of lauded Professor and best-selling author Dr. Jae K. Shim, MBA Learning Solutions 2.0 has a pedigree to match its sheer power as the new gold standard in flexible mobile learning suites for app savvy aspiring business professionals.
Already a hit with the TouchArcade crowd, Penguin Glide is a charming little adventure laid out on a new and addictive game mechanic on the AppStore.
You touch and hold the platforms for them to become solid so the little penguin can continue on his journey. Unlike your typical puzzle game though, Penguin Glide throws in some real action in the mix, with epic boss battles, amusing cut-scenes, mini-games and more!
Worth mentioning: The penguin is very cute. So cute in fact that 99% of reviewers specifically mentioned it. So who does not love a cute bird? (That’s not Angry)
The game feels like a throwback to the glory days of the SNES system, with a lot of depth when compared to the typical iPhone release. The game is still approachable to the casual gamer, as the action takes place in short bursts, giving you the feeling of a genuine pick-up-and-play title. Dramatic and funny cut-scenes spice up the action to create a cinematic feeling throughout the game.
Penguin Glide also really takes advantage of the multi-touch capabilities of the iPhone/iPad with intense action puzzle that require quick thinking and fast fingers.
It’s the ‘Feel Good’ game of the Holiday Season, so check out this YouTube vid of the gameplay and intro, courtesy TouchGamePlay.
Musical Puzzle HD
Khayznikov INC, a burgeoning mobile application developer, has today announced the recent launch of Musical Puzzle HD for the iPad. Musical Puzzle HD is a uniquely engaging puzzle extravaganza that incorporates classic melodies into audio based jigsaw puzzle challenges. The app challenges gamers to see how quickly they can assemble coherent melodies, racing against the clock to put together full rhythmic experience out of seconds long bits and pieces of music. Built to entertain users while encouraging them to learn the fundamental concepts behind musical structure, Musical Puzzle HD is currently available for download on the Apple App Store for $1.99 in the Education category.
The app turns the conventional idea of jigsaw puzzles on in its head and transforms listening to music into a dynamic puzzle inspired educational experience. In a wild twist the music IS the game piece in this whimsical adventure. Users are presented with classic musical passages which have been transformed into linear sound-based jigsaw puzzles. The challenge is simple: Piece together seconds-long musical fragments into coherent pieces that please the ears and mark victory. Its a straight forward game but one that’s devious difficult and wildly exhilarating to play, requiring musical prowess, a keen ear for notes, and quick witted jigsaw puzzle decision making!
Endorsed by serious musicians in addition to app savvy mobile gamers, Musical Puzzle HD represents an interesting intersection of image based problem solving and musical insight. The app encourages kids and adults alike to learn musical structure as they play, and requires users to gain real understanding of the music they’re decoding. Musical Puzzle HD features an intuitive user friendly interface that makes working through puzzles a breeze. To make things more interesting, each musical puzzle is scored by time, ensuring the game has high replay value as players compete against themselves to assemble musical passages as quickly as possible.
InterAction Education and Zephyr Games today are pleased to introduce Math Evolve: A Math Game For The Next Generation. Math Evolve is an innovative educational app that helps kids practice multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Math Evolve is the premier app of its kind, providing a fun and engaging way for kids to improve their math fluency, number sense, and mental math skills. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.
* The most fun and engaging math app available for kids
* Combines math practice with gaming, creating a true synergy between learning and play
* Exciting gameplay, beautiful artwork, and unique music
* Parents and teachers gain valuable performance statistics to help students improve
* Hours of content that can be customized for children of all ages
Achieving success in all levels of math starts with having a solid foundation in multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Reaching a level of comfort with these skills often requires hours of repetitive practice. Traditionally, students have relied upon flashcards and repetitive drills that quickly become boring. Math Evolve was created to give students, parents, and teachers a much more enjoyable alternative.
The writer and creator of the original concept is Adam Coccari, an elementary school teacher and math instructor from California. After teaching fourth and sixth grade for a few years, Adam became passionate about teaching children through games and interactive media. Along with artist Clinton Bopp, he started InterAction Education with the mission of making games that are fun, inspiring, and educational for kids of all ages.
Math Evolve takes educational gaming to the next level, allowing children to practice math skills while embarking on a quest to save the universe. Math Evolve seamlessly blends math practice with a video game to produce an engaging entertaining, and educational experience. The app shines with very high production value and imagination, as beautiful artwork and dazzling special effects bring the game to life. As they progress, players evolve through three unique environments: the microscopic world, the ocean, and outer space. Challenging enemies, epic bosses, and a rich soundtrack make Math Evolve the most complete and immersive math game on the App Store.
Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure
Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure, an app developed by user-experience designer Michelangelo Capraro to encourage his own son to make art on touchscreen tablets, receives a free updated with new pages, characters, and animation.
"As graphic designers, my wife and I spend much of our time using computers to create things," said Kidoodle Apps founder Michelangelo Capraro. "We were really conscious about our child getting sucked into addictive smartphone and tablet games or endless video watching on the iPad. We wanted a more creative digital experience for him and other kids, something that would encourage their imaginations and get them to create things rather than blow things up."
A Newsweek article about the creativity crisis amongst children in the US spurred Michelangelo to start Kidoodle Apps, an app development company to develop iPad and Android apps centered on creativity-building in children. Michelangelo’s goal was to design something that encourages children to exercise their problem solving and imaginative skills by thinking and drawing rather than coloring in a pre-drawn, already-perfected character.
The husband and wife team landed on the idea of a doodle book, where children complete a drawing that’s already been started for them, in any way they choose. Two young animated hosts of the app, Oscar and Josephine, encourage children to draw burly pirates, pirate ships, sea monsters, and other pirate-themed elements. Once the child is ready to move to the next page, their drawing comes to life and is incorporated into a bigger animated scene.
In the new update, children’s drawings become animated along with drawings the children made on previous pages. Parents and children are often surprised to see characters they created several pages earlier, return in new and delightful ways. There are now 16 animated pages that are included with the app.
Mobile game developer CatfishBlues Games has announced the release and immediate availability of Tiny Comet 1.0, their new game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In the shoes of a little blue comet, you’ve been captured by Earth’s gravity and separated from your family, you must reach the open space and find your loved ones before it’s too late!
Fly towards the goal, absorb as much energy as you can to avoid fading away, dodge obstacles and watch out for the angry birds, they will do anything to stop you from leaving the planet.
* Universal App: runs in HD on iPad and other Retina Display devices
* Very easy to play, only tilt up and down controls
* Physics-based environment demolition
* High-quality cartoon-style graphics, also with 3D elements
* Several original musics and funny sound effects
* 18 Levels split in 6 different worlds
* 5 Special transformations of the comet
* Game Center support, with leaderboards and 28 achievements
* Facebook and Twitter Integration
* Powered by Unity3D
Lightsphere LLC, creator of the popular Holiday Bells app, today is pleased to introduce Draw Lights, a new app for creating Christmas lights on the iPhone or iPod touch. Decorate your own photos, or choose one of the holiday-themed backgrounds, then swipe to draw lights. There are 30 different lights to choose from, including mini lights, snowflakes, stars, and luminarias.
Draw Lights can use a photo taken with the iPhone or iPod’s camera, or an existing photo from the user’s photo album. Photos can be tinted, so daylight photos can be darkened to look like night shots. The app also comes with 9 holiday-themed backgrounds such as Christmas trees and reindeer. Once the image is selected, lights can be drawn with a simple swipe of the finger.
* 30 different Christmas lights, including mini lights, snowflakes, stars, and luminarias
* Choose solid or flashing lights
* 9 holiday-themed backgrounds
* Retina-quality graphics
Once created, lights images can be saved to the in-app lights album, saved to the iPhone’s camera roll, or shared by e-mail or Twitter (for iOS 5 users). Whether you’re designing your outdoor holiday lights display, or just keeping the kids entertained, Draw Lights is great fun for all ages.
Candywriter today is pleased to announce Friendle for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Friendle includes seven classic turn-based games to play with friends: Words, Chess, Checkers, Four, Reversi, Backgammon, and Chinese Checkers. Built-in Twitter and Facebook support makes it easy to find and challenge friends to games.
Friendle is designed as a one stop hub for correspondence gaming and allows for quick switching between games of different types. Moves arrive in real-time when the game is open and via push notifications when offline. Friendle’s relaxed turn-based gameplay makes it easy to extend games over hours, days, or even weeks.
Built-in Facebook and Twitter support allows Friendle users to post "social invitations" to their Facebook walls or Twitter feeds where a game is created with the first follower who clicks on the invitation. Friendle can also pair two users together via its "Random Opponent" feature. Alternatively, "Pass & Play" games may be created between friends in physical proximity.
Friendle’s colorful interface is universal and runs natively on iPad as well as iPhone/iPod touch.
One Giant Leap
That’s one small step for man… One Giant Leap for app-kind. Asobu Games today is thrilled to introduce One Giant Leap 1.0, its new gaming title for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Strap on your space suit and shoot for the stars! Recent meteor activity has uncovered a treasure trove of rare space gems on the moon. It’s the perfect opportunity for a young, brave space traveler to strike it rich!
But you’ll need to overcome near insurmountable dangers if you are to succeed. Everywhere you look there are are asteroids, missiles and even UFO’s out to get you! You’ll have to rely solely on your trusty jet-pack if you want to make it home alive. All while making sure not to run out of precious jet fuel. Good luck! Perfect in short bursts, this game will have you coming back for just one more go. Key features of One Giant Leap include:
* Bright, colorful, hand-drawn graphics
* Highly addictive game-play
* Easy to pick up, but hard to master
* 10 exciting mission stages
* Intense challenge mode to test your skills
* 10 Achievements to unlock
* Great value at only 99 cents
One Giant Leap joins ‘Ninja Tap’ as the second game title on the iTunes App Store from Australian independent studio Asobu Games.
SSA Mobile LLC today is pleased to announce the release of Downloads Pro 1.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Downloads Pro is an app that is created to download anything from the web to your device and then view/play, organize, share and transfer downloaded files to your PC. The app’s key feature is that it has powerful multi-format document viewer and media player and also built-in passcode lock to protect your important data.
"We believe that iPhone needs to be more convenient in downloading and working with any files like a common desktop computer. That is why we created Downloads Pro", says Serge Aliseenko, CEO of SSA Mobile LLC.
The application has a fully integrated multi-window Safari-like web browser and full-featured download manager. The App also features file and folder manager allowing to easily organize and share your files and even open them in other apps. It also supports extracting ZIP and RAR archives, including password protected RAR files and has powerful multi-format document viewer and media player. The built-in passcode lock will help you keep your important files protected.
Internet Reshenia today is pleased to highlight new game secrets to Jumpy Horse 2.7, an important update to their fun simulation game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In Jumpy Horse, players score points controlling one of several horses in either Jump or Pasture mode. The 2.7 update includes new fun "The Lasso" game, "Run with the herd" game and "60 seconds".
You can touch the horse fast and move your finger up, to the left, and to the right, or do circles with your finger. If you simply touch and hold the horse, it starts moving forward. Most actions are done by touching the horse, not around the horse. If you touch the field around the horse, the horse simply goes there. For the games where the horse has to run a lot, it is much easier to control it by tilting the iPad – depending on how much you tilt the device, the horse will walk, trot or gallop. To make the horse jump, shake the iPhone or iPad in any direction.
In The Lasso game you play the bucking horse that does not want to be caught by the cowboy. There is something interesting about horses – when a horse plays, kicks and jumps around another horse, the other horse also becomes bucking – they are herd animals. That’s why when the horse we play kicks, the other horse also kicks and the cowboy will fall at some stage. You can jump over fallen trees and hope that the cowboy will not be able to follow you. You can test your reactions by staying around the cowboy and the moment he prepares to catch you, make a fast move and escape. It is so fun 🙂
The Run with the herd game has no particular point, just run around with the other horses. It was requested by one of the kids that likes Jumpy Horse.