If there’s one thing a designer loves more than typography, it’s discovering new colors. Thanks to Adobe Kuler (derived from the Mauritian creole word for “color”), capturing and sharing any shade of the rainbow is now as easy as opening an iPhone app. Much like the Flash-based web version, which is one of the more intriguing services included with Adobe Creative Cloud, Kuler allows designers to play with and save five-color swatches (called “themes”) for later use in desktop applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.
Everyone agrees that eating healthy is important. Problem is, it can be really hard to do, especially if you have a busy life. One of the secrets to making healthy eating work for you is to have a solid plan in place. That way, when you’re driving home from work and the McDonald’s drive-thru is calling your name, you can avoid the temptation. Whether you’re an accomplished cook or a restaurant regular, these eight iOS apps can help you make a plan and stick with it through the cravings.
When you begin a game of Stickets, the emptiness of its 5x5 grid is a vast expanse of possibility. You have four shapes, all L-blocks made up of three squares each. These squares alternate in color between three set tones, with the palette randomly ordered. Each L-block, unable to be rotated, can be placed anywhere on the screen as long as there’s room to accommodate its shape, and when placed it plays an ambient tone. Once on the grid, the block is replaced with one of a different color arrangement, with the same rotation. Your sole objective: Make three or more squares of the same color touch so you can clear them from the board. There’s no timer, and the only score is the number of moves you manage to rack up. What do you do? Stickets' total lack of forgiveness generates a brilliant iPhone puzzle experience.
Many different genres and software types are well represented in the App Store, including games, musical instruments and recording options, science tools, and loads of other choices. However, so rarely does one app meld together varying experiences in a way that yields something as downright cool, fun, and creative as Musyc. It comes as no surprise that this amazing little gem was created by the same minds behind the excellent drum app DM1, and while it’s hard to completely control at times, the entropy is a big part of the absolute fun here.
So a dwarf, an elf, a wizard, and a berserker walk into a bar [cue cheesy sitcom laugh track]. Admittedly, there's nothing particularly revolutionary about the way Warhammer Quest's quartet of generic protagonists gallivant away on catacomb-clearing, monster-carving adventures across the brooding fantasy landscape. But this turn-based dungeon crawler based on the mid-'90s RPG tabletop board game doesn't disappoint with its flashy presentation, excellent storytelling, and satisfying creature-pummeling combat.
World War Z for iOS may not feature Brad Pitt or focus on specific events in the upcoming film adaptation of the bestselling novel, but it does create the ideal environment for drawing you into the apocalyptic world envisioned by author Max Brooks. Unlike most movie tie-ins, World War Z is more than interactive propaganda, and will please both fans eagerly awaiting the film and gamers looking for a solid mobile action shooter.
When the Ace Attorney series arrived on the scene several years ago, it was unlike anything that players had previously experienced. Combining the thrills of a TV courtroom drama with point-and-click adventure elements and distinctly Japanese design sensibilities, the series proved that anything--even something as seemingly banal as being a lawyer--could be turned into a great video game if it was handled correctly. Now the series is back, and in some ways better than ever, with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD.
When I was a kid, I got this magazine called Penny Power, which was put out by Consumer Reports with the goal of helping kids grow wise to the concepts of money (mostly spending it) in age-appropriate ways. It's no longer published, but I still remember some of the lessons it taught me, because it made those lessons fun. Dinorama appeals to me for the same reasons, now as a parent myself. It's filled with teachable moments about money, wrapped up in a tycoon-style game where kids build and run their own dinosaur park.
Just how fast can the iPhone shoot, process, and share a digital photo? The makers of minimalist to-do app Clear decided to find out, and the result is the equally slick Analog Camera. While third-party camera apps usually try to pile on the features, Realmac Software goes in the opposite direction with Analog Camera. While using the app, you can almost imagine the developers hunched over an iPhone with a stopwatch, making sure each step can be done in a matter of seconds.
Crossovers aren't all that uncommon in video games, but they're rarely as satisfying as we want them to be. Sure, it's fun to see Iron Man tussle with Street Fighter's Chun-Li, or watch Mario trade blows with Sonic the Hedgehog, but what would happen if characters from disparate realities just sat down and, y'know, talked? The Poker Night games might be the only ones to answer this question, and the second one has made a pretty slick transition to iOS.