I had that lyric from Vanilla Ice's "Ninja Rap" stuck in my head constantly while playing Ponos' new iOS game, Mr.Ninja (no space, lest you have a hard time finding it in the App Store). Its one button gameplay about a ninja slicing and dicing his way through the cosmos is easy to grasp, but its simplicity is its greatest virtue. Mr.Ninja is may not look like much, but its core mechanics are deceptively addictive.
It only takes 5 minutes to go from 2011 back to circa 1968 with a new $1.99 iOS video app called iSupr8. That's how long a 1:30 video clip spends in iSupr8's "Development Room," where the app works its magic and turns raw video into something with color tones and "film jitter" that will remind people (well, people old enough to remember, at least) of the 8mm movies popular during the waning decades of the last century.
Let's face it: Monty Python and the Holy Grail has a special place in my heart. And the scene where King Arthur and his knights approach a French-occupied castle only to be insulted, pelted with objects and then have a rather large cow hurtled at them, only more so.
Thus it stands to reason that an iOS game centered around both the attack and hurling a very large animals to repel the attack would come into existence. Enter Monty Python's Cow Tossing HD, a title in which you take control of the French catapult and must fling assorted animals at King Arthur's forces before their battering ram destroys your gate and the invasion is complete.
If MLB At-Bat and Baseball Superstars haven’t lured every die-hard baseball fan to the iPad, Pennant is almost certain to rein in any stragglers.
As any fantasy team owner will tell you, baseball is the rare sport that’s as beautiful off the field as on; web gems aside, a scorecard can be extrapolated into a veritable portrait of numbers and letters. With exhaustive thoroughness, Pennant collects some 50 years of these stats with such elegance and simplicity, you’ll never look at a box score the same way again.
Without the YouTube app, you’d be unable to watch videos on that site with your iOS device, but Vimeo’s clips have been playing perfectly inside your web browser for a while, so why would they release an official app for it? After all, the app's browsing capabilities of this new piece of software aren’t very good -- it doesn't even have a search field. This is because the main purpose of the app is to let you edit your videos and upload them straight to your Vimeo account.
For most of us, Apple’s Calendar app does a perfectly fine job of keeping our important dates in order. But those of you looking for a little extra oomph from your digital day planner might want to take a look at Calevents. Unlike the 17,000 other calendar apps overflowing the App Store, Calevents works as a sort of standalone plugin for Calendar, adding functionality without upsetting Apple’s traditional user experience.
For whatever reason, beards aren’t particularly common among video game protagonists. Certain stealth or action game heroes sometimes sport them (or at least heavy 5 o’clock shadow) but actual occurrences of thick, hirsute facial hair among leading men are somewhat rare. Whether it’s just an example of the casual influence of hipster aesthetic bleeding into game culture or just a response to Mario, we suspect the developers behind Kami Retro decided to go with a bearded protagonist to add a hair of uniqueness to its familiar design.
There's no shortage of weather apps that'll give you local temperature and forecast information, but let's face it: they're not exactly infallible. Wouldn't it be neat if you could just whip out your iPhone, and not have to hunt down an actual old-fashioned thermometer?
It turns out you can, at least in theory. No current iOS device boasts temperature sensors, but Thermometer 147 claims to measure ambient air temperature using only the onboard audio hardware. Because sound waves travel faster in warmer air, one need only measure the time it takes a sound to get from speaker to microphone.
Fans of side-scrolling run-and-gun blast-a-thons laud classics like Contra, but the connoisseurs always come back to Metal Slug. Hand-drawn cartoon soldiers perforated theatrical enemy grunts and tentacled aliens, and brought down screen-filling bosses with an arsenal of weapons and drivable vehicles. Just thinking about it makes us want to resurrect the corner arcade.