For every useful, functional tool in the App Store lies a piece of software that serves no other purpose than to kill time. From games and sight gags, to visual teasers and flashlights, the App Store is filled with free and low-cost ways to make your commute—or morning meeting—that much bearable.
He’s a lone hero on a mission to rescue his city from the forces of darkness. No, not Batman - we’re talking about De Blob for your iPhone or iPod touch. The I.N.K.T. Corporation has drained all the color from Chroma City, and it’s up to you to undo their monochromatic mischief.
iPod game misplaces its melody but still carries a tune.
Song Summoner’s top-40-worthy hook creates elaborate game characters by analyzing your iPod’s tunes. This mechanic could have been the game’s centerpiece, but seems unconnected; we couldn’t find a coloration between styles of music and the resulting characters. Even after wasting its great musical premise, Song Summoner provides a surprisingly rich role-playing game. Any fans of that genre will enjoy giving it a spin.
ZodTTD, the “Home of Homebrew”, is working on the source code to bring the original Quake to the iPhone. The initial release will have portrait controls similar to gpSPhone, the Game Boy Advanced Emulator for iPhone. Read more for a video of the game in motion.
Super-fun puzzle game, Aurora Feint may have been pulled from the iTunes App Store for grabbing a little more personal info from your iPhone than you may be aware of.
Gizmodo reports that Apple pulled the app citing privacy and security issues. The app goes through your contacts list and sends unencrypted data back to their servers to match you up with friends playing at the same time. Yeah, unencrypted, not so good.
The App Store is sure to have its share of bugs, in fact, here’s one time-consuming App Store-update bug that could lead to severe frustration. Some users are logging into the iTunes Store to download app updates to find that they have an "outstanding balance." This predicament could leave users with buggy, partially downloaded software or just won't allow you to download the updates at all.
Fear not, it is probable that there is no outstanding balance (unless you're purposely trying to cheat the system). It seems the iTunes App Store belives you're trying to download applications without adequate credit available on your credit card when you select "Download All Free Updates." Downloading each App update, one at a time, should remedy the situation.
The idea behind the iTunes credit hold is tp keep users from downloading beyond their credit’s spending limit, but the bug can be annoying for users who just need their App updates.
Aqua Forest creatively combines a sketching program with physics. Players draw with water, stone, ice, and other objects in an effort to move an object to a goal. After placed, a line of water or any object becomes animated, cascading with gravity and iPhone movement. Even when the iPhone or iPod touch gets frequently overwhelmed by too much action on-screen—the frame-rate drips at about ten per-second—the unique game stays playful and engaging. But Aqua Forest only reveals glimpses of its brilliance, with its rules changing too frequently and the roster of objects with which you can paint overwhelming our palette.
Ancient treasure awaits in the App Store: the 1993 role-playing game Vay has been ported from the Sega CD to the iPhone and iPod touch. Vay is a full-length RPG that boasts an epic quest, hordes of monsters, and even animated video cutscenes with voice acting. Adventurers, your call to action has arrived.