We love the latest and greatest gear, but we’re suckers for old ideas brought to life with new technology, too. Enter Battle of Waterloo, a choose your own adventure story for the iPhone or iPod touch.
Bloomberg L.P. is known to most of us for the financial news the company provides over WBBR radio, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg magazine, and the Bloomberg terminal, a source of financial analytical tools. Recently the company spotted your Bloomberg-free iPhone and created an application for it, thus securing dominance over all media.
Although the iPhone comes with a Yahoo stock application that provides similar information, the Bloomberg app, with stellar features like an international news service, effortlessly one-ups Yahoo.
So you want to be a blogger? Not just any blogger, you want to be a super mobile blogging Ninja. Blogging as you take down your enemies. Blogging as you sharpen your katana. Blogging while in line waiting for an iPhone 3G.
For those of us who demand quality blogging on the go, WordPress is available as a free application in the iTunes App Store. It brings convenient mobile blogging to any iPhone or iPod touch running iPhone software 2.0.
Scrabble has seen a lot of press lately thanks to the showdown over Facebook’s Scrabulous application. Whatever you think of that legal brouhaha, one thing is certain: folks love their Scrabble. Now iPhone and iPod touch users can join in the fun with a new, lawyer-approved take on the venerable board game.
Aurora Feint is a fantasy-themed puzzle game that boasts gorgeous artwork, elaborate visual effects, and a rich, dramatic soundtrack. It’s easily one of the most polished games we’ve seen from the App Store yet - give or take some hiccups.
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.
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.