Whenever I have a random thought while using my iPad, there are plenty of places to quickly jot it down. But if I have the makings of a real idea, I generally want to keep it somewhere safe so it can it germinate and someday reach its full potential. Concept understands that great ideas need room to grow. While it might seem like just another variation on the digital notebook, it's actually more of a skeuomorphic mind mapper, adorned with scraps of paper, sticky notes, and mini Polaroids that keep track of your thoughts (and your thoughts' thoughts).
Platformers often come with an expectation of nostalgic bliss -- that starting the game will bring back feelings of blowing into a large plastic cartridge. Mikey Shorts nails its 8-bit-inspired aesthetic. It looks like an HD-infused Super Mario Bros. and sounds so Eighties that it should have the faint noise of a Metallica album behind the chiptune score, as if it's creeping in from behind the closed door of an older sibling's bedroom. The simplicity trickles down to the controls, which consist of a two-way directional pad and jump and slide buttons.
Though Pitfall! for iPhone and iPad shares its namesake with the classic 1982 Atari game, this 30th anniversary "remake" bears little resemblance to its predecessor. It is, through and through, an infinite runner -- a style of game popularized by fantastic titles like Canabalt and last year's hit, Temple Run. Pitfall! doesn’t push any boundaries or blow away expectations, but it is bigger, flashier, and bolder than others of its kind.
The presidential election season is in full swing, with the candidates vying for your approval this November. But if you're quickly growing tired of the back-and-forth campaign ads and serious subjects at hand, VOTE!!! The Game offers some comic relief. Unfortunately, the relief is short-lived; the game's nothing more than a quick novelty gag, hardly worth the space it takes up on an iOS device.
While there are recording apps for iOS from GarageBand on up, Auria is the very first app to call itself a pro-level Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), and even within the memory and processor limitations of the latest iPad, we’re stunned by what we see – and hear. Auria delivers up to 48 tracks of audio processing power (no MIDI) on the new iPad and iPad 2 (and 24 tracks on an original iPad), with up to 96K audio recording quality, which is an amazing technical feat.
Apple has bundled a weather app with every iPhone and iPod touch ever sold, so creating a paid third-party alternative is either extremely foolish or very brave. To succeed, you’d have to stand out and offer something so different that paying for it actually makes sense. This is precisely what the creator of Partly Cloudy has done. Most weather apps offer a nice graphic of the current weather, along with basic information like temperature and other details. By contrast, Partly Cloudy is very spartan; there are no pretty pictures, just what looks like an unusual clock face.
There are many reasons that you might want to avoid giving out your real cell phone number. From remaining anonymous when buying or selling on Craigslist to establishing trust with someone you’ve just met, Burner is a unique technological solution to a decidedly first-world problem. The app uses credits to let you create temporary phone numbers, which receive calls and SMS messages, and then destroy them as desired.
It's always a rare treat when I stumble upon a portable game that delivers a console quality experience I can take with me on-the-go. Unassuming name aside, Horn is a stunning feat of techno-wizardry and easily one of the most impressive iOS games of 2012. Created by Phosphor Games, the same studio responsible for the eerie Dark Meadow, this absorbing iOS action adventure looks and feels like it would be right at home in your living room.
One of the App Store's earliest original sensations returns in Fieldrunners 2, a sequel to the tower defense affair in which you'll place towers across various open battlefields to repel the coming forces. Much like in the original, the myriad Gatling guns and missile turrets can typically be placed in dozens of locations, letting you concoct winding mazes to direct the enemy grunts and tanks through, and it adds an extra layer of strategy to consider as you aim to protect your base.
The iPad certainly does a first-rate job at organizing our photos, videos, and music, but it struggles when it comes to keeping our thoughts in order. Apple's Notes and Reminders tandem works in a pinch -- and there are more than a few top-notch notebook replacements in the App Store -- but serious brainstormers need more than just a place to jot down their ideas. Projectbook: Notes and To-Dos just might be that place. While it won't win any design awards, its understated interface puts the emphasis squarely where it belongs: your work.