App Review: MonTowers – Legend of the Summoners – Gotta Catch’em All!

The past week has been rather rough for me. I managed to really hurt my right wrist due to a repetitive motion injury, induced by overzealous fence painting. This of course was quite a problem, since I am right handed, and my profession involves heavy computer usage. In addition to the pain, I’ve had to try and make due with single left hand typing and mouse usage. I’ve also lost the ability to play a majority of IOS games. But luckily, MonTowers – Legend of Summoners came out this week. A game that I was able to enjoy while being single handed!

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BoxWave EverTouch Capacitive Stylus Review

Anyone who knows me or has followed some of my blog posts know that I’ve always felt the biggest lacking in the Apple IOS lineup  is a good stylus or pen. Fortunately for Apple, there are ingenious companies like BoxWave and Wacom that have created styluses to offer the best pen-like experience to be had on an IOS or Android device. Today, I have in my possession BoxWave‘s latest offering, the BoxWave EverTouch Capacitive Stylus!

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The New iPad Revealed – Dower’s Thoughts on the New iPad

So, the latest generation of the iPad has been officially revealed. Oddly enough, it doesn’t bear the name of “iPad HD” or even “iPad3”. Apple seems to be referring to it as the “New iPad“. I suppose it’s their way of removing the numeral that’s been attached to the device… Although I think that’s a bit silly, since most people will refer to it as the iPad3 anyway. Name asside, what’s important is what the big hubbub about this latest iteration is.  

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Returned from the Voices That Matter – Boston – 2011

I returned late last night from the Voices That Matter IOS development conference in Boston. It was one the best conferences I’ve gone to in recent memory. The conference isn’t a large venue; hosting about 200 or more attendees, with two tracks on various IOS topics. It was this smaller size that I got to meet some great developers. I learned a lot, and I’m currently in the process of trying to digest it all into a trip report. So, stay tuned for that.

Happy Halloween – Excellent Use of iPads for Halloween Costume!

Ah, it’s the time of year for ghastly ghouls and fun featured frights. It’s at this time of year that I’m always taken aback by some of the ingenious things that people come up with, from transformer costumes to stunning remakes of iconic game characters. A buddy of mine sent me this link, and I thought it was too ingenious to not post. A gent named Mark Rober decided to take two iPads and use FaceTime to make a rather funny costume. Take a look for yourself (Thanks to Gizmodo for the original post). 

Scribblenauts Remix for iPhone and iPad!

Two years ago on September 15, 2009, a company called 5th Cell released a puzzle game for the Nintendo DS, while puzzle games aren’t a new thing to the Nintendo handheld, this one stood apart from the crowd due to it’s unique gameplay mechanic. The game is a 2d side scroller, where you control a boy names “Maxwell” who can summon objects from his notepad. Summoning objects on the DS was a simple matter of typing out the object you wanted on the lower screen and it would appear in the game world. The game boasted an enormous vocabulary of things that could be summoned, and everything that was summoned could be interacted with; for example, summoning a Helicopter would allow Maxwell to fly. The open nature of this game mechanic allowed for a variety of fun and creative ways to solve the games 220 puzzles. To round out the experience, the game also boasts a very cute art style and it a very catchy soundtrack. 

Yesterday, 5th Cell, released their IOS version, which is universal for both iPad and iPhone (Hurray!). It sports some of the new IOS5 cloud features, which makes it’s way to IOS devices today. For example, save games are now exchangeable between devices. However, the game doesn’t have as many levels as the Nintendo version (I think it has 50), and the notebook is a separate screen which sort of takes you away from the game to summon an object, but all the gameplay elements are still present. Overall this is a fun and enjoyable game on the iPhone and iPad, If you’ve never played Scribblenauts before, or even if you have, this is a nice game to add to your IOS library. The game is currently selling for $4.99, which is about $10 cheaper than the Nintendo DS version. 

Scribblenauts Remix - Warner Bros.


Happy Father’s Day – The iCade Review

Happy Father’s Day everyone! This day has more meaning to me these days since I’ve become a parent, and for this Father’s Day, I’ll be writing about something my wife and son decided to get for me, the iCade stand for the iPad. What started out as an April fools joke has become a reality; created by IonAudio, and sold by ThinkGeek, the iCade is simply a classic retro 80’s style mini arcade cabinet for the iPad. What makes it special is the built in set of arcade controls; a joystick and 8 buttons. The iCade has proved to be quite a hit, since ThinkGeek’s been backordered on the control since they debuted it back in April, apparently mine arrived this week, just in time for this special day.

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Atari’s Greatest Hits Now on iPhone/iPad! – Retro Nirvana!

My first game console was the Atari 2600, so it holds a special place in my heart, and it’s one of the platforms I emulate the most. It’s not that I play the old games heavily, it’s more for the nostalgia value and the occasional distraction. Atari has released their greatest hits on various platforms over the years (NDS, Gameboy, PSP, etc), they even released 2 dedicated consoles that look and operate  like the original Atari console. Now Atari has released their Greatest Hits app for the iPhone and iPad. It’s free, but here’s the catch, you’ll need to in-app purchase the games. You can get groupings of the games or just buy all of them outright for $15.

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iPad1 vs iPad2 Sketchbook Pro Comparison

I was recently asked by a reader (Dave G) to do a comparison between the iPad1 and iPad2 in regard to performance with Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, so in this article I found an image off the web and performed some basic coloring tasks to it. For those that may not know what Autodesk Sketchbook Pro is, it’s a paint/drawing program originally created for Tablet PC’s. It later found itself a nice home on the iPhone and iPad. I’ve not been a heavy user of Sketchbook Pro for the iPad, simply because drawing on the iPad has been a bit hard for me to adjust to; having been a heavy tablet pc/wacom user for a long time. Not having the pixel precision I’m accustomed to has been a sore point for me and the IOS platform.

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