Self Aware: iPhone Written App Review
The new Self Aware iPhone app from Dingle LLC takes gaming to a whole new level. In this app, you play a series of retro-style mini games as you vie for control of your phone. A self-aware program run wild, aptly named STU, has taken control. And it’s your job to free your device and reclaim your life by proving yourself one game at a time. Self Aware definitely takes a new twist in gaming. One thing’s for sure, you may never look at your iDevice the same way again.
Concept & Gameplay:
In a retro-chic style that rivals the graphics and maturity level of the classic movie War Games, Self Aware pits you against your machine. Honestly, I think this idea is long overdue. And, if its appeared already and I’ve missed it, I apologize. In Self Aware, your iPhone’s own user interface turns against you, and it’s your job to go head to head against a self-aware app gone wild named STU, solving gamer-style riddles and competing in classic games along the way.
The app also features a cool storyline style interface that looks decidedly DOS. And there’s an unnamed Techie character who’s constantly trying to help you along via a messenger system. The app even features a hint system and a file structure with hidden help files.
I love the idea behind this app, and reveled in the retro vibe from start to finish. It plays a bit like a classic MMO, and rifts of popular hack concepts in a cheeky, low-fi kinda way. What’s not to love? I was a bit concerned about the app actually changing some of my phone’s settings, but, at the end of the day, the game is all good fun, and nothing serious I touched, obviously. I did find some of the humor a bit low-brow, and decidedly aimed towards the male techie crowd, but it wasn’t too inappropriate, and I definitely rocked the quiz aspects of the app.
Layout & Design:
In addition to a modified iPhone-style UI, the conversation style, file layout and gameplay of the Self Aware iPhone app is a neat combination of viral red stylings and classic 80’s chic type. I really dig the combination, which seems organic despite the app’s alien origins.
That being said, as long as you have a remedial understanding of how to navigate your iPhone, you won’t have any trouble navigating Self Aware. It’s a cheeky mirror of the original, and easily exitable any time by tapping the home button, naturally.
At $.99, it’s hard not to recommend this amusing title, with its quirky throw-back games and AI-driven story line. I found Self Aware entirely engrossing, and thoroughly entertaining, in a way gamers young and old are sure to love.
Self Aware iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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