Phantom Probes: Things That Go Spinning In The Night

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Phantom Probes iPhone Video App Review


Phantom Probes Universal App

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

I have performed many iPhone app reviews, and I can attest that it is very rare for a totally unique concept to float its way into the AppStore: It seems like most ideas these days have been rehashed multiple times elsewhere. However,the Phantom Probes iPhone app, by developer Entertailon, is certainly an odd one, bringing with it a plethora of interesting ideas and fun gameplay that are non-existent elsewhere in the market.

Gameplay

Phantom Probes is, if anything, a puzzler. The iPhone app challenges you to discover a hidden object by hurling various probes (usually falling particles) at it. You’re also allowed to rotate the object using a spinner in the middle of the screen. By watching the way the various probes interact with the phantom shape, you must then pick the correct image from three shapes along the bottom. If you choose wisely, you pass on to the next level. If you choose poorly, you turn into dust and miss out on the Holy Grail—just kidding!

Phantom Probe’s game mechanic is unique in the AppStore to my knowledge. It’s actually quite fun, too, and can very often be difficult. The game gives you the option to turn on hints, which highlight parts of the shape when hit. With this aide off, it’s sometimes impossible to know for certain which shape you’re looking at, meaning you’ll be forced to make an educated guess. But though the tenseness inherent to the gameplay is exhilarating, there’s no reason to go back and play the levels again. The shapes do not change, and with no important scoring system to speak of, there’s simply not much incentive to go puzzling again.

 

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Be a Walking Encyclopedia with Hyper Facts

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Hyper Facts app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

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While some ad campaigns warn you against “link overload” the Hyper Facts iOS app from A2rt encourages you to go ahead and let the links take you where you want to go. This tap friendly encyclopedia iPhone app puts information at your fingertips.

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I’m a habitual Googler. I Google words, people, dates, colors, artists, and songs all day. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it takes me a while to find what I am looking for. Now that Hyper Facts iPhone app is installed on my iOS devices, I might have to rethink my searching patterns. Hyper Facts is a unique encyclopedia of information, linked through relationships. So even if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for, odds are you’ll still be able to find it. An example might help illustrate.

While performing my iPhone app review, I wanted to find a new band to listen to. So I typed in the name of a band I already listen to, Depeche Mode. After searching for Depeche Mode I was given a helpful summary of the band, their background, titles, link to their site and more. I also got a list of the topics Depeche Mode is sorted under. I clicked “British Electronic Music Groups” and got a list of other bands that fell under this heading. Presto.

Search for words under all topics or organize results by topic (person, location, event or work.) Allow Hyper Facts to use your GPS location to receive local information and highlights. Save items that you find to favorites to easily navigate back to them later. You can even sort through items by category and view Wikipedia articles. Consider it your very own mobile encyclopedia.

 

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Nix your Naughty Notebook Habit with Ghostwriter Notes

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Ghostwriter Notes iPad app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

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There’s something special about picking out a new notebook. The paper has to be just right. The cover has to be special. Even size matters. There’s just one problem. Notebooks waste paper, a big ecological no-no. You can banish eco-shame with Ghostwriter Notes from Michael Privat, a feature-rich, guilt-free, iPad app with all the bells and whistles.

Features:

I am taking the paperless plunge for my iPad app review of Ghostwriter Notes. It only took me a few minutes to start enjoying my decision. Instead of carting a big ole notebook around, having to hunt for a pen in my gargantuan handbag then scribbling frantically to make sure I don’t forget what I wanted to write down, I just push a button and am instantly transported to note taking heaven with Ghostwriter Notes.

Creating a new virtual note pad is easy. You can name it anything you would like, and customize the look (more about that after the cut). Ghostwriter Notes allows you to take notes using your finger on an ultra-responsive digital page, by using the iPad’s keyboard or by using an iPad approved stylus. Add unlimited pages and notebooks to your Ghostwriter Notes shelf. Import and export documents to edit. You can even send Ghostwriter Notes documents to a wireless printer.

In other words, Ghostwriter Notes iPad app is a full service note taking machine and eco-healthy to boot. Anything I want to do on a regular notebook, I can do here.

 

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RetroCalc: Nostalgic Mathematic Gold

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RetroCalc iPad app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

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Even if you are a level 60 mathlete, eventually you will need a calculator on your iPad. Instead of performing a perfunctory search in the App Store and downloading the first humdrum numbers iPad app you come across, do it like a Boy Scout, be prepared. Download the RetroCalc app for iPad from futuremedia and take a stand against boring calculator apps everywhere.

Features:

While the word “retro” got me all twitterpated in a hurry, I was determined to withhold my iPad app review nod of approval until I knew if RetroCalc had the juice. What good is a calculator app if it doesn’t crunch the numbers? Thankfully, all the functions of a classic calculator were there, and they were dressed to impress.

RetroCalc iPad app has 12 different classic calculator layouts uploaded. I’m talking about anything from a Fujita Sendai BC1010 to a Texas Instruments 1250. A simple flick of the finger will guide you through your calculator skin options. While each calculator has a different layout and feel, most of the options are standard. In addition to basic addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, these calcs have true order of operations, memory functionality, 17-digit scientific notation, calculate square roots with ease and a lot more.

 

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SpaceArena: Twist Em, Blast Em, Stick Em In Stew!

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SpaceArena iPhone Video App Review


Space Arena Universal App

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Are you hunting for a bit of Crystal Quest gameplay redone and revisited on the iPhone and iPad? Or are you just nostalgic for a bit of classic, arcade-style space-shooting action? If so, then dive straight into SpaceArena, by developer JapJapJap09. This throwback iPhone app offers everything you need to have a little fun and revel in nostalgia.

Gameplay

During my iPhone app review I found that if you have ever played the classic Macintosh gem Crystal Quest, then you already know what SpaceArena has to offer. If you weren’t a fanatic—or have never even heard of Crystal Quest—then SpaceArena’s main draw is its retro-style game experience. The app gives you full joystick control of an on-screen spaceship. Using this vessel, you’ll drive about a defined area of space collecting crystals and avoiding mines. Aliens will also fill the screen, begging for you to lob a shot their way and bust them up for points. You’re given only so much energy to work with, as well as a set number of lives, and either touching the boundary or accidentally hitting a baddie will detract from both of these. It’s great fun, and the introduction of power-ups and super-enemies adds a lot of flavor to this throwback pastiche.

That being said, the gameplay does at times feel a bit outdated. With lots of modern innovations rocking the same genre (think Geometry Wars or Hyperlight) the often repetitive nature of SpaceArena can feel downright bothersome. The game doesn’t give you much incentive to keep playing onto the next level, other than a drive to up your previous high-score. SpaceArena does feature achievements, though there’s currently no Game Center integration. All in all, though the gameplay is still fun, SpaceArena would do well to up the pace a bit, getting to the nitty-gritty sooner.

 

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HQ Is Your New To-Do Home Base

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HQ for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $2.99
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With so many to-do and note-organization iPhone apps available in the AppStore, it’s difficult for a newcomer to make a name for itself. To do so, an app must have a slick interface, excellent functionality, and—of course—productivity value. Thankfully for Sleeping Giant Apps, their HQ organization tool succeeds in all three areas.

Functionality

My iPhone app review found that what HQ offers is simple: A great way to save projects and goals, track your progress towards their completion, and organize any extra to-dos you may have. This makes the iPhone app ideal for any number of applications, not limited to shopping, tracking the progress of your upstart website, making a packing list or travel itinerary, or even just remembering to pick up the kids after school.

To track the progress of a goal, you’ll first need to create a super-objective heading that can be populated withs smaller steps. Individual goals can be tagged with a date-for-completion, and as you tic them off HQ will keep a tally and report just how far along you’ve gotten via the home screen. Goals can even be set up on a priority basis, meaning you’ll never have to worry again about staying on task.

 

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