Operation Offers Gory, Blood-Pumping Fun on Your iPad

Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

Operation - Illya Alvarado Diaz

 

Price: $1.99
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Should you decide to invest a mere two bucks in the Operation iPad app, by developer Illya Alvarado Diaz, a whole host of conversational oddities will be added to your parlance at the office. For example, you could casually mention that you ripped the heart out of a zombie last night, or that you scraped a bottle of beer out of a man’s innards. If that at all sounds interesting, then read on my friend, and we’ll dive right into the wonderfully horrific and entertaining game that is Operation.

How’s the Gameplay?

It’s not often that I get to say this, so I’m going to do it with particular relish: Operation offers a style of gameplay that, to the best of my knowledge, does not exist elsewhere in the AppStore. This truly is a unique beast.

What the Operation iPad game wants you to do is simple: Remove the organs of various individuals, including an average Joe, a robot, a zombie, and an alien. To do this, you’ll have to move organ by organ, and follow a strict set of procedures. First the patient must be tranquilized, then cut open, and then the organ must be guided out without touching any other body parts. All while a (very) rapidly ticking clock tracks your progress, and offers a big fat fail if you take too long. Hitting the walls of any muscle linings creates a time penalty, and various other obstacles (insects, glasses, bats, booze, etc.) must be flicked away to continue the operation. It’s all fantastically fun, and a truly unique experience on the iPad.

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Frog Feeding Frenzy with Tilty Fruity

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

Tilty Fruity - James Lupton

 

Price: $.99
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Do you love games like Tetris, Super Puzzle Fighter, and Toki Toki Boom? If so, try out Tilty Fruity, by James Lupton, a bright and fun game iPhone app, available for just $0.99 from the iTunes store.

Guide the juicy berries down to the hungry frogs below. Can you keep up with the constant stream of fruit destined for the amphibian’s gullets? Better yet, can you direct the right fruit to each frog? Don’t get mixed up! Find out with Tilty Fruity for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad today!

Graphical Layout:

Tilty Fruity has bright, cheerful and sharp graphics. The frogs and their related animations look great, along with the rolling fruit and berries. Even the main menu title screen is animated, with a fun, frolicking frog gracing the design. The layout is easy and simple to navigate, with Start, Help, Scores and a Sound option on the main menu. I didn’t have any problems finding out how to play the game, thanks ot the helpful pre-game hints and simple controls.

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ProtectStar iShredder Keeps your iDevice Tighter than Fort Knox

Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

ProtectStar iShredder Free - ProtectStar Incorporated

 

Price: Free
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Do you ever find yourself wondering what happens to all that extraneous data apps collect after you’ve deleted them from your iPhone? Or maybe you’re concerned about what exactly is going on underneath the hood of your iDevice’s gorgeous Retina Screen? Sadly mobile operating systems are just like computers in that they collect rubbish over time—rubbish that can potentially threaten your online identity. To help you out, developer ProtectStar has created iShredder free iPhone app, which is actually a safe and free way to remove unwanted data.

Design and Function

Essentially what iShredder offers is peace of mind: The app scans through all the files your system has marked for overwrite and slaps a big fat binary zero on top of them. This corrects a small, technical detail about the iOS platform that’s often overlooked—when you delete an app, its data is not automatically destroyed. Instead, the system marks it as unimportant, and other apps write over it. Using iShredder, you can guarantee that digital rubbish is long gone and safeguard yourself from invasive maneuvers by hackers.

The process itself is very straightforward within the app. The design is minimalistic, lending itself to ease-of-use, though some of the more technical bits do require an explanation. For example, the app offers four levels of secure erase for you to choose from, each with a unique flavor. The ample included help files make brushing up on your secure erase methods a cinch, but you’ll definitely want to give the guide a look before committing your iDevice to any procedures.

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Master Pickup Lines with your iPhone and iNeg Girls

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

iNeg Girls - Dragan Savic

 

Price: $.99
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Want to level up your pickup artist game with a great selection of negs, all on a handy iPhone app? Check out iNeg Girls, from developer Fraoula. It combines a fun game with a huge collection of negs, certain to help guys out when trying to meet girls.

For the uninformed, a neg is a comment meant to sound like a compliment, but actually slightly insult the receiver. It’s a delicate balance between actually being outright insulting and just sounding cheesy, and a skillfully placed neg is meant to disarm a girl from her “lofty” pedestal, spark interest in you (she should be wondering “why isn’t he amazed by me?”) and keep a conversation flowing by forcing her to respond. iNeg Girls is an attempt at teaching interested pickup artists the art of using negs.

Controls:

Simply tap or swipe to find negs on different girls. It can be pretty challenging, as many aren’t apparent from the start. I would give some examples but I don’t want to ruin the fun for you. The tap negs command seems to be pretty straightforward, but the swipe command didn’t make a lot of sense to me. The location of certain negs, found using the swipe, really seemed rather random and didn’t seem to fit in. Still, with practice, you’ll be spotting the negs right away in iNeg Girls!

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Photosynth Lands on iPhone – Windows Phone 7 Users Drool

Reviewed by Jon Li

Photosynth - Microsoft Corporation

 

Price: Free
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The champ of iPhone panorama apps, 360 Panorama, has some fierce competition. Microsoft enters the panorama space with Photosynth. And while we will delve into the overall functionality and app details, I must first pause, scratch my head, and ask; What is Microsoft thinking?

Don’t get me wrong, I rather enjoy that Microsoft values iOS users and wishes to share their technology with iOS devices, however, with Windows Phone 7 in the wild, I am rather shocked that they did not release Photosynth first to their direct audience, or minimally launch the app on Windows Phone and the iPhone simultaneously. As my title suggests, for now Windows Phone 7 can only drool over a splendid app that they are unable to access.

Functionality:

Microsoft has largely knocked the ball out of the park with Photosynth. The iPhone app allows you to capture 360 degrees of images, and stitch the images together to create a panoramic photo. Thereafter, they have implemented social media elements, thus allowing easy and intuitive sharing via Facebook, Bing Maps, and more.

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Mad Fireball Puzzle Action with Power Maze Finger

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

Power Maze Finger - Claudio Rusalen

 

Price: $1.99
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Can you blast through the fiery maze before the timer runs out, thus changing the course of the Universe forever? Give it a shot with Power Maze Finger, from Clarusoft, for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices. It’s a fast-paced, frantic yet fun action and puzzle app for the iOS.

In Power Maze Finger, you are tasked with moving the fireball of power through ever-challenging mazes, all before you run out of time. It starts out fairly easy, but quickly becomes more complex, with twisty puzzles and confusing routes, flashing lights and dark tunnels.

Controls:

There is a slight bit of lag between loading screen with Power Maze Finger, but nothing too serious. However, I did find that during the actual game play, lag became a little more of an issue.
Sometimes the fireball didn’t quite respond as well as I would have liked. Still, the game is quite playable and very fun, even with the occasional loss of connection between the touch screen and the fireball.  The actual game play concept is really easy to figure out and is super addicting once you start.

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