Sudoku Puzzle Pack iPad and iPhone Video App Review
Reviewed by Luke Patrick
Sudoku Puzzle Packs, by developer Thumb Wizards, is a fantastic example of how Sudoku puzzlin’ should be on iOS, and as a full universal offering, you can be plugging in numbers until the cows come home.
If you’re at all familiar with the Sudoku game concept—which many of you may remember blew up a couple years back—then you know exactly what’s offered here. You’re given a board of blank spaces which need to be filled with numbers ranging from one to four, one to six, or one to nine. You’ll have to arrange this combination in every row both left to right and up to down, as well as within each box. If that sounds complicated, don’t worry: It completely is. However, Sudoku Puzzle Pack offers plenty of in-app documentation to get you going.
The iPad app and iPhone app games themselves do not add much to an incredibly rich game mechanic, but rather focuses on delivering the straight good stuff. Adding numbers to a space is as easy as clicking on it, and then selecting the number of your choice. You can also pencil in numbers, which is a nice touch, as you won’t often know the exact number to choose. Once you think you have it all figured out, Sudoku Puzzle Packs will either reward you with some confetti and sparkles or say you missed a spot. If the later, another great addition to the mix is the assist button. By clicking assist, you’re free to hit any square to see the proper number that should rest there. This means you’ll never be left in a corner, and it really puts the focus back on the puzzle, rather than your personal conquest.
The astute among you maybe have noticed that we failed to post our Top 5 last week, but have no fear! We were simply inundated with good apps to review and exhausted all efforts to fulfill this coverage.
Last Week’s Stand-Out Apps
As usual, we featured a ton of good apps this week. Certain members of the staff, who spent their childhood in the Caribbean, urge you to check out Bluewaterpages: Caribbean Yellow Pages, a great way to find your island groove on the mainland. Speaking of groove, we also detailed how BeatFactor can up the anty on your practice session. We also showed you how to get your tilt on with Splash’s gyrating gameplay. Not only that, be we also took a look at Cyan Worlds’ (of Myst fame) entry onto the iPhone with Bug Chucker. And to top it all off, we even took the time to explain how the busty action that My Clinic offers will quickly eat up your free time.
Think that’s all? Not even close. We’re just getting started. Check us out after the break for a full-featured look at our Top 5 iPhone apps for the week ending May 20.
Fresh out of the shoot this week is PhotoForge 2, an all-out Photoshop replacement for the iPhone. If you’re sick of not being able to edit your photos like a champ while on the go, PhotoForge 2 has your back like a chiropractor.
This three-dollar bad boy embraces the full power of color correction, level adjustment, cropping bliss, resizing splendor, and—most importantly—layers. On top of all that, you can even add photo filters to get that super cool retro look on your embarrassing bar photo. And at a cool three bucks, it’s a right steal.
Typically, an iPhone is used for business or leisure. Yet, what if that same little screen can provide serenity and relaxation at any point during your stressful day? After reviewing Astral Traveler, I discovered how ambient music and dreamy imagery can make for an exceptionally peaceful experience in the crazy pace of my life. Keep in mind that to be healthy and live a long life, relieving stress is a critical factor to consider. Let’s delve a little deeper into what this iPhone app and explore Astral Traveler.
Astral Traveler has three primary buttons on its main screen. There are two videos, both of various lengths that are the “experiential” portions of the iPhone app. The last button is a “Setup Meditation Reminder” tool that can help you schedule potentially the only moments to yourself all day. This app’s ease of use coincides perfectly with the idea of a stress-free lifestyle brought about by Astral Traveler’s incredibly user-friendly interface.
Like most of us, you have likely taken many photos of a place and then awhile later, when you come across that same photo, you are racking your brain trying to determine where it was taken? Trouble your brain no more with the help of the GeoCam app. This iPhone app is a very useful tool designed specifically for the concept of “geophotos” which are essentially photos that are taken and supplied with more detailed information, such as geographic coordinates, camera orientation at the time the photo was taken, additional comments and so much more!
In performing this iPhone app review, I snapped a number of photos and thoroughly tested the functionality. I found that whether you are focusing on an object or a specific location, an additional layer will appear while you are in the shooting mode, and it will display camera orientation and the geographic coordinates. The location data will appear on the upper right hand corner of the screen of your iOS device.
Some other additional features that this iPhone app has to offer includes: simultaneous image viewing, mapped shooting location, shooting direction of shooting, and shooting parameter accuracy. You can also take your captured photo(s) and send them via email or even host them on your social networking sites such as Facebook and your online albums such as Flickr. Getting a hang off all the different features this app has to offer might take some getting use to, but it is not difficult.
Looking for something entertaining, yet educational, for your preschool age kids? There are so many iPhone apps out there that are either a waste of money or a waste of time, but this educational app definitely does not fall into either of those two categories. The JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning iPhone app, also available for the iPod Touch and iPad, by Knowledge Adventure, is designed for your young ones to learn and grow and have fun at the same time. At the time of this review, the app is available at a special price of $.99, however, it will soon return to the original price of $2.99.
During the iPhone app review I was delighted with a plethora of fun games including: “Bug Catcher” (a color, shape, and number recognition game), “Present Search” (a game that teaches how to follow directions with a surprise incentive at the end), “Matching Duckies” (a memory game), and “ Barnyard Fun” (a game that teaches identifying the difference between upper and lower case letters). There are about 15 games in total featured on this iPhone app, and all teach an essential skill valuable for your young ones, whether it’s math, reading, or critical thinking skills. The layout is very simplistic, and your young ones can easily navigate his or her way through the games while learning at the same time.
Hopefully you are not afraid of heights! Actually this may be the first time you can jump out of an airplane in the safety of your own bottom floor living room! Parachute Rings by Leading Edge Structure LLC is a game that everyone can enjoy!
Visual and Audio:
So you’re all hooked up, helmet and goggles on, chute packed and ready, standing on the edge of the open airplane’s door. This is not exactly a leap of faith, more like a leap of fun! The scenery and sound effects are extremely lifelike as your perspective is looking from just behind you. The rings are formed far in front of you and are easily visible. The sky is filled with other airplane traffic, hot air balloons, and an occasional bird, and as the ground approaches quickly you can see the vast farmland below along with a big red bull’s eye! You can hear the wind whistling through your helmet and if you make it through the rings a nice celestial sound occurs, like you’re falling from the heavens! Speaking of sound, if you don’t pull that chord in time you’re going to hear the sound of panic!