iPhone App of the Week – Cut The Rope

Released last week to much acclaim, Chillingo’s addictive new puzzle game Cut the Rope ($0.99) has knocked Angry Birds from its long held #1 spot on the App Store.

Offering challenging pick-up-and-play gameplay, slick cartoon visuals and realistic physics, Cut the Rope is a great casual iPhone game.

The idea of the game is to feed a cute little green monster, Om Nom, with candy by “cutting the rope” with quick finger swipes. Each level demands a different strategy, as well as special tools (e.g air pumps, catapults) for getting the candy to Om Nom, as well as collecting each of the three golden stars in each stage.

Once you’ve mastered the basics you can try and unlock achievements and post a high score through integration with Crystal.

Cut the Rope [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later

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Dodge Asteroids in The Space Race

Price: $0.99    Score: 5/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm Dodge Asteroids in The Space Race

Developed by Michael Venn, The Space Race is a basic accelerometer-based game for iPhone released last week.

The Space Race challenges you to get through the 5 levels of the game in the best time possible. Meteors of different shapes and colors fly toward your spacecraft, and if your ship is hit by a meteor you’re sent back to the start of that level. The clock keeps running when you get hit so rather than costing you “lives” when you’re hit, it costs you time.

Unfortunately there is no visible difference in the levels themselves so there’s no way to really know when you’re approaching a new level. The only control available to dodge the asteroids is the accelerometer, which allows you to move left to right, as if on a rail at the bottom of the screen. It would be good to see the ability to move back and forward or to shoot some kind of weapon, as the player is commonly put in a position where they can’t possibly move out of the way of incoming meteorites.

Although the graphics are rudimentary, they are not the principal weak point of The Space Race. There is no sound or music either, but the real let down is the gameplay itself which is simply not varied enough to keep you coming back.

The Space Race [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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iBounce Original Keeps it Simple

Price: $0.99   Score: 4/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm iBounce Original Keeps it Simple

iBounce -original is a new app from Michael Venn that takes advantage of the built-in accelerometer in all iOS devices. iBounce is really about as basic as a game can get – you simply shake your device as hard and fast as possible for 10 seconds, and the more times the ball bounces against the sides of the screen the higher your score.

While the concept is interesting, there isn’t much in the way of variation of game play or any added features to justify the $0.99 price tag. There is no sound or music, rudimentary visuals and only the one game mode – the 10 second shakedown.

To add one further downside – there is a risk of losing grip on your device and flinging your iPhone across the room in your attempts to get a highscore. In truth though, the gameplay just isn’t compelling enough that you will want to keep trying to make a high score.

iBounce Original is Open Feint enabled so you can check your scores against an online leaderboard from within the app.

iBounce Original is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Be A Game Playing Big Shot with Pig Shot

Price: $0.99     Score: 8/10     By A. Papachristos badge appstore sm Be A Game Playing Big Shot with Pig Shot

Do not be alarmed; no animals were hurt in the process of making this game.  Sure, these pigs may end up a bit dizzy, but with Pig Shot by Nexx Studio, the only thing that may come out of this game a bit bruised is your ego as you go head-to-head with players all over the world.  Pig Shot, you see, allows users worldwide to compete against one another to see who has the greatest pig-flinging skills around.

Once you begin, just pull and release the slingshot to send your pig flying.  Tilting your device will help your pig navigate through the obstacles, such as wandering sheep and random fences, in his path in an effort to make it to the next slingshot.  Sadly, if your pig loses momentum before you can give him another boost, the game will end.  Collect the stars along the way to boost your score.  Plus, by collecting cauliflower along the way, users can then use the vegetable as fuel to make their pig fart and therefore boost his traveling speed.

Pig Shot employs the benefits of OpenFeint, an online scoreboard that ranks you amongst other players worldwide.  For those who already have an account, simply login upon first startup.  For those who have never played an OpenFeint enabled game, simply register in order to gain access to these leaderboards and to connect to Facebook and Twitter so you may share your pig shooting glory with all you friends!  And, with over a dozen achievements to unlock, users will enjoy the ability to challenge their friends via email so they can compete to see which person is truly the best pig flinger.  Simply hit the Challenge button on the home screen to send a pre-written email to friends and family, inviting them to take a crack at it as well.

Plus, with future feature updates, such as Game Center compatibility, more obstacles and Facebook and Twitter high score challenges, you’ll be flinging in hog heaven in no time.

Pig Shot [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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My Sports Picks: A Safe Bet for Sports Betting

Price: Free     Score: 8/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm My Sports Picks: A Safe Bet for Sports Betting

With the NFL season just getting underway, and the MLB season about to wrap up, the sports world is alive with excitement.  For those who enjoy betting – from the occasional gambler, to the hardcore risk taker – My Sports Picks by KDub Sports LLC allows users to track their bets and monitor their winnings and loses simply and efficiently, documenting your history and alerting you of your status.

When you begin, the first thing you must do is login to your account.  If this is your first time using My Sports Picks, which it undoubtedly is, you will need to register using your email address and a password.  By registering, you then gain access to the free 3-day sneak peek of all that My Sports Picks has to offer, including bet tracking for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAAF and NCAAB.  As a generous gesture, My Sports Picks allows users to track their MLB betting for free for the remainder of the season.  Unfortunately, that season is drawing to a close mighty quickly, so you best bet while you still can.  (Looking at the main menu also reveals that bet tracking for the NCAAB also appears to be free.  And, for some reason, my NBA trial says it doesn’t expire for another three weeks, which was a pleasant surprise.)

Every other sports league, however, will only allow the exceptionally short, 3-day trial before users must pay $2.99 for EACH sport!  (Yes, that means those who want to track EVERY sport available will have to pay $2.99 APIECE via their in-app purchases.)  That’s nearly ten dollars just to track your betting.  And while they say you must spend money to make money, these prices might be a bit steep.  However, tracking your bets could very well keep you organized to the point of making more money than a sloppy opponent, so the added expense is rather subjective.

The only extra that seems like wasted money is the Alerts feature.  For an additional $2.99, users can have push alerts notify them of the exact moment when they win or lose a bet.  Sure, I know many complain about sports junkies being serious couch potatoes when it comes to watching sports, but this seems like laziness to the extreme.  Since My Sports Picks specifically highlights bets won in green and bets lost in red, how hard is it to just look?  Spending $2.99 to have the application tell you the status of your bet seems rather redundant.

But, despite any shortcomings you may find with the pricing, My Sports Picks lays everything out there for its users, making it one of the most clean, functional betting applications available.  The bottom navigation bar allows users to access the Scoreboard, which shows the dates and times for future games, as well as the odds for each team playing.  The My Picks tab displays your totals and your picks, while the New Pick button allows you to add another.  The Reports tab displays you earnings overall and for the season, as well as your historic picks.  The More tab allows you to change your email and password, manage your alerts (if you buy that function) and logout of your account.  Plus, in a newly live update, My Sports Picks has added parlays and teasers.  So prep your wallet, because betting season is about to begin!

My Sports Picks [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Get the Best Rates, Selection with iFindHotels

Price: Free     Score: 9/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Get the Best Rates, Selection with iFindHotels

The Internet normally serves as a vast, helpful resource for finding exactly what you want with as little hassle as possible.  However, with so many sources trying to provide the same service, such as finding the best hotel rates in this case, one’s search can become rather confusing.  Having choices may be wonderful, but figuring out which offers are best can be mind-boggling.

With iFindHotels by Hotels Combined Pty Ltd, users connect to HotelsCombined in order to access hotel rates from over 30 travel websites, finding the lowest rates possible in the shortest amount of time.  Their database, featuring over 200,000 hotels from 195 countries, collects information from popular travel sites such as Hotels.com, Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity and more, narrowing down your search to only the most affordable and relevant deals available.

When you start up iFindHotels, the main page will ask you whether you’d like to simply search hotels for the best deals, or specifically look for hotels by map near your current location.  The bar at the bottom will inform you as to the currency displayed, the default being US dollars.  Move to the right and you will see a gear icon, which will allow you to adjust settings such as currency, as well as your radius search, the distance unit (which is set on kilometers by default) and the maximum number of hotel results appear on a single page.

When searching for hotels close to your current location, iFindHotels will populate a map, pinpointing where every local hotel can be found.  You may search based on when you’d like to book a hotel, or simple perform a general search.  Tap the pins to see the name of the hotel, its average price and star rating.  If you see anything you like, tap the arrow at the bottom to find the best deals for that given hotel.

To search hotels for the best deals, simply enter the city’s name, your check in and check out dates, the number of guests and the number of rooms desired.  Then, iFindHotels will generate a list of all relevant deals available.  Sort your results by Price, Popularity or proximity to the nearest Airport.  Using the bottom navigation bar, adjust your results by choosing your ideal Star Ratings, Price Range, Location and Hotel Name.  Each hotel comes with every detail you’d ever want to know about the hotel itself and the surrounding area.  Hotel descriptions include a list of nearby attractions, a general description, and available facilities.  Users can also view overall ratings for characteristics, such as Cleanliness, Location, Pricing and more.  Each hotel even comes with a collection of maps and images, helping you get a great sense of the quality and atmosphere of your potential lodgings.

Seems like finding the right hotel just became as easy as falling asleep in your room’s beautifully made bed!

To view demo videos of how to use iFindHotels, click here.

iFindHotels [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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