Warp Jam: The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have in a Traffic Jam

Warp Jam - Out of the Gun

Warp Jam for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: Free
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Warp Jam by Out of the Gun is unique in the AppStore, as its the only iPhone app I know of that makes a traffic jam even remotely fun. This game for the iPhone features loads of geeky homages, fun gameplay, and enough campiness to found a state park—and at a smooth price to match.

Gameplay

M iPhone app review found that the basic gameplay behind Warp Jam is simple to understand, but very difficult to master. You’re in charge of a single block of space, and within your chunk of the Void various objects (including Winnebagos, meteors, and superheroes) will float by. It is your task to ensure there are no collisions within your designated area. To do this, you will either need to hurry an object along by shooting it in the direction its going, or stop it dead with a tap until the coast is clear. If any two objects collide—be it an asteroid explosion or an interstellar fender-bender—the game hands you a big, fat fail, and you’re forced to take your ball and go home.

The gameplay offered in Warp Jam is very smooth, and I had a great deal of fun playing around with the app. It reminded me most of other traffic controlling apps, like City Traffic HD. However, unlike some of its more famous cousins, Warp Jam does get a bit tiresome very quickly. The app features only one level, and unlockables are few and far between. Not to say the app isn’t fun: It certainly is! However, a bit more of a carrot-on-a-stick would have been appreciated.

 

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BrickColor: A Board-Game-Action-Puzzler That is Hard to Describe, Yet Fun to Play

BrickColor - Philippe Auriach

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BrickColor iPhone Video App Review



BrickColor for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

If you’re looking for a new and interesting iPhone puzzler app, BrickColor, by developer Philippe Auriach & Timothée Alby, is head-and-shoulders above a lot of other free-floating iPhone apps—especially in the difficulty factor. The iPhone app features a unique game concept that offers endlessly engaging gameplay at a super-low price: Zero dollars and zero cents.

Gameplay

After performing this iPhone app review, I found BrickColor’s gameplay a bit hard to peg: If anything, I’d label it a digital board game. The game presents you with a large, square grid covered in different colored tiles. The game starts you off with the top-left tile. Along the bottom of the app are six color blocks—clicking any of which will change the aforementioned tile. Change it to a different color, and any matching (and touching) tiles will change together. You’re supposed to keep up in this way until, eventually, the entire board is one uniform hue, like a Rubix cube. However, the game caps you with a maximum number of moves, or even a move-limit and a timer in Time Attack. This means you’ll have to think hard about each move to maximize your land-grab.

The game is very fluid, and I found the play concept particularly challenging. It’s a real pickle to solve the puzzle in either the time allotted or the moves given, especially on some of the larger puzzles where its easy to accidentally waste a few moves. At times, the game even felt too hard, as I had barely cleared half a level when the timer kept running out. Thankfully, you’re given multiple grid sizes and two game modes to work through. This creates a lot of gameplay, even if often times the gameplay is hair-tearing hard.

 

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Atomania: Einstein’s IQ Not Required But It’d Certainly Help

Atomania - Stanislav Ustymenko

 

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Atomania: iPhone Video App Review


Atomania for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you feel like your day could stand a bit more puzzling action? How about some puzzle fun with a science-themed twist and a wealth of strategically placed walls? If you answered yes, then the iPhone app Atomania, by developer Stanislav Ustykmenko, is exactly what the doctor called for.

Gameplay

Those of you familiar with the age-old classic Atmoix will feel right at home with Atomania. The game features the same molecule-bound gameplay that served to perplex and amuse in the original, only refashioned for the iPhone’s modern screen.

Atomania has you arranging atoms to match a molecule displayed in the lower left-hand corner. To do this, you will need to slide the various atoms around the playing field, which is filled with walls and other atoms. If you slide a particle, it will keep going (in a certainly Newtonian fashion) until it either hits another wall, or another particle. This means you’ll have to spend a great deal of your time strategizing before you start slinging: Arranging the atoms in just the proper way to produce the atom can be quite challenging, especially when larger molecules are concerned.

On the whole, Atomania’s gameplay is rock solid. However, I did experience a glitch where atoms refused to move away from corners, which was severely irritating when my timer was almost up. Thankfully, it was the lone Glitch Pirate onboard—Atomania is one solid puzzle offering.

 

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Calculate Success with iMathematics the Incredible All-In-One Math Resource

iMathematics! - Antonio Giarrusso

iMathematics app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

Price: Free
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Have you ever found yourself lamenting leaving your Texas Instruments scientific calculator at home, or hankering after an easy bisector equation on the go? I can’t say I’ve been there, however my more math-centric friends might be nodding their heads excitedly. Put the power of eight calculators, a fully stocked mathematics glossary and so much more right in your hands with iMathematics iPhone app from developer Antonio Giarrusso, a comprehensive math app that has it all.

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Ok, so maybe you aren’t lusting after Heron’s formula. That’s ok! While reviewing iMathematics for my iPhone app review I found an app intended to be a complete math resource. Information is organized in three major categories, the form tab where topics are organized by branch, the utilities tab where the hard business of math can be met and the search tab which lists every item in the app alphabetically.

A large part of iMathematics for iPhone is definition and theory, although most of the definition pages are full of helpful formulas. These pages link off to additional resources, both internal and external, for a more thorough explanation. My only complaint is the lack of plainly worded assistance.

 

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Enhance Your Well-Being with Meditations of Awakening Complete set of 4 Guided Meditations

Meditations of Awakening Complete, set of 4 Guided Meditations by Ahnalira - Laughing Place Communications, LLC

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Meditations of Awakening Complete, set of 4 Guided Meditations iPhone Video App Review


Meditations of Awakening

 

Meditations of Awakening Complete, set of 4 Guided Meditations is a lovely collection of four guided meditations from developer and meditation teacher Ahnalira. Let each of these meditations guide you into a deeper sense of self with gentle music, light sounds and the soothing voices. High quality recordings and thoughtful guidance make Meditations of Awakening a true gem of enlightenment.

Meditations of Awakening Complete, set of 4 Guided Meditations 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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Keep your TV Habit in Check with AOL TV and your iPhone

AOL TV app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

Price: Free
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Looking for a one stop iPhone app that can connect you with all your television viewing outlets, even TiVo, Netflix and Hulu? Yeah, I was too. AOL, Inc. has stepped up to bat, developed the stellar AOL TV iOS app for iPhone and iPad, and hit it out of the ballpark in general.

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In a market saturated with television apps, my iPhone app review process was naturally critical. Did AOL TV have the juice to stand alone and draw in users? It turns out this app is pretty great, though it isn’t your standard TV iPhone app.

Use AOL TV to manage your favorite shows. There’s no new show recording or special access plan. AOL TV for iPhone is just a central location to connect to and manage Hulu Plus, Netflix, Tivo and iTunes video content. It also links you to top entertainment news, displays channel listings with ease, and connects to you Wikipedia, IMDb and You Tube content through your iPhone’s browser.

It’s nice to have all of those things in one place. Obviously, I could log in to any of those services on my own and cut AOL TV out of the equation pretty easily. I am a pretty dedicated Netflix user, but I do see the allure this boob tube app could have if I frequented more than one of these services daily. Options to organize your shows into favorites, link your viewing habits to Facebook, link directly to downloads and update queues are nice as well.

 

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