Guess The News is the newest word game on the market. As a this is the first game from this FingerArts, they certainly have done their homework to come out with a quality iPhone game. The look of the game is very professional and fun. The tutorial of this app is great too! I’ve noticed in a lot of apps that the tutorials is very lacking leaving you wondering how to complete certain tasks to move on.
When first starting this game, you have many options of news categories to choose from. This app is a great way to stay informed with the headlines of todays news, especially since things change so fast these days. There is just about a category for everything as well, except random. This would be a good addtion to the already abundant list.
To play the game you simply fill in the title of the news article. Simply double click the letter you want and it goes to the first available spot, or just drag and drop where you want it. It doesn’t get much easier than that. On the bottom of the screen is a clip from the article to help along with the puzzles. I have found some to be blank so the only hint to the solution is the actual category I’m in. Once you finish this level, there is an icon that takes you to the article that keeps you in the app. Want to read more? Simply click the web button and it takes you to the full website to browse.
With 3 different levels, the difficulty ranges. The game can range from ‘Super Easy’ to ‘Please get me a newspaper so I can find the article!’ The game also saves you progress on each category too. It does restart the actual puzzle to a new one if you stopped mid puzzle but this is expected as the news has probably changed from the time you left to the time you came back.
Overall, this game gets an A. It is simple to play and easy to use. It reminds me of a crossword puzzle mixed with Wheel of Fortune. I would definitely recommend this game to others. FingerArts did an excellent job with this app. Definitely look for new apps in the future from this up-and-coming company!
Boxed In is a fun little game by Dennis Mengelt. The point of this game is to move wooden boxes and around the board and collect the gears inorder to find a clear path to the exit. While moving about the board, you can only push objects, no pulling. And you can only move it if there is a blank space behind it, so no pushing two blocks at a time.
While some of the levels were extremely easy, there is definitely expert levels in this app as well. You have one option to move back one space too in case you accidentally make a move you didn’t intend to, or puts you in a bind. This app makes is simple to move about as well with simple directional finger movements anywhere on the screen, so you don’t have to place you finger exactly on the little robot guy.
The only recommendations I have for this app in the future is to have some sort of high score tally or a way to keep track of progress outside of level completion. Hopefully there will be more levels added soon too. It took me a while to get through the 50 they have but now that I’ve completed them, there’s no where to go. Another added feature would be a back to home screen button somewhere in the game. Once on a level, there is no way to get back in case you forgot the instructions without restarting the app. Overall an extremely addictive and fun game though, just needs some minor updates that other games already have.
The app costs $0.99, but seems pretty solid. You can’t tweet from it (a rather glaring omission), but that’s not a big deal — there are tons of other apps on the phone from which you can tweet. If you want an easy way to see what’s hot on Twitter, the new TwitScoop app might be the best way to do it.
After only a little bit of time using it, I can tell that I’m going to like it. The main screen is a fairly mesmerizing slideshow of photos from your contacts on Flickr. There is an upload button that is easily accessible right on the main page, and the upload process is nice and easy. You can obviously name your picture and give it a description, but you can also easily manage what set to put it in, and what tags to give it. And the privacy settings are very clearly displayed on the upload page.
I agree — it’s a very solid app. I’ll still be using PixelPipe for most of my photo uploads so that they’ll go to more than just Flickr, but this will be a great app to have on the phone.
The excellent Spotify app has just been released for the iPhone and the Android Market, but users in the United States still can’t use it. The problem is that the app is only for premium users of the service, and users in the US still can’t access it.
Spotify is essentially just a streaming music service, but has some extra features. Tracks play almost instantly due the P2P techniques they’ve used, and you can cache songs in an “offline” mode for listening to on a plane or a no-signal area.
Check out the video below for a preview of how the service works:
This could be the start of something cool. Loopt, the location-based social network, has figured out how to use the iPhone to push your current location to their servers, without the app even running! It’s like running it in the background, but we all know that Apple doesn’t allow that.
Loopt co-founders Sam Altman and Alok Deshpande would not disclose the names of any of these partners, noting that the system set up to make this happen is very “complex” and involves a number of players. But at least one of them has to be AT&T, which is, of course, the network the iPhone runs on. Loopt, which seems to be particularly good at carrier relationships, has cut deals with AT&T in the past.
What this means is that these guys have gotten around the iPhone’s limitation by keeping a pipeline open on AT&T’s side that is constantly sending your location data to Loopt. This doesn’t require any app to be running on your iPhone — not even Loopt — and the location data will be sent even when you’re on a call or surfing the web on your iPhone. Most importantly, because there is no app required to do this, it doesn’t drain your battery life, Altman tells us.
The downside is that it’s currently limited to 5,000 users and it’ll cost $3.99/month. Still, it’s got the potential to be a very cool service so it’s worth giving it a shot. You can sign up here to test it.
The popular app AroundMe has just posted a new update. This one includes:
Show the compass on iPhone 3GS
Setting for Units and Temperature
New theme “Black & White”
Support for Facebook posting
Improved detail view
Minor bug fixes
For those that haven’t used it before, the app is pretty cool. It asks for your location, then presents a list of options (Banks, Gas Stations, etc). Choose a category, and it’ll show a list of the locations nearest you. From there, you can get information about the establishment, and even get a map from your current location to help you get there.
The app remains free, and is one that virtually every iPhone should have loaded on it.