The downturn in the economy have us all looking to cut corners. I’m spending way too much on my data plan, but am afraid to downgrade from the unlimited option, because, well, we know how much it costs when you go over. You mobile carrier stabs you through the wallet. Basically, I’ll pay a vig of $30 a month just to ensure I don’t end up with a $300 bill randomly one month. I feel like I’m being shaken down. With Data Used, by Mesh Studios, which is now free in the app store, you input your billing date, your plan and it will give you the numbers for how many bites and bits you’ve consumed. The key is dialing *3228# and AT&T will shoot you a text with your billing date, current totals – all that stuff. At this point, I’m using more data than the $15 AT&T Plan, but less than the $25 AT&T sells for 2GB. In essence, I’m paying an extra $60 a year for the extra data I’m not using – but I think that’s worth it for peace of mind. Data Used is currently free – but only for a limited time, so download now.
Platforms: All Leading Smartphone platforms
We all need to be ready for the coming zombie apocalypse. Sure, a stocked emergency kit could help you in any situation – hurricane, east coast earthquake, west coast snowstorm, attendance at a Giants/Dodger’s or 49ers/Raiders game. But the real reasons you need a trash can stocked with potable water, large plastic sheets, contractor bags, canned foods, a crowbar, a machete, shotgun and an ax are zombies. Stop denying it and start readying yourself and your family. There are multiple smartphone games out there that will desensitize you to the violence of protecting yourself from the oncoming horde. In Zombie Juice, the undead race across the screen, trying to get at your bed or break down the fence protecting your house. Slice them with a machete, but watch out for the many dogs that prowl the streets. Hitting them creates berserker zombie dogs that must be stopped at all costs. Like many of the games we review – Zombie Juice is free for a limited time but usually costs $0.99
Platforms: Palm, Android, webOS, iPhone, iPad
What’s a 5-letter homograph for grate? How about an 8-letter word for unmindful that starts with an H? Crosswords and Crosswords Light by Stand Alone, Inc. is a great little crossword app that has puzzles from the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Independent and much more. Clues in this app feature the number of letters in a word so you can narrow down your guesses. It enables you to complete the puzzle in pen or pencil. Hints are free – and if you are wicked smaht you can download additional puzzle packs for the title – these range anywhere in price from $0.99 to $9.99. The light version of this title is free – and the complete version, with hundreds of puzzles is $9.99. This multi-platform word application is available for tons of platforms – Palm OS, Palm Pre, Android, HP’s webOS, even on your Mac.
Platforms: iPhone, Andriod
Want to know if the Eagles have picked up yet another free agent? Dying to know the latest about Brian Wilson‘s elbow? Will you not be able to get through the day without knowing if David Ortiz’ plantar flasciitis has healed enough for him to play tonight? Are the Cubs playing a day or night game? Sure, you can take a safari with a Google search or go to ESPN’s mobile site – all comprehensive sources for all the sports information you could ever need. But getting to the information you want takes many clicks – and sometimes you just want to get the info you want on your favorite team. The five regional Comcast Sports Net mobile apps (New England, Bay Area, Chicago, DC, Philly) serve up content from local writers on your teams – for when you need info now. Thankfully, video isn’t enabled on these apps, so you want get stuck with Felger ruining your phone.
Did you grow up playing Asteroids? In the arcade? On the Atari 2600? Sure, you weren’t Scott Safran, but what’s he doing today anyway? What am I doing? Well, I spend my days searching the AppStore looking for cool games and apps for you! LastStandStan is a riff on Asteroids but with the addition of numerous gaming innovations from over the years. Every five levels there you must defeat a boss. Different levels require you to use your various weapons upgrades to defeat the continuous onslaught of marauding aliens. The final improvement on the old school classic is point and shoot. Just tap on your target to fire your missiles, lasers and more. LastStandStan, developed by GreenBean Games, is available now for free – so click on the icon above and download it now!
Here at App Of Our Eye, our latest obsession Linky Fish™ by IceBreak Games , a light puzzler where you match two of the same fish within a line containing no more than two 90-degree angles. Known by hundreds of millions in Asia as ‘Lian Lian Kan’, this classic puzzle game is now available globally, for both the iPhone and iPod Touch. Completely free of ads, this game provides fast fun with each level lasting no more than 30 seconds if you’re good, 45 if you’re alright, and 60 if you play like my mom. Sorry, mom! In Single Player, depending on how well you play, you get gold stars – that’s right, gold stars like in elementary school! As silly as it may sound, the gold stars work as you always ending up wanting the most gold stars (tops out at three per level) and even if that’s not enough, you get to see your time for each, which makes you obsessive. An old school feature to bring a little relay value that ends up being a necessity with only eight levels. But, have no fear as the game offers a bit more. An online Multiplayer mode is available for peeps who believe the value of their gold stars in Single Player.
Slice SD & Slice HD
Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Ever buy a new knife set or even a new chef’s knife that’s super sharp? How did it feel when you cut onions, garlic and citrus for the next couple months? How many times did you cut yourself? Wanna replicate that on your iPhone? No, well then you lose. Slice is a very simple concept – move the on-screen knives to access the red button, push it, and get to the next level. Moving the knives are the puzzle – sometimes they snap back, others they click in for a limited for a period of time. On other levels, the knives move in a pattern – and you’ve got to time your button press. Mess up and the screen is filled with blood splotches and there is a bone chilling sound effect that lingers through your skull indefinitely. Each time you fail, your brain is almost tricked into thinking your fingertips have actually been cut. TwitchGames LLC have done a great job on this title and you should download this game today ($1.99 on the iPhone, $2.99 for the iPad)
Each generation, the iPhone improves its camera, but invariably, you end up taking photos that are too bright, or too dark or just plain out of focus. Sure, after you have downloaded the picture to your computer, you could manipulate the image in Photoshop or GIMP (no). Now you can edit those pics right on your iPhone – either by adjusting brightness, color saturation etc on your own or by choosing one of the multiple presets. Each of the presets has a preview, so you can narrow down which filter will improve your image quickly. We at AoME spent much of the weekend fixing all those blurred, over saturated and murky images on our iPhone – and forwarding them to friends! REXiG HDR Camera is currently free, but usually costs $0.99. It was developed by Kentaro Yama at Rexig.com.
Platforms: Iphone, Ipad
Price: Usually $1.99, but free RIGHT NOW in the AppStore
Do you fear the coming zombie apocalypse? Is your home equipped with extra water, ax handles, cricket bats and Prince’s Batman soundtrack? Are you following the 32 rules? Are you worried about the changes in the shooting script of World War Z? Rolling Fall is here to help you practice to survive once the zombies attack. You run a dungeon infested by zombies and must cut chains so cast iron balls fall on zombies attacking. This game has a strong Angry Birds feel – where you must use your weapons to complete levels. Each level starts with a timer – and the quicker you complete a level the higher bonus points you can score. In addition, the harder you hit a zombie, the more points you score. From Amusedo Games, Rolling Fall is currently free – so pick it up now before it goes back to its $1.99 price point.
Side scrollers on the IPhone come in all shapes and sizes – you can escape fromjail, patrol the ocean as a man-eating shark, sprint across the screen stylishly or even fight to protect 45th street. Heck you can fly around collecting rings as an erinaceidae – you just can’t seem to play as an Italian plumber. But whatever. This is about Papercut, a great little side scroller that has you hacking and slashing a sword as you jump across ever increasing chasms. You know the drill. You constantly move forward in Papercut – you can’t slow down, so no breaks once the game has started. You’ve GOT TO STAY ON YOUR FINGERTIPS! The farther you go in Papercut the faster the game character runs (a young boy with a Lone Ranger mask and a cardboard sword). Backgrounds change as you play – going from day to night, sunrise to sunset. They are quite pretty. The gameplay also requires you to kill enemies that I can only assume are lint balls with teeth and morph to super-sized after collecting three lightning bolts. Developer Doomed Mobile also chronicled the development process on their blog (doomedmobile.tumblr.com). This title’s gameplay may be simplistic – but it enables it to be accessible to everyone aged seven to 70. It’s a great time waster for $0.99