Platforms: iOS, Android
Quell, available on iOS and Android, is an imaginatively simple yet surprisingly deep little puzzler from indie developer Fallen Tree Games. In this little zen masterpiece, you must move droplets of rain on a window to pick up tiny pearls that dot the playing level. As with the physics axiom – an object in motion will stay in motion – a rain drop will continue across the screen unless it hits something. While blocks can impede your little ball of water’s path, many levels are littered with spikes, which split your drop and end your turn. However, Quell, unlike many other puzzlers, does not have a clock and has unlimited replays. Finally, Quell’s soundtrack is quiet and smooth, very soothing after a long day at work. Quell is currently free and Fallen Tree Games has recently published a sequel, called Quell Reflect, which retails for a tiny $1.99.
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.
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)
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
Today at App Of My Eye, we will be using TapCloud’s screenshots from the App store. Why? TapCloud by Qubop uses your IPhone camera for the background of its game and the palatial offices Ed, Art and I share are not appropriate for the World Wide Web. The gameplay is simple – you must tap clouds, planes and stars that float by onscreen. Timed levels and objectives require you to move your phone to find your targets. Soon, you start spinning around your apartment, waving your arms frantically like a hall spinner at a Grateful Dead show while you are trying to track the moving planes, falling stars or lazily floating multi-colored clouds. As levels get higher, objects move faster, causing you to shake and spin even more. When you can tap no more icons before the time runs out, TapCloud even tells you how many calories you’ve burned. This game is fun and could probably a great time waster to mollify your kids. Head over to the AppStore and pick this game up for a cool $0.99. Now, I’ve got to get going, all this spinning and swinging my arms has made me ill.
Platforms: Iphone, Windows Mobile
Big in Luxemborg and big in Sweeden, Meon is the Stillwater of Iphone apps. A simplified version of Helion, you must direct colored beams of light to their corresponding bulbs of the same color. Currently free in the Apstore, Meon also comes in a light version. This is not a twitch game, instead you must use your considerable brain power. There’s no time component, so Meon lets you figure things out with trial and error. This game also features a free hint option should you get stuck – telling you where two pieces must be placed. In later levels, at first, the two hints hardly seem helpful – but, are often the key locations pieces must be placed. We here at App Of My Eye have spent far to time on this little time waster – just what the best Iphone apps are supposed to do. Developer Mambolo usually charges $2.99 for their little puzzler, so get to the app store today and download it for free!