Monthly Archives: August 2013

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Review

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NOW EVERYONE CAN PLAY BACK THEIR MEMORIES OF FINAL FANTASY

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This one is mainly for Final Fantasy fans. As you will know, we all have deep, emotional connections with the ones we have played, countless hours sat staring at the TV falling in love with your favourite character. Mine being Tidus from Final Fantasy X, still my second most favourite video game EVER!

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The Final Fantasy Series has been around for years, setting the standards for every other RPG game out there. Countless times they have pushed the bench mark, visually and with their story telling. Capturing imaginations all across the globe. This little app they released last Christmas lets you jam along to your favourite songs from the Final Fantasy games, it’s a free app, however the songs are available through purchases that are made inside their store. It comes packed with two songs, one from FFX and another from FFVII.

If you’re a devoted fan to the series I suggest you download this now, it’s available for both the iPhone and the iPad!

Thank you for the nostalgia SQUARE ENIX!

Another 4 stars.

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Final Fantasy is my jam and this game is completely up my street. I love playing Guitar Hero and anything like it so to be able to listen to some of the best scored music for games and tap along to them is a dream come true, really – it is!

It’s got everyone you love, including Chocobos 😀

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The game has 3 different difficulties including expert for those of you who think you’re pretty great at anything. The 2 free levels you can play are a nice length and you get some decent playing time, I’d only wish since last Christmas they’d of maybe added at least a few more free levels or even better switched them round once in a while.

Personally anything Final Fantasy gets a 5 taps from me 😉 –

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Clay Jam Review

Clay-Jam

SAVE THE LAND OF CLAY JAM FROM THE FEARSOME BULLY BEASTS

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Do you remember the days of FarmVille? Who doesn’t remember the days of FarmVille is a better question. Zynga was once a part of our everyday life, when Facebook had a much stronger hold on the lives of all of us, allowing this game company to monopolise the social network. They had every game going for the browser users and the requests came pouring in (I almost deactivated my Facebook until I found out you could block requests – the names of people I won’t mention), constant reminders to water my plants or join my friends in a word game or to stock my shop. These kind of games and requests catapulted Zynga into the stratosphere, making millionaires and investment into loads of other, similar, time consuming browser games. Thankfully, those days are behind us.

Here’s another one you might remember, Draw Something, yes, I thought so. A popular app by an independent developer team who just wanted it’s users to have a good time guessing each others drawings. For some it was a creative outlet, allowing them to showcase their artistic skills to their network of friends. For others it was proof that their ‘F’ in art was genuine. Draw Something was a smash, everybody had it, you couldn’t escape it! Not long passed until it grabbed the attention of the execs over at Zynga, they wanted it, they needed it after all. Their games were losing users daily and their presence in the social arena was becoming dimmer. Fast forward a couple of months and you guessed it, Zynga now owned the game. They added a few new features, people got bored and once again Zynga was on the way down again.

That was until they released this cute, original game. Clay Jam. The entire game is built of clay, every aspect from the buttons to the social connections are all made of the squidgy stuff we used to play with as kids!

The gameplay was basic, all you have to do was help a little clay ball get it’s home back. You did this by guiding it down a hill, destroying other clay badies, each one you squished made you bigger as their clay became part of you, the bigger you are, the badder the enemies you can kill. That simple. It’s safe for me to say that the rest of the game will be more enjoyable if you discover it yourself ;).

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The app costs nothing and i don’t ever remember seeing it hit the top spot in the App Store.

Well done Zynga Inc. you have another treasure in your hands.

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Doodle God Review

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UNLEASH YOUR IMAGINATION & BE A GOD

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The power of creation is in your hands! In this addictive, ALL ages, puzzle game. Mix and match different ombinations of fire, earth, wind and air to create an entire universe.

When it comes to Science, you think of the basic stuff, like planets, the human body, sperm, photosynthesis and all the other stuff that you can remember from secondary school. I’d say that Doodle God is a science app, or should i say a science game, however, let’s just say this game kinda muddles up the letters in the word science. You’re left with the parts of science that were banned from the curricular activities you used to innocently perform, for most of us anyway, the ones who cut open poor innocent lambs (bahh) you should be used to the reactions you’d find in this game.

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Let me tell you a little bit about what you do on this game, you buy the app for 69p on the App Store, you open it, and it presents you with the Doodle Wizard, he tells you a little bit about the universe before time was created, you know, all the stuff that God created before he created man. After he’s done this, he leaves the power of creation to you. Sounds exciting right! From there on you use every brain cell you have to work out what it is you need to create, your task is to combine two objects together to make an equal or better object. For example, a human combined with sex would equal life. A cart combined with a wheel would equal a wagon, and so on.

For most parts, it’s fun, quick and the reactions you perform can be quite surprising. Some are quirky, others are wacky and some are just god damn freaky. I can guarantee that you that this will be one of the most pleasant and uplifting games you can play, each new object you make leaves you intrigued about what you can create with it. Those moments when you have a few minutes to spare, say goodbye to your boredom, this game takes it away for you!

Download it, give it a chance and if you can’t get enough, rejoice! This game has cousins – Doodle Devil AND Doodle Farm!

Another 4 taps here at tapAPP, well done JoyBits!

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Where’s My Water Review

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A HALF EFFORT FROM THE TEAM OVER AT DISNEY.

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Don’t get me wrong, the concept of the game is simple, there isn’t much to learn and I guess it’s aimed at kids, but most of the young ones in my family have no idea how to play it at all. The youngest person I’ve seen playing it is 15, anything below that would need someone there to guide them. It might just be the kids in my family that can’t grasp the basic science of water, I wouldn’t let it put you off trying the app with your young ones, you may have a little genius in your hands.

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If you take the ‘Disney’ away from this title, you’d be impressed, it’s a compact, brain challenging game that can hold some level of entertainment for at least 15-20 minutes. Then you have to remember that Disney is a worldwide behemoth in entertainment, a billion dollar company…

This is Disney we’re talking about…

Yes, I thought the same, they have teams and teams of skilled developers and designers dedicated to this kind of stuff, yet the intro animations aren’t even high def graphics, they’re mostly pixelated.

Gameplay is basic, and the levels are quite extensive, there are some in-app purchases to unlock other characters and level packs but no purchase is needed to enjoy the main game and the huge amount of levels it holds.

Overall I’d say it’s a good game for Disney to enter the App Store with but it lacks innovation, originality and nothing is really unique, you know, the kind of things that you automatically think “ahh that’s Disney”.

Only 2 taps for you Where’s My Water, let’s hope something more exciting is in the pipeline from your creators!

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Kingdom Rush: Frontiers Review

Frontiers

THE WORLDS MOST DEVILISHLY ADDICTIVE DEFENCE GAME

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I have been playing this game since it’s release at the beginning of June and since then it’s consumed nearly all of my free time, in fact, i think on some occasions I made time to play the game.

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Gameplay – the game consists of multiple levels situated on a map. The goal is to protect your land from dragons, man-eating plants and ghastly denizens of the underworld. You have bases on each level to build 4 towers of your choice, either a mage, archer, soldiers or artillery. Each with their own unique upgrades and abilities, you tactically place them to prevent any enemies passing through your land. It may sound easy but from experience, it’s one hard son of a bitch when it gets going.

The first level starts off like most other first levels, the basics, you get to know how the game works, what you have to do and what not to do to succeed. Just like life, you learn as you go along. But this time with magic stuff and lots of bombs!

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I bought the app for £2.99, the best £2.99 i have ever spent. Everything about the game is beautiful, the voiceovers of the characters gives it character and humour, the big bosses are really cool too, i found myself getting all excited when they’d show up to my surprise.

Our first game to receive 5 out of 5 taps! Well done  IronHide!

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A well deserved update

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Well, it’s a dull, rainy day here today, I have a few spare hours at my disposal, a few hours I thought I’d spend with you. At the beginning, I promised myself that I would fully commit myself to this blog, a way for me to showcase some creativity or skill whilst the holidays surrounded me and London was 300 miles away. It pains me to say that i failed myself, and you guys on that promise. A lot has happened since then, both personally and professionally and I feel right now at this moment, a new wave of determination to make this blog a real life thing for me has taken over, a want, a need, to make it maybe one day, a job.

Writing has always been an interest for me, I am passionate about technology and design and was luckily blessed with good taste for both, so the only natural thing for me to do is this. A blog. For you to take in my opinion, maybe argue with it, challenge it or even influence your own. Whatever it does, just reading it will make my day, the other 3 are all bonuses.

Whilst it may seem that my attention has been focused entirely on everything but this blog and the lack of posts are there to back that up yes, but, you have always been there in the back of my mind, time my friend, it’s what’s been against us. Over the last couple of weeks I have been downloading new apps, paid and free, and some old apps that have been updated with new features and even complete redesigns. With that in mind, I will be bringing to you my reviews and thoughts on all that Tap This App has to say about them. Here are just a few of the apps you will be reading about real soon.

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Stay tuned, I pinky promise you that you have not been forgotten about. My time is now in your hands.

The Future of the iPhone

What Apple should do with the future of the iPhone, at least before Samsung creates their own.

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Apple have always talked about buttons, and how they will one day be history. However, to this day nothing has changed on any of the iOS devices when it comes to the buttons, maybe a few dimension changes or a tweak in where they are located, but still they remain, on the side of the iPhone and iPad waiting for their impending death.

I want to help Apple here and show them that they too can move forward and make me happy, who wouldn’t want to make me happy? I thought so. Without Steve Jobs around, and the current board members worried about innovation within the company whether it’s the lack of innovation or they have too much i don’t know, but this is one they need to get to grips with, pronto.

One aspect which really took my interest was the screen at the side of the phone, it’s unlikely that it will ever happen but heres hoping the execs over at 1 Infinite Loop are looking into making this happen ;).

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Here is another image showing how Apple could advance in their effort to make buttons obsolete, the touch screen at the side of the device could be used in replacement of the hardware buttons we currently find on our devices, it would be interesting to see what Apple have in mind for the volume/vibrate buttons, the ones above look elegant, simple and much more ahead of the competition out there. Below are a few more images of showing how the side screen could potentially be used.

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Doesn’t it look stunning, iOS7 has never looked so beautiful.

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