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Best app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps on sale for a limited time

April 06, 2016 by macjeff

Everyone likes free apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up fast. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App Store.

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Shadow Bug

April 05, 2016 by macjeff

Shadow Bug ($3.99) by Muro Studios Ltd. is a gorgeous new action platformer game that will pull you in from the start. If you enjoy dark and mysterious environments in your puzzle games, similar to that of Limbo, Red Game Without A Great Name, and the follow up Green Game TimeSwapper, then you’re going to love Shadow Bug, despite the fact that it differentiates itself a bit from the rest thanks to more action.

Ever since Limbo hit various platforms everywhere, the rise of the dark and gloomy silhouette-heavy games has steadily grown, and I’m not sure if we’ve reached the peak yet, but I don’t mind. I’m a fan of this unique art style, as I found that the games that fall in this category are rather immersive, creepy, and just fun. When I heard of Shadow Bug, I was intrigued by the art style, and it looked to pack in a lot of action while being a bit “artsy,” so to speak. Now that it is finally on the App Store, I am not disappointed.

Visually, Shadow Bug is stunningly beautiful. While it takes pages from those silhouette-heavy titles, the game stands out due to the hand drawn environments that you see in the backgrounds, which even have a parallax effect. The game’s art looks exquisite and there’s plenty of detail, so it’s obvious that the developers put a lot of care into the game. The colors are also beautiful, as they range from soft pastels to bold, vibrant hues to dingy grays and inky blacks. And while the main character and all of the enemies that stand in your way appear as nothing more than various black blobs of some kind, their forms span from simple to intricate and complex, especially the flying enemies. Animations in the game are smooth and fluid with no lag on my iPhone 6s Plus. The soundtrack has an oriental tone to it as well, which is fitting, and the sound effects are a nice finishing touch to the game’s visual and audio package. In all honesty, Shadow Bug is one of the most alluring games that has graced my device lately.

Shadow Bug provides players with several different chapters that have about eight levels each, including a boss fight. In Shadow Bug, players take control of an overpowered ninja hero named Shadow Bug. A evil factory nearby has caused terrible creatures invading his home forest and it’s up to him to take it back by slicing these creatures into pieces. In each stage, you’ll have to slice-and-dice your way through the foes while reaching the gate at the end — sometimes it’s rather straightforward and other times a little thinking is required (the puzzle element comes into play). But either way, you’re going to have to be quick on your toes to survive, due to the incredibly simple control scheme.

The greatest thing about Shadow Bug is the fact that you only need one hand to play the game. To have Shadow Bug move left or right, just tap-and-hold on the appropriate half of the screen. When an enemy appears, just tap on it to attack — Shadow Bug instantly warps over to the target, so that’s how you get through otherwise impossible obstacles and make your way to the gate. With this in mind, you have to time your attacks carefully, as sometimes you’ll have to perform a series of attacks in order to reach the next available platform, otherwise you’ll face a grueling death on spikes or some other hazard. While you’re in the air, you can still long press on the left or right side of the screen to “fall” in that direction, but just watch out for dangers.

Once you reach the end gate, you’ll be awarded up to three shurikens (instead of stars, because you know, ninja) for level completion, finishing within the time limit, and getting all of the glowing white orbs that are floating around (and that drop from fallen foes). If you are a perfectionist, then the game does have some replay value because you’ll want to go back and try levels again until you master them. There is also Game Center integration for leaderboards and achievements, which increases the longevity of the game (as long as Game Center works for you to begin with). And if you like to share your game moments, Shadow Bug has full screen recording capabilities that were added recently in iOS.

Even though I’m still early on in the game, I’ve been enjoying Shadow Bug a lot since I downloaded it yesterday. The graphics are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen in a game lately, and the parallax effect with the backgrounds is subtle but immersive. The music is fantastic to listen to, especially when you put on your good headphones. Controls are simple enough for anyone to pick up and play, but like any good game, it’s difficult to master and it’s rather rewarding when you do. I’m not sure how many levels there are right now, but due to the collectible orbs and time limits to beat, there is plenty of reason to go back and replay stages. This is a new favorite of mine for the week, at least for the time being (I know there are some good titles coming out this Thursday).

I highly recommend checking out Shadow Bug if you’re a fan of action-packed puzzle platformers. You can get Shadow Bug on the App Store as a universal download for just $3.99. There are no in-app purchases.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 04/05/2016

April 05, 2016 by macjeff

Notes.xls tiny spreadsheet (Excel edition) , TanZen - Relaxing tangram puzzles , Draw Pad Pro 2 - Amazing Notepads and Sketchbooks and more

iPhone:

TanZen - Relaxing tangram puzzles ( $2.99 → FREE )

The object of the game is to complete the shape in the middle of the screen by using pieces from each side without allowing them to overlap. You’re also able to play at your own pace since there aren’t any timers to worry about. It includes over 567 puzzles, hints, and achievements via Game Center.

Universal:

Notes.xls tiny spreadsheet (Excel edition) ( $1.99 → FREE )

Notes.xls is like having Excel in your pocket. You’re able to use it to calculate daily expenses, track bank accounts, construct budgets, or deal with any other numbers you come across. If you already use Excel on a daily basis, you’ll be happy to know that the syntax formulas work exactly the same. The app also includes two columns, gesture controls, the ability to insert and delete rows, and the ability to share spreadsheets via email.

Draw Pad Pro 2 - Amazing Notepads and Sketchbooks ( $1.99 → FREE )

Draw Pad’s clean interface allows you to take notes, sketch out your ideas, and create visual concepts in a snap. The app utilizes a real-time drawing engine, ensuring that every stroke you make is saved and synced instantly across all of your iDevices. You’re able to create notebooks for all of your different projects, and organize them just as you see fit.

HashPhotos ( $1.99 → FREE )

Hash Photos takes the hassle out of managing large photo and video libraries. Swipe left to right to access the album view where you can narrow down your photos and videos by category or create your own albums. Swipe right to left to narrow down your search even further by month. Tap on a photo to bring it into full view. This view also allows you to edit, share, tag, note, and glance at metadata for your photo. Hash Photos also includes the ability to customize the thumbnail size, and it has two themes to choose from.

Markdown - Powerful markdown editor for Medium ( $1.99 → FREE )

When your documents need to be beautifully formatted and shared with the world, there’s Markdown. It allows you to easily create documents using Markdown syntax thanks to its custom keyboard. Your documents can include bold text, headers, links, tables, and more with the tap of a button. Markdown allows you to preview your work to ensure everything is formatted correctly before sharing it as a webpage, posting it to Medium, or simply syncing it with Dropbox.

Questerium: Sinister Trinity, Collector's Edition HD (Full) ( $6.99 → FREE )

A mysterious meteor crash-landed in a small town, and three lifelong friends make the worst decision of their lives by choosing to use it for experiments. When things go wrong, the entire town needs to be evacuated, but two small children have been left behind. It’s up to you as the investigator to not only find the children but also destroy the machine harnessing the power of the meteor and bring the professor to justice. Along the way you’ll have to search 39 locations, hunt for objects in 17 scenes, and solve 21 brain-bending puzzles.

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Best app deals of the day! 8 paid iPhone apps on sale for a limited time

April 05, 2016 by macjeff

Everyone likes free apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up fast. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App Store.

The post Best app deals of the day! 8 paid iPhone apps on sale for a limited time appeared first on Digital Trends.

Source link: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/daily-app-deals-ios-04-05-2016/

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Green Game TimeSwapper

April 04, 2016 by macjeff

Green Game TimeSwapper ($2.99) by iFun4all is the continuation of the cult classic, Red Game Without A Great Name. If you enjoy a challenging puzzle game that will make you think hard, then you’re going to love what Green Game TimeSwapper brings to the table (it also doesn’t hurt to check out the original that started it all).

Even though I love to game in my spare time on the dedicated consoles and handhelds that I’ve bought in the past, I spend much more time playing games on my iPhone 6s Plus lately. It’s just way more convenient for me when I am on-the-go, and hey, I get a huge variety of puzzles to choose from, which happen to be one of my favorite genres. I did play the original Red Game Without A Great Name last year, but I did not beat it quite yet. However, while you may get the most out of Green Game TimeSwapper if you finished Red Game Without A Great Name, it is not crucial to enjoying TimeSwapper, as it is fine as a standalone game too (plus there are hints for a third game as well, so stay tuned).

Visually, Green Game TimeSwapper has the same kind of unique art style that was found in the original game. The world is completely done in a two-tone fashion: the black silhouettes for the level layout, including obstacles, as well as the mechanical bird that you’ll be controlling. The background sports a lot of green and shadows of clock gears, which represents the ability of changing time in this game. A green spotlight on the screen indicates the time frame that you’re currently in, and it serves as a crucial element to getting through the game successfully. Animations in Green Game TimeSwapper are fairly smooth and fluid, though it does feel a bit abrupt once your bird changes flight direction due to steam or some other objects, but it’s not a big deal. The jazzy soundtrack is rather upbeat and quirky as well, adding to the overall charm of the title. If you enjoyed the visual and audio package of Red Game Without A Great Name, then Green Game TimeSwapper will make you feel right at home. Even if you’ve not played the first game, this one is still enjoyable in both the graphics and audio.

As with other puzzle games, Green Game TimeSwapper features five different chapters that contain 10 levels each, with a total of 50 stages to manipulate time and fly through. In Green Game TimeSwapper, the mechanical bird that gained knowledge of the red steampunk world in Red Game Without A Great Name has been intercepted and modified by the chief scientist in the mechanical green world. The mechanical bird hero will gain new powers over the course of the game, which will be incredibly handy as new obstacles and challenges pop up. The objective of each stage will be to guide the bird across a series of obstacles while collecting all three of the gear pieces, and getting to the clear box that is somewhere on the level. Each puzzle can have multiple solutions, since you can even complete it by just picking up one gear, but the optimal solution involves getting all of them. Dying is common in this game (as with the original), and you’ll have to plan your route carefully to succeed.

The control scheme in Green Game TimeSwapper are simple. Just swipe horizontally to get the mechanical bird to fly forward. Then, as you approach objects like steam generators, you’ll notice a bright green clock hand on it. These objects, along with traps, can be enabled or disabled by manipulating time, which is done by swiping horizontally along the screen as your bird is flying. When the green spotlight matches up with an object, it will be activated, and the steam changes your flight direction. Even though the controls are rather easy and intuitive, the real challenge of the game is knowing when to activate a generator and disabling traps. Timing and reflexes are everything in this game, because when you hit a wall or get caught in a trap, it means doom for your mechanical bird friend, and you have to restart. All deaths are recorded as well, in case you ever want to know how many times you’ve failed before succeeding in this rather unforgiving game.

While the first few levels may seem simple enough, things do get much more complicated as you make progress in the game. Additionally, there will be power-ups that you can gather that grant you things like immortality, slow flight, and more. Whenever you see a power-up item, make sure to make an attempt to get to it, because they can really help you out.

Just like with Red Game Without A Great Name, iFun4all has succeeded in creating a unique but rather eerie game world that proves to be challenging for gamers of all skill levels. Even though I did not complete Red Game Without A Great Name, I found Green Game TimeSwapper to be an enjoyable gaming experience, even though dying can be pretty frustrating. The visuals and music are stunning, and the control scheme is straightforward but still challenging to master, since the levels do get much more complicated as you go. Even though it’s a rather unforgiving game, I still think that Green Game TimeSwapper is a must for anyone who likes a good puzzle game.

I recommend giving Green Game TimeSwapper a try if you like puzzles, enjoyed Red Game Without A Great Name, or just want something challenging to play this week. You can find Green Game TimeSwapper on the App Store as a universal download for just $2.99. Red Game Without A Great Name is also on the App Store as a universal download for $2.99.

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