Bargin crack: Baseball Slugger: Home Run Race 3D for 59p

July 26, 2009

A successful addiction formula:

  • Gameplay is simple to learn but with plenty to master, and always satisfying;
  • Games often take under a minute and are quick to restart, so it’s very easy to say “one more go”;
  • it’s loaded with achievements and other ways of scoring Golden Balls (ahem), the game currency, which buy effective upgrades for your customizable avatar.
  • Very quick and simple internet matchup play, with added flavour of international rivalry.

In short, you are doomed to play this.

Add me to your rival list : Yodeler, riding high at #11,365 in the world rankings.

Buy now, it’s only 0.59p today (store link).

App website at Com2uS

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Yodel like a pro – “U 2 can yodel”

July 23, 2009

Is there an itch that the iPhone app store cannot scratch? Looking for the music from Raising Arizona, I went off on a Google fugue  that led me to this gem of an app: U 2 can Yodel.

The app takes you through a detailed yodeling tutorial, including a record-and-playback feature, then on to a “yodeloke” where you can sing along with a professional yodeler, and a free-style section.
The app is highly usable and very engaging, largely thanks to the charming animated backdrops and easter eggs (well, egg).

Yodeling is supplied by Kerry Christensen, Master Yodeller (who has a CD by the same name). I’m not an expert on yodeling, but boy, he sure can yodel.

There has to be a fascinating back-story to this app, particularly since it is free – the production values are so high that this must either be:

  • a “free for a while” app – until yodeling becomes a world-wide craze and they can charge mad bank for it;
  • secretly financed by a Swiss yodeling / illuminati cabal intent on world domination via yodel-mediated sonic mind control.

Don’t be  disappointed that it isn’t Bono in leiderhosen yodeling – this is even better.

Tested on: iPhone 3Gs || Price: Free.

Rating: it’s yo-de-lo-dee-yo-dee-lo-de-licious! Recommended.

ps: the owner is listed as http://playvisions.com – who don’t mention it on their site, but who do have awesome toys.  The developers are www.substantial.com, who clearly know how to make an app engaging – one to watch out for.

Bonus yodel video feat. Kerry Christiensen:


Short review: BeardMe, the choice of the discerning pogonologist.

July 22, 2009

Update: I don’t know why but the images keep vanishing from this post. If you can’t see any pics of the app in action, then just imaging some things, with beards on them, in a fairly convincing way.

When it comes to iPhone-enabled novelty facial topiary, there is only one serious choice: BeardMe.

The app features 32 mustache and beard styles that you can overlay on a new or library photo, and a range of colours, stylings, and photographic effects (sepia, B&W).
The positioning and rotating controls are pretty intuitive, and surprisingly deep – there’s a set of perspective tools included that should mean that you can match your ‘tasch to pretty much any face at any angle. I found them a bit fiddly, but worth persevering with if you want a high-quality effect.

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SkyBeard approves

Negatives?

  • It’s subtle enough to be missed much of the time, but the app puts a watermark on all pictures (“BeardMe” in the lower right corner)  – I can excuse that in free camera apps, but I don’t expect it in paid apps.
  • The gorgeous interface design is inexplicably let down at the “email picture screen” (very minor niggle).

Quote from the BeardMe product page:

In a matter of seconds, give your child the political savvy of Theodore Roosevelt or your cat the historical prominence of Frank Zappa. Bestow on your grandmother the infectious gusto and zest of beloved movie critic Gene Shalit or on your roommate the pulsating star power of actor Billy Dee Williams.

Tested on: 3G, 3GS.  ||  Price: 0.59p, or 0.99c

Developer Site: beardme.com ||Buy from: Apple iTunes Store link

Our Rating: 5/5: Hard to see how this could be bettered.  ||   App store score: Not Yet Rated