Geeky visuals alert! Check out these ten giant images made of hundreds (or thousands) of smaller images, aka photo mosaics.
There’s a new game out for iOS and it’s called Brawl. The game made it to my radar for two reasons — first because it was a free release and secondly, it was a card-based boxing game. I’m a huge fan of deck building games like Ascension, Dominion and 7 Wonders so albeit this one makes use of much simpler rules (yep it’s really simple), I find the genre of fast-paced card action rather interesting.
The game itself isn’t very deep. Two boxers fight their way to victory and punches are thrown through cards. The winner is determined by whoever landed the most punches. A game consists of two player cards (boxers) and each player draws from a shuffled deck of punches and blocks. You can throw punches to the head and torso, represented by locations on the top and bottom part of the player cards. You can stack blows until a player draws and places a block card which means you won’t be able to land any more punches in that area.
Punches and blocks come in different colors. You can only stack punches of the same color and block with the corresponding color of punches.
Depth is achieved when you can add a third stack (red cards) which lets you throw additional punches and blocks. The game ends when you can no longer land any more punches and the total number of points (i.e. punches landed) determine the winner.
Variety takes place with the choice of boxers. There are three boxers initially available with three more unlocked via in-app purchases (surprise!). The boxers are characterized by the number of certain cards in the decks. For instance, Hale comes with more hit cards in all colors but very few blocks. Chris on the other hand comes with a balance of hits and blocks.
The game may take a while to master but after the tutorial and first few play through, a game can last no more than 1 minute. You can challenge the AI or play online.
Brawl is free on iOS and can be downloaded for both the iPad and iPhone. [DOWNLOAD NOW]
Man, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed machine is cranking like crazy. In anticipation of November 15th’s release of Assassin’s Creed Revelations, there is so much tie-in stuff happening, it would constitute an entire article to catalog them all. So hey, why not do just that?
Many weeks ago we reviewed Bang! The Bullet. This app never made it to the top list of Apple apps for download but among a huge niche of board game geeks, Bang! is definite favorite.
Recently, Palzoun & SpinVector released a much needed update that not only incudes the Dodge City Expansion set, it also put in the much needed online multiplayer that players from around the world were clamoring for. Previously, Bang! only had pass on play for some semblance of multiplayer but this turned out to be rather tedious and impractical.
To sweeten the deal even further, the app now sells for only USD $3.99, a full dollar cheaper than when it went on sale earlier this year.
For those unfamiliar, Bang! is a spaghetti western game where each of you take the role of either a Renegade, Outlaw, Deputy or the Sheriff. Depending on your role you each have specific missions to accomplish: outlaws must kill the Sheriff, Deputies must protect the Sheriff, while the Renegade wins by being the last man standing. All identities, save the Sheriff are hidden from one another and you try to discover everyone’s roles by the different card actions you can do. Dodge City introduces green cards to the play deck. Green cards must be placed down as equipment cards but only have a one time use in the succeeding turn. That means that if you have green cards that allow you to shoot people, you can use these apart from your regular Bang! cards.
Online multiplayer is included in this update but it isn’t done through the Game Center — rather you need to create a Bang! account from an external website and sign in. Other than that small annoyance, the core multiplayer is fun.
Bang! also includes achievements to unlock during play. They’re really nothing new, but add to the “oh so I did that and got an achievement” discovery of the game. Sadly, no new characters are in the expansion — you will need to unlock them separately.
All in all, Bang! HD sweetens the deal by adding a complete expansion pack, achievements and online multiplayer and subtracts one dollar from the app. Those are more than enough reasons to get one of the best board games ever made.
Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer is by far one of my favorite card games. It’s right up there with 7 Wonders and Bang! Board Game Geek has awarded Ascension: CotG 3.5 stars out of 5 and the good news is that they full game is now available on iOS for a mere USD $4.99. The physical game costs USD $27.99.
Ascension: CotG is a deck building game for 2-4 players. The game was designed by a handful of Magic: The Gathering Pros and they wanted to build a fast-paced card game that didn’t rely on who had the better deck beforehand. Instead, players start off in equal footing and build the deck as they play. Winning entails computing the sum of Rune points acquired from creature kills and points from the types of cards you built your deck with during the game It’s good news to those that don’t want to spend a ton of money on booster packs and special cards as the core game is pretty much a standalone set good for 2-4 players already.
On to the iOS version. I can pretty much sum up the experience of CotG as quite similar to playing the actual card game. The UI is very well thought through with each card having a zoom in function anytime during a game session is ongoing. As the screen of your iOS device is limited, the board allows you to touch areas of the screen to pull out your summoned Constructs, view the Void and discard deck (you can hold and drag to see everything scroll by!) as well as see summaries of other player decks such as the number of constructs in play, number of Runes acquired and so on.
The game features both offline and online play. You can hold several offline games simultaneously as well as queue up in gaming lobbies for multiple games to see which one you can get into first. Because CotG is fast-paced by nature, wait times are never annoying.
Ascension: CotG is a definite MUST HAVE for the iOS. If you’ve never heard of the game till this review, you STILL should pick it up and I guarantee you that this will be one of the most played games on your iPad or iPhone.
Meet George. George is made of LEGO bricks, and lives an interesting life (which you can follow on Facebook) for a little toy guy. He’s also the central character of an intriguing new game from LEGO called Life of George, which marries physical brick building with a digital game on Apple iOS devices.
Man, the rumors about iPhone 5 are all over the place. And let’s face it: this is Apple, and that’s the way it’s always going to be. But one aspect of the new device that hasn’t been addressed is its price. Will Apple go up in price due to new technology? Will they keep it the same, as they always have? Or might they even lower it, to be ultra competitive? Opinions, anyone?
With the latter half of 2011 upon us, rumors are starting to heat up regarding Apple’s plans. The company is known for announcing new products during the latter half of each year so there’s anticipation that the much awaited iPhone 5 will finally be announced. Apple fans and iPhone lovers are definitely excited about the new iPhone 5. If you’re planning on getting an iPhone 5 when it finally launches you can start preparing for it right now by thinking of good iPhone 5 plans.
Phone companies offer many plans for mobile phones and it’s no different for the iPhone 5. There are many iPhone 5 plans that will be coming out when the product is finally released. A good way to spend the time would be to find out what kind of iPhone 5 plans to look for.
First, you need to find out how much you use your phone. Carefully assess how much you actually use your phone so you can determine the amount of usage time you should sign up to when choosing the plan. Make sure the plan you choose will cover the total amount of time you will use your phone, with maybe a little extra time as a buffer so you won’t have to pay a lot if, for instance, you exceed your monthly usage allocation. The usage time is the main basis for the amount you will pay for your iPhone 5 plan. If you’ve over- or under-estimated your usage time some phone carriers accept changes to your plan but oftentimes this will mean extending your contract with the phone carrier.
You should also think about any additional services you want to add to your iPhone 5 plan. Do you need international roaming or a family plan? Do you think that the extra services being offered to you are something that you will use with fair regularity? These extra services cost money so you need to find out what kind of add-on services you will really need.
Before you sign the contract you should confirm how long you are going to be locked in to your iPhone 5 plan before it expires or before you can renew it. Even though phone companies can’t force you to stay with your contract, it is still better to know this information so you’ll know when the contract is going to end. You should also ask if the contract is automatically renewed when it expires so you’ll know when to go to cut the contract in case you decide to transfer carriers.
Fans of the Evil Dead franchise may have heard of a remake of the 1981 cult classic. It’s the one franchise that made Bruce Campbell famous playing the chainsaw armed Ash and Sam Raimi as director (unfortunately he went on to direct other things like the flop that was Spider Man). So it has come to this: one of the defining pillars of geekdom is being remade after 30 years. Think about it, geeks: Army of Darkness is really just as old as the NASA Space Shuttle Program.
So, while we wait for the remake of Ash’s time warp into the medieval era, it might not be a coincidence that the Evil Dead franchise has subcontracted game developers to build two iOS games for both the iPad and iPhone. As to whether the game was initiated by .. err .. MGM or the devs, I have no idea.
Army of Darkness Defense
I’ve already reviewed this in a previous post. It’s one of those games that you WON”T end up deleting after letting it tease you for 5 minutes. This is one of my iPad staples.
When I first reviewed the app, I had just acquired archer support. Now, I’m well into my 40’s and have unlocked the hero, Arthur. Army of Darkness Defense is pretty straightforward — you run back and forth killing Deadites and you can get a level done in less than 5 minutes. That’s pretty much how we roll.
Now if you’re looking for a little bit more RPG, you might want to consider Evil Dead, the mother franchise of Army of Darkness.
The Evil Dead HD
Updated recently, Evil Dead is a top down action shooter that’s got more story in it that AoD. You basically re-enact the movie starring Bruce Campbell from a not-so-quite bird’s eye view. The premise is pretty simple: in each level, you have to guide Ash through pathways to reach a certain objective while picking up weapons and mowing down enemies.
It’s a dungeon crawler, ladies and gents, with controls that are a bit off and well … the game really doesn’t feel as polished as AoD. Remember playing an old retro favorite called Alone in the Dark? Well that’s how the 3D polygons look like. It’s a tad disappointing as aiming my boom stick is pretty screwed up and I can plow through my ammo without actually hitting anything.
Download here (STILL FREE)
All in all, if you’re a huge fan of the Evil Dead series, both these games are worth getting — simply because they’re FREE for a limited time only. AoD trumps Evil Dead but Deadites are Deadites and if mowing them down with your chainsaw is something you fancy, then by all means grab both!
Your iPhone is only as good as its case – NOT! But you have to admit that having a sturdy case to protect that treasured device of yours is an important thing. After all, dropping your phone (accidentally, of course) is probably one of your worst nightmares.
Then again, iPhone cases can be found and bought practically anywhere, and it is not surprising at all to see someone else using the same design. That’s why the newest iPhone cases at Society6 caught my eye. These cases are not only sturdy but they are not your run-of-the-mill designs. ((Society6))
Hell Tale Pink iPhone Case
The main thing going for this case is the presence of those ghosts that look as if they came straight from Pac-Man. My main issue is that it’s so pink! Then again, tough men “wear” pink, so why not?
Rubber Duckies iPhone Case
Where the Hip Things Are iPhone Case
Where the Wild Things Are is a classic that every child should read/hear (and also watch, with it having been made into a movie). With this iPhone case, the chances that you’ll bump into someone with the same design are slim.
Angry Birdsky iPhone Case
Angry Birds meets Banksy. Enough said.
Air Safari iPhone Case
Donut Gas Mask
All of these cases are priced at $35 and are made of “a one-piece, impact resistant, flexible plastic hard case featuring an extremely slim profile”.