I'm fairly new to the whole iphone thing, but I've got a few apps that I downloaded and have been enjoying. I did a search and saw a few "recommend on" style threads, but I didn't find any sort of a dedicated App thread, so I decided to start one. Lets talk about Apps, people!
The very first app I bought for my iphone was Popcap's Plants vs Zombies. Because tower defense games are fun as hell, and I love me some PvZ. (On a side-note, I'm always on the lookout for other good tower defense games, so if anyone has any other tower defense apps to recommend, please feel free to share.)
Right after I got PvZ, I also grabbed Bejeweled 2, also by Popcap Games.
Well, I don't only use my iphone for playing games. I also found an app that pulls up a handy iphone ready version of IMDB.com.
One of the guys I work with told me about this little app. Its called "Shop Savvy" and basically what it does is uses the camera as a bar-code reader. You can scan a product, and it will pull up any information that might exist in the database for that item, including standard pricing, sale prices at retailers close to your location (via the GPS), and customer reviews of the item. I've had mixed success with it, but when it works its pretty cool.
Other apps I've downloaded include a Dictionary App which pulls from Dictionary.com. I got a Gamespot app that lets me pull up reviews and other game info. I got the Facebook app, and I got a Wikipedia app.
However, still being fairly new to the game, I'm always on the lookout for new apps to try, either free or paid.
One particular type of app that I'm looking for right now is some sort of random number generator, or more preferably a dice simulator. I'm looking for a program that will let me pick a type of dice, whether its a standard d6, or perhaps I need a d4 or a d20.
So anyway, feel free to use this thread to talk about your favorite apps, make recommendations, or whatever.
On the other hand, paying for games makes sense to me.
The Angry Birds is a pretty good game. I deem it worth the $1.20
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If you like Lux (I really like it too) you might want to give Speck Pioneers a try:
It's also got that Risk/Lux feel to it but with a circuit board metaphor. The maps start small (3x3 grid) and get bigger and change shape with each new map you unlock (you also unlock new characters). Your "troops" can also experience fatigue. It's not perfect (the larger maps can slow down a bit), but certainly fun enough for 99 cents (and one single app is optimized for both iPhone and iPad which I applaud as opposed to having to re-buy...).
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Final Fantasy 1 & 2
I am sure there is more that is what I have on my Touch
I'm serious about the talking carl incentive.
If you take the time to mail me the sase I will give you the $1.08
Angry Birds is glorious. Others will tell you that Crush the Castle is better. These people are filthy geese.
Someone was asking for JRPGs, and yea, Vay and the Final Fantasies are about it. However, if you don't mind branching a bit into the ARPG area, the two Zenonia titles are absolutely excellent.
As for other games:
Space Miner is a great little Diablo/Asteroids crossbreed.
Archon is Archon (i.e. awesome).
Space Invaders: Infinity Gene is a shmup using the classing Space Invaders designs and making the gameplay 100x more awesome.
Swords & Poker is a cool mix of poker and an RPG, kinda like a Puzzle Quest lite.
Speaking of which, Puzzle Quest is available.
iBlast Moki is another fun puzzler.
Tiki Towers is another fun puzzler, very similar to Tower of Goo.
More puzzlers? Bookworm and Peggle are amazing timekillers.
Top Gun is a great Afterburner-clone.
Let's Golf is essentially Hot Shots Golf on iPhone.
I need to stop with the games... I still have more.
Non game apps:
The Weather Channel is far better than the shitty app that comes on the phone.
World Factbook is a great little .99 app that is an encyclopedia of the nations of the world. It updates every month or so to keep up with changes.
Pandora deserves a spot in the OP. Its absence is noted. *angry fist shake*
NPR's news app is pretty decent.
NASA's app is also pretty fun to play around with.
Al Lowe's Cyberjoke 3000 is cheap and fun. And it's made by Al Lowe. Support the guy!
Also, it has percentile, 3d6, and 4d6-lowest.
Yeah, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the find.
I realize my Power Level is still small yet.
Bunting, Owls and Cushions! Feecloud Designs
FF X replay
God of War 1&2 HD
Rachet and Clank Future
Prince of Persia
FF: 4 heroes of light
Minigore: Fun. Controls are super easy on the iPad, and it's kinda odd having that size of a screen playing that close to your face.
Let's Golf: The game mechanic will not be anything you've never played with before if you've ever played "any-golf-game-evaar" - however you might find that this set of mechanics is not forgiving AT ALL. You make a slight overdraw on the power scale with bad timing, and it's done. It adds for more challange.
Controlling zoomed in maps seemed a bit odd. It should be "drag-n-drop" for the sake of the purpose, but instead it's an on-screen directional mechanic where you touch the side of the screen you want this map section to move, except that it randomly zooms the fuck all over the place. Annoying when you're trying to line up for the next shot.
The Simpsons games for the iPhone works so much better on the iPad. The controls just.. work better. The downside is they weren't made for the iPad so they are kinda huge, but damn... it works well. Best Joystick button control in any game i've ever played.
Angry Birds is awesome. The HD version is fantastic, but... I had already beaten the ever living shit out of the iphone version, but a bigger prettier version is awesome. Plays well on the iPad.
Additional Sidenote: I fucking hate that assholes are charging 400% more for games that they simply re-scaled to fit the ipad. Those games were probably built off a larger scale anyway and then shrunk for the iphone.
Final Thought: WHERE THE FUCK IS MY PROF LAYTON GAME ALREADY?
this might be a deal breaker.
Talking Carl should work without any issues at all.
Does the iPad have a good enough onscreen keyboard to use it for writing something longer than the twitter notes you can jot out on an iPhone? If the iPad had a keyboard close to something like a netbook in size, I could quite happily use it as an away-from-home word processor.
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- John McCallum
Simplenote is an awesome free note app for the iPhone, much nicer than the built in Notes app. Syncs with Notational Velocity on the Mac too, so you can access/edit your notes on your computer.
Reeder is my favourite RSS app for the iPhone. Looks great and has perfect syncing with Google Reader.
If you like picross, and you should, CrossLogic is fantastic.
And about Talking Carl...
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For 1.29 you can't go wrong.
- Flight Control HD: Awesome all over again. This was the first iPhone game I loved, and the iPad version is still killer. Still essentially the same thing, but it uses the huge new screen well and things get frantic a lot quicker.
- Geometry Wars touch: it's ... adequate. I really love Geo Wars 2 on XBLA, and this is an admirable port but the controls aren't 100 percent there. The smart bomb is in a dumb place (tap the middle of the screen) and the whole virtual analog stick thing takes a while to get used to. I might be a little harsh on it because I already have access to the original.
- Sam & Max Ep 1: the Penal Zone: I've literally only put in about 10 minutes. Some stuttering in the intro cutscenes, but it seems pretty solid. I love point-and-clicks on iPhone, so this seemed like a natural fit.
I've also heard that the newly released and fucking awesome Espgaluda II on iPhone is so pixel-dense that it handles the transition to and 2x of iPad quite well. Any fans of shmups in general or Space invaders Infinity Gene in specific definitely need to grab it, as it's mindblowingly good.
EDIT: Holy shit, that Talking Carl video is going to haunt me all day now.
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I laughed so hard I had tears running down my face.
Also, you have to keep the start of the thread in mind. When the first guy was offering to pay for talking carl for those who sent him SASEs.
It reveals a whole new level of hilarity.
When I'm bored on long car trips, I plug carl into my iphone-radio adaptor so he can speak using my car speakers, and we just sing scat back and forth.
me: Boopidy boopidy bop bop bop
Carl: beepidy beepidy bip bip bip
"MY VOICE IS HIGHER THAN YOUR VOICE!" o_O
oh yes, and for free.
reports have it that apparently it's already up in the UK and Australia stores
I imagine the situation being some poor bastard falling asleep and accidentally hitting the "Accept App" button, then snapping awake screaming incoherently at the visions of the inevitable beatings he will receive for this. But I could be wrong.
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It won't be. The iPhone version was submitted a few weeks ago.
I still don't see it on the US AppStore...