Thursday, July 10, 2014

Undiscovered App #78: 7 Minute Workout Pro

7 Minute Workout Pro
About a year ago, we wrote about a nice little app that got us to exercise when we were too lazy to go to the gym. Today's Undiscovered App is actually very similar to that, but with some nicer bells and whistles that gives it a slight edge over the previous iteration.

7 Minute Workout Pro is like a little gym in your pocket, except this gym comes with its own little personal trainer, guiding you over the course of 12 exercises that last only 30 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest in between different sets.

Here are the exercises:

1. Jumping Jacks
2. Wall Sit
3. Push-ups
4. Abdominal Crunch
5. Step-up onto chair
6. Squat
7. Triceps dip on chair
8. Plank
9. High knees running in place
10. Lunge
11. Push-up and rotation
12. Side plank

The cool part is that you can have the exercises be randomized, plus you can choose from a variety of different background sounds (Dubstep, Funky, Hip-Hop, Rock, Tango, Dance). There's an activity calendar to let you keep track of your progress, reminders so you don't forget, plus instructions on how to do the exercises, and little color customizations for when your mood changes.

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It's a nice little package, and costs much less than a gym membership. 7 Minute Workout Pro is available to download for $1.99 and has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 215 ratings. Anything that'll help you get off your butt and get some physical activity, especially in the comfort of your own home, deserves a good look.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Undiscovered App #77: Haste - Real-time Boggle

HasteFans of our site know that we like word games. Here's one worth downloading: Haste, by Lachlan T. Potts. The objective is a lot like Boggle, or Scramble With Friends, where you need to make as many words as you can within a short period of time, sliding your fingers along a stream of letters to form words.

There's a mild twist to it that makes it worthwhile: instead of taking turns to make words, Haste has you building them at the same time as your opponent. And to add to that, there's a Scrabble-esque feature where you can build words that contain bonus letters. Double word, triple word, double-letter, you know the drill. If you can confine your words to those bonus letters, you can rack up a lot of points fairly quickly.

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One additional nice thing is that you don't have to sign up for an account. You can play as a guest and start playing immediately, but the downside is that your history isn't saved. If you want to play friends, you can challenge them, and your results show up on the Game Center board for bragging rights. It has an unobtrusive ad that shows up only after the end of every game.

Haste is available to download for free, so there's absolutely no reason to not download it. It has an average rating of 5 stars from 24 reviews, has an eye-pleasing interface and is easy to pick up and play. This is one we highly recommend.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Undiscovered App #76: 7 sevens - A Puzzle That'll Hook You

7 sevens
Well, there goes an hour of my time. And if you're not careful, you too could suddenly wonder where the time just went.

Today's Undiscovered App is called 7 Sevens, and when I first looked at it, it kind of looked like a game involving a Tetris board, but you use single blocks instead, and with numbers on it, 1 through 7. Your objective is to drop a series of single blocks down onto the board, and when you match the numbers, the blocks get eliminated.

The twist is, you have to match two #2 blocks and place them adjacent to each other before they get cleared, and three #3 blocks, four #4 blocks, and so forth, until you have to line up seven #7 blocks before they get eliminated. To add to the puzzle, you get grey blocks that just sit there and don't disintegrate unless they're adjacent to an eliminated cluster.

The blocks that you get next are random, and you have the opportunity to set one aside and swap it back and forth to help with your strategy. Knock enough blocks off, and you progress to the next level, which is pretty much the same as before, except you get a handful of random blocks raining down on you that pile on your existing blocks to start you at the next level.

Confused yet? These screen shots might help.

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The game is terribly simple and complex at the same time, and that's what's dangerous about it. If you download this, you will be pleased. 7 Sevens has an average rating of 5 stars from 346 ratings, and is available to download for $0.99. It's so good, we are awarding it our June Undiscovered App of the Month.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Undiscovered App #75: Twinoo - Test Both Sides of Your Brain

TwinooHave you ever wondered if you're left or right brained? Most of you probably know by now, but there's a neat little app that tests them both at the same time by having you solve some quick puzzles.

It's called Twinoo, by Dawn of Play, and it works like this:

You've got about 10 seconds to solve two simultaneous problems. The first one on the left is a simple math problem that tests your left hemisphere: add, subtract, divide, or multiply two single-digit numbers, and the one on the right is a color blending test that tests your right hemisphere, for example, Yellow + Blue = Green. Every time you answer correctly, the timer for that hemisphere resets, and you're allowed to move on to the next question, until you accumulate three incorrect answers for a single side.

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It's pretty fun, and I can rip through the math part pretty easily, but I happen to be color-blind, so the color blending side, no matter how hard I try, will always elude me. Hopefully you'll have better luck at it than I did! There's Game Center integration and a $0.99 IAP to unlock more modes and different puzzle types.

Twinoo is rated 4 stars out of over 800 reviews, and is available to download for $0.99. If you're into brain games with a twist, this might be right up your alley.


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Undiscovered App #74: Forager - The Future Browser?

There's a new browser in town, and you probably haven't heard of it. But that's what we're here for, to bring your attention to some noteworthy Undiscovered Apps.

Forager, from Andrew Kazmierski, is a new kind of browser that lets you search through various predetermined websites, and then lets you collect those links so you can move on quickly and not get your search bogged down by reading them one by one. Once you've gotten your fill of websites and links, it lets you revisit all your memorized links, one by one (which you gathered in a bag), pretty much turning you into a powerful research machine.

Think of it as a search engine for the following websites:

• Google
• YouTube
• Rotten Tomatoes
• Wikipedia
• Tumblr
• Twitter
• Amazon
• TED Talks
• Reddit <= yes, that's right! It does a pretty good job too.
• CureZone
• eBay
• Yelp
• Flickr
• Soundcloud
• Vimeo
• Google Books
• Google News

People not used to tabbed browsing might experience some disorientation with the navigation, especially if all you used is Safari. There aren't a lot of explanations with how the buttons work, but trial and error and a willingness to experiment for the next 10 minutes will get you pretty competent with how the system works. It's pretty cutting edge stuff, and worth the dive if you want a glimpse of what the future might bring for the mobile browser landscape.

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You can confine your search according to different tabs
(which slide away from the screen at a touch of that swirly button)

Check out how it works (the website might be a little slow to load):

Forager is currently available to download for $3.99. It has no reviews yet on iTunes, so this is pretty Undiscovered territory, but we think it's worth a look given its new approach to browsing.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Undiscovered App #73: Bina Blocks

Bina BlocksHot off the presses today is an interesting puzzle-type game called Bina Blocks by KeitGames. The objective is to stack a bunch of blocks above a certain threshold and make sure it can withstand a flying attack from a jerk of a bird. The challenge is, do you balance a tall structure that reaches the height requirement, or do you build a strong one that won't get knocked over?

To make the game a little more interesting, you're given a currency allowance at the start of every level that lets you "buy" the type of block you want to erect. The basic shapes are triangles, squares, and rectangles. The larger and more sturdy the shape, the more it costs in "binas" to add to your stash of blocks. Rectangles cost the most, squares a bit less, and triangles are the cheapest. You can drag, drop, and rearrange the pieces in any way you can imagine, and once you're all set, hold your breath and see if it can survive an attack. And if it holds up above the minimum height threshold, you advance to the next level and have a different set of challenges to overcome.


Check out the video of how the game is played:

We found Bina Blocks to be an enjoyable way to spend some down time, as each level only takes a few minutes at a time to beat. Of course, puzzle fans will have plenty of levels to keep them busy (there's 30), and best of all, it's free to download. Given its brand new status, it doesn't have any reviews yet, but we happily give this Undiscovered App a thumbs up.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Undiscovered App #72: Global Archer - Katniss Meets Google Maps

Global ArcherI love new concepts. Especially because so many app genres are, shall I say, played out? From endless runners, to physics games, to puzzles, or RPGs, it's hard to come up with something different.

Which is why today's Undiscovered App, from Aunt Mary LLC, is worthy of our attention. It's called Global Archer. It's a very simple concept: it takes advantage of your iPhone's GPS, accelerometer and compass to turn the real world into your bow-and-arrow shooting range. Once you sign up (an account is needed since that's how social games work, and you can sign up either through Facebook or by registering through an email account), you can play against friends, or you can just practice by yourself.

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The objective is to hit a target anywhere in the world with your bow, with your starting point being your actual physical location on the world map. You have to physically turn yourself in the direction of your target (e.g., if I'm on the west coast, I need to face east if I'm aiming for an eastern target), then pull down on the string, and then wait for the oscillating strength gauge to line up, then release. Depending on how well all those factors line up, you can score some coins, which you can use to buy different kinds of arrows that'll help you with future targets. You can also purchase coins via IAPs.

It's a fun game with an educational benefit. It's bad enough I don't remember where all the States are, and I'm even worse when it comes to remembering where all the countries are on the globe. Play Global Archer enough, and you'll never realize that learning geography could be so fun. So for you Katniss Everdeen fans, here's your chance to use your bow and arrow and learn something along the way. All while beating your friend in the process. Win-win. Global Archer is free to download, and has an average rating of 4.5 stars.

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