Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Undiscovered App #24: Hero of Many

Hero of Many

What do you call a game where you control an orb of energy that fights to escape through an underwater cavern, solving puzzles, collecting allies, and fighting battles along the way? I don't know, but that's what today's Undiscovered App, Hero of Many from Matous Jezek is all about. It kind of defies description, since it doesn't neatly fit into the traditional boxes that so many games do.

The official description is as follows:

Hero of Many is an atmospheric action adventure game where you lead a swarm of water-beings through fierce battles to freedom.

Hero of Many is an iPad-only game, and I thoroughly enjoyed losing track of time given its beautiful graphics and dark soundtrack that shifted the mood from wondrous, to dangerous, to just plain epic (for an even better experience, use headphones to hear the game sound in full quality). You start out with very little to guide you since the controls and interface are minimalistic, but the occasional cut scenes give you a very quick idea of what your objectives are. Character building has always been one of my favorite aspects of adventure games, and you get to do the same here, starting from a weak orb to one that gathers strength, eventually collecting a swarm strong enough to take on far more powerful enemies. The level progression was smooth, and there are a couple nice added touches like checkpoints that let you resume your game mid-level in case you die.

Check out the trailer...

And here are some screen shots:

Hero of Many screen shots

Hero of Many was just released, and so as of yet it has no ratings. We were fortunate to see it on our radar, as it is a very polished and well-made game, and highly recommend it for download. During the initial launch, it is being offered at 50% off, so you can download it for $1.99.


We were able to get an extra promo code thanks to some quick bug fixes to polish the game even further. If you want to get your hands on this, act fast!


For the lucky reader who grabs this, please consider mentioning it to your friends. App discovery is terribly difficult, and indie developers put in a lot of time and effort to get the word out in hopes of being able to see a return from their hard work.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Undiscovered App #23: Weather Pod - Making Weather Cool

Weather Pod
Today's Undiscovered App covers a topic that everyone talks about every day, but almost never in the context of apps.  That's right, we're talking about the weather. And that's understandable, because what can you possibly do with a weather app that's never been done before to add a coolness factor to it? To be honest, probably nothing, but Weather Pod from Rory Buckley does a pretty good job of making something old look shiny and new again.

This one pulls it off nicely with a very sleek interface, graphics and the ability to pretty much get all the information you need in a few swipes.

Weather Pod screen shots

Ever wonder what time the sun will rise or set? Check. How about the moon, is it getting close to a full moon? Check. What's the historical average temperature? Check. About the only thing it lacks is the five day forecast (you get three days), plus it would be nice to have an hourly forecast for those times when you're on the verge of a rainy day and are wondering if you need an umbrella for the next few hours. Other than that, I think this app is perfect (since it's summer, this will be less of an issue, but it would be great to have that feature in the future during the rainy season).

The graphics are beautiful, and the interface is easy to use with just a few swipes (swipe left for the 3 day forecast, swipe right for the moon phase, sunrise/sunset, and historical temperatures, and swipe up/down for readings in Celsius or Fahrenheit).

Weather Pod is another great Undiscovered App flying under the radar. It has an average rating of 5 stars from 5 reviews, and is currently available for $0.99. We liked it enough to replace the Weather app that Apple provides, and we think you'll find it makes some great improvements to make you happy you downloaded it.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Undiscovered App #22: Powerslyde - What Apps Do You Have?

Since we're in the business of finding great Undiscovered Apps, we thought it was appropriate to mention an app that lets you do just that called PowerSlyde by Shared2you.

This app discovery platform lets you take a look at what your friends have on their phones, plus it will let you share what you have with others. By its very nature, it means giving up a little bit of privacy since it will automatically let you see when your friends add new apps. Basically, it's app discovery, NSA style.

I jest, since there are some added privacy features. Powerslyde lets you control what apps of yours people can see (nobody has to know you still play FarmVille), as well as who can follow you, so the controls can be as precise as you like. You can start adding friends via your contact list, Facebook, or searching by username, and you can accept or reject follow requests.

Powerslyde is free to download. This app hasn't been noticed too much by the community, but for the few ratings it has collected (4.5 star average out of 9 ratings), it's been well received. Give it a try, and you just might find a new app from your friends that you might like.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Undiscovered App #21: Animotions - It's like Vine for texting

We've all seen animated GIFs, and given its popularity, it was only a matter of time before someone extended the idea to create the looping video app Vine.

Today's Undiscovered App from Mobisocial, Inc extended the idea further, putting the animation idea into text messages. With Animotions, you have the ability to create your own looping video emoticons, so to speak, and you can paste them into text messages as a surprising way to express any given emotion.

You start out with nine pre-labeled emotions: Happy, Sad, Excited, OMG, Silly, WTF, Wait... wut?, Hmph., and Please. You can create more and also change the labels. Each slate is blank, and clicking on it activates your camera to begin recording. You have up to 10 seconds to record your video, and when you're ready to use it, you can copy it to your clipboard to paste into iMessage.

When I first tried it out, the response I got was, "Wow, how did you do that?" Nobody up until then had seen anything like it, and I felt like the kid with the coolest toy on the block. Check out some screenshots:

Animotions screen shots

Give it a try; we found this to be a lot of fun, and your friends will be asking you how you did it. Animotions is free to download, and it has an average rating of 5 stars from 17 reviews.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Undiscovered App #20: Inclusion - Making Math Fun

Do you like math? If you don't, today's Undiscovered App from Purple Pig just might make you change your mind. You'd never be able to guess what Inclusion does just by looking at the app icon or the name, however (which, from an app store optimization perspective, has probably hurt downloads) so thankfully, we here at Undiscovered App stumbled across it, loved it, and lived to tell you all about it.

Inclusion is a simple addition and subtraction game. You're given a number (your goal), and then you're provided a 4 x 4 grid full of numbers that you're supposed to combine, either by adding or subtracting, to reach a total equal to your goal number. There's a timer you're working against to keep the heat on, plus there's a leader board via Game Center so you can see how well your math skills stack up against people from all over the world. There are also four difficulty levels to keep things interesting as your skill level progresses.

Inclusion Screen Shots

The interface is simplistic yet elegantly done, and after a few rounds you'll find yourself wanting to give it just one more try. Do it enough times, and you'll forget you're actually having a lot of fun doing math, all while sharpening your mental skills too.

I loved Inclusion, and I highly recommend this for a download. It's currently free, and it has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 131 reviews.

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