Saturday, August 24, 2013

Undiscovered App #33: Line Bound

We're doing something new with today's Undiscovered App - we have invited a guest author to write about a great app, but one that had gone unnoticed despite the developer's great work. Our guest author is Christian of Indie Game Enthusiast, and he's here to present to you our 33rd Undiscovered App:

Line Bound
Since Terry Cavanaugh’s Super Hexagon released on the App Store in 2012 to unanimous critical acclaim, the minimalist high difficulty genre has thrived. Games like Impossible Road, Expander, and Pivvot have all offered rewarding experiences that challenge reflexes and skill.

Alexey Fedotov’s Line Bound, released last week, lives up to the high standards set by other games in the genre. The goal and controls are simple: you guide a line down a twisting path to the end by tapping the screen to turn left or right. Your speed and the complexity of the paths increase with each level. Seems simple, but there is more depth than the screenshots imply.

First, like a racing game, you have to time your turns as to not undershoot or overshoot the corner or else your line will hit the walls. And second, the developer plays with your perspective throughout each level, forcing the player to quickly reorient themselves in time for the next turn. Auto restarts send the player right into the action after a failure, giving Line Bound a “one more go” appeal.

The levels are challenging but each attempt is a learning process that allows the player to improve and perfect their run. The minimalist design works well, colorful but aesthetically pleasing. There’s no IAP and the 12MB download won’t take up much space on your device. For $0.99, Line Bound is an easy recommendation, especially if you’re looking for a challenge.

Thank you Christian! We would love to hear of other great apps our readers have come across but have gone unnoticed. If you're interested in being a guest author, let us know (our email address is on the side bar), and we'd love to hear about more Undiscovered Apps!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Undiscovered App #32: The 7 Minute Workout

The 7 Minute Workout
How many times have you told yourself you would go to the gym (or need to go), but never did? I've been guilty of that far too many times, so when I ran into today's Undiscovered App, I was happy to find a solution that would let me salvage my day when I didn't hit the gym. The 7 Minute Workout, by UOVO helps solve the problem many time-strapped people (or lazy, in my case) have: we simply don't have enough time in our day to get the exercise we need.

The description says it best:

Created for people with busy lives, this simple workout is designed by scientists to give you all of the fitness benefits of much longer endurance training programs in just about 7 minutes.

The 7 Minute Workout screenshots

I gave it a try and found the exercises to be simple, but by the end of the routine, my heart was pumping, I was a little hot, and I got a slight glaze of sweat. Even though I had been a sloth all day, getting the 7 minutes in made me feel like I made something of myself.

Give it a try. It probably takes less time to get this workout in than the time you spend browsing through all the useless Facebook posts from your "friends." Best of all, The 7 Minute Workout is free to download. It has an average rating of 5 stars from 97 reviews. It's that good, and you'll thank yourself for downloading it.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Undiscovered App #31: Wanted Poster Pro - Be a Famous Villain

Wanted Poster Pro
I don't know about you, but when I was growing up, I always wanted to have my picture up on those old Western wanted posters just to see what it would be like to be the bad guy. With today's Undiscovered App from Nestor Borgo, you can do just that, but without having to rob a bank or shoot the sheriff.

Wanted Poster Pro is a fun little photo/camera app that lets you slap your villainous portrait onto those Wanted posters you see in those Westerns, or for the more contemporary crowd, the Sirius Black posters seen on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Or for Blade Runner fans, there's even a Replicant poster template you can use.

Check out some of the screen shots below:

Wanted Poster Pro screen shots

Wanted Poster Pro has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 87 reviews and is available to download for $0.99. It's as fun as it looks, and if you ever use Facebook or Twitter or any of the popular social media sites, it makes for a great user profile picture. I've already had some people ask me, "How did you do that? That's pretty cool." I pointed them to this app.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Undiscovered App #30: Blueprint 3D - Zen Bound with a Twist

Blueprint 3DDoes anyone remember that ground-breaking game some years ago called Zen Bound or its improved sequel Zen Bound 2? The objective of the game was to rotate an object in such a way that you eventually cover it up completely with a coiled rope. It had nice music and created a type of  mood and atmosphere that helped you escape whatever it was on your mind to just let you focus on doing one simple task.

FDG Entertainment has taken the rotation concept and twisted it further to give you a different challenge with Blueprint 3D. They delve into the concept of anamorphic art, the kind of art that you can only see at a certain angle. Here's a good example of anamorphic art:

See how it only works when everything is at the correct angle? That's kind of like how Blueprint 3D works. You need to rotate the object in a way that makes the lines show up to create the image. Here are some screen shots to give you an idea of how it works.

Give Blueprint 3D a try. It's currently free as of this moment, and it's a nice change of pace from the typical games we often see. It has an average rating of 5 stars from thousands of reviews. It's that good.

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