Saturday, September 6, 2014

Undiscovered App #85: Hack Run

Hack Run
If you're a fan of the good old text adventure games like Zork, here's one that might be worth looking into. In Hack Run, you get to play the role of a hacker who has infiltrated a company's computer systems in order to find out what the company's motivations are. Plus, while you're at it, you can pick up some on some secrets that the employees are hiding.

Navigating through the game will require a little bit of remembering how DOS prompts work.  Thankfully, there's a handy menu you can quickly access to teach you what phrasing you should use to navigate through the computer systems, and if you ever get stuck, there a hint system to help you out as well.

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Graphics are pretty non-existent, of course, and but that's part of what makes it fun.

If you're up for something different, give Hack Run a try. It is available to download for $1.99 and has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 2,650 reviews. It's that good.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Undiscovered App #84: Ready, Steady, Play

Ready, Steady, Play
As a follow-up the well-received Ready, Steady, Bang, Cowboy Games has come up with another great app called Ready, Steady, Play. It has that same retro graphics style set upon a grey scale look, but this time, you've got three different games to play: Shooting Gallery, Hobby Hurdles, and Coin Shooter.

In the Shooting Gallery, you need to shoot as many bad guys as possible before they shoot you. You get a few seconds after each bad guy appears to tap and shoot them, but be careful for the occasional damsel who comes into view, because shooting her will penalize you. You'll need to swipe to reload your six shooter, and if you don't manage the timing well enough, you could be toast.

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For Hobby Hurdles, you have an endless runner type of game where you have to jump over chasms, cacti, and other obstacles, and the farther you can go, the higher your score.

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And in the Coin Shooter, you have to keep shooting a coin in the air to keep it airborne, but every once in a while a new coin tosser will come into the picture to make your challenge more difficult by giving you an extra coin to shoot. Shoot the tosser fast enough, and you'll be saved from having to deal with an extra coin.

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Ready, Steady, Play is an awesome Undiscovered App and is definitely worth a download. It is currently available for $1.99, and has an average rating of 5 stars from 81 reviews.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Undiscovered App #83: Bio Inc - Personalized Plague

Bio Inc
Remember Plague? Yeah, that one where your job is to eliminate humanity by evolving a deadly, global disease while adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself. Now imagine that on a micro level, where your objective now turns to just a single patient.

That's the focus of today's Undiscovered App. Bio Inc. - Biomedical Plague, by DryGin Studios, pits you against the defenses of one human and its immune system, where the race is on to collapse the individual's respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and other various systems before doctors can save him. Your weapons are over 100 biomedical conditions that weaken each pillar, like Obesity, Hypertension, Asthma, Lung Cancer, or pretty much any medical malady you can think of (Lupus, anyone?), plus you have the ability to slow down the patient's recovery by hijacking the medical support system (cause a misdiagnosis, get hospital staff to go on strike, etc.).

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Time moves quickly, with each day being only around 15 seconds or so, and while you're trying to infect and weaken the patient, the recovery system is working to undo all your hard work. Take too long, and a medical miracle will occur, bringing the patient back to 100% health and ending the game. The game is not easy (there are three difficulty levels, and I played it on Medium), and it took a few tries, some being *this* close before losing, before I finally got the hang of it.

Check out the trailer:

Bio Inc. will not only thrill you, but educate you as well about the human body and the medical factors that can lead to our own maladies. It is currently available to download for $1.99, and has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 55 ratings. Definitely a worthwhile download. Be one of the earliest ones to grab it before it goes viral (ahem).


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Undiscovered App #82: Stop the Knights - Play the Bad Guy

Stop the Knights
It's fun to play the Bad Guy every once in a while. And it's if you've played a bunch of RPGs and happen to like Plants vs. Zombies, then you're in for a special treat, since with today's Undiscovered App, you get to play the role of the monsters that fight off a bunch of heroic knights in Stop the Knights.

Like PvZ, you get to spawn your defenses after you generate enough energy, and the longer you wait, the more powerful the monster you get to use. The trick is trying to balance the time required to generate the monster with the number of knights that come attacking. Plus, like PvZ, you have different aisles to defend (in this case, two), so you need to manage your resources carefully.

Check out the trailer:

There are 20 levels, each more challenging than the previous one, but in return, you get to unlock more powerful bad guys that can deal some damage. We loved Stop the Knights, and recommend it highly for tower defense fans. It has an average rating of 4 stars from 92 reviews, and is currently free to download.


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Friday, August 1, 2014

Undiscovered App #81: Sky Aces - Fun Retro Flyer

Sky Aces
It's World War I (known back then as just The Great War), and you're an ace given the task of helping your allies defeat the Bad Guys. Your mission, should you accept it, is to take out enemy bases, shoot down other airplanes, defend your own bases, and a host of other missions.

Sky Aces, by Game Dev Team, is what today's Undiscovered App is all about. Since this is WWI we're talking about, color TV hadn't been invented yet, so you get a stylish black & white environment to work with, in a retro side-scroller format. The controls are easy to learn, with up/down arrows, machine gun and bomb buttons right on the display. Plus with successful missions, which get progressively more difficult, you get the opportunity to upgrade your planes to faster and more damage tolerant models.

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Sky Aces is one of our more favorite hidden gems in the app store. It has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 148 reviews, and is available to download for $0.99. There's also a free version that has fewer missions, so if you want to give it a test drive, go for it.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Undiscovered App #80: Best Decision - Quantify Pros and Cons

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We've all been there: we want to decide between doing A or B, or even C, but can't quite decide which of the choices is the best one to take. Well if you've ever been told to make a list of pros and cons to help you decide, today's Undiscovered App helps facilitate just that. Best Decision by Lukasz Kowalski is a simple little decision engine that lets you enter the type of decision you've been pondering, then provides you an opportunity to present the choices and the factors that matter most to you that you can rate on a scale of 1 - 5.

Here are some screen shots to give you an idea of the interface. The one small drawback I noticed is that it doesn't have autocorrect for when you're typing out the question, which may or may not be a good thing.

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So for an example, you could have the following question:

* What should I eat for dinner?

The options you could put down might be:

* Go out to Olive Garden
* Order Domino's Pizza
* Cook dinner

And then the key factors that matter could be:

* Cost
* Time Saved
* Yumminess
* Healthiness

...and then depending on how you rate the four factors above, it'll give you the one with the highest cumulative score. Easy as that. The great thing is that we often don't often give precise weightings to our decisions, and this lets you settle those questions you've got based on those subtle differences. Give Best Decision a try, and see if it helps you with any big decisions you've been asking yourself. It's available to download for $1.99, and it has an average rating of 5 stars from 36 reviews.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Undiscovered App #79: Reverser - Make Your Movies In Reverse

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Remember many years ago that Coldplay song called The Scientist that had an awesome video that was recorded backwards? Well if you've ever wondered how to record something backwards, today's your lucky today. Today's Undiscovered App, called Reverser, does exactly that.

It's super simple to use. It accesses your video library, asks you which one to reverse, and with a simple tap, the video can be reversed in either slow motion, normal speed, or fast motion. Not only does it reverse the video, but it also reverses the audio, so get ready to hear some interesting audio during playback.

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Reverser is available to download for $0.99 and has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 79 reviews. Definitely worth the download for the laughs you can get out of it and the novelty alone.

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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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