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.

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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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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Undiscovered App #71: Just Fly - An Undercover Hit

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If you grew up on Atari consoles and old IBM PC's, then you know just how much graphics have improved over the past few decades. So many games look so good nowadays that it's hard to judge by the box or the screen shots whether something is fun to play or not. More often than not, a lot of games tend to be a disappointment, hiding crappy gameplay or mechanics behind a polished exterior, kind of like that really good looking guy or girl who ends up having a pretty crummy personality. Yeah, we've all been there.

But what if you came across the opposite, where you meet this person who's kind of plain looking, but has this really awesome personality and turns out to be a lot of fun to hang around? Yeah, that's the kind of game we love finding, and that's what today's Undiscovered App is all about.

Just Fly, by James Maher, is one such game. It's not a looker, and you'd never guess by looking at the app icon or the screen shots what the game is going to be like. When I came across it, I thought, "Hmm. You're a bird. Flying around, trying to avoid other birds. Okay, I'm flying... oh wait, there's a power-up that just popped up. A lightning bolt? I wonder what it does..."

(presses button.. and multiple bolts of electricity fry the enemy birds)

That's when it got a lot more interesting. As I kept flying around and dodging more enemy birds that spawned, more power ups came, each with a different power (there are a total of seven), like a meteor that blows everything up within a close radius, a storm cloud that zaps enemy birds with electricity, or even a teleporter that moves you anywhere on the arena you want to go. The objective is to survive as long as you can while killing as many enemy birds as you can, all while grabbing power ups that help you do the latter. You get bonuses for going on huge kill streaks, and the longer you survive, the more enemies eventually spawn, and if you're good, that means there's more enemies on the screen you can kill.

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There's something about the combination of all these elements that really made this stand out, and we liked it so much that we're designating Just Fly as the Undiscovered App of the Month. And what's nice is the app is free to download. There's an unobtrusive ad that shows up at the end of the game and an ability to upgrade for $0.99 that gives you all of the following: access to extra power ups, an extra slot for power ups to use later, and faster spawning of power ups. And there's Game Center integration so you can see how well you rank against other players.

It currently doesn't have enough ratings on iTunes to have an average rating, so we're definitely in Undiscovered territory, but don't let that deter you. Go get it. It's free, it's fun, and we think it's a great game to play, if you can look past the graphics.
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Undiscovered App #70: Photo Timestamps

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If you take a ton of pictures with your phone, you'll enjoy today's Undiscovered App by Sarah Lensing. It's called Photo Timestamps, and if you haven't guessed from the name, it does something pretty cool that hundreds of people wonder about everyday: How the heck do you find the time stamp on the picture you took on your iPhone?

The answer usually involves hooking it up to your computer and doing something very time consuming (who has time to go back home to their computer when you want to know now?), but with this handy dandy little app, you're given pages of thumbnails of all the pictures you took, and at the bottom of those thumbnails are all the time stamps for the pictures you took on your iPhone and/or iPad.

Have a look:

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That's pretty much all it does. It doesn't let you zoom into the photo, unfortunately. If it did, it would score some additional points, but for now, it does a good job for its intended purpose. Photo Timestamps will make your life a little bit easier, and is available to download for $0.99. It's truly an Undiscovered App, since there aren't any ratings posted yet.

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You're in luck! Because Sarah Lensing is so awesome, she provided us with some extra promo codes, and we're going to spread the wealth and give it out to our readers:

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If you were lucky enough to grab one of those promo codes, please take the time to check out her web page to see what other cool projects she's up to!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Undiscovered App #69: DestroyMail - Blow Up Your Inbox

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If you're the type of person who lets thousands of emails pile up in your inbox, then this next app is not for you. Because today's Undiscovered App is called DestroyMail (just one word), and it does just one thing: it doesn't just let you delete your emails, it lets you Destroy them with cool animations, like having F-16s, or Apache helicopters blowing up your messages. Or you could have a grenade launcher do the damage if you're feeling like it.

The app is free and comes with a single animation, but there's a variety of animation packs you can get via IAPs.

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Check out the demo below:



DestroyMail is free to download, and has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 30 reviews. This is one of the more fun utilities that can make a boring activity a lot more fun. Definitely worth a download.

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