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?

Forager
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
• IMDB
• Wikipedia
• Tumblr
• Twitter
• Amazon
• TED Talks
• Reddit <= yes, that's right! It does a pretty good job too.
• CureZone
• eBay
• Yelp
• Flickr
• Soundcloud
• Vimeo
• IMDB
• 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):

http://appothecary.co/forager/iphone/forager.mp4


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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