App of the Week (February 19, 2012): Grooh

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I’ll be honest: I tend to gravitate toward games that have great graphics. Of course, perhaps more importantly, I’ll stick with games that have great gameplay. And — as is the case with most of our App of the Week selections — the game Grooh embodies both of those key elements! In Grooh, you play the titular character as he explores a giant castle in search of mythical treasure. The gameplay involves stepping on certain colored floor tiles in each level to unlock the door to the next one. While this sounds simple, it gradually gets more challenging (elastic!) and, thus, engaging. Composition-wise, Grooh is crafted with impeccable graphics and animation. The anime-inspired stylization will immediately draw in kids, while the subtle and seamless animation will make more seasoned gamers take notice


App of the Week (February 12, 2012): Crashsite Defense

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We’ve featured a few “tower defense games” on here before, where the simple concept of defending your home base from an oncoming wave of invaders. However, our latest App of the Week take things up a notch — up all the way into outer space! Man your battle stations for Crashsite Defense. As mentioned, Crashsite Defense is a tower defense game set in space. But what separates Crashsite from the pack is its insane graphics and hilarious storyline. Your clumsy captain seems to have crashed your ship in outer space (not sure how one manages to do that) and is too paranoid to accept help from oncoming fixer robots — so you must blast them all into oblivion! A vast arsenal of cannons and lasers will help


App of the Week (February 5, 2012): The Lost City

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When somebody builds up a “brand,” they tend to have a certain level of awesomeness expected of anything with their name on it. Just ask Joe Kauffman of Fire Maple Games, creator of our latest App of the Week, the intricate and gorgeous puzzle-adventure The Lost City! Kauffman’s previous creation The Secret of Grisly Manor was a similar puzzle-adventure that saw massive success — and from all early indications (already #1 in many countries on over), it looks like The Lost City is on track to eclipse Grisly Manor. Just to clarify, The Lost City is not a sequel to Grisly Manor (Joe says that will be his next project!) despite its similarities in gameplay and overall awesomeness. In Lost City, you’re tasked with investigating one of your rockstar


App of the Month (January 2012): Fire Cupid

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One day, we’re gonna have to do away with the ‘App of the Month’ award because it’s getting too dang hard to pick just one app each month! Case in point: This past January. We saw one of the most graphically ambitious games in The Passenger, a post-apocalyptic zombie adventure in ZDay, and two incredible eBooks in Where’s Paradise? and Fire Cupid. But if we have to painstakingly pick just one, it would be Fire Cupid. Plain and simple: Fire Cupid is one of the best-made learning apps (with or without Corona SDK) we’ve ever seen. The app features over an hour of video plus interactive diagrams and quizzes to review everything you’ve learned. Heck, shouldn’t every learning app (martial arts, dance, etc.) be made like that? Creators Miss Pivot have


App of the Week (January 29, 2012): Fire Cupid

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Last week, we featured the pristine Where’s Paradise? eBook as an example of a splendidly crafted iPad reference app. With last week’s Apple iBook announcement, it’s gonna be more important than ever for learning apps to be built with the tablet interface in mind. This week, our App of the Week is another example of that — the interactive dating guide Fire Cupid! Since we’re all nerds here, Fire Cupid is an immeasurably useful app for us all. Creators Miss Pivot are a dating coach service out of Indianapolis, and have created Fire Cupid as a guide to, in their words, stop awkward dating. In Fire Cupid, you explore real-life examples and advice on getting over the initial hurdle of meeting that special someone. Oh, and the eBook is for


App of the Week (January 22, 2012): Where’s Paradise? Nusa Lembongan

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Judging by the feedback to Carlos’ post about eBooks last week, it seems that a lot of you plan on using Corona to make books for tablets in the near-future. Well, it looks like you’ll have plenty of inspiration from your fellow Corona developers — including Where’s Paradise?, our latest App of the Week! Where’s Paradise? is the first “episode” of eBooks exploring various remote islands that the rest of us might only know as vacation getaways. Specifically, this inaugural issue of Where’s Paradise? explores the small island of Nusa Lembongan off the coast of Bali, diving deep into its landscape and the 7,000 or so people who call it home. Along with its anthropological approach, the eBook also explores the potpourri of marine life that live


App of the Week (January 15, 2012): ZDay Survival Simulator

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For the past year, my Sunday nights have revolved around The Walking Dead, a television series chronicling the lives of a survivor group in a post-apocalyptic world of zombies. At the moment, the show is on a mid-season hiatus, and won’t be back until next month. Luckily, until then, there’s the ZDay Survival Simulator — our latest App of the Week! ZDay is a menu-based ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ type of decision-driven game — but it’s a lot more suspenseful than such a description might suggest! Similarly to the aforementioned TV show, ZDay casts you in the midst of a zombie apocalypse and tasked with making the best decisions for survival. Along the way, you encounter undead “walkers” and other survivors with whom you can band together and get out


App of the Week (January 8, 2012): The Passenger

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Last week, I said that I sure hoped that 2012 would be able to bring the same caliber of Corona-created apps and games as last year did. Well, after seeing our latest App of the Week, I know they will. If you’re still skeptical, check out The Passenger! One look at The Passenger and you will certainly want to pick it up. The game immediately hooks you with its noir, almost Frank Miller-style artwork casting a mysterious aura over what lies ahead. Once you pick it up, the puzzles ensue and you’ll slowly start uncovering the game screen-by-screen, getting more immersed in its incomparable design. Of course, looks aren’t everything — the gameplay also needs to be top-notch. With The Passenger, you’ll somewhat be reminded of a third-person version


App of the Week (January 1, 2012): Fainting Goats

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A brand new year is upon us, and that means we’ll see a whole new batch of the best 50+ apps from the Corona Community! So, without further ado, the first App of the Week of 2012 is the artistically and comically crafted Fainting Goats. Right off the bat, I was attracted to Fainting Goats’ impeccable artwork and tongue-in-cheek stylization, even with its smaller in-game nuances. The manga-esque artwork and sound effects do a great job of creating a fun, cartoon-like environment with enough variation between levels to keep things from getting boring. Those of you who have been following these ‘App of the Week’ posts from the beginning might notice that I said many of the same artwork-focused things about our very first App of the


App of the Week (December 26, 2011): Stay Alive

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The holidays are traditionally a time to lounge around, unwind, and finally take a break from the end-of-year hustle and bustle. Of course, you’re gonna eventually need a jump-start to rocket you back into your usual breakneck life — right? If so, then our latest App of the Week will help you do just that. Strap in tight and try your best to Stay Alive! Stay Alive is a side-scrolling space-shooter where your objective is to simply keep your ship running and shooting as long as possible. Usually, I tend to gravitate away from these types  of “see how far you can last” games without any levels or greater storyline, but Stay Alive! struck me as different. This didn’t turn out to be your typical smartphone side-scroller… Upon picking