App of the Week (December 18, 2011): TrainMania

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They often say that an interest in engineering often starts at a very young age. In the days of yesteryear, a future Silicon Valley tycoon might have honed their mind’s mechanical side with a model train set. Of course, you didn’t have to become an engineer — sometimes, you just liked to feel the accomplishment of building an elaborate, functioning circle of choo-choo. Well, now you’ll be able to take part in model train madness in a lot less table space with TrainMania, our latest App of the Week! TrainMania is one of those simple, straight-to-the-point games that doesn’t dazzle you with graphics or mind-blowing gameplay. Instead, the game will give you the seemingly simple task of getting a few trains from Point A to Point B by switching


App of the Week (December 11, 2011): The King’s Path

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A couple months back, Flash developer Elliot Pace wrote a guest blogpost here talking about how Flash skills and Corona SDK can work together in perfect harmony! (that line should be sung like this)  For his example, he used his then-under-construction tower defense game The King’s Path. My interest was piqued, and I was looking forward to the final product. Well, now The King’s Path is complete — and it is awesome! At first, I was a little clueless as to how to play King’s Path. I didn’t find any tutorial level to start out on, and it isn’t quite the straight-forward “pick up and play” type of game. Nevertheless, after a few minutes of tinkering, I figured out the core game mechanics. And I was hooked!


App of the Week (December 4, 2011): Sleepy Game

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About a year ago, I picked a game called Sleeping Bird as one of our first Apps of the Week. The overall serenity of the in-game atmosphere coupled with the simple yet addictive gameplay made it the perfect nightcap for casual gamers. Now, there’s another game to potentially add to your wind-down routine — the aptly titled Sleepy Game! If you’ve ever played the old (i.e. not on mobile!) game Jenga, you’ll easily get the gist of Sleepy Game. At the beginning of each level, you’re given a random stack of blocks — living blocks! Your task is simple: Touch the blocks that correspond with the color you’re given to make them disappear. But watch out These conscious cubes are all taking a nap and will wake up if


App of the Month (November 2011): Jolly & Roger’s Misguided Adventures

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November was noteworthy in that it saw more non-gaming apps selected as App of the Week than games. Yes, the lone addition to our Hall of Fame Game in the past 30 days was Pirate Island, while Santa Express and the eBooks Trip Harrison Origins and Jolly & Roger’s Misguided Adventures made the non-gamers proud. When it comes to picking a fave out of that pile, I’m gonna have to go with Jolly & Roger. As I mentioned in my previous blogpost about the eBook, Jolly & Roger is yet another clinic by creators Unicorn Labs in building top-notch eBooks. From impeccable artwork, a fun-to-follow storyline, cinematic soundtrack, and even the option to choose whether you want to read the book yourself or have it read to you by the narrator —


App of the Week (November 27, 2011): Jolly & Roger’s Misguided Adventures

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Is it just me, or is the Corona Community on a pirate binge lately? A couple weeks ago, the App of the Week was the ship-navigating Pirate Island. This week, it’s the swashbuckling (are there any good pirate-minded adjectives out there) eBook Jolly & Roger’s Misguided Adventures. It’s worth noting that Jolly & Roger creators Unicorn Labs have now pulled off the first-ever ‘App of the Week’ repeat,  as last week’s Santa Express for Kids Christmas shopping app also was made by them. Not only that, but Team Unicorn also have a heavy track record with eBooks, as their Rabbit & Turtle’s Amazing Race eBook not only was named as yet another ‘App of the Week’ by us,  but also went on to become the #12 top-grossing eBook (that means paid!) on iPad at the time. So,


App of the Week (November 20, 2011): Santa Express for Kids

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With Black Friday this coming week, the holiday shopping season is about to be officially kicked off. But with parents of little ones, there’s the added kerfunkle of finding out what to buy, not just where. Luckily, our latest App of the Week helps pass along that top secret info — Santa Express for Kids! Santa Express lets your kids write letters to St. Nick spelling out exactly what they want for Christmas and plead their case about whether they’ve been naughty or nice. The app also lets kids trick out their letters in the colors and decorations of their choosing without any mess from glue and construction paper. But then there’s the twist! ;-) Along with letting your kids write letters to Santa, you can also go to Santa.com (heckuva


App of the Week (November 13, 2011): Pirate Island

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Remember several months ago when I mentioned the eternal internet battle of Pirates vs. Ninjas? (ignore the subsequent comment crapstorm it ignited)  Well, back then, it seemed like the ninjas had a leg up on their swashbuckling rivals. But with our latest App of the Week, it looks like pirates have struck back. Set your courses toward Pirate Island! Pirate Island touts itself as a “VERY ADDICTIVE!” (all-caps included) game, and I must concur. The premise is simple: Guide the interweaving pirate ships safely to the appropriate island without any of them colliding. And, at first, doing so is very simple — but then the addiction sets in! Pretty soon, you find yourself frantically guiding ships along Family Circus types of paths, picking up bonus points and narrowly missing


App of the Week (November 6, 2011): Trip Harrison Origins

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One of our most popular guest blogposts last week focused on iPad comics. And author David B. Fox certainly knows a thing about them, as his iComic Be Confident in Yourself garnered widespread acclaim and was named our App of the Week. Now, you can add another iPad comic app to that list — the intergalactic adventure Trip Harrison Origins! Origins is the inaugural issue of the Trip Harrison series following the titular character on his journey to discover the — if I deduced it correctly from the comic — cosmic origin of all life and time. Honestly, this is more of a “teaser” issue than anything else, and subsequent issues will immerse readers further in Trip’s adventures. So, what’s so special about it? Well, just look at


App of the Month (October 2011): Car Seat Helper

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Last month presented quite a diverse array of apps, so it was especially difficult to find a consistent metric to gauge them on. Whether it was the Thai Cooks recipe app, the unexpectedly educational Factor Samurai, or the impeccably crafted zombie card game It’s Alive — each game was the best in its own right. So, what it came down to for the October App of the Month, I looked for one major thing: SIGNIFICANCE.  And with that, the honor goes to Car Seat Helper! Car Seat Helper was developed for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital to help inform parents on how to properly choose and install car seats for their small children. Consider this: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that  75% of car seats are installed improperly, which


App of the Week (October 30, 2011): It’s Alive!

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I never was much into casino card games or even Magic: The Gathering card game, but our latest App of the Week seems to be a great mashup of both. It takes the calculating strategy of games like Poker and Black Jack and wraps it in an overall role-playing motif. Not just that, but it also happens to be highly relevant to Halloween — shuffle up and try your hand at It’s Alive! At first, I was a little hesitant of It’s Alive, with it purporting to be a “monster-building game” while revolving around cards. Usually, card games are pretty dull and force you to rely more on your own imagination to make things fun rather than the actual game itself. Luckily, that’s not the case