App of the Week (October 23, 2011): Car Seat Helper

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It never fails: Every so often, I hear people say “Well, Corona SDK is good for making games, but not making apps.”  Of course, I point them to the myriad of non-gaming apps that we have featured on here, but the questions continue to persist. So, allow me to add another app to that list with our latest App of the Week — the indispensable Car Seat Helper! Car Seat Helper was developed for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital to curb automobile injuries in small children. So, right off the bat, it reminded me of a previous and also potentially life-saving App of the Week called Community Sidekick. At its core, Car Seat Helper is a handy tool to help new parents navigate the surprisingly complicated space of child safety seats. The app


App of the Week (October 16, 2011): Trash Blast

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Apple has a strict policy against trashy apps in their App Store, but somehow this one slipped through. I’m talking about Trash Blast, our latest App of the Week! If you’ve ever had to sort through a pile of recyclables (plastics, metals, glass…), you’ll already know how to play Trash Blast. Your boss at the trash sorting facility pulls a lever a the beginning of each level and dumps a bunch of trash on a conveyor belt for you to sort into three different bins. With each proper sort, you rack up cold hard cash (maybe the iPhone 5 will be able to print currency?) and a moderate feeling of accomplishment. The game is simple, but does have its own little challenging nuances. As you


App of the Week (October 9, 2011): Thai Cooks

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A couple times a week here at Ansca offices, we order out for lunch. While our staff likes a wide variety of dishes (Mexican, Italian, sushi, etc.), King Walter usually has the final say on the day’s food choice based on his favorite — and it’s always Thai. Now, Walter can just make his own lunch at home and bring it to the office thanks to Thai Cooks, our latest App of the Week. Thai Cooks is a non-gaming app (yes, Corona SDK users make plenty of those too!) packed with more than 100 recipes of the tastiest Thai treats. This iCookbook lists its plethora of dishes in an easy-to-navigate menu, categorized by E-san, curries, sea food, soup, and a whole lot more. Each dish has its own page


App of the Week (October 2, 2011): Factor Samurai

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When I was little, my mom used to draw up multiplication problems for me on the weekends to keep my math skills sharp. Eventually, those self-written problems on notebook paper gave way to workbooks bought from school supply stores — either way, it wasn’t much fun! Of course, that was well before the days of smartphones (or cell phones altogether). If that was now, our latest App of the Week might have made it a little more fun. Step into the math dojo with Factor Samurai! The following App Store comment sums up Factor Samurai the best: Indeed, Factor Samurai utilizes the familiar swipe-based gameplay of the popular Fruit Ninja game (thank you , sample code!) and puts an effectively educational spin on it. No longer are you mindlessly


App of the Month (September 2011): Critter Quitter

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Not taking anything away from immaculately created non-gaming apps like Canyon Country or NapKeeper, but the decision for this month’s App of the Month was actually pretty easy. One game stood out for its excellent graphics and seamless animation combined with a simple-yet-fun (dare I say thrilling?) premise and gameplay. I’m talking about Critter Quitter! Critter Quitters’  has mass appeal across all ages, which great for any app’s longevity. It is easy to play, great to look at, and has enough little perks and nuggets (smashing bugs with a machete or mini-nuke? AWESOME!) to keep things interesting past the first few minutes of play. And, as an added bonus, since we last featured Critter Quitter on here, creators Impulsis Games have now brought the previously iPad-only game


App of the Week (September 25, 2011): Sheep Guardian

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Usually, in game trailers, the action is sped up in order to look more hectic and thrilling. More often than hot, when you sit down to actually play it, the gameplay is considerably slower, predictable, and boring. But with out latest App of the Week, that’s certainly not the case. Come take a shot at becoming the Sheep Guardian! Sheep Guardian is sort of a cross between a Galaga-style down-scroller and a tower defense game. You’re tasked with defending your small flock of sheep against waves of goblins (whatever happened to wolves?). But instead of the usual shepherd’s rod, you get to use crazy magical powers to stop them. One of the first things I noticed upon picking up Sheep Guardian was the primary attack was a


App of the Week (September 18, 2011): Canyon Country National Parks

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This Friday will be the last day of summer (well, in the Northern Hemisphere!). That means a lot of us are scrambling to squeeze in those last weekend getaways and trips to the great outdoors before the season gets colder. If you find yourself doing likewise in the scenic southwestern U.S., be sure to take our latest App of the Week along with you — the Canyon Country National Parks for iPad. Canyon Country gets its name from America’s western and southwestern frontier, where you’ll find some of the most unique landscapes and scenic national parks on the planet. Naturally, as Lewis and Clark would’ve told you, it isn’t easy to navigate all the in-outs of these places. Luckily, Canyon Country encompasses parks in Utah (whose state


App of the Week (September 11, 2011): NapKeeper

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Sometimes, the best app is a simple app — because, sometimes, that simple app is a handy app! Such is the case with our latest App of the Week, which was actually created a couple weeks ago during our first-ever #CoronaHackathon. So, whatever you do, don’t sleep on NapKeeper! While you may initially brush off NapKeeper as a novelty app, I’ve actually gotten to think up some legitimate uses for it! Example: Let’s say you’re trying to gauge how many hours of sleep you get each day for health purposes — NapKeeper is precisely the tool you could use to count sleep hours without toting around any additional machinery! Or let’s say you’re one of those fancy new polyphasic sleepers and you need something to add


App of the Week (September 4, 2011): Critter Quitter

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As many of our users in the U.S. know, Labor Day (today) means one last summer hurrah before the cold season starts creeping in. Thus, this final warm weather weekend is usually filled with outdoor BBQ’s, picnics, and bugs! Well, at least mine was! Maybe that’s why I chose Critter Quitter to be our latest App of the Week. Critter Quitter tasks you with protecting your delectable centerpiece from an onslaught of food-fiending insects. It’s simple enough — just utilize attacks like finger-squishing and even Samurai Fruit style chopping. Much like our previous two ‘App of the Week’ winners, each kill earns you “juice,” or points that you can put forth to building up items your anti-enemy arsenal — in this case, that includes bug


App of the Month (August 2011): Dabble

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This month saw an exceptional lot of apps being picked as our App of the Week. From the exceptionally beautiful graphics of Magic Defenders and The Patriots to the brain-massaging appeal of MixZle and Dabble. With such a diverse array of games, it’s extremely hard to pick one out to put above the rest. Ultimately, we focused on looking for one crucial characteristic: longevity. Even though all of these games were excellently made and fun to play, there’s only one that you could expect to pick up and play years down the line — and that game is Dabble! Perhaps no accident considering its backstory, Dabble struck us as a game with all-ages appeal. Since it’s modeled after a  classic-style board game (which is very successful