App of the Week (May 1, 2011): Say It 4 Me – Global Traveler

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A friend of mine recently came back from a trip to Europe. She said the languages she encountered during her two-week stay (Italian, German, and Norwegian) couldn’t possibly have been covered in any typical sequence of language courses. Depending on the trajectory of your own Eurotrip, you could end up in a similar pickle. To help soften the blow, you should have a copy of Say It 4 Me: Global Traveler — our latest App of the Week! It never hurts to have some good ol’ fashioned utility with an app, and that’s precisely why Global Traveler has so much appeal. It has 35 common travelers phrases (e.g. “Where can I get WiFi?” or “Where can I rent a car?”) and the ability to play them


App of the Month (April 2011): Siege Towers for Two

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Choosing our latest App of the Month was no easy task (I feel like I say that every month). We had to choose between the innovative addictiveness of Tiltopolis, the life lessons and cinematic eComic construction of Be Confident, the immaculate artwork of Lost Circus, and the communal fun of Siege Towers. Ultimately, as hard as it was to choose, we went with the very latter. Siege Towers‘ communal aspect gives it a sense of longevity that we feel will always be relevant to iPad users. While the other games likely will cease to be played once they are beaten (or finished reading!), Siege Towers‘ head-to-head gameplay has a very “board game” type of appeal that makes it likely to be pulled out at gatherings or


App of the Week (April 24, 2011): Lost Circus

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One of the main challenges with mobile games is retention. It’s no easy task to create a game with longevity, one that can hold a user’s interest without becoming mundane or repetitive. With that, our latest App of the Week is Forgotten Places: The Lost Circus, which will stay on your iPad for quite some time! Lost Circus reminds me of a previous App of the Week we’ve featured called The Secret of Grisly Manor. Both are Myst-style environment exploration games with immaculate artwork; both involve lots of immersive puzzles; and both have many layers that unveil themselves as you get deeper into the game. And — as Lost Circus creators Sungift Games may especially like — Grisly Manor has been downloaded over 100,000 times and cracked


App of the Week (April 17, 2011): Siege Towers For Two

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We’ve said before that communal games tend to have a longer lifespan because of their collaborative nature, friendly spirit of competitiveness, and because they’re usually just plain fun! Accordingly, this week we’ve chose Siege Towers For Two as our latest App of the Week! Siege Towers is an iPad warfare game best played head-to-head against a friend. Each of you chooses a side, left or right, and then has 25 seconds to build the highest (and most architecturally sound) structure possible out of the pieces above your battle platform. When 25 seconds are up, both sides’ minions will charge the platforms toward each other with cannons and collisions ablaze. When the smoke clears, whichever side has the higher tower wins! The possibilities with Siege Towers


App of the Week (April 10, 2011): Be Confident in Who You Are

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Making iPad comics with Corona SDK has always been a feature relatively underutilized by our user community. We have had users create eBooks with Corona SDK, complete with sound and interactive goodies, but that same level of immersiveness hasn’t quite been matched with comics. Until now, with our latest App of the Week, and iPad comic called Be Confident in Who You Are! Self esteem in kids has always been a widely spotlighted issue, and the square aim of Be Confident is to help kids stand up to negative pressures, whether it’s bullying or just self-doubt. The app itself is an eComic modeled after the Middle School Confidential motivational book series; not only does it faithfully reproduce the paperback on the iPad, but it also adds an entire


App of the Month (March 2011): Streets of New York

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In the midst of lots of Corona-related events, contests, and all-around madness, we also saw lots of awesome new apps. As hard as it is to play favorites, for the month of March, we have chosen Streets of New York as the App of the Month. The reason we chose Streets of New York was because of what it brought to the table — a whole new way of looking at eBooks on the iPad! We have featured a children’s eBook as our App of the Week before, and now Streets of New York seems to take that concept one step further with its 3D historical photo gallery. Whether you wanna go the traditional 3D route with glasses, old-school with stereoscopic lenses, or optic-free with Sweep 3D


App of the Week (April 3, 2011): Tiltopolis

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Remember Tetris? Apparently, a lot of people do — it’s one of the most widely bought and ported games of all time. Personally, I remember spending countless hours on my Game Boy immersed in my Tetris toilings. And now, I will be spending countless hours on my iPhone playing Tiltopolis, our latest Corona SDK App of the Week! The initial  premise of Tiltopolis is simple (aren’t they all?): colored blocks fall, and you have to stack them in a horizontal row of 3 to keep them from stacking too high and ending your game. Though you can’t rotate the pieces like in Tetris, you can touch them to reorder their color blocks to better fit into your overall game strategy. But that’s where the old


App of the Week (March 27, 2011): Stack On Me

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Balance seems to be a running theme around here. We here at Ansca Mobile have to balance engineering the Corona SDK with helping out in the forums and throwing cool parties.  You guys (our users) have to balance time in graphic design, programming, and publicizing your apps.  And once upon a time, I had dreams of being a balancing act in the circus: Several reconstructive facial surgeries later, I opted for my current gig at Ansca — but the spirit of balance still hadn’t left me! Thus, Stack on Me is our latest App of the Week. The premise of Stack on Me is pretty simple:  take all the objects in each level and stack them on top of each other without falling. With this one-sentence premise,


App of the Week (March 20, 2011): Community Sidekick

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Like I mentioned a couple weeks ago,  we get asked a lot if Corona can make non-game apps. And the answer is yes, of course! (also like I mentioned, we’ve even chosen a few non-gaming apps as our App of the Week) This week, we add another one. But not because of any particular “fun” factor, rather because of its potentially life-saving factor. The app is Community Sidekick. We’ve seen plenty of stories about the elderly going missing after venturing outside; or about young people getting lost in a place new or unfamiliar to them. More often than not in these types of cases, a cell phone the person is carrying goes unused and ultimately fails to be a dependable direct line of communication between them


App of the Week (March 13, 2011): Walkabout

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The best games are not only fun to play, but also require some brainwork to successfully navigate. That describes Walkabout to a tee, which we’ve selected to be our latest App of the Week! It may look cute and adorable, but this game will throw a wicked roadblock at you if you’re not on your toes! The object of the game is to navigate each level, square-by-square and collect all the rings. Sounds simple, right? Well, each square disappears after you step off it, which will leave you stranded and looking at the “Failed!” sign unless you plot your moves carefully. That’s not to say there’s not a slight “thrill” factor to this game — you get added points for finishing the levels in record