App of the Week (March 6, 2011): Streets of New York

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One of the most common questions we get asked about Corona SDK is this:  Can Corona be used to make non-game apps too? Of course, we tell them yes; we’ve even chosen a few non-gaming apps before as our App of the Week. This week, we add another one to the list:  Streets of New York, an eBook/photography app for iPad. Streets of New York is an interactive historical reference app created by Dutch-based studio ThroughView (fact I actually learned from the app: New York was initially called “New Netherlands!”). The app combines a traditional, textbook-style history of the Empire State with an unprecedented (for Corona apps, at least) gallery of 3D photographs to further utilize the iPad medium as an interactive learning tool. You can choose whether


App of the Month (February 2011): Blast Monkeys

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February may be “the short month,” but we saw no shortage of awesome apps submitted to our showcase during its glorious 28 days. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve selected Blast Monkeys as the February App of the Month! Not to take anything away from the other app submissions, but Blast Monkeys had the best combination of “pick-up-and-play” fun and crisp, inviting graphics. Creators Yobonja managed to pull off a game that could be an effective time-killer with both kids and grown-ups. The duality of the game (simply go from Point A to Point B, or try to collect all the bananas in each level during the process) packs something for everyone, whether they simply wanna “beat” the game, or meticulously pummel it into submission and pillage it


App of the Week (February 27, 2011): Float

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We’ve noticed a lot of the most popular mobile games are based off simple childhood activities. From marbles, to board games, and even story books — the games that catch on best seem to have a Toy Story-esque appeal to kids that grown-ups wouldn’t mind indulging in either. (c’mon, you know you’ve watched Toy Story by yourself before!) This week’s App of the Week is Float, which take the familiar childhood pastime of balloon juggling and updates it for the mobile 2.0 world. Float is also notable for being the second game by Crawl Space Games to be selected for our App of the Week honor — their first being the highly popular Zombies Ala Mode. Much like Zombies did, Float shows itself to be


App of the Week (February 20, 2011): ROBOT 99

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Remember waaay back when “family time” centered around a radio? The hub of the household was the radio, as families gathered round to listen to their favorite broadcast. Nowadays, critics say that our increasingly “plugged in” world of personal tech has vanquished any hopes of communal family bonding. Well, that’s not the case if you have ROBOT 99 for iPad — our latest App of the Week! The concept of ROBOT 99 – like most great mobile games — is simple: tap the falling robots to open up their parachutes to ensure a soft landing for them before they hit the ground. Touching robots and holding them in the “Powerizona” at the top of the screen multiplies the points you get for “saving” each robot.


App of the Week (February 13, 2011): Beachball Pop

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It was Groundhog Day a little over a week ago, and Punxsutawney Phil predicted that the spring season is coming early this year. (well, to those of us in North America) Perhaps it’s the impending warm weather that nudged us to pick Beachball Pop as our latest App of the Week! Beachball Pop is a classic bubble shooter wrapped in a sunny beach aesthetic. The gameplay is simple: launch colored beachballs at a wall of beachballs slowly descending from above. When you line up three or more beachballs of the same color, they POP! The bigger the cluster of beachballs that you pop, the more points you are awarded toward your goal for each level. Just make sure you keep the beachballs from dropping too far down the


App of the Week (February 6, 2011): Garden of Orbs

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Remember marbles? Okay, then what about billiards? Both games are timeless and have kept scores of children and adults alike thoroughly entertained for generations. Our latest App of the Week, Garden of Orbs, just might do that too! Garden of Orbs combines the classic fun of hitting spherical objects together and the beautiful, almost Feng shui-like tranquility of exotic gardens. Seriously, even if marbles or billiards isn’t really your thing, download this game just to check out how intricately designed each of its levels are — at the very least, it could give you some landscaping ideas! But gardening aside, the gameplay and level-to-level design of Garden of Orbs deserves quite a bit of praise itself. Again, the concept is simple: use the green cue


App of the Month (January 2011): Bubble Ball

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Our pick for App of the Month shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise. It’s Bubble Ball! Of course, we know you can find out plenty about the game and its creator Robert Nay in pretty much every major news outlet out there. So, we’ll refrain from mentioning all that. Instead, we’ll point to Bubble Ball’s other unprecedented achievement among the Corona community — it was the first Corona-made app to hit #1 in the App Store! This happened well before we told a few media outlets about the game in our subsequent media campaign. The fact that Bubble Ball was able to hit #1 in the App Store with no marketing or PR whatsoever (well, unless you count us choosing it as our App of


App of the Week (January 30, 2011): Blast Monkeys

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There are two things in life that everybody seems to love: a classic “point A to point B” game and monkeys. Coincidentally for us, our latest App of the Week combines both of those! Blast Monkeys by Bay Area game house Yobonja is a fun, cartoonish game that once again proves that great gameplay will keep a game in your hand forever… …But still, nice artwork doesn’t hurt either! Blast Monkeys’ sleek look and feel gives a great carnival-meets-jungle vibe that will make you feel like a slightly younger kid again — well, as long as you played Donkey Kong Country in those days. Digging deeper, you’ll notice that you can play the games one of two ways: the simple “point A to point B” carom


App of the Week (January 23, 2011): Golf Fix

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A while back, we posted about how sheer usefulness can contribute to an app’s longevity much better than a quick-hook novelty factor.  This week’s App of the Week reminded us exactly of that! Golf Fix was created by Scott Singer with help from PGA pros Nick Paez and Jimmy Hanlin, and gives golfers instant access to over 200 video drills and tips for the price of a $1.99 download. That’s quite the bargain — private lessons would run you a lot more! The Golf Fix app will be a godsend to anyone here who likes to hit the links, whether religiously or only on occasion. The app has a bountiful list of categorized video tutorials covering every aspect of the game, from accuracy to distance


App of the Week (January 16, 2011): The Secret of Grisly Manor

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Most gaming nuts reading will remember the classic game Myst. The pioneering puzzle/adventure game was notorious for being challenging — and to kids like me, it was a little too challenging and went way over our heads. Fast-forward to the present day, and our latest App of the Week called The Secret of Grisly Manor. This time, my nearly two additional decades of mental growth has strengthened my performance in puzzle games, making them quite a bit more enjoyable! Grisly Manor sets you inside your crazy grandpa’s mansion (we all have at least one crazy grandpa!). In the game, Grandpa is a brilliant inventor who has mysteriously vanished, leaving clues only decipherable by his loving grandchild (that would be you!) to indicate what he’s up to.