By now, we are all acquainted with the Angry Birds family. We just got to a position where we cannot imagine touch gaming without those guys.
And sometimes the Rovio fellas feel benevolent and will drop the price of a single edition to zero, null, zilch, nada. Well, guess what.
The formula stays the same; get those pigs down to the ground, and do it in the most messy way you can.
In this edition, however, you get confronted with a different set of physics. After all, it’s in space. So you have space, and you have planets. You have orbits and you have gravity. Mix it all together, throw in a few angry birds, a cup of pigs, some eggs, and voila! Awesomeness in an app!
This is another hit from Rovio and you will
waste spend hours playing it!
Take my word for it.
Both versions are currently FREE, so grab grab grab!
Hold on to your capes, this could be the best looking game out there so far!
If you’re a comics lover, this one will be a no-brainer.
Injustice: Gods Among Us by Warner Bros is a great looking game that puts you in the shoes of a super hero. Who do you like the most? Batman? Green Lantern? Wonder Woman? Super Man? Well, you have it.
Pick three heroes, and get into tag fights against other heroes.
The controls are simple enough. Taps and swipes will do the trick.
Here’s how it goes. Single taps will attack with basic kicks and punches. Swipes to left or right will take longer, but will deal more damage.
Sometimes, when you’re using basic attacks (usually after 3 basic attacks), a swipe indicator will appear on your screen. If you do it in time, a combo will happen.
As you fight, a “special hit” meter will start to fill up on the bottom of your screen. For each level filled, you can tap it to unleash a special power hit, usually with amazing graphics and animations. You will forget that you are playing it in a mobile device.
This awesome game is FREE and Universal, so start installing it.
So, how are you? How about that weather, huh? Kindda chilly, huh?
Say what? You like cold weather? Then this is for you, my dear friend.
Ski Jumping Pro brings you all the emotion and adrenaline of the professional ski jump sport, and if you hurry, you can try it for free!
Awesome! But this (lack of) price will endure for a day only, so get it!
With realistic 3D graphics, this game will immerse you in a snowy ramp, strapped on to a nice pair of skis. Need a push?
As you play, you ear money and become able to buy new gear (gloves, boots, clothing, skis).
In the controlling department you can choose to use the “one tap” mode, for beginners, or the Pro mode, with detailed options of controls, if you really want to try rad moves and epic faceplants.
Jump through all the 60 events this game has to offer, then just go out for an ice cream.
So, this game is Universal and FREE for a limited time. If you have doubts, check the video below.
Babies are awesome (when they are yours, at least). Their honest love, their smiles and first words will melt your loins like hot butter.
I should know, I have a 2 y/o little bugger, and I am loinsless. Yes, I make up words, that’s called “parenting”.
But a parent’s life is not always cuddly puppies and colorful unicorns. There are, at times, tantrums, no eating determination, air guitar laying down on the mall’s floor, destroying every expensive fragile item in your house… in a nutshell, you’ll love it.
So to help out on these not-so-merry-situations, I decided to include technology in his life. I know, there is a debate going on. Is it healthy Is it harmful? How much is enough? I won’t pretend to answer that question for you, as I believe each child has its own pace, and limits. You be the judge of that. I like to believe that I balance his technological intake up to healthy amounts. He also plays with “real” toys, books, watches TV, and I suspect he’ll be messing around with an old laptop soon enough, so the apple won’t fall too apart from the tree.
So when do I give him access to the iPad/iPhone?
Mostly during dinner, and specially when we’re eating out. It works like a miracle in restaurants and hotels. Keep in mind you should always be aware of what he is doing, and preferably you should be using it with him, teaching him names, sounds, colors, and interacting.
With that out of the way, let’s get a top list of the apps he likes the most.
This is not a list of most popular apps, or free apps, or anything like that. It’s just a list of apps that my son, the GDude, loves.
This was probably one of the first apps I installed on the iPad to
keep him quiet entertain him.
When it starts, it presents you a little train with 3 cars. The first car will be about symbols and weird sounds, the second will be about numbers, and the third is a mix of the previous two.
Once you select one of them, a blank screen will be presented. Touch it anywhere and a random symbol/number will appear, along with a sound. If it’s a number, the sound will be the name of that number. If it’s a symbol, the sound is completely random (watchout for fart sounds!!) and they usually love it.
Whenever he plays with this app, GDude tries to reproduce the sounds, and he expects me to do it as well, so my house sometimes turns into a loony bin. Just the way I like it.
This one was a great finding. The TV channel Baby First developed an awesome app made in a way that babies are able to choose their videos, without the risk of stopping or exiting the video once it is started.
Also, it has a pack with several languages, which makes it even more awesome.
Just start the app (needs an internet connection), and let your little one take care of the choosing and viewing. The video menu is very graphic and in no time he/she will be more than happy to teach you that this particular screenshot is about a bunny showing off his toys.
To watch videos, a monthly fee is expected. The price depends on the device you are using.
Hint: iPad pays more than iPhone.
Prepare to have dinner with a musical background. And it may even sound nice, if you know how to play your cards the right way.
A piano keyboard with a few animals and you’re set. There are a few modes to use this app. The most basic is the one you would expect. Just hammer those virtual keys and shake it like Beethoven.
The other way, if you’re into it, is to record yourself playing something nice, and then activate one of two modes, that I named as follows:
1 – Look mommy, I’m playing with my eyes closed!
In this mode the keys will play the recorded song, no matter what keys you press. Just start tapping and the song will come out as Chopin intended it to be.
2 – Look daddy, I can play faster than you!
This is for the older kids. Your kid will still have to play the right keys, but the right keys will be lit, one by one. Can’t miss it. Just tap on the highlighted key and the music will sound perfect (if you recorded it perfect, for starters)
There are free versions of this app, with less features, but as I said previously, this is about my very own GDude preferences, so here it is.
As my little Tasmanian Devil starts to understand the concept of colors, this app has been used more and more.
Of course he still paints a frog of orange, but at least he is starting to grasp the “orange” idea.
This app is all about painting without making a mess in your house’s walls. You can paint by area (tap an area and it will be filled with the selected color) or using a brush (drag your finger over the drawing to paint it).
There is a large amount of drawings to choose from, and you can always start over. Never a dull moment, I tell you. GDude took a liking to the black color, so sometimes when he is painting I think he turned off the iPad. Upon closer inspection, I notice he just painted the whole drawing black. An artist, I tell you.
This must be one of his favorites. He just spend a whole lot of time playing each and every game on this app.
Your kid will have a variety of games to play with, from the most basic, like tapping the animals to hear their sounds, to the most advanced, like matching shapes, memory cards, pinballs.
Just start the app and put it in front of him. Let him explore and discover his favorites. Mine loves to do the memory cards one, and he claps *every time* he gets a card right. And you better clap too, or he’ll be giving you the look. You don’t want that.
Numbers. Counting, sums, subtractions, all mixed up with cute animations, interaction and visual aids.
I’ll let you in a secret. Our main language is not English, and because of this app my son is able to say the numbers in English better than in our own language. That’s fine by me. Make daddy proud, little rascal.
This app is surely fit for a youngling, and it’s worth its price. Great stuff.
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Sometimes, a game comes along and sets a mark so deep in its genre, that the name of the game itself becomes a description of that genre.
Plants Vs. Zombies [HD], by PopCap, is sure one of those cases. There are lots of “Plants Vs. Zombies” type of games, but if you are looking for the original thing, this is your chance, because its price has dropped to zero. Totally FREE for a limited time!
In this game, you have 5 lanes. Each lane is being invaded by zombies that want to feast loudly with your brain. Your only defense, as everyone knows, is to attack them with plants!
Each plant has its own powers, and you should think strategically in order to beat the zombie waves that come at you.
You must defeat them over 50 levels, earn money, upgrade and buy power ups for your veggie army.
In addition, you can grow your own zen garden, play mini-games to relax, and get achievements in the process.
Plants Vs. Zombies is FREE for a limited time, for both iPad and iPhone. Grab it!
Looking to fight a few epic battles? Need to go medieval on someone else’s head? Look no more.
Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group has just dropped its price to zero, null, nada, take-it-please, you-can-have-it. Which means it’s free.
By this time, you must have heard about it already, as it is not a recent game.
First released in December of 2010, Infinity Blade brought the “wow factor” to the iOS devices. The graphics, the gameplay, the smoothness, it all contributed to the huge success of it. And it still does.
Granted, a sequel was released, but this title is still an awesome choice (and a free one, for a limited time).
The user interface is simple enough. Tap on each side to dodge attacks, tap the shield on the bottom to block, swipe swipe swipe to attack. The game will give you hints about when to strike, by slowing down time whenever your enemy has his guard down.
The game is full of cut scenes, and sometimes you will want to kill your enemy just to see the final kill animation. It is that awesome.
So, if you are ready to deliver some pure damage, install it. It’s free for a limited time and it is Universal.
Holy guacamole, batman! I’ll jump right to the point:
This awesome 3D app combines elements of RPG, spaceships, adventure, market notions and lots of travelling.
Galaxy on Fire 2 has it all:
- 20 solar systems
- Over 100 planets and space stations
- More than 30 ships ready to customize with hundreds of different weapons, upgrades and cargo
- 3D high-definition graphics and breathtaking environments
Maybe the aspect I love the most about this game is that you can do missions, or you can follow the main storyline, or you can just ignore all that and do your own thing. Or do it all at once. It’s your choice, your freedom, and whatever path you decide to follow, the game keeps its high quality and fun.
You can even choose to kill pirates or to become one. In space! How awesome is that? Oh, Firefly memories…
If you are more of a bargain person, you can start a career in trading. Travel through planets and space stations, check their goods at local stores, compare prices, transport cargo from system to system and make profit. Everything is allowed!
So, are you ready to start exploring space, the final frontier?
Don’t forget, it’s FREE for a very limited time, so get that download started already!
Oh boy, they’re back and they sure are angry! But hey, they are also free for a limited time, so why don’t you just go ahead and install it?
The most famous birds in the iOS world are back, and this time they were shipped to Rio de Janeiro. They seem furious with all the wild life abducting going on over there, so it is time to free some wild life back to where it belongs.
If you have been living the past few years in Neptune and you are not aware of Angry Birds, here’s a quick tutorial:
Sling the birds into the cages of the animals to free them. Drag them back from the sling, aim and release. Each bird has different abilities, so use them wisely. Usually, it will take more than one try to figure out the optimal way to clear the level, if you are perfectionist.
This is an addicting game that will get you hooked for quite some time. This version contains 24 levels and has some new power ups. To get more power ups, you have to make an in-app purchase, as it would be expected in every freemium game.
But be aware, Angry Birds Rio won’t stay free for long, so drop everything and install it right now!
This one is perfect for Minecraft fans.
Majic Jungle Software brought us this awesome The Blockheads and you can get it for free, both for iPhone and iPad.
The idea is the same as Minecraft: you get a random generated world, with all kinds of resources (stone, wood, iron, water, fruits, animals, etc), mountains, lakes, caves and weather, and is up to you to explore it, build on it, and do whatever you feel like.
The game is user-friendly, with simple one-touch commands to move and perform actions. This game also reminds us of Terraria, so one would say it’s a blend between Minecraft and Terraria.
If you’re into exploration of worlds, this is a must have, since it’s free and Universal.
You can also invite friends to visit your world, and communicate via voice with excellent quality.
Try it and let me know how it goes!
Today Spectre Media got us a nice deal. Based on the 1997 movie Starship Troopers, comes the game.
Starship Troopers: Invasion “Mobile Infantry” can be downloaded for FREE right now!
The movie is one of those “it’s so bad, it’s awesome” movies, with lots of goo, insects, shooting, severed limbs, and Denise Richards. Yup, I’ve just mixed “goo”, “severed limbs”, and “Denise Richards” in the same sentence.
The game follows the story of the movie. It’s the war between alien insects and humans. You will be most of the time be playing on a “runner” type game, and from time to time you’ll have to stop and
smell the roses deliver pure destruction onto the bugs.
As you progress, you’ll be given the opportunity to improve your character, buying power ups, ammo, armor, and whatever items you can find on the store.
I wouldn’t give this game 5 stars, but maybe it’s one of those games “it’s so bad, it’s awesome”.
For the time being, give it a try, it’s Universal and FREE right now!