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Trip SkyWay
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The App Store and the 5.99 update you need to run the apps went online yesterday. So I grabbed the update for my iPod Touch along with Monkey Ball and Columns deluxe along with a free game which I've forgotten the name of.

Monkey ball (5.99) is pretty decent, the 3d looks nice and moves smoothly. The 2d graphics used for the player are a little bit jarringly separate having no shadow makes it feel stuck on and they appear to have only animated the sprite in 8 directions which makes it look a bit clunky.

The tilt sensor works pretty well but it can be hard to find the dead zone when you just want to stop.

It's solid fun, but I'm finding the tilt makes it far harder than I used to find it on the gamecube.

Columns Deluxe (2.99) is pretty dodgy, it comes a version of puyo pop as well, but both are sluggish and really unattractive.

You can move pieces by tilting the iPod or dragging you figure on the screen. The dragging worked better than I expected without being good. You tap the screen to spin pieces and drag down the screen to speed them up.

The frame rates aren't too hot and the backgrounds look pretty uninspired and low colour.
#1 at 09:25:22 - 13/07/2008
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Bah.

So... a lightly promising start but hoping for far better in the future :)
#2 at 12:16:16 - 13/07/2008
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Got a slightly more positive view of the app store after downloading the puzzle game Enigmo. It seems to be decent fit for the machine, with pinch zooming and pretty well thought touch controls.

I like the way you can buy stuff direct to the iPod, and that it also lets you know when updates are available.
#3 at 09:23:03 - 19/07/2008
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It's a bit cheeky to charge 5.99 for a firmware update isn't it?
Or do you get to download any ap you want for those 5.99?

#4 at 16:45:05 - 21/07/2008
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the 5.99 charge is for the o/s firmware update for the touch only. if you have an iphone the update is free. the update has a bunch of tweaks for the device in general, although less so for the touch as some of them address mobile phone specific stuff like txting. the new scientific calculator mode is nice though :)

the app store has a bunch of free apps on it so that first payment will let you get some more toys on the device but most of the high profile and better stuff is going to have its own charge too.
#5 at 18:38:58 - 21/07/2008
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Really enjoying the super simple RTS like Galcon (5.99) it's a great fit for the iPhone.

Also liking the Wordpress app that lets you write/edit posts locally for upload later or straight to your site. Most handy for my F.Marinos blog, as I can write half my match report at half time :).

Columns has been patched up, and is now far smoother, but still pretty unexciting. Someone said that the Touch is a bit less powerful than iPhone, so maybe that was my problem.
#6 at 10:17:22 - 11/08/2008
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Salaman said:It's a bit cheeky to charge 5.99 for a firmware update isn't it?
Or do you get to download any ap you want for those 5.99?


The logic is that it is more akin to an OS upgrade on a PC than a firmware update.

Agree that it is a bit cheeky though. Was there any discount for people who bought a week before the update?
#7 at 11:06:37 - 14/08/2008
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FairgroundTown said:
Agree that it is a bit cheeky though. Was there any discount for people who bought a week before the update?


Following the first iTouch upgrade, the iTouch went up in price to reflect the software difference.
#8 at 11:27:15 - 14/08/2008
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I love the way the appstore works. I've already found quite a few useful apps, and the ratings/comments system is incredibly useful. As with all apple stuff, it just works.

#9 at 13:45:11 - 14/08/2008
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Legion said:I love the way the appstore works. I've already found quite a few useful apps, and the ratings/comments system is incredibly useful. As with all apple stuff, it just works.



Or works badly. My iTouch lasted me a day then it was back on eBay. Worst gadget ever. Unusable as a music player, rubbish as a video player and the web browsing was naff due to the lack of Flash
#10 at 13:56:38 - 14/08/2008
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Really? 2 clicks and the app of choice is installed and ready to go. Not had one crash or failure, not even a glitch.

I can't see how it's unusable as a music player. I've listened to quite a few albums and certainly had no usability issues. I've also watch a lot of video, especially using the iPlayer, which just has astounding integration.

It's also the best mobile device I've ever owned/seen for surfing the web. Thanks to the large screen and the way it's incredibly easy to zoom in and out and navigate.

It's by far the best phone ever! It's just a different league to my old S60 device.

One of the biggest bonuses I can see is that it's an Apple device, meaning a silly amount of people have one, so the support base is huge.
#11 at 14:10:16 - 14/08/2008
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I really like my Touch too. Occasionally you feel it could do with a bit more power on the web, and lack of flash isn't a strong point, but I'm happy with mine, and considering upgrading my phone to an iPhone next year.
#12 at 14:24:27 - 14/08/2008
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With the Touch I was just immensely underwhelmed with the way that you have to do stuff Apple's way or no way. I'm used to the relatively open worlds of Linux (Maemo), Windows Mobile or Symbian 60. Having to use iTunes for everything and being tied into not being able to convert videos easily killed it for me.

I ended up going for an N800 and a bluetooth keyboard, which means I either have a very high-res PDA with me or, if I carry the fold-up keyboard in the same case, the world's smallest laptop :-)

Cost less than a 16GB Touch, too

The support thing kind of has me wound up a little, as it's almost going to force the market as a whole to adopt Apple as a standard, which for peeps like me isn't great.
#13 at 14:32:58 - 14/08/2008
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Fair enough, it depends on what you're looking for. But by keeping tight control over the way things work and what's available is how Apple ensure their kit always looks slick and remains very reliable.

Not everyone wants to tinker, remember. Some people prefer reliability over tweakability, especially the mass market. For me that's critical in a phone. I've tried sybian phones and windows mobile phones and the second I started installing third party apps the things either slowed down to a crawl or crashed completely. Which is really what I don't want in a mobile device. Sure Apple's policy of preventing 3rd party apps from running in the background sounds harsh, but they're doing it for a reason.

Now, when it comes to a desktop, I do want to be able to mess about with that, install what I want, tweak every little detail, and for that reason I got read of my iBook. It was just too controlling. But that is something I welcome on a phone. :)

#14 at 14:55:43 - 14/08/2008
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Found a few more nice apps on the store.

Line Rider is great for killing time designing nice tracks, and the motion sensitive gravity seems like it could be decent with the right levels. I need to get signed up so I can download other peoples stuff.

Air Mouse, which let's you use the accelerometer or touch screen on the iphone as your pc's mouse and keyboard over wifi. This is really handy for running my pc on the TV which is a fair way away from my pc. The accelerometer wasn't fantastic when I gave it a brief go, but using the opod as a track pad is really good. Having the on screen keyboard is really nice too.
#15 at 12:05:13 - 24/10/2008
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Better to merge threads than create a new one so carried over from the apps / games thread

There's a neat article on the front page rounding up some of the better releases on the touch, but if anyone's got any additional stuff that's currently floating their boat, stick it in here.

First up - Tap Tap Revenge 2 has just been released - iTunes Link giving you more guitar-hero-like tappity rhythm-based gaming. Various tracks by big name dance acts have been lined up as downloads (tracks by The Prodigy, Crystal Method, Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails etc are coming) and the app is free for now.

Next - as on the front page - Showtime Entertainment are knocking up a game based on Dexter, their hit TV series. Featuring scripts and dialogue by people involved in the show (including voice work by Michael C Hall, the man himself), it should end up being half decent.

Lastly there's a rather nice looking Tony Hawk-alike coming. Vans Sk8 Pool (yeah I know, shit title) looks nice and smooth. Here's a link to some dev footage.
#16 at 11:22:34 - 03/03/2009
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peej said:Better to merge threads than create a new one so carried over from the apps / games thread

I think your new one had a more relevant name, probably why you missed this one.
#17 at 12:04:52 - 03/03/2009
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A compromise, changed the name of this thread to something a little more relevant.
#18 at 12:10:49 - 03/03/2009
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Much better :)
#19 at 12:50:00 - 03/03/2009
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Oooh! Looks like X-Plane Racing is out. It's a nifty flight sim type game. Looks good static but very nice moving.

5.99 though. Spose it's cheaper than HAWX and probably better.
#20 at 12:59:10 - 03/03/2009
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Gotta say that I'm totally hooked on Zen Bound.

Just weird, surreal but utterly soothing. Go gettit
#21 at 17:42:48 - 06/03/2009
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Or play a free PC version.
#22 at 18:03:31 - 06/03/2009
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#23 at 12:17:54 - 07/03/2009
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Gawdm if only the iTunes version of Spore was something like that rather than the crappy load of rubbish it is.
#24 at 12:41:10 - 07/03/2009
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this looks very familiar!

Andrew Braybrook and Retroid would not be best pleased!
#25 at 21:40:05 - 07/03/2009
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Saved by the fact I don't have iTunes installed! :D

(Although I probably will soon as I want to see if I can manage my Creative Zen Sleek with it)

I still wish the iPhone / Touch had a Dpad and two buttons, though. It would make a sale to me almost unavoidable.
#26 at 23:14:07 - 07/03/2009
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peej said:this looks very familiar!

Andrew Braybrook and Retroid would not be best pleased!

Oh my, even that explosion is a direct rip.

...

Is it sad that I noticed that?
#27 at 10:04:43 - 08/03/2009
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Probably even sadder is that I'm considering installing iTunes just so I can look and get righteous about it! :D

:(
#28 at 12:51:38 - 08/03/2009
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If it was 59p I'd have probably bought it, that's the sad thing about it.
#29 at 16:03:06 - 08/03/2009
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No need to install iTunes to see it, Ret...

Oink
#30 at 09:02:29 - 09/03/2009

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