When I read the iTunes description of this game and saw that it’s based on a famous Chinese painting called “Along the River during the Qingming Festival” a little bell went off in my head, like the ding of a microwave oven when your Hot Pocket is ready. I’m not Chinese, but I’ve heard of that painting before! A quick search of IAR revealed that I got acquainted with this painting over three years ago through an app called Painting Scroll. Painting Scroll and China Taxi really have nothing in common besides the painting connection, but I just wanted to let you know that I have a really good memory.
So getting back to the point of this post… what is China Taxi and is it any good? The answers to those questions are platform game and yes, respectively. China Taxi is a side-scrolling platformer where your job is guide two frantic old-timey Chinese “taxi” guys through an obstacle course where their two missions in life are to (a) pick up passengers, and (b) not get splattered all over your screen by all the crazy, life-threatening stuff they have to dodge along the way.
LWR Personal Trainer (£1.49/$1.99) by Dennis Publishing
Available on iPhone, iPod Touch
Back in the day I used to exercise four times a week for about an hour. Now that free time is pretty much a thing of the past…I was lucky if I can get one proper workout a week (as perhaps many can relate to).
Whether it’s for health or vanity, exercising and eating healthy have become hot topics in recent years…and there are plenty of apps that promise to whip its users into shape. LWR Personal Trainer is an app that actually delivers. It’s developed by Lucy Wyndham-Read, a women’s fitness expert with over 15 years in the business.
LWR Personal Fitness Trainer is a 28 day program for women that includes a meal plan and exercise routines. The program is customized by asking questions such as height, current weight, and to choose three goals (such as weight loss or reducing stress). I did have a problem with the app crashing after switching from kg to lbs when entering current and ideal weights but there was no problem entering it in kg or my height in feet/inches.
Mysteryville 2 HD: hidden object crime investigation (2,99$) by Nevosoft
Available on iPhone, iPod and iPad
Mysteryville 2 is Nevosoft’s sequel to their original puzzle game release in 2011. The story begins with Laura Winner (journalist and physic) returning to the Mysteryville for a vacation. When a town is called Mysteryville it’s no surprise that Laura’s vacation is cut short and she finds herself investigating the disappearance of her missing friend. The game is primarily a hidden object game. Different levels require players to find either a specific list of items, spot the difference, match pairs items etc. However, there are also several mini-games that involve tasks such as unscrambling letters to find hidden messages or rearranging images. Ultimately, these puzzles reveal clues to help Laura to unravel the mystery of her missing friend and the strange goings on in town.
Poor José has lost his bottle of Tequila…your mission is to reunite them in this new puzzle app from Artlab Interactive. In this sliding block game, gamers help José chart his way through desert and space perils such as scorpions, cacti, planets and of course aliens by moving different shaped blocks around the board. Points are awarded based on how many moves and how long it takes to complete a level. I found that levels offered the right amount of challenge but wasn’t so difficult that it was ridiculously frustrating.
I really should be posting an app review right about now but 4/20 only comes around once a year, and that means it’s time for my short, once-a-year Legalize It rant!
I honestly don’t smoke pot and I’m lucky enough to not have anyone close to me suffering from pains that medical marijuana could alleviate, but I still think it’s ridiculous that the vast majority of states in the U.S. of A view the use of medical marijuana as a crime. Quite frankly, if it were up to me, I’d legalize marijuana and regulate it the same way alcohol and cigarettes are regulated. I believe people have the right to get high, just like they have the right to get drunk and/or light up a cigarette, and on top of that a whole lot of medical suffering would be curbed as a result. And then there’s the avalanche of tax dollars that would follow. Sigh.
I’m not running for public office here, but this issue is something to think about. And since it’s 4/20, you might as well think about it today! Think about why a plant that has both recreational and medical applications is still being demonized in modern society. Doesn’t make sense, does it?
There are many medical apps that claim to make life in the medical world a little bit easier (for better or worse there’s even an app that allows doctors to monitor their patients from the comfort of their iPhone…but I’m getting side tracked). Unfortunately, many are limited in their scope, cluttered or VERY expensive. ERres suffers from none of these issues making it a very handy little app.
Information is broken down into eight broad categories: toxicology, basic med concepts, drugs, pediatrics, resuscitation, trauma, CDRs and intubation. These categories are further broken down and include topics ranging from IV drip dosages, orthopedic trauma, strokes and asthma medications to procedures related to drug overdoses, postpartum hemorrhages and sepsis just to name a few (and I mean a few…I’d still be typing if I had to list all the topics covered by this app). This app also features a search function to make finding topics even faster.
Have you ever wanted to run your own hospital but don’t want to deal with the pesky issue of having to take years of schooling? Then this might be the game you’re looking for. Hospital Frenzy is a new simulation game where you run your own hospital….from hiring staff to assigning them duties to buying equipment and of course…curing patients.
Do you have lots of random factoids about all things technology or sci-fi related but never knew what to do with all that info? Now you can show off your geekiness with this new app. With over 300 questions covering topics from Star Trek and Star Wars to science and technology, there’s enough variety to keep almost everyone’s inner geek entertained.
Picture this: You’re sitting in a fancy bistro, you’re scanning the grossly overpriced menu, and then it hits you… you’re not in the mood for a $28 wild mushroom risotto with black truffle butter. All you really want is a damn cheeseburger. So, while all the yuppie snobs around you pretend to be impressed by 3 star food at 5 star prices, you quietly take out your iPhone and open up Scratch ‘n Lick… and you start licking. You’re licking your iPhone. Or, if you truly don’t give a F, you lick your iPad the way a dog licks a plate of bacon grease. And you’re LOVING it! You’re nearly convulsing. It tastes so good you’re practically in tears.
Well I exaggerate a little. OK FINE… I exaggerate a lot. But hear this! Scratch ‘n Lick is the real deal. It comes with three flavors included (banana, peach, and watermelon) and you actually CAN taste them. It’s faint, and it’s not exact, but you can taste them.
This is a translator in your pocket! In today’s increasingly multi-cultural world, language is often a barrier to conversation even in your own city. SayHi is a shockingly accurate and useful tool. Now you can communicate with someone who speaks another language and not feel stupid…. Read More »
Have you ever seen those cool photos of someone in mid air where the person’s motion stops and the camera spins around them? Now you can do the same kind of thing with SpinCam. It’s stupid simple to take the pictures and all you have to do is follow the prompts…. Read More »