Articles and Reviews by Clark Landry
If you've ever played Arkanoid or Breakout, you'll get the point of Chimps Ahoy right away. The main difference between those iconic games and Chimps Ahoy is that with Chimps Ahoy you're controlling "bumpers" or chimps on both sides of the screen.
The intrepid Blimp Pilots development shop just released Koi Pond 2.0 with a variety of new features. The 1.0 version was great; the 2.0 version adds a variety of improvements to the Zen experience that is Koi Pond - movable lily pads, 3D sound, the ability to feed your fish (try shaking the phone), and finger nibbling (hold your finger still in the water and see what happens).
Paper Football Lite by Jirbo is a fun little app that lets you relive your glory days on the paper football gridiron, aka the school lunch table. You take turns pushing a little paper football across a table, attempting to land the football on the edge of the table closest to your opponent.
Friend of AppCraver Bill Trost of dev shop The Blimp Pilots checked in to let us know that Koi Pond 2.0 has been released. Koi Pond is always the first application I show friends when I want to give them a feel for the graphics and touch-screen capabilities of the iPhone - it always gets an amazed response from people who haven't seen it before.
iBeer is a virtual beer application that allows you to "virtually" drink a beer by tipping your iPhone sideways.
To start the application you press a large red button. What this has to do with drinking beer is not clear.
To finish off the week the AppCraver crew interviewed Andrew Stone of development shop BigStonePhone, developers of popular iPhone apps TalkingPics, iGraffiti and Twittelator.
AppCraver: When did you start developing apps for the iPhone?
AppCraver caught up this morning with the developers of the wildly popular Koi Pond application, Bill Trost and Andy Skirvin of development firm The Blimp Pilots.
AppCraver: When did you start developing applications for the iPhone?
Good god - Super Monkey Ball has sold 300,000 units on the iPhone App Store in 20 days.
I think you'll be seeing a lot more game developers taking the iPhone seriously in the months to come.
"Comprehensive" video review of the "I Am Rich" iPhone application (the cracked version, that is).
David Lynch has some strong views on watching movies on phones:
Flying cross-country twice over the past week gave me a chance to spend a little more time with the Texas Hold'Em app for the iPhone. While a great application, unfortunately the AI is very weak and easily beatable, even in the tournaments with the most expensive buyins.
This is priceless. Guy "jokingly" clicks on "buy" button when looking at the $999.99 "I Am Rich" app and gets burned.
The quality control on the App Store needs some serious work. Looks like they're starting to crack down on some of the more absurd apps (like this one, which has been pulled) but they have a long way to go.
How unfortunate - the $999.99 iPhone app that did nothing but exhibit your taste for conspicuous consumption was pulled from the App Store.
You have to admire the balls of this particular iPhone developer. The "I Am Rich" iPhone application, retailing for $999.99, is a "work of art with no hidden function at all." Consisting solely of a glowing red icon (seen below), the application serves the purpose of "remind(ing) you (and others) that you were able to afford this."
Interesting article in Gizmodo on why rappers generally don't like the iPhone. Some of the responses include "its too pretty", "not good for texting", "sometimes it will freeze up." Method Man likes it though!
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