App of the Week http://www.stuff.tv/app-week/reviews en-GB App of the Week: Pixelmator for iPad http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/app-week-pixelmator-ipad/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you still think tablets are consumption-only devices after using Pixelmator, seek help </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pixelmator for iPad" alt="Pixelmator for iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pixelmator_ipad.jpg?1415496641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;ve only gone and made Photoshop for the iPad&rdquo; is a perfectly understandable initial reaction to Pixelmator. As is picking your jaw up from the floor.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £2.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on iPad Air </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Composing your masterpiece </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Load in a photo and you can add dazzling and configurable professional-looking filters, or work with a range of extremely competent retouching tools, to deal with unwanted elements, red-eye, and colour blotches. Selections can be cut, pasted and manipulated, in a manner similar to &mdash; and rarely more awkward than &mdash; working with an equivalent desktop app. Layers and objects can add further texture to any composition through a Style menu that enables you to fiddle with opacity and blend type, or add shadows, strokes and reflections.</p> <p>When starting from scratch, Pixelmator also provides scope for rather more abstract creativity. There&rsquo;s a large selection of built-in brushes, many of which competently ape real world media, and you can add vector shapes and text to flesh things out when necessary.</p> <p>Text is a touch limited, largely in the maximum point size for any characters seemingly being 288pt (which isn&rsquo;t very large on an iPad display), but you at least get tools for adjusting line-spacing and alignment; additionally, more general alignment of any added items is made easier through them intelligently snapping to optional spacing guides, triggered when an object finds itself matching the horizontal or vertical axis of another.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Adding effects is the work of seconds, but they can be further tweaked to your satisfaction" alt="Pixelmator for iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/effects.png?1415496641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2048" height="1536" title="Pixelmator is much, much more than a simple photo editor, but it avoids the complexity of Photoshop" alt="Pixelmator for iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/complex%20edits.png?1415496641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="2048" height="1536" title="There are loads of picture creation and editing tools available, all designed for touch" alt="Pixelmator for iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tool.png?1415496641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A powerful tool needs a powerful tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are some minor bumps. Even on an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, the app sometimes struggles to launch if anything memory-hungry&rsquo;s also residing in memory, and we certainly wouldn&rsquo;t recommend this app on anything less powerful than an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-4/review" target="_blank">iPad 4</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">iPad mini 2</a>. It&#39;s the perfect foil for the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>, natch.</p> <p>The odd tool may not behave quite as you&rsquo;d expect, and the aforementioned templates are perhaps a little less flexible than you&rsquo;d hope for.</p> <p>But for pretty much everything else, this is a truly stunning achievement &mdash; an impressive, broadly intuitive, surprisingly powerful image editor that sets a new yardstick for creative tools on tablets, and even manages to better the Mac version in terms of usability, interface design and being a pleasure to use.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">check out more of our Apps of the Week</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Keeping it simple? Choose a template, select your photo, add text and you&#039;re done." alt="Pixelmator for iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/template.png?1415496641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Powerful, simple and brilliant, Pixelmator could be the only image editor you need - and it&#39;s only &pound;3!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/app-week-pixelmator-ipad/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/app-week-pixelmator-ipad/review#comments App of the Week iOS iPad Pixelmator Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:55:21 +0000 Tom Parsons 1452482 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: Helix http://www.stuff.tv/helix/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A pulsating arcade title recalling a classic game that never was, fend off infinite enemies with the power of a dextrous digit in Helix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Helix review" alt="Helix review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/helix-explosions.png?1414555383" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Helix is one of those games that smashes old into new with exciting results.</p> <p>On first launching the game, you&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking you&rsquo;d somehow been catapulted back to 1982, given that Helix is full of oddball pixelated characters coloured in searing neon.</p> <p>But the controls are straight out of touchscreen heaven, making for a modern-day arcade classic that manages to rub shoulders with ancient (but still brilliant) titles that surely influenced it.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch 4.3+) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An old school slice of gaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The basics of Helix are survival and destruction, in that the destruction of your enemies ensures your survival. Given that Helix is very much positioned as an old-school slice of gaming, said survival doesn&rsquo;t tend to last very long, not least in your initial goes where you grapple with the game&rsquo;s interesting mechanic.</p> <p>You see, in Helix, you&rsquo;re unarmed. Despite being trapped in a confined space, while somewhat geometric beasties that are deadly to the touch roam about or home in on your position, you&rsquo;ve not got so much as a digital sausage to fling at them; instead, you must encircle your enemies, to make them explode.</p> <p>The pace of Helix is such that you&rsquo;ll probably be dead before you manage to obliterate a single foe on your first go, but deft thumb-work and steely concentration enables anyone determined to persevere a kind of staccato progression. You&rsquo;ll almost hurl your iPhone at the wall after a string of single-digit scoring sprints, before clocking the behaviours of newly encountered enemies, and figuring out how to beat them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week"><strong>More App of the Week reviews&nbsp;</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Helix review" alt="Helix review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/helix-about-to-die.png?1414555383" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You are a gaming god </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before long, you&rsquo;ll be scoring in the &mdash; well, let&rsquo;s not get too cocky &mdash; dozens of points. Much like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/super-hexagon/id549027629?mt=8">Super Hexagon</a> makes you feel like a champ when you cling on inside its kaleidoscopic rollercoaster whirlpool for an entire minute, 50 or 60 points in Helix has you believe yourself to be a gaming god.</p> <p>Naturally, Helix then slaps you down to size. Survive long enough and you enter the aptly named Terror Mode and then Vortex, one of the few modes in any game where a regular score close to zero isn&rsquo;t so much an embarrassment as a certainty.</p> <p>What ensures Helix stands out isn&rsquo;t its brutal nature, though &mdash; it&rsquo;s everything. It lacks artistry, but every annihilated monster&rsquo;s pixels are scattered across the screen, wheeling into oblivion much like classic arcade title Defender&rsquo;s aliens being sucked down a space plughole. The soundtrack has a sense of urgency that propels you on. And the controls are pitched perfectly, enabling you to control your weird-looking hero via 1:1 drags anywhere on the display, or flick to more rapidly zoom along when the situation calls for it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review">Apple iPad Mini 3 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Helix review" alt="Helix review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/helix.png?1414555383" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Helix Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might sound like hyperbole to suggest Helix resembles what we imagine a modern-day Eugene Jarvis creation would be like if the Defender and Robotron developer went back to his roots, but it&rsquo;s no exaggeration when that happens to be true.</p> <p>In short, Helix is one of the very best arcade titles on iOS, and it deserves to be played by many, many people.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A frantic, compelling, balanced, addictive and hugely challenging arcade game that&rsquo;s perfect for your iPhone or iPad</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/helix/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS apps Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:43:41 +0000 Sophie Charara 1451586 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: WhoSampled http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-whosampled/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That familiar riff that&#039;s been driving you bonkers? Now you can find out exactly where it came from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: WhoSampled" alt="App of the Week: WhoSampled" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/whosampled-1.jpg?1413197283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Time was people once actually had to remember things &mdash; imagine! But armed with a modern smartphone and a web connection, any human able to prod at a keyboard lurking underneath glass can become a cyborg armed with all of the world&rsquo;s knowledge, and never be wrong about anything ever again. At least for a given value of &lsquo;never be wrong&rsquo;, which often equates to &lsquo;never be wrong, although only from the point of view of crowdsourced information, which might occasionally actually be very wrong&rsquo;. But anyway.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (on Android; iOS version costs £1.99) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An encyclopedia of musical borrowings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At its core, the concept might not seem terribly interesting, not least when you discover every song you loved in your youth has been unceremoniously welded to a terrible brainless pop track by a teenage warbler. But on delving deeper into WhoSampled, it really does become an engrossing encyclopaedia of musical connections. Although you can easily enough rummage through artists and tracks the app deems &lsquo;hot&rsquo;, &lsquo;most influential&rsquo;, or &lsquo;most connected&rsquo;, you can also search to find your favourite tracks and artists, to discover how their music has been used (or the music they used).</p> <p>On pulling up a track, you&rsquo;ll see sample, cover and remix links in relevant directions. Tapping on an individual sample brings up a head-to-head comparison screen, which often enables you to flick between YouTube videos of the two tracks in question. Helpfully, there&rsquo;s also a prominent &lsquo;buy&rsquo; link, to grab songs readily available from online music emporiums.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipod-classic-obituary-thank-you-music/feature">iPod Classic obituary: thank you for the music</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: WhoSampled" alt="App of the Week: WhoSampled" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whosampled-2.jpg?1413197283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cost-free on Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Originally released for iOS (where it was selected by Apple as an App Store best-of-year), WhoSampled does have a couple of changes for this Android remix. There&rsquo;s no Now Playing feature for finding musical connections, but this is balanced by the app being bereft of a price tag &mdash; at the &lsquo;expense&rsquo; of some mildly irritating ads that pop-up now and again.</p> <p>Given its smart interface, addictive Wikipedia-style endless browsing, and favourites collecting, we&rsquo;ll happily croon a &lsquo;Download WhoSampled for Android/Or we might get a bit annoyed&rsquo; refrain, until our song fades out or someone points out we actually stole that riff from the Rolling Stones. Naughty us.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The best new albums on Spotify so far this year</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: WhoSampled" alt="App of the Week: WhoSampled" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whosampled-3.jpg?1413197283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Download WhoSampled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price</strong>: &pound;1.99 for iOS, free for Android</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/whosampled/id529092671?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4" target="_blank">Download WhoSampled for iOS</a></p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whosampled&amp;PAffiliateID=110l3Md" target="_blank">Download WhoSampled for Android</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A decent, smartly designed app for browsing musical connections</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-whosampled/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-whosampled/review#comments Android apps App of the Week iOS apps Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1449914 at http://www.stuff.tv BioShock iOS http://www.stuff.tv/bioshock-ios/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The classic shooter doesn&#039;t transition perfectly to mobile, but portable blemishes can&#039;t kill its brilliant core </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Remember it on the 360? " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/screen6.PNG?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Any gamer who played the original BioShock on Xbox 360 will still recall exploring the depths&nbsp;of its underwater fantasy setting, tensing up at the brash Big Daddy showdowns,&nbsp;and soaking in an eerie atmosphere unlike anything else. Would&nbsp;someone coming to the game fresh today have that same kind of memorable&nbsp;experience on a 4in touchscreen?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £10.49 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s BioShock on the go </div> <div class="field-item even"> Amazing, distinctive art design </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Still a gripping campaign </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Muddier visuals </div> <div class="field-item even"> Touch controls not ideal </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tripped up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The lack of physical inputs on iOS devices means that big changes are needed to&nbsp;adapt BioShock for the platform; thus, a virtual stick and buttons. By and large, it&nbsp;does the trick. The buttons for your firearms and Plasmid power attacks match the&nbsp;overall aesthetic well, and are nicely laid out for you to swap attacks and deal with&nbsp;myriad threats.&nbsp;</p> <p>But there&#39;s a clumsiness that comes when playing a shooter when all the inputs you&nbsp;need aren&#39;t resting right below a thumb or finger, and here, slowed reactions are&nbsp;bound to get you killed unnecessarily at some point. Luckily, BioShock supports MFi&nbsp;controllers, and it&#39;s definitely the way to play. Get a gamepad with dual analog sticks&nbsp;and you&#39;ll be right back in the thick of things with a real console-like experience,&nbsp;aside from the occasional need to tap the screen for something not mapped to a&nbsp;button.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moga-ace-power-first-official-iphone-games-controller/review">Moga Ace Power controller review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Big changes afoot in this FPS " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen1.PNG?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2048" height="1536" title="A certain clumsiness " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen2.PNG?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dazzling, but diminished </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even as an early last-gen release, BioShock remains one of the most stunning games we&#39;ve ever played, due largely to its tremendous art design. The submerged city bursts to life with mid-century architecture and aesthetics, with plenty of neon spritzed throughout and incredible atmosphere built throughout its hugely diverse settings.&nbsp;But despite requiring a very recent iPhone or iPad, BioShock sadly looks ragged in its iOS incarnation. </p> <p>The models all have rough edges, many textures in the world are muddled, and lighting issues abound. The great original work isn&#39;t lost, but it&#39;s a bit more difficult to appreciate this amazingly rich setting. Perhaps the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-2-reportedly-out-october-without-new-ipad-mini-alongside/news">new iPad Air </a>will provide the muscle needed to fix the visual deficiencies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Dazzling but diminished " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen5.PNG?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2048" height="1536" title="Mid century aesthetics " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen4.PNG?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="2048" height="1536" title="Visuals as stunning as this need muscle " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen11.PNG?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BioShock iOS Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BioShock has been available for seven years now, so it&#39;s not difficult to find cheaply for Xbox 360, PC, or PlayStation 3. And indeed, every other version of the game is more polished and precise than the iOS one, so if you have a decent computer or a last-gen console, that&#39;s absolutely the place to play it.</p> <p>But phones and tablets are turning more and more players onto games than ever before, and if it&#39;s your platform of choice, you&#39;ll feel no shame playing this rendition of BioShock. It&#39;s still a tremendous single-player shooter experience &mdash; one that&#39;s solidly enjoyable with touch controls, but truly great with a gamepad.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">Apps and games reviews&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="You will feel no shame playing this rendition of BioShock" alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen3.PNG?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s not as slick as on other platforms, but BioShock&#39;s fantastic narrative-driven&nbsp;experience still shines through on iOS</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BioShock iOS review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen1_0.PNG?1413970247" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bioshock-ios/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bioshock-ios/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:52:10 +0000 Sophie Charara 1448641 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: 1Password http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-1password/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The secure locker for passwords has gained thumb power and the means to work in other apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1024" height="768" title="1Password" alt="1Password" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro2.png?1411978466" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there&rsquo;s an app that&rsquo;s benefitted from the underlying changes to and relative openness of iOS 8, it&rsquo;s 1Password. The password manager has long been popular on the desktop, providing a simple, convenient way to create insanely complicated passwords and &lsquo;inject&rsquo; them into browser forms.</p> <p>The net result is greatly enhanced security, and the app adds further useful features, such as storing multiple identities (for instance a simplified set of details for forums), secure notes, wallet entries, and software licenses.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Security silo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On iOS, however, the app&rsquo;s inability to worm its way deep into the system always left it as an awkward security silo. There was no integration with Safari for iOS, meaning you either had to use 1Password&rsquo;s basic built-in browser to shop online or visit forums, or laboriously copy and paste passwords across to Safari.</p> <p>As of iOS 8, this has all changed. Because of app extensions, 1Password can be directly triggered&nbsp;from a Safari Share sheet, providing rapid access to all of your usernames and passwords. In fact, 1Password goes further, because it can also be used with any third-party app that builds in support; examples that have gotten on board early include Slack, Instapaper, and Treehouse.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">Apple iOS 8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="1Password" alt="1Password" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/set-1.png?1413804910" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve got the touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, iOS already includes its own roughly equivalent secure password system, iCloud Keychain, but 1Password is superior in terms of cross-platform support (iCloud Keychain is a strictly iOS and OS X thing) and also in enabling you to edit your entries on a mobile device. Furthermore, if you have an iOS device with Touch ID, 1Password can be configured to work with that, significantly speeding up accessing your secure content.</p> <p>As with any new release, there&rsquo;s the odd gremlin lurking - for example, on the iPad, 1Password&rsquo;s dialog awkwardly lurks behind the keyboard in landscape mode. Additionally, while the desktop version boasts a useful security audit, flagging old or weak passwords, this is omitted on mobile.</p> <p>Still, any feature disparity is excusable when you consider 1Password for iOS&rsquo;s new price tag of <em>nothing at all</em>. You only pay (&pound;6.99/US$9.99) if you want &lsquo;pro&rsquo; features (extra categories, custom folders and tags, multiple vaults, custom fields), and most people won&rsquo;t need them. Existing 1Password for iOS users get them for free. Presumably, the developer&rsquo;s aiming to make its money on the desktop, which makes the mobile offering beyond a mere bargain, propelling it into no-brainer install territory.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/1password-password-manager/id568903335?mt=8">Download 1Password for iPhone and iPad</a> (requires iOS 8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">See all of our Apps of the Week here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="1Password" alt="1Password" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/set-2.png?1413894802" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What about Android? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1Password does exist for Android, and can be grabbed in a free-trial version from <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agilebits.onepassword&amp;hl=en">Google Play</a>. The app is broadly similar to the <em>old</em> version for iOS, and is therefore something of a silo. &lsquo;Premium&rsquo; features in this version are very different from those in the iOS release, amounting to essentially any adding, editing or organising items. That&rsquo;ll set you back &pound;4.99 and we reckon the app is way clunkier than its iOS sibling, which is a pity. If you&rsquo;re a dedicated 1Password user, the Android release is still worth grabbing, but if you want a password manager solely for Android, there are better options.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A useful but limited iOS app just became essential, thanks to iOS 8&rsquo;s new powers. Download it now</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-1password/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-1password/review#comments App of the Week iOS apps iPhone & iPad Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:16:50 +0000 Craig Grannell 1448314 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: CounterSpy http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-counterspy/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a sneaky side-scrolling spy ‘em up with a snazzy art style and randomly generated levels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: CounterSpy" alt="App of the Week: CounterSpy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/counterspy-main.jpg?1411265617" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s fairly rare that an action-oriented game gets Stuff&rsquo;s App of the Week thumbs up, but this side-scroller from Sony&rsquo;s PlayStation Mobile division has wormed it way firmly into our affections.</p> <p>Set at the height of the Cold War, it casts you as a new recruit for C.O.U.N.T.E.R., an espionage agency allied neither with the Soviets nor the West. Your task? To sneak into enemy facilities and pilfer launch codes, all the while avoiding or eliminating guards and other security measures.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS, Android </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You may proceed... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each level consists of a number of rooms, and each of these is procedurally generated, ensuring you&rsquo;ll experience a different array of guards, cameras, loot caches and secret passages every time you replay. As you progress through the game, your pickups unlock new weapons and capabilities which can then be purchased using money (in-game money, not actual real-life money &ndash; CounterSpy is a premium game and happily shies away from an in-app purchase model), thus improving your chances of beating the next level.</p> <p>The gameplay is a potent mix of stealth and action. Some screens are light on guards and can be passed without the need to pull out your gun, while others become a full-on leadfest as you attempt to mow down several enemies while avoiding their bullets, grenades and rockets. The occasional handily-placed explosive canister helps clear dug-in soldiers quickly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="690" title="Levels are different every time you play them" alt="Levels are different every time you play them" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-level.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fresh to Defcon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Get spotted by cameras, leave alerted guards alive or allow them to radio for help and the Defcon level rises. If it hits Defcon 1, you&rsquo;ll only have one minute to finish the level before it&rsquo;s game over and time to try again. Another way to fail? Get shot to death or blown up, natch.</p> <p>Feverish action games rarely fare well on mobile, where a touchscreen&rsquo;s lack of twitchy accuracy can be a real cause for frustration, but thankfully CounterSpy&rsquo;s pace falls on the right side of sedate &ndash; just.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1104" title="About to do some shooting" alt="About to do some shooting" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-shoot.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spy hard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Swipes and double-taps form the bulk of the controls, and the only sections where you might find the touchscreen&rsquo;s lack of precision a burden are the sections where your spy dips into cover and then pops out to shoot enemies. Here, the perspective shifts slightly, and you hold one finger to drag your aim around and tap another anywhere on screen to fire. At times, your finger gets to the edge of the screen before you&rsquo;ve pulled your weapon&rsquo;s laser sight to where you need it to be. A tad irritating, but not a deal-breaker, and we reckon the game&#39;s trickiness is well balanced &ndash; each level presents a significant challenge, but you&#39;ll usually be blaming yourself for failure, rather than the control setup.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a well-presented game, too. The cartoonish art style owes a lot to Valve&rsquo;s Team Fortress 2, but works well in the context, and it&rsquo;s backed up by evocative jazz music and loading screens bearing interesting nuggets of Cold War trivia.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="690" title="Once in cover, you can pop out briefly to fire off a few rounds" alt="Once in cover, you can pop out briefly to fire off a few rounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-in-cover.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spy hard-ware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve been playing CounterSpy on a Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet and have found both devices, while not what you&rsquo;d call cutting edge in terms of power, handled the 3D graphics more than adequately &ndash; there&rsquo;s nary a stutter in the animation or scrolling. We suspect, however, that older devices might struggle to render the scenes without protest.</p> <p>While many people refuse to pay for mobile games these days, CounterSpy represents excellent value for money: for less than the price of a pint of beer, you&#39;ve got a stylish, enjoyable mix of action and sneaking that changes every time you play. Go get it.</p> <p>You can download CounterSpy for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/counterspy/id912920630?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone and iPad here</a>, and for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playstation.counterspy" target="_blank">Android devices here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">See all our Apps of the Week</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="688" title="Stealthily snapping guards&#039; necks gets you bonus points" alt="Stealthily snapping guards&#039; necks gets you bonus points" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-neck-snap.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stylish, slick and full of variety, it&rsquo;s one of the best mobile action games we&rsquo;ve played in weeks</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-counterspy/review#comments Android games App of the Week iOS games Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:59:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447998 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rogue + Threes! + whimsy = addiction + fun + a surprising amount of death by giant snail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_6079.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Collaboration and a unified front are all very well, but there&#39;s a point when these things can go a teensy bit too far.</p> <p>That point is probably when you&#39;re part of a cooperative tasked with raiding dungeons full of things very much out to kill you, yet still feel compelled to act as one, no matter the consequences. This includes when said consequences involve stumbling into a pool of acid, just because your cohort fancied grabbing a nearby piece of bling.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £2.49 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPhone/iPad </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Navigating snails and Sir Swapsalot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You begin in a catacomb, two semi-randomly chosen fantasy characters (barbarian, mage, and so on) dumped among walls, golden chests, and odd-looking shells. Swipe and your pair of heroes/kleptomaniacs move as one, and the shells materialise into roaming monsters. Open a chest or make too many moves and more foes or hazards materialise, potentially blocking your path to the exit and getting all fighty if you venture too near.</p> <p>Turn-based titles, and especially roguelikes like the brilliant 868-HACK, often force a steely kind of concentration, and a chess-like approach to fighting your way onwards.</p> <p>This is immediately evident with The Nightmare Cooperative, which further ramps up the complexity through the manner in which your party moves. Getting a pair through the initial catacombs is fairly simple, but since you can pick up more team-mates along the way, the variables multiply, not least when the monsters become brighter and weirder.</p> <p>The motley crew includes giant homing snails that leave an ice-slick behind them, and Sir Swapsalot a character that switches place with any adventurer that stumbles into his line of vision. You therefore repeatedly find yourself in situations where a single swipe could simultaneously result in battles with monsters, gold collection and death.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news">Threes! The maddeningly addictive puzzle game&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6077.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6082.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy on the nightmare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Initially, then, despite some tranquil sound design and sharp, modern graphics, The Nightmare Cooperative is heavy on the nightmare bit, feeling like a savage and frequently unjust ordeal.</p> <p>Often, the game becomes about cutting your losses, sacrificing one of the team so that the others may survive. But it nonetheless grabs hold, and you&#39;ll want to beat it rather than feel beaten.</p> <p>Once you master the game&#39;s intricacies, how some enemies can be manipulated and used to your advantage; the way in which careful use of collectable potions can get you through otherwise seemingly deadly situations, you&#39;ll find your way to new sets of dungeons and, with some good fortune, the end of the quest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-they-need-be-fed-3/review">They Need To Be Fed 3 for iOS/Android review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6083.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That the game even has an end is surprisingly rare on a modern mobile puzzler, and The Nightmare Cooperative&#39;s strictly defined nature changes the way you approach subsequent quests.</p> <p>It&#39;s not simply about seeing how long you can stay alive, but also how smart you can be within given time constraints.</p> <p>The fixed boundaries might not make for the most open game nor the most expansive, but The Nightmare Cooperative is frequently thrilling and punishing in equal measure. A focussed, novel and polished mobile title that rewards those determined enough to stick with it.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/the-nightmare-cooperative/id905878967?mt=8">Download The Nightmare Cooperative for iPhone/iPa</a>d</strong></p> <p>Coming later this year for Android&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">More App of the Weeks for iPhone, iPad and Android&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6078.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS games iPhone & iPad Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:17 +0000 Sophie Charara 1447222 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: They Need To Be Fed 3 http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-they-need-be-fed-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’d have thought by the third game in the series, they’d all be full by now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1598" height="900" title="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-5.PNG?1409757146" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might think your job&rsquo;s a bit rubbish, but it&rsquo;s got nothing on the little critters who inhabit the <em>They Need To Be Fed</em> universe.</p> <p>Their lot in life is to leap about the place, darting between tiny planetoids, trying very hard to not get killed by all kinds of hostile things, scooping up diamonds along the way. On reaching level&rsquo;s end, they find a giant plant with far more teeth than foliage should really own, jump into its maw, and crunchily get munched to death.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.19 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.19 on Android, £1.49 on iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a spin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>They Need To Be Fed</em> has always been different, mostly through streamlining the entire platforming experience, and then doing clever things with simple mechanics.</p> <p>The first concerns gravity. Each floating body in the sparse and beautifully minimal <em>They Need To Be Fed</em> universe has its own gravitational pull. You can therefore run around circles without falling off anything, and leap between objects in a floaty, graceful arc. The controls &mdash; left, right, jump &mdash; are simple but responsive, and the mechanics enable you to do a lot with a little.</p> <p>But the real star this time round is the game&rsquo;s level design. The first title in the series was addictive, but short; the second merely a retread. This time round, the game keeps switching things up, lobbing new ideas and playing with your expectations. No sooner will you have mastered a certain type of hazard than another will scupper your progress, from lazily rotating searchlights with deadly beams to psychotic spiked foes that home in on you with unerring accuracy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Free Android Games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1598" height="900" title="Each floating body in the sparse and beautiful universe has its own gravitational pull" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-2.PNG?1409757146" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1598" height="900" title="The game keeps switching things up, lobbing new ideas and playing with your expectations" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-4.PNG?1409757146" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More to explore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Initially, you&rsquo;ll be happy enough just to make it to your lunch date with a giant weed, perhaps having collected the odd diamond along the way. <em>But They Need To Be Fed 3</em> encourages further exploration, with keys that force you to backtrack through unfriendly stretches of space, in order to unlock special levels you can tackle to win yourself an extra diamond.</p> <p>One extra jewel might seem like hard work, but diamonds are the key to progress, unlocking new challenges, although this title&rsquo;s smart enough to ditch one-level-at-a-time unlocks in favour of granting you access to entire sets once you&rsquo;ve amassed enough bling. Half-way through the first set, for example, you&rsquo;ll likely have unlocked the second; and for completists, an absurdly tough Epic mode awaits if you manage to snag 90 shiny stones.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best iPhone and iPad Games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1598" height="900" title="There are keys that force you to backtrack through unfriendly stretches of space" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-3.PNG?1409757146" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1598" height="900" title="For completists, an absurdly tough Epic mode awaits if you manage to snag 90 shiny stones" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-8.PNG?1409757146" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1598" height="900" title="Some of the puzzle sections are utterly fiendish" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-11.PNG?1409757146" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They Need To Be Fed 3 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are a few wobbles here and there &mdash; an Adventure mode is more sedate but also a bit meandering and directionless, and the controls aren&rsquo;t terribly well-spaced on an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, although they&rsquo;re fine on a 7-inch tablet or smartphone.</p> <p>For the most part, though, this is one of the smartest, most inventive, and addictive platform titles around for touchscreen devices.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/they-need-to-be-fed-3/id906675928?mt=8" target="_blank">Download They Need To Be Fed 3 for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.venbrux.tntbf3&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download They Need To Be Fed 3 for Android from Google Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1598" height="900" title="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-9.PNG?1409757146" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A bit like a super-streamlined 2D Super Mario Galaxy dressed in chic minimalism. Lots of fun, challenging, and excellent value</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-they-need-be-fed-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-they-need-be-fed-3/review#comments Android App of the Week Gaming iOS They Need To Be Fed 3 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:16:15 +0000 Tom Parsons 1446275 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Cinamatic http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-cinamatic/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The original Hipstamatic experience comes to video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Just a regular young professional&#039;s desk " alt="App of the week: Cinamatic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Cinamatic_0.jpg?1407201076" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember Hipstamatic, the app that invented square photos with filters long before another snap-obsessed social network? Instagram might have taken over the world since then but Hipstamatic&#39;s developers have come up with a new idea - Cinamatic.</p> <p>The hint is in the name with the app shooting videos up to 15 seconds long, before adding filters, effects and transitions. Sound familiar? OK it&#39;s a lot like Vine and Video on Instagram. But Cinamatic is worth a download as it&#39;s more than a straightforward clone.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, Red Button </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Hipstamatic had a stylish camera-like interface, Cinamatic is designed to fit in with the minimalist iOS 7 aesthetic.&nbsp;The top half of your screen shows the viewfinder, with the lower half just containing a big, red button which you press and hold to record.</p> <p>The timer around the button shows how much you&rsquo;ve recorded and how much you&rsquo;ve got left, with a minimum of three seconds and maximum of 15 allowed, shot in bursts, much like Vine videos. Sound simple? That&rsquo;s because it is.&nbsp;</p> <p>One advantage over Vine, though, is that it autofocuses well. This means that you don&rsquo;t need to keep tapping on the screen to get the camera to focus - Vine, on the other hand, can get seriously frustrating when one six second video takes five attempts to get right.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - the best free iPhone and iPad apps&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surf&#039;s up " alt="App of the week: Cinamatic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Whats%20New.jpg?1407201076" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FILTERS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Built into the app are a variety of free filters - seven to be precise - from &lsquo;Darwin&rsquo; which gives an effect like an old school projector filter, to &rsquo;Bennett&rsquo; which creates saturated colors and has a blurred vignette effect.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t like those available, you can buy more in the &lsquo;Cinamatic Shop&rsquo; with previews to make sure you like what you are buying.</p> <p>If you want even more filter control, you can pay &pound;1.49 to get the &lsquo;Pro&rsquo; features, which allow you to edit the contrast, saturation, and brightness levels.&nbsp;And if you&rsquo;re prepared to cough up that extra money, you can also add music, edit clips (such as combining multiple clips into one and rearranging the clips you&rsquo;ve shot), as well as importing videos from your camera roll.</p> <p>The option to edit the clip later could be very handy especially if you start filming spur of the moment. Plus videos don&#39;t need to be shared straightaway.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/internet-spoils-instagrams-surprise-bolt-app/news-0">Is Bolt Instagram&#39;s answer to Snapchat?&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Filters! We know why you&#039;re here " alt="App of the week: Cinamatic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Filters.jpg?1407201076" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SOCIAL NETWORKING </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What perhaps makes Cinamatic&rsquo;s design so simple is that there is no built in social-network. Instead, the app is designed to help you create good-looking videos, which you can then easily upload to Instagram, Vine, or Facebook at the click of a button, once you have finished editing them.&nbsp;</p> <p>The company took three years to create the app, because, as Hipstamatic founder Lucas Buick says, &quot;color grading footage isn&#39;t enough&quot;. This means that the processing engine creates custom effects for each clip, depending on the length and material filmed, which its rivals don&#39;t.</p> <p>The questions is: are loyal Instagrammers going to download a new app over using the recently introduced filter? It&rsquo;s a similar story with Vine.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re using the app for Vine, Cinamatic isn&#39;t going to get round the strict six second rule. If you do try to upload videos that are longer then this, you&#39;re warned that the video will be trimmed to the first &lsquo;6.5&rsquo; seconds. A better option would be to let you choose which six seconds of your clip you want to upload.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vine/review">Vine review</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Easy sharing " alt="App of the week: Cinamatic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Social%20Networking.jpg?1407201076" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CINAMATIC Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a simple, effective design, Cinamatic offers a free way to record and tweak your smartphone videos which end up looking rather good. &nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re prepared to pay &pound;1.49 for the &lsquo;Pro&rsquo; features then this app really stands out from the rest and it&#39;s a quicker way to shoot Vines than the official app itself. Without it though, there&#39;s not much to convince Instagram and Vine users to download one more app.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cinamatic/id855274310?mt=8">Download Cinamatic for iOS&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">Awesome app of the week reviews</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With nice filters and a simple, effective design, Cinamatic offers a free way to jazz up your videos.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-cinamatic/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS iOS games Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:03:39 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1443050 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Eliss Infinity http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The planet-busting game that defined the iPhone has finally arrived on Android — and it’s as essential as ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/eliss-infinity-01.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the iPhone&rsquo;s debut, doubters sniped, &ldquo;But there&rsquo;s no keyboard!&rdquo;, and gamers were thrown by the lack of a D-pad and buttons.</p> <p>Even though Nintendo had tinkered with a touchscreen on the DS, at least it had &lsquo;proper&rsquo; controls to fall back on. In gaming (as with everything else, at seemingly any moment in history), Apple was clearly doomed.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PLANET BUSTER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eliss Infinity takes place in an abstract universe where you&rsquo;re tasked with keeping everything clean (as in, very, very empty). Planets of varying colours peskily materialise after briefly signposting their arrival, and it&rsquo;s your job to dump them in portals of the same colour that occasionally show up, wobble a bit, and then implode if not quickly fed.</p> <p>Planets can be dragged, merged and torn apart, to make them the requisite size to fit a portal, but when planets of different colours collide, your limited energy reserves are depleted. These can be replenished by mopping up space dust that appears when a portal winks a planet out of existence. Initially, as you work through the tutorial, everything seems simple and sedate &mdash; almost polite. But Eliss soon bares its teeth.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eliss-infinity-02.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> INFINITE SPACE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your first challenge in Eliss Infinity is an endless survival mode that keeps lobbing planets at you until you inevitably (and, in your first few goes, rapidly) cave under the deluge. To deal with the many planets that soon litter the screen, you need a propensity for multitasking and a reasonable level of dexterity as you perform a kind of finger gymnastics &mdash; Twister for your digits.</p> <p>Infinity within a minute becomes a frantic, demented test, not least when vortexes and space storms are hurled into the mix, your only brief respite coming in the form of sporadic &lsquo;slow down&rsquo; and energy power-ups. And as with the best arcade games, Eliss Infinity is a title that gives you a pasting and only makes you all the more determined to beat it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eliss-infinity-03_0.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFECT CIRCLE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the most part, it&rsquo;s the still-unique nature of the gameplay that captivates. Even five years after its debut, the Eliss concept feels fresh and ideally suited to multitouch devices. When you&rsquo;ve three fingers holding down planets being sucked towards a vortex, two fingers tearing apart a planet elsewhere to make it fit a disintegrating portal, and other &lsquo;spare&rsquo; fingers desperately trying to mop up space dust, the idea of limiting multitouch games to virtual D-pads and buttons seems reductive and primitive.</p> <p><iframe align="right" frameborder="1" height="160" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/FamousHeavenlyIrrawaddydolphin" width="284"></iframe></p> <p>This Eliss semi-sequel also provides the original title&rsquo;s more progressive journey, in the shape of a 25-level Odyssey mode; it&rsquo;s challenging and cleverly affords each level its own personality that you must understand to conquer. There&rsquo;s a noodly &lsquo;sandbox&rsquo; mode, too, accessible after beating three Odyssey sectors; this might seem throwaway, but it&rsquo;s useful for refining your understanding of the game&rsquo;s physics. The Android release additionally benefits from a new achievement system and enhanced visual/audio feedback that&rsquo;s made its way back to iOS in the Eliss Infinity 1.1 update.</p> <p>Bold, brilliant and somehow still as fresh as the pre-Infinity Eliss was on the iPhone way back in 2009, Eliss Infinity is just about as essential a purchase as you can get for your touchscreen device. You should buy it immediately.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.littleeyes.eliss_infinity" target="_blank">Download Eliss Infinity for Android</a></p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/eliss-infinity/id700971134?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Eliss Infinity for iOS&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">great App of the Week reviews</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eliss-infinity-03.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An amazing multitouch roller-coaster that makes many other tablet and smartphone games comparatively feel like they&rsquo;re from the Stone Age.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review#comments Android Android games App of the Week Apps and Games Eliss Infinity iOS iOS games Little--Eyes Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:24:16 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440657 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Riders http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-riders/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Become the extreme sports star you&#039;ve always secretly wanted to be with Riders for Android and iPhone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Riders-1.jpg?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&#39;s the truth: at first, everyone is rubbish at skateboarding, mountain biking, snowboarding and all that kind of stuff. Nobody was born with the inate ability to perform a Backside Wallride Nollie Out. These things must be learnt, and <em>Riders</em> is here to teach you.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pick your trick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The list of disciplines in the current version includes aggressive inline skating, BMX, mountain bike, longboard, scooter, skateboard, ski, snowboard and wakeboard. Some sections have more content than others. For example, the newly added inline skating section has 20 tricks while skateboard has over 200, along with an extensive dictionary of skateboard terms.</p> <p>Dipping into the Tricks menu lets you filter your preferred discipline and then choose a trick from a number of categories. The combination of succinct text instructions and slow motion videos makes it seem pretty easy. As the intro to the 180 Tailwhip explains, it&#39;s just &quot;the regular tailwhip except this time you need to do a 180 and ride fakie&quot;. No sweat.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The quality of contributions from other Riders users is often superb" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-2.png?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Once you&#039;ve learnt a trick, record yourself doing it for real and upload it for everyone else to watch" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-5.png?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Share and share, or like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That would be rather nice in itself, but it&#39;s the user-generated content and interaction with fellow knee-grazers that&#39;ll keep you coming back to the app. There&#39;s an option to upload stills or videos of your own tricks to any of the existing entries, and there are some fantastic contributions for you to learn from.</p> <p>Once someone has added a their own footage or picture, other users can comment or ask questions. There&#39;s a community feel here which is refreshing, devoid of the insults and inanity you&#39;ll find on YouTube and the like. The social aspect continues with the ability to follow other riders via the app.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">The Best Free Apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You can like or comment on user&#039;s uploads – the vibe is refreshingly positive" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-3.png?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s not all skatepark action; mountain biking, water sports and winter sports are included too" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-8.png?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let them entertain you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;d rather just browse and get some inspiration, there&#39;s an Editor&#39;s Picks section that highlights some of the best new stills and vids, which can also be filtered to include just uploads from those you&#39;re following. Even though it&#39;s the tutorial side that&#39;s more likely to bring you to the <em>Riders</em> app, this stream of Vine-style mini movies and cool photos is what will keep you checking back whenever you get a few spare moments.</p> <p>In fact, the quality of the user uploads is often brilliant: pin-sharp, super-steady tracking cams, pro-standard photography and quite a lot of fast-slow-fast footage. The videos loop too, so you can watch the same trick over and over to analyse what&#39;s going on. We&#39;ve been watching Daiki Ihara busting out a tidy sequence of grinds and flips on the streets of Japan for the past ten minutes. It&#39;s quite mesmerising.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kick back and have a look through the latest Editor&#039;s Picks" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-9.png?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The videos are short and sweet and loop automatically, so you can watch them over and over again" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-7.png?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Riders review summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Regardless of your age and abilities, <em>Riders</em> is an ace distraction for anyone with an interest in messing about on wheels and boards. It works well purely as entertainment but the interactivity and potential for learning and developing your own skills and styles makes <em>Riders</em> and essential download.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">Click here for more fantastic Apps of the Week</a></strong></p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-10.PNG?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An inspirational, educational and entertaining app for all skaters, boarders, skiers and bikers</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-riders/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-riders/review#comments Android Android apps App of the Week Apps and Games iOS apps iPhone Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:55:42 +0000 Tony Horgan 1439267 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: LEX http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-week-lex/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A bit like Scrabble strapped to a jet-pack that has the intention of firing your brain into the sun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="It&#039;s less sedate than it looks" alt="App of the week: LEX" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/3-game-over.png?1402893892" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEX is one of those games that lulls you into a false sense of security before sneakily smashing your brain out with a brick.</p> <p>Initially, it&#39;s a lazy word game &ndash; a kind of stripped-back Scrabble where you fashion words from a selection of nine tiles. On submitting a word, its tiles vanish, and their letters form a little kaleidoscope that whirls in the distance as new tiles appear.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.69 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS/Android </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE WORD TURNS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At least, this is the case until LEX bares its teeth and flings itself headlong into ferocious mode. The effect is akin to a roller-coaster, in that you&#39;re initially tootling along quite pleasantly, but seconds later find yourself hurtling along at breakneck speed, clinging on for dear life.</p> <p>With LEX, the accelerator is a multiplier that marches across the screen whenever you submit a word. Every time it reaches the end, your score per word ramps up, but the game becomes increasingly demanding. By the time you hit 5x and higher, it&#39;s all you can do to remember any three-letter words (the minimum allowed) and dispense with vowels faster than the timer can fill them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">The 30 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the week: LEX" alt="App of the week: LEX" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-getting-started.png?1402893892" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A ‘P’ AND A ‘G’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best thing about LEX is when you&#39;re truly in the flow, words wheeling away, the thumping background music providing a combination of anxiety infusion and adrenaline shot. Now and again, though, you&#39;ll abruptly smack into a wall. In some cases, this will be down to the game&#39;s intense difficulty - a kind of arch-brutality seen in the likes of VVVVVV, Super Hexagon, Boson X and Pivvot, but applied to word games. LEX takes no prisoners.</p> <p>That kind of wall can eventually be mastered, but a more troublesome one involves a dictionary that&#39;s both riddled with holes and sanitised. We&#39;re not sure what tome&#39;s lurking in this app&#39;s guts, but it apparently has no room for &#39;tum&#39;; or, bizarrely, &#39;chink&#39;. You&#39;re also out of luck if you&#39;re hurtling along on a 9x multiplier and attempt to input a swear word - LEX is having none of that, kids!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the week: LEX" alt="App of the week: LEX" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-building-multiplier.png?1402893892" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UNDER A SPELL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This niggle combined with the brutality not being twinned with a rather more sedate mode for mere mortals costs LEX our highest rating. Nonetheless, on a tablet especially, this remains one of the best word games on mobile. (On a small smartphone, it&#39;s a touch more fiddly, but still playable, if you&#39;re fleet of thumb and don&#39;t cover the screen with your digits.)</p> <p>However, for a game that&#39;s usually over within a minute, don&#39;t think this is the kind of title you can squeeze into the odd moment: once LEX gets its talons into you, you&#39;ll be playing over and over until you can get those extra few points and top your highest score.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/lex/id847484641?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D2" target="_blank">Download LEX for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sm.lex" target="_blank">Download LEX for Android from Google Play</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">great App of the Week reviews</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A breakneck roller-coaster word game that&rsquo;ll simultaneously leave you exhausted and craving another go</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-week-lex/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-week-lex/review#comments Android App of the Week Apple Apps and Games iPhone & iPad Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:57:59 +0000 Will Findlater 1439064 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Monument Valley http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Immerse yourself in a beautiful world of impossible architecture, guiding a silent princess to an unknown and mysterious goal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yeah it looks lovely, but you wouldn&#039;t want to live there" alt="Monument Valley app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/monument-valley-app-review-android-ios-01.jpg?1401898011" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mobile gaming so often feels like it&rsquo;s in a tearing hurry - as if should it stop for a single moment, it will somehow be &lsquo;discovered&rsquo; as being some kind of interloper, trespassing on terrain long since claimed by &lsquo;proper&rsquo; games.</p> <p>So keen are titles for you to barrel through every level at breakneck pace, only pausing to collect your three stars, that there&rsquo;s barely room for contemplation and scant regard for beauty.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £2.49 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You begin with a silent white-robed princess, Ida, faced with an Escher-like construction, her path blocked. You soon discover she&rsquo;ll move to wherever you tap, assuming she&rsquo;s able; when that&rsquo;s not the case, you must carefully manipulate the architecture that surrounds her.</p> <p>At first, a simple cog rotates a <em>Tetris</em>-like block, revealing a new route that simply cannot exist - but in <em>Monument Valley</em>, perception is everything, and if it looks like Ida can cross a pathway, she can.</p> <p>As you venture onwards, deeper into the valley, the monuments increase in complexity. Distant doorways beckon, and protruding columns enable you to twist the very scenery. As a tower is rotated, its form undulates; like a clockwork music box, notes play as you try to align seemingly separate blocks into a coherent, solid track. Occasionally, slowly patrolling crow people obstruct your way, challenging you to find a means to leave them stranded, so you can continue on your quest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature">The 25 best games on Android right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Things start off simple enough..." alt="Monument Valley app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley-app-review-android-ios-02.jpg?1401898011" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="768" height="1280" title="...but the levels quickly get more complex" alt="Monument Valley app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley-app-review-android-ios-03.jpg?1401898011" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UNCANNY VALLEY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Peppered throughout the game, Ida gains hints of her purpose and the history of the valley, but you&rsquo;re largely left to make sense of everything yourself. The conclusion is swift, final but elegant - a satisfying end to an enigmatic journey, but one that&rsquo;s over rather quickly. A mere hour or two is enough to exhaust the secrets of the ten monuments, and with the exception of a couple of perplexing puzzles towards the end, <em>Monument Valley</em> doesn&#39;t provide anything more than the slightest of challenges. </p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a nagging feeling that it never <em>quite</em>&nbsp;fulfils its potential regarding the world it sets up and the intriguing narrative it weaves. You might wonder, then, why we reckon you should go and buy <em>Monument Valley</em> immediately. Why should you spend a few pounds on a game that lasts barely longer than a movie? </p> <p>Do so to experience something different and unique; to spend a short time being mesmerised by something delightful; for those moments of joy when optical illusions shift and change before your very eyes; to reward a developer willing to craft an evocative, beautiful world you can truly savour; and to show that you&rsquo;re not so jaded by mobile gaming that you think everything should be free, generic and entirely throwaway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">More great App of the week reviews</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ustwo.monumentvalley" target="_blank">Download Monument Valley for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/monument-valley/id728293409?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Monument Valley for iOS here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monument Valley is a visual treat" alt="Monument Valley app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley-app-review-android-ios-04.jpg?1401898011" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A gorgeous and thoughtful - if slight - journey that rewards those inquisitive enough to explore</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> App of the Week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Explore the beautiful Monument Valley </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review#comments Android apps App of the Week Apps and Games iOS apps Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:32:14 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438362 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Table Tennis Touch http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/app-week-table-tennis-touch/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Table Tennis Touch returns to the source of video gaming to update an evergreen classic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Table Tennis Touch review" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/screenshot_010_0.jpg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The combination of a simple, comfortable game mechanic with depth and regular injections of jovial encouragement and bonuses makes us happy.</p> <p><em>Table Tennis Touch</em> has all of that, which is why these words are being typed by fingers that are positively dancing across the keyboard. The sooner this review is done, the sooner the table tennis can resume.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £2.49 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Native apps for iPhone and iPad </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fast, responsive and great looking </div> <div class="field-item even"> Hugely addictive </div> <div class="field-item odd"> A real challenge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Command Centre can get in the way </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flicks and tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the moment <em>Table Tennis Touch</em> is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/table-tennis-touch/id860620713?mt=8" target="_blank">available for iPhone and iPad</a>, with an Android version in the works (the latest ETA from the developers is &quot;ASAP&quot;, which is somehow both reassuring and entirely unhelpful at the same time).</p> <p>It&#39;s a single-player game that uses a format first seen in Konami&#39;s 1985 coin-op <em>Ping Pong</em>, right down to the disembodied bats. The basic control method is along the lines of <em>Papertoss</em> and <em>Flick Kick Football</em>: just swipe up and across the bottom of the screen to fire the ball back over the net.</p> <p>Beyond that you can add spin by switching direction just after contact, and the speed and length of your swing affects the power of your shot. You can also choose from two serving styles: swipe up through the ball for an almost foolproof straight hit, or double tap to tee up the ball, then let fly with all the power and spin you can muster. The latter is quite easy to fluff, so if the game is hanging by a thread it&#39;s advisable to play it safe.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A simple &quot;flick&quot; control makes it easy to get into" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0812.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Table Tennis Touch - learning the basics" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0810_0.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A career in table tennis </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On top of that solid base, Table Tennis Touch builds a game structure that elevates it way beyond those aforementioned ball flickers.</p> <p>The heart of the game is the Career mode, which is based around a series of knockout competitions. This knockout format rapidly escalates things from casual to deadly serious. Going out in the semis or the final will make you cry as if you&#39;re Andy Murray on Centre Court.</p> <p>Because there&#39;s a lot of scope for different styles of play, from safe to risky, games feel as if they could go either way at any point, and a blast of bullish bat flapping can eject you from a tournament in a flash.</p> <p><strong>WATCH MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ces-2014/hands-video-preview-sonys-tennis-racket-sensor-will-help-you-improve-your-swing/video" target="_blank">Sony&#39;s Tennis Racket Sensor will help you improve your swing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The knockout format raises the stakes" alt="Table Tennis Touch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0808_0.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="One of life&#039;s little victories" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0809_0.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mini games and extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mini games and unlockable extras pop up all the time to keep things feeling fresh. Diversions such as the skittle-toppling challenge aren&#39;t just fun, they also act as training aids, allowing you to work on your technique and experiment without fear of losing a vital match.</p> <p>You can buy better bats with your virtual currency, known as &quot;reputation&quot;, which is earned by winning events and beating challenges. There are also in-app purchases that adorn your invisible player with a magical &quot;boost&quot; spray (for more powerful shots) or unlock the mini games, either of which will set you back 69p.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">The Best Free Apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mini games stop the ball-batting action from getting too repetitive" alt="Table Tennis Touch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0811_0.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="In-app purchases offer unlocks and power-ups" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0824.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thumbs or fingers? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even though this is a universal app, identical across all iOS devices, it plays quite differently on a big iPad compared to an iPhone. On the big screen it feels naturual to swipe with the index finger on your dominant hand. That makes some shots harder to play, but on the iPhone you can use two thumbs, which can make it easier. Owners of big hands and an iPad Mini can take their pick from either method.</p> <p>One small irritation when played on an iPhone is the way the iOS Control Centre menu tab keeps popping up. You could temporarily disable that in your main phone settings if it really got on your nerves, and it&#39;s rarely popped up in full during our games.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Play two-thumbed on an iPhone or with a single digit on an iPad" alt="Table Tennis Touch iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screenshot_012.jpg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Table Tennis Touch" alt="Table Tennis Touch iPd" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screenshot_011_0.jpg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Table Tennis Touch verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The pin-sharp 3D graphics and good variety of locations make <em>Table Tennis Touch</em> a nice place to be, and the challenge of the Career mode gives it a lifespan beyond that of most casual games.</p> <p>If bitesized sporty gaming is your kind of thing, get your teeth into it pronto.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">Click here for more fantastic Apps of the Week</a></strong></p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Unlock extras as you progress" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0823.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Quality casual gaming to fill a couple of minutes or a couple of hours</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/app-week-table-tennis-touch/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS iOS apps iPad iPhone Tue, 27 May 2014 13:55:33 +0000 Tony Horgan 1437568 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Fotor http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-fotor/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Calling all smartphone snappers users: it&#039;s time to replace your built-in camera app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fotor wants to replace your phone&#039;s camera app" alt="Fotor iPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Fotor-1.jpg?1402539870" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stick with us on this one because, while Fotor might not initially blow your mind, it could well become one of your most-used apps. It&#39;s two things: a tooled-up replacement for your phone&#39;s default camera app and a cracking photo editor.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simple to use </div> <div class="field-item even"> Powerful post-processing options </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to share pics with loads of other apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows Phone and Android versions less impressive </div> <div class="field-item even"> No video mode </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s new? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What makes Fotor stand out from the mountain of photo apps is its combination of genuinely useful camera features and the range and quality of its quick-fix and enhancement filters. Oh, and because it doesn&#39;t demand that you sign up to yet another &quot;service&quot; in order to use it.</p> <p>For a free app it dishes out a lot with no strings attached, and it won&#39;t lead you down a path before telling you it&#39;s time to shell out in order to unlock a feature. It&#39;s all refreshingly upfront about how it works and what you get. There are some in-app purchases but they&#39;re clearly flagged and there&#39;s no need to splash out right from the start.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week" target="_blank">Free Game of the Week</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You might think you&#039;ve seen it all before, but nothing offers more for less" alt="Fotor effects" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fotor-4.jpg?1402539870" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android issues </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We would be almost as enthusiastic about the Android version of Fotor but in our tests the current version of the app crashed on more devices than it worked on. If it works for you, you&#39;ll get just about everything that the iPhone edition offers with the addition of some banner adverts. Right now the Android version doesn&#39;t include the collage, text and sticker features. With improved stability, the Android edition of Fotor could also be a 5-star app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fotor boots into a start screen that offers you Edit, Collage, Camera and PhotoBox options. Our advice is to go into app&#39;s settings and tell it to start up in camera mode - that way you&#39;re more likely to use it when you need to capture a fleeting moment.</p> <p>Once you&#39;re into the camera section you&#39;ll find a load of handy photography tools, including a flash mode that keeps the LED switched on rather than flashing it, three types of grid overlays to help compose your photos, a &quot;Big button&quot; mode which shoots when you touch anywhere on the preview screen, Burst mode (we got around 4.2fps on an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5c/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5C</a>), a timer, square format option and an image stabiliser (not that it seems to have much effect).</p> <p>You can overlay a zoom slider too. By the way, Fotor is entirely concerned with stills photography, so for video you&#39;ll still have to use your phone&#39;s default camera app or another of your chosing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: how a little zoom can make a big difference</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Add a Burst mode to your iPhone with Fotor" alt="Fotor camera mode" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fotor-7.jpg?1402539870" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quick fixes and filters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you&#39;ve taken your shot you can choose from a huge selection of enhancements and arty filters. First up is a three-stage auto enhance which pulls out detail from the shadows and generally livens things up. Next are the scene modes, which you&#39;d normally select before you shoot on a compact camera. These post-processes make intelligent adjustments for sunsets, landscapes, portraits, flourescent lighting and so on.</p> <p>If you know what you&#39;re doing you can make manual adjustments too, with sliders for contrast, brightness, temperature, saturation, sharpness, tint, shadows and highlights. All of the tweaks and effects can be used on existing pictures from your Camera Roll too, or any you&#39;ve imported to your phone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh - and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Theree are so many fixes and filters to choose from" alt="Fotor filters" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fotor-6.jpg?1402539870" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What about Windows Phone? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, there&#39;s a version of Fotor for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows Phone</a>! It&#39;s entirely free, so there are no in-app purchases. As with the iPhone edition it&#39;s rammed with processing options and includes the collage feature but the text and sticker overlays are missing. While it can take photos, the camera mode is very basic, without the tricks of the iPhone&#39;s snapper section.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharing the fun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fan of retro colour effects? Fotor is full of them. Along with the regular colour shifts and cross-processing simulations there are also some faux light leaks and light painting overlays. Of course this is nothing new, but here as with the rest of the app, it&#39;s the huge array of alterations that makes Fotor remarkable.</p> <p>Stickers and text overlays can be slapped across your more happy-go-lucky snaps, which is fab for jazzing up a snap and adding a bit of humour before sending it off to a friend. You want more? OK, how about adding some borders, or using the tilt shift feature to miniaturise your scene?</p> <p>The sharing options are pretty comprehensive, with the ability to push your pictures out through Instagram, Facebook, What&#39;s App, Twitter, Flickr, WeChat, SMS, email or printed postcards.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">Apple iOS 7.1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You can share your pictures in all sorts of ways" alt="Fotor sharing options" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fotor-5.jpg?1402539870" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Collages </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As a bonus you also get the ability to make up collages from snaps on your phone.</p> <p>This is like an app within an app. It does refuse to play ball with panoramas (they exceed the app&#39;s size limit) but aside from that it&#39;s brilliant. You can choose from templates accommodating up to nine images, push and pull the grid around, drop and swap pictures, add curved corners, fatten up the borders and choose from lots of different background patterns and styles.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bundle a few snaps together to make up a collage" alt="Fotor collage maker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fotor-2.jpg?1402539870" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fotor review summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fotor would be a fantastic app even if it wasn&#39;t free. The fact that it is makes it unmissable. Perhaps your iPhone&#39;s ability to launch into its own camera from the lock screen will hold Fotor at arm&#39;s length, but otherwise it&#39;s hard to see a good reason for not using it any time you take out your phone to fire off a photo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week"><strong>Click here for more brilliant Apps of the Week.</strong></a></p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Add stickers and text overlays to your photos" alt="Fotor text captions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fotor-3.jpg?1402539870" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A superb camera app that deserves a place on every iPhone</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-fotor/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-fotor/review#comments Android apps App of the Week Apps and Games iOS apps Windows Phone apps Wed, 21 May 2014 15:31:47 +0000 Tony Horgan 1437513 at http://www.stuff.tv