Atmosflares – Gaming in Outerspace

Atmosflares takes place on the eight planets of earth’s solar system and the moons of these planets. Anyone could play this game because the concept is simple. The player can choose between two modes: survival mode and career mode. The goal of survival mode is to progress through as many levels as possible without stopping. But be sure to score enough points in time otherwise the game ends. Play career mode and unlock different levels and powers along the way.           

This game is a simple puzzle game, but you need to be agile and think quickly. Colorful flares constantly move on and off the screen and the goal is to explode as many flares as possible. The puzzle aspect of the game involves creating combination moves where the you need to select flares of the same color and explodes them together. While progressing through the game, more flares appear on the screen and move more rapidly on and off the screen. Score enough points and move on to the next level. Fail to do so and you’ll be back at the beginning!

In the background there is an image of the planet so you know what level you are and in the foreground, circles of different colors will float onto the screen. As the circles appear on the screen, you will uses the touch screen to select the circle and then press the box that says, “explode”. Each circle exploded increases the number of points earned. The puzzle concept of the game involves creating combinations. Selecting two or more circles of the same color and exploding them at the same time earns more points than exploding each circle individually. The game starts out slow to let the player get comfortable with the game but after a while the circles move extremely fast and there is an overwhelming number of circles appearing onto the screen.

Atmosflares

While the concept of Atmosflares surely is very simple, the game attempts to mix things up by creating new challenges on different planets. One of these challenges involves weather. When it rains on a planet, it causes the flares to go out faster, making it more difficult to make combinations. The game has other challenges that are similar to this too. So while the game is simple, these challenges make the game a little more difficult.

The one disappoint part of this game is that it doesn’t become difficult until you have progressed far enough into the game. I played it for about 45 minutes before the game became challenging. So if you are willing to keep playing the game until all the easy levels are beat, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. This game is subtly addicting and worth giving playing.

Stylematch – Shop, Try and Buy from Home

If you love to shop and you consider yourself a fashion expert, then consider downloading Stylematch from Stylematch Pty Ltd. This app has everything any fashion lover could need to find, try and design outfits on the fly, without leaving the comfort of home. Running on the power of your iOS device, be it an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can now browse through thousands of websites from designers and retailers all around the world, and discover treasures you would otherwise not, if you were to just hit your local mall.

Stylematch breaks up your experience this way. First, you get a Closet. When you first download the app, your closet will be empty because you are starting from scratch. So, to be able to do anything with the app, you will need to fill it. That’s where the fun begins.

To fill your closet, mosey on down to the horizontally scrolling menu nicely placed at the bottom of the app. As you slide the items back and forth, you’ll Shop. Select this and you will be place on what may be considered the main page of the app. You can shop for women’s items or for men’s. When you select one or the other, you will be presented with a list of categories of items, including, but not limited to:

  • Accessories
  • Bags & Purses
  • Bridal
  • Jeans
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Outwear
  • Uniforms
  • And so much more Stylematch

 

Once you find a few items you like, you can take them over to the Virtual Change Room. Here you can “try on” the items you’ve selected to see how they look, before you slap down a cent. The Virtual Change Room is also used to piece together outfits from your collection in your closet, as it begins to swell, and trust me it will.

The beauty of this app is the power it puts in your hands. You can put together so many options from so many places, and so easily. What’s better is that you don’t have to buy in the dark. The Virtual Change Room lets you see how each piece will look on you before you make a commitment. A perfect example is if you are ready to buy a blouse, but you’re just not sure if it will go with a pair of pants you’ve already got hanging in your virtual closet, simply pull both of them over to the Virtual Change Room and try them on. You can even add a few accessories to see if they help. The possibilities are endless.

The only negative to the app was that all menu items were empty when I first downloaded the app. I would have like to have seen a few example outfits or a few pictures to help get you started. Ignoring that one small snafu, Stylematch made shopping so much more fun! It even brought out a bit of a designer in me, as the pieces came tumbling forth, I started seeing combinations I probably would never have imagine just standing in my own real closet!

Videos Come ALIVE with Magical Effects

Social media pervades our lives and our space, and when connecting with friends and family the way we all have been for all these years starts to get old, rely on an app to get you out there in a different way. How, you ask? Simple. If you like taking video clips and sharing them to get a few laughs out of people, think of the insane reaction you’ll get when your videos have an extra oomph to them.

That extra oomph is the magic of video editing. ALIVE – Video Editor lets you take quick snippets of video, up to 30 seconds in length, and enhance them just the way you want. Enhancements include anything from visual to audio. You can add images and objects that are still or moving. You can add sounds from the apps library, or add your own by mixing them in with what’s already there. This app lets you take your creative juices and let them flow in every direction!

Once you are done editing, save your changes and send them out! You can choose to send via Facebook or by email. These setting can be stipulated when you register, which is the first thing you will do when you download and open the app.

On the main screen, you will have the option to view what’s been posted and shared, so you get an idea of what the app has to offer. There is even a small demo posted by the creators of the app which gives a great sampling of each type of enhancement. Enhancement types include: filtering, object, text and music effects.

ALIVE

Filtering effects allow you to add special lighting effects, creating new looks using light overlays, light flares and/or lens flares. Add unique lighting effects like no other to create halo effects around your angels’ faces, or add a flash of light to grab attention to the screen so your “message” is the center of attention.

Object effects are fun items you can overlay onto your video. Examples include funny animations of character or objects like arrows, water drops, or smoke. Possibilities are as wide as your imagination and your videos will take on a whole new meaning when these are dropped on top, not to mention a few smiles, if not laughs.

Text effects let you add verbiage if you want, because sometimes that little extra bit of personalization is all that it takes. You may have just spotted the most amazing sunset, but what sets that sunset apart from the bazillions others have posted? Your words. Make it your own with text effects.

Lastly, music makes movement sing. If you don’t want your audience to hear the video’s own recording, like the background noise of the bar you are in or the crowd that’s standing around you while you tape the sunset from the pier, overlay it with the perfect blend of harmony. Select from a wide array of pieces provided by the app, mix them a bit and create your own. Again, the sky is the limit.

I can’t say nothing but good things about ALIVE – Video Editor. It made video taking more fun, in a nutshell; and my friends got a kick out of what I sent them. I can only say that after a while my creations may start to look repetitive, so a few additions of effects now and then will be monumentally a must. Until then, I will enjoy what’s before me and share it with zest.

Ninflated – Float your Ninja with Finesse

If you like games that are simple, yet challenging, then App Street Games has a new challenge for you. They have just launched a new game that takes plenty of patience and mounds of finesse to master. Simple by nature in terms of what you required to do, it will have you struggling and perfecting moves to maneuver your player to success; but, be aware that once you have “mastered” some moves, you will be back on the uphill battle as the game becomes more challenging with new obstacles and almost a new set of rules.

Your player is a Ninja in a blown up bubble. Sounds weird, but hey, there have been crazier things thrown at players in games. Your Ninja basically floats around in this bubble and your mission is to guide your floating Ninja through mazes and around obstacles, preventing his bubble from bursting, literally. If it blows, you are done! Movement is managed by either tapping on one side of the screen or the other to direct the bubbles movement. You can also slide left and right, or up and down to direct your bubble Ninja.

When you first start playing, the playing field is fairly simple and easy to move around in. You may get popped now and then, but with some practice you get a better feel for how often or rapidly to tap or how much to slide to ensure your bubble does not touch anything around it. Be aware that as you start to do well and move on through the course, the game will, on its own, evolve and change things up a bit. By change things up, I mean that sliding up will move your Ninja downward, and vice versa. Things will not be as they seem, so adjustments to your tactics will be necessary for survival.

Ninflated

For most games, the bubble behaves just as you would expect it to, it floats. So, from the perspective of your screen, the bubble moves upward constantly. From each side, you will see bars and things jutting out that you must avoid. Successfully complete areas and levels and you will see occasional signs go up that warn of changes to the venue. Particularly, a sign that says “up in the new down”. Also be aware that you cannot always use taps or slides as you wish. Each obstacle that you must “pass” through is colored differently and shows different icons. If you must slide to move your Ninja through the pass, then you will see arrows. If you must tap to move the Ninja through, then you will see two circles in the area signaling so.

As you move on through the game, you will also see that taps and swipes move your Ninja in the opposite direction, playing games with your mind and prompting you to think in the opposite way. While simple to learn and play, it did take a few tries to get the swipes and taps just right. You have to swipe just the right amount otherwise the Ninja may not clear the horizontal obstacles and it the results will not be pretty.

For a free game, Ninflated is definitely worth downloading to experience a new type of game and to help fill your time. It may actually prove to be a great mind exercise game, as well, when you reach a point where you are tapping or swiping in a direction opposite to where you want to go.

Playing with the Power of 2 – The Incredible Tiles 2048

What do you get when you take a classic and make it better? You get The Incredible Tiles 2048. The creative mind benders at Go Games have taken the classic game, and their own version of it, and made it better, outdoing what others have thrown out on the app market.

The Incredible Tiles 2048 takes the classic 2048 game and provides a gaming experience that offers more choices with more challenges. This version of the game now lets you choose from one of three types of playing boards: 4×4, 5×5 or an arcade game board. Choices are offered on the main screen, and you can scroll through them. From the main screen, you also have the option to play a more challenging game by opting for the “daily event” which has you play a game and puts your skills to the test by rewarding you an extra 50 coins if you make it to the finish line within a certain time limit. Each daily event is different, so you don’t know what you’ll get, but know that it will be fun!

You can also change the look of your game by selecting the Skin+ icon. From here you can make an in-app purchase of $1 to choose either the “mountain” skin or the “jeans” skin. Each skin offers a choice of four different looks. They even have plans for a newer one, depicted by the “in progress” skin. The main screen of The Incredible Tiles 2048 also gives you your stats so you get an idea of where you are at every time you open the game.

Game play is just as before. Players slide tiles to get two matching tiles to come together. Once this happen, they converge into one tile with double the value. Two tiles with a ‘2’ become one tile with a ‘4’. Two tiles with a ‘4’ become one tile with an ‘8’. Two tiles with ‘16’ become one tile with ‘32’. Your goal is to eventually get to the point where you are bringing two tiles with ‘1024’ together to become ‘2048’!

The Incredible Tiles 2048

Easy to say and hard to do, you may have mastered the technique to get to 2048 in previous versions of this game, so this one will provide you with a new challenge providing tiles that behave a bit differently and functions that will help you sort things out slowly.

New tiles include so-called roadblocks like the Brick and the Enlarger. Other tiles help you get around faster and maybe even get to your goal faster: Divider, Multiplier, Teleporter and Spring. Be careful when you use any of them, because you may be biting off more than you can chew!

If you do find yourself in a bind, then you can easily wiggle your way out by taking advantage of the unlimited number of undo’s and by using a few helpful functions, such as:

  • Blocking certain tiles
  • Doubling tiles
  • Erasing tiles
  • Doubling points
  • Replacing tiles
  • Clearing the game board 

The only part of this game I found deficient was the main screen, which was difficult to navigate. The icons are small and the scrolling of game board choices was not apparent to me until I started playing around with the arrows. Selecting a game board was also difficult, as I found myself fat-fingering often.

This is only minor issue in the grand scheme of things. Once you get to your game board, the fun begins. Don’t miss out on this new version of 2048 and new change to meet a new challenge.