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Enter The SandBox Preview

Posted by Rob Rich on February 13th, 2012

Holy crap. No, seriously, holy crap. Pixowl Inc, in collaboration with Bulkypix, are poised to unleash something major on the App Store. It might look like a simple toy at first, but make no mistake: The SandBox is packing some seriously intense concepts behind that cute facade.

When The SandBox first caught my attention, I thought it looked like a nifty little pixelated world-building game. In a way, it kind of is. However, I was thoroughly unprepared for just how many different aspects of this created world could be manipulated. Water will flow down hills, erode stone into sand, turn dirt into fertile soil, evaporate in extreme heat and freeze in extreme cold. Flowers and trees can grow. Weather will develop based largely on the environment. Players can even make rudimentary circuits to do anything from heating to creating light.

The SandBox is still very much in beta at the moment, but that's no reason not to get excited. What's already implemented is pretty amazing, actually. A lot of specifics are still up in the air, such as the final number of "story" levels (currently around 20), price and release date. It's kind of a shame because this is all so cool, but then again it's probably best not to rush things. Although the super-curious or anxious can try to get in to the beta. No guarantees, though. Regardless, be sure to keep an eye out for The SandBox whenever it does hit the App Store.

Shawnimals Gives iOS Users Their Own Custom Ninja Creation Tools via Ninjatown Ninja Builder

Posted by Rob Rich on January 5th, 2012

It all started with a clever design and lots and lots of felt. After that initial success, Shawnimals grew into a fairly notable "indie" brand. This soon lead to a Nintendo DS game, followed by another on iOS. After all this activity, it's a wonder no one thought to make a custom ninja creation app. Well, until now anyway.

And Ninjatown Ninja Builder does just that. It incorporates elements from the classic and very recognizable Shawnimals style and lets users go nuts. Moods, body styles, backgrounds, clothing, colors and accessories can all be fiddled with in order to craft that perfect shadow warrior representation. Or just to make a goofy looking ninja. Whatever they're in the mood for, really.

In addition to the new app, Shawnimals and Venan have also released an update for Ninjatown: Trees of Doom!. Perhaps the app was made to celebrate the update, or perhaps it's the other way around. Or maybe it's just a coincidence. No matter the reason, owners of the iOS platformer can now enjoy a winter theme as well as new mountain and zombie ninja avatars.

Really though, Ninjatown Ninja Builder is what we're talking about here. And it's available on the App Store right now, ready to scratch that adorable ninja-making itch. The basic app is totally free, with two (thus far) additional content packs priced at $0.99 each.

Fontify Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 19th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FONT-CY
Fontify offers users the chance of making their own artwork out of humble text
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Create Personalized Comic Books With ComicBook!

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 7th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: NEAR MINT :: Read Review »

Who doesn't want to be inside a comic book? Exactly. While ComicBook! doesn't exactly enable this, it does at least ensure that its users can pretend to feature in a comic book.

In case it isn't already obvious, ComicBook! is a comic book creation app enabling users to star in their own adventures with the ability to add realistic comic styling, captions, graphics and multi-panel page layouts. Finally, everyone can kapow their way out of trouble.

Options are pretty varied with a whole plethora of different graphics and layouts to use. There are 55 comic book style illustrations alone that can be included in a composition. It's simple enough to add photos and it's even simpler to go onto share such creations via Facebook, Twitter or email. Users can even print out their creations from within the app if they so choose to. The only real limitation is the depth of the user's imagination which can certainly be inspired by this app.

ComicBook! looks set to be a very entertaining app for young and old alike. It's available now as an universal app and priced at only $0.99 for a limited time.