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BlackOut: Bring The Color Back In The Sky Review

BlackOut: Bring The Color Back In The Sky Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Help the Googabonga restore light and color back into their world as they travel the galaxy and defeat the evil Goorano alien race in this exciting arcade action game!

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Space Discovery Review

Space Discovery Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Space Discovery combines a mildly entertaining spaceship shooter with an educational app about the solar system.

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Gravity 2.0 Review

Gravity 2.0 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Creating a planetary system and preparing it for war is an intriguing experience.

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Darkside Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Time murdered. Prime suspect is a twin-stick directional shooter.

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Sluggo: The Planet Eating Space Worm Review

Sluggo: The Planet Eating Space Worm Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Snake in Space, should and could be better

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Emerald Observatory Review

Emerald Observatory Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Emerald Observatory presents the time as well as more astronomical information than one could request for $0.99.

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My attention has been on music discovery apps recently, especially apps with a visually pleasing interface. Music Hunter is an awesome, visual solution for discovering music, as is Discovr (which I mentioned in last weeks Favorite Four). But what about music already existing on a device? I rediscover music in my own library all of the time.

Bloom Studio‘s Planetary is a unique take on providing a visual music discovery experience. It reimagines the music library already on the iPad as suns, planets, and moons. Suns represent artists, planets are albums, and moons are songs. The app sorts songs into different “galaxies” alphabetically by artist.

The galaxies can be spun around and zoomed in and out to show whatever kind of view of music desired. Zoom far out to see all of that letter’s artists (Coldplay, Coheed and Cambria, etc) or zoom far in to just see a few moons (songs).

The planets and moons aren’t just randomly generated. The design of the album planet is based on the cover art of that album. Look closely and the resemblance will be obvious. And the speed and size of the moons (specific songs) aren’t random either. The size of the moons are representative of the play count of the song and the speed of the orbit is based on the length of the song. In fact, when the song is played, a bar showing the progress of the song works its way around the moon’s orbit of the planet.

Planetary is a free app currently available for the iPad only, though it seems that other platforms (including the iPhone) may be in the works.

“For now Planetary is quite closely tied to the iPod library code and designed for gesture input on a tablet-sized display. Each new version will need careful adjustment to meet expectations set by the platform and our first iPad version. We definitely want to do it, we just need some time to make sure we do it right,” written on the Planetary FAQ.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-05-02 :: Category: Entertainment

Star Walk

Star Walk

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
When someone new asks to see what an iPhone can do, all of us have a list of apps prepared to wow them. Some of these apps may be useful, some may be beautiful, and some may have changed our lives. Star Walk is a gorgeous, dynamic application that, while it may not be technically useful to some, will tease your eyes skyward on clear, starry nights.

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Gravulous

Gravulous

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Gravulous is a space themed hybrid of pool and marbles with planets as your playing pieces. However, in the middle of the Newtonian planet-cracking gameplay, a relativistic entity, the Gravulous, is waiting patiently to take advantage of even your smallest mistake.

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Eliss

Eliss

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
While major publishers work to port their blockbuster games to the iPhone, it's the indie developers that are paving the way to the platform's strong suits. Eliss brings innovation as well as targeted controls to the playing field, but how well does it actually deliver?

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