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GDC 2015 - Sick Bricks is What Would Happen if Skylanders and LEGO had a Baby

Posted by Rob Rich on March 9th, 2015

Games like Skylanders have some pretty intense appeal for kids, and they cater to the toy market quite nicely as well. The LEGO games also have a pretty good handle on that section of the market. Sick Bricks from Spin Master takes the madcap weirdness and love of building blocks from LEGO, and fuses it with the real world-meets-toy world concept behind Skylanders to an impressive degree.

The game itself uses simple but seemingly intuitive and responsive touch controls to let you wander around the world of Sick Bricks. Of course by "wander" I really mean "fight badguys and explore various locations for goodies."

What's cool is that you can find (i.e. purchase separately) all sorts of toys, then scan them into the game using your device's built-in camera. Admittedly this method can run into problems when the lighting is a bit dim, but I was seriously impressed with just how well it worked even in semi-dusky conditions. It also works extremely fast. You just line the character up to the wireframe and a couple seconds later you've got them in the game. Character parts like heads, bodies, and hats are interchangeable, so you can mix and match all your real world toys for some truly bizarre (and powerful) creations.

You can also build and scan vehicles, but I didn't get to see this particular feature in action so I can't be sure if it's as simple and quick as character scanning. It's certainly a neat idea, though.

If any of this sounds like your kind of thing, you won't have long to wait for it. Sick Bricks will be coming to the App Store this Thursday (3/12) as a free download.

Figure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Kirby on January 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SIMPLY STUNNING
It's easy to Figure it out!
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Halloween Contest: Scribblenauts Remix!

Posted by Chris Kirby on October 31st, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SPARK OF GENIUS :: Read Review »

Do you love Scribblenauts: Remix as much as we do? Then show your love with a Scribblenauts-inspired Halloween costume and enter to win either a vinyl Maxwell doll (like the one pictured here) or a pair of Scribblenauts headphones.

What do you have to do? It's simple. Just post a picture of yourself (or a family member - pets included) in Scribblenauts gear to our Facebook page, and we'll take it from there. Winners will be announced Tuesday, while you're recovering from your Halloween sugar binge. Get to it, wannabe Scribblenauts!

Talking Tom 2 App Downloaded Over 1 Million Times in a Day

Posted by Jeff Scott on May 31st, 2011

It just goes to show you how popular the apps from Outfit7 are. The makers of the Talking series of apps released Talking Tom 2, a free app, last week and nearly instantly saw 1.8 million downloads. And the most amazing thing is that it was downloaded over a million times on Sunday alone according to a tweet from Outfit7 CEO Andrej Nabergoj.

Outfit7 must be the most downloaded app company on the App Store with well over 100 million downloads across all of their apps. Their series of talking animal apps are hugely successful with kids and adults alike.

Andrej Nabergoj, Outfit7's CEO remarked "With more than 55 million downloads and a cameo on ABC's hit Modern Family, it's clear that Talking Tom Cat has fans around the world eager to see how his character & story will evolve,Talking Tom Cat 2 not only offers a new look and story for Tom but also makes it really easy and appealing for people to create and share their stories. We are really about empowering our users to become story-tellers themselves through original characters and creative interactions."

Amazing success. While these apps are not the kind of app we generally report on, the amazing success has to be noted. Congratulations Outfit7!

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Node Beat

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Gianna LaPin on May 4th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: RELAXING AND FUN
If you’re the sort who enjoys playing with meditative toys like tabletop Zen sand gardens, you’ll probably enjoy this relaxing and visually appealing sound app.
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Art in Motion for iPad Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Chris Kirby on August 24th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TOUCHY TOY
Art in Motion is a clever toy, but its appeal seems short-lived.
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O-Gawa Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Chris Kirby on May 19th, 2010
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: CONFOUNDING PLAYTHING
Want to be frustrated with zen-like efficiency? Give O-Gawa a spin.
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First Look at KaleidoVid - Video Kaleidoscope for the iPhone

Posted by Jeff Scott on March 18th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

KaleidoVid is a fun little app from App Cubby and Polar Bear Farm. Two developers that spend their time making serious apps decided to take a little break and create something fun. Seems like a great idea!

The app is really pretty simple. It's like those little cardboard tube kaleidoscopes we all had as kids. Fire up your iPhone (this app requires a camera), and point the camera at something colorful. The app takes a triangular part of the image and reflects it just like the ones you had as a kid. I guess the difference is those cost 75 cents, this one costs $500.

The app lets you grab the screen at any time and save it as a unique image or share it on Twitter, Facebook, or via email. Pretty good way to create unique backgrounds for your iPhone too.

The app is available now for the crazy price of just $0.99.

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Palmist

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on October 25th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: AVERAGE
Palmist helps you read the lines in your hand and helps you pick up chicks (I hope)
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Cosmovox

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on October 11th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RECOMMENDED
Cosmovox is a great little musical toy
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Earthscape

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on September 18th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Earthscape is a fantastic 3D globe simulation app with extra user generated content features
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iChalky

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on September 14th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: 99 CENT GEM
iChalky is a fun little dancing stick figure that you can control. 99 Cent Gem
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Koi Pond

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on August 17th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Koi Pond could be my favorite $0.99 app. It's a great, simple, little toy.
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Face Melter

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jeff Scott on August 15th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Face Melter is a very fun photo manipulation app that gives you the ability to push the pixels around to give your image an interesting stretched look.
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iBeer

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jeff Scott on August 4th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHORT LIVED FUN
A fun toy -- but something you will get tired of quickly.
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