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The Portable Podcast, Episode 186

Posted by Carter Dotson on May 21st, 2013

On This Episode:

  • Carter and Kurt Bieg of Simple Machine talk about his studio's new release, Tomb Breaker, how it spawned from a nearly-complete prototype of another game, and how it fits in with his other titles, Circadia and Twirdie.

  • Break into those tombs!

    Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Kurt Bieg, Simple Machine

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    Five For Friday: Week Of March 2

    Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 2nd, 2012

    This week's Five For Friday is leaning towards the way of the iPad. Never fear iPhone owners, we don't completely forget about you, it just so happens that some particularly interesting apps and games have been made solely for the iPad. Maybe it's a sign of the promise of the iPad 3? Or maybe it's just pure coincidence. Regardless, on with the line up!

    Incoboto has that quirky look that can't help but intrigue. Throw in the fact it's been developed by an auteur, a sole developer who's clearly both dedicated and a little insane, and there's more reason to be interested. Even better? It promises to be in the spirit of Portal and Ico, and it kind of is! With a distinctive art style and soundtrack, plus great puzzles and storytelling, Incoboto is one to delve into this weekend.

    Smart Photo Album - PhotoCal PRO
    it's a heck of a long name for such a simple app but Smart Photo Album - PhotoCal PRO knows what to do to be useful to users that have hundreds of photos on their iPad. It's an app that enables users to browse their images and videos. It sounds unremarkable but it's the ease in which users can navigate around it that makes it great. Images can be organized by date and month, as well as viewed on a calendar layout for extra ease. It's an ideal way to browse many photos at once.

    Circadia looks tremendously arty and conveys a great zen type feeling to the whole experience. Underneath all that is a simple yet addictive rhythm puzzle game that quickly ramps up the difficulty level. A constellation of musical colors exist and it's down to the player to figure out the correct sequence to progress. It sounds quirky and it kind of is. It'll stick in the memory for a while to come.

    The World In Figures
    Who can resist learning something new? Even more so when it's for the price of waiting for an app to download and nothing more. That's exactly what The World In Figures offers. Courtesy of The Economist, there are plenty of facts and figures for more than 190 countries around the world. Trivia quizzes are also provided and it's easy to share fun facts with friends via Twitter and Facebook.

    Kids love to play with their food. Secretly, so do many adults. For those with that urge, there's an easy way to play with food and draw pictures with it, without getting messy or wasting good food. Snackerdoodle is the answer, providing a simple and creative way of making fun images, all with items of food rather than regular paints and crayons. Food available ranges from fruit and nuts to macaroni and frosting.