iOS App Review: Infinity Blade II

Infinity Blade 2 on appSIZED

The stunning visuals, mysterious and complex storyline, elegantly simple controls and focused, one-on-one combat made Infinity Blade phenomenally successful. Sink your teeth into this incredible sequel, and see for yourself why Infinity Blade II raises the bar even higher for iOS and mobile gaming.

The tyrant god-king, wields the extremely powerful Infinity Blade to perpetuate his reign and draws strength from our hero’s bloodline. Infinity Blade was a never ending cycle of fighting enemies and gaining strength in order to ultimately defeat the god-king. In the hotly anticipated sequel, Infinity Blade II, the storyline delves deeper into the mysterious Deathless ones (introduced in the first, via complex route of exploring the game’s secrets) and our hero’s mysterious origins. Our hero seeks not only to avenge the death of his father (Infinity Blade), but also free the Worker of Secrets from the hands of the Deathless, in order to learn the truth about himself and his bloodline.

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How to Update to iOS 5.0.1 on Your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

The latest update to iOS 5 is important for a number of reasons, the primary one being that it lets us users get a taste of how it is to be able to download software updates directly to our mobile device. This means update anytime, anywhere, without PC tethering.

One touted feature of iOS 5 for iPads, iPhone and iPod Touch is the wireless syncing and updating of your iDevice without having to be physically connected to your PC. Back in the day, it was simply a pain to download software updates via iTunes or even directly download the firmware- the perpetually busy iTunes server usually timed out on me just before the update was finished.

Of course, the prospect of a direct download now available on iOS 5 can be scary. A critical question is, how big a file is an update and how fast will it download and install? What about our data? What if it gets lost in the installation process? Having successfully updated to iOS 5.0.1 on my iPhone and iPad 2, here are some tips:

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iOS App Review: Hupa-Hupa! HD

Hupa-Hupa! HD offers its own refreshing take on the Angry Birds formula thanks to its colorful look and feel, and twists to the gameplay, with just a touch of whimsy. As far as Angry Birds clones or wannabes, Hupa-Hupa! HD is worth a second look.

Hupa-Hupa! HD is not about birds versus pigs, it’s about elephants versus monkeys. Shooting different types of projectiles (rockets) from an elephant’s butt to take out enemy monkeys is the game here, and you only have a certain number of rockets per level.

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Weather Doodle Out With New Art

Great news! My favorite weather app, Weather Doodle is out with a new design, for only $0.99 via in-app purchase.

I love using this app because of its beautiful design and animation. The latest theme is more vibrant and colorful than the default weather theme and the other designs (eurocarta and movable print).

You can download Weather Doodle here.

iOS App Review: Zombieville USA 2

In Zombieville USA 2, everything gets bigger and shinier - it’s an awesome sequel that vastly improves upon the original Zombieville USA by offering character and weapon customization possibilities, new and improved game mechanics, multiplayer AND dishing out satisfiyng, hard-core zombie slaying action. All things considered, Zombieville USA 2 is easily on the list of 2011′s best games for the iPhone and iPad.

Mika Mobile is one of my favorite developers. I first fell in love with Battleheart, one of the best iOS games out there, but for avid fans of Mika Mobile, early iPhone sensation Zombieville started it all. Now, the much-awaited sequel Zombieville USA 2, has finally arrived.

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Massive Sale Alert! 5 Awesome Games on Sale This Halloween!

There are Halloween treats all around! Check out today’s top 5 picks:

1) Flight Control HD ($0.99/iPad) - This cutesy retro game, the mother of all line drawing games on the iPhone, is just so distinctively iOS. Warning: frustrating and addictive!

2) Zombieville USA ($0.99/Universal) - The original Mika Mobile classic is on sale to celebrate the launch of the much-anticipated Zombieville USA 2 (which, incidentally, is also on sale for just $0.99).

3) Resident Evil 4 iPad edition ($1.99/iPad) - Survive ‘em fierce aliens in this gory action adventure shooter on sale this Halloween.

4) Civilization Revolution for iPad ($1.99/iPad) - A classic PC simulation game, this is the biggest price drop yet, down from $12.99!

5) Dark Meadow ($2.99/Universal) - This former US App Store’s game of the week pick is sure to be a hair rising ride into the eerie and paranormal.

So many games are on sale from the usual suspects like EA Mobile, too.

Have a great Halloween ahead and h(app)y shopping!

Sale Alert! Puzzle Quest HD, Gamebook Adventures and Stand O’Food (iOS)

Puzzle quest HD Gamebook Adventures Stand O'Food

There are a number of awesome games on sale today, and here are appSIZED’s top 3 picks:

1) Puzzle Quest HD ($1.99/iPad) - This award winning game is not just about match three, combo and tile elimination goodness,it’s also an excellent action/adventure game with a solid storyline. Don’t let this massive price drop from $4.99 go unnoticed!

2) Gamebook Adventures (All titles $2.99 only/Universal) - If you are looking for an excellent read that’s interactive at the same time, look no further than this excellent fantasy adventure series which puts you in control of the story. Take advantage of the 50% off rate on all Gamebook titles and stay tuned for the upcoming Temple of the Spider God Gamebook, out in November! Meanwhile, here are the gamebooks on sale:

Book 1: An Assassin in Orlandes
Book 2: The Siege of the Necromancer
Book 3: Slaves of Rema
Book 4: Revenant Rising
Book 5: Catacombs of the Undercity
Book 6: The Wizard From Tarnath Tor

3) Stand O’Food (Free/iPhone) - Time management games fiends, this unique food assembly game is a test of your skills, reflexes and efficiency. Think you have what it takes to slap a couple of burgers and drinks together? Think again.

If I missed anything, feel free to post in the comments section.

H(app)y shopping!

Steve Jobs Official Bio Now Out on iBooks!

The world mourned the loss of Apple founder and former CEO, the mercurial Steve Jobs who died of complications from a rare pancreatic disease on October 5 at age 56. Now, the no holds barred story of Steve Jobs is finally out today in iBooks for the iPhone and iPad, and in Amazon for the Kindle.

Just got my notification email for the pre-order of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson a few minutes ago (price is $17.99 for the digital copy). However, I’m having problems accessing the store after clicking the “download pre-order now” link. Update: was able to access link and received a notification that all pre-orders have been successfully completed. Download time apparently seems really slooow. I don’t know how pre-ordering the book helped me in this scenario. Figured out the problem - a pending iTunes download was being prioritized over my Steve Jobs purchase. Once I paused that iTunes download, Steve Jobs purchase proceeded smoothly.

Have you downloaded Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson yet? Share your thoughts below!

Update: appSIZED.com is now live on WordPress!

Hi guys,

In case you were wondering, the original appSIZED site now redirects here. The contact form has since disappeared so in the meantime, please email me at enuhiglesias[at]gmail.com — if you need to get in touch with me. For more info, check out the FAQs page as well.

Please stay tuned for updates in the coming days on how to access the old appSIZED reviews. :)

Thanks for all your support!

Enuh Iglesias
Founder and EIC

Strategy, Tips and Tricks: Monsters Ate My Condo!

As you may know already, I love Monsters Ate My Condo, and I am still trying to work my way up in the leaderboards. As a certified M.A.M.C. addict, I’d like to share with you some of my strategy, tips and tricks. (Note: check out the review of the newly released Super Monsters Ate My Condo here)

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