Throughout the month of October, Bandai Namco Games America and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are running a special Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon campaign to raise important funds for the charity.
These funds will help to fight the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the US, and allow the NBCF to help those affected by breast cancer via
“Awareness and early diagnosis are critical in the fight against breast cancer,” James Kucera, Bandai Namco’s head of mobile, said. “We are proud to lend our voice to the fight with Ms. Pac- Man and Bandai Namco’s Pink Ribbon Campaign.”
If you want to take part and raise some money, just download Ms. Pac-Man or one of the other Pac-Man titles featured in the campaign, and then download the exclusive new themed 69p/99c maze that’s for sale.
All of the proceeds that Bandai Namco Games America makes from the maze will be donated straight to the NBCF.
If you do download one of the included apps, you should also notice that it boasts a new Pink Ribbon-themed interface and artwork, and the ability to invite your friends to make a donation to the NBCF.
Below is a full list of the included titles. Click on the links to download them.
iPhone and iPad
This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.
Apps mentioned in this post: Ms. PAC-MAN, Ms. PAC-MAN for iPad, Ms. PAC-MAN for iPAD Lite, Ms. PAC-MAN Lite, PAC-MAN, PAC-MAN Lite
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I can’t count the number of hours I’ve spent solving Sudoku puzzles in newspapers and puzzle books — there’s just something about numbers on a grid that I can’t resist! As it turns out, Japan has many more games to tickle your brain and kill time with, and my latest favorite is playable on your Android device. Presenting the awesome Hashi Puzzles: Bridges & Islands!
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Based on a traditional puzzle called Hashiwokakero by Nikoli — the publishers of Sudoku, Nonograms and other delightful puzzles — this game requires players to think about both space and numbers, and can keep you engaged and entertained whether you have a minute or an hour to play. Let’s take a closer look at how Hashi Puzzles are solved and see if we can’t beat a level or two.
How to Play
The goal of a Hashiwokakero puzzle is to connect the islands (represented by circles) using bridges that you can draw between these islands. Each island has a numeral on it that represents how many bridges must connect to it. So in the example level shown above, all one has to do is swipe between islands to draw bridges, ensuring that each island has as many bridges as its number indicates.
Sounds almost too easy, doesn’t it? There are a few rules governing the bridges you draw, that make each puzzle interesting:
they can’t cross any other bridges or islands
they can only run perpendicularly (and not diagonally)
they must connect the islands into a single group (and not several small groups)
there can only be at most two bridges between any two islands.
Developer Francois Guibert has chosen to go with a minimalistic look for his version of Hashiwokakero, which I think suits this game and its rules perfectly — the puzzles traditionally don’t have grids drawn and need to be easy to play on a touchscreen, and Hashi’s muted palette and simple shapes help keep things legible and playable. Plus, it’s much better looking than most other bridges-and-islands titles in the Play Store.
Cracking Hashi Puzzles
The best way to learn to play Hashi Puzzles is to go through its in-game tutorial that describes the rules and gameplay and has you play an easy level. From there, you can get started on any of the 80 free levels built on grids of increasing difficulty. Each puzzle has a unique solution, and you can earn stars for completing levels without using hints. When you’re hungry for more, there are 420 additional levels that you can purchase in packs of 60, for a dollar each.
Hashi Puzzles is a great interpretation of a clever puzzle game that’s sure to keep you engrossed and entertained, whether you’re bored on a long commute or blazing through levels before bedtime. I could’ve done with a little meditative music to get me into the zone, though. Other than that, this is a sleek puzzler that you shouldn’t miss. After all, it’s free and looks great on tablets and smartphones. Give this a try and give your brain a solid workout!
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Having another streaming content option is usually a good thing. I’ve got Netflix, Slingplayer, HBO Go and various TV station Apps. There is no shortage of things to watch on the go. When I saw the announcement for the Amazon Instant Video App I downloaded it immediately. I figured that since I already pay for Amazon Prime, I might as well take advantage of this benefit. I just
Trouble in paradise…
While the App performed as I expected, I was completely dismayed to find out that it only worked via WiFi. That’s right, no 3G/4G cellular support. While you can watch any videos that you’ve downloaded, you can’t stream anything once you step outside the range of a WiFi Network. This seems like a huge step backwards in 2013. In the early days many apps were restricted from streaming over 3G because AT&T was the only network that supported the iPhone and AT&T/Apple feared that millions of streaming customers would bring the network to its knees. However, those days have long gone since the iPhone is available now on several carriers. Also since most carriers charge for a certain amount of data use each month, users are careful not to do a ton of streaming unless their plans support it. I think that it’s very shortsighted of Amazon to limit their App this way. Perhaps put up a warning when I user starts a stream over cellular data and then once the user taps OK they’re on their own. The other problem (and this is not just an Amazon problem) is that the App doesn’t support AirPlay. So If I understand this correctly, I have to be on my WiFi network to enjoy the App, and since I’m home on my network I can’t even enjoy the show on my big screen HDTV? With these limitations, this will not be my goto App.
If you have an Amazon Prime account or you’ve purchased downloadable movies via Amazon, then the App is probably worth having on your device. However, the WiFi requirement and lack of AirPlay/HDMI out support will make it a limited experience.
Passwords are a giant pain in the behind (pardon my language). First and foremost, passwords need need to be secure, and in order for them to be secure they have to be a long string of letters (random mix of uppercase and lowercase), numbers and symbols (for good measure). When you create a strong password they’re nearly impossible to remember, the theory being that if you can’t remember it how will anyone trying to hack your account crack the barrage of characters you created.
So, when you create these 15+ character passwords, how are you to keep track of them? There are certai
Beautiful & Functional
For those of you updating from the previous version of 1Password, the first thing you’ll notice in version 4 is the all-new design. Compared to other password management iOS apps (e.g. mSecure, LastPass, SecureSafe) 1Password has always featured a more pleasant design, but the new interface puts the app on a whole new level. The splash screen still features the iconic lock design, but the app as a whole has ditched the skeuomorphic vault design in favor of simple backgrounds, and textured headers and navigation bars.
The side navigation bar has received a fairly substantial overhaul, folding many of the previous options (Logins, Accounts, Notes, Software, Wallet) into a new Categories section. Additionally, two new sections have been added — Favorites and Folders. Favorites, as the name implies, is a feature that allows you to quickly access your most commonly used logins, notes, cards, etc. If you don’t fancy scrolling through a huge list of logins, Folders is a great feature that allows you to sort your items in the manner of your choosing.
Another nifty feature that you can utilize in the Categories section is Global Search. When you select a category (e.g. Logins, Secure Notes) a search bar is displayed at the top of the list. As you begin typing, the results will autocomplete. To make the most of this feature, I found it best to use it in the All Items category, which will display results from every item you’ve entered into 1Password.
A Better Browser
One area of 1Password that’s also improved greatly is the in-app browser. Those familiar with the previous browser know it offered very little for users; luckily, the new browser brings some much needed features including tabbed browsing, a URL omnibar (good for entering a direct address or search queries) and form filling options (easily enter login, credit card or personal information while using the browser).
The Bottom Line
To call version 4 of 1Password an improvement is putting it mildly. While it may be shallow of me to put so much stock in an app’s, the new interface simply sells the whole experience. To me, there’s simply nothing more enjoyable as an iPad user as when an app development team creates the perfect blend of design and functionality. Dollars to donuts, version 4 of 1Password could easily be the poster child of great design and great functionality.
In addition to the redesign, the list of some really great additions in form of Favorites and Folders, an approved web browser, global search, action bar (which allows you to swipe across an item to copy, favorite, open in the browser or delete), and iCloud sync (Dropbox sync is still available), all adds up to a truly great app. Even better, a purchase is good towards a universal version of the app (making it available on all your iOS devices for one low cost).
If you’re serious about changing your password habits, I simply cannot recommend 1Password enough. Like most people, I too fell prey to using a handful of the same passwords for all of my accounts. Practicing such unsafe habits it bad enough, but the real problem I always had was forgetting passwords for sites I rarely visited. After trying multiple login attempts, I’d often succumb to accessing the Forget My Password feature, bringing about a truly inconvenient experience. Since I began using 1Password, such issues have never reared their ugly head again.
Have you seen those little paper cards sitting next to the green cup stoppers at your local Starbucks? Don’t ignore them. Pick one up and flip it over — each card has a code for an iOS freebie on the back. Every Tuesday the ubiquitous coffee purveyor offers customers a free download or two. Frequently the codes offer a song from a popular artist such as Bruno Mars o
This week’s offering is Fibble HD, a physics-based puzzler that normally retails for $0.99.
Players travel with Fibble, an adorable little alien, through four rooms: the kitchen, the bathroom, kid’s room, the basement, and the garden. Each room offers a variety of levels; there are 40 levels in the game. Solve all the levels so Fibble, with a little help from his friends, can finally exit the house and travel back to his home planet.
Fibble’s gameplay crosses Angry Birds with mini golf. Draw back Fibble with a finger, then release it to earn coins and other prizes. Complete the level by using one, two, or three three flicks. The fewer flicks you need, the more stars you earn, and like Angry Birds, Fibble HD encourages the replay of levels again to earn three stars on each.
As one might expect, the courses get increasingly complicated as the player moves through the game. At times the player also has to tap the screen to roll Fibble along. There are a few surprises along the way and Fibble meets friends with powers that help him navigate the course.
Fibble HD is a casual puzzler with colorful animation that will appeal to kids and as well as adults. It’s Game Center-enabled, and has all the usual social media bells and whistles.
At 524 MB, the app is rather large, so make sure you have at least 1GB free on your device before installing it.
The verdict: If you’re in Starbucks already, why not pick up a copy of Fibble HD? It could be the perfect addition to your afternoon coffee break.
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