In this week’s well-protected app round-up: Tron tanks, embattled; French fiefdoms, established on the iPhone; social media links, elegantly arranged on the iPad and much, much more!
The game is basically perfectly suited to make the transition from tabletop to touchscreen. It consists of a bunch of square tiles, each with features of a map on it. Elements include parts of roads, parts of cities and cloisters. You take turns placing the tiles down to create a finished map.
The actual competition comes in while you’re making the map, as you’re trying to complete various elements without letting your competitors complete theirs. So you’re trying to build a big city or long road, while your opponents are trying to keep you from completing it or to hop on board to steal its points for themselves.
The iPhone version is a perfect translation of the game, one that improves upon the original with a solitary mode, very good computer opponents and the ability to see just what tiles are left and what moves are and aren’t possible.
You can play either locally or online against friends or strangers, and a game can be banged out in about 10 minutes if you’re playing against the computer or speedy opponents. It is incredibly fun.
I heeded his advice and bought the game, and it is indeed very fun. $6.
Zen Bound 2, previously exclusive to the iPad, is now available for the iPhone. It takes advantage of the iPhone 4’s retina display and gyroscope to bring butter-like smoothness to the beautiful game.
Zen Bound 2 carries the same premise as the original Zen Bound: wrap up floating, rotating figurines with a rope. With the gyroscope involved everything feels slightly silkier and roping those damn totems now feels even more natural (not like I know what that really feels like). And the improved graphics are noticeable thanks to the Retina Display.
Zenbe has become my de-facto to-do list – beating Google’s and any sort of Apple solution – for two reasons: aase of use and cross-platform compatibility. I can make grocery list on the computer and check them off on the iPhone at the supermarket.
And if you already have the iPhone version you get this for free. It’s $4 for both otherwise.
Edwin: A pretty flippin’ sweet speech-to-speech app: If you ask a question, the app will answer you right back. You could ask for the weather, where the closest cinema is, what the definition of a word is, tell it to launch an app or pretty much anything. The voice is a little robotic, but it’s a neat idea, especially for those eyes-free situations.
We are so crazy about apps right now you wouldn’t believe it. If you have recommendations, tips or just want to let us know about your own app, drop a note in the comments or shoot me an email.