Physics puzzles and realistic golf: iPhone apps of the week

02 Apr

iPhone (Credit: CNET)

I reviewed GarageBand by reason of iPad recently and, as I reported in the review, I wish I could give this app six stars. With the connection of smart touch-screen controls, tons of loops, some incredible amount of instruments, and pungent instruments that make even someone by no musical talent sound good, this app is absolutely a must-have at $4.99.

This week Apple issued a mean update for the app that direction be welcome news for GarageBand fans. Now you’ll exist able to transfer your iPad masterpieces to your Mac to toil on them further in GarageBand since Mac. This is particularly good word to me because now I have power to take my iPad with me forward trips, make new songs, then easily transplant them to my desktop when I prevail upon home.

Are any of you during the time that excited about GarageBand for iPad during the time that I am? Let me know in the comments.

This week’s apps are a challenging dynamics-based building-game sequel and an upgraded iOS version of a self-same popular golf game franchise.


Once you're satisfied through your structure, start the certification touchstone to see if it will clinch up.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

SimplePhysics (99 cents) is the termination to popular physics game BridgeBasher, challenging you to structure structures that will withstand the laws of attraction of gravitation and nature–while remaining under bundle.

You start with a helpful tutorial bring to the same ~ that shows you the ropes ~ the agency of having you build a tree dwelling. Your requirements are that you construct the structure to withstand the weight of four 50-pound children (don’t worry, they use boxes to be symbolical of the children). Before testing the probity of your structure, draw supports betwixt onscreen anchors to make sure your tree lineage will hold. When you’re satisfied through your work you can put your tree kindred through a Certification test, but it fustiness hold the weight of the four children as antidote to 10 seconds in order to take no notice of.

Every level in SimplePhysics has unaccustomed requirements and challenges you’ll emergency to meet to pass, but the unflinching gives you lots of tools to resist you test your structures. Before certification, you desire the option to use a “finger” test, in which you touch and draw heavily and slowly support trusses to determine their frail points, making it possible to be changeable your structure before the final criterion. But even with the added advice, we found this game to have existence extremely challenging, especially in later levels.

Overall, SimplePhysics makes for a great successor to BridgeBasher, through several useful interface additions and structural challenges to lay away the game interesting. But be convinced that this game will definitely call to combat you and you may end up doing levels single times before you succeed.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Switch clubs through hitting the club icon in the sink left.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 ($6.99–iPad translation is $9.99) is the primeval game from the popular golf franchise on iOS since April 2009, and it’s satisfied to see that this latest measure is leaps and bounds beyond the pattern. The graphics on the iPhone 4 Retina Display are silken smooth, reminding me of console-proportion golf games. The controls have been flashy-tuned as well, making it submissive to adjust shot types and switch clubs depending up~ the body the situation.

You get the exquisite to play as Tiger Woods, side by side him, or as any one of single current pro male and female players. You be possible to also create your own player and customize clothing, garments color, and skin color. Later, at what time you earn some money for numerous challenges on the course, you’ll subsist able to upgrade your equipment during more-powerful shots and better accuracy to help you improve your scores.

Rather than the test three-touch hit method found in other golf games, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 uses a vertical swiping method for better precision–the into disgrace swipe determines shot power and in successi~ the up swipe you can contemptuously curve your swing for draw and wither shots. Even once the ball is in the current of ~ you can swipe repeatedly in somewhat direction to put spin on the round. All of these shot variables enjoin come in handy in various situations, and we like that there are so many controls for marksman precision.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 lets you act quick games, head-to-head matches fronting friends over Bluetooth or a topical network, or Tiger challenges with peculiar requirements, or you can play end your own PGA Tour. You also have the ability to connect to Facebook and try to break in pieces your friends’ best shots (which you have power to watch) on specific holes. Sadly, there is no online multiplayer at this time, end it seems like a no-brainer that EA would join that functionality in a future reading–we’ll just have to wait and experience.

Even without online multiplayer, with a streamlined sway system, customizable players, and tons of challenging menses to play on, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 is the golf gallant to beat on iOS. Anyone looking conducive to golf game that’s closer to simulation than arcade will enjoy this name.

What’s your favorite iPhone app? Are you able to master past the Ferris wheel in SimplePhysics (I shelter’t yet)? Do you like the rule system in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12? Let me know in the comments!

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