App Review: The Void — Where No iPhone Has Gone Before

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title=The Void
image=https://gigaom.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2009/04/picture-12.png
price=$2.99
url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=307867865&mt=8
rating=bronze
[/appreview]

An epic RPG has arrived on the iPhone, featuring battles, leveling up, upgradeable weapons and online features. Forget goblins and warlocks though, The Void takes the adventure to the final frontier.

The gaming section of the App Store has been subject to a serious cute overdose as of late, with Rolando, Topple and even Zombieville USA leading the colorful pack. Now it’s time for everything to get a little darker — a little more Star Wars Episode II — with the release of The Void.
Beaming down to the App Store, The Void is an RPG that aims to blend traditional leveling up with Asteroid-esque space combat. Read More about App Review: The Void — Where No iPhone Has Gone Before

App Review: RelationTips — A Relationship Counsellor In Your Pocket

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title=RelationTips
image=https://gigaom.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2009/03/picture-124.png
price=$3.99
url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=306421823&mt=8
rating=bronze
[/appreview]

Music, Internet, Google Maps, telephone calls, taking photos, and now fixing your broken relationship… is there anything the iPhone can’t do?

For most of us, the iPhone makes life better — it’s like a gorgeous bio-mechanical addition to our bodies: augmenting almost everything. And, in an odd sort of way, I suppose it seems natural that this super-device — this digital deity — should turn its attention to our relationships, in an effort to make life better. To make our relationships just work.
Available for iPhone and iPod touch, RelationTips aims to proffer advice and helpful suggestions for your close relationships. Read More about App Review: RelationTips — A Relationship Counsellor In Your Pocket

App Review: AudioBoo — Twitter for People Who Want Their Voice Heard

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title=AudioBoo
image=https://gigaom.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2009/03/picture-28.png
price=FREE
url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=305204540&mt=8
rating=silver
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Do you tweet? Then maybe you should Boo! It’s like a multimedia Twitter, designed especially for iPhone users.

Over in the UK back in 2008, Channel 4 (Britain’s edgy TV channel) launched a unique funding program entitled 4IP. Cut to 2009 and, having just announced a dedicated iPhone 3.0 fund, the suits over at 4IP seem particularly keen on Apple’s (s aapl) device as a platform for pushing interactive wares. In fact, 4IP has announced a fund for developers, with almost $150,000 up for grabs at a maximum of approximately $40,000 per app.
Made possible by 4IP and developed by BestBefore, AudioBoo is among the first of Channel 4’s original iPhone commissions to hit the App Store. As developers ready their funding proposals, AudioBoo is set to be a showcase of the kind of app 4IP will be looking for — making use of various media formats, community-focused, and integrating with the most popular social platforms.
Designed to work alongside Twitter and iTunes, AudioBoo is an audio blogging platform created especially for iPhone. Read More about App Review: AudioBoo — Twitter for People Who Want Their Voice Heard

App Review: Tumblr — Collect Every Moment Wherever You Go

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title=Tumblr
image=https://gigaom.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2009/03/picture-120.png
price=FREE
url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=305343404&mt=8
rating=bronze
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Developed by Mobelux, and formerly known as Tumblrette, the official Tumblr iPhone app has now arrived.

Tumblr is essentially the short ‘n sweet side of blogging: Posts are ultra-snappy, comprised of mixed-media uploads such as images, quotes, audio and video. The service is free, via Tumblr.com, and, since the site is so intuitively designed, it’s incredibly easy for new users to dive straight in.
The result of this platform, paired with such a simple and effective interface, is the ultra-diverse Tumblr community. Browsing through various tumblelogs is like sifting through the Lost and Found Department of the entire Internet. It’s a beautiful mess of everything and anything, from the shocking to the spectacular.
Over on the iPhone, the official Tumblr app integrates all the features of the main site, plus a couple of unexpected welcome additions. Read More about App Review: Tumblr — Collect Every Moment Wherever You Go

App Review: Daniel X — Clichéd Alien Hunters Don’t Come Cheap

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title=Daniel X
image=https://gigaom.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2009/03/picture-118.png
price=$9.99
url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=305402305&mt=8
rating=avoid
[/appreview]
Increasingly, geeky pasttimes are seeping into the mainstream. Like creatures in a Neil Gaiman story, the boundary between the dimension of the fantastical and the land of the normal is blurring. And with that blur, faithful adaptations of heroes and villains have made the leap to the world of movies.
That means that in addition to Spider-Man, regular folk are suddenly familiar with the likes of Dr. Manhattan, Coraline and Hellboy. What’s more, graphic novels are showing up on our iPhone screens. Scrollmotion’s latest app, Daniel X, brings to us the adventures of a teenage alien hunter with a vivid imagination. Read More about App Review: Daniel X — Clichéd Alien Hunters Don’t Come Cheap

App Review: Streaks — Rewarding You for Repetitive Behavior

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title=Streaks
image=https://gigaom.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2009/03/picture-111.png
price=$2.99
url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=298996512&mt=8
rating=silver
[/appreview]

A calendar specifically designed for tracking your goals, Streaks aims to join the pantheon of excellent iPhone productivity apps.

Both the touch and the iPhone, the latter in particular, are ideal platforms for productivity tools. The connected nature of the pocketable Apple (s aapl) devices means we can be grabbing all sorts of data about our daily lives — processing, tracking and taking action.
This latest productivity app, Streaks, is an interesting offering in that it totes only one feature — tracking a repeated task on a day-to-day basis. The objective in using the app seems to be to motivate the user in to staying on course and so gives a serious boost to productivity. Read More about App Review: Streaks — Rewarding You for Repetitive Behavior

App Review: Smack Me — Play Rough With Your iPhone

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title=Smack Me
image=https://gigaom.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2009/03/picture-11.png
price=$2.99
url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=305389583&mt=8
rating=bronze
[/appreview]

These days, gaming is all about getting physical: tilting and shaking, shouting and whispering and now apparently the occasional bit of pinching and smacking. Sounds like fun!

All this talk of touching reminds me of a great toy I had, back in my student days: Bop It. A group of us would play together, flicking, spinning, bopping, pulling and twisting to a never-ending funky beat. The experience was intensely physical, surprisingly fun and overwhelmingly frustrating.

Clearly inspired by Bop It, Smack Me transports the toy’s increasingly furious antics to our handheld Apple (s aapl) devices. The question is, does the iPhone have what it takes to support such a tangible experience? Read More about App Review: Smack Me — Play Rough With Your iPhone