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Zen Bound 2 icon image.There are few games that can create a sense of competitive tension while at the same time helping us to relax in a Zen like way. But Zen Bound 2 succeeds at both.

You can purchase Zen Bound 2 for the iPad, iPhone on iTunes and Mac on the new Mac Store. Generally it is about $4.99 depending on device or any sale prices. This will probably the best 5 bucks you have ever spent on an App. Created in a soothing, innovative way by Secret Exit Ltd.

You can check it out here: http://zenbound.com/

Zen Bound places solid feeling wooden sculptures in a completely rotatable 3D space. A rope, limited in length, is nailed to one part of the wooden sculpture. Your object is to spin the sculpture in space, winding the rope around the sculpture until it is at minimum coverage for minimum points but you can continue to cover the sculpture to maximum coverage for even more points. The visuals are absolutely stunning and the music is very Zen-like calming and beautiful.

This is how most App games should look and feel. Zen Bound takes advantage of the gyro mechanism built into our modern day devices, as well as controlled movements. I am so happy with this addicting game that I wish and pray that the creators will come out with a Zen Bound 3 VERY SOON!

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World of Goo App icon image.App developer 2D Boy has struck gold with its fun App game, World of Goo! This phenomenal game for the iPad is a MUST HAVE.

Some people would complain that $4.99 is way too much to pay for an iPad App. That is because they have not played this fun and addicting game. It is well worth the price, and better than many PS3, WII, Nintendo DS or other system games that cost 10 times as much.

World of Goo has gorgeous graphics and are driven by the iPad’s sensitive touch based system. Like  a cross between the old classic game Lemmings and the ancient classic PC game, The Incredible Machine. Little globs of Goo, some even with little rolling eye balls, are used to build structures with the target of reaching a destination of escape.

Graphics are fantastic. Game replay is very very good. The feeling of gravity and balance are Jenga-like. I highly recommend this game for everyone with an iPad.

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Icon image of App game Bejeweled 3PopCap Games Inc, has become synonymous with quality games. They are one of the driving forces behind the addiction of Facebook online games. Though Facebook games seriously suck and are absolutely repetitious copies of each other, as well as being driven by sneakily trying to get subscribers to purchase add-ons and upgrades.

But one of Facebook’s all time most addicting games is Bejeweled. Matching three or more gems in a row is like electronic crack for nerds!

But now, Bejeweled 3 is out for PCs and available on the Mac App store. It is amazing! Graphics are fabulous. Play is addicting. Replay value is guaranteed. And multiple modes as well as secret unlocks are available for any type of gem matching player.

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image of icon for App Doodle GodThere are so many great games and apps coming out for the iPad and now for the Mac on the App store that it is nearly impossible to keep up. Reviews are helpful and give guidance. Price points are also driving the App economy. Some developers are most assuredly pricing themselves right out of the hottest software market going right now.

Enter: Doodle God. Developed and sold by JoyBits Ltd., this is a remarkable game that will tax your wits. The basic premise of the game is dragging two elements (like earth and water) on top of each other to create a third element (for instance creating Mud). Variables seem to be endless and clues as well as help is plentiful. Graphics are pretty. Game play is very addicting. Replay factor is huge. And mental strengthening seems to be enormous! I highly recommend this game! Currently only 99 cents! What a deal to while away the hours of winter boredom!

By the way, to keep up with App price drops, new app releases, App price increases and special deals, download the free App named AppShopper by AppShopper.com Ltd. A very handy little App for the price minded and competitive App world.

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We move into 2011 with caution but an open mind. As we do that, let us not forget some of the important lessons from previous years (as we often do). Lets look at some of the sure fire signs that something will fail:

  1. Fast Food Restaurants – fail if they are in fact “not fast”.
  2. Gourmet Food Merchants – fail if they sell Spam and other non-gourment items.
  3. Discount Merchants – fail if their prices are higher than other merchants.
  4. Political Parties – fail if their “less government” ideals include creating laws that regulate who can marry.
  5. Political Agendas – fail if they base their party on fighting for freedom and yet want to strip freedoms away from others.
  6. Health Care Reform – fails when its not reforming anything at all, but mandating that people do something.
  7. Actors/Actresses – fail if they can’t act at all but only play themselves on the screen.
  8. Short Cuts – fail if they make it longer to get to your destination.
  9. Streamlining Ideas – fails if they make simple job tasks take longer and require more paper.
  10. New Technology – fails if it is not new and revolutionary at all but just another way to do the same old thing.
  11. Economy Improvement – fails if it is driven by people who have other agendas, like getting rich quick.

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As I make my way through the slew of Apps that I have added to my iPad, and memories of ones that I have removed (some really quickly too!) I am realizing that at one point I was thinking to sort my Apps by what they did on each page. So, in theory, I would end up with one page of utility Apps, one with games, one with reading Apps, one with news Apps, etc… NOT! Each iPad is currently limited to the number of Apps it can have on it, until Apple releases the next update to the iPad OS and adds folders like on the iPhone. Funny how its taking them so long. Oh well.

Image of a bunch of Apps icons.Anyway, we move on to page 4 of my iPad and the Apps contained on it:

Mostly games on this page of my iPad –

We Rule – Fun, kingdom making game in the likes of Farmville, but lacking much changeability. I got bored of it and rarely play it anymore. Still fun to start out and still recommended.

Minigore HD – Buy it! You will love it! Fun, monster shooting games, with unlockable characters and really pretty good graphics. Makes you think you are on a Nintendo DS (so sorry Nintendo!) Recommended!

Osmos HD – Another must have game for the iPad. This game is both addicting, tension building, relaxing in parts and really pretty. It reminds me of some PS3 games. Recommended!

Guitar Rock2 – Fun, Guitar Hero wannabee game. Worth a download. Pretty fun, with good graphics, good music and the option to download more music. Recommended!

Doons – Kind of un game of shooting blocks at a sky full of other colorful blocks to try and get the blocks to all disappear. Based on Space Invaders! Remember that game from eons ago? Its ok. Recommend a free download!

Tap Tap Radiation – Better music game than Guitar Rock2! You tap on glowing circles to the beat of different tunes. Optionally you can download even more tunes and the complexity of the advanced game is worth a shot. Recommended download for sure!

Shanghai Lite – Mah Jong for the iPad. Its ok. Free and doesn’t offer much unusual content for a Mah Jong game. Much like all of the others in this type of game genre. Match the tiles and complete the  puzzle. Fun and worth a free download.

Spirit – Fun game, with not so great graphics. It reminds me of a bunch of old arcade games where you try to circle the bad guys and enclose them in a bubble to kill them. A little fun, but I got bored pretty easy with this one. A good free download though.

Farmville – Forced by friends to download this App so that I could send them iPad only gifts that they couldn’t get from anyone else. I don’t play Farmville on Facebook anymore. Actually I pretty much detest most Facebook games because they are all kind of the same now. But, if you are addicted to Farmville, this is a must have App for free.

Frotz – Remember the old days of the Zork and Infocom games? Well this is the App for you if you loved those old thought provoking text adventures and want them on your iPad for free. Infocom really needs to start releasing all of their old classics though to the general public. Time to stop being so greedy all of you resellers!

Sudoku Book – Do you love sudoku puzzles? This is the best Sudoku puzzle App for the iPad. I recommend its download for sure for those avid number crunchers.

Words Free – Play against your friends in a Scrabble like environment. Your friends can use an iPhone to compete against you. Pretty fun, word making game. Download recommended.

We City – Build a city on your iPad ala Farmville. Its fun, but I only play it briefly each day and reap my rewards the next 24 hours later. Its fun and worth a download.

Tap Tap Revenge – I think this is an iPhone App that I just play on my iPad. So the graphics are just ok. Tap Tap Radiation is better, but if you love music games then you may like to add this one too.

Pocket Frogs – Kind of fun, catching, breeding and raising little colorful frogs. Fun and good graphics. Recommended download.

Aero World – Really fun game made specially for the iPad! You want to download this one. It uses the tilt ability and motion detection of the iPad really well. Gives you a tense feeling of dropping your iPad though! Sends you into a maze type game of balance, patience and concentration. Recommended!

GodFinger All Stars – Worth a good dowload. Become god of your own planet. Make your followers worship you or throw them across the ocean, zap them with lightning bolts and shake their world with earthquakes. I would be a scary, ok VERY scay god! Worth a download and my most played game. Pretty addicting as you progress.

BonzaiBounce – Another fun, tilt based ball through the maze game. Worth a download with good graphics and addicting game play. Fun and recommended.

Pottery – My new addiction! Worth the purchase and hope you can get it on sale! Really great, realistic graphics. You are a potter working on a potters wheel to complete particular jobs and finish pottery the way the buyer wants! Really fun and brings out the touch sensitivity of the iPad really well! Recommended!

McSolitaire – An ok solitaire game, but Jack likes it so I reinstalled it for him. Now that IS love!

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imag of a person holding an iPadThe world is finding out that Apple’s iPad is an amazing, versatile device that is a hard copy version of an omen for the future. Jump on this ship or be left to drown in the waves of copy-cat retro-technology that flows around us like a giant sea of inferiority.

We are all avidly customizing our iPads with the Apps that work for us on a daily basis. And much like the iPhone, you can have multiple pages of Apps. So what does everyone have on their iPad? Its a new sign of our times that at parties, people are no longer asking “What kind of car do you drive”, instead they are asking “What Apps do you have on your iPad?” (Except maybe if you live in ‘out of touch areas’ like Los Angeles) Even conversations around the business world’s water coolers has quickly been taken over by App-Fever!

So, in a multi-part blog series, I am going to go through each and every App that I have currently on my iPad, detailing the good and the bad and the order they appear:

I am starting in reverse order. The least used Apps on my iPad reside on my last App page on the device. In the order they appear on the last page, and with critical commentary, here they are:

Page 5 –

TanZen Lite – If you like Tanagrams, the ancient Chinese type puzzle, then TanZen Lite is for you. Fit together various puzzle pieces to try and recreate a particularly assigned picture. I am probably going to remove this App as I don’t use it as much as I once did. But it is free and it is a good mobile Tanagram App.

Maps – the Maps App that comes with my iPad has been demoted to the last page. I find more use from this App on my iPhone. It just makes more sense. But it is exactly the same App and it is also free.

Netflix – I am sure this will be moving shortly to my front page as I begin to convert my television watching away from the piratical Dish Network to a more modern “streaming” way of watching tv. Free to everyone, but to use it you must subscribe. An excellent App for free and one that will drive the future of television watching for a long time.

Calculator XL – Nice little free calculator App. I don’t use too much, but it is an essential App to have on your iPad.

Epicurious – Great free cooking App. This is like an iPad version of a wonderful cooking encyclopedia that allows users to look up recipes on a whim. See pictures and get complete list of ingredients and directions. I have used it multiple times and really do like this App. I only keep it on the last page as I see it as a utility App that I don’t use daily but need to have! Food bloggers beware, this is the future of electronic cook books for sure.

WordPress – A way to edit your WordPress blog, but still not amplified enough to use on a regular basis. It does not seem to be taking advantage of the graphic UI of the iPad or the touch world that is contained therein.

ABC News – Wonderful App to get your up to date news. Bye Bye Newspapers! An essential App to have and very recommended.

Twitter – A lot better than previous App versions, but still not quite polished enough to use on a regular basis. I like the direction this tweeting App is going though. Recommended!

Movie Club – A free movie watching App. But due to be removed as content is not frequently updated. If you want to watch the same 10-12 movies over and over then this is a good one for you. Otherwise, I would pass.

Shakespeare – Excellent reference book with all of Shakepeare’s plays and sonnets. Amazing search engine with all of the full text. Replaces a ton of books and a ancient tedious research methods. Great App, highly recommended!

Marvel – Nice comic book reading App and store. Not sure I am going to buy in yet to buying all of my comics in this way, but it is a portent of the future of the comic book industry for sure. Recommended.

Comics + – Another nice comic book reading App, not so geared around Marvel titles, but including independant titles. Good free App to be recommended.

Anime News – Do you love anime and want to know what current trends are looking like? This is the App for you. Again, free and a wealth of anime information. Highly recommended.

Appstream – a nice looking App searching App! Looking for a particular App by its icon is the theme here. I will be removing this App as the next App listed made it obsolete.

AppShopper – Much better than Appstream! This App hunting App, makes looking through the universe of Apps much more user friendly. You can search by price changes, popular and other search parameters to find that App just right for you!

TagDiskHD – I have never used this App yet. So it is doomed for removal soon I fear.

MacLife – a nice glimpse of the future of electronic magazines. This is how they should look in the future and this App should be the role model most used for others. Recommended.

Sand Garden – A nice relaxing, fun, zen sand garden without getting all of that sand on your desk. I recommend it for sure. Good to alleviate stress.

Speak It! – Text to speach accessibility App. Again, I recommend this as it appears to be the model for others to emulate. I don’t use it much, but when I do I am pleased by its performance.

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