App Wrap: "AppBlaster," "Atari Arcade"
YNN highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment “App Wrap.” YNN’s Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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As if parents needed to give kids more reason to steal their smartphones, AppBlaster is essentially an iPhone or iPod Touch dock shaped like a gun that lets users blast away at a few of the augmented reality games that come free with the device.
For instance, in an “Alien Attack” game, aliens invade the actual world: The app overlays them onto the user’s surroundings via the device’s camera. The player then swings around and shoots them out of the sky.
Right now, there are two other games, as well: a skeet-shooting title and a carnival game.
The AppBlaster is out now for iPhones and iPod Touches. It’s a little over $30.
For those who are more about going old-school with their gaming, the Atari Arcade, powered by Duo, is worth checking out. It makes retro gaming on the iPad feel even more authentic.
“It gives the consumer the ability to play the ‘Atari Greatest Hits’ app, available for download at the Apple app store, the way it was meant to be, with a joystick and some buttons,” said Kyle Kappmeier of Discovery Bay Games.
Designed for iPads, it actually has a hardwire connection as opposed to using Bluetooth. The Atari Arcade just hit shelves for about $60.
Games within that Atari Greatest Hits app cost $1 for a pack of four, or $15 for the entire 100-game collection.