Record Live Reactions From Your Friends With ReactChat

Record Live Reactions From Your Friends With ReactChat

Feb 25, 2014

ReactChat 2

It’s a very simple, but brilliant idea. ReactChat is a simple chat program, much like your native messaging app, but it provides a small and very unique feature: When someone shares a picture or a video, the person who recieves the image gets his reaction recorded through the front camera of the device. Then this short video is automatically sent to the first person. This way you can exchange content and see each other’s reaction without having to be in a video-chat all the time. The app can be downloaded for free from here: ReactChat on Google Play.

NumberOne Review

NumberOne Review

Aug 23, 2012

Brain teasers keep the mind young. I think I read that somewhere but can’t remember where. By playing games to evoke thought, the hope is that mind will work like a muscle and get more awesome the more its used. And with apps like NumberOne, now we can work our brains from anywhere.

NumberOne is a brain teasing game to test reaction time. The game is deceptively simple, see the numbered tile at the bottom of the screen and tap the same numbered tile at the top of the screen. Pretty simple, right? Think again. (No pun intended.)

What makes NumberOne a challenge is the mind trickery they play. The number at the bottom might be the number 2 on a red tile. The brain is looks for the color first so at the top, the red tile might be 10. To find the right number the eyes and brain need to look for a number 2. To add to the neural trickery, they toss in dual numbers. So when the red 2 is at the bottom of the screen, there may be a red 10 and a green 22. Both are meant to trick the way the brain processes what the eye sees.

For those people out there who feel like NumberOne is way too easy, there is a Hard level. Instead of small numbers there are triple digits, and not the easy numbers. 539 might pop up at the bottom and the top numbers may be something like 529 or 839 or 536. Number close enough to cause a second look and slow reaction time.

Remember, the whole point of the game is to have the fastest overall reaction time. When the Stroop effect is added to the equation, reaction time is slowed. Working out the brain using games like NumberOne will keep the mind muscles more youthful and sharp.

BallBall Review

BallBall Review

May 17, 2011

Sometimes, we tend to over-complicate things. It’s easy to do, especially when it comes to app design – throw in a new feature here, develop a revolutionary control system there. More often than not though, simplicity is the best method, which is one of the reasons that BallBall works so damn well.

BallBall, developed by Whatwhat Studio, is essentially a backwards, single player version of Pong. Sort of. The screen is split in two by a divider; on one side there are orange bouncing balls, on the other, green bouncing balls. The divider has a gap in it, which can be slid up and down and that’s the only control you have over the game. Your task – moving the balls to the opposite sides they start on. Simple.

Except, in practice, it’s not. The game starts off at a gentle stroll, with one or two balls on either side and hair pulling and screams of frustration at a bare minimum. As things progress, and more and more balls are dropped into the equation, the game becomes an exercise in split second reactions and spectacular, user generated, swear words.

There are two modes offered, although there’s not much difference between them at first glance – in normal, the balls pass through one another and in collision they, well, collide. The difference becomes clear in later levels, when ricochets and chain reactions will have you sliding your divider like a demon.

The game’s not perfect, of course – there seem to be some crashing and updating issues that could do with sorting out and the basic art and design aren’t going to be to everyone’s taste, and there doesn’t seem to be any sound in the game, but these are minor quibbles at worst.

Whatwhat have shown how, for all the punch your phone packs, all a game has to do to capture your attention is be eminently playable. Ballball is a master class in designing mobile games – simple, effective and hugely addictive. This is a must have.