KickStarter Spotlight: PowerUp 3.0

KickStarter Spotlight: PowerUp 3.0

Jan 22, 2014

Who does not remember sitting in class in middle school trying to make the best paper air planes? Invariably, there was always that one kid who would origami a perfect F-16 and throw it 200 feet down the hallway. Introducing PowerUp 3.0; a way for all those who are not born aviators to feel the wind under their paper wings.

Basically, PowerUP 3.0 is a lightweight skeleton of a model airplane that fits between the wings of most paper airplanes. The device offers power and control by means of a rear mounted propeller and rudder that is operated via bluetooth connection to any smartphone from a tiny node at the front of the device. Now, personally, my only experience piloting remote controlled planes is stalling one into the top of a 60 foot tree during its maiden voyage, but the videos on Shai Goitein’s KickStarter page seem very convincing. Small touches are very encouraging, such as the hardwired response to accelerate through turns; greatly aiding handling and performance.

The app, initially only available for iOS, looks great and thanks to an already successful stretch goal will be available to all Android phones rocking 4.3 and above. Two other stretch goals boast great inventiveness and creativity. The first is the ability to use two PowerUp modules at once opening the door for a bevy of paper mâché flying fortresses. The second stretch goal is pretty crazy, and allows for dogfighting which consists of proximity sensors that active a ‘SHOOT!” button on the phones of the users in order to determine whose engine gets shut down and who flies away victorious.

Unlike a lot of projects we have covered here before this one has already been fully funded and has earned over $1 million which is nearly 20 time what the initial goal was. This spotlight shines on a project that is overwhelmingly successful and shows incredible promise. Even though it is already wildly successful, it’s worth donating to this project solely to secure a first run PowerUp and the priceless envy of friends and coworkers.

Wind-Up Knight Review

Wind-Up Knight Review

Nov 14, 2011

Following your little wind up toy knight is a great and frustrating adventure in this adorable app from first-time Android developer Robot Invader. In Wind-Up Knight you take control of a mechanically simple toy knight and try to rid the lands of the evil black knight and save the princess. Your controls are limited to just jumping, rolling, and attack and defense, you have no control over any other movement. The knight works like a classic wind up doll, once it gets going it only stops when its run out of wind. If this seems limiting, it’s not. This actually adds an exciting pace to the game that makes it challenging and paired with the great, fluid animations never makes you feel overwhelmed.

The most impressive aspect of this game are the aforementioned animations. Your tiny knight runs with enthusiasm and jumps transition nicely into attacks or rolls. Adding to this are great graphics, although they only run smoothly on higher end phones. My EVO 4G had some problems keeping up the frame rate and on a game like this, where so much depends on timing, that is a killer. There were a few times where button presses wouldn’t register but these weren’t frequent enough to put a damper on the game.

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Wind-Up Knight is not easy, multiple levels require repeated precision with no room for error. As such, some of these levels do sprints up and down that thin line between challenging and unfair. That aside, the level design is usually varied and creative. The scenery is top rate and the backgrounds add a very impressive sense of location.

Each level contains coins that are used for armor upgrades. These upgrades come in the form of helmets, shields, body armor, and swords. Some of the upgrades are functional, giving you advantages in the game, and some are purely eye candy. These are better then most upgrades in similar games, and are creative enough to stand out as a plus.

Wind-Up Knight is a very entertaining and beautiful game, and for the price of free-50, is worth checking out for anyone with a phone powerful enough to handle it.