FaceFighter Gold Review

FaceFighter Gold Review

Jul 20, 2011

Be honest now, how many times have you looked at a co-worker, your boss, a friend or a family member and thought, “you know what, I’d really like to punch and kick you in the face”? Of course, because you’re a respectable and well-brought up member of the community, you nevEr have. But now, finally, we downtrodden, law-abiding citizens can take revenge on the faces of the people who have wronged and annoyed us.

Face Fighter allows you to paste the face of a close friend or a mortal enemy onto the head of a pugilist. Then by using on-screen taps, you beat seven shades of miserable hell out of them. Their face will be deformed by your blows, eyes blackened, teeth knocked out and cheeks bedecked in gory purple bruises. The game even has a little bit of depth to it. The more you assault your opponent, the more your special gauge fills up. Once it’s flashing, you can tap it to release a barrage of blows with a rubber chicken. There are even finishing moves that rain down furious fisticuffs on your bedraggled and defeated opponent.

FaceFighter Gold is more of an office toy dressed up as a game than an actual, full blown title. It’s fun for a while, and you’ll probably whip it out every now and then to show to your friends and family, but it’ll never become one of your go-to apps for long journeys or boring meetings.

That said, there are times when you’ll turn to it for the solace and catharsis that only a well-placed punch to the bridge of the nose can provide. If you are planning to use it to assault friends and colleagues, make sure they don’t see you doing it. No one likes to see someone they thought liked them gloating over a digital image of their grotesquely swollen face.

Freaky Friday – SWORD!

Freaky Friday – SWORD!

Jun 10, 2011

This week’s Freaky Friday entrant is a break from the norm – or at least it would be if this column had any concept of the norm – in that it’s actually quite good. Not good in the conventional sense, because convention has no place in our wandering around the wacky, but it’s good in the sense that you might actually want to use it more than once.

Except “use” isn’t really the right term. You don’t use SWORD!, because that would suggest that it actually does something useful. What it does do is turn your phone into an almost perfect sword simulator. Almost perfect, because fortunately – or unfortunately, depending on your point of view – the app doesn’t extend a metal blade from the top of your handset.

After you’ve tapped into the app, you can select one of six different blades, from the classic sword to the scimitar and katana. Once you’ve chosen, you swing your phone around and it makes swordy noises. Schwing, clang, slash. You know the sort of thing.

There’s a deeply engrained, childlike joy inherent in swinging and swirling your phone around like a mad-person. You could pretend to be a knight, a pirate, a ninja, a samurai, even just a common or garden sword wielding lunatic. And all without breaking any of the more dramatic laws.

SWORD! makes its way onto our wall-mounted rack of the reasonless because it typifies a style of app that fills such a minuscule gap in the market, you have to wonder why anyone thought it needed filling. Still, it’s a good job they did. SWORD! Might be silly, but it does exactly what you want it to do. Nothing beats pretending you’re not drowning in the miserable drudge of real life, and if you get to add sound effects to your make believe, than that’s even better.

SWORD! is available now, for free, from the Android Market.

Rape Crisis Network Ireland Announce Free App to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault

Rape Crisis Network Ireland Announce Free App to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault

Apr 6, 2011

In times of need, when a crisis should arise or you find yourself the victim of a traumatic event, it’s important to have information you need at your fingertips. That’s why the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) created a free app for Android that gives victims, and friends of victims, of sexual assault the relevant information they need with immediacy and accuracy.

The free app highlights rape crisis centers, offers advice and displays a list of contacts and links that are useful to both females and males.

The information in this app isn’t only for victims, and it isn’t only for women. Many times, a victim of sexual assault will turn to a trusted friend for help, so it would be helpful if you had this app to offer them the important information and advice that they will need.