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Although the blog is currently inactive, the Tap Dat App™ brand has lasted on, marking another momentous occasion of sticking around for 2 whole years now! But don't worry, we're not gone for good. I have quite a few exciting things planned for the revival of the name you know and love, including some heavy post-production processes in-place thanks to a few really courteous friends!

Please Follow Me on Twitter (@TapDatApp) to Join-In the Festivities as the account reaches nearly 1000 Followers! I'll be giving away an iTunes Giftcard and some other fun goodies as soon as this happens as well as slowly announcing some new TDA Projects/Activities and you don't want to be left out!

And don't forget you can help keep us going for many more years to come by contributing a birthday gift donation of ANY amount at: http://bit.ly/iDonate

The 2nd Annual Tap Dat App™ App Awards 2010

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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Tap Dat App App Awards 2010! It's time to celebrate the very best & maybe even some of the very worst apps of this momentous year for iOS...*DRUM ROLL PLEASE*:

The Tap Dat App™ "App of the Year 2010" Award Goes to:

Dark Nebula - Episode Two by 1337 Game Design


Best App That Practically Everyone Already Has or Has to Get:

Angry Birds by Rovio Mobile


Best Indie App/Best App You've Probably Never Heard of:

Kosmo Spin by Simogo


Best FREE App with the Most Anticipation/Hype:

Touch Pets Cats by ngmoco, Inc.


Best Camera App of 2010:

Camera+ by tap tap tap


Best App that's a Sequel:

Touch Pets Dogs 2 by ngmoco, Inc.


Best Tricky/Clever App:

Beyond Ynth by FDG Entertainment


Best Creative & Colorful App:

Cut the Rope by ZeptoLab


Best App with the Most Beautiful User Interface:

Articles by Sophiestication


Best Puzzle App:

Trainyard by Matt Rix


Best Twitter App:

Osfoora by Said M. Marouf


Best App to Find Other Apps on Sale:

AppShopper by AppShopper.com, LLC


Best Car Racing App:

Real Racing 2 by Firemint Pty Ltd


Best App that Has You Addicted:

Solipskier by Mikengreg


Best App that is a Port from Another Platform:

Interactive Buddy for Mobile by Shock Value Games


Best Simple & Useful Utility App:

Speedtest.net Mobile Speed Test by Ookla


Move Innovative Social App:

Friends by Taptivate 


Best Social Utility App:

Birdbrain Twitter Statistics by XK72


Best App that Helps You Save Money in an Innovative Way:

shopkick - Play, Collect, Get Discounts! by shopkick, Inc.


Best App with the Most Innovative Controls:

Fruit Ninja by Halfbrick Studios 

And that's it! We've officially named 20 Apps as the Most Significant of 2010! Thank you so much to all of our Sponsors & Fans for making this such an Awesome Year for the Whole Tap Dat App Team and We Hope that 2011 is Even Better! 
Happy New Year's! =)


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Well after a long time of app reviewing, promo code giveaways, and interactive twittering, I'm proud to announce that Tap Dat App™ is Now Officially One Year Old! We've had a great time being part of the iCommunity and we're looking forward to even more fun in the time to come! Here's to another fantastic year at Tap Dat App™!

Please Join Us on Our Twitter (@TapDatApp) to Help Celebrate! We will be hosting promo code giveaways, contests, and all sorts of fun events, so don't miss out!

And don't forget you can help keep us going for many more years by contributing a gift donation of ANY amount at: http://bit.ly/iDonate

Tap Dat App™ EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Will "Cyrus" Powers - Winner of 'The Tester'!

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For the past month or so, Sony PlayStation has been holding a reality show called "The Tester" where gamers compete to become the next PlayStation Game Tester and get eliminated one by one each week, as new episodes were posted every Thursday on the PlayStation Store available for a Free Download. On April 8th, a Winner was Crowned - Our Personal Favorite of the Season - "Cyrus"! We know a lot of the readers of iTDA are gamers on multiple platforms, not just the iPhone, iPod Touch, & iPad: So we present you with The Tap Dat AppEXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Will Powers, aka "Cyrus" from 'The Tester' to ask questions that readers from the site were wondering and a few personal questions of our own...KEY: The Bold Font represents what the TDA Team said, the Italic Font represents what Will said in reply:

How did you get the nickname Cyrus (or as seen on other places around the web, "UNCyrus")?

Cyrus has always been my gaming name, however when the PS3 and this current generation of consoles came out, I combined that with UNC (university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) which is where I graduated from. That combined to make UNCyrus

Did you ever consider a career in gaming before you sent in your audition tape for 'The Tester'?

I have been trying to get into the gaming industry every since I graduated from college in December 2008. However it's hard to find an opportunity on the west coast, and with the economy the way it's been, there haven't been too many options.

In the months that have gone by since the show was actually recorded, have you given any thought to the possibility that the Game Testing job at PlayStation might not be everything it was cut out to be? After all, going to work is still...going to WORK and working for a company that makes fun & games doesn't guarantee that the work you're required to do will be all fun & games...Haha

Oh of course, I knew what a tester's job was when I applied for this competition. I know that it's not all 'fun and games' per say, however it really is a foot in the door into an industry that I have a lot of passion for.

For many people who have a career in the Gaming Industry, like with Dave Jaffe (Director of the hit game 'God of War'), Game Testing is simply the starting point, if this is the case with you as well, what would be the ultimate position or field in the gaming career that you would like to work as for Sony PlayStation eventually?

If you watch episode 8, then you get an idea of where I want to head in this industry. Right now I'm looking at a path into the localization department.

Obviously being a game enthusiast, we assume you knew about people like Kevin Butler (Vice President at PlayStation) before you were on the show, so do you feel nervous about being intimated or awkward around any well-known PlayStation employees once you start your job there?

No, that's actually going to be a perk. Because I feel like the people I'm going to be working with will already feel like they 'know' me. Now it'll just be my job to get to know them too.

Were you allowed to tell anyone (such as your immediate family or close friends) about winning the job at PlayStation before the Finale of 'The Tester' aired? Was it hard or frustrating at all to keep it a secret?

According to my NDA's I wasn't allowed to tell anyone, however that's absurd not being able to tell your own immediate family since the prize involved me moving across country. It was really hard for me to sit on this secret for 6 months.

HomlyRocket on the PlayStation Network asks, "Do you have any plans on what you are going to use the $5000 Signing Bonus on?"

Unfortunately that $5000 signing bonus has covered my moving expenses to relocated to San Diego, not much more.

Is there any one specific moment from the show that you really wish had been included in the final cuts of 'The Tester' episodes?

Hahaha, yes! During the outtakes you got a hint at it. But there was a dance-off / battle on the first day that we were on set. And I did the white-boy-tornado. If you don't know what it is... look it up.

We cover a lot of app related stuff on our website so we just have to ask: Do you own an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad? Regardless, do you have a certain view on current and future gaming for the iDevice platform? And with that being said, albinopanther on the PlayStation Network asks, "Do you play games on multiple systems or are you a strictly PS3-kind-of Guy?"

I have an iPod touch and a Droid phone. However I really don't use them for gaming that often. I'm more of a traditional gamer and hardly like to do it with portable devices. I play games on multiple platforms, however my console of choice is by far the PS3.

Last, but certainly not least, do you know of any possible explanation behind the furniture item available in the PlayStation Home Theater called "Tester: Sneakered Monkey" with the description "Guaranteed not to fling poo."? We have no idea how this item relates to 'The Tester' (unless it is some type of inside joke or something that got cut from the show) and it just seems so misplaced and bizarre haha.

Great question! The producers of the show gave our bio's and audition tapes to some product designers in the PS Home team and they came up with some objects that loosely related to the cast... IE the surgeon scrubs for Doc, etc.


That's All For The Tap Dat AppEXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with the Winner of 'The Tester', Will "Cyrus" Powers! We wish Will the Best of Luck at his New Job as Sony PlayStation's Next Game Tester, which he starts on April 19th!

Appload™ #8 - Angry Birds, Charadium, Where To?, & MORE!!!

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Presenting: Tap Dat AppAppload #8

  • Angry Birds is a physics game where you launch birds with unique abilities at evil green pigs who stole their eggs. Not only is the art stunning, charming, and extremely well-done for this game (a lot like MUST.EAT.BIRDS.), the gameplay is highly addictive & immensely fun. Not to mention the fact that there is a giant overload of levels & content to keep challenging you and provide hours and hours of gameplay. - GET - **Current Sale: $.99 - Normal: $1.99**
  • Charadium is one of the best apps available on the app store, literally. With the Plus+ Network Enabled, it resembles classic pictionary games where you and other players online take turns drawing pictures based off given words and having the other players guess what word the person is drawing a picture of. For a concept so simple, this is game is so much fun, I've literally played it for 3 hours on end at a time. - GET for $.99
  • Where To? is an awesome app that helps you find cool places near you. Whether you're looking for an arcade, a movie theater, a restaurant, or something else, this app lists them all! The best part of this app is obviously the User Interface. It was designed geniusly with a wheel that includes different icons for the different types of attractions you might be looking for. As you press one, the button lights up a stunning blue and redirects you to an even more specific category list, which will then take you to a GPS-based interface marked with all the attractions you are looking for. This app is very useful for travel or if you just want to discover some place new near you! Special Thanks to the Devs, FutureTap, for providing us with a promo code to review the app. - GET for $2.99
  • SteamPunk Hockey is a really cool new take on Air Hockey designed with an elegant & fancy looking theme that makes the game a real treat to play. The game also adds a cool new element to the Air Hockey concept, which is obstacles! This makes SteamPunk Hockey basically an awesome combination of both Air Hockey & Pinball. - GET for FREE
  • Smosh iShutUp is an app designed by comedic geniuses and 3rd Most Subscribed to on YouTube of All Time: Smosh. The app was featured in one of their videos and was originally on available on the Android Market. It only does one thing: and that is to scream their catch-phrase/slogan "SHUT UP!" whenever you utter a sound into the mic but if you think about it, an app like that could really come in handy sometimes. If you are a fan of Smosh's videos: GET for $.99
  • Dark Nebula is a very unique game where you tilt your device to control a futuristic ball device and avoid laser-like obstacles and go through some cool courses. It's hard to explain, but really awesome when you play it. The look & feel of the game perfectly fits the gameplay and everything is just executed really well in general. - GET for $.99
  • Lavaball is a game where you control a burning ball of fire that must have its vengeance on the villagers of the land. The 3D graphics are awesome and in a way the game kinda reminds me of a better-looking Pocket God, but the tilt controls are horrible and the game is really hard to progress through because of this. That being said, the game still has potential, and might improve after a few updates or so. - FORGET for FREE

We hope you are enjoying TDA & for the record, we recently did a bug fix optimization for the entire website and cleared up any possible problems that might occur for you, so enjoy your enhanced site experience!

Ngmoco:) OWNS Freeverse...LITERALLY

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Ngmoco:), creators of Eliminate, Touch Pets Dogs, the Rolando Series, & more have announced today that they recently acquired fellow app gaming company Freeverse, creators of Skee-Ball, Parachute Ninja, and more, for $25 million. That means Ngmoco:) has now invested $40.6 million into their company with these outside purchases, such as when they previously acquired Miraphonic, creators of Epic Pet Wars, in November of last year. Ngmoco:) has a lot in-store for the App Store, with upcoming life/town simulation games "GodFinger" & "WeRule", but what are they gonna do with Freeverse? Well it has been revealed that they will not be disturbing previous Freeverse games (other than adding Plus+ Network Support where needed) and they will also not mess with Freeverse's two upcoming planned games ("Warpgate" & "Zombie Cannon Carnage"), but future Freeverse games will now support the "freemium" or otherwise known as "free-to-play" model that Ngmoco:) recently took up with Eliminate & Touch Pets Dogs in order to profit off In-App Purchases instead of having their apps with a set price be massively pirated. Ngmoco:) says they will be releasing at least 20 new games this year, and expect Freeverse to release just as many. As a lot of us here at the TDA Team predicted very early on, it definitely seems like Ngmoco:) is becoming a big competitor on the App Store and is trying to totally dominant it in a way. What else is in store for Ngmoco:)'s Freeverse? What company will Ngmoco:) buy out next? Only time will tell...

*UPDATED*: Neil Young, the CEO of Ngmoco:) has now stated that they have also acquired the $.99 Plus+ Network Enabled Pictionary-Based Game "Charadium" by On5 and that they will be moving this game too to a "fremium" model. Charadium is honestly one of the most intuitive and fun games for the iPhone I've personally ever played, I don't think it needs an Update...Ever as it is practically PERFECT. And with Ngmoco:) changing it to a free-to-play game with in-app purchases, I can't imagine the gameplay experience being half as good anymore. This is actually very disappointing....But what will the actual changes to the game include? We will have to wait and see...

For the latest updates on Ngmoco:), Freeverse, and More - Follow @TapDatApp on Twitter.

Namco Bandai's "NOBY NOBY BOY" for iPhone - Exclusive In-Depth Review

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"NOBY NOBY BOY" is a game, originally on the PlayStation 3 Console (and much different from the iPhone version), from Keita Takahashi, the creator of the Katamari Damacy series, where you control and play around with a worm-like stretchy character referred to as "BOY". But unlike the PS3 version of Noby Noby Boy, the iPhone OS Version is not in 3D and is not an open world experience. Instead, you are given multiple tools in what appears to be some type of "toy box" that simulates an iPhone Springboard (Home Screen) like Experience except with your friend BOY hanging around all the time. The app takes advantage of the multiple features of the iPhone (isn't half as fun on an iTouch) to provide fun-like situations that help you manipulate your usage and boredom-filling time with BOY.

Noby Noby Boy for iPhone is really hard to judge. The only fair statement you can give about it is that "It's Weird" and that goes without question, but good weird? or bad weird?

Well I've played Noby Noby Boy for PS3 which is essentially more of a cool concept idea than an actual game, but it is definitely different and definitely weird. There are things I like about it, and other things that I don't. But overall, it's pretty interesting to say the least.

Noby Noby Boy for iPhone is also..."interesting". But it doesn't stay interesting for the amount of time the PS3 title does. And although it is not as frustrating as Noby Noby Boy for PS3 originally is, it feels very useless. Which would be fine...if it was constantly fun. The problem is even if you love the crazy concepts of Noby Noby Boy, the graphics are boring 2D and the features just simulate an iPhone springboard to act as a really strange toy box for some wacked up stuff. At first, some of these things can actually be cool to explore and play around with, like in Noby Noby Boy for PS3, but it gets very boring very fast and you realize it isn't an app you will play when you are bored, because it will only make you even more bored.

Considering how different & unique the app's concept is, it definitely peaks interest in people at first and is interesting to explore, but once you see all of what it can do, that's about it and you probably won't touch the app too many more times other than to show people "this crazy/cool app you got". Honestly, it would be a lot more enjoyable if it was 3D and more like the PS3 version. And to even appreciate it from the beginning, you really have to be open-minded and understand the quirkiness of this series. So unfortunately, for the general public, I'd have to say you should probably pass this app, but for
$1.99, we'll label it: Take A BET OR DON'T

3 STARS ☆☆☆