Sunday, December 16, 2012

Michelin Game - Gunman Clive

Gunman Clive could well be the best platform game to come out of the App Store. And for a game that has been basically created and developed by a single individual, it is pretty amazing.

And that man is Bertil Horberg, whose earlier work, Helium Boy, was a decemt and fun 3D platformer but lacked a certain polish and had only about 8 levels of gameplay.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Michelin Game - Unknown Orbit

The idea of playing as a comet in a videogame may not come as instinctively to everyone, but Exbleative, the developer behind this new arcade space game has done just that to create a unique IOS experience that is both original and familiar.

In fact, Exbleative is largely a one man development team founded by Jay Weston, whose previous work was with Binary Space's Zombie Outbreak Simulator.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Michelin Game - Trigger Fist

It is of no doubt that the iOS gaming scene has greatly progressed since 2008 when the the App store was first introduced, and it is simply amazing how far iOS gaming has come since then.

We have been constantly comparing mobile games to console gaming, and with every year, the gap between mobile and console gaming seems to be diminishing.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Michelin Game - Temple Run

Temple Run has been one of the most extraordinary success stories on the App Store, and what is more amazing is the indie nature of the development team, which is essentially a husband and wife team and one graphic designer.

Temple Run has also reached 100 million downloads in exactly a year of release, and the figure itself is staggering, and hopes of merchandising is on the horizon even as this is being written.

So, what exactly is Temple Run and what has made this game so wildly successful?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Michelin Game - Catapult King

There is no doubt that Angry Birds has been a phenomenal success in the video gaming industry. It is basically the best selling game ever on a mobile device and has reinvented the casual gaming genre.

Not only that, the game has been successful because it has a certain personality, so much so that merchandising of the Angry Birds characters is now on par with Nintendo's Mario and Sega's Sonic.

Yet, despite all these incredible successes, I have never grown to love Angry Birds. I like it, I think it is a fun game, but I can never get past a few dozen levels without getting bored.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tips And Tricks - Using Loops On GarageBand For iPad

In the coming weeks, I will be also providing this series of GarageBand's tips and tricks here on this blog.

Most of these will be culled from my experience in making music using this incredible app, and hopefully, provide an insight on the process of creating great music using the iPad in this manner.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Michelin Game - Blueprint 3D

When  you talk about puzzle games on the iPhone and the iPad, Angry Birds usually come to mind for most people, and while I am not denying that Angry Birds is a great game, there are also far more innovative and superior games out there for your iOS devices.

One of them is a game that has been out for some time now, and it is published by FDG Entertainment, who was also involved in Scotland Yard.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Michelin Game - Scotland Yard

In a time before video games, I vividly remember spending a great part of my childhood with my friends and relatives playing classic board games like Monopoly and Cluedo.

These days, children have all but forgotten this marvelous pastime, and I used to remember the excitement and immense joy in getting out of these evergreen games.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Michelin Game - Highway Rider

The App Store has always been the platform for individual developers to try out new and interesting game concepts, and one of the most successful casual gaming ideas that has become a mainstay for iOS is the endless running game category.

Canabalt, which originated from the Flash platform probably started this genre a few years back, and since then, games like Tiny Wings and Monster Dash have taken this concept and improve it with RPG like upgrades and elements.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Michelin Game - Windosill

One of the joys of the Apple AppStore is discovering the sheer amount of indie games that have been created by brilliant and talented individuals.

One of these talents goes by the name of Patrick Smith, who happens to be an equally brilliant artist in his own right, and hails from New York. He first started developing games on the Flash platform before porting them over the iOS devices.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Reasons For Choosing An iPhone

One of the questions I get asked most, is which mobile phone should I get when my contract is up? And being an Apple fanboy, it is hard not to say the iPhone.

But, let's be objective about this, and seeing how Samsung just released its latest Galaxy phone, to pick out specific reasons for choosing an iPhone as your next smartphone.

Michelin App - Solar Walk

One of the best educational apps out there on any platform, has to be this one from Vito Technology. It is called Solar Walk, and it is a universal app that can is for both the iPad and the iPhone, though it works better on the iPad due to the larger screen estate.

I used to remember when I was a little boy, how I used to enjoy reading encyclopedias, especially on subjects like space and aircraft. This app has single-handedly rekindled all those childhood memories.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Singapore Apps - SG Buses

In this, the first of my series on Singapore specific apps which I think will be of value to local readers here, I would like to talk about a wonderful app which I use almost on a daily basis.

The app is called SG Buses, and as the title implies, it is an app that lets you know the timing of buses when you are at or near a specific bus stop in Singapore.

It is apparently developed by a single individual by the name of Hon Cheng Muh and it has improved tremendously since its first inception. It is free and it comes in at a mere 3.1 MB.

Building Disruptive Technologies And Products The Apple Way

The term "disruptive technology" or "disruptive innovation" is described as a technological advancement that can or has altered an entire market of consumers and its pattern of consumption.

In this regard, I would like to touch upon how Apple in the last decade, from the inception of the first iPod until its most recent "disruptive product", the iPad has been part of this disruptive wave of technological innovation.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Apple Apps - Making Videos With iMovie

Before embarking on Sirloin Apple, I had originally started a blog focusing on using Apple apps like GarageBand and iMovie called Sirloin Wine.

Unfortunately, I found it hard to maintain that site and had somewhat neglected it. But there were some nice posts there and I have decided to port over some of the more relevant ones here for your consumption.

This post is on using iMovie to make decent looking videos using only the app and the fantastic iPhone 4S camera.

The New Samsung Galaxy S III

To the right is a preview of the soon to be released sequel to the best iPhone competitor so far, the Samsung Galaxy S III.

I still think the iPhone 4S looks more classy when compared to the Galaxy models, but then I am an Apple fanboy. Still, I was hoping for more.

As for the details, I refer you to this article where the writer had an exclusive hands on preview of the new device.

Picture taken from The Verge website.

Tips and Tricks - Adding International Keyboards

For my first tips and tricks segment, I would like to show you how to add more than the standard English keyboard that you find on our iOS devices. And this method applies to iPod Touch, iPhone and the iPad.

There are, in fact, lots of different ways to input all forms of text and emoticons into your iDevices, including using diction that is quite similar to using Siri.

As you can see from the picture on the right, there is more than one way to input your content in many different languages and syntaxes.

To do this, you simply go to your Settings icon and look for General.

Michelin Game - Anomaly Warzone Earth HD

One of the prime reasons for me to initiate this blog was to bring to readers' attention here in Singapore, some of the better games and apps on the AppStore that many might not know of.

While games like Angry Birds and Plants Vs Zombies are regularly played by Singaporeans on trains and buses, there are still a wealth of great games and apps yet undiscovered by folks here.

First Apps To Get You Started On The iPad And iPhone

One of the most common questions I get is what apps should I download once I get a new iPhone or new iPad, especially the free ones?

Well, I have decided to put a list together for those who are new to the iOS and the apps on the list are meant as a way to get you going on the iOS ecosystem. And they are all free.


Welcome to the Sirloin Apple blog site! And as the title clearly says, this is my blog on all things that are Apple related, and from a Singaporean and Asian perspective.

This blog is meant as a source of information for folks who would like to know about the latest happenings in iPhone, iPad and Mac news, as well as my own tips and tricks on using the Apple ecosystem.