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App Review: Inception – The App

App Review | Posted by Pesico
Jan 09 2011

Inception – The App
by Remote Control Production
Prize: Free
Gamecenter: Achievements
Requirements: iOS 4+, Headset with microphone. iPhone 3GS, 3rd generation iPod Touch, or newer. 300MB HDD space.

Inception – The App is based on the concept from the movie with the same name and is… uh… what is it really? I have such a hard time explaining what this really is so I’m gonna quote the intro from the App Store:

This app is a dream machine that transforms the world around you into a dreamworld. It uses augmented sound to induce dreams through the headset of your iPhone or iPod Touch. It will change your perception of reality.

Sounds fancy doesn’t it? Keep in mind that this was written by the publisher, so it might be a little bit PRish, but still, it’s no doubt a cool and alternate experience that this app gives you. After a short tutorial that explains how things work, you are left to explore.

By accepting the location service that this app provides, your main screen is a satelite image of where you are. The screen is divided up in sections looking like puzzle pieces where your real life location is the image. Each piece is a dream. Early on, you only have a few unlocked dreams, the rest of the pieces are black. Clicking on them lets you know what dream it is and how you unlock it.

Inception - The App: Main Screen

To start playing, experiencing or whatever you wish to call it, you click on the three downwards pointing arrows. It will induce a dream. When in a dream you will hear some instrumental music. If you talk into the microphone or the sounds around you is loud enough, this will change how the music in the app appears. This is also partly how you unlock new dreams.

Inception - The App: Inside a dream

For instance, you can induce the Still Dream by sitting completely still in a noisy place. It either has to be noisy or you can blow into the microphone. To unlock other dreams, it may have to be sunny outside or you have to be in motion. Two of the more extreme dreams tells me that it has to be full moon outside and the other tells me I have to be in Africa to unlock it.

To use this app, you need to have a headset with a microphone and when you induce a dream, you can put the phone in your pocket, because you don’t go into dreams by clicking on the screen, it’s what you do in life that gives this app it’s needed input. The noises and sounds from real life is captured by the microphone and the depending on the dream, it will have different effects on the music and sounds you will hear from the app.

The app in itself is flawless as long as you give the permission to use the GPS service, and I could easily give this app a 9 out of 10 even if it didn’t have Gamecenter support. For this is more an experience than a game where you would look for achievements. The developer did however include them and they don’t work at times, which makes it impossible to complete them.

Don’t let the faulty achievements stop you from getting it though. Inception – The App is not only a great experience, but it’s completely free. This app is great for everyone that will try something different, and you can easily use the app while you do your normal daily activities. You don’t need to see the movie to appreciate it either, as it only relates to the concept of the movie and not the story.

+ Great Experience
+ Great use of augmented sound
- Achievements are glitched

Score: 8 – Very Good

App Review: GT5 Garage

App Review | Posted by Pesico
Dec 31 2010

GT5 Garage
by Jason Billingsley
Price: $0.99

I’ve been playing Gran Turismo 5 non-stop ever since it was released and I sat myself a rather hairy goal. Collect all 1031 cars in the game. Not only is it time consuming, but with the 800 Standard Model cars rotating for space in the Used Car Dealership, it makes it hard to spot them all if not careful. I started out with an Excel spreadsheet, moved over to an un-named internet site that stopped working when I needed it to, so I decided to look for an App.

Selecting cars.

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