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Hero of Sparta: Journal II

Posted in Journal with tags , , on June 1, 2009 by Bryan
Laika, aboard Sputnik 2, never saw it coming.

Laika, aboard Sputnik 2, never saw it coming. Death by freezing.

Good morning Cold War Fruitsters,

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent my time with comrades, family, and Hero of Sparta (link opens iTunes). After playing through three levels in one evening, I finally conquered the lord of the Underworld and was able to return to my Spartan people. Only now, after such an epic journey, I have new armor and weapons with which to enforce my rule. Muhahaha. Below you will find a few pics from the end of my journey.

This boss fight looked fantastic! But I was bored.

Hound's Lair: This boss fight looked fantastic! Wish it would have been more exciting.

The lord of the Underworld

The lord of the Underworld. Last boss fight.

– Hero of Sparta levels –

Oracle’s Island – Completed

The Keeper – Completed

Steam Rock – Completed

Garden City – Completed

Descent – Completed

Atlantis – Completed

Hound’s Lair – Completed

Underworld -Completed

With Hero of Sparta completed, I am now looking for a new app to review/ play through. Any suggestions?

Developer Spotlight: Nils Munch

Posted in Developer Spotlight with tags , , , on May 20, 2009 by Bryan

Cozy Quest

Have you heard of Cozy Quest (link will open iTunes)? Developer Nils Munch has created an MMORPG for the iPhone/ iPod Touch that allows players to enter the magical lands of Eluna. Not an MMO in the Mafia Wars/ iMob sense, the games official website assures players that recruitment codes and spamming/ inviting friends to earn points are not what this game is about. Having just released on May 12, now is the perfect time to get in on the ground floor of what is sure to be an iDevice classic.

Let us know what you think.

Hero of Sparta: Journal I

Posted in Journal with tags , , , on May 20, 2009 by Bryan

Descending

One of the very first apps I ever downloaded from the App Store, for my iPod Touch, was Hero of Sparta (link opens iTunes). I only played the game a few times before discarding it in an attempt to find another app fix. Now there is nothing wrong with Hero of Sparta. The gameplay, controls, and sound are all top notch for an iDevice title. I just often find myself experiencing App Store ADD as I search for the next best app. So, in an attempt to actually finish an iDevice game (besides Oregon Trail), I am dedicating my iPod Touch gaming time to Hero of Sparta. So far I have conquered:

– Hero of Sparta levels –

Oracle’s Island – Completed

The Keeper – Completed

Steam Rock – Completed

Garden City – Completed

Descent – In progress

Atlantis – Incomplete

Hound’s Lair – Incomplete

Underworld -Incomplete

Furthermore, I have made myself a new rule: “No new apps until Hero of Sparta has been conquered.” What do you think? Do you find yourself buying apps but never completing/ using them after the initial download?

Send the comments below.

5/19/2009: News Crumbs

Posted in News Crumbs with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2009 by Bryan

Two interesting blog posts from the guys over at wired.com’s Gadget Lab.

Next-Gen iPhone Spec RumorsLink

The iPhone is quickly becoming the Swiss Army Knife of portable electronics. If the rumors are true, now you will be able to talk on the phone, listen to music, play apps, and use the GPS function to navigate around town. Sounds like a win win to me. Although, I question the wisdom in a device that does so many things.

Devious Developer Fools AppleLink

This developer (Jelle Prins) is just asking for a one way ticket out of the App Store. He must not get much attention at home or anywhere else for that matter.

The End of Apple?

Posted in News Crumbs with tags , , , , on January 16, 2009 by Bryan

Steve Jobs and “health issues” have been one of the main news headlines today. The Apple CEO and co-founder announced Wednesday that he will be taking a leave of absence until June. This has lead many, across the Internet, to speculate on the future of Apple without Jobs. Below you will find a roundup of news articles. Please read responsibly.

Can Apple Fill the Void? – New York Times

Apple Faces Issues of Disclosure in Job’s Absence – Washington Post

Apple Succession Plan: Nobody’s Business? – Business Week

Clearly, the world wants to know what will happen to the magical Apple after its creator walks into the sunset. If anything, changes will not be noticeable for years…and that is only if Jobs has not set up a plan of succession. Speculation is endless. No need to worry though. Apple is but the company that convinced you that you needed an iPod. A device this writer always swore he would never buy. Now that I own an iPod, however, I don’t know how I ever lived without it.

– The Pacific Commander

Letter from Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Posted in News Crumbs with tags , , on January 8, 2009 by Bryan

Dear Apple Community,

For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.

I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.

Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.

I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.

So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.

Steve

Cold War Fruit wishes you a happy and healthy 2009 Steve!

We at Cold War Fruit wish you a happy and healthy 2009 Steve!

I guess you know you’ve arrived when health rumors cause company stock to rise and fall. Steve Jobs has proven that he is the heartbeat of Apple much like Walt Disney was the heartbeat of The Walt Disney Company. One can only hope that Steve has instilled enough of his vision within the company so that one day Apple may continue in his absence. Just remember, the man is not dead yet!