NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Isn't it interesting how sometimes technology amazes us most when it's able to recreate really, well, the low-tech way we used to do things? The new game Tengami is a perfect example. The entire title is pretty much a digital, Japanese popup book. There are of course several features you can not find in an actual popup book like the ability to move your character around the page or that dreamy, Zen-like music that accompanies your journey through ancient Japanese fairy tales. But developers say they wanted to make it so that everything you do to advance yourself in the game and story is something you could do with real paper, glue and scissors and from the looks of it, mission accomplished. For example, the only way to get an object at the bottom of a well is to pull one tab to lower the water, and another to expose the object, then push a tab down to fill the well up again so that you can reach it. This is likely a game you can get lost in for hours simply because of how it looks and feels and sounds. Tengami is an iPad app for $4.99.
A popular board game has been made ultra portable thanks to a stop on your mobile device. If you're a parent of about a five through 11-year-old there's a good chance you know what Qwirkle is. In case you're not familiar with it, you pull tiles from your hand and line them up either by color or shape, you get extra points for a Qwirkle, or six tiles in a row. Here's why the mobile version is so exciting though, the real world game comes 108 individual wooden tiles that could easily get lost if transported outside your home -- that's obviously not an issue here. You can play alone against a computer, opponent or together with up to four people either online or by passing your device around for each turn. Qwirkle is right now an iOS app for $2.99.