A is for Apple (Registered Trademark)

Photograph by Matthew Farrant

Last week, I mentioned that my 21 month old is quite adept at using the family iPad. The little guy even knows how to do this “swipey thing” to move between open apps.  I don’t even know how to do the “swipey thing” and when I lament that fact while begging him to show me how he’s doing it, he just slyly laughs.  Seriously, he has his father’s sense of humor which tells me I am doomed to a lifetime of being picked on by both of them.

While we are on the subject of apps I’ve decided to share my toddler’s (and my) favorite apps for little ones.

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What it Means to be a Geek Mom

Illustration from the book, “Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families” by Natania Barron, Kathy Ceceri, Corrina Lawson, and Jenny Williams.

I am going to drop some truth on you, dear readers.  I am tired.  I wear a lot of hats.  All of them are important to me and all of them require more time and energy than I normally have.  However, the most important hat of them all is that of “Mommy.”    As a full-time working mother, I often fear that I am not there enough time for my 20-month old son.  So, how do I make the most of my time with my toddler?  Well, that’s where being a geek comes into play.

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I’m Digital Card Game Rich!: iOS Card Games

I’ve become addicted to both physical and digital board games, so I thought I’d share the love and give you all a run down of some of the card games I’ve been playing recently on my iPad. Continue reading

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Beautiful But Short: The Act

Every so often there games that offer such an interesting play or pretty graphics that I feel compelling to purchase them. Some of these I have been burned on such as Afrika, while others like Heavy Rain were enjoyable for what they were attempting. My most recent purchase is The Act on iOS. Continue reading

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Episode 33 – Favorite Apps

These days, everyone has a smartphone.  You’ve got one.  Your mom has one.  Hell, even the 2nd graders down the street have one, and they probably know more about how to operate it than the techs at Apple do.  That being said, one of the greatest features of smartphone and tablet technology is the plethora of Apps being developed by everyday geeks faster than you can switch from an Android to an iPhone* (*contract restrictions may apply).  Join us this week as we discuss some of our favorite Apps.  Whether it’s useful time wasters (aka games), infinite knowledge at our finger tips, or the ability to stay organized at work, at the gaming table, or in the daily grind of life in general, we’re not really sure how we used to function without them.  So, make sure your battery is charged, the touch screen is polished up, and your notepad app is open and ready as we discuss it all on this weeks new episode of Monkey in the Cage.

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It’s no Xavier’s School for the Gifted: Hero Academy

As a group we’ve been playing an obscene amount of Words With Friends, and while that has been fun, playing a game about words can only last so long. I decided to find a new game that had a similar turn based competitive element, but without the whole words thing. As luck may have it I found the recently released Hero Academy from Robot Entertainment, for the low low cost of free!

Hero Academy is a tactics style game where you and a friend (or random stranger if that is what you are in to. Pervert!) take turns controlling various in an attempt to destroy the others crystals or army. To accomplish this feat you start out with warriors, priests, archers, mages, and a single ninja, along with various items for upgrades and destruction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each minion has their own unique ability from the warriors taking damage to the priest’s healing. Robot Entertainment is planning to release more armies that will allow for different play for $1.99 each. Currently only the starter army and a dark elf army are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While simplistic looking, Hero Academy does require a great deal of thought and strategy. Do you take out the crystals first or do you go for the healer? The units and items you can choose from each turn are randomly selected for you and can sometimes make or break a good battle. You are also limited to the number of units and items you can use during a game so you must choose wisely or you will find yourself with only one unit left to your opponents full board.

I must give Hero Academy 12 cigars out of 8 tarnished sheriff badges. It is a fun game, but when you are on a roll it can get frustrating to wait for your opponent to finish their turn.

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