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‘Mayday! Deep Space’ rethinks the survival horror genre with voice-controlled gameplay

Posted in Games, iPad, iPhone
By Sam Bathe on 9 Jan 2015


From best-selling author Daniel Wilson (Robopocalypse), Mayday! Deep Space reinvents the survival horror for a unique and chilling game on iOS. Rather than fighting bloody creatures yourself, instead you’re on the other end of a radio, answering a distress signal from the lone survivor on a derelict spaceship. Giving instructions based on a rudimentary radar, you control the game via your voice and quickfire instructions like “turn left” or “run forward”. It’s an unusual experience but adds an extra layer of claustrophobia and tension as don’t feel completely in control. Not even close. And it makes the game just as scary as anything from Resident Evil or Silent Hill.

The are five levels of “increasing mayhem”, with waypoints on the radar to get to, each a daunting distance across the map, with monsters dotted everywhere in-between. Four unique endings based on your decisions during the game make for real replay value too. Mayday! Deep Space is available now in the App Store for iPhone and iPad:!-deep-space/id695138358?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

The London List Abroad: Ulmon, The Best Offline Guide And Maps App For ParisThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 5 Apr 2013

So many people carrying smart phones now, we’re used to everything being in the palm of our hands, wherever we go, whatever we’re doing. But that all changes when you go abroad. Show the rest of this post…

Unless you happy to incur often astronomical data charges, or buy a separate foreign SIM for your phone, going online is out of the question, so the trend now is to download everything you need in advance.

There are a bunch of offline map and travel guide apps available for Paris, but of the bunch that I tried, Ulmon was by far the very best. With a super detailed, zoomable map, with thousands of tappable points of interest, bringing up cached Wikipedia articles within the app getting around the city is a breeze. The best feature though is that a remarkably accurate locator, pinpointing what street you’re on within seconds, and thanks to the iPhone’s compass, it’ll tell you which way you’re facing too.

Thanks to an extensive directory of restaurants, bars, shops, theatres, cinemas and more, if you’re short of something to do it’ll map what’s around you, while you can also bookmark a to-do list of picks if you want to plan your stay. With a Metro map too, I don’t know what we would have done without the Ulmon app, and gone at last are the huge paper maps you used to have to carry around in your pocket, and just pulling out your phone instead, you can start to look like a local. Oh yeah, and it’s free.

Ulmon for iOS is available in the App Store here:

Collective iPhone Cables

Posted in iPad, iPhone, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 13 Aug 2012

Though they’ll need a refresh in a month or so when the iPad and iPhone’s new 9-pin doc connector is made standard at the next launch on September 10th, we’re still in love with Eastern Collectives’ Collective Cables, doing away with the white wire, instead encasing it in climbing rope. Available in four colours, they’ll set you back $14.

Konkreet Performer

Posted in iPad, Music, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 2 Jun 2011

Konkreet Labs‘ Performer iPad app might not create music for you, but instead lets you control anything that receives OSC or MIDI, and in a pretty mind-bending, and sumptuously visual way. Don’t understand just on earth all the shapes, waves and swirls work? Well, we didn’t either, but once you just into it, it’s a pretty wonderful system, though I’m not sure if we’d trust it just yet from on-stage. You can grab it in the App Store here.

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