Mega Jump is an awesome free game for iPhone and Android that I’ve been playing a lot lately. You’re basically a little critter that jumps and grabs coins. Each coin you grab boosts you vertically a little farther, and you try to keep jumping from coin to coin to keep going. Along the way you can get power-ups that will help you get coins, go higher, or protect you from harm.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Don’t “tilt” the game. You’ll figure out what this means.
For every 100 coins you collect, you’ll get 10 MP which you can spend on stuff in the store.
Characters don’t have any special powers, so don’t buy them expecting any.
Power-up upgrades change the power-ups you find in the game, they’re not weapons you can activate from your inventory.
Upgrade the magnet power-ups first. They’ll help you get coins faster, which means you’ll be able to upgrade the other power-ups faster.
Enter my mega code 6vgk7 to get 500 MP right from the start. Full disclosure: I’ll get 500 MP, too.
From a design standpoint, I really dig how the iPhone 4 looks, with its front and back glass surfaces, wraparound metal band, etc.
From a practical standpoint, it sucks. I can’t count the number of times I’ve placed the phone on a flat surface only to have it slide off. The thing is like an air hockey puck. Fortunately it’s usually only fallen a few inches, so no harm done.
But it’s also slipped out of my hand a couple times when I’m pulling it out of my pocket. One time I had my earphones plugged into it, which basically slowed it down enough so that when it hit the ground it only chipped one corner of the back glass.
On Sunday I wasn’t so lucky:
Yep. There’s a crack running from one corner of the back glass all the way up to the camera.
I have the Apple iPhone 4 bumper, and I do use it, but normal 2.5mm jacks and the older 30 pin connectors don’t fit, so I’m constantly forced to take it off if I’m not using the supplied earbuds or 30 pin connector. In this case, I took it off on Saturday to play podcasts in the car through the auxiliary input and dropped it Sunday at the Brentwood Country Mart.
Fortunately for me, I was able to schedule a Monday morning appointment at the Genius Bar, where the nice Apple Store Repair guy replaced the back glass for free (normally $29). I also bought a new case from Amazon, which shouldn’t have the same issues as the Apple bumper.
Like the web app, the iPhone client has an elegant interface and keeps you logged in and alerted to all your latest IMs. Now that they’ve got both the web and the iPhone covered, I can’t imagine using anything else for IM.
Google Sync for your iPhone was released in beta earlier this week, enabling iPhone users to sync their Contacts and Calendar over the air with their Google Contacts and Calendar. I don’t particularly like Google’s Contacts interface and there’s no way to merge duplicate entries (especially between My Contacts and Suggested Contacts), so I’ll keep using Yahoo’s Address Book and synching my contacts via iTunes. Google’s Calendar product, however, is pretty decent and has nice, soothing colors. I don’t use a desktop Calendar product, so Google Sync for your iPhone fills this void pretty nicely.
Even better, Google Sync for your iPhone coupled with Google Calendar Sync allows me to get my work calendar onto my iPhone (uni- or bi-directionally). I’d been using the company-issued Blackberry to figure out my daily schedule more than checking work emails (our IT department doesn’t support the iPhone unless you’re a top-level executive), but now that I can push Outlook events from the desktop to Google and then over the air to the device, I can ditch the wretchedness that is the Blackberry.