Download Discounts for Oct. 25: Circuloid, Finger3D HD, Photographic Memory Training

Oct 25, 2010
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There are some deep discounts to be found today on a couple of cool apps: a game that alters the classic brick-breaker formula, an iPad app that lets you use your finger to create 3D models, and an iPhone app meant to train you to have a photographic memory. Check them out in today’s Download […]

There are some deep discounts to be found today on a couple of cool apps: a game that alters the classic brick-breaker formula, an iPad app that lets you use your finger to create 3D models, and an iPhone app meant to train you to have a photographic memory. Check them out in today’s Download Discounts.

Circuloid (iPad) $0.99 (was $5.99)

The trailer for Circuloid suggests some kind of potentially goofy secret agent story, but what you need to know is that this is a take on the classic brick-breaker game. The catch – the interface is circular, which adds an interesting twist to a game most people have played before.

In Circuloid, the bricks are in the center of the screen with the standard ball bouncing around, breaking through them to earn the player points. Around the outer edge is a circle, with two bumpers attached to it. You rotate the circle to line the bumpers up with the bouncing balls to send them flying into the bricks – but things get complicated as additional balls are added into the mix and they start flying around in different directions because of the round bumpers. There are already 54 levels, with more promised from the game’s developers.

Finger3D HD (iPad) $5.99 (was $9.99)

This app uses just your finger and your iPad to create 3D rendered models. It sounds complex, but the app seems to make 3D modeling very simple.

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Packed into Finger3D are several basic 3D model shapes – spheres, cubes, cylinders and so on – that you can position and combine on the screen. When you have the basic shape you’re looking for, you can add color to the different models, mess around with lighting effects, alter the models or smooth out their faces. Then you can render the whole thing, save it, and export it to other graphics software on another computer.

Photographic Memory Training (iPhone) $1.99 (was $3.99)

The training in this memory app takes a while to be effective – two weeks, the developer says, with four to six weeks total for best results. It uses research developed in World War II to develop fighter pilots’ sensory responses.

The app will flash you a picture and then quickly hide it, and asks you questions about it. According to the developer, after some training this method allowed people to basically “save” the image in their head – pilots could even read pages of texts from their memories and respond to questions after only seeing the page for a moment.

I’m not sure if Photographic Memory Training is that effective, but I could definitely use a memory boost, and $1.99 isn’t a lot to gamble on for some results.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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