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“Sword of Fargoal” has a long history stretching back to the early 1980s with its “rougelike” ancestor, also called “Sword of Fargoal,” as well as the ASCII-based computer RPG game “Rogue” from where the term “rougelike,” used to describe games with turn-based moves, random replayability, and permanent death, came from. “Sword of Fargoal” made such [...]
“Sword of Fargoal” has a long history stretching back to the early 1980s with its “rougelike” ancestor, also called “Sword of Fargoal,” as well as the ASCII-based computer RPG game “Rogue” from where the term “rougelike,” used to describe games with turn-based moves, random replayability, and permanent death, came from. “Sword of Fargoal” made such an impression on computer gaming fans that it made the list of “Top 150 Best Video Games of All Time” in Computer Gaming World’s anniversary issue.
I clearly remember playing “Sword” over countless sleepless weekends (we weren’t allowed to play video games on weekdays) trying to reach the ultimate 20th level, and now this venerable dungeon crawler brings a sense of nostalgia, updated graphics, and the same random, overhead view game play with its triumphant return, courtesy of developer Fargoal LLC, to the iPhone/iPod touch as “Sword of Fargoal” (Cost: $3.99) and the iPad as the big screen “Sword of Fargoal Legends” (Cost: $6.99).
Why is the 20th level such a big deal you would crawl in the darkness, revealing areas of the mist-covered dungeon, to reach it? The lowest level is the location of the eponymous artifact. Of course, the route is filled dangers, not only with 28 opponents from Elven archers to Were-bears to best, but traps, teleporters, hidden passages, and stairs leading you closer to your goal. Of course, to survive, you need to level up by continually exploring every nook and cranny, because death (despite the initial 10 save slots presented at the beginning would have you assume, is permanent.
Old school gamers like myself will notice the evolution of “Fargoal” from the get-go as a nice introductory animation gets you in the exploring mood. Tapping away at keyboard keys has, of course, been replaced by touch as you swipe towards an enemy to attack or, if the chips are down, tap and drag to flee. That’s the beauty of the game overall is you will be rewarded for fighting and winning but since you only get one life (something we aren’t used to in the video game world), you do need to consider calling it a day if the outcome looks bleak. However, there are potions that can help you recover some of your health and temples where you can spend gold for experience.
“Sword’s” sound also stands out with a sweeping, multi-layered score accompanied with lots of ambient sounds adding to the “danger lurking” atmosphere and sound effects at appropriate points.
Last but not least, you can play “Sword of Fargoal” over and over again with a rebooted dungeon map. Furthermore, rolling the dice at the start to figure out your hero’s health and skill level adds yet another random element to the game overall.
You can download Sword of Fargoal via this direct iTunes link.
The bug, which was was one the major security vulnerabilities fixed in this week's releases of Firefox 3.6.11 and 3.5.14, was discovered by Alex after spending 'about 90 minutes each day for 10 days'. In other words, he pored through code for 15 hours and made $3000, or $200 per hour. Not bad for a 12-year-old!
If you want to get in on the bug bounty hunting action -- because let's face it, if a kid can find a bug in 15 hours, an adult could do it much faster -- just head on over to Mozilla Developer Central. Check out the Firefox source and start looking!
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Portable speaker is a perfect companion for travelers. I love to carry one and share my music with my peers. The little speaker brings lots of fun and makes my trip more enjoyable. Are you also planning to purchase a portable speaker for your iPhone? There are plenty portable speakers in the market and we’ve [...]
Portable speaker is a perfect companion for travelers. I love to carry one and share my music with my peers. The little speaker brings lots of fun and makes my trip more enjoyable.
Are you also planning to purchase a portable speaker for your iPhone? There are plenty portable speakers in the market and we’ve combed through the web to bring you 5 cool portal speakers for your iPhone.
Bone Collection iPhone Portable Amplifier with Horn Stand
Developed by Cyberguys Inc., the Bone Horn Stand speaker is an un-powered amplifier for the iPhone. Using old-fashioned acoustical science, this silicone stand adds 13 decibels of sound pressure to your iPhone’s speakers without using the battery. You can just slip the Horn Stand speaker onto your iPhone and it channels the sound of your speakers up through the trumpet shaped gramophone tube at top with amplification. The speaker can be used as a stand, supporting the iPhone in horizontal or vertical orientation.
The speaker comes with several colors and supports the original iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS, as well as, iPhone 4. It’s priced at $25. To purchase, check out the official production page from Cyberguys.
SkullyBoom SB1 Portable Speaker
The SkullyBoom SB1 is a very cute little speaker. But don’t be fooled by its toy-ish appearance, the speaker is solidly constructed to give clear and booming sound. Not just work for iPhone, it supports most audio devices (including iPod touch, laptop, etc) via standard headphone jack. The speaker package comes with a Lithum battery that supports up to 4-hours music playback. The speaker is available via Amazon.com for $49.55 or you can also purchase it via SkullyBoom.
Livespeakr Ultraportable Speaker System
Livespeakr is an ultra-portable, multi-functional speaker system that allows you to enjoy up to 16 hours of ultimate sound quality on-the-go. It’s lightweight with just 12.8 ounces and small enough to fit in your back pocket. Livespeakr boasts a unique “super” cradle to fit most iPods and iPhones (including the original iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS). The speakers can rotate to work with both portrait and landscape orientations in order to accomodate the view of multimedia content.
Originally priced at $69.99, you can purchase the speaker via Amazon.com for $50.6 only.
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
The Digital Lifestyle Outfitters is a compact and stylish portable speaker for iPhone and other audio devices. You can simply connect your iPhone with the speaker via 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy music with an extra-wide sound stage. The speaker system comes with an iPhone stand and two speakers. The design is well-thought. Each speaker snaps neatly into the base to create a “ball” approximately 6 inches in diameter. This is perfect for travel. The removable stand can hold your iPhone in upright or landscape orientation.
The Digital Lifestyle speaker is available from Amazon.com for $62.5.
iHome iHM79 Portable Mini Speakers
The iHM79 from iHome is a great stereo speaker system for your iPod, iPhone and other audio devices. Just like some of the speakers we’ve shown you above, the iHome speaker connects with iPhone via 3.5mm headphone jack. These compact speakers attach magnetically in a capsule shape to achieve ultimate portability. Despite its compact size, it do offer relatively decent stereo sound. Each speaker is powered by a rechargeable battery. You can charge via your PC’s USB port or a battery charger.
According to its spec, the speakers weigh just less than half a pound and come in four colors. The iHome iHM79 speaker is now available via Amazon.com for $45.