Full version of Underworlds, an RPG in the old-school style of Diablo, is free today. Easy to pick-up and play, the UI provides a minimalist directional mover and single action button. The button knows when to get treasure, talk to an NPC, or kill a monster. Over time you gain skills that add extra buttons for those actions. Your health and manna dropping? Touch the red and blue vials to drink potions and replenish each. Pausing allows you to dig deeper into the interface to equip items from inventory, increase skills, and create save points. Underworlds delivers both the standing-in-line as well as sit-and-lose-an-hour game experience. At free, Underworlds delivers the kind of value I love as an App Zealot.
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Uncommon makes custom iPhone 3G/3GS cases. They teamed with a variety of artists to produce beautiful hardshell slider cases. If you are so inclined, you can use your own custom art. I did, and I love it. After my previous case got baked in the sun while on the beach in the Bahamas, I needed a new one. Not content with an average case, I looked for something unique. What is more unique than a one-of-a-kind print to order case? Nothing!
The cases are reasonably priced at $39.95 plus shipping. They use their TATT printing on a good quality hard plastic slider case. From their website: “Our exclusive 3D TATT™ (Thermo-Active Transdermal Technology) printing process transfers the ink deep into the case’s surface creating the only one-of-a-kind protective cases on the planet.” From my experience, the image holds up well with routine scratches. I do not have any deep gouges (yet!) Looking at the edges of the printing in the connector area, the print depth appears to range from 0.5 – 1 mm into the plastic. There is a uniform black area on the front analogous to the silver bezel on the phone.
The process is brain dead simple. After uploading your image, you can scale and rotate it while seeing how it will overlay on the case and print area. When you are done, they provide an image of what the case will look like (see left) as well as a wallpaper image for your iPhone. Uncommon kept me informed during the process from submitting my order, through printing, to shipping. It took three days from order to in my pocket. The delivered case looked exactly like the mock-up provided during the process.
I am extremely happy with the end result and have received numerous compliments. Most are doubly amazed that case image is from a photo I shot.