Thousands (Millions?) of people quickly hopped on the app store and went looking for the sexiest and flashiest apps to show off their new devices or mobile operating system.It is only natural after all to want to show off your shiny new paint job. Apple’s iOS 7 is a very divisive new user experience, as anyone following the significant volume of screaming (tweeting) from the (virtual) hilltops fighting the changes tooth and nail. Many, myself included, love the high-contrast, clean, and modern look that iOS 7 features, while others are refusing to update, swearing by their current UX….at least until “Candy Crush Saga 2” or “Star Wars Angry Birds 25: Journey To The Center Of The Marvel Universe – Presented by Monster Energy Drink” release and force them to update or miss out on some epic time-wasting adventures.
Regardless of one’s view on the matter, we have to all agree that this is a significant change in hardware and user experience. Originally I was planning on writing an article showcasing the changes from an iPhone 5 user’s perspective, but then I realized those are a dime a dozen online.
Then something clicked for me….well it was more of an audible “donk”. I discovered something went wrong with my iPhone update. It seems my backup (and my backup of my backup) was corrupted somehow. The “donk” was my computer warning me that the update could not be completed and I would have to restore my iPhone to factory settings. My heart stopped and I shed a single tear as I thought of all my lost apps and game saves. Finally, composing myself, I began the restore process. I poured some of my generic “Cola” down the drain for my fallen iPhone data, and then I waited.
After what seemed like an eternity of me staring at the inching progress bar on my iDevice, I was greeted with a white “Welcome” screen. After setting everything up, I decided to start the process of downloading my apps again, using this opportunity to only install games and apps I use on a regular basis or haven’t had a chance to complete.
I paged down the “purchased” section of my iPhone’s App Store, and smiled with a bit of wistful nostalgia as I noted a few games I had a great time playing, but deleted due to time. I always enjoy looking back at some of the fun times I have had with my phone, so I kept scrolling further and further back in my purchase history. It was like travelling back in time! I hit a patch of apps and games I downloaded the day I got my iPhone 5, inspired to break in my shiny new toy at the time. Further back, I see the apps I installed when I was given my iPad 2 by my amazing wife for Christmas two years ago. Then even further back with my iPod touch 2nd gen and my briefly-owned second hand iPhone 3G with overheating antenna.
After being stunned by the amount of OpenFeint and Plus+ integrated apps that no longer function – and the amount I spent on these games – I decided to re-install some of the apps that I loved but haven’t used in years. Some of them I even reviewed for this very site. I wanted to see how they fared now, with all the hardware changes, screen resolution and size increases, memory updates, interface and feature overhauls, and dramatically different handsets.
What I discovered is very interesting, and says quite a bit about longevity and sustainability in the ever-increasing app market. Some developers have kept up with their apps, updating them with the new Game Center features and screen size/resolution changes, and others simply don’t function at all. I suggest you do the same someday, you may find some of your favorite game developers have given a significant amount of effort to keep the games you love playable, and others don’t even exist as more than a memory.
Here are a few of the apps I have reviewed for AppAddict.net, from a new perspective as played on an iPhone 5 (16GB) running iOS 7. The original reviews still stand as written.
Various other apps I toyed with either didn’t work, crashed constantly, or more commonly, simply didn’t exist anymore. Some seemed to be almost impossible to play due to the game not registering my taps and touches properly, and no real explanation as to why. It is most likely something technical that prevents updating long-dormant apps that I wouldn’t understand.
What about you? What apps did you love that are lost to time, or do you still have on your iDevice that you are surprised you still play?