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Entries in Uzu (2)

Spirit HD. A truly absorbing iPad experience

The direct connection of the iPad multitouch display makes for a man-machine interface that has proven to be the foundation of just about every memorable iPad app. Whether it's the control of Magic Fiddle or the experimentation of Uzu; touch is the glue that holds the entire experience together.

It's no surprise then that some of the best iPad games are not simply iPad adaptations of console or PC classics, but rather, completely new creations that tap into the directness of the iPad interface.

Spirit HD is a marvellously addictive game from Marco Mazzoli that won't disappoint. The aim of the game is to encircle your opponents... that's about it. It might sound simple or even dull, but the actual experience of playing Spirit HD is quite absorbing. It's the precision of the touch control, combined with the music and visual style that propels Spirit HD into an entirely different orbit.

The iPad version runs 50% faster than the iPhone version - play the game the way it's meant to be played!

It's Jean Michel Jarre meets Yoda with a dash of Rolf Harris thrown in for good measure!

Sometimes you see an iOS app and you just know that it is introducing something new and exciting, perhaps even something quite groundbreaking, but you can't quite explain what it is. That is exactly what happened when we first played with Uzu by Colordodge Labs. It's Jean Michel Jarre meets Yoda with a dash of Rolf Harris thrown in for good measure!

Technically speaking, Uzu is a kinetic multitouch particle visualizer, but all you need to know is that it is a thing of beauty, a real work of code art.

Uzu is yours for pennies, but if you need more convincing just check out the video above - we're hooked and can't wait to see what Uzu becomes.

Further reading: We want our Jean Michel Jarre synth app