Epic Zen Garden
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Epic Zen Garden
Epic Zen Garden is a beautiful graphical environment showcasing the power of iOS 8, developed by Epic Games with Unreal Engine 4. Tap to navigate this interactive oasis brimming unmatched detail on mobile. Swipe back and forth across the entire Sakura tree to make thousands of cherry blossoms swirl in the air, graze the koi pond to summon leagues of fish, and rake the sand with your finger to create subtle designs. Touch the well to bring throngs of butterflies out of hiding. Access Unreal Engine 4 at www.unrealengine.com to build your own games and apps!
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• Stunning visuals. Solid 30fps; 1440x1080 resolution; 4x MSAA; 3,500 butterflies equal roughly 4,000 draw calls, with falling petals at 5,000 particles (not draw calls); as demonstrated in Apple’s WWDC 2014 keynote.
Check out Epic’s blog post (http://epic.gm/wwdc) from WWDC and see under the hood of Zen Garden in this livestream presentation (http://youtu.be/Br7qVnzxzv8).
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What's New in Version 1.1.0
Major UX improvements
• Added more obvious icons for moving from area to area
• Added pulsing circles to indicate touch areas
• Added animated icons to represent interaction points
• Added exit icons for each activity area
• Arrows and Circles now behave more consistently
• UI is more obvious now on all screen sizes
• Improved camera movement
• Added icon to start
• Cherry Blossom Tree is now easier to manipulate
Fixed a few crash bugs
Free, and effective.
I read a couple reviews before downloading this free app. How you feel about this app really comes down to what your definition of a zen garden is. I learned about miniature zen gardens/ big zen gardens at a friends house as a child. I marveled at a bowl of sand, rocks, decorations and a tiny wooden rake on a kitchen counter. When my friends mom caught me looking at it I complimented her sculpture. This is when I learned what a zen garden is. She invited me to move things around in the mini zen garden, and I sheepishly told her that I did not want to ruin her beautiful arrangement. She explained that much like life zen gardens are in a constant state of change. Moving the sand, rocks, and other elements is meant to relax you. Lastly that nothing in life is permanent and that the miniature zen garden was meant to help embrace that. So if you have a real zen garden or miniature one this app will probably not appeal to you. However, if you are like me and you don't want to clean spilled sand then this app might be for you. The fish, butterflies, birds, and flying island are a big plus. If you are looking for a video game or a story you might be disappointed with this app. Some features like moving rocks and different sand tools might be nice, but for a free app I am very impressed.
Two stars for pretty but that's all
It walks you through blooming a cherry tree, making lines in a sand zen garden, making butterflies swirl, watching koi swim and zooming out to see the perspective of this created world. That's it. It is pretty, but every move had a directional icon, and you could see it all in about two minutes. There was no exploration, no finding anything interesting, nor any surprises. Well, one surprise-my phone got extremely hot after the two minutes and I had to shut it down. I'll delete the app now as I've seen it.
I don't get the good reviews, this is seriously blah. I didn't see other versions but I do agree it'd be a lot better without arrows showing you how do do everything. This isn't a game, it's just a meditative, pretty app where you find lovely things and center yourself. Only the app won't let you find anything, it has to bang it over your head and make you move on.
I remember my first iphone had a koi pond game, much like this one. All you did was feed koi and listen to pretty music and immerse yourself in that world. I actually used that app when I wanted some peace or a moments rest. This one could have been the same, without the circles and doors and arrows irritating you and telling you what to do.
Great game to show off iPhones graphics iPhone 6+ warms up a little
Great graphics, very beautiful, runs great on iPhone 6+ although the iPhone gets a little hot but that's expected with no cooling system on what is eventually a little computer. For people who complain this is short; 1 it was the first game to show off Apple's new METAL PROGRAMMING; second it is not a game, it's made to show off your phones graphics or you can use it for a little relaxation; lastly it's free, why complain about shortness for something that's free and made to show off your phone.
Oh and I'm impressed with the 1gb ram on the iPhone 6+ how beautiful this looks.
In conclusion; this app is great to show off your phone, will push your phone to its graphical limit so expect some heat or battery drain, it really is not a game but more of an app so don't expect it to be long especially with it being the first out and being free... Now I hope they implement this into some actual games.
- Category: Entertainment
- Updated: Nov 11, 2014
- Version: 1.1.0
- Size: 439 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Epic Games, Inc.
- © (C) 2014 Epic Games, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (6th generation).