Challenge Your Friends in Head Shot

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Head Shot: Photo Assassin
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Head Shot: Photo Assassin is a fun and challenging location-based, social game that’s best described as a game of “tag” for adults on steroids.

This app, created by Gregory Soroka, could definitely appeal to players in a region where the game is popular.

Features:

The basics of Head Shot is to take a photo of other players in your surrounding area before they take a picture of you.

The game will notify you when a player is nearby. It is then up to the players to locate where the other player is and capture his/ her photo; players earn points when they successfully get a “head shot” of another player.

The game heavily relies on a player’s location. The only way to earn any points and increase your spot on the leaderboard is by having other players of the game around to take photos of.

We can definitely see this being a ton of fun when a club, fraternity, Meetup group, group of friends or even work buddies get together to play in a specified area.

If you’re just jumping in to play by yourself, however, don’t be surprised if other players are many miles away.

The game itself is interesting, but is heavily dependent on other players in your area; so to really enjoy it, at least for now, you’ll probably have to supply the group yourself.

The “shot” player then confirms if the photo is a picture of them. Once the player confirms they’ve been “shot,” the “shooter” receives 10 points.

As with most games, there is an assumption, and dependency, that players will be honest. If you’re shot you have to admit it. And frankly there shouldn’t be an issue with that, especially when playing with friends. Of course the system can me ‘gamed’ by creating multiple accounts to “shoot.”

Appearance and Layout:

Head Shot: iPhone App Review

Head Shot: Photo Assassin: iPhone App

The designers of this app did an excellent job with the layout of Head Shot, it’s organized very well and easy to navigate.

The main screen of the game is the camera which allows for quick access to getting that photo of a nearby player.

However, since this game is about competition, the leaderboard should be easily accessible and able to be displayed in sections; such as region or sub-unit of your group.

Since the game is heavily dependent on other players and has a bit of a social aspect to it, it seems that it would make sense for the social/ notification panel to be enhanced in this game as well.

Value:

Overall, Head Shot is a unique, fun new game that could be popular amongst multiple friend groups and communities.

This game could certainly thrive on college campuses due to highly concentrated amount of similar people within an area. It also seems to be arriving at a time when people are more interested in apps that get them off the couch and running around, such as Pokemon Go, and that can only help make this app a huge success.

If you’re interested in Head Shot, it is currently free in the app store and is worth checking out, especially if you have a group of friends who are willing to try something new out.

download (12)Head Shot: Photo Assassin requires iOS 7.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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CounterBean Lets You Schedule Lessons, Meetings, and More

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CounterBean – Social People 2 People Connect and Market Place , business appointments and meet ups with no email or phone or chat
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Tracking down a reliable professional is hard enough as it is, but actually making an appointment with them can sometimes be impossible.

That’s where CounterBean comes in.

CounterBean lets you easily connect with professionals and local businesses without having to pick up the phone or send an email.

Concept and Functionality:

Created by Sujit Dalai, this free app for iPhone offers users some terrific and innovative functionality. Unfortunately it also has one significant drawback, the requirement of connecting your Facebook account to the app.

I couldn’t find a way to sign in using my email address or other social media account. This could prove troublesome for those who don’t want to connect Facebook to outside apps.

Finding your way around CounterBean should prove to be fairly easy. The navigation bar at the bottom of the screen is laid out very nicely and it’s a breeze to access messages and browse the professional directory.

Booking an appointment with a professional is very easy to do and should only take a minute or two. CounterBean includes an integrated calendar that displays any upcoming appointments so you never have to worry about forgetting your commitments.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

CounterBean iPhone App

While I think the idea of being able to connect with professionals and book appointments without having to communicate with them is great, I found that CounterBean doesn’t include location information for professionals.

It looks to be one big database of businesses that users have manually submitted, and I couldn’t find a way to see exactly where a professional was located without having to call their number, cancel the call, and search for the area code on Google.

As you can probably imagine, this is incredibly problematic and is something that should be rectified as quickly as possible so users don’t accidentally schedule a music lesson five states away.

Value:

CounterBean is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. There are no in-app purchases or memberships to worry about.

Even though there are a few setbacks, CounterBean is an app that certainly has plenty of potential. The developers made it very easy for professionals to submit their business to the app, but users need to be able to see where the professional is located in order for the app to be truly effective.

counterbean.jpgCounterBean – Social People 2 People Connect and Market Place, business appointments and meet ups with no email or phone or chat requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Selfie Request Is Social Networking in 99 Seconds or Less

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Selfie Request
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

To say that we live in a fast-paced and ever-changing world is quite an understatement. We spend so much time dwelling on the past and worrying about the future that it makes it difficult to focus on the present moment.

Selfie Request is lots of fun to use and makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family through selfies and brief text messages.

Concept and Functionality:

Getting started with Selfie Request, an iPhone app by MediaOne International, LLC, is pretty simple.

You have the option of signing up with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or email address. It’s worth noting that you also have to provide a phone number in order to receive a confirmation text so you can create your account.

The idea behind Selfie Request is to send and receive requests on the fly. The app is designed to require a maximum of 99 seconds for you to respond to a request with a photo and a brief text message that describes what you’re doing.

The goal is to keep your friends updated without worrying about composing the perfect photo, and Selfie Request gets the job done making it easy to connect with friends and family.

While I really like the idea behind Selfie Request, I had a hard time justifying the use of the app over other apps like iMessage and Snapchat. The limited response time is neat but you probably won’t always be able to send a response because you’re busy doing something else.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Selfie Request is off to a good start when it comes to being a social networking photo app, but there are quite a few important features that seem to be missing.

For example, even though you create a username, it seems like the app can only connect with people in your iPhone address book. This makes it incredibly complicated for people like me who don’t want to give apps permission to import contacts data. I think it would be much better if we could connect with each other via username.

If you’re concerned about privacy, the developers of Selfie Request state that once a selfie is viewed by a user and subsequently closed, the image is deleted forever.

Naturally this can be circumvented with screenshots and so on, so you definitely don’t want to send anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see.

Value:

Selfie Request is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone.

Users don’t have to worry about in-app purchases, which is definitely good news, although I would really like to see expanded contact options like adding people by phone number or username.

Overall, Selfie Request is a great app for living in the now and letting your friends know you’re thinking about them.

Selfie Requestselfie_request.jpg requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Stretch Your Brain with Scrambled Words Challenge

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Scrambled Words Adventure
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Scrambled Words Adventure brings you word puzzles that lead you through a fun collection of challenging levels.

Offered for free with optional in-app purchases, Scrambled Words Adventure challenges you to think outside of the box to advance through the app.

Features:

Scrambled Words Adventure, by Brainivore LLC, is basically a word search game on steroids.

The app presents you with different levels of challenging hidden word puzzles but unlike traditional word searches, however, you aren’t limited to one level of lines for words.

Instead, you’ll need more creativity with Scrambled Words Adventure to connect letters through multiple lines to find the hidden words in these puzzles.

This app also has randomly placed “joker” pieces that are strewn throughout the app to help you out. These pieces are wild cards and so can be any letter that you’d like them to be.

As you connect letters into words, those letters/words disappear, leaving you with a new gameboard to work with. Scrambled Words Adventure also pits you against different “bosses” throughout the levels that make it harder by doing things like slowing you down or switching up letters on you.

While playing Scrambled Words Adventure I found the concept of the game to be very easy to pick up. However, I felt that the actual gameplay was frustratingly glitchy at times; the app repeatedly kept freezing at the completion of the first level.

Appearance and Layout:

Scrambled Words Adventure iPhone App Review

Scrambled Words Adventure iPhone Game

The appearance and layout is probably the best done area of Scrambled Words Adventure. Understanding how to play the game is easy, particularly since so much of the concept of the game is similar to that of other apps.

Navigating through the app is also easily accomplished, since the developers decided to go with a very basic, intuitive layout.

The in-app lettering is a bit cartoonish, but this trends more towards making the app feel charming instead of childish in this case.

Graphics throughout the app are mostly focused on these letter tiles, but other details are thrown into the different unique aspects of the game help to spice things up at times.

As a whole, the graphics and layout of Scrambled Words Adventure are arguable the strongest features of this app.

Value:

Scrambled Words Adventure is a fun little game, but as mentioned previously, the game seems a little glitchy. We expect the developers to fix this in the next update but because of this, it’s hard to recommend it as a great value at this time. Most players will probably lose interest in the app before ever actually spending any significant amount of time on it.

In-app purchases for special game pieces to help out with levels can be made if desired. In-app ads are present, but they do not hinder gameplay continuity at all.

Overall, the graphics are fun and lend a little bit of charm to the app, and the concept of the game does have potential once the glitches are all worked out.

download (11)Scrambled Words Adventure requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Build Your Memory Skills with MemPal

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MemPal
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

MemPal is a fun free memory challenge game that’s hard to put down.

With in-app customizable options, this app takes a simple memory game concept to a much more fun and personalizable level.

Features:

MemPal, by Dynetix Design Solutions Inc, has features that are easily summed up in its name. Specifically, this app is designed to be a fun memory challenge, similar to a game you might play with a friend.

In this case, however, your “pal” is this little app; fortunately for those who might not have photographic memories, MemPal is a nice friend and starts out with really simple memory challenges.

At first, these challenges are actually so simple that some players might lose their interest in the app.

For those who decide to push through, the farther you get into MemPal the more intense, exciting, and fun the memory challenges become.

The overall concept of the game, however, remains the same so there isn’t any new technique you have to learn to stay successful at higher levels, which is really appreciated.

Some extra complicated memory challenges can be purchased through in-app purchases if desired as well. If you like a good memory challenge, do not overlook these.

Players who want to personalize their MemPal experience can do so by making in-app purchases to add their own photos into the app. The app even includes an option to create your own MemPal-playing playlist while you work through the app’s puzzles.

One of the aspects of this game that we liked a lot is that MemPal is integrated with IOS Game Center and so users may post their results to the MemPal leaderboard and achievement boards (requires Social Media IAP), and send/receive challenges to/from their GC friends.

Appearance and Layout:

MemPal iPhone App Review

MemPal iPhone App

“Simple” would probably be the best way to describe MemPal’s graphics.

While this simplicity is part of what makes the game so fun, it would be appreciated if the graphics/layout of the app were a little more impressive.

I appreciated the easy-to-navigate interface of MemPal, but at the same time I think more work could have been done to make it more aesthetically pleasing.

The memory icons themselves within the app are actually impressively detailed, however; if you aren’t succeeding at MemPal, you certainly don’t have the graphics to blame at all!

Value:

MemPal is a fun app. It’s easy to get the hang of, and the levels all build up gradually enough to challenge you but not overwhelm you.

The concept of MemPal is similar to many other memory-challenge apps, but  the level of personalization via the in-app purchases is definitely greater.

While some consumers probably won’t have any interest in these purchases, those who are won’t be disappointed.

As a whole, MemPal is a well-designed, easy to understand app that can definitely help you workout your “memory muscles.”

download (10)MemPal requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Get Out and Explore Your City with Strol for iOS

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Strol
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

During the summertime it’s great to go outside for a walk, but you can easily get bored with the same route. What if there were an easy way to discover cool things about your city while going on a walk?

Pokémon Go isn’t the only app that wants you to go outside.

Strol is an awesome app that not only auto-generates a walking route based on a few factors, but it also tells you cool info about landmarks you might otherwise miss.

Concept and Functionality:

Personally I love going for walks in the morning and the evening. However, it can be tricky to figure out the best way to go if you’re facing time constraints.

Strol, by Strol LLC, not only tells you about areas of your city, but it tells you the best route to go in a given period of time.

I’ve never come across an app like Strol and I definitely think it’s a breath of fresh air.

Even if you’re not really interested in landmarks and/or you don’t even live in a city, the app is incredibly useful. Not only that, but you’ll actually be encouraged to walk in order to discover new places.

When it comes to usability, Strol has been extremely well designed and so isn’t hard to figure out.

You’ll be able to pick the app up and use it within minutes of taking your first walk. This is great news for iPhone users who don’t want to tinker with an app and would rather open it and begin using it immediately.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Strol iPhone App

Strol is incredibly feature-rich, and the best way to take advantage of all the features that are offered is to use the app when you’re located in a new city.

Even though it’s designed to be used everywhere, you’ll definitely get more out of the app in terms of learning about new landmarks.

Another cool thing about Strol is that it features achievements and the ability to keep a running history of all of your journeys.

The only drawback to this is that it seems you have to connect a social media account with the app in order to take advantage of these features.

According to the developer, you’re supposed to “Use social networks to invite friends to a scenic stroll with you or share a great city walk you had so your friends can enjoy it too.”

I agree with this to a certain point, but I don’t think that users who aren’t involved with social networking should be locked out of features like achievements and history.

Value:

Strol is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no in-app purchases that I could find, and the app is not supported by ads.

Whether you’re exploring a new city or you want to find a new walking route in your neighborhood, Strol is certainly worth a try.

Strolstrol.jpg requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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