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Cut My Apps HD: Written iPad Game Review
Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon
Popular games that have held their place at the top of the App Store charts are great, but sometimes we need a bit of a break from them. When new games come along that put a unique spin on old classics, I’m always eager to see how well they did.
Cut My Apps HD, developed by Bo Zhao, is a new twist on a familiar favorite. If you’re a fan of hack and slash games like Fruit Ninja, this one’s for you.
Concept and Gameplay:
If you’ve played Fruit Ninja in the past, you’re already familiar with how Cut My Apps HD works. However, instead of taking aim at delicious and nutritious goodness, you’re destroying app icons instead. These are generic icons, though, but it’s still extremely fun nonetheless. The idea for Cut My Apps HD was born when the developer became frustrated with having to delete a bunch of apps individually and wished there was a faster way to do so. Though I don’t foresee ever being able to do so with a game, I think all of us can relate to the frustration of removing a large number of apps.
Even though Cut My Apps HD is very similar to Fruit Ninja, there are a few aspects of the game which really set it apart. For example, you’re not limited to slicing each app once. In fact, you’ll earn bonuses for multiple cuts of the same app, adding another dimension of skill and reflexes to the game. However, you’ll also earn extra points for cutting straight through the center of the app, so this is a double-edged sword (pun intended). Read more »
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Sir Octopus: Written & Video iPad App Review
Reviewed by Luke Patrick
As we’ve mentioned a few times here at the iPhone App Review, one of our favorite genres of all-time on the iPhone and iPad is the infamous puzzler. Yes, we absolutely hop skip and jump for anything that gives us a puzzle, a clear set of variables, and ample time to wrestle it through in our minds. With that in mind, we’re chuffed to bits to be bringing you a review of Sir Octopus today. This iOS app, by Sergii Orlov, is inventive, quirky, and fresh enough to warrant a look no matter what level of puzzle fan you are. Best of all, it arrives completely free in the App Store. If you’re looking for our full review of the title, you need only to slide on down below the break! Starting with:
Concept and Gameplay
If you’ve ever played one of the hundred-or-so box moving games that used to fill the Web, then you’ve likely got a good handle on how Sir Octopus works. But before we get that far, the game begins and ends with its story: In essence, you’ll be directing the squiggly protagonist around the levels looking for his scattered children. To accomplish this you’ll need to alter elements of the layout, including the grid-shaped grass clumps, sand blocks, etc. Every time you tag a child, they’ll stick to you, creating a shape that now must be considered when you solve the rest of the map. Snag all the kids, and you’ve won!
As stated, this gives Sir Octopus a great resemblance to those ye olden box-moving titles. However, the gameplay is incredibly fresh, and oddly quirky. We enjoyed having to think about the shape of our growing bulk in relation to the level, and in fact, we like it more than any similar title we may have played recently. Truly, it’s a solid idea.
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iWin Scratchers: Written iPhone App Review
Reviewed by Marilyn Chau
iWin Scratchers is an app by Kenneth Angeliu designed to be a simulated lottery ticket-scratcher system. This app is available for free through the iTunes store, but purchasing in-app credits is required in order to actually play much of iWin Scratchers. The cost of these in-app credits varies, depending on the specific number of credits chosen.
iWin Scratchers is an app designed to provide a lottery scratch-card platform to iOS devices. This app features 35 different cards to unlock and over 12 different game types. Unlocking cards and playing certain games requires differing amounts of credits; while some credits are awarded to iWin Scratchers players simply for installing the game, most credits need to be purchased through the iTunes store in order to fully take advantage of the app’s games. Other features in iWin Scratchers include daily bonuses, free “scratch” cards, 41 achievements, and 31 different prizes to unlock over the span of playing the various games. iWin Scratchers also shows an overall leader board so that all players can know who the latest winner of the app’s jackpot was.
iWin Scratchers iPhone App Review
Appearance and Layout:
iWin Scratchers is a brightly colored game that will probably appeal to anyone who enjoys the graphics of traditional lottery scratch-it tickets and slot machines. iWin Scratchers can definitely boast of having relatively realistic graphics. The layout of iWin Scratchers is also fairly appropriate for an app of its type. While it is relatively crowded in its arrangement of data and games, this layout seems to mimic the appearance of the closely packed slot machines and game tables in a traditional casino.
Although iWin Scractchers is advertised in the iTunes store as being a free app, like any lotto-based game, iWin Scratchers can’t really be played unless purchases are made. Because of this, determining the “value” of iWin Scratchers is somewhat difficult. Specifically speaking, iWin Scratchers could potentially help some players win money or credits back (and thereby have a good value) or it could just as easily never result in any winnings at all for a player (and thereby have a terrible value). Overall, iWin Scratchers is simply a lotto-based app, making its “value” anything but consistent for all players.
iWin Scratchers iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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PhoFilter: Written & Video iPhone App Review
Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon
From Instagram to Facebook, everyone loves sharing photos. Even more, people love to customize photos to add their own personal and artistic twist. If you’re looking for a photo filter app that goes above and beyond, read on!
If you love giving your photos extra attention as far as adding filters and other creative adjustments, PhoFilter is the perfect app for you. From basic touch ups such as color correction and contrast to adding text and timestamps, you’re only limited by your imagination.
One thing I was happy to see about PhoFilter is the fact that the app isn’t too difficult to learn and navigate. Simply import up to 30 photos to the app and choose which filters you’d like to apply to each individual photo. Filters can be “copy and pasted” using a “long touch” (ie, touching the photo for about 2 secs to bring up the copy or paste option) from photo to photo. In addition to that custom filters can be applied to all photos by using a “long touch” and selecting the option “Apply to All Images”. Then it will export all photos at once when you’re done editing, which does save quite a bit of time.
There is also a nice sharing facility for filters that are saved at custom filters. They can be shared through ‘FanFilter’ at Facebook. Just touch the share button of each custom filter to go to the ‘Share Filter’ page. The Home button at the bottom of the Facebook share page is where you can choose whether or not to expose your Facebook homepage. The default of the home button is off. You can choose to share at ‘FanFilter’ or on your own Facebook page.
While 171 individual filters might sound like an intimidating array of choices, I found many of the filters to vary only slightly from others. This wouldn’t be an issue if the ability to customize filters wasn’t available. I definitely would’ve liked to see more filters that pushed the creative envelope a bit by being bold and sharp instead of very soft and light. The developer states that more filters are coming and I look forward to seeing them.
PhoFilter iPhone App Review
As I mentioned before, PhoFilter includes 171 individual filters that can be applied to photos, and up to 12 filters can be applied to a single photo at once. You can even rearrange filter layers for even greater customization, which is a feature I was very glad to stumble on.
PhoFilter also offers many export and sharing options and certainly isn’t limited only to Instagram. You can upload photos to Facebook, Dropbox, and Twitter, along with other apps that allow photo importing on your iPhone.
However, there was one major aspect of PhoFilter that greatly disappointed me, and that’s the need to spend a total of $3.96 (four $0.99 filter packs) to unlock filters such as frames and text overlays. This means PhoFilter is essentially a $6 photo app. Personally I’ve seen free photo editing apps that offer these features without additional purchases. This is somewhat offset by the fact that, according to the developer, as new filters are added to the app they will be free to those who have already purchased the filters.
PhoFilter is available to download for $1.99 and comes with the optional in-app purchases mentioned above. If you’re looking for a great photo filter app with tons of customization options and you’re not weary of spending a bit more on an app, it’s definitely worth taking a look at.
PhoFilter – Filter for instagram is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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Stupid Monster: Written & Video iPad Game Review
Reviewed by Philip Chan
The stupid monsters are here! Twelve silly aliens, all with their own unique characteristics and faces, must stack their way to their home planet, escaping together! Can you help them out on iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone? Find out on Stupid Monster from developer Cotton Interactive.
In Stupid Monster, you must help a bunch of clueless aliens get back to their home planet by stacking ‘em up and create a network back. Thus, carefully stack the tottering and teetering pile of aliens further and further into the air. But be sure the pay attention to timing of your taps. You’ll score points as you do, and even unlock special combos to score even more points, “fever”style.
Feel your game needs some help? Spend hard-earned (or purchased IAP-style) coins on upgrades and specials to use throughout the game. It’s basically a survival game, constantly stacking to see how far you can get, as more and more aliens pile on. We like the fact that the actual gameplay itself is rather simple, just a tap. Of course there is a challenge and that is in how well you can time your taps.
It sounds fairly simple, but the developers have kept to a solid formula and Stupid Monster is incredibly fun! The game just feels like it has all the right elements to make it an addictive stacking game! Read more »
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Readr: Written iPad App Review
Reviewed by Michael Naber
Readr is an app for the iPad from Pixel Mags. The point of Readr is to provide you with a variety of magazines for you to read right from your iPad. You can think of it as Netflix for magazines in the sense that via its innovative AnyTime service you can have instant access to hundreds of magazines. I would highly recommend checking out this app if you have an iPad. You get a few days of free usage of the app, then you must pay if you want to keep utilizing the app. It’s a decent app, and if you’re a magazine junkie, it might be just the app for you.
The features of Readr are pretty cool. First, you get 7 free days of their AnyTime service. Once that runs out, you can enjoy the AnyTime service for 20 minutes a month unless you spend $9.99 to get AnyTime unlimited. AnyTime gives you access to hundreds of magazines for free (unless you buy unlimited). You can do this, or you can purchase single copies of magazines you want. So Readr gives you flexibility in choosing your magazine needs, and presents a Netflix-like style for you to view magazines on the iPad.
Readr iPad App Review
The design of Readr is clean and looks great on the iPad. The interface and design looks great. It’s clean, crisp, and in retina. Navigation throughout the app is extremely easy, and downloadable magazines are only a few taps away. It’s very difficult to get lost on the app, and viewing magazines is a breeze. The color themes, backgrounds, and buttons match to give you an excellent interface that is pleasing to the eye. So kick back, relax, take out your iPad, and start enjoying some of the magazines Readr has to offer.
Overall Readr, along with its AnyTime service, is an excellent value. Some iTunes users report the app being a little buggy, but the developers are looking into it and should deliver some updates. The design of the app is great, and the content that the application provides is amazing. The Netflix-like service can fill your life with magazines indefinitely without making you overpay for something you love to do. In total it has great content, a great design, and great features. I would recommend this to anyone with an iPad that loves to read magazines.
Readr – is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.