NOTE: Since this review was published, an update changed the answer-choosing algorithm, meaning your answers are much more randomized, as opposed to what I stated in this review.
As someone who adored playing with Magic 8 balls as a kid, I was pretty excited about the concept of this app. Life Wisdom, designed by Mandy Jane Life Design, asks you to “suspend your logic” – something I’ve got no problem with. Unfortunately, I can’t suspend it enough to allow myself to believe most of my deep, personal questions have the same answer: “Yes, it’s time to move on.”
Because that’s all I get. When you open the app, you’re greeted with the instructions. Think of a yes or no question, touch the screen, and shake your phone. A ying-yang symbol appears and bounces around. When you stop shaking, it settles into one spot on your screen, and the word “Start” appears. Tap it and the answer to your question is revealed.
I made sure to shake my phone in a way that ensured the ying-yang symbol settled in a different location every time, and for literally the first ten question, my answer was “Yes, it’s time to move on.” At last, I received a different answer: “What you should do will become clearer over the next two weeks.”
Call me a non-believer, but that’s not necessarily an answer to a yes or no question. Unsurprisingly, this was the answer for the next dozen or so questions I asked, reminding me strongly of getting “Ask Again Later” repeatedly until I chucked my Magic 8 ball across the room.
I think a little more randomization, and possibly more answers, are necessary for this app to reach its potential as far as entertainment goes.
Life Wisdom [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.