Color Compass Challenges Your Focus and Reflexes

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Price: Free
Rating:
Color Compass – Test Your Brain Reflex and Improve Mental Focus
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Color Compass is an interesting game that challenges everyone from 4 to 104 years of age.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, this app falls under the category of “easy to learn, difficult to master.”

Features:

Developed by Phil Nind, it’s a fun game centered on a colorful compass wheel. Players of the game are challenged to simply tap the screen every time the compass dial is the same color as the region it is pointing to.

Simple enough in concept, but don’t be fooled. The pace of Color Compass actually makes this game quite exciting and addicting.

As advertised, learning how to play the app takes little to no time at all, but actually getting an impressive score on it takes a bit of practice and quick hand-eye coordination.

I appreciated how the pace of Color Compass was challenging enough to keep me interested and yet not so challenging that it would have made it seemingly impossible to master.

Appearance and Layout:

Color Compass iPhone Game

Color Compass iPhone Game

This app is well designed and features a clean, simple interface. There is really nothing cluttering up your screen at any time; in fact, the game screen is so simple that new users won’t find any directions for how to play on there.

You’ll find the simple directions to Color Compass on a separate screen; navigating to this part of the app (and to anywhere else) is also equally simple and straightforward to do.

The colors of Color Compass are soft and subtle and keep the game relaxing to the eyes, even though it is definitely stimulating to the brain. Overall, the appearance of this app matches well with the intriguing simplicity of its gaming concept.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Color Compass is a free app. It’s arguably a great “price” for the game, even though this free version does have in-app advertisements (users who wish to get rid of these ads need only pay a $0.99 fee). These ads do not interrupt gameplay in any way that would detract from the overall appeal of the game.

Color Compass is a simple idea that provides charming entertainment for players of all ages.

colorqrColor Compass requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Maadly Is A New Concept in Social Media

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

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Maadly is a fascinating new social networking app that uses “beats” to share life updates.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, Maadly, by Sigma Heed, lets users appreciate other’s content without needing to “friend” or “follow” them first.

Features:

Like many social media platforms, Maadly’s main purpose is to allow users to share videos, pictures, recordings, or text-based messages to provide others with snapshots into their lives.

However, unlike in other social media platforms, others who see your content are not necessarily those who know you; instead, in this app, the popularity of your content generates “karma,” which then determines how many other people around the world might view your postings.

The higher your karma value, the more people who see your post; posts can either receive positive “likes” or negative “dislikes.”

There are options to filter what kind of content you receive, however, so for example users can choose to only view content created by a specific gender.

At the moment, Maadly seems to be a very new social media platform, and as such it really does not appear to have many contributors. Because of this, it’s a bit hard to determine the overall identity or direction that the app might take in the future.

Maadly iPhone App

Maadly iPhone App

Appearance and Layout:

Users of Maadly can expect their experience with the app to include a clean, organized layout with an aesthetically pleasing design overall.

It’s easy to navigate, even for first time users. Setting up your account is fast and simple, and scrolling through other users’ posts is also easily accomplished.

At the moment, it appears that “likes” are only viewable when a user is viewing that particular post; some users might feel that they would prefer to be able to see “like” counts displayed at all times (without having to view a particular post). At the same time, there are also many good subtle details and animations scattered throughout Maadly that help it have the feeling of a more “high end” social platform, similar to Twitter or Instagram.

Value:

There are many ways to share your life through social media today, but Maadly is definitely a unique concept all the same.

As mentioned previously, it’s available for free through the iTunes Store; setting up an account also takes very little investment time. At the moment, Maadly still seems like a fairly small social media platform, but if it does grow in popularity, it could definitely be a fun way to catch glimpses of others lives while sharing shots of your own.

At the moment, Maadly has a lot of potential, but it does not seem to have a ton of direction. The overall “value” of Maadly will be determined by whether or not it can get enough users to contribute an entertaining stream of content.

We suggest you give Maadly a shot and get in on the ground floor of a new innovative social experience.

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Storyrider for iPad Lets Kids Choose Their Own Adventure

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Price: Free
Rating:
Storyrider
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If one thing is for certain, it’s that the iPad is a fantastic learning tool, especially when it comes to books.

One of the best things about storybook apps is that they usually contain elements that can’t be found in physical books.

Storyrider is a brand-new app that takes kids on amazing journeys through interactive stories.

It uses the “choose your adventure” storytelling method that lets the reader choose the fate of the characters in the story, thus creating a specific ending just for them.

Concept and Functionality:

Storyrider, by Legendary Cauldron, contains three free books for kids to explore.

Each book is incredibly detailed and includes an immersive storyline that kids will love to explore.

I found the stories to be very easy to read, though I do want to mention that they’re written in British English, but personally I don’t think kids will have any problems with following along.

If you’re not familiar with “choose your adventure” stories, they allow the reader to make decisions for characters and the progress of the story changes based on the decision that’s made.

Storyrider is unlike any other iPad storybook app that I’ve encountered, and I think giving the reader the power to decide the story’s outcome is fantastic.

Storyrider iPad App

Storyrider iPad App

This wonderful iPad book is very easy to navigate, as well. Children can easily select which story they’d like to read on the main page, and each story includes an adventure map that helps the reader keep track of which paths they’ve taken. This is vital for kids who want to go back and reread the story with different outcomes.

Features:

One of the things I love most about Storyrider is that the app truly puts the power of decisions in the hands of the reader. It goes beyond basic storytelling and makes the reader want to go back and try different decisions to see alternative outcomes.

Storyrider is available in English and Spanish, so it can also be used as a secondary language learning tool for children.

Lastly, the app features profile support so multiple readers can use Storyrider without worrying about changing progress. Profiles are very easy to set up and they help keep everyone organized.

Value:

Storyrider is available to download from the App Store for free and is compatible with iPad. Readers get 3 free books to read, and the second book in each series is available to download via in-app purchase for $3.99 each.

Personally I think this is a fantastic value considering how much content is in each book.

Overall, Storyrider is an incredible book app that brings the “choose your adventure” genre to life. If you do decide to download the app for your child, I recommend making sure you’re on a wifi connection and have enough space on your iPad, as the app is 450MB.

storyrider.jpgStoryrider requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Top 10 New iOS Games from May 2015

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Top 10 New iOS Games from May 2015
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Written by Sarah Hanlon

Oddwings for iOS

Oddwings for iOS

The month of May has come and gone, but it brought us plenty of awesome iPhone and iPad games. From challenging puzzles to immersive worlds to explore and difficult strategy games that will test your skills, this list of the Top 10 new iOS games from May features something for all iOS gamers.

Oddwings Escape (Small Giant Games – Free) – The first game on our list made a very impressive debut on the App Store. The goal of Oddwings Escape is to fly as far as you possibly can while collecting coins and keys. Coins are used to purchase character skill upgrades and keys help you achieve your goal of releasing the Oddwings from an evil doctor’s lab.

Oddwings Escape is incredibly addicting and even features fantastic graphics. The gameplay experience is very impressive, but you’ll want to make sure you’re playing on a relatively new iDevice for best results.

Mr. Muscle (Flow Studio a.s. – Free) – Immersive games are a great way to escape reality for a little bit and lose yourself in a totally different world. However, sometimes it’s fun to play a very simple game that tests reflexes and reaction skills.

Mr. Muscle requires you to use accurate timing while splitting weights to make sure the mighty wrestler doesn’t lose his balance. The longer you keep him upright, the higher your score will be. It’s a very simple game, but one that’s incredibly addicting and fun to play.

Til Morning's Light for iOS

Til Morning’s Light for iOS

Til Morning’s Light (Amazon Game Studios – $6.99) – Featuring incredible graphics and a storyline that transports you to a different world, Til Morning’s Light is one of the most immersive games available for iPhone and iPad. Explore a haunted mansion and help Erica, the main character, escape to safety by dawn.

While the price of Til Morning’s Light might seem a little high, it is a universal game that costs less than a brand-new paperback book and offers a much more rewarding experience. Just make sure you have enough space on your iDevice before downloading, as the game requires almost 850MB of space.

Brickies (Noodlecake Studios Inc – Free) – Brick breaking games are always fun to play, but they tend to get boring after a while. Brickies adds plenty of exciting twists such as dual paddles, power ups, endless mode, and plenty of achievements to earn.

There are over 100 levels for players to complete, so you won’t blast through the game in a matter of hours. This game is a must-have breakout game for iPhone and iPad.

Crazy Kings (Wooga – Free) – If you’re a fan of turn-based strategy games, Crazy Kings is one that you absolutely have to check out. This awesome new game puts a twist on the classic tower defense genre by adding collectible cards to the mix.

You can even make friends in Crazy Kings and join forces against enemies who are trying to destroy your fortress. Players have an unprecedented amount of control over their army and fortress, and the game offers countless hours of addicting gameplay.

Puzzledrome for iOS

Puzzledrome for iOS

Puzzledrome (Asinine Games Inc – $1.99) – One of the most challenging things about creating a new game in the most popular category in the App Store is setting yourself apart from everyone else. Puzzledrome is a unique puzzle game that challenges players by requiring them to create palindromes (sequences that read the same forwards and backwards).

The game features over 100 challenging puzzles, as well as different game modes to play through. If you’re looking for a cool new puzzle game to play on iPhone or iPad, Puzzledrome is definitely worth checking out.

Kindo (Space Bears S.A.S. – $1.99) – Based on a medieval boardgame, Kindo is a fun and challenging strategy game for iPhone and iPad that requires players to take control of the board and capture their opponent’s king in order to win the game.

Kindo features a variety of playing options, from Game Center integration to local multiplayer and player vs. AI. Don’t let the game’s simplistic appearance fool you. It’s definitely one of the best strategy games available for iOS.

The Branch (Ketchapp – Free) – From the creators of incredibly challenging games like ZigZag and 2048 comes The Branch. This fun game requires you to tap the screen in order to rotate the virtual world and keep the main character, Mike, safe from harm.

As you play The Branch, you’ll be able to collect gems and unlock new characters. The only in-app purchase is to remove ads for $1.99. This is a great game for passing time without getting too involved in levels and gameplay.

Snack Truck Fever for iOS

Snack Truck Fever for iOS

Snack Truck Fever (SQUARE ENIX INC – Free) – Food trucks are awesome, and playing a food truck puzzle game where you’re striving for snack domination is nothing short of addicting. Snack Truck Fever features over 100 different levels to play through, plenty of fun characters to be, and tons of things to do.

Snack Truck Fever is unlike any other puzzle game you’ve played. It’s a breeze to figure out and very fun to play on iPhone and iPad. New levels are added regularly, as well.

Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master (Halfbrick Studios – $4.99) – The creators of Fruit Ninja recently debuted an awesome educational app for iPhone and iPad. This app, created for children ages 5 to 7, aims to help kids build important math skills while having fun. There are fun characters to interact with, as well.

Parents can rest easy knowing that Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master is completely child safe and doesn’t include advertising, data collection, in-app purchases, or external links.

 

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Euro Train Simulator Features Cool Trains and Challenging Scenarios

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Price: Free
Rating:
Euro Train Simulator
iPad Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Simulation games are always a blast to play, mainly because they allow you to do so many different things without leaving the comfort of your computer or your couch. From being a pilot to farming and even driving trucks, anything is truly possible when it comes to the simulation game genre.

Euro Train Simulator is a total blast to play.

It’s a relatively new game for iPhone and iPad that allows you to conduct scenarios in a variety of different trains, during different times of day, and in ever-changing weather conditions.

Concept and Gameplay:

The goal of Euro Train Simulator, developed by Highbrow Interactive, is to safely move passengers from one station to another as fast as possible. While speed is always a good thing, players have to be mindful of traffic signals, speed limits, and other hazards.

In career mode, Euro Train Simulator allows players to progress through an assortment of stages, earning experience points along the way. When selecting a stage, you have a chance to get a preview of it on the right-hand side of the screen. This area allows you to see which train you’ll be conducting, the number of stops on your route, weather conditions, and the time of day you’ll be departing.

Euro Train Simulator iPad Game

Euro Train Simulator iPad Game

When it comes to graphics and playability, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much work was put into the atmosphere of Euro Train Simulator.

From realistic passengers moving about the train station to accurate sounds and situations, the level of detail is impressive. The game is also very easy to get the hang of thanks to a helpful visual guidance system.

Features:

Along with great graphics and realistic scenarios, Euro Train Simulator includes a few extra features that make the game even better. For example, players have a variety of buttons on the left side of the game screen for actions such as toggling lights, changing camera angles, sounding the horn, and pressing the emergency brake.

There’s also a quick play mode that allows players to select a train and customize the scenario by changing the route, weather conditions, and time of day.

Quick play mode is great for when you’ve completed all scenarios or you’d like to test your conductor skills in custom situations.

I also want to mention that the developers are planning on releasing more content in the very near future, including new routes, trains, door control functionality, and realistic derailment scenarios.

Value:

Euro Train Simulator is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. The game is supported by ads, which are disabled if players upgrade to Tier 2, which also unlocks additional trains and routes. This upgrade is only $0.99, which is definitely worth it if you enjoy the game.

Overall, Euro Train Simulator is a fun simulation game that’s both realistic and challenging. Players will enjoy zipping from station to station as quickly and safely as possible.

euro_train_sim_iphone.jpgEuro Train Simulator requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Last Minute Travel Deals for iOS is Perfect For Your Summer Travel Plans

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Price: Free
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Last Minute Travel Deals
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Traveling to a new city can be fun, but only if you plan ahead. There’s nothing worse than being stuck and having to pay through the nose simply because of something last-minute.

Last Minute Travel Deals is an incredibly handy travel app for iPhone and iPad is perfect for last minute plans or that quick get-away and features deals on airfare, car rentals, hotels, and attractions.

Concept and Functionality:

While there certainly isn’t a shortage of travel apps on the App Store, many of them tend to be hit or miss. Plus, quite a few of them don’t even include deals; they’re only meant for finding accommodations.

Developed by Travel Holdings, Last Minute Travel Deals goes above and beyond by sifting through accommodations to provide users with great deals.

To take advantage of everything that Last Minute Travel Deals offers, you can optionally create an account with the service or proceed as a guest. Next, choose the city you’d like to find deals for and explore the app to find what you’re looking for.

Unlike many other travel apps, Last Minute Travel Deals is incredibly easy to navigate and works very quickly. This is primarily because it doesn’t have that much information to sift through seeing as the app only shows deals (for the most part).

Last Minute Travel Deals iPhone App

Last Minute Travel Deals iPhone App

As someone who has used travel apps in the past with mixed experiences, I can honestly say that Last Minute Travel Deals is a must-have app for anyone who tends to make plans at the last minute. Not only is it incredibly easy to use, but it includes everything you need for a trip.

Features:

Flight finders, hotel apps, and car rental apps are all over the place, but it’s rare to find a travel app that also includes attractions. Last Minute Travel Deals features a database of over 10,000 activities and over 4,500 cities.

This is a very impressive number, and it means that you’re likely to find something to do no matter where you are.

However, the best feature of Last Minute Travel Deals is the ability to book directly through the app in order to take advantage of the service’ s special deals.

Value:

Last Minute Travel Deals is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no in-app purchases to worry about, membership fees, or anything of the sort.

What you see is what you get, and what you get is an incredible travel app that provides you with tens of thousands of deals around the world. I definitely recommend checking out the app if you’re interested in saving money on travel accommodations and activities.

last_minute_travel_deals.jpgLast Minute Travel Deals requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 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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