DataBot Personal Assistant Offers Jaw-Dropping AI Features

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DataBot Personal Assistant
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If there’s one thing we can’t argue about, it’s the fact that our smart phones are definitely intelligent. Their capabilities extend far beyond basic uses such as calls and texting.

Recent improvements to smart assistants like Siri, sometimes it feels like your iPhone acts like a real person.

DataBot Personal Assistant is an awesome and truly fascinating app that allows you to create and train a custom virtual assistant.

It may not be from Apple or Google but make no mistake about it, this personal assistant has tremendous potential and already is a force to be reckoned with.

It has more features than I can count and comes with upgradable modules to enhance your bot to your liking.

Concept and Functionality:

While this certainly isn’t the first personal assistant-type app I’ve seen, it’s certainly the first that includes customization options. DataBot Personal Assistant, by Andrea Testa, walks new users through the basics of the app using an incredibly helpful tutorial that does a great job of showing you exactly what you can do.

DataBot Personal Assistant uses both voice and text to deliver information to you. You can perform tasks such as requesting a joke or information about a famous figure. DataBot Personal Assistant will read back whatever it can find and it will also display read contents in text format just in case you missed what the bot said.

As I mentioned above, you can spend experience points on module upgrades. For example, you can unlock the weather module and have DataBot Personal Assistant read your current weather conditions to you. Experience points are earned by using the app on a regular basis.

In terms of usability, DataBot Personal Assistant is pretty easy to figure out once you explore the app a bit. Menus are very easy to navigate and pretty much everything you need is right at your fingertips.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

DataBot Personal Assistant iPhone App

Covering every single feature of DataBot Personal Assistant proved to be impossible for this review, but there certainly are a few things that really stand out to me.

For example, earning experience points is almost effortless and you don’t have to jump through hoops in order to get them. The only thing you have to do is interact with DataBot Personal Assistant and use the app.

As you unlock additional modules, you’ll use the app even more. According to the developer, DataBot Personal Assistant is actually capable of learning from you as you chat with it.

If you choose to create an account with the app you can even access and interact with your bot from another device or even your computer.

Value:

DataBot Personal Assistant is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. The app is supported by ads that can be disabled by spending experience points or purchasing an XP boost in the game’s store.

Overall, DataBot Personal Assistant is an awesome app that obviously has had a lot of work put into it. It’s not quite ready to replace mainstream assistants like Siri, but it’s incredibly fun to use and it’s cool to watch the bot “grow” as you use it.

There’s also an Android version of the app.

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

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Xotica Helps You Locate and Chat with Singles in Your Area

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Xotica
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Whether you’re looking for a short term fling or a long term relationship, you certainly don’t face a lack of options when it comes to online dating.

Xotica is a beautifully designed dating app that makes it easy to locate singles in your area.

Created by BAAANET IT, this social networking app is a pleasure to use and includes a few useful tools to make your search easier than ever.

Concept and Functionality:

One important thing to keep in mind is very few online dating services and apps conduct background checks or other verification procedures to make sure people are who they say they are. Xotica addresses this in a disclaimer that you must accept before you can use the app.

Once you’re in, Xotica gives you a surprising range of options for customizing your personal profile. You have the basics such as who you’re looking for and your preferences, but you can also disclose whether you’re looking for a casual encounter or a serious relationship right off the bat.

This helps eliminate any miscommunication for others who might be viewing your profile because you can set search filters based on these preferences.

In terms of usability, Xotica is very easy to navigate and figure out. All of the options you’ve come to expect, such as contacting, “winking”, or ignoring, are right at your fingertips.

Features:

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Xotica iPhone App

The biggest, and perhaps best, feature of Xotica is the realtime proximity alert system. Yes, it sounds a bit more like something out of a spy movie or a video game, but it’s designed to help you locate matches while you’re out and about.

This is a great option for users who aren’t always browsing available matches. It also works for users in big cities who are always on the go.

One drawback to Xotica is this feature (and the app itself) relies heavily on a large user base. Hopefully Xotica becomes popular enough that it catches on like wildfire so users outside of urban areas have a better chance of finding matches.

Value:

Xotica is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. I couldn’t track down any in-app purchases or special features to unlock, which is really good news for users who want a completely free dating app.

Overall, Xotica is an app I highly recommend if you’re in search of a dating app that’s upfront and clear about what is offered. You can use it to match with anyone with any interest, so I highly suggest giving it a try.

xotica.jpgXotica requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Quirkies Evolution Teaches Children About Natural Selection

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Quirkies Evolution
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Quirkies Evolution is an innovative app that lets kids have fun while they’re learning the concepts of evolution.

Free through the iTunes Store, this app allows children to create their own creatures through mate selection.

Features:

The name of Quirkies Evolution, released by Indiana University, really sums up the app well. Created through Indiana University with the purpose of teaching the basic principles of evolution (like natural selection and recombination and mutation of genes), this app is really aimed at elementary school aged children.

Within Quirkies Evolution, players get the option of “evolving” their own unique creatures through choosing compatible mates; the app also lets you “choose” what traits you’d like your creatures to evolve through an algorithm at the start of the game.

Of course, sometimes different things will happen to your populations that you lack control of; this is meant to be part of the educational experience of the app.

If you do happen to create a population of creatures that you’re particularly proud of, you then have the opportunity to name it and share it with your friends.

The app also features mini-games and various educational video links throughout it to also further drive home the points about evolution that it was created to teach.

Appearance and Layout:

Quirkies Evolution iPhone App Review

Quirkies Evolution iPhone App Review

If you’re looking for fun, “quirky” characters, then Quirkies Evolution is a great app. Its graphics are pretty simple; detailed drawings are not the base for the characters within this game. However, the creatures created within the app are all unique, with enough distinguishing features to have absolutely no problem telling them apart.

Additionally, for an app that has a lot of “add-in” features (mostly different educational resources), the layout of Quirkies Evolution is impressively clean and simple.

Elementary school aged students should have no difficulty with navigating through the different features of this app.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Quirkies Evolution is a free app. It has no ads, no IAPs and strong educational merit. Plus, it’s easy for elementary-aged school children to get the hang of very quickly.

There are a good number of educational videos provided throughout the app as well. However, Quirkies Evolution probably has a relatively slim target audience.

Some of the educational points might be viewed as too complicated for younger audiences, and at the same time middle schoolers may find this app to be too simplistic/not difficult enough to be entertaining for any significant period of time.

For its target audience, though, this app does offer a fun storyline and entertaining graphics.   

download (2)Quirkies Evolution requires iOS 7.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Think Fast in The Dark Matter

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The Dark Matter
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

The Dark Matter is an arcade-style app that challenges you to survive an onslaught of dark matter within the universe. Sporting a retro appearance, this app is featured in almost 150 different countries.  

Features:

The Dark Matter, from Leven Lab, may have a scary sounding title, but make no mistake about it, this is actually a really fun and entertaining game.

In this app you’re challenged to think quickly while you bounce your way through the universe, being quick to fly into power-ups and other helpful matter while also carefully avoiding the “dark matter” that’s strewn throughout the game.

Control within the app is via finger tapping, and quickly making decisions is essential for any significant survival.

When first starting out within the app, some basic minimal instruction is provided. However, after a few quick lines, you’re pretty much on your own to figure out how to dominate the game.

Flying into the wrong things or letting yourself crash to the ground results in a round ending. Controlling yourself within The Dark Matter is easy to understand in theory, but I definitely found it more difficult to successfully execute within the game; this is a very fast-paced app.

Despite its fast pace, however, I was very pleased to not run into any lag while playing the game.

Appearance and Layout:

The Dark Matter iPhone App Review

The Dark Matter iPhone App Review

This game is a thrill for anyone with memories of old school arcade games, it does not disappoint.

The graphics of The Dark Matter are perfectly reminiscent of your favorite retro games; details are kept to a simple minimum, with just enough intricacy of design to keep you impressed but not so much that you feel overwhelmed.

Since much of this app’s focus relies on color-based coding for “good” and “bad” matter, differentiating between items you should fly into and those you should attempt to avoid is not difficult at all.

The overall layout of The Dark Matter is equally simple to navigate.

Value:

This is a free app. It offers a fun, fast-paced challenge for anyone who enjoys retro graphics and quick thinking.

It’s an easy game to understand, yet addictively difficult to master. However, even though The Dark Matter can be downloaded and played for free, your entertainment gained by playing this fun app does come at the cost of being forced to watch somewhat frequent in-app video ads.

Since these ads tend to be around 30 seconds long, it can feel difficult to really find a good, sustainable rhythm between game attempts.

The Dark Matter iPhone app requires iOS 8.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Mech Dungeon for iOS Features Dangers at Every Turn

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Mech Dungeon
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Mech Dungeon is a fun and creative new game that plunges players into the dark depths of a gloomy maze.

Created by Act1 Corporation, this game is part maze, part first person shooter, and offers lots of gameplay potential for players.

Concept and Gameplay:

If you’ve ever played dark dungeon crawlers like Doom, Mech Dungeon has the same feel. You never know what’s lurking around the next corner and you have to be prepared to kill or be killed.

New players are treated to a tutorial that goes over the basics of movement and combat. Motion is controlled by buttons on the screen and you have to individually dictate your character’s motion by tapping.

Combat requires you to tap to shoot or swipe for melee.

Mech Dungeon goes beyond dungeon grinding for a high score, which I was really pleased to see.

You can work to upgrade your character and improve their stats using loot found while playing. The one downside is that if you die, you lose any loot you’ve acquired.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Mech Dungeon iPhone Game

The strongest feature of Mech Dungeon is character customization. As you play the game you’ll earn loot which can be spent on upgrades.

One feature I wish Mech Dungeon could include is different difficulty levels. New players will find that enemies can knock your health down pretty quickly, which makes it difficult to upgrade your character.

This isn’t an issue for fast players who are really amped up about beating baddies, but casual players might get a bit frustrated.

Value:

Mech Dungeon can be downloaded from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone and iPad. I couldn’t find any in-app purchases, but ads do appear at the bottom of the screen while you’re navigating the game menu.

Overall, Mech Dungeon will definitely appeal to gamers who like dark atmospheres and surprises at every turn.

It requires quick reactions so you don’t die, but I really like the fact that you can work on customize your character to make them tougher to take down.

mech_dungeon.jpgMech Dungeon requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Bomb Planets and Wipe out Galaxies in Planet Assault for iOS

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Planet Assault
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Retro style games seem to be a nice mix of old graphics and new technology. The concepts are typically pretty basic, but techniques can be very difficult to master.

Planet Assault is a challenging and addicting game for iPhone and iPad that requires you to use an arsenal of bombs in order to destroy planets.

Created by Diggidy, Planet Assault is one game that will probably frustrate you more than once, and keep you coming back for more.

Concept and Gameplay:

The game starts you off with a useful tutorial, but the trickiest thing to learn about the game is how to use your bombs correctly. The goal is to launch your arsenal into the universe and destroy the bases on the planets.

This might sound easy, but obstructions such as asteroids tend to make this way harder than it should be.

If you do manage to successfully destroy a planet in Planet Assault, you can move on to the next level. If you’re lucky enough to have bombs left over, they’ll carryover with you.

Planet Assault is a mix of strategy and pure luck. The game made a little more sense when I learned that additional bombs have to be unlocked either by watching ads or purchasing bomb packs.

I definitely feel like game mechanics are tweaked so that you burn through bombs faster, which is quite a shame because the game has tons of potential.

I struggled just to get past level I, and by the time I started level 2, I only had two bombs left and couldn’t play without wasting time with ads or shelling out money.

Features:

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Planet Assault iPhone Game

There are nine different bombs to choose from, with capabilities ranging from shield destruction to carpet bombing. Most of the battle is getting the bomb to actually reach the planet you’re trying to destroy.

Planet Assault does include a variety of gameplay modes, which is a little bit of a saving grace in a game that somewhat sets users up to fail. The artillery range allows users to hone their skills and practice with each bomb type.

Survival mode ups the pressure a bit so users have to make sure every shot counts. Journey mode is the most immersive of the three and features 200 levels across 8 galaxies.

Survival mode has procedurally generated levels, so it is not tweaked to blow through bombs.

In Journey mode, each level is specifically designed to be completed with the bombs you are provided with for that level.

Value:

Planet Assault is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. According to the games page on the App Store, you’ll also need to be running iOS 10 in order to play.

Overall, Planet Assault is a fun and challenging game that has quite a bit of potential.

It’s easy to see that things are excessively difficult so that users burn through bombs faster, but by no means is the game impossible to play.

Planet Assaultplanet_assault.jpg requires iOS 10.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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