Build Mad Math Skills with DetecThink

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DetecThink – Math Puzzles
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

DetecThink–Math Puzzles is an incredible app that challenges kids to use their math skills to solve mysteries.

This app is a very cool combination of ingenious design, compelling game play, and solid pedagogy. But most of all it’s a total blast to play and makes math fun.

Features:

If your child loves the idea of being a crime-solving detective, then DetecThink, by Intellipath Games, might be just the app for them.

However, instead of only presenting children with an exciting, engaging storyline in which they’re the primary protagonists, DetecThink also doubles up as a math skills-building app.

Specifically, throughout the app players are challenged to solve math problems in order to advance; from letting down a drawbridge to piecing together clues, working out basic math problems is essential to successfully completing DetecThink.

This app also offers very customizable features for both parents and children; parents are able to set up up multiple accounts for multiple children, have updates on their kids’ progress sent to them via personalized progress reports, and adjust settings to allow for different levels of difficulty, based on an individual child’s math skills.

“Detectives” within the app get to set up their own names and choose the appearance of their character.

Appearance and Layout:

DetecThink iPhone App Review

DetecThink iPhone App

The graphics of DetecThink are appropriate for its target audience. The characters are somewhat cartoonish, but still adequately detailed.

While in-app graphics might be a bit boring for older children, most players of this app will probably be perfectly pleased with its appearance.

The number of options to change your detective’s outfit/features is impressive, and the different puzzles within the overall storyline offer detailed enough graphics to keep things interesting for most target-age players.

The layout of this app is also easily navigated, both for parents and children.

Value:

DetecThink is free with in-app purchases, however, these purchases appear to unlock the whole storyline (for $4.99) and provide in-app help for your personal detective character.

While $4.99 sounds like a relatively steep price to pay to fully complete and enjoy a game (since what child wants to only play a game part way?), the educational value of DetecThink is well worth this price, particularly for children who struggle with enjoying mathematics.

The parent report system also is helpful for allowing parents to see their child’s progress through the app, showing them just how much their investment is being used.

download (20)DetectThink–Math Puzzles requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Zoom Along for Fun & Thrills in Endless Rush

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Endless Rush – A Sunborn Rising Game
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Endless Rush – A Sunborn Rising Game is an exciting game that challenges your reaction times and quick-thinking skills.

Free through the iTune Store, Endless Rush manages to be quite charming even though it’s also quite a challenging game.

Features:

Guiding your furry, winged body through the air is your main goal throughout Endless Rush, by Neoglyphic Entertainment Inc.

However, this is easier said than done; you’ve also got to successfully fly into some nectar pots to collect them while also avoiding traps throughout the forest air.

Endless Rush is a finger/tap guided game, making it very easy to control your character. The game starts out pretty slowly; at first I had a hard time figuring out why the game was even named “Endless Rush” as the “rush” part of the game definitely seemed to be lacking.

But hold onto your hats, the game picks up the pace a little further into it, and before you know it you’re flying along on a thrill ride being forced to quickly make decisions to either fly into or fly away from various items (or traps) in the air.

Once you get going, Endless Rush really is a fun game to play. I was particularly impressed that I didn’t run into any in-app lag throughout the game; everything flew along very smoothly without any delays.

Appearance and Layout:

Endless Rush iPhone App Review

Endless Rush iPhone App

The appearance of Endless Rush is definitely a very well-executed part of this app.

The graphics are perfectly fitting with the fun, cheerful mood of the game; cartoonish characters are also detailed enough to keep things interesting throughout the different levels as well.

While this isn’t the most detailed app, the details that are thrown into each level make it very easy to appreciate the difference between nectar and traps, between the things you want to fly into and the things you’ve really got to work on avoiding.

The layout of Endless Rush is also pretty easy to navigate, again making this app an easy one to pick up and start playing right away.

On-screen instruction blurbs are also provided during the initial stages of the game, and these are very helpful for guiding new players as well.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Endless Rush is a free game. It’s very easy to understand, jump right in and get the hang of quickly.

In-game controlling is smoothly done without any frustrating lag. Graphics are fun and appropriate for the overall tone of the game.

The developers have really done a great job with this game, although it could use an “experienced” mode. The game starts out pretty slowly, which is helpful the first one or two times you play it but after that it tends to feel like something you just want to get past, and this might make it difficult for some players to really feel any strong desire to play through these beginning stages.

Overall, if you don’t mind a fairly slow and unchallenging start to a game, then Endless Rush might be worth checking out for you.

download (19)Endless Rush iPhone app requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Investagate Makes Learning About the Stock Market Simple

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

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re just getting started in the stock market or someone who casually invests, having the right tools and information will make a world of difference in making sure you have a positive experience.

Knowledge is power when it comes to the stock market but learning the lingo and understanding all the new terms and concepts can be daunting.

Investagate is a must-have app for any new investors that want to get comfortable with the stock market and all the information needed to make sense of it all.

The app is off to a very good start but there are improvements that can be made.

Concept and Functionality:

If your goal is to learn about stocks and the markets you might go online and in your reading come across many foreign (to you) financial terms and even some explanations. The websites with the information you want, however, all have one thing in common. In order to be generally useful they provide universal examples for their website visitors. It’s then up to you to figure out how to apply this to the company you are researching.

Investagate sets itself apart by giving you an explanation of all the financial terms in detail and the example will always be based on the company you have chosen in the app.

All financial terms (items) are clickable and will open in the in-app browser explaining the term and what the term means for the company you have selected in the app.

The beauty of this approach is that it allows anyone regardless of their background to quickly and easily be able to analyze a company that trades on the stock market and the layout is easy to navigate.

If you’re just getting started as a market watcher or you’re someone who invests periodically or you’re researching a specific company, this app is quite useful for the data that most people want at their fingertips such as price, history, financial statements, etc.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Investagate iPhone App

The current state of Investagate is an excellent fit for anyone new to the world of investing. That said, there are some areas where the app could be improved.

We would prefer that users have a way of saving a list of stocks into a portfolio for quick access or to compare different investment strategies; the only saved list is recent search history. Also, you can’t search for a stock by its abbreviation, only the company name.

One other key feature that we’d like to see added is notifications. With the debut of iOS 10 and supercharged widgets and notifications, this is something that could certainly be a game changing differentiator for an app like Investagate.

Value:

Investagate is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. There are embedded ads, but I couldn’t find an option to disable them.

Overall, Investagate is a well-designed and useful app if you’re looking to quickly and easily find detailed information about stocks and is a great way to start on the road to being an educated investor.

investagate.jpgInvestagate requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Homework Help At Your Fingertips With EssayShark

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EssayShark: Online Paper Help And Writing Homework Tutoring Service
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

EssayShark: Online Paper Help and Writing Homework Tutoring Service is an app that every student should check out.

It provides homework help from the convenience of your mobile device and is aimed at students from high school through university levels.

Features:

The name of EssayShark, an app by FrogProg Limited, fairly accurately paints a picture of what kind of features are offered through the app.

Although the official app description is basically that of an online essay-writing, tutor-guiding service, the review comments left within the actual app itself seem to point more towards a different genre.

Specifically, the app’s main function appears to be mostly used by students paying tutors/writers through the app to complete homework assignments for them.

These assignments can range to include any number of topics, and specific writers can also specialize in focused areas of study as well.

The price for an essay appears to vary by the length of the topic, and samples are provided within EssayShark to give users an idea of what to expect. Most of the reviews for different writers within the app are very positive.

Again, while EssayShark can also be used for getting generalized writing advice (without having a full paper written for you), it seems that most users of the app don’t use it just for simple advice.

Appearance and Layout:

EssayShark iPhone App Review

EssayShark iPhone App

EssayShark is extremely easy to use.

This ease is largely due to its simple layout that is really easy to navigate. Setting up an account is fairly instant, and payments within the app are done via PayPal.

Discovering different writers and researching their past works and reviews is also a cinch; this can particularly be helpful if you’re wondering how well a particular writer might do on your specific assignment.

However, the graphics of EssayShark aren’t particularly impressive; while the app is very user-friendly, its appearance isn’t very exciting. Still, the app’s design could be described positively as “functional.”

Value:

While EssayShark is free to create an account, actually using the services offered through the app definitely is an active investment.

Writing services/homework help come at a price; while the rates through the app are arguably cheaper than that of a personal “real-life” tutor, the results you get from the services offered through the app may not be as predictable.

For some, use of EssayShark’s features might actually be in violation to academic honor codes. While there are definitely ways to use this app with integrity, the range of services offered puts the onus on students to use the app in a way that is helpful without going over the line.

download (18)EssayShark requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Soar to New Heights in Fly Froggy for iPhone

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Fly Froggy
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Long ago, a fun game called Doodle Jump debuted on the App Store. Amassing millions of fans and opening the door to a brand-new gameplay style, many games followed in the footsteps of this successful title.

Fly Froggy is a top notch entertaining game that’s both addicting and fun to play.

It is sure to keep you entertained for hours on end.

Concept and Gameplay:

As I mentioned before, Fly Froggy, by Nixar, shares quite a few similarities with Doodle Jump. For example, both games are endless vertical scrollers but allow you to accumulate points as you reach new heights.

In order to play Fly Froggy, all you have to do is tap on branches so your frog can stick his tongue out and a launch himself further in the air. If you fail to do so before the frog reaches the bottom of the screen, the game is over. It really is as simple as that.

There’s a helpful tutorial the consists of screenshots in order to guide you through the basics of the game, but I found Fly Froggy to be pretty easy to figure out.

One of the things that I really like about the game is the fact that simple graphics make it easy to concentrate on what’s going on in the game.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Fly Froggy iPhone Game

One feature that I noticed was greyed out on the main menu of Fly Froggy is the leader boards. It seems that this is a feature that’s in the works, and I really hope it will go live soon because it will make the game even more fun to play.

Another cool thing about Fly Froggy is the fact that it is completely free to play. The only thing you have to pay for (optionally) is additional coins so you can buy revives.

Value:

Fly Froggy is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. As I mentioned above, you don’t have to pay to win the game. There aren’t even ads to distract you, which is definitely noteworthy when it comes to a free game.

Overall, Fly Froggy is a game that you should definitely check out if you like endless scrolling games. The opportunity for your next best high score is always there, and I definitely look forward to seeing global leader boards in the near future.

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

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