Gems Smash: Be Prepared to “Crush” It

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Gems Smash
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Throughout our tenure here at the iPhone App Review, we have seen many trends come and go. Not the least of these is the match-three genre of iPhone gaming.

It expanded with a vengeance several years back, and has only been gaining more and more ground ever since. And we absolutely, positively can not get enough of it!

If that’s got you interested, then head on down below the break for our full review of a new one that’s sure to make your daily play list.

Gems Smash is an endlessly endearing and addictive game that shares a lot with its forebearers, but it is still every bit as exciting and energizing as you’re hoping.

As promised, find the whole review contained below.

Concept and Gameplay

As you might expect from a review with the title given above, you can expect a lot of Candy Crush style gameplay out of Gems Smash.

However, it would be wholly unfair to say that one is a rip off of the other.

In fact, Gems Smash, from Babies Fun Technology Co., Ltd., offers a totally different set of desirables, and plenty of reason to see it as its own, unique title.

For instance, the game has you doing a whole lot more than just matching up items to knock them out in combos. Though, you will be spending a lot of time doing just that. In addition, however, you can also enjoy the game’s copious, roleplaying-esque mechanics.

Gems Smash iPhone Game

Gems Smash iPhone Game

You see, all those points you accumulate are more than just glittering trophies. Using what you’ve earned, you can unlock additional lives, combination boosters, and several more delightful fun-enhancers.

These also include several area-of-effect options, producing wicked multiple blasts, earning you even more points and glory along the way.

Lastly, the game introduces a “battle” effect. Think of this as a race to win more points than your opponent. It’s fun and enlivening, and at the very least, it offers a fresh take on a very well-trodden field.

Graphics and Layout

It also helps that Gems Smash looks as good as it does.

This is not a cheap knock-off of a much more popular title. Rather, it is clear the developers have thought a great deal about cultivating a cute, inviting air for the player to enjoy.

The items you’ll be collecting are vibrant and easily spotted, while the various characters you’ll encounter are equally so.

Not to mention the fact the game is so easy to pick up on! We hardly had any trouble at all picking up the pieces. Though, if you become confused, Gems Smash is more than happy to walk you through the basics again.

It’s impossible to mess-up, which makes the fun contained here are the more real.

Overall Value

Better still, Gems Smash is completely free to play in the iTunes App Store. Now, we’re particularly cheap, but that should be the kind of bargain that appeals to just about any gamer.

No matter if you’re an existing fan of the genre, or just someone looking to have a bit of fun this afternoon, Gems Smash is a solid winner.

The app garners a 5 star rating from us, as well as our hearty recommendation. Those in the market should look no further than this gem (pun intended) of an app.

static_qr_code_without_logoGems Smash requires iOS 6.0 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 by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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10 Best New Games from July – Have You Played?

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

Yet another summer month has come and gone, but July was a fantastic month for new iPhone and iPad games.

Industry-leading franchises released sequels to their games, and many developers made their mark on the App Store for the first time.

This list of the 10 best new iPhone and iPad games from July definitely features something for everyone, and I wholeheartedly believe you’ll find plenty of games to try out.

From action-packed shooters to challenging puzzle games and immersive RPG titles, there’s a great mix of free and paid games for you to try out.

 

Angry Birds 2 for iOS

Angry Birds 2 for iOS

angrybirds2Angry Birds 2 (Rovio Entertainment Ltd – iPhone, iPad, Free) – The birds are back, and this time they’re starring in a whole new game.

Angry Birds 2 is the much-anticipated sequel of the most popular game franchise to hit the App Store, and it definitely debuted with a bang.

Featuring totally revamped gameplay and tons of new elements to enjoy, Angry Birds 2 is essentially a whole new game that’s unlike what you’ve played before.

This means that die hard fans of the franchise finally have something new to enjoy and those who are new to Angry Birds can experience everything the franchise offers.

 

to-fuTo-Fu Fury (Amazon Game Studios – iPhone, iPad, $1.99) – Yet another sequel has made it to our list of best new games, and once again it’s a hit among fans of the original.

To-Fu Fury takes players on a puzzle adventure that’s both fast-paced and gorgeous to look at.

From action-packed combat to epic boss battles, To-Fu Fury is essentially multiple games combined into one amazing experience.

This is definitely a game you can’t miss and it’s worth every penny.

 

Prune for iOS

Prune for iOS

prunePrune (Joel McDonald – iPhone, iPad, $3.99) – If you enjoy games that offer a unique visual experience, Prune is certainly worth checking out.

This artistic game is a pleasant combination of Zen gameplay and strategy.

The goal of the game is to help your tree grow despite a hostile environment.

The developer describes Prune as “a love letter to trees”, and it’s clear that this is an incredibly unique game that’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

The price is a bit steep, but you don’t have to worry about in-app purchases or other monetizing elements. It’s one of my favorite games to play and it’s a great way to relax and enjoy a bit of visual art.

 

callyscavesCally’s Caves 3 (Jordan Pearson – iPhone, iPad, Free) – The third and final installment of the popular Cally’s Caves series, this brand-new sequel received a boatload of praise among fans when it made its debut on the App Store.

The game features 120 levels across 8 different zones, 20 different enemies, 12 weapon classes with 89 different effects, and much more.

This is an expansive game that offers a very retro feel with modern gameplay elements.

Both kids and adults will enjoy playing Cally’s Caves 3.

 

gabrielGabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition (Phoenix Online Studios – iPad, Free) – One thing I love about iOS games is that they can be both new and old.

This stunning re-release of an old classic takes players on a whirlwind adventure of suspense, drama, and more.

Designed for iPad, this amazing game is a must-have if you enjoy thrillers and investigative mysteries.

I do want to mention that the download size is huge (almost 2 GB) so device space is a must if you’re planning on checking out this awesome new game.

 

The Long Siege for iOS

The Long Siege for iOS

longsiegeThe Long Siege (Anomaly Studios Pte Ltd – iPhone, iPad, $1.99) – Fans of match 3 games will absolutely adore this brand-new game.

The Long Siege is a rare combination of match 3 gameplay, RPG elements, and real-time strategy. It’s perfect for players who want more out of match 3 gameplay instead of simply earning high scores.

My favorite part about The Long Siege is that it keeps players moving forward in a fast-paced way, keeping them from becoming bored with basic gameplay.

The price shouldn’t deter you from checking it out, either, as there are no in-app purchases and the game is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

 

vaultVault! (Nitrome – iPhone, iPad, Free) – As you probably guessed, Vault! Is a fun and fast-paced iOS game that centered around pole vaulting.

This exciting and challenging game is similar to Flappy Bird but offers much more in the way of challenging gameplay.

As with most games like Vault!, game mechanics are easy to learn but incredibly hard to master.

If you enjoy challenging games that will keep you playing over and over again, this is one you must check out. Plus, you can’t beat the price.

 

Rotatio for iOS

Rotatio for iOS

rotatioRotatio (Tapinator, LLC – iPhone, iPad, Free) – Yet another game that offers a unique visual experience, Rotatio is a mesmerizing arcade game that requires players to navigate a circle along a path and through gates.

The goal of the game is to survive for as long as you can without colliding with obstacles.

I’ve always believed there’s beauty in simplicity, and Rotatio is the perfect example of this concept.

It’s a challenging game that’s both calming and difficult. It’s a great wind down game that’s perfect for players who enjoy besting their high score.

 

forsakenForsaken World Mobile MMORPG (Fedeen Games Limited – iPhone, iPad, Free) – No list of top new games would be complete without a dedicated RPG.

Filling that spot is Forsaken World, which is an expansive MMORPG for iPhone and iPad that originally debuted on PC.

Featuring all of the elements you can possibly think of, this incredible game includes PVP action, quests, mounts, and much more.

The best part about Forsaken World in that the environment is just as expansive as the game. Not only is it fun to play, but exploring the world is both enjoyable and rewarding.

This is definitely a game that will get you addicted in no time, and the best part is that you can play along with friends.

 

stupidzombiesStupid Zombies 3 (GameResort LLC – iPhone, iPad, Free) – The 10th and final game on our list of the best new iOS games from July is Stupid Zombies 3, which is a comedic platformer for iPhone and iPad.

The goal of the game is to destroy spawning zombies as quickly as you can before they reach you.

You have a variety of weapons at your disposal, as well as over 100 levels to play through.

This isn’t merely a “spray and pray” shooter, though, because your shots have to be thoroughly planned in order for them to bounce around the map.

This is definitely a game that is perfect for anyone who enjoys making trick shots.

 

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Cross Pipe Is Similar to Tetris but with Many Twists

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Cross Pipe
Price: Free

Rating:
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re a fan of puzzle games, Cross Pipe is something you definitely have to check out.

Cross Pipe is a fun and addicting game for iPhone and iPad that’s somewhat like Tetris but is unlike anything we’ve reviewed before.

Concept and Gameplay:

The goal of Cross Pipe, developed by 10oz Labs, Inc., is to arrange pipes on a map in order to make water flow from the start point to the end point. This sounds fairly easy to do, but I can assure you that it’s anything but simple.

Not only do you have to rush in order to place pipes as quickly as possible, but you have to strategically plan ahead to make sure you don’t waste any pipes.

Cross Pipe includes tons of levels for players to enjoy as well as extras such as characters to unlock, levels to attain, and much more.

I do want to mention that I had a little bit of trouble understanding exactly how to play even after completing the tutorial, but everything made sense after a bit of practice.

When it comes to graphics and audio quality, I fell in love with the cheerful and upbeat theme in Cross Pipe. The game is downright adorable and nice to look at, and music/sound effects definitely add to the high quality gaming experience.

The interface itself is well-organized and easy to navigate, though it does take a little time to figure out where buttons are and what everything does.

Features:

Cross Pipe iPad Game

Cross Pipe iPhone Game

Cross Pipe includes most of the features you’d expect from a game that’s this complex. For example, users have the option of connecting the game to Facebook in order to compete with their friends for the highest score. I’ve always liked this feature because it encourages players to do better for bragging rights.

Players can also earn achievements via Game Center, which is one of my favorite things to do. Again, this is another feature that helps players get more out of the game.

Value:

Cross Pipe is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. Players can choose to purchase in-game currency with real money if they don’t want to watch ads in order to unlock things like extra keys.

Overall, Cross Pipe is a very addicting game that adds a few new twists to a very saturated genre.

The game is a little tricky to get the hang of it first, but once you know the basics you can zip through levels with ease.

I highly recommend checking out Cross Pipe if you enjoy puzzle games that keep you on the edge of your seat.

cross_pipe.jpgCross Pipe 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 by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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BCast for iOS Lets You Broadcast Video in Real Time

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Price: Free
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BCast
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Sharing live video streams seems to be all the rage these days, what with Periscope and Meerkat getting so much attention. But are there other options that may be a better fit for you?

BCast is a great way to share live video broadcasts with the rest of the world.

Developed by FullCircle GeoSocial Network, Inc., this handy and free app for iPhone and iPad allows you to record and save videos quickly and easily.

Concept and Functionality:

While there certainly isn’t a shortage of broadcasting apps available on the App Store, not all of them are incredibly user-friendly.

BCast is an exception, though, because it’s very easy to set up and use. The app avoids complicated interfaces and pro-level controls and instead delivers an extremely well-designed UI.

The first thing you have to do when you download BCast is create an account using your email address or connect the app to Twitter or Facebook. From there you can choose to browse videos that other users have already uploaded, tweak your profile, or immediately upload your own video.

One thing I do want to mention is that all videos uploaded to BCast must be recorded live, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the app so you don’t miss a great moment.

This shouldn’t be difficult because BCast is very self-explanatory.

Features:

BCast iPhone App

BCast iPhone App

One of my favorite things about BCast is the fact that it gives users total control over their broadcasts.

When you begin a new broadcast you can tweak settings such as giving your broadcast a name and description, choosing privacy options, and selecting archive options.

BCast also provides a website that provides its full capability from your browser. This is a great option for when you’re at your laptop and want to watch some game videos, news videos or even do your own broadcast.

Many broadcast apps don’t give you these features, so this is a big plus for BCast.

Another cool feature is the ability to connect with other users by following them and leaving comments on the video uploads. You can also easily share other videos via social networking sites.

Value:

BCast is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no in-app purchases, subscriptions, or ads to deal with.

What you see is what you get, and what you get is an awesome broadcasting tool that allows you to share current events or whatever interests you with the rest of the world in real time.

bcast.jpgBCast 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 by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Airelive for iPhone Offers Video Chatting and Much, Much More

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Price: Free
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Airelive, The Video Communication Platform
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re looking for a very easy way to communicate with friend and family using your iPhone, Airelive is an app you definitely have to check out.

Developed by Aire Incorporation, this amazing social networking tool combines tons of different elements into one.

Airelive features group video chatting, live video streaming, complete social network functionality (friends, liking and commenting on uploads, etc.), and much more.

Up to four people can FaceChat using either WiFi or your cellular data connection.

International users are not left out either as it also supports five languages.

A nice fun touch is that you can choose one the many avatars available or you can easily create your own.

Airelive is an app that you have to try out if you want a convenient way to stay in touch with others.

airelive iphone app reviewAirelive 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 by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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YourCal is a Worthwhile Upgrade From the Standard Calculator App

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Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

The cool thing about calculators is that they can be as simple or as complex as you can think of. Long gone are the days of having to carry an actual calculator around thanks to smartphones, but it’s fun to see what developers come up with in terms of calculator apps.

YourCal makes it easy to calculate basic math problems as well as 5 of your own custom formulas.

The app, a new iPhone app by Stanley Philippe, also has a few extra features for those who need to make calculations on the fly.

Concept and Functionality:

At first glance, YourCal looks like a basic calculator app that allows users to easily figure out basic math equations.

Looks can definitely be deceiving, though, and this particular calculator app has a few tricks up its sleeve.

The actual calculator function is pretty basic, straightforward and simple to use. There are two other calculator functions located at the bottom of the screen, which is the Formula function and Percentage calculator.

Tapping on Formula takes users to a new calculator interface where they can add values for A, B, C, D, and X and easily solve equations based on those values. The Percentage calculator lets users easily find a percentage of the amount on the Calculator screen.

When it comes to usability, I found YourCal to be pretty easy to navigate. I’ll admit that it took me a little while to figure out how to use the app effectively because there are no instructions or walkthroughs.

I do like the layout of the app, though, and I find that it’s fairly intuitive.

Features:

YourCal iPhone App

YourCal iPhone App

YourCal really shines when it comes to offering users more than just basic calculator capabilities.

As good as the app is, I think there are a few features that would really add to the overall functionality of the app.

The first feature is a calculation log which would keep track of values so users can easily go back and retrace their steps, as well as save calculated values for later reference.

This is a feature that’s rare to find in calculator apps but it’s something that would help to set YourCal apart from the rest.

As I mentioned before, a brief walkthrough of the app for new users would really help them understand the layout of the app, especially how to set up the formula calculator so it can be used effectively. I’d also like to see the ability to save different sets of formulas so users could get even more out of YourCal.

Value:

YourCal is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. The app is supported by ads, but I couldn’t find any in-app purchase screens or anything of the sort.

Overall, this is a very good calculator app that offers quite a bit in the way of extra features.

There are a few improvements that could be made, but as it stands it can handle whatever basic math you can throw at it.

yourcal.jpgYourCal requires iOS 7.0 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 by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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