Think Shapes Will Give Your Gray Matter A Workout

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Price: Free
Rating:
Think Shapes
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

Think Shapes, from SoftUps, LLC, is a well-designed challenging puzzle game that is great fun for any fan of interesting puzzles.

Features

It is not your run-of-the-mill shape puzzler where you have to fit shapes together. This game provides you with a fixed set of images that are transparent in some areas and opaque in others. You then have to decide which ones you need to stack in order to recreate your “goal” image. Simple? Not so fast…

The operation of the game is not hard, but with all the options it’s nice that a tutorial is provided.

It walks you though all the functional icons on the screen by putting a spotlight on each one as it tells you what it does. A nice touch.

As you play you hear a relaxing “zen like” melody that helps to set the atmosphere that this is a thinking game, not a frenetic twitch game.

Think Shapes iPhone Game

Think Shapes iPhone Game

If you succeed you receive a score and unlock the next puzzle. If you don’t you use up one of your lives (max of 5) and you can try again, this time using hints.

Concept and Functionality

As you might expect the goal images start off easy and get more and more difficult.

You have to not only figure out which ones you need to combine to make the final image, you also have to decide what order to layer them, whether or not they need to be rotated, and which ones need to be what color.

At the start of play you are shown the goal image and how many shapes need to be combined for the final image and how many moves you have.

You then have to choose from the 14 shapes on the right, which ones to use, in what order and which of the 10 colors each layer should be.

We found this game to be a unique concept that is a delight to play. We especially like how the puzzles build up gradually in complexity.

This serves to build your confidence and also reinforce your understanding of how to play it, with no challenge being frustratingly impossible.

Value

With over 270 levels available, and no in-app purchases, this game is a terrific value. Even though there are ads along the bottom, they are not intrusive and, at least while we were playing it, no full screen ads that interrupt your play and force you to ‘x’ out of them.

You can just play straight away, or you can log in using your Facebook account. If you opt for the latter you can play against your friends and get your competitive juices flowing.

So, if your brain needs a good workout, get it in shape with Think Shapes!

thinkshapes-qrThink Shapes requires iOS 7.0 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 to speed up the publication of this review.

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OfficeSuite Free Offers Desktop-Like Functionality for iOS

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Price: Free
Rating:
OfficeSuite Free – for Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint & PDF documents editing
iPad App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Whether you use your iPhone and/or your iPad to view documents on the go or you create and edit projects on the go, you need to have the right office app for the job.

OfficeSuite Free is an amazing feature-rich free app that allows users to quickly and easily view, edit, and create Word docs, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheet, and much more.

Developed by Mobile Systems, this free app is perfect for casual and serious users alike.

Concept and Functionality:

One of the first things I look for in an office suite app is ease of use. After all, if you have to spend a ton of time finding your way around and figuring out where to find what, you’re probably not going to get a lot done.

OfficeSuite Free immediately impressed me with a clean layout that’s not littered with needless and clunky menus, options, and other fluff.

As I mentioned before, OfficeSuite Free allows users to create and edit Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents, as well as view PDFs and view and edit RTF and CSV docs.

To begin, I recommend connecting any cloud accounts to the app so you can easily access your files. OfficeSuite Free supports iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and WebDAV.

For creating documents, OfficeSuite Free offers pretty much everything users have come to expect from the Microsoft office product suite. From comprehensive layout options to extensive formatting options, everything seems to be covered.

It’ll likely take new users a bit of time to become acquainted with the location of features, but you’ll be creating and editing documents in no time at all.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

OfficeSuite Free includes far too many features to list individually, but one of my favorite features is cloud integration at no additional cost.

This is especially true for iCloud, as it seems like many free office suite apps tend to charge for an upgrade in order to unlock it.

Also, OfficeSuite Free features a familiar desktop-like layout, which is great seeing as many office suite apps try to add their own twist.

The app definitely puts usability and functionality above all else, and it results in an increase in productivity without loss of features.

Value:

OfficeSuite Free is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. While the free version is supported with ads, they’re only shown on the menu screen.

If you’re looking for even more features, OfficeSuite Free offers a full version upgrade for $20. This unlocks the ability to edit PDFs, as well as adds password protection and disables ads, among other features.

The only nit I have with this app, and it’s a relatively small one, is I think it would be best to break down additional features into separate in-app purchases.

For casual users who might just want to disable ads or unlock PDF editing, $20 is a lot to ask.

officesuite_free.jpgOfficeSuite Free requires iOS 7.0 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 to speed up the publication of this review.

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EZ PZ RPG is the Most Fun and Easiest RPG

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Price: Free
Rating:
EZ PZ RPG
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Developed by R2Game Co., Limited, EZ PZ RPG is the next big thing in mobile role playing games. Available for free through the iTunes Store, this game is fun, challenging and yet incredibly simple to play so it’s ideal for both beginner and experienced gamers alike.

Features:

Just like its name suggests, EZ PZ RPG is designed to be one of the easiest mobile role playing games possible.

Unlike most RPGs that require you to actually be actively playing the game in order to gain loot and experience, this app is created to let you create a character, set him/her into motion, and leave it alone until you want to play the game again.

In the meantime, your character will have been progressing through the game, without any additional help from you at all. EZ PZ RPG currently features three different distinct, playable classes to choose your character from.

An impressive amount of gear/loot is available throughout the game as well, making it easy to advance and accessorize your player.

Fun, quirky writing directs players when they’re on the game, adding further appeal to EZ PZ RPG. However, while this app definitely features an impressive (possibly even overwhelming) amount of content, the overall storyline for the game seemed to be somewhat lacking. Although not a big issue, some dedicated RPG fans might find this deficit to be disappointing.

Appearance and Layout:

EZ PZ RPG iPhone App Review

EZ PZ RPG iPhone App Review

The graphics of EZ PZ RPG are definitely a highlight of the app. Bright, unique artwork is featured throughout the entire game, making it a very visually pleasing game.

Colors and character composition seem to follow the norms for larger scale RPGs very well, and gamers familiar with other such games will probably be very pleased with what the graphics of this app have to offer.

However, while the graphics of this app are certainly impressive, the overall layout of EZ PZ RPG seems as if it could use some improvement. Specifically, due to the sheer amount of content included within the game, on-screen icons could feel a bit overwhelming at times.

It would be more ideal if players could still access this information and the features provided through these icons without having them always on their screens.

Value:

As mentioned previously, EZ PZ RPG is available for free through the iTunes Store. Because of this the overall value of this app is definitely quite good.

Great graphics keep it visually appealing, and anyone interested in playing an RPG that can run on auto-pilot at times will probably be pleased with it.

As with many games, EZ PZ RPG does offer some in-app purchasing options that let you accelerate your progress, but for those on a budget the good news is that they’re not required to play.

ezEZ PZ RPG requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. 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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Go From Snack Shack to Lunch Legend in Lunch Truck Tycoon

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Price: Free
Rating:
Lunch Truck Tycoon
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

One of my favorite game genres is simulators, so it’s no surprise that I took a liking to Lunch Truck Tycoon almost immediately.

Developed by Diggidy, Lunch Truck Tycoon is an addicting and fun game for iPhone that takes players on an exciting journey from snack shack to food truck fame.

Concept and Gameplay:

Lunch Truck Tycoon is pretty similar to like-named games such as Lemonade Tycoon. The goal is to build your business from the ground up by providing customers with a great lunch experience.

Over time, you’ll earn enough money to purchase upgrades so you can bring in even more cash.

When you first open Lunch Truck Tycoon, the game takes you through a brief tutorial that gives you a basic overview of the game and all of its functions. The left side of the screen is where players can purchase trucks and upgrades, travel around the island, view the latest news headlines, and restock their truck.

Lunch Truck Tycoon is somewhat of a “set it and forget it” kind of game. What that means is that players have to make sure everything is in order (such as stocking items) prior to taking their turn.

Once their turn has begun and customers purchase food, players can’t make any changes to their truck.

Lunch Truck Tycoon iPhone Game

Lunch Truck Tycoon iPhone Game

While Lunch Truck Tycoon is pretty similar to other simulator games, I rather like the fact that this one makes you work extra hard in order to unlock additional truck accessories and food.

Leveling up is a gradual process that takes quite a bit of time, so it’s unlikely that players will zip through the game in a matter of hours.

Features:

When it comes to extra features, Lunch Truck Tycoon has all the bases covered.

The game offers plenty of player flexibility, primarily because they’re free to choose where they want to set up shop. Event headlines and special challenges pop up rather frequently, but players aren’t forced to take part in them.

When it comes down to numbers, Lunch Truck Tycoon players can reach level 45, as well as complete and gain content.

There are 30 different events for players to take part in, as well as 15 different competitions in five different locations where they can set up their lunch truck.

Lastly, if you’re a bit impatient, Lunch Truck Tycoon allows you to toggle turn speed via the fast-forward button that’s located at the top right of the screen.

Value:

Lunch Truck Tycoon is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. The game does include ads that pop up occasionally after a turn has completed, but they’re not terribly intrusive.

Players have the option of acquiring cash via in-app purchase, but doing so somewhat defeats the purpose of the game. Also, ads can be disabled for $0.99.

When it comes down to it, Lunch Truck Tycoon is a very addicting simulator game that features plenty of different game elements and room for players to experiment with items and strategies.

lunch_truck_tycoon.jpgLunch Truck Tycoon requires iOS 5.1.1 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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EaseUS Data Recovery for Mac Brings Files Back From the Dead

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Price: Free
Rating:
EaseUS Data Recovery for Mac
Mac Application Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

If you’ve ever trashed a file only to realize later that you need it back, this handy utility is for you.

EaseUS Data Recovery for Mac, from EaseUS, is an easy-to-use utility that every Mac owner should have on hand.

Features & Functionality:

It offers instructions in nine different languages and easily changes from one to another, although you do have to restart the application to do so.

Once you’re ready to get started, the process is pretty straightforward since this application is so focused on doing what you bought it for, without much fluff or distracting sidelines. The file type(s) you can recover include Graphics, Document, Audio, Video, Email, Archive, and Other.

It couldn’t be simpler, you select the file type, or types, that you’re interested in, you select the device from all the volumes it finds and and click “continue”.

EaseUS Data Recovery for Mac

EaseUS Data Recovery for Mac

It scans the storage device for deleted files pretty quickly and in no time at all comes back with a complete listing of all the deleted files it has found. If you select all file types be prepared for the list is much longer than you’re expecting. That’s because it also find files that the OS and various applications have deleted as part of their normal operation.

Assuming your files were in the trash before being deleted for good, all you have to do is look in the “Users” folder, select your user name, then select the “Trash” folder and there you will no doubt find your file.

In addition to scanning your storage device for the types of files that you selected,  EaseUS also prompts you to do a “deep scan” if the first scan did not find the files you’re looking for.

We tested EaseUS’s ability to recover a wide variety of file types including graphics, Microsoft documents and templates, videos, applications, zip files, dmg files and pdf files.

In all cases this utility performed flawlessly as long as files were just deleted. Of course any file recovery utility will warn you that as you continue to use your computer after emptying the trash, it’s quite possible that bits on your storage device will be overwritten and recovery of our files may be impossible.

Appearance and Layout

The application is a good example of a minimalist design. It’s purpose is singularly defined and its interface certainly reflects that focus. Start the app, enter your admin password (necessary because of the access the application needs to do its thing), select “Later” for the upgrade to the full paid version, select the file type(s) you’re interested in, then point it to a volume and off you go.

There aren’t too many options, and that’s a good thing.

The text is quite legible and straightforward. Your only other options are from the main menu bar where you can do a search on a word or phrase, select “Online Help” to go to a webpage where you the user guide, or select “Support Center” and go to a webpage where you can initiate a live chat or send an email for additional help.

Value

The trial version allows you to preview the results but not recover the files, so for the free version the value is all about seeing if the EaseUS can find your missing file. If it does find it you can’t recover it unless you pay for the license which costs $89.95. On the plus side you don’t have to but it unless you know it can find your file.

We’d like to see some harder value with the free version but we understand where they’re coming from. In our opinion though, if they offered the ability to recover at least one file with the free version, most people would see the value of having it around and would then opt for it anyway.

Overall, we think EaseUS Data Recovery for Mac is a solid value and for those who need to recover a lost file, it can be a lifesaver.

easus-qrEaseUS Data Recovery for Mac s fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9(Mavericks), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.7 (Lion), 10.6 (Snow Leopard). A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Think Outside the Box in REBUS – Absurd Logic Game

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Price: Free
Rating:
REBUS – Absurd Logic Game
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

REBUS – Absurd Logic Game is an outstanding new puzzle game for iPhone and iPad that will challenge every ounce of logic you possess.

Developed by Jutiful, this intriguing new game is a must have for anyone who wants to practice thinking outside the box.

Concept and Gameplay:

To quote Wikipedia, a rebus is “an allusional device that uses pictures to represent words or parts of words.” For example, one of the first puzzles you’ll solve in REBUS is a G with a heart next to it.

While this might look strange at first, sounding out what you see on the screen means you’ll eventually realize that the solution to the puzzle is glove. Trust me, the first puzzle is easy compared to the rest.

One of the things I was pleased to see in REBUS is a handy tutorial that encourages players to think outside the box, primarily because this is a puzzle game that they’ve likely never played before.

I can honestly say that REBUS requires quite a bit of creativity and logic in order to solve puzzles, but that’s what makes it so fun to play.

REBUS offers quite a bit for players, including over 100 puzzles to solve. According to the developer, updates will be released regularly and new puzzles will be added to the game frequently.

Not only does this mean the game will continue to grow with frequent attention, but it also means the players who have solved all of the puzzles can continue to play and enjoy REBUS.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

REBUS iPhone Game

As with many puzzle games, REBUS includes a few features to help players catch a break if they happen to get stuck on a puzzle. For example, there are hints that can be purchased with coins earned from successfully solving rebuses.

Hints include revealing the answer, eliminating letters from the built-in keyboard, and revealing the number of letters in the word. Hints aside, we encourage you to stay with each puzzle in this game of associations, logic and design. Solving them for yourself will bring satisfaction and energize your brain.

iPhone gamers who enjoy collecting achievements and showing off progress to friends via Game Center will be pleased to know that REBUS also features integration, as well as 23 achievements to collect.

Value:

REBUS is available to download from the App Store for free, which is a fantastic price given the fact that there are a ton of puzzles to solve. Players can optionally purchase more coins via the in-game store, as well as disable ads.

Overall, you definitely can’t beat the price of free when it comes to a fun and challenging puzzle game. REBUS definitely delivers on its promise to push players to think outside the box.

So be prepared to really put your mind to the test if you decide to give this fantastic new game a try.

REBUS – Absurd Logic Gamerebus.jpg 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 article.

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