RateMyPhoto – Time to Put Your Vote Where Your Photo Is

Reviewed by Jon Li

Price: Free
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RateMyPhoto, a new iPhone app by Continent Eight Pty Limited has brought the old school “hot or not “approach to the iPhone for your viewing and rating pleasure.

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The rate your photo concept is not particularly unique nor new; in fact, it is a time tested one. Millions of votes have been cast in similar web based venues, and the engaging, opinionated approach of rating photos is now available in the palm of your hand. The RateMyPhoto iPhone app is free for anyone to use, and it is quite easy and fast to begin casting votes for your favorite hotties or notties. There is no need to establish an account to partake in the action either; simply fire up the iPhone app, and you are ready to begin swiping away at peoples self esteem.

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Puzzle Me – Piece of Mind!

Reviewed By: Tommy Thompson

Puzzle Me !!! - SID On

Price: $0.99
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I used to visit my Grandma occasionally and she would always be working on a traditional jig saw puzzle on her dining room table!  It was usually the standard landscape picture with an old watermill next to the flowing river surrounded by trees and rocks!  Of the thousands of pieces to sift through, naturally the borders were done and a few of the ‘obvious’ areas were getting their due attention.   Part of the fun was discovering later how many pieces her white poodle Snowy ran off with!  With Puzzle Me iPhone app by Sid On tradition meets technology!  Now there’s an app to do jigsaw puzzles with – just make sure Snowy doesn’t run off with your iPhone!

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Certainly the task of putting all the pieces in the right places can be quite the entertaining challenge.  But in this case there is also a clock to test your puzzle completing speediness!  Now you can try and beat your best time or even compete with someone.  As I like to say to any opponent “It took you HOW long to finish??!!  – Step back and watch the Master!”  This is usually the point where I end up eating my words!  But it’s fun!

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NxtApp Uses Old-Fashioned Math Puzzles to Refresh Your Brain, Sharpness

Reviewed By A. Papachristos

NxtApp - ICON, LLC

 

Price: $.99
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Fill-n-the-blank questions are a staple when it comes to the average test.  These questions seem fairly simple, but can often boggle the mind.  NxtApp by ICON, LLC requires users to embrace their basic math skills in order to calculate the missing number in the given sequence, exercising one’s brain and keeping their mind sharp.

Navigation and Game Play:

Upon startup, users will find a scrolling menu that present seven different categories: Add or Subtract, Multiply or Divide, Multiply & Add or Subtract, Powers & Add or Subtract, Powers & Multiply, More Powers and a Mystery category coming soon in their next update.  The tool icon in the top right corner allows users to turn the music and sound effects on and off, though users can choose to listen to their own iTunes during game play if they choose.  Thankfully, NxtApp allows users to start with any category, sans restrictions, meaning you don’t have to successfully solve one level before proceeding to the next.

Each time you start a new game, you will find a new set of sequences, meaning you’ll never play the same game twice.  Simply try to fill in each sequence correctly in order to collect all the “dancing” gold stars and beat your best time.  The more sequences you solve correctly, the more challenging the sets become.  However, if you input the wrong answer, you will be forced to begin all over, though NxtApp will tell you the correct answer so you can learn where you went wrong.

Mathematical Benefits:

When I was in school, I used to love completing the sequence worksheets, and said questions always used to be the easiest ones on our tests.  But when you consider the last time I took one of those tests was way back in elementary school, NxtApp reminds me that I even need to spruce up my basic math skills now and then.

The addition and subtraction sequences occasionally cause me to pause for a moment, but when it comes to exponents, I drew a complete blank nearly every time.  I suppose, once you get older, you begin to rely on your calculator for all such computations, that your own capabilities become a bit dull.  And, unfortunately, the only calculator I ever seem to have handy is the one programmed into my iPhone, and I can’t quite use that in the middle of my game.  So when the App Store description claims NxtApp presents a fun way to raise your IQ, strengthen your insight, focus your scanning skills and improve your pattern recognition, they fail to mention its ability to refresh years of math lessons.  All my stale skills are flooding back, making game play exciting and fun!

NxtApp iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iPhone OS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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BodyFate – Fit is Your Fate!

Reviewed By: Tommy Thompson

BodyFate - BodyFate LLC

Price: $1.99
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This is a bit like boot camp!  However instead of army boots your drill instructor is wearing black high heeled boots made of leather and I think she enjoys watching you in pain!  Simply put, if you are tired and bored of your same old workout routine she will, um, I mean, this iPhone app will certainly liven things up!  BodyFate is like having your own personal trainer!

Originality:

No matter how you look at it the task of exercising sometimes takes as much mental effort as it does physical effort.  There are plenty of products out there that will ‘motivate’ you to workout, or so they boast!  After a while your workout routine could get really mundane.  It really boils down to keeping the thought of working out and doing the actual exercise as fresh and exciting and as fun as possible.  I think this iPhone app has found a way to do just that!  BodyFate is part game, part education, part ‘how to’, part motivator, and part tutorial.  A very unique combination to say the least!  And its main goal is to keep your workout fresh and new so you can, well, keep your work out fresh and new, for lack of better words.  As long as you’re having fun you may be surprised at how many sit ups or pushups you just did!

Graphics:

First, the real life graphics are very clear and certainly very valuable to the user!  After all, the main gist of this iPhone app is exercise, so what better to have than real life pictures showing how each exercise is properly done!  Secondly, the rest of the graphics are definitely game like and are presented with that funny cartoon style that we are all familiar with.  The classic wheel of torture, the devil sittin in the lawn chair sippin a froo froo drink, the gut check guy daring you to hit him in the stomach, awesome!  Again, this is a testament to the app as it comes across very fun, putting a great spin on getting your work out on!

Versatility:

Like having your personal trainer with you at all times!  By utilizing the settings menu you can adjust your workout depending on where you are and how much time you have and what level of physical output you are capable of.  For example, if you are at the gym with a flock of exercise equipment at your disposal you can program that info in and your game, or fate that is, will be adjusted accordingly.  On the other hand if you are at home and a beginner at exercising the app will only utilize what is available within your home!  Let’s say you’re a great exerciser but you’re stuck in your hotel room!  This app will still give you a heck of a workout.  It may include a chandelier, a phonebook, and a bath robe, but your trainer is very smart!

BodyFate iPhone app  [ iTunes Link ] requires iPhone iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Weekly iPhone Apps Roundup – Top 5

Top 5 iPhone Apps Reviewed

This week’s top five iPhone apps have it all! Action, functionality, and Steve Tyler?

This week our iPhone app reviews covered a gamut of categories, some sizzled, such as Room 77 allowing guests to view hotel rooms before they arrive, and others fizzled, SMSWriter, an app designed to take the thought out of your thought process. In the end, we covered some amazing new apps, some are featured below. However, our top 5 list also features Fight Night Champion and AppSoLewdly, which you must see to below.

 

Fight Night Champion

Fight Night Champion$4.99

Fight Night Champion is an iPhone app that hits hard, and packs a lot of punch in their $4.99 app fee. Ported from EA Sports console boxing game, Fight Night Champion lives up to the hype!  The controls are superb and fluid, allowing you to utilize the full range of the screen to tap, and swipe for a variety of jabs, blocks, and uppercuts. Our favorite aspect is the ability to bring a new fighter up through the ranks, aiming for the prize fights with Ali and other legends. And, once you have taken down the computer opponents, get ready to take this game to the streets by taking on friends, or foes via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections.

 

Appsolewdly iPhone app

Steven Tyler AppSoLewdly $2.99

You may love Steven Tyler from his myriad of hit songs, his engery and passion, or his recently assumed role on American Idol. You may not love Steven Tyler, but love playing pranks on your friends. Either way, the new Steven Tyler iPhone app AppSoLewdly is fun, entertaining, and worth every penny.

With AppSoLewdly you garner an element of backstage access into Steven Tylers life, including uncensored and self made videos, photos never before released to the public, and potentially the best part, a slew of sounds, inclusive of a digital sound box stocked full of “Tylerisms.”

So get your friends on the phone and enjoy the ensuing hilarity as you toy with their emotions playing digital sounds from your AppSoLewdly app and listen to their attempts to converse with Steven Tyler.

 

Evernote 4 iPhone app

Evernote 4 –  Free

Evernote has long been a favorite, and we rather enjoyed utilizing this service, both web based, and as an app. However, we must share our applause with Evernote, as they did not rest upon their laurals. Rather, they released a full fledged upgrade this week, and it is fantastic.

As we outlined several days ago in our Evernote iPhone app review, Evernote enhanced their iPhone app with a robust and upgraded home screen. They also implemented a new function that we love, entitled “Snippet,” thus allowing users to view a portion of their notes.

With enhanced search features, a new GUI, and an overall overhaul, Evernote graced us with a splendid update.

 

Can Knockdown iPhone app

Can Knockdown 2 $ .99

Ah, the smell of cotton candy, the allure of the clowns, the memories of a summer’s fair. Of course none of this would be complete without spending your last dollars on fun carnival games.

Can Knockdown 2 will help you relive the excitement and challenge of the quick paced carnival game wherein you knock down cans, however, they step it up several notches with fantastic graphics, special effects, oh, and you can knock down much more than just cans! Take your aim at targets, bulls-eyes and more.

 

Parker iPhone app

Parker$1.99

For those who have ever braved, and survived, Los Angeles traffic, our hats go off to you. However, your battle is only half over, as you now must try to find a <gulp> parking space!

Parker iPhone app is designed to take the stress, and death grip, out of your daily commute.Parker will aid you in locating available parking spaces throughout the city of Los Angeles, with over 286 parking spaces working harmoniously with Parker app at this time.

To aid in making the parking process even easier, you will find that Parker has ParkNow technology, allowing drivers to establish an account and utilize the ParkNow meter service. ParkNow allows you to charge your credit card for the parking payment simply by calling or texting their number on the parking meter!

 

 

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Super Slobber Dog Puts Quirky Twist on Classic Games

Reviewed By A. Papachristos

Super Slobber Dog - Sheep Haus Productions

 

Price: $1.99
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As gaming becomes more advanced, enthusiasts seem to crave more story and adventure than the classics ever offered.  But with Super Slobber Dog , co-produced by Sheep Haus Productions and Dangerous Games, users experience the best of both worlds. Super Slobber Dog is an out-of-this-world game that mixes the allure of Pong and Brick Breaker with the intrigue of a Saturday morning cartoon.  This challenge breaches both time and space, truly linking the past with the present in more ways than one.

Concept:

With a bit of magic and a lot of time travel on his side, the star of the game – a slobbery puppy – must outrun the 10 evil dog-nabbers that are chasing him through time.  Originally residing in 1941 Germany, our puppy protagonist was captured by what appears to be evil Nazi scientists, stolen for some mysterious purpose.  However, by some magical twist of fate, the puppy disappears and travels through time until the present day, where he then meets you.

As a small boy simply playing in his yard, you are stunned when the universe drops not only the puppy, but his 10 evil enemies as well, right in the middle of your neighborhood.  Saddled with the task of helping your newfound, furry friend return to his original time and place, you two embark on a journey that employs classic gaming as your battle strategy.  With 10 levels of slobbery struggles ahead, you must outsmart the villains in order to proceed and succeed.

Game Play:

Upon startup, you will find the main menu displays few buttons: Play Game, Reset Game and a gear icon that links you to the Dog Owner’s Manual.  The manual features tips for game play, including the benefits and possible consequences of bark matter, dog toys, holes, and fire hydrants.  Users may also access the Memories page, which houses all the unlockable cinematics available within the application.  The first video, which also serves as the introduction video once you begin your first game, simply explains the premise of the game.  The remaining videos will become available as you progress through the game.

To start, choose a level.  Because this will be your first run-through, you won’t have much choice but to start with the only unlocked level.  The video plays to explain the back-story, and then Round 1 shall commence.  Your first opponent, sadly, is your own mother, who seems disgusted by the puppy’s slobbery ways.  You must battle, winning three of the five rounds in order to move to the next level.  The controls are exactly like Pong, the classic arcade game.  And though many adore Pong, this battle style starts things off extremely slow, and only continues when you encounter the dog-nabbers in the next round.  The slow start might be discouraging for those who want to get to the more exciting action but if you hang in there you will find plenty of action in later rounds.

Super Slobber Dog iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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