Mixture: Just Be Glad You Aren’t Dave

Mixture - Robert Dewhurst

Mixture for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $ .99
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One of the coolest things about the AppStore (and the proliferation of iDevices) is the myriad of bizarre, awesome, and totally original games it’s spawned. With the roof taken off game development, small-time producers are free to get creative: And developer Robert Dewhurst has done just that with his iPhone app Mixture.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Mixture sounds like it came straight out of the Hangover: You’re in charge of a (apparently suicidal) bloke whose only goal in life is to down whatever foul concoction you put under his nose. By selecting up to five ingredients, you create smoothies of questionable nutritional value. Dave (our chap in green) then throws them back. If he likes the mix, he’ll tell you. If he doesn’t, he’ll either make a face or get sick. The idea here is to make as bad a drink as possible, and to manage this you’ll have to really get creative: Dave has quite the iron stomach.

Once he’s had a sip of what you’re pouring, the game scores you based on taste, reaction, and ingredients. Scores can then be posted to Game Center, making for likely the weirdest achievement you’ve ever earned. All in all, Mixture features some genuinely hilarious gameplay. There’s nothing cooler than making a sickeningly obnoxious cocktail, and then watching Dave shrug it off with a thumbs-up. Bravo, lad, bravo!

 

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Find Them All: Looking for Animals is Like Pokemon, Only Better

Find Them All: looking for animals - Knbmedia

Price: Free
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Find Them All iPhone Video App Review


Find Them All Universal App

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

My iPhone app review today discovers that Find Them All looking for animals, by French developer KnbMedia, features one of the coolest educational games available on the iPad or iPhone. The iPhone app is not without its faults (pronunciation and grammar can be a bit off at times) but considering Find Them All’s stellar pricing, its strengths easily make it one of the best language acquisition apps on the market.

Gameplay

As with all educational iPhone apps, Find Them All : looking for animals attempts to do what all good parents do naturally: Distract the kids with entertainment, all while teaching them a valuable lesson. The lesson here is, of course, the names of various animals. Most children like animals, and using them as a springboard for learning new words is a great teaching method. Find Them All accomplishes this by having your child search through a landscape for the specified creature. A tiny, talking sun along the top of the screen will instruct the little to look for—say—a frog, and your child must then find and click said frog. Once accomplished, a picture card with the animal appears, and its name is repeated. This hide-and-seek mechanic is a great way to introduce new animals to small children, and the app offers a lot of other incentives to boot.

When a level is complete, all of the farm hands involved are available for the clicking, meaning your child can go back through and hear anew the name of whatever animal it liked best. Not only that, but a camera is also unlocked, allowing the youngin’ to take stunning photos, which are saved to the app’s album. This is a great mechanic, and even more of a carrot-on-a-stick to get your child learning.

 

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Bricks Buster Brings Out the Same Ball-Breaking Gameplay

Bricks Buster - TopLineSoft Systems

Bricks Buster for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $ .99
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Alas, there have been plenty of other Brick Breaker iPhone app clones in the AppStore. To be sure, Bricks Buster is no different. The iPhone app, by developer TopLineSoft Systems, offers the same solid gameplay mechanic with very few additions, making for a solid—if unoriginal—iPhone remake.

Gameplay

If you have ever played a Brick Breaker-style game on any platform, then you know exactly what Bricks Buster has to offer. You’re in charge of a paddle that rests along the bottom of the screen. By moving the paddle left and right, you control the movements of a single (or sometimes split) ball that bounces between you and a wall of bricks. Every time the ball hits a block, it disappears. If you let the ball fall, it’s game over. This gameplay continues until either all the blocks are gone, or you run out of extra lives.

My iPhone app review of Bricks Buster found that this mechanic is nothing new, and was perhaps most famously exhibited on the BlackBerry system. There are literally hundreds of these clones in the AppStore, and where Bricks Buster most needed to supply it fell a bit short: The game is low on new innovation, though it does add some interesting power-ups. These include wide-paddle, sticky-bar, slow-ball, and fast-ball. However, these are the only fresh breaths of air in an otherwise well-known arena. That being said, Bricks Buster is just as fun as the original, though with less shine than the classic.

 

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Continuing Education Tracker: Setting Goals, Taking Names, Getting Certified

Continuing Education Tracker - InnoWeb Tech, LLC

Price: $ .99
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Continuing Education Tracker iPhone Video App Review

 

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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Are you pursuing a continuing education credit? Are you listening to track after track of boring lectures in an attempt to renew your medical license (or even just your membership at the local Comic Hole)? If so, then you should seriously consider Continuing Education Tracker by developer InnoWeb Tech. It’s a bargain-price iPhone app that will help you stay focused and organized.

Functionality

My iPhone app review found Continuing Education Tracker to be a do-it-all iPhone pp intended to help you pursue continuing education credits, meaning it will track your progress, help you budget, keep you on deadline, and do everything just short of earning the credits for you. From the very first screen, you can easily input any license you’re pursuing, be it medical, legal, educational, or other. For the sake of this review I created an imaginary App Reviewing Certification, and—though the certificate is utter bull—Continuing Education Tracker had no problem tracking my “progress.”

The iPhone app allows you to first input the license you’re earning using a simple form, and then track your progress through various courses. Courses are tied to their specific heading via a handy checkbox, meaning as you knock of hours the app will keep a tally and report back to you on the home screen. The app tracks important information like deadlines, budget counts, credit hours earned, and even the state of issue. If you’re pursuing multiple licenses, you can easily add them to the stack. Likewise, you’re free to track individual courses, meaning you can take baby steps as you go along. Continuing Education Tracker is a wonderful utility for any professional in continuing education, and it’s guaranteed to increase your efficiency.

 

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Complete Every Goal with iTask App

iTask - TopLineSoft Systems

Reviewed by Philip Chan

 

Price: $0.99
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Are you looking for a complete project and goal manager for your iOS device? If so, check out iTask from developer TopLineSoft. It’s an interesting task manager iPhone app with some unique features for users to utilize.

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I enjoyed this iPhone app review, and found that right from startup, iTask has a fairly simple set of options. Users may View Projects, see their ToDo list, or see their Done list. Tapping on the “+” button allows users to add a project to the list.

When adding a project, you’ll be prompted to name and add a description to your project. Then, you may edit the project with more info. One of the options is for a flow chart, where you can add different steps in the project and connect them via arrows. It’s remarkably easy to add, edit and delete different points in this task list.

After you’ve finished editing the task, you can add it to the list of ToDos. Once you’ve done this, you won’t be able to go back and edit it. Mark the different steps as completed in the ToDo list as you complete them. Then, once all steps are done, you can see the finished project under Completed Projects. It’s a fairly simple yet effective goal system that is really nicely done. My only critique is that I wish there was a visual of the flow chart under the View Projects. Currently, you have to edit the project to see the visual. I would prefer if simply tapping on the project should show the visual. Other than that, the features of iTask really are great!

 

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Bonnie’s Brunch: Serving Up Some Hot Dish

Bonnie's Brunch - Funny Lab Studios, Inc.

Price: $.99
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Bonnie’s Brunch iPhone Video App Review


Bonnie's Brunch app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

Bonnie is taking her four-wheeled brunch machine on the road to Paris. Along the way she will hone her brunch making skills, meet some characters and see the world in Bonnie’s Brunch from Funny Lab Studios, a fast-paced dash style app for iPhone.

Gameplay:

I found out helping Bonnie fill her customers’ brunch orders at maximum speed is the name of the game while performing my iPhone app review. It starts out easy enough; a bagel here, a croissant there. But very quickly it becomes apparent that Bonnie’s Brunch iOS game is seriously challenging.

There are 50 challenging levels and a lot of brunch slinging fun in the Bonnie’s Brunch app. A story telling approach tutorial will walk you through the basics and help when new items and customers come visit your brunch wagon. Make the customer’s order as fast as possible to earn either good, expert or master levels. Meet goals and try to win three stars on every level to fill up your trophy room.

There are a lot of dash style games out for iOS. A fun road trip story line, interesting locations and bonus levels keep you guessing in Bonnie’s Brunch for iOS.

 

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