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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Giggle Bear: By Kids, For Kids and Just as Cute as it Sounds

Giggle Bear - Giggle World Productions, LLC

Giggle Bear iPhone app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

Price: $1.99
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Who better than a kid to create an iPhone app for other kids? The creative juices of a smarty pants teenager named Brooklyn helped bring Giggle Bear to life at Giggle World Productions. Create, customize and don’t forget to laugh with Giggle Bear.

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I still remember the lines that used to form when Build-A-Bear Workshop opened in the mall near my house. Stressed parents brandished pint sized wardrobe pieces and fluff filled the air, and that was just in the waiting line. It’s a more civilized world these days. With the great new iPhone app Giggle Bear you can put the experience of creating, dressing and playing with customized stuffed friends right in your child’s hands without waiting in line or even driving.

Starting in the “Creative Center” your child can choose from a bear, rabbit or moose, customize their face, gender, clothing, stuffing and even record three high quality sound effects that their Giggle Bear will make while they play. Once your friend is born (there’s a birth certificate to commemorate the event) the real fun starts.

There are dozens of hidden surprises in this iPhone app. Four additional educational games are tucked in to the playroom and yard outside. Tap the shelves and doors to explore. Giggle Bears are interactive, say your fun recorded greetings and make this room a lot of fun. One closet door takes you to a room where you can customize outfits for each Giggle Bear.

 

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ProtectStar iShredder Pro: A Vicious (Deletion) Cycle

ProtectStar iShredder Pro - ProtectStar Incorporated

Price: $4.99
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ProtectStar iShredder Pro iPhone Video App Review


ProtectStar iShredder Pro for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

ProtectStar has graced our site before, last time with their free version of ProtectStar iShredder, a high-quality data-deletion app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. They told us it was coming, and lo and behold, ProtectStar iShredder Pro has finally landed, bringing with it even more security options and innovations.

Functionality

A little known fact about iOS is that, when a user removes an app’s data, the unwanted information is not immediately deleted. Instead, the iPhone’s system marks that chunk of data for deletion and overwrite, meaning sensitive information from nonexistent iPhone apps lingers around until another iPhone app comes along and boots it out. This isn’t a big deal for most personal users, but if you’re a corporate executive carrying vital information on your iDevice, knowing that your finances are in secure shape is essential.

What ProtectStar iShredder Pro offers is the ability to overwrite all flagged data, replacing all those compromising bits of information with comfortable zeros. The app offers a multitude of ways to get the job done, using just about every algorithm you can think of. If you aren’t familiar with the German BSI/VS-ITR Standard or HMG InfoSec don’t worry—the app’s excellent in-house documentation will explain everything. Once a deletion method is selected, ProtectStar iShredder Pro takes off, erasing data in multiple passes until it’s finished. It’s worth nothing that, though the app is thorough, it’s not entirely efficient. Even on the simplest algorithm, ProtectStar iShredder Pro still takes quite a while to clean out your data. This may be unavoidable, and the app can ran in the background, but your iDevice will still be occupied for quite a while.

 

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