Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 Shadow Vanguard iPhone App Review

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Shadow Vanguard

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six®: Shadow Vanguard - Gameloft

 

Price: $6.99
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Step into Tom Clancy’s realm with an entirely new game which was specifically developed for none other than the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Shadow Vanguard is the only first person shooter for the iPhone that lets you command a team of three elite soldiers.  Each solider possesses a specific skillset; demolition, stealth, and recon. You must utilize these skills, along with your sharp shooting, wit, and warfare savvy to take down an international terrorist threat.

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Once again Tom Clancy has knocked the ball out of the park with Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard. We are talkin’ intense action, sharp graphics, vivid sounds, smooth controls, and of course, strategic and critical thinking elements which must match your trigger finger to ensure your success.

Although the game play is fun and intense on its own, you can also engage in multiplayer action with up to two friends!

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Shadow Vanguard [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad.

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Weekly iPhone Apps Roundup – Top 5 for March 18

Top 5 iPhone Apps

Hang on to your iPhone’s and iPads folks because we are about to dive right in to some of the best apps of the week!

Our first tip of the hat goes to WordPress, who graciously launched version 2.7. I am not a pessimist, but with over 114 bugs squashed in the latest update, I would say that it may have been overdue.

The expansion of crowd sourcing apps continued this week, however, Localmind gave us a unique micro-environment crowd sourcing utility that lets us tap into the minds of locals to unveil time sensitive data. Is the local bar a sausage fest or worthy of a drop in?

Additionally, there were a plethora of group messaging apps either launched or updated in time for SXSW Interactive exposure, and we covered the top three group messaging apps in an earlier review this week.

 

Alas, let us now feast on the eye candy of more great apps released this week!

March Madnress on Demand 2011

NCAA March Madness on Demand 2011 – Free

Ah, our favorite “F” word!  FREE.

When it comes to live on-demand sports, you typically have two options: pay for the luxury of having every game at your fingertips or see the highlights. Well, sportsfans, time are a changing!

Thanks to the March Madness on Demand 2011 iPhone app, you can enjoy every single game via their free live streaming videos from the first round to the final four!

Their game center for iPad also allows you to see in-game highlights, team leaders, box scores updated in real time and more.

 

Red Bull Augmented Racing

Red Bull Augmented Racing – Free

When you are all amped up on a buzz drink, what is the first thing that you want to do? Grab the keys to your car and race at nearly 200 miles per hour, of course!

We do give Red Bull credit, however, as their entry into the world of iPhone apps is really quite enthralling. In fact, the game is well developed, engaging, and best of all, free! Graphically, the game is solid.  From grass debris displacement to burnt tire thread on the pavement, you get it all!

Sure, there are many racing iPhone app games, but what sets Red Bull Augmented Racing apart is that they allow their players to design, and subsequently race on, their own tracks. A small caveat is that you will need a real can of Red Bull to create your own track. Have no fear, however, as the game does provide several racetracks for you to get the action going instantly!

 

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Turn your iPad into an Old-School Style Radio-Cassette Player with Stereolizer

Reviewed by Phil Charlton

Stereolizer - Oasis - LesMobilizers

 

Price: $1.99
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Step back in time as Stereolizer magically turns your iPad into a realistic retro looking radio-cassette player from back in the late 70s early 80s.

The use of digital music players like the iPod has recently been slated for ruining the full enjoyment of music for the younger generation. It claims that this cold and clinical technology was reducing people’s ability to truly immerse themselves in new and old music.

And on that note, welcome Stereolizer, an app that takes you back to the good old days and gives you access to a radio-cassette player that allows you to listen to an incredibly wide range of internet radio stations and even allows you to record them, remix them, and play them back when you aren’t online.

Content:

I really can’t begin to express how great this iPad app is in terms of what it offers. You’d think that this app would just get swallowed up with so many apps out there offering access to a variety of radio stations and allowing users to download tunes, in fact the iPad itself allows users to download music from the iTunes website. This, however, is not the case as Stereolizer combines the ability to tune into more than 6,000 internet stations of which 30 can be preset for easy access with the unlimited recording of talk shows, music and anything else the variety of stations are playing.

What makes it such a huge hit though is not just its features but the way in which the app presents them with the intricately designed 1970’s / 1980’s old fashioned radio-cassette player that allows radio stations to be chosen by tapping on the display or sliding the old style tuning dial.

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WordPress Enhances App, Squashes Bugs and Polishes Interface

WordPress iPhone app Update

Price: Free
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WordPress is loved by many.  Just ask the countless people who struggled to use the prior iPhone app which contained more than 100 bugs!  Take a moment to ask yourself, honestly, how many app glitches and bugs would you put up with before uninstalling? The fact that WordPress previously had more than 100 bugs, and yet was utilized by the masses, is a testament to the following and overall user satisfaction of the WordPress community. Thus, it will be music to the ears of many to learn that WordPress has released version 2.7 of their iPhone app which squashes more than 100 pesky bugs.

The new iPhone WordPress app stabilizes the performance and overall reliability via an awe inspiring 117 bug fixes!  Want proof? Here is the full list. As you will see, the list of bugs that were squashed in this update is extensive and ranges from better error messages, of which we would hope to see less of, to resolving enhanced page settings.

In addition to the bug fixes, the new WordPress 2.7 iPhone app offers a refined user interface, which gave an overall cleaner aesthetic, and although the changes were not significant to the GUI, it did feel a bit easier to utilize.

The WordPress 2.7 iPhone app can be used to manage your self hosted blog, or a WordPress.com blog. You will have an ability to publish content, moderate posts and comments, and with the new update, there is a “pull to refresh” option allowing you to update your latest comments, pages, and posts.

WordPress 2.7 iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Improve Your Knowledge of the Human Body with Anatomy Quiz Pro

Reviewed By: Phil Charlton

Anatomy Quiz Pro - Real Bodywork

 

Price: $1.99
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Learn how human bodies are made up, from the skeletal structure and the muscular system right up to the layout of the internal organs with Anatomy Quiz Pro by Real Bodywork

The human body is the most complex machine on earth and is made up of a tremendous assortment of bones, muscles and organs. To learn the various names that are given to each of these various parts of the body is the unenviable task of many an anatomy student and for them any help they can get is most welcome. This iPhone app not only helps, it makes learning fun.

This iPhone app doesn’t just cater for the students of anatomy. It will prove to be quite a useful learning tool for the younger biology student or simply those who have an interest in how the human body is put together.

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It can’t be easy making an iPhone app that makes learning about the highly complicated workings of the human body both fun and educational but Anatomy Quiz Pro has managed this perfectly with a massive range of multiple choice quizzes for the three main body areas, which are skeleton, muscles and organs. Each of these sections is then split into a number of bite size pieces that allow you to slowly build up your confidence in identifying the right body parts. If, however, you want to just go straight in, you can opt for the full quiz which consists of 99 bones, 111 organs and 121 muscles.

The quizzes consist of a set of four beautifully designed 3D images of parts of the body and you will need to pick the one that matches the name of the part displayed at the top of the screen. As you work your way through the quiz you will either garner a tick for selecting the correct answer or a big red cross for a wrong answer. To help with the educational process, the correct answer is shown for any incorrect answer. Over time this allows you to slowly build up your knowledge, even if you are getting everything wrong at first.

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Use Fiendish Plumbing and Deduction Skills to Stay Afloat in Mad Plumber

Reviewed By: Phil Charlton

Mad Plumber - Appworks Software LLC

 

Price: $0.99
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Pit your wits against the diabolical bathroom plumbing layouts offered in this iPhone deductive puzzle game Mad Plumber by Appworks Software.

If you think this puzzle iPhone app is your usual, run-of-the-mill, type of connect the pipes game then think again. This highly complex puzzle app is far more than just a case of connecting the pipes to get the water flowing and requires a lot of careful planning to complete even the easiest level setting.

The basic idea is to place the pipes from the faucets at the top of the screen down to the toilets at the bottom in a way that will allow water to flow to each toilet no matter which way the levers on the left are switched. Once you have mastered the basics of  Mad Plumber the game you will then be looking at trying to solve the game in the least number of flushes and then onto raising the difficulty from easy right up to insane.

Gameplay:

I have to admit that when I first started playing this app I skimmed through the instructions and jumped straight into the puzzle. After a few minutes of not having a clue what I was doing I decided to read the help section. After reading the instructions I tried the puzzle again and to my amazement, I was still at a loss. However, after spending some time interacting with the puzzle, it all suddenly began to make sense and I completed the easy setting. Once I had overcome this hurdle of actually understanding how the game workeds I settled in to play it on the harder settings and although the confusion returned a little, this time it was simply due to the fact that the puzzle was so hard to solve, which is just how puzzle games should be.

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