Dust Off Those old Math Skills and Get Ready for Some Fun!

Reviewed By Jackson S.

Color Petals: Combine Fun, Puzzles and Math - DewDrop Studios

 

Price: $0.99
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Color Petals is a exciting new application from DewDrop Studios that tests your basic Math skills in a fun and fast-paced game.  The core idea behind the iPhone app is that you have a rotary dial with empty slots.  You are given a number in the middle and little petals will float in with other numbers on them.  The goal is to match up two numbers to equal the middle number.  There are several different game modes that you can switch to as the game progresses.  You are first challenged with addition, then subtraction, multiplication, and finally division.  It gets harder as the game progresses and numbers start flying in from all directions!

Gameplay

The game play of Color Petals is fast paced.  It may start slowly, but the petal frequency and speed increases as you score points and have them subtracted when you error.  It’s fast to get caught up on one number and forget that others are streaming in.  It was fun to dust off those old Math skills and start getting my brain back into quick thinking mode.  The game play reminded me of using flash cards back in grade school.

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Toss Grenades, Defend Against the Enemy with Trenchman

Reviewed By A. Papachristos

Trenchman. - Brainchild Interactive

 

Price: $.99
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When you’re dealing with a small screen, as with the iPhone and iPod Touch, intricate role-playing games seem taxing, for the small graphics aren’t always easy to see and the controls aren’t always easy to maneuver.  Simple games fill such screens much more comfortably.  With Trenchman by Brainchild Interactive, users find themselves in the middle of a simple, yet entertaining war game where they must defend their trench from the encroaching enemy line.  As the only man left standing, you must strategically toss grenades at the enemy and stop them from taking you down first.

Game Play:

Upon startup, you will find the main menu has only three buttons: New Game, Continue and Help.  The Help button, of course, explains the basics of the game itself.  You, as the last man living in your trench, must see how long you can last as the enemy tries to infiltrate you space and kill you.

To throw grenades, just touch the screen where you want to see them land.  The enemy appears, angry and ready to fire, while you have limited lives (as indicated by the helmets in the bottom left corner), you must be sure to take them down before they get within shooting range.  They don’t seem to start their full attack until they are within a close enough range, so you’ll have ample opportunity to fend them off with grenades.  However, as the game progresses, the enemy moves quicker and gains in numbers, so you best create an effective strategy that will ensure your success and their inevitable demise.

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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.

Concept:

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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