Tooth Fairy Beacon Gives Lost Tooth Traditions a 21st-Century Makeover

Reviewed By A. Papachristos

Tooth Fairy Beacon - Digital Apparatus

Price: $1.99
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As children grow up, tales about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy fill the minds of the youth with magic and merriment.  Most adults eventually give up on such fantasies, but they never fail to pass such traditions on to their children, filling their young imaginations with wonder and curiosity.  And now, with Tooth Fairy Beacon by Digital Apparatus, parents can usher the old Tooth Fairy tale into the 21st-Century with a mobile application that allows children to scan their lost tooth, alert the Tooth Fairy and save the stars all at once.

Concept:

Parents will begin by entering basic information about their child, such as their name, gender and how well they brush each day.  In fact, the application presents users with a walk-through tutorial at the beginning to explain all the features.  You see, Tooth Fairy Beacon was designed to put children in direct contact with the Tooth Fairy by moving the lost tooth exchange from under one’s pillow to the device.  Tooth Fairy Beacon actually moves beyond the traditional story by adding a new twist.  Now, children will join the Tooth Fairy on a magical journey to save the stars.

You see, each child learns that they have their own star in the night sky, and that their lost teeth are the only way to recharge their fading star and keep it shining bright.  The better they brush and floss, the whiter their teeth and the brighter their star will shine.

Ease of Use:

As previously mentioned, parents will begin by entering their child’s basic information, for Tooth Fairy Beacon has individualized themes for boys and girls.  Plus, these specifics come in handy later on in this personalized journey.  Parents will then have their child place their tooth on the Magic Meter and press scan, which will determine how much magic the tooth contains.  If they have great brushing habits, their star shall surely sparkle once again.  As a proud supporter of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, Tooth Fairy Beacon subtly but effectively promotes healthier oral health habits.

Children will then activate the beacon to alert the Tooth Fairy so she may come and gather the tooth while they sleep and leave a surprise.  She will also leave a personalized e-postcard congratulating the child on saving their star – a postcard that can be shared via email, Facebook, Twitter and text with family and friends anywhere in the world.

In the bottom right corner, users will find a button that links to the postcard message, while the button to the bottom left leads to the control panel.  Here, parents can review how the app works, activate the beacon, start up the Magic Meter, share with friends and family, add another child, and edit their child’s crushing habits.

Though I’m sad to see the old-fashioned Tooth Fairy tradition make its transition into the digital age, I’m glad to see it hasn’t lost its magical essence.  If anything, it has only emphasized the joy and wonder we wish for children all over the world.  And while we can be sure that the old way will never go out of style, it’s wonderful to find an application that promotes happiness and dental health in one fell swoop.

Tooth Fairy [ iTunes Link ] Beacon requires iPhone OS 3.2 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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Angry Rhino Rampage Charges Into the Hearts of Animal Advocates Everywhere

Reviewed By A. Papachristos

Angry Rhino Rampage - Milk Drinking Cow

Price: $.99*
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Animal advocates can lecture on and on about the endangered species all across the world, and still our self-centered minds will disregard their warnings as idle chatter.  But integrate your cause into a fun-filled, fast-paced game, and people may start to pay attention.  With Angry Rhino Rampage by Milk Drinking Cow, users encounter a disgruntled rhino out to destroy any and all threats to its habit by charging through the African Savannah in a heated rage.  Fruit carts block his path, while poachers fly through the air, leaving you to help our endangered friend defend what is his.

Menu Navigation:

When you begin, users will find a simple main menu that exemplifies the silly, cartoonish gaming interface through both its graphics and soundtrack combined.  The Play button sits noticeably in the bottom left corner of the screen, the remaining buttons run down the right side of the screen starting at the top.  At the top, the ‘i’ button provides information about the application, including credits and links to the developer’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, while also encouraging users to become rhino conservationists and save these endangered creatures.  Below this, users will also find the music on/off, sound effects on/off and Game Center connect icons.

Game Play:

Once you tap the Play button, users need only press the buttons in each bottom corner – the jump button to the left and the charge button to the right – to get this game started.  Use the charge button to speed up and the jump button to hop over rocks and gaps between cliffs.  You will especially want to jump over rocks, for they will lead to your demise, while jumping up to grab additional hearts will extend you health.  You will, however, want to smash into any and all fruit carts and helicopters containing poachers to gain points and rid your world of enemies.

When you’ve run out of lives, the game ends, resulting in your capture.  The screen displays your final score and a random fact about rhinos.  In fact, each time you die, the end screen will present a new, true fact, which helps promote awareness once again.  From here, users may choose to return to the main menu or play again.  Users may also choose to post their score to Facebook.

The App Store description claims Angry Rhino Rampage may be easy to play, but its fast-paced nature makes it hard to master, and they would be right.  But that’s where the fun comes into play.  While some games move much to quickly for you to follow, the rhino’s gaining speed gets your adrenaline pumping, especially when you consider why he’s so full of rage.  The developer’s may claim future updates will explain the rhino’s anger, but we can already guess that his rage stems from his discontent over people infiltrating his habitat and endangering his species.  And quite honestly, this game’s subtle message couldn’t make a bigger impact.

For a video demonstration of what Angry Rhino Rampage has to offer, click here.

*Price reflects 50% price reduction, available for a limited time only.

Angry Rhino Rampage 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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A Room with a View: Room 77 Puts Hotel Room Views to the Test

Reviewed by Jon Li

Room 77 Hotel Room Search - Room 77 Inc.

Price: Free
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You’ve finally saved up your pennies, begged your boss to give you an extended vacation, and packed up all your bathing suits for your once-in-a-lifetime Caribbean holiday. So, of course, you booked the best hotel with the best ocean views. At least that’s what the hotel promises.

So it certainly comes as a huge disappointment when you find your ocean-view room is blocked almost entirely by another hotel. Not anymore, thanks to the handy iPhone app, Room 77.

“Real” Hotel Room Views:

If you want to ensure that your hotel room view is as beautiful as the hotel promises, you must take advantage of the new iPhone app Room 77. This service, which is available as both an iPhone app and as a searchable website, allows consumers to take a look at the real view being offered by their hotel room.

Room 77, which was recently launched, consists of a massive database of hotel room views that allow everyone from casual vacationers to business travelers to get a good look at exactly what they are paying for in terms of location and views.

In addition to the view, some of the room information offered to users of Room 77 include: the room category, the room’s square footage, the bed type, and the proximity of the room to the nearest elevator.

The Power of Satellite Imagery at Work:

Room 77 uses satellite imagery to build its database of more than 400,000 images of hotel room views.  The company simply uses the satellite technology to determine the latitude, longitude and the altitude of each hotel and individual room. The Room 77 database currently covers many of the hotels in the country’s large cities, including Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York. The founder of the startup company Room 77 hopes to take his vision to an international level.

To use Room 77, the user simply enters the hotel and the room number into their iPhone app to instantly get an idea whether his or her view will be good or not-so-hot. This service uses a color-coded system that tells users if the match is good (green) or bad (red).

Room 77 is touted as being “heavenly” among both travelers and experts in the hotel industry. Instead of relying on the stock photos found on many hotel websites and travel websites, travelers can now better ensure that their hotel room fits the description given by the hotel.

Room 77 [ iTunes Link ]  requires iPhone iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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Real Stop Loss – The Anytime Anywhere Profit Calculator

Real Stop Loss app review

Reviewed By: Tommy Thompson

Real Stop Loss - steandpier

Price: $5.99
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Will the real stop loss please stand up!  Where’s Gordon Gecko when you need him?  “Blue Horseshoe loves Anicott Steel!” and you’re going to love this iPhone app.  Actually this app is all you need if you’re on Wall Street, Main Street, or even little ol’ Maple Drive in the middle of nowhere.  Real Stop Loss by Steandpier is an iTunes App that helps you protect your gains and limit your losses.

Ease:

This iPhone app is very simple to use.  You will be prompted to enter your stock symbols right away and a pop up keyboard will allow you to type in one or multiple stock symbols.  If you have multiple stocks simply insert a space between each ticker symbol.  Once you have entered your stock information you can use the sliding bar below the symbols to adjust the risk level from 1 to 7. The pull up menus and touch buttons are simple and effective.  Once the risk level is set and your stocks are entered you simply hit the calculate button.  A very simple process that will quickly pull up the vital info you need to make the deal of the century!

Hand Held Stock Exchange:

This iPhone app is designed to provide information that will allow you to make educated decisions.  In other words it’s like talking to Gordon Gecko personally!  It is not limited to the NYSE either as it also includes international markets as well.  Once you have entered a stock symbol or symbols and had them calculated the next screen will give you up to date information on each stock, including its most recent closing price and a suggested ‘STOP’ price.  Each symbol is also touchable which will send you directly Yahoo Finance and a whole universe of information as it pertains to that specific stock.

The STOP Philosophy:

Imagine Gordon Gecko and his team of money makers all huddled in the giant marble and glass board room.  You know what they’re doing right?  They’re waiting for you to input your stock information!  Once you’ve done that the brain trust quickly formulate a STOP price for your stock and your desired risk level.  This STOP price is a suggested but highly calculated price that is designed to be your price to sell before taking a loss.  As the stock begins to trend upward this app then begins to provide the TAKE PROFIT price.  Remember to ALWAYS move your stop prices upwards. If the calculated value is lower than your current stop, DO NOT update it.

Real Stop Loss [ iTunes Link ]  requires iPhone iOS 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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Rocket Home Ranks High in Concept Creativity, Proves Tedious

Reviewed By A. Papachristos

Rocket Home - Tomatillo

Price: $.99
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They say home is where the heart is, but for some, returning to their native land isn’t as easy as they may like.  With Rocket Home by Tomatillo, the physics-based puzzle game has users working to arrange a foolproof path that will help the Gluons return to their ship and head home.  The Gluons, a seemingly foreign race, have descended upon Earth but need your help to recover their ship before it’s too late.

Concept:

When you begin, you will immediately find the main menu, which presents all the necessary buttons: New Game, Select Level, High Score and Settings.  Users will also find the audio on/off and information buttons in the bottom right corner of the screen.  Because each level comes locked initially, users have no choice but to start with the first level and work their way up through the 60 available levels, each with increasing difficulties and challenges.

Tap New Game to reveal a screen that briefly describes what you must do in order to successfully complete each level.  Initially, users need only learn how to use the beam tool, which acts as a plank or a ramp that will inevitably lead the Gluons to their ship.  However, as you progress, you will also learn how to use the various stones to construct ramps and bridges anywhere you’d like.  Of course, obstacles and evil adversaries are bound to pop up along the way, but you must still save a certain number of Gluons within the time limit using the credits provided to utilize the available building materials.

Game Play:

Unfortunately, when it comes to game play, Rocket Home becomes surprisingly fast-paced.  Though the time limits give you ample opportunity to build the proper structures in time, the Gluons start moving toward the rocket almost immediately.  At times, you must act feverishly to decipher the map and plot the best course of action before these tiny alien creatures start infiltrating your space and getting in your way.   Thus, this app is best suited for those with quick problem solving skills, and those who really like to challenge their brain power and reflexes.

For those looking to test the application’s key features, check out the free version available in the iTunes App Store.

Rocket Home [ iTunes link ]  requires iPhone iOS 3.2 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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Cricket World Cup Fever – Catch the Action!

Cricket worldcup fever iphone app

Reviewed By: Tommy Thompson

Cricket WorldCup Fever Deluxe - Indiagames Limited

Price: $4.99
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So, this square leg and this mid-on walked into a bar  – the umpire said “that’s one fine leg you have but those aren’t crickets, they’re wickets!”  Ah yes, nothing like classic cricket humor!!  Only problem is, you might not get it!  After a few innings with the iPhone app  Cricket World Cup Fever by India Games Limited not only will you get the joke, you’ll be an expert cricket player!  And for you pros out there, what a great app this is!  Either way, you will definitely catch the fever!

Learning:

If your new to the sport this app has several tutorials that are easy to understand and extremely helpful!  Once you have spent a little time with each position you’ll quickly become an expert and the game will be much more enjoyable.  Each step is carefully explained and demonstrated and you can practice as much as you want before you’re ready for the big game!

Graphics:

Superb graphics put you right in the middle of the biggest games.  An opening panoramic shot of a packed stadium, complete with corporate advertising and crowd noise, brings you to the center of the pitch where you meet the umpire and flip a coin, very realistic!  Once play begins you’ll see all the movement of a real cricket match as the batsman walks up to his spot and the bowler runs up to make his pitch, the wickets will fly if their hit, and of course once the ball is in play the action is top notch!  So for the experienced cricket player it must be as close to the real thing as you can get and if you’re new to the game this is exactly what will train you for your first live experience!

Reality:

Within the game you can choose which team you want to play for, where you want the game to take place, and what type of cricket match is to be played.  Each team is complete with a roster and you get to select which player bats first.  As the action begins the crowd noise will fluctuate with the play!  For example as the batsman hits the ball in the gap, the crowd roars its approval!  Each batsman is also shown walking to the crease area as well as walking back if they strike out, and you can see how dejected they are!  The game’s stats and scoreboard are constantly available to make it easy to keep tabs on what the dynamics are at any moment.  In other words, if you’re in attacking mode and you need to stroke a drive past the mid wicket and through the deep sweeper to the on leg side to win the super bowl that very moment, it should be a piece of cake!  R

Cricket Worldcup Fever [ iTunes link ]  requires iPhone iOS 3.2 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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