Find Worthwhile iPhone Freebies with Free-App Hero

Price: $1.99     Score: 9/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Find Worthwhile iPhone Freebies with Free App Hero

With an innumerable amount of applications flooding the iTunes App Store daily, users depend on sites such as ours to guide them in the right direction so they do not waste their money.  However, a great many of these applications are free and plentiful, dozens offering the same basic service.

So how does one differentiate between those that simply waste space and those that uphold their promise?  Well, Free-App Hero by Herosoft Ltd can do all that sifting for you.  Free-App Hero, designed by professional game reviewers, updates users on the best free games applications in the App Store, eliminating the headache of trying to determine their worth yourself.

Free-App Hero presents an exceptionally simple interface, providing two lists of free applications.  One offers the names of what they deem to be the top 100 free apps overall, labeled as their Permanent list.  Ordered from most recently released to the oldest, all of these games are permanently free, unlike some that are only free as part of a short-term promotion.  The Recent list focuses on free applications that have just been added to the store that are also worth a try.  Each listing features a short review that provides the basic information you need to make a judgment call.  If you think a particular game will be a great match, use the link at the bottom of the screen to go right to the App Store to download the app immediately.

Though game likeability is certainly subjective, Free-App Hero does a wonderful job of leading users in the right direction so they no longer have to waste time wandering through lengthy lists of games that might please them.  They do not just search for any game listed as free and add it to their list.  Instead, they are exceptionally thorough, playing each one themselves and writing a little something on each.  (Sure, their application isn’t free, but anyone who puts so much time and effort into something would probably charge more than $1.99, so consider this a bargain.)  This way, unnoticed applications that get lost in the shuffle will have a chance to shine.

Best of all, Free-App Hero makes sure to exclude free games that are only lite versions of their full-version counterparts and those apps which are only free because they are cluttered with advertisements.  (The ad issue is another reason why you must pay for Free-App Hero, but you do get what you pay for, so enjoy!)  Like a tour guide, Free-App Hero will surely provide the best information possible for an informed decision.

Free-App Hero [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 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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AutoRobot TD – Defend and Defeat is Arcade Style Tower Defense

Price: $0.99    Score: 9/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm AutoRobot TD   Defend and Defeat is Arcade Style Tower Defense

Developed by Mobile Force, AutoRobot TD – Defend and Defeat is a newly released arcade-style tower defense game for iPhone. Autorobot TD combines bright, old-school visuals with exciting strategic gameplay.

As with other games in the genre, the aim of AutoRobot TD is to protect your tower from an onslaught of enemies. As your foes emerge from the ‘green’ tower, they follow a one-way track towards the ‘red’ tower. As commander, it’s your job to prepare defenses by positioning a number of weapon installments across the map. You get 10 lives to begin with, which you lose one at a time everytime an enemy breaches your defenses.

There are two game modes, Arcade and Endless. The Arcade mode features 60 different levels, each with a time limit to victory. As you progress through the levels you gain access to weapon upgrades and new defenses which can be employed to increase your chances of survival. Endless mode pits you against a never-ending army of enemy forces and the game continues until your defenses are overwhelmed.

AutoRobot TD also features 2-player multiplayer, allowing you to go head-to-head with a friend via BlueTooth or WiFi in both arcade and endless modes. A rockin’ soundtrack and OpenFeint integration for scoretracking and leaderboards round out a very solid offering for fans of tower defense games.

AutoRobot TD [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Filamente for iPad Provides On-the-Go SharePoint Access

Price: $6.99    Score: 8/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm Filamente for iPad Provides On the Go SharePoint Access

Developed by Aircreek Inc, Filamente for iPad is a versatile client for handling SharePoint tasks on-the-go.

Microsoft SharePoint is a powerful tool for collaborating, file sharing, and web publishing but there are limits to what you can achieve on SharePoint via Safari, which is where Filamente for iPad comes in. To get started you simply add a SharePoint site from within the app, indicating where appropriate your site URL, username and password.

With Filamente for iPad, you can manage all of your SharePoint sites and subsites, with support for SharePoint 2007, 2010 and SharePoint Online. You can also create ‘Favorites’ lists, which bring together data from multiple SharePoint sites and saves a lot of time. Access from your device is secure via HTTPS, with support for SSL certificates.

Filamente enables you to upload documents and other files to SharePoint, search and edit existing SharePoint data and email it to yourself or a colleague. You can also view Microsoft Office Suite documents (.xls, .doc, .ppt etc) as well as other formats (PDF, text) from within Filamente, adding to your ability to achieve multiple tasks from within the one app.

A 16-page user manual is included with Filamente, which details adding/editing/deleting/sending list items as well as all manner of folder, document and photo management.

If you use SharePoint for business, at $6.99, Filamente for iPad is a great value client for mobile access to all your data.

Filamente for iPad [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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A Present for Milo is a Truly Interactive Story Book

Price: $1.99   Score: 10/10   By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm A Present for Milo is a Truly Interactive Story Book

Written and illustrated by Mike Austin in conjunction with Ruckus Media Group, A Present for Milo is a new interactive childrens’ storybook for iPad. A charming story about a cat-and-mouse chase, A Present for Milo is suitable for children of all ages.

While the book itself is reasonably short, there is a lot of depth and opportunity for re-readability to be found, as different characters and objects on every page can be tapped to initiate surprise animations – of which there are over 125! These animations make A Present for Milo truly interactive and allow the child to engage more with the story. In many cases, there is more than one animation available for each character, and you can tap to view them all.

A Present for Milo features bright and colorful illustrations throughout and each page is fully narrated, with clear and easy-to-read text that appears in sync with the audio. Moving through the book is easy, and you simply swipe your finger across the screen to move backwards and forwards. A home icon on each page allows you to jump back to the start at any time.

With over 80 tappable objects and characters, A Present for Milo is one of the most interactive children’s books on the app store and a truly fun read for young kids.

A Present for Milo [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Organize Your Memo’s Easily With MomoNote for iOS

Price: $4.99    Score: 9/10   By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm Organize Your Memos Easily With MomoNote for iOS

A universal application for iOS, MomoNote from developer MK HQ is an intuitive and streamlined personal memo application. MomoNote allows you to create simple memos, add pictures and share them via email, Twitter or Facebook.

MomoNote integrates a tagging system so that you can easily organize your memos by keyword. If you make a lot of memos, it’s a good way to categorize – but there’s also a useful search function, which may be a quicker way of finding a specific note.

There is a just the right amount of flexibility in the formatting of your memos, with 4 different font sizes and all the most popular font types available. It’s also straightforward to create a bulleted list with a single tap while writing a note. As this is a note taking app, and not a word processor, you won’t find options to add bold, italics, underline, justify the text or other more advanced features in MomoNote.

Your memos can be easily synced with the MomoNote website, which can be accessed using your Google account. You can edit your memos, as well as create and delete new memos from the MomoNote website itself and sync them back to your iOS device. Unfortunately however, the memos cannot be exported in any other format.

MomoNote also features an integrated calendar and a lock-code to protect your private information.

If you take a lot of short notes and want a powerful, yet simple memo application, then MomoNote comes highly recommended.

MomoNote [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Bouncy Disco: Roll Around the Dance Floor

Price: $0.99     Score: 8/10    By M. Schustermanbadge appstore sm Bouncy Disco: Roll Around the Dance Floor

Cute games with simple concepts tend to be my personal favorites. In the case of Bouncy Disco, I think the concept is sound, but the first version of the game has a few minor issues.

Designed by Twisted Shield Interactive, this is an accelerometer game in which you control something – in this case, a ball – by tilting your phone. With colorful graphics and fun bouncy disco music, it was off to a good start.

I read the instructions carefully before playing. You’re in control of a disco ball surrounded by four walls. When a wall lights up in any color except for red, bounce the ball off the wall for ten points. If you bounce off a wall that isn’t lit up, four points are subtracted. And if the wall is red, you’re dead – game over, no exceptions.

Here’s the first problem; in order to pass the first level and unlock the second, you need to score no less than five hundred points. Let’s do the math – fifty bounces, assuming you play perfectly and never hit a non-lit wall (which is tough). And did I mention it’s not just that one wall goes red? Nope, all four do.

Without fail, every time I played the game, the walls turned red after the first three colors. What’s more, they aren’t red briefly. I counted a solid three seconds of red wall (trust me, that’s an eternity when you’re trying to keep that little ball hovering).

When I add up the challenges in the first level alone, – the high score necessary, the fact that all the walls turn red, and the frequency rate of them turning red – it seems like that’s just a bit too much. I think I’d be willing to play the game more often if level one was a big simpler with a lower goal count, with the difficulty increasing more gradually.

However, after an initial first bout of frustration, I was able to improve and get up to the goal. The actual gameplay is great – the disco ball was very responsive to my movements. Bouncy Disco a cute concept, and I’ll bet future updates will be worth checking out.

Bouncy Disco [iTunes Link] 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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