Text Your Pinpoint with easyFinder

Price: $.99    Score: 9/10     By M. Schustermanbadge appstore sm Text Your Pinpoint with easyFinder

With location sharing apps, I’ve found that simpler is usually better. I’ve checked out too many that have you try and find your locations, be it a restaurant, museum, or bar, from a database, then send the Google map link in a text. More often than not, my location by name wasn’t in the app.

Designed by unicoder, easyFinder does not attempt to put a name to your spot. When you open the app, you’ve got a white keypad. Tap “Position” on the bottom left to generate a text message with a link to your spot in Google maps. Enter a number or choose one from Contacts, tap send and your done.

Before texting, tap the “i” button at the top to enter your Settings, including your name and phone number. You can also enter the text for your message here.

The other function of easyFinder is pretty interesting. By tapping “Request” on the bottom right of the keypad, you generate a different text (with a different message you can also adjust in Settings). Enter a number or choose a Contact, tap send, and the recipient (who must have easyFinder in order for this feature to work) receives a text with your message and a link that brings them into easyFinder with your number automatically entered. All they need to do is tap “Position” and text you back with a link to where they are on Google maps.

This can be useful for friends, and terrifying for teenagers whose parents make them use it as proof of their exact location. This app definitely serves it’s purpose; I’m usually wary of first versions, but I experienced no troubles. If you’re looking for a quick way to text your pinpoint, check this one out.

easyShare [iTunes link] 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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The Sims 3 Ambitions Now Available on the App Store

Sims3Ambitions The Sims 3 Ambitions Now Available on the App StoreThe third Sims iPhone game, Sims 3 Ambitions, was released on the app store today. Sims 3 Ambitions takes the fun of the Sims 3 and expands upon it, adding new features such as:

  • Importing and Exporting your Sims – Have a Sim from Sims 3 or Sims 3 World Adventures that you love? Import it into Sims 3 Ambitions, or take your Sim from Sims 3 Ambitions and play with him/her in any other of the Sims games for the iPhone!
  • New and Improved Career Mode – More careers, more goals, for mini-games, more fun!
  • Babies! – Your Sims can finally have babies
  • Build Mode – Build your own dream house using the new and improved build mode features.

Check out Sims 3 Ambitions on the app store for $4.99

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The Sims 3 Ambitions is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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A Talking Fat Cat on Your iPhone

Released in early September by Hank Pank Studios, A Talking Fat Cat is an interactive feline for your iPhone.

The tubby cat can react to you in a number of different ways:

  • Talk and tell jokes
  • Laugh when tickled or respond when poked
  • Fart, burp and purr
  • Eat and drink

A really simple app, A Talking Fat Cat offers a laugh for all ages. A Talking Fat Cat is available now on the App Store for $0.99.

A Talking Fat Cat is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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Virion SD: Fight Viruses and Race the Clock

Price: $.99    Score: 7/10     By M. Schustermanbadge appstore sm Virion SD: Fight Viruses and Race the Clock

The problems I had with this game weren’t so much the game itself, but the lack of instruction and intuitiveness, which is quite contrary to how it’s described. Virion SD, designed by Stigmergy Games, is supposed to be a game in which you fight off a mutating virus. What it comes off as is more of a timing game that isn’t quite as challenging as I’d hoped.

The app opens to three players numbered 1-3, which you can change and upload a personal picture to. Tap one to see the selection of levels, all of which are locked but the first. Tapping that first level takes you to an image of a brain divided into sections. Tap the first to start.

What you’ve got is a globe with one arm, and later, many arms, sticking out of it. The end of each arm has a certain shape. Various pieces fly randomly around the screen, which have shapes that fit the arms like puzzle pieces. Tap a shape to freeze it, then line it up with the arm (which is moving). Once you’ve got all the arms lined up with a piece, tap the globe and the arms sort of suck the pieces in. Depending on the level, that could be the end, or you could be faced with more arms.

The music is thumpy and interesting, but the graphics are the same for each part of the brain, and I lost interest quickly. What frustrated me was that I had to research outside of the iTunes page and the game itself to learn how to do certain things. For example, there’s a time limit on each level, but no exit or pause button. I thought there was none, and the only option to stop was to exit the app. Then I read on the Virion “Hints” page that you can quit (not pause) a level by swiping five – not four – but five fingers on the screen. I’ve never encountered an app with a five finger swipe, yet no four finger swipe, and it strikes me as very counter-intuitive.

Something else I wondered was what was the point of having a timer if I never know how many legs are going to keep sprouting out of the globe. Once you’ve successfully lined up pieces with the arms, a number briefly appears in the center of the globe. It turns out this number tells you how many legs are left – something that is not actually explained within the game.

Overall, it’s not a bad game, and there are a lot of levels. However, I don’t feel it delivered the tension and excitement promised, and it was a bit confusing in the beginning.

Virion SD [iTunes link] 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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‘Go Soccer’ Puts the Field in the Palm of Your Hand

Price: $.99     Score: 8/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm ‘Go Soccer’ Puts the Field in the Palm of Your Hand

For those who are still suffering from World Cup Soccer withdrawal after all these months, you’re in luck.  Now you can take a piece of the excitement with you wherever you go with Go Soccer by Apostek SoftwareGo Soccer brings users a virtual experience that puts them right on the field, kicking the ball just like their favorite pros, hitting targets and scoring points all in an attempt to put them at the top of the online leaderboards.

When you begin, you must first choose from one of Go Soccer’s two Bullz Eye modes: Challenge and Chain.  The first, 10-ball Challenge, requires users to hit the given target in 10 shots, awarding points after each shot based on accuracy, ball control and unbroken chain.  The second mode, Non-Stop Chain, test users’ patience and skill by requiring them to hit the target without ever missing a shot in order to amass points.  Unfortunately, if you do miss a shot, the game will restart.

You see, Go Soccer utilizes an intuitive, finger-flicking motion control that allows users to quickly hone their “kicking” skills and develop their own personal tricks, such as curveballs and power shots.  Under the Help section listed on the sidebar menu, users will find the specific tips and details that will have them flicking successfully in no time, racking up points and landing them at pro status in the realm of the online global and regional leaderboards.  Simply flick firmly in the direction you desire, using the length and strength of you finger drag to speed up or heighten your kick.  Even account for wind speed and direction, just as if you were right out there on an actual field!

Best of all, users can adjust their audio, altering game and music volume using separate controls for each, as well as an overall volume control.  Personally, when playing such a game, the soundtrack can often help concentration, instigating a great rhythm that puts you in the zone and helps you excel.  And, in an upcoming update, Go Soccer promises to add the convenience of playing your own iPod music while playing, not just the two tracks currently provided.  Take advantage of the beats and you’ll be beating your competition in no time at all!

Go Soccer [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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5 Copies of Ragdoll Motocross Game Moto Mania To Be Won!

With thanks to developer William Garrett, The iPhone App Review is giving away 5 free copies of the $0.99 Moto Mania. Race your way through dozens of levels in this physics based ragdoll dirt bike game. Tilt your device and use the accelerometer to lean your rider to perform back flips, front flips and to stick that perfect landing.

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