Magic Puzzles: Bikini Girls Puts the Sizzle Back Into Jigsaw Puzzles

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Magic Puzzles: Bikini Girls iPhone Video App Review


Magic Puzzles Bikini Girls for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you feel like your day could use just a bit more jigsaw-puzzling action? Do you also happen to enjoy attractive women in skimpy bathing-suits? If so, then Magic Puzzles: Bikini Girls by developer XIMAD, has everything you’re looking for on the iPad.

Functionality

At its heart, Magic Puzzles: Bikini Girls iPad app is a jigsaw puzzle game. The iPad app offers solid puzzling mechanics that lend themselves to a surprising amount of depth. For instance, the user is free to choose a puzzle of either forty-two, seventy-two, one-hundred and forty-three, or two-hundred and eighty-eight pieces. A 288 piece jigsaw puzzle is certainly nothing to laugh at, and with the added option to rotate the puzzle pieces, one could easily spend hours spinning, straightening, and arranging bits of the final image. Oh, and the women involved are certainly very attractive!

 

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Don’t Let Mother Nature Rain on your Parade! Use WeatherCals, Local Weather in your Calendar

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WeatherCals iPhone Video App Review


WeatherCals app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

We’ve all been there. You plan a spectacular day outdoors to get some fresh air, soak up some rays or spend time with family and friends. The day comes. Your barbecue is primed. You have SPF 50 all over you and your kids and then… it starts to rain. Avoid unpleasant surprises with WeatherCals US – Local Weather in your Calendar iPhone app from developer Joules Media.

Functionality:

When I enabled WeatherCals for my iPhone app review it instantly interfaced with my existing calendar. Users can select up to seven markets to tie to the calendar. There are 100 US cities to select from in WeatherCals. Simply scroll through the list to identify the nearest weather node. Tap on the city you are interested in to view subscription options and a general weather forecast for the next seven days.

Once you have enabled WeatherCals open your existing calendar. The next seven days should each have an all-day event listed with weather conditions. Click the event for more details, including forecasted temperatures, wind speed and direction, highs and lows, precipitation predictioins, sunrise and sunset times, and even the day’s expected UV index. Tap on “Show All Notes” for a link to Foreca’s mobile weather site which has even more friendly weather features for you to peruse.

 

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X-Men Puts Classic Arcade Style Action on your iPhone

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X-Men app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

Price: $2.99
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Funny how systems keep getting better and games keep getting more detailed and advanced, but all the fancy graphics in the world can’t do what an old school arcade style game with a lot of explosions, action and lives can. Just in time for the release of X-Men: First Class Konami puts the perfect throwback game in your greedy little iPhone app loving paws. X-Men for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is just what Professor X ordered.

Gameplay:

I found out pretty quickly during my iPhone app review that the new X-Men app quenches my thirst for classic arcade action in a satisfying manner. This game is all about running through levels riddled with angry bad guys in the name of mutant justice. Start by choosing a difficulty level and selecting the X-Men character of your choice. I’ve always been partial to Storm and Wolverine, but Cyclops, Colossus, Night Crawler and Dazzler are there too.

I suggest starting the game difficulty at “Easy” because frankly this game is a bit challenging. It’s important to keep your character facing in the right direction. Once you’re pointed at a baddie, attack, jump and employ your secret mutant power to conquer levels. A Magneto-filled plot interjects along the way, and the evil overlord himself appears periodically to shout mocking phrases and muck up your brave attempts at saving the world.

 

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Weekly iPhone Apps Roundup: Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of The Week

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Another week coming to a close here at the iPhone App Review, and just as the sweltering summer heat kicks in, too! If you’re indoors and wicked bored, don’t touch that dial: We’ve got our top five iPhone apps picked out and ready to roll your way. But before we dive into the meat and potatoes of this weeks gems, take a sneak peek at some of the cool apps we covered this week:

This Week’s Stand-Out Apps

It was a fantastic week for games here at the App Review: We got our avian-style groove-thing on with Bubble Birds and Duck Hunt AR, but we also showed you how to ring your tropical bush with Jungle Games. We even showed you how to save the planet with Joe Versus, in case that’s more your style.

We also spent some time with two great educational apps, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD for the iPad and iTeacher for the iPhone. And finally, if sports is more your thing, we took a look at an excellent basketball resource Next Game Live for Basket.

That’s all for our sneak-peak this week, but don’t think we’re done just yet. No, we’re only getting started! Check us out after the break for a look at our Top 5 iPhone and iPad apps.

Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week

Video Time Machine

 

Video Time Machine – $ .99

Are you feeling a bit retro? Do you wish you had a portal into the past, or even just a way to see video and photos from as far back as 1860? Look no further, good sir, as Video Time Machine, by the folks at YouTube Time Machine, has finally landed on both the iPhone and the iPad.

The iPhone app is like a mobile museum, featuring curated videos from as far back as a century and a half. Simply select a time-frame and a category (categories range from old television programs to classic music, and even to oldies adverts) and away the iPhone app goes, pulling up media for your perusal. It’s a unique blast from the past that can be had at a stellar price, and if you find a video you like you can immediately share it to either Facebook or Twitter.

 

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Next Game Live for Basket: Nothing But Net (and a Timer, Too)

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Next Game Live for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

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Are you worried about when your favorite basketball team plays next? Or maybe you just need to know if there’s enough time for a quick beer run before the match? No matter the urgency, Next Game Live for Basket, iPhone app by developer Arkit, has everything you need to stay on top of your favorite sport.

Functionality

What Next Game Live offers is simple: A souped-up timer that tracks the exact date of your favorite team’s next match. The iPhone app also serves as a repository of basketball information, as it keeps track of other details about the match too, including the tele-station the match will be on. To get the app rolling, all you’ll have to do is select your team de jour from the settings list. Next Game Live then automatically does the rest, setting up the schedule and timer to match. The timer itself is easy to read, offering a game clock style countdown starting with days till the match and ending with mere seconds until. The app will even put the time into your time zone, meaning you’ll never have to worry about matching West Coast time with East Coast games.

If that’s not enough, Next Game Live also allows you to export the season’s full dates to your device’s calendar, allowing you to create your own personalized reminders from there. Next Game Live will also track what’s currently playing, that way you won’t miss anything while using the iPhone app.

 

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Bubble Birds: Killing Three (or More) Birds With One Stone

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Bubble Birds iPhone Video App Review


Bubble Birds for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Brick-breaking, block-smashing, bubble-bursting, and balloon-popping apps are rampant in the AppStore. We see a lot of them here at the iPhone App Review, so trust us when we say that Bubble Birds, by XIMAD, isn’t the like the others: This bird-bombing iPhone app has a lot of promise, and at a bargain price, to boot.

Gameplay

The premise of Bubble Birds is largely simple: You’re presented with a wall of multi-colored birds and a nest from which birds can be hucked. By throwing birds at the avian onslaught you can match up three or more similar fowl to pop the whole bunch. Pop all of the birds, and you win the level. But don’t take too long—if you dilly-dally enough the game will add birds to the stack. Wait even longer, and you’ll find yourself overrun with feathers and covered in a game over.

That’s the basic idea that Bubble Birds is packing, and for the most part, it’s got fun in spades. The central mechanic of throwing a bird at other birds to pop the whole bunch is satisfying, and so is completing a level. However, those are the only mechanics that Bubble Birds is sporting. Completing a new level only increases the speed with which birds are added to the stack, which certainly makes the game more challenging, but just doesn’t provide that carrot-on-a-stick feeling one needs to keep playing a game. Some power-ups would have been appreciated, or even just different bird abilities, à la Angry Birds. Bubble Birds is certainly fun, but what’s offered here feels tedious until too late in the game.

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