RetroCalc: Nostalgic Mathematic Gold

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RetroCalc iPad app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

Price: $.99
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Even if you are a level 60 mathlete, eventually you will need a calculator on your iPad. Instead of performing a perfunctory search in the App Store and downloading the first humdrum numbers iPad app you come across, do it like a Boy Scout, be prepared. Download the RetroCalc app for iPad from futuremedia and take a stand against boring calculator apps everywhere.

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While the word “retro” got me all twitterpated in a hurry, I was determined to withhold my iPad app review nod of approval until I knew if RetroCalc had the juice. What good is a calculator app if it doesn’t crunch the numbers? Thankfully, all the functions of a classic calculator were there, and they were dressed to impress.

RetroCalc iPad app has 12 different classic calculator layouts uploaded. I’m talking about anything from a Fujita Sendai BC1010 to a Texas Instruments 1250. A simple flick of the finger will guide you through your calculator skin options. While each calculator has a different layout and feel, most of the options are standard. In addition to basic addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, these calcs have true order of operations, memory functionality, 17-digit scientific notation, calculate square roots with ease and a lot more.

 

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SpaceArena: Twist Em, Blast Em, Stick Em In Stew!

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SpaceArena iPhone Video App Review


Space Arena Universal App

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Are you hunting for a bit of Crystal Quest gameplay redone and revisited on the iPhone and iPad? Or are you just nostalgic for a bit of classic, arcade-style space-shooting action? If so, then dive straight into SpaceArena, by developer JapJapJap09. This throwback iPhone app offers everything you need to have a little fun and revel in nostalgia.

Gameplay

During my iPhone app review I found that if you have ever played the classic Macintosh gem Crystal Quest, then you already know what SpaceArena has to offer. If you weren’t a fanatic—or have never even heard of Crystal Quest—then SpaceArena’s main draw is its retro-style game experience. The app gives you full joystick control of an on-screen spaceship. Using this vessel, you’ll drive about a defined area of space collecting crystals and avoiding mines. Aliens will also fill the screen, begging for you to lob a shot their way and bust them up for points. You’re given only so much energy to work with, as well as a set number of lives, and either touching the boundary or accidentally hitting a baddie will detract from both of these. It’s great fun, and the introduction of power-ups and super-enemies adds a lot of flavor to this throwback pastiche.

That being said, the gameplay does at times feel a bit outdated. With lots of modern innovations rocking the same genre (think Geometry Wars or Hyperlight) the often repetitive nature of SpaceArena can feel downright bothersome. The game doesn’t give you much incentive to keep playing onto the next level, other than a drive to up your previous high-score. SpaceArena does feature achievements, though there’s currently no Game Center integration. All in all, though the gameplay is still fun, SpaceArena would do well to up the pace a bit, getting to the nitty-gritty sooner.

 

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HQ Is Your New To-Do Home Base

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HQ for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $2.99
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With so many to-do and note-organization iPhone apps available in the AppStore, it’s difficult for a newcomer to make a name for itself. To do so, an app must have a slick interface, excellent functionality, and—of course—productivity value. Thankfully for Sleeping Giant Apps, their HQ organization tool succeeds in all three areas.

Functionality

My iPhone app review found that what HQ offers is simple: A great way to save projects and goals, track your progress towards their completion, and organize any extra to-dos you may have. This makes the iPhone app ideal for any number of applications, not limited to shopping, tracking the progress of your upstart website, making a packing list or travel itinerary, or even just remembering to pick up the kids after school.

To track the progress of a goal, you’ll first need to create a super-objective heading that can be populated withs smaller steps. Individual goals can be tagged with a date-for-completion, and as you tic them off HQ will keep a tally and report just how far along you’ve gotten via the home screen. Goals can even be set up on a priority basis, meaning you’ll never have to worry again about staying on task.

 

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Watch Your Step! That’s One Crazy Bunny

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Crazy Bunny app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

Price: $.99
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Bunnies. Sure, they seem innocent enough, hopping around with their cute little fuzzy ears and nibbling on carrots. Don’t be fooled. In the Crazy Bunny iPhone app from Black Box Studio now available for iOS these harrowing hares are going to destroy the world unless you collect enough carrots to correct the world’s Vitamin C deficiency. Get hopping.

Gameplay:

Strangely enough, while performing my iPhone app review, Crazy Bunny did not call for any hopping. Instead, this game is an intelligently designed app where you work with the laws of physics to keep your Crazy Bunny alive.

Each level stars the Crazy Bunny (CB) of your choice. There are four in all and you may select your favorite on the game’s launch page. You will find CB perched precariously on top of a pile of bricks. Somewhere on the level is a carrot conveniently frozen in ice. Tap brown and blue blocks to destroy them. Black blocks are permanent, but still abide by the laws of physics.

Destroy the number of blocks listed in the upper right hand corner, work with gravity to guide CB to the frozen carrot, and don’t let your Crazy Bunny touch the ground. That’s it. The Crazy Bunny iPhone app sounds easy enough, but this game gets progressively more difficulty as you navigate the game’s 36 levels. Never underestimate the power of a bunny, especially not a crazy one.

 

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Palm Heroes 2 Deluxe: Orcs, Bandits, and More Turn-Based Strategy Than You Can Shake a Stick At

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Palm Heroes 2 Deluxe iPhone Video App Review


Palm Heroes Deluxe 2 for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you wish more than anything that you could relive the glory days of Heroes of Might and Magic, or Civilization, on your iPad’s fancy, modern screen? Barring the release of an official HOMM app, Palm Heroes 2 Deluxe by developer iosoftware is your next best bet, offering solid and deep strategy gameplay at a quality price.

Gameplay

If you have ever played Heroes of Might and Magic, then you are more or less familiar with what Palm Heroes 2 has to offer. The game features a rich amount of unit-based resource management and turn-based combat that will have any veteran of the series feeling right at home. New units can be manufactured at cities using available resources, and then sent across the globe in search of more loot, glory, land and enemies to conquer. The entire game uses a turn-based move system that is well suited to the gameplay: Units are given so many spaces to move each turn, limiting their mobility and attack power accordingly. This means you’ll have to wage carefully which units you send where, as well as which you choose to manufacture. Combat itself uses a grid-based battlefield and turn-based action, swapping blows until one entire side is done for.

Palm Heroes 2 Deluxe offers a phenomenal amount of depth for an iPad app. The sheer number of available units, resources, city customizations and structures makes for a mammoth amount of content waiting to be discovered. Combined with a Hot-Seat style gameplay mode, as well as a pen-and-paper-RPG-esque Adventure mode, Palm Heroes 2 Deluxe has enough material to keep even the most studious of strategy fanatics busy for a long time to come. Read more »

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Next! is Your Next Best Productivity App on the iPad

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Next! for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $9.99
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If you’re looking for an all-inclusive productivity iPad app designed to track your upcoming goals, actions, to-dos, and references, look no further than Next! by LeftTurn Labs. This high-end note-taking iPad offers a lot of similarly top-notch features, even if the interface is more confusing than a turtleneck in July.

Functionality

Next! attempts to fill any professional note-shaped voids in your life by offering up a multitude of useful categories in which to put reminders and lists. These categories include Action Lists, for referencing things that need to be done yesterday, and Project & Goal pages for tracking the completion of various projects and needs. Within each subsection you’re allowed to edit a reminder’s progress, title, due date and level of importance. You’re also free to attach references, like a resume or memo, to the References pane.

Using the apps in-house linking feature, you’re then free to associate notes with other notes as you please: You can even attach a referenced document straight to the goal it concerns. This is a great way to store notes, and the various subsections make it extremely easy to organize in a hurry. The ability to search notes via tag and text is also a great boon for the app. To round it off, Next! also lets you export most notes via email.

 

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