Infiltrate the Airship with “Henry”

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Infiltrating the Airship
Price: $0.99
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Infiltrating the Airship is the awesome third edition of Puffball games featuring the comical stick figure “Henry.”

Offered for just under a dollar through the iTunes Store, Infiltrating the Airship is a fun and unique gaming experience.

Features:

Just like its name suggests, this innovative app by Marcus Bromander is the story of Henry as he infiltrates an airship.

However, while that sounds pretty simple, this app provides four different options for completing the task. Successfully completing each optional part of the storyline results in a different achievement for your Henry character.

Humor is definitely a key feature of this fun puzzle game; picking the “wrong” thing to do in a situation leads to comical animations that are definitely worth the extra time it takes to navigate through them.

As a whole, this is an excellently executed addition to the Henry game series; fans won’t be disappointed!

Appearance and Layout:

Infiltrate the Airspace iPhone Game Review

Infiltrate the Airspace iPhone Game Review

Stick figures are the graphical basis for the comics in Infiltrating the Airship, and this artistic decision really fits perfectly with the overall tone of the app. The design of Henry and his adventures is wonderfully simplistic, which makes the fun storylines and excellent animations really stand out all the more.

In fact, as alluded to previously, these fun animations are really worth taking the time to make “mistakes” within the game just to find out what might happen.

Additionally, the layout of Infiltrate the Airship is well designed, making it easy to figure out how to navigate the app on your first try.

Value:

While this app is targeted to players who have enjoyed the first two apps in the series, it can also easily be entertaining for anyone who has never heard of Henry before.

The graphics in the game definitely add to its comical charm, and as mentioned previously, the animations are great as well. My only complaint for the “value” of Infiltrating the Airship would be regarding its replay value. While there are different endings to the game, there still seemed to be relatively limited replay value; it didn’t take very long to work through this app.

download (5)Infiltrating the Airship requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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Take a Peek at Your Favorite Celebs with FirstLook

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FirstLook: Instant Celebrity Photos
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

FirstLook is a very cool app for anyone who likes to follow their favorite celebs.

The dev claims that it’s “the best celebrity photo app” and they might just be right. Designed for a target audience of avid pop culture fans, FirstLook is available for free download through the iTunes Store.

Features:

FirstLook, an app by Noozcard Inc, provides users with a digital library of regularly updated photos of their favorite celebrities, and for most of our readers that’s reason enough to get excited about this one.

Users simply get to choose what celebs they’re most interested in finding photos of, or they can also browse through other people without following them instead.

As a whole, I found the sheer number of celebrities featured in FirstLook to be very impressive, and the number of photos for these celebrities was also equally impressive. (This is an app that will be very well received by diehard pop culture fans.)

In addition to providing users with free access to these photos, users are also encouraged to share and copy photos featured within the app (for personal, non-commercial use). Most of these photos are the typical red carpet or concert shots that you’d find in a regular entertainment section of the news, but instead of just featuring one or two photographs, this app shows just about every shot taken at that event.

However, photos only include minimal information about the person; just their name and the location of the photo/event is provided, without any more detailed (and possibly juicy) information.  

Appearance and Layout:

FirstLook iPhone App

FirstLook iPhone App

With a layout that’s reminiscent of Instagram, getting around FirstLook is wonderfully simple to do.

Navigation through the app should not be a problem at all. Additionally, I found the in-app search categories to be both useful and interesting, making it easy to find favorite celebrities and also easy to discover others as well.

The design of FirstLook feels appropriate for a paparazzi-focused app, with the color scheme feeling bit like that of a teen magazine.  

However, if a couple of suggestions could be offered, one would be for the addition of a persistent navigation bar at the top of the screen for allowing an easier/ quicker ability to go back to previous screen. The other would be for Apple Watch integration, that would be awesome!

Value:

FirstLook really offers a terrific celebrity watching experience. It provides many pictures–possibly even “first look” pictures to a user–of favorite celebrities.

News information or any other details regarding the photographs are not really featured, and because of this, FirstLook probably has minimal appeal to anyone who is not a diehard fan of featured celebs.

Still, this app does have an easy to use interface and an impressive collection of pop culture icons featured. FirstLook is a free app and does not seem to have any ads, so for its ideal audience it’s a great value.

download (4)FirstLook requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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Max and the Secret Formula Is a Must-Have iOS Game for Kids

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Max and the Secret Formula – In search of the hidden numbers
Price: $2.99
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Here at The iPhone App Review, we’re big fans of apps and games for kids. This is especially true when it comes to interactive apps that are both fun and educational.

Max and the Secret Formula is a terrific title for kids that brings a 20 year old classic PC title back to life in a fun and creative way.

Kids will help Max solve his uncle’s secret formula in this immersive and exciting story.

Concept and Functionality:

Originally I thought of Max and the Secret Formula as a book, but the app is definitely much more. The storyline is definitely enough to get kids interested in the plot, especially seeing it’s so well illustrated and designed.

Best of all it’s incredibly interactive and almost everything on the screen responds to touch, which is something I really enjoy.

Max and the Secret Formula is a brand-new game by Tivola Publishing GmbH that relies almost exclusively on narration, so I definitely suggest pairing headphones with the device when a child is playing the game. Occasionally there are bits of text on the screen, which are highlighted as the narrator reads so kids can follow along.

When it comes to navigation, everything is very simple. Max and the Secret Formula is free of a complex interface and kids progress through the game exclusively by tapping on breadcrumbs that make the story move to the next section. Essentially doors are navigation buttons for the game, which is really cool.

According to the developer, “Max and the secret formula is our gift from Tivola to you in regards to our 20th birthday in 2015! Thanks to Max’s creator Barbara Landbeck, we were able to rework the old PC game and to renew little Max from Rightaroundthecorner without losing his characteristics.”

Features:

Max and the Secret Formula iPhone Game

Max and the Secret Formula

Because it’s so simple and straightforward, Max and the Secret Formula lacks any fancy features we’ve come to expect from iOS games. It’s targeted towards younger children, so I don’t think the lack of features hurts the game.

In fact, it’s lack of fancy features is a real strength because the primary focus is on kids having fun while solving the game’s mystery.

Parents will be happy to know that Max and the Secret Formula is free of ads, in-app purchases, and any obvious external links. There’s a parent section on the home screen where you can view other works by the developer, but links are protected by a parental gate.

Value:

Max and the Secret Formula is available to download from the App Store for $2.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

As mentioned above, the game is free of in-app purchases. It’s definitely rare to find a great children’s game that’s worth every penny, but Max and the Secret Formula fits the bill perfectly.

I highly recommend it for parents who are looking for a fun and educational game that will stimulate learning and encourage their child to get involved with a great story.

qrcode.32766024Max and the Secret Formula requires iOS 6.0 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 article.

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Spread Christmas Cheer with VoiceMe Christmas Carol

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VoiceMe Christmas Carol
Price: $0.99
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

VoiceMe Christmas Carol is the latest in the “VoiceMe” series from Trade Technology, LLC.

VoiceMe Christmas Carol is fun, easy-to-use and there’s no better way to spread Christmas cheer this year.

Features:

The features of this app are really summed up in its name. Specifically, VoiceMe Christmas Carol lets users record themselves adding the vocal track to their favorite Christmas songs. These recordings can be saved and labeled to help relocate them when enjoying holiday memories at a later time, or they can be sent (email or messaging) to friends and family members.

Christmas songs range from traditional church options like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” to the ever popular “Jingle Bells.” In-app lyrics guide you through the verses of each song so you don’t have to worry about stumbling on the words, and sending recordings directly to select numbers on your contact list is easily accomplished as well.

Personally, I found this app to be a charming way to record the voices of loved ones who might not get to all be in the same location during the Christmas season.

Christmas carols, even when spread through digital recordings, can be a fun way to stay connected. VoiceMe Christmas Carol helps you do just that.

Appearance and Layout:

VoiceMe Christmas Carol iPhone App Review

VoiceMe Christmas Carol iPhone App

“Simplistic” would probably be the best way to describe the appearance of this app. While it’s not exactly unattractive to look at, it still also does not boast of much visual appeal. A black backdrop with brightly colored buttons does makes things easy to find, even if the color scheme isn’t very aesthetically pleasing.

At the same time, however, navigating through VoiceMe Christmas Carol is easy to do; even non-tech savvy users can readily enjoy this app with minimal time spent figuring it out.

All font within VoiceMe Christmas Carol is also pleasantly easily readable, even on smaller screens; this fact is definitely important, since most users will probably need to make use of the in-app lyrics even while belting out their favorite Christmas tunes.

Value:

This app currently runs about a dollar in the iTunes Store. Its features are pretty easy to use, and while it might, not appeal very much to a young party-focused audience, we think it will be a definite hit at your family Christmas gathering.

Overall, VoiceMe Christmas Carol won’t leave other “VoiceMe” fans disappointed at all. This holiday themed app makes sending a unique Christmas greeting incredibly simple and fun to do.

download (3)VoiceMe Christmas Carol requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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Have a Ball Playing My Town : Beach Picnic

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My Town : Beach Picnic
Price: $2.99
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My Town : Beach Picnic iPhone Game

My Town : Beach Picnic iPhone Game

My Town : Beach Picnic is an engaging and fun game geared towards kids which offers complete immersion into an extraordinary set of beach related activities.

Despite being a title that has a summer theme, it’s suitable for all times of the year just because it manages to offer something fresh and exciting all the time.

Features:

What we like the most about My Town : Beach Picnic, from My Town Games LTD, is the fact that it offers a fully interactive immersive experience created to spark a child’s imagination.

However, while it’s first and foremost a kid’s game, it’s also a title that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Kids can use it as a learning tool since they have the opportunity to find out more about the world around them and the numerous possibilities that can be found out there.

The controls in this game are touch based, and that’s very interesting right off the bat. My Town : Beach Picnic places you directly into the action without a tutorial, but thankfully, due to how well it’s designed, you can understand what’s happening right away.

My Town : Beach Picnic iPhone Game

My Town : Beach Picnic iPhone Game

Kids can use their imagination to explore and play the game on their own. This is a wonderful, creative playground where everything is possible. Players have a ton of stuff to do here, from completing objectives to learning new stuff or exploring a fun, colorful beach.

Appearance and Layout:

The environment is stress free, and that’s great, but at the same time the entire experience here is created to encourage learning, inspire language skills and promote imagination.

We were very impressed with the large number of activities here. From hidden games like playing with rackets or catching fish to an interactive doll house on the beach. Plus, the fact that you can invent new ones with the tools at your disposal, is especially noteworthy.

Some of them may be a challenge to figure out, but on the other hand this is what makes My Town : Beach Picnic a great title. It manages to break new grounds and kids of all ages can easily combine relaxation with fun and the reward of completing a task that isn’t too easy.

In our experience kids really enjoy it and, in fact, it can be quite hard to get the tablet out of a child’s hands once they’ve started it.

The interface may seem a bit simplistic for adults, but since the title is geared towards kids it does make a lot of sense. Graphics are also very colorful, which is a major plus for a game created with kids in mind.

Overall Value:

We think that most kids, as well as parents who take the time to sit down with their kids and spend some time with this game, will have a lot of fun. It’s a great choice if you want to blend fun and education the proper way.

Educational games like My Town : Beach Picnic are well worth downloading even if the price is on the high side. You get a well-designed game with lots of content to keep your child entertained for hours, good replay value, and no ads to worry about.

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My Town : Beach Picnic requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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Avoid the Cleanup with Thanksgiving Dinner Maker

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Thanksgiving Dinner Maker – Free
Price: Free
Rating:
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Thanksgiving Dinner Maker Free iPhone Game

Thanksgiving Dinner Maker Free iPhone Game

Thanksgiving Dinner Maker Free is a fun game for anyone interested in laying out the perfect dinner table with a full course meal.

This free app, from Sunstorm Interactive, lets you create different dinner combinations and displays them on your iPhone.

Features

If you’re at all familiar with a full course meal and how it looks on a dinner table then you’re fast on your way to knowing how to play this game. You select a tablecloth, plate design, type of silverware, napkin pattern, main course and so on until you have a complete set up.

Unfortunately some of the items kind of stack up on top of each other as you pick them making the outcome look a bit haphazard so some improvement here would definitely help.

In the free version, while there are no ads, which is a plus, there are few options to play with. So “butter” is the only flavoring you can add to the turkey leg you selected for your main course. Once selected a pat of butter goes on the turkey leg, and when you select a salad for a side dish and a cookie for dessert, they get added to the mix.

Thanksgiving Dinner Maker Free iPhone Game

Thanksgiving Dinner Maker Free iPhone Game

Initially everything is in one big pile so you have to move things around to get just the layout you want. One nice touch is that certain items “know” where they belong. For example the pat of butter always goes on top of the turkey leg and plates always go underneath everything else.

Graphics and Layout

The images of the various items you select are pretty detailed but on the iPhone screen they’re also pretty small. It would be nice if you could pinch and zoom to change the size of things and get a better look at some of the detailed patterns and items.

The different selectable items are in a bar at the top of the screen that you can only move using a right or left arrow at the bottom. An improvement here would be to let players scroll the items along the top just by swiping the bar.

Finally the orientation is only portrait. Along with the previously mentioned pinch and zoom, it would be a plus if the table you’re setting could be in landscape mode to let you spread things out. Speaking of which, we think scaling this for the iPad screen would make the game much more satisfying.

Overall Value

Thanksgiving Dinner Maker Free is an interesting change of pace from most of the games we see on the App Store. It will definitely appeal to homemaker types and anyone who likes to play at setting the table.

We suspect if you find it interesting it would be well worth your while to opt for the Master Dinner Maker IAP for $2.99 which unlocks all the options.

thanksgiving-qrThanksgiving Dinner Maker Free requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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