Shapes!! Is a Fantastic Puzzle Game for iOS

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Price: $0.99
Rating:
Shapes!!
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Action-packed games are a blast to play, but sometimes you don’t feel like chasing down bad guys or zipping along at a high rate of speed while trying to avoid impossible obstacles. That’s where a nice and relaxing puzzle game is perfect.

Shapes!! offers players a beautifully designed relaxing, yet challenging, puzzle environment.

Developed by Pawel Jurczyk, this puzzler for iPhone and iPad is a great way to tickle your brain.

Concept and Functionality:

The idea behind Shapes!! is deceivingly simple. The goal of the game is to flip tiles on the board in order to change their color from black to blue.

However, tiles on each side of the tapped tile change, as well, and players must strategically flip in order to complete levels. Players must try to solve puzzles in as few moves as possible in order to receive the best score.

If this sounds a bit confusing, Shapes!! guides new players through an interactive tutorial that shows them the basics of the game.

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Not only will you be playing the game like a pro in a minute or two, but you’ll know exactly what to do.

Like many great puzzle games, Shapes!! is easy to understand but difficult to master.

One of the things that surprised me the most about Shapes!! is that the graphics are gorgeous.

Even the background music is pleasant enough to not warrant a dash for the volume button after a few minutes of gameplay. There are illustrations that guide players through the storyline of the game, and they’re beautiful to look at.

Features:

When it comes to numbers, Shapes!! offers 70 different levels that span four geographical areas: Forest, Sand, Ice, and Volcano.

Players earn diamonds based on level performance, and each area requires a certain number of diamonds before it can be unlocked.

Also, Shapes!! provides players with tips in case they happen to get stuck on a level. Tips will display the correct move needed to solve the puzzle, and additional tips can be acquired via in-app purchase.

Value:

Shapes!! is available to download from the App Store for $0.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

Personally I think that the game is well worth the price, especially considering the amount of content in the game.

If you’re looking for a casual puzzle that’ll take you on a unique journey while challenging your problem-solving skills, Shapes!! is definitely the game for you.

It’s a fantastic way to pass the time.

shapes-qrShapes!! requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Use TopScanner to Capture Those Important Documents

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Price: $2.99
Rating:
TopScanner
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

TopScanner, from Tapixel Software, is a very easy and efficient way to capture documents and other items using your iPhone camera as a scanner.

This app makes capturing various kinds of documents and other images quick and easy.

Features

TopScanner comes equipped with all the capabilities you need to get the job done.

You just point your iPhone at whatever you want to save, tap the camera button and TopScanner instantly turn receipts, maps, legal documents, blackboards full of text and drawings,  and anything else into high quality pdf files for sharing and editing.

The embedded camera auto-selects the settings needed to make sure the image is tight, crisp and sharp. The borders of the page are auto-detected and so you only take a picture of what you’re interested in, without the background.

Once you have the image you can lighten or darken the image, keep it in color or switch to black and white, and crop it using four corner tabs to move the crop area around. These corner tabs let you enclose any shaped 4-sided space.

However, we’d like to see tabs added to the center of each side of the crop target to allow you to move the space and easily keep square angles.

TopScanner iPhone App

TopScanner iPhone App

The resulting jpg’s or pdf’s can be grouped into folders and easily uploaded into various apps, such as iBooks, Evernote, Textkraft, or Chrome, your favorite cloud storage, or use AirDrop to share with people nearby or move files to your Mac.

Concept and Functionality

The idea of using your iPhone or iPad as a scanner is very compelling. Not only does it yield results arguably equal or better than a flatbed scanner, but more importantly, it’s much more convenient.

Being able to walk up to that blackboard and save it as a pdf file is huge, as is scanning pages of that reference book in the library rather than standing at the copy machine.

Did you just get back from a trade show and now you wondering what to do with that stack of new business cards? No worries. TopScanner has you covered there with the ability to save multiple cards into a singe pdf file.

We appreciate all this app does and how well it does it. In our use the app worked flawlessly, the resulting images were always easy to read, and the all the management options worked well too.

In fact, one result of how well the app worked was to make us want more. That is, once you have the pdf document, it would be even better if there was some OCR capability to make the text editable and allow the information on business cards to be entered into your contact management app.

Apparently the developer has an app that does provides OCR capabilities, but it would be great if that capability was added to this app as well.

Overall Value

There is no question that TopScanner is a highly useful and productive app that many people can benefit from using on a regular basis. It features a well-designed interface with features and functions that work as advertised.

We can’t help but want more, but as it is this three dollar app is an excellent value and warrants a strong endorsement.

topscanner-qrTopScanner requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Play Red Skull and Challenge Yourself and Your Friends

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Price: Free
Rating:
Red Skull
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Red Skull, a game by Saiful Kahar, challenges players to successfully guide a flying skull through a series of obstacles.

If you were a fan of the popular Facebook game Jetman or the popular iPhone game Flappy Bird, then you will love this fast-paced game.

Features:

Red Skull, as its name suggests, features a flying red skull. This skull must be guided by players through the spaces between pipes and a variety of obstacles.

Players must be careful to ensure that the skull does not fly too high or too low, as either of these mistakes would cause it to hit a pipe and instantly crash.

Other in-game obstacles include mazes of tubes that must be successfully flown through in order to advance within the app. Additionally, coins throughout the game can be collected to increase your “points” as well.

Successfully guiding the skull around the obstacles and through the coins leads to high spots on Red Skull score leaderboards. However, while the concept of Red Skull sounds simple enough, I found the actual implementation of the game’s mechanics to be somewhat lacking.

Red Skull iPhone Game

Red Skull iPhone Game

In my own gameplay I felt that the app’s response to touch-screen guidance of the character to be too slow for me to optimally guide the skull. Sometimes when I would direct the skull to a clear location it would crash anyway.

Appearance and Layout:

Overall, perhaps Red Skull’s strongest selling point is its appearance. The app features fun, friendly graphics that are above par for a free app of its type.

I loved the cartoonish simplistic style of the graphics depicting the “flying skull”, the background, and all the obstacle images.

Getting around Red Skull was pleasantly easy to do, and while it took me a few tries to figure out how to direct my flying skull, getting the basic idea of the game was simple enough.

While not all of the icons within the home screen for Red Skull were entirely intuitive, figuring things out through a few quick clicks was definitely simple enough.

A downside is the ads that appear after every crash. We would like to see a cap on how many ads are shown so new users trying to get the hang of the game aren’t overloaded with them.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Red Skull is available for free. However, this free version subjects its players to in-app advertisements every time that their skull crashes; considering the probable frequency of crashes for a new player, this high number of ads may be frustrating.

Overall, while Red Skull has fun graphics and a simple-to-grasp concept of game play, the frequent ads and issues with controlling the character may cause iOS users to become frustrated fairly soon after first trying out the app.

redskullqrRed Skull iPhone app requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Zapporoo: Bounding Your Way to Better Mobile Presence

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Zapporoo.com – Make Your App Fantasies Come To Life
iPhone News Article by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Technology is a strange thing. Only a few years ago, to build a functional, good-looking iPhone application you would have needed a full team of coders, several designers, and wheelbarrows full of cash.

But the times they are a changin’! Today, you can just use the absolutely excellent Zapporoo to get the job done.

Written by Luke Patrick

Written by Luke Patrick

Zapporoo tries to keep your involvement at the idea level: though not in a bad way. Rather, it tries to help you dream a little dream, and then turn that wild-haired idea into a real live, functioning application.

This isn’t the Wix of app development, though. You won’t be moving around terrible blocks of drag-and-drop code. Rather, you get to work directly with actual humans to fashion an interface, hash out your idea, and then publish a 100% real application.

You bring the idea in-house, and then Zapporoo and its team of easily accessible developers will take it all from there.

You’re also not stuck with either Android or iPhone. Zapporoo leaves you free to do both, and one can even add Windows into the mix.

The latter is quite a surprise, but one we’re willing to take. In one fell swoop an inventor can bring an idea to the table, oversee its development, and then see it distributed across all common mobile platforms.

Now, we know what you might be thinking. “This all means Zapporoo is going to just steal my idea, right? I won’t get to edit my idea or influence it in any way!”

Zapporoo.com

Zapporoo.com

Thankfully, you’re dead wrong. According to those behind the service, you are given 24/7 access to your application as it is being developed. You’re also allowed to work closely and directly with the developers.

In this way, you can keep the project under your directing thumb. It will never get away from its original intent, and yet you can still leave the sticky bits to the professionals. Seems like a win-win to us!

If you’re still not sold, but do have an application idea you’ve been mulling over, checkout Zapporoo’s increasingly extensive portfolio section.

For a fairly new company, they’ve been able to achieve some remarkable successes across a variety of platforms. To us that speaks volumes to the service’s trustworthiness.

All in all, for those with a fantastic application idea but neither the time nor the inclination to learn Objective-C, Zapporoo is the ideal flat-mate.

They’ll do all the metaphorical washing-up, as well as the grocery shopping, leaving you to stay in and ponder the bigger, deeper meanings of life. Metaphors aside, it seems you really do get that kind of turnkey experience here. Bring a quality application idea to the table, and the lads at Zapporoo will take it from there.

Now who could argue with a trade like that? For more information, or to get your project started, visit Zapporoo’s contact page and drop them a line.

qrcode.27589104Zapporoo.com offers a unique 3-phase system of app creation has been designed to give customers the easiest and most convenient manner to create, design and launch their app. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this news article.

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Perfect Piano Is Great for Novices and Masters Alike

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Price: Free
Rating:
Perfect Piano
iPad App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Perfect Piano, developed by Revontulet Soft Inc, is a fun and feature-rich musical app for iPhone and iPad.

Whether you’re a piano master or a musical novice, this app is a great way to practice.

Concept and Functionality:

If you’re looking for a great way to practice music no matter where you go, Perfect Piano is an app that definitely fits the bill.

Though we’ve looked at quite a few musical apps here on The iPhone App Review, I can honestly say that Perfect Piano is one of the best, if not the best, piano app I’ve seen.

Perfect Piano offers users a variety of ways to utilize the app. If you’re just starting out, the app features a very handy “Learn to Play” mode.

This is where the app really shines as a learning tool. Users can select from an impressive variety of songs and adjust difficulty settings as needed.

There’s also a free play mode in Perfect Piano, which allows users to freely experience everything that the app has to offer. You can even set up keys on each side of the screen, which allows two people to play at the same time.

Usually complex apps have a clunky and confusing interface, but the developers of Perfect Piano have obviously worked very hard on making the UI easy-to-use and it shows.

I found it very easy to navigate around the app, change songs and instruments, and do other things. It might be a bit intimidating at first, but users shouldn’t have a problem.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Perfect Piano is loaded with features, from a variety of musical instruments to a huge number of songs to choose from. The app also allows you to record songs and share them with the world.

If you have an external Midi keyboard, there’s a fair chance that Perfect Piano supports it via the lightning USB camera adapter.

Lastly, Perfect Piano includes an online catalog of songs for VIP members. This catalog is updated weekly and includes popular songs by today’s top musical artists, as well as classics.

Value:

Perfect Piano is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

If you want to unlock the full potential of the app, you’ll need to purchase a VIP subscription plan. Rates start at $0.99 per week (ideal for a trial run) up to $5.99 for one year.

Personally I think that the yearly plan is an absolute steal, but I do recommend the weekly subscription at first, just to make sure Perfect Piano is right for you.

Overall, anyone who is looking for a serious musical app needs to check out Perfect Piano.

This is a must-have app for piano players and those who are not yet piano players but are interested in learning how to play.

Perfect Pianoperfect_piano.jpg requires iOS 7.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Lipa Knight Valentine’s Is A Stunning Spatial Puzzle App

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Price: $0.99
Rating:
Lipa Knight Valentine’s
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
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Review by Adam Itkoff

Review by Adam Itkoff

The ubiquity of modern day technology certainly epitomizes the double-edged sword.

While we can now do things faster and more efficiently than ever before, we also become half immersed in the real word, and half immersed in our digital realm quite frequently.

How can we use technology effectively, and truly leverage the best that it has to offer? Well, in one word, education.

Education apps can achieve this balance like no other, allowing us to challenge ourselves, while still enjoying the gratifying engagement of our iPhone or iPad.

Lipa Knight Valentine’s is a terrific production that offers a creative and well designed balanced synthesis between adventure and education.

The developer, Lipa Learning s.r.o., does a great job and illustrates game development in a holistic and progressive way.

Journey through this app with your beloved child or grandchild and watch as they’re whisked away into a world of whimsy and challenging puzzle action.

Lipa Knight Valentine's iPhone App Review

Lipa Knight Valentine’s iPhone App Review

Features:

The game itself is somewhat of a traditional puzzle game, but adapted into a narrative fantasy to engage, educate and entertain a younger audience.

The app weighs in at just over 75 MB, and starts up in a breeze. You’ll then see the template of the app, which displays a soft array of cartoons and colors, letting you navigate level by level.

The game is constructed for users over 5 years old, but the most accurate range is probably between 5 and 10 to get the most out of the app.

Players are required to complete puzzles in order to move from one level to the next and require some careful spatial analysis. They will definitely begin to test the gamer as they progress.

Lipa Knight Valentine’s as a whole boasts 20 levels over 4 settings, various achievements and animations, and no in app advertisements.

The app is continuously fine-tuned, and offers up a whole lot of fun for younger users.

Concept and Functionality:

We’ve seen plenty of puzzle games, but this one wins us over because of it’s well crafted construction, bright bubbly presentation, and ease of use.

Everything from the plot to the controls are easy to get a hold of, which makes downloading the app and getting started simple to do in a single, swift motion.

Overall Value:

The app is just under a dollar and will certainly provide hours of fun for your loved one.

Especially if you have an iPad (which allows a bit more immersion when gaming), you and your loved one will love this nifty little puzzle app and should download it today, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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lqrLipa Knight Valentine’s requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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