HypnoTrip for iOS Isn’t for the Visually Faint of Heart

hypnotripiconHypnoTrip
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

HypnoTrip is a wild game that uses psychedelic images to challenge players to the max. To be frank, it is almost like an assault on the eyes. I definitely don’t recommend giving this game a try if you have strong light and/or visual sensitivity.

Concept and Gameplay:

I don’t often write reviews with warnings about the game, but when it comes to HypnoTrip by Stefano Lanfranco, a warning is definitely necessary. The game is built around the concept of messing with players by using strong visuals for distraction and it can get pretty overwhelming.

Even if you don’t have a diagnosed condition such as epilepsy, you probably won’t be able to play HypnoTrip for a long period of time.

The goal of HypnoTrip is to protect the spinning circle at the middle of the screen by fending off attacking circles. This is achieved by tapping on them. The longer you stay alive, the harder the game gets. This is pretty standard among similar games, but the added visual assault makes the game super difficult to play.

That’s really all there is to HypnoTrip. I’ll be completely honest in saying that I was at my limit just to test the game in order to write this review. It’s certainly unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

HypnoTrip iPhone Game Review

HypnoTrip includes a few useful features for players such as a training mode and challenge mode. In training mode you can’t make any mistakes, so it’s very high pressure.

Challenge mode is a little more forgiving, allowing three lives before the game is over. You can also get powerups such as additional lives by tapping on the bubbles with a question mark.

There are also special boosts called SlowMos. You can earn SlowMos in HypnoTrip by watching ads, completing challenges or purchasing them via in-app purchases. SlowMos slow the board down for a few seconds so you can quickly catch up and improve your chances of a better score.

Value:

HypnoTrip can be downloaded from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. The game is supported by unobtrusive ads and you can disable them via an in-app purchase. Doing this also grants you 5 additional SlowMo boosts.

Overall, HypnoTrip is fun to play for a very short period of time. It can definitely hurt your eyes after awhile and I don’t recommend trying it if you have any sort of visual sensitivity.

hypnotrip.jpgHypnoTrip requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Think Fast With Multiples!

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Multiples!
Price: Free
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Multiples! iPhone Game

Multiples! iPhone Game

Multiples! is a unique new fast-paced numbers game that will have you thinking and tapping as quickly as possible.

It has earned a dedicated user base mostly because of the uniqueness of the game. Although the game is not overly graphically appealing, Multiples!, from Maxton Connor, can and will occupy and entertain you.

The graphical interface is truly the only thing that is simple about this game. It is one of the most complicated and challenging games you’ll likely ever play.

The game has most of the needed features to become a worldwide success and will get to that point easily if some additional things are added, simplified or improved upon.

Concept & Gameplay:

I liked the gameplay and the whole concept of this game. It is a color matching game with a combination of math and numbers. The idea behind it is a bit elaborate; you need to match and tap the circle with the particular color asked in the center.

Multiples! iPhone Game

Multiples! iPhone Game

But you must tap that particular orb only when the correct multiple is shown (if you’ve hit the yellow orb when the count was 5, you must hit it again when the count is 10 etc.). 

You have 4 seconds and you must show great reaction and speed in some instances. However, the game requires concentration as well and that makes it less relaxing.

This is a challenging game. It is very demanding especially because you are also up against the clock.

When you start the game everything will be focused on the center grey orb. Over time, the color of the center circle changes and as the game progresses you’ll have to tap the other orbs that are in that particular color.

The faster you become and the more correctly tapped, the higher your score. The game is neatly designed and the typography is good but I think they should’ve selected other colors for the orbs and the background. This may likely depend upon the personal preference of the player.

Features:

To win this game you have to bring great strategy, math skills and memory. It is a game in which the player needs to get involved and stay ultra-focused.

It was really hard at times but as you play it, you’ll get better and start earning higher scores. That means that the game will be great for users who want a total challenge.

The game features high scores so always try to do your best and improve on them. It is the main motivation of the game as well.

Overall Value:

Because of the complicated concept and gameplay, Multiples! may not get the exposure it deserves. That would be a shame as it is a swell game.

At a time when it seems that the majority of users just want to relax and kill their free time with quick-to-play iOS gaming apps, we hope you will give this one a try.

multiples-qrMultiples! requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Challenge Yourself with Shade Combo!

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Shade Multiples
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by MC

Shade Combo is a fun game that brings a unique twist to traditional color-matching games. Offered for free through the iTunes Store, this app challenges your problem-solving skills.

Features:

Shade Combo’s name really lends an accurate description of the app’s concept of gameplay. Specifically, the challenge of this game by Yusuf Turk is to pair up game pieces of the same shade.

Once paired, the shade of the combined game piece becomes a new shade, and this new shade must be paired with another matching shade. Because of this, the game boards in Shade Combo are always evolving, leaving players with the challenge of creating new matching shades within the board that allow for more matches to be made. Combinations of the darkest shades removes them from the playing board.

Games can be played in a timed or an untimed mode, and scoring certain combinations rewards players with “powerups” as well. I found Shade Combo to be a refreshing alternative to other color/shape matching games. It’s easy to understand yet challenging enough to keep you entertained.  

Appearance and Layout:

Shade Combo iPhone App Review

Shade Combo iPhone App Review

The appearance of this app is very simplistic and this lends charm to the game. Since determining accurate shade matchings is the main idea of the app, you don’t waste any time figuring out differences between the different playing piece shapes at all.

Still, the details put into these little pieces is also arguably impressive; I found the levels with ducks and squirrels to be particularly well done. In-app scores are always clearly displayed at the top of your screen, and getting around the app’s layout is no challenge at all.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Shade Combo is a free app. In-app ads are scattered throughout, but I did not feel like these ads popped up too frequently; ads do not detract from the appeal of the gameplay.

Getting the idea of how to play Shade Combo takes no time at all, but mastering a strategy to actually get high scores within the app takes more time. Overall, this game is an excellent addition to the app collection of anyone who loves a good, puzzling, ever-changing challenge.

shadeqrShade Combo requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Circlify is a Challenging Puzzle Game

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Circlify
Price: Free
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Circlify iPhone Game

Circlify iPhone Game

Circlify is a fun and challenging iOS puzzle game that you simply cannot ignore. This game from WebAlive is astonishingly simple, yet quite addictive. This game requires correct timing and deft skill to maintain concentration for a length of time which makes it hard to put down.

Concept & Gameplay:

The concept is not unique, most notably seen in the ultra-popular Color Switch. In Circlify, the spherical maze attempts to swallow you up and you must find the exits as they become evident.

Circlify iPhone Game

Circlify iPhone Game

This game is called a hypnotic puzzle because the circle is constantly rotating. That can be both frustrating and equally exciting and entertaining. The gameplay is well crafted, with easy one-tap controls. You just need to wait for the right moment and you will get the points, but it is challenging!

Features:

In terms of features, this game is a little limited, but it isn’t as annoying as other games of its type. The environment of play is really colorful and smooth. The whole design is slick and that creates a relaxing atmosphere while playing. You can easily get hooked to the game because of the simple goals and features.

Circlify can be enjoyed by anyone. However, I feel like this game will be mostly enjoyed by the youngest population. As an adult, I lost interest in the game really fast, even though I liked it. I think that this game should feature a reward system, powerups and definitely some achievements. These features are great suggestions for the next update of Circlify.

Overall Value:

This game is definitely worth a try. Even with its simplicity it has a challenging element.  Many users are complaining that the advanced stages are hard and that there should be additional features. I’ve experienced that as well, but this could very well be the best feature for some players.

I think that the game has huge potential. It is well designed with perfect color selection and typography. However, there are a lot of things that need to be done so the game can go to the next level. It is a fun way to spend your free time, but needs a little more work and features to become amazing!

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Circlify requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Audials Radio Is a Must-Have Music App for iOS

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Audials Radio
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Music is an integral part of many people’s daily routine. From driving to work to walking between classes, we always seem to be listening to music. There are tons of streaming services available and the option to purchase songs and albums, but what about the good old radio?

Audials Radio is a marvelous app that features live radio streams and podcasts. It has a ton of features that even the most popular streaming apps do not have, which is truly amazing.

Concept and Functionality:

Even though I subscribe to a music streaming service, I still like to listen to the radio. Audials Radio by Audials AG isn’t the first app of its kind to let you listen to live radio on your phone, but it’s definitely one of the better apps I’ve come across.

This app is super easy to navigate and understand. Finding radio stations to listen to is a breeze and I really like the fact that you can search for stations by songs, genre or country of origin. The built-in media player is also great and includes the standard navigation features you’ve come to expect from a music app.

Where Audials Radio really shines is podcasts. Unlike many other streaming apps, Audials Radio includes full podcast functionality and a massive organized database for you to sort through.

The only drawback to podcasts is the inability to subscribe to them (from what I could find), but it’s great for those who want to listen in now and again.

Features:

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Audials Radio iPhone App Review

Audials Radio is loaded to the brim with awesome features. My favorite feature is “Car Mode”, where the interface becomes significantly larger and easier to see.

It’s also worth mentioning that this app features landscape support, which is something that is noticeably absent in rival apps like Spotify and Pandora.

Lack of landscape mode is my biggest gripe with the aforementioned apps and I’m really glad that Audials Radio didn’t overlook this simple yet awesome feature.

Value:

Audials Radio is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. I couldn’t find any in-app purchases or ads, which is even more incredible.

If you listen to the radio on a regular basis, I can’t recommend Audials Radio enough. It’s even great for podcasts and recording audio for later listening.

audials_radio.jpgAudials Radio requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Share Your Thoughts Anonymously with PostYo

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Price: Free
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Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by MC

PostYo in an interesting new app that offers users a completely anonymous way to share their thoughts.

A free service by Ilgos, LLC, this app is a different take on free thought sharing.

Features:

PostYo allows users to make anonymous posts to the app’s platform. Posts can then be voted “up” or “down” by the general PostYo community.

No user names are needed, and you can easily sort posts by “new” or “top,” as well as viewing your own past posts. Posts can be on any topic, and some users seem to enjoy posting stories in two and three part series.

However, app policies state that bullying, illegal activities, and posts revealing the identification of others will not be tolerated. Posts can be removed, and offending users can also be blocked by the app’s makers as well.

Scrolling through PostYo was a somewhat interesting experience; it felt like an anonymous Twitter service, only without giving you any say on which people you wanted to hear from. Because of this, it felt difficult to feel engaged with the app.

While this app might appeal to people looking for an anonymous platform to voice their thoughts, it may not appeal to a broad audience.

Appearance and Layout:

PostYo iPhone App Review

PostYo iPhone App Review

PostYo has a simple layout. This really makes sense, since getting started to use the app is an extremely streamlined process (as an anonymous app, there is no need to create user names and the such).

Navigation through PostYo is intuitive, with clearly marked tabs for sorting through PostYo posts. Graphics are kept to a relative minimum, with text being the main focus. Fonts are easily readable on small screens, and the overall color scheme doesn’t detract from the purpose of the app.

As a whole, PostYo’s appearance and layout are definitely acceptable for an app of its type, but they also don’t stand out as exceptionally impressive.

Value:

PostYo, as mentioned above, is a free app. However, while the concept of this app is to provide a completely anonymous thought-sharing platform, the Internet has long shown the potential problems with complete anonymity.

PostYo’s makers promise to take down bullying posts or posts promoting illegal activities, however, a cursory scroll through of the latest posts showed a frustratingly high frequency of racial slurs and other questionable content.

While having a free, open place to share thoughts is a nice idea in concept, the makers of PostYo have their work cut out for them if they truly want to keep posting boards clean and friendly to all people groups.

Editor’s Note: update 1.5 was released yesterday and it allows for posting photos as well.

postqrPostYo iPhone app requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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