RunNoahRun Is a Promising Retro Side-Scroller for iOS

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RunNoahRun
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

RunNoahRun is a retro side-scrolling game for iPhone and iPad has potential and seems like a more controlled version of Flappy Bird.

Developed by Bereket Tewelde, this fairly new game is off to a decent start but it needs a bit of work.

Concept and Gameplay:

If you’ve read other reviews of mine here on The iPhone App Review, you’ll know I’m a stickler for tutorials, whether they’re interactive or just helpful text bubbles when you first start a game.

Tutorials make it easy for new players to pick up a game and play it without getting frustrated. Unfortunately RunNoahRun doesn’t include a tutorial, but the four buttons on the screen control your characters vertical and horizontal movement.

I truly love retro 8-bit games, but RunNoahRun was a bit of a disappointment. The menu looks squished and distorted on my 6S Plus, and actual gameplay is very choppy.

Noah stutters across the landscape, which is frustrating. Character motion definitely needs to be smoothed out in order to make the gameplay experience better.

There are four stages to unlock, but it’s unclear how to do so. I couldn’t find anything in RunNoahRun that shows your score. You don’t earn points during gameplay, but you do get three lives before the game is over. Lack of score and direction on how to unlock additional stages is irritating to say the least.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

RunNoahRun iPhone Game

Unfortunately RunNoahRun is pretty bare on features. It doesn’t include Game Center integration so you can’t earn achievements or compete on leaderboards. I definitely think the game would benefit from powerups at the very least so players have something to actually work towards.

As I mentioned before, RunNoahRun doesn’t even keep track of your score, which is something that’s generally included in a game. Hopefully an update will include score tracking functionality so players are motivated to keep playing the game.

Value:

RunNoahRun is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. The game is supported by ads at the bottom of the screen, but they don’t seem to appear during gameplay.

Overall, RunNoahRun certainly has potential when it comes to being a retro side-scroller. The basics are there, but vital features such as scores and smoother gameplay are missing. Once these issues are addressed, this will be a great iOS game to enjoy.

runnoahrun.jpgRunNoahRun requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Highlights Monster Day Teaches Your Preschooler Responsibility

Highlights Monster Day: Play at Home Game for my Preschooler
Price: FREE – New!
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Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Highlights Monster Day is a delightful game for young children that teaches values such as responsibility, compassion and independence.

Featuring a collection of friendly monsters, this app from Highlights for Children, Inc. is designed to be very child appropriate.

Features:

Highlights Monster Day: Play at Home Game for My Preschooler is a game designed to give children the joy of taking care of their own “monster” from day to day.

Monsters can go through a series of activities, from eating an impressive assortment of foods for breakfast, to brushing their teeth in the bathroom, to getting dressed and going off on the bus for a full day of school.

Part of the joy of Highlights Monster Day is just figuring out how to guide each “levels” interactions, since each scene offers entirely different ways to take care of your monster. However, unlike in many other apps, players are free to leave this app at any point and can pick up their monster’s day at any time when they return to play again.

The creator’s of Highlights Monster Day state that this app can be used to help children develop fine motor skills through their various interactions with the monsters, as well as help them learn how to independently care for their new friend (their monster).

Children can also take photos through the app of different parts of their monster’s day if they’d like to. As a whole, I thought that the features offered through Highlights Monster Day were well designed; the app is easy to get the hang of, and for children who like the idea of having their own virtual “pet,” this app will probably be a big hit.

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Highlights Monster Day iPhone App Review

Appearance and Layout:

This app is designed for children, and the appearance of it fully speaks to that intended audience.

Graphics are all very colorful and child-friendly; these monsters are far from scary and definitely fall more on the “friendly” side of the monster scale.

Everything about this high-quality app looks and feels fun and exciting; it’s obvious that the app’s designers put careful thought into their graphics and kid-friendly user interface.

Since the app is designed for very young children, most in-app interactions are non-written; players do not need to be of reading level to enjoy Highlights Monster Day. Simple arrows and other button illustrations guide you through your monster caring adventure. In addition, text meant for parents comes in 10 different languages.

Value:

Highlights Monster Day currently costs about $3 on the iTunes Store. While this app is well designed, has no IAPs or ads and is very age-appropriate with child-friendly features and a simple to understand storyline, this price still seems pretty steep and we’re concerned many kids who could benefit from it won’t see it because of the relatively high cost.

While we are fans of the “pay once” monetization model for kid’s apps (ie no IAPs or ads), we feel that $3 is about 300% higher than many other excellent preschool titles from lesser known companies and will cause many parents to pass it by.

This app is also available from Google Play and Amazon.

Editor’s Note: The publisher is offering a 3-day price promotion of Highlights Monster Day, their playful monster care game for kids aged 2+. 

The price will be cut from $2.99 to $1.99 for 3 days on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon from Fri 10 to Sun 12 June(Friday and Sunday included).

download (4)Highlights Monster Day requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Wordy Bee Is an Incredibly Fun and Addicting Word Game for iOS

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Wordy Bee
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Word games are great not only for a challenge against friends, but also to strengthen your vocabulary.

Wordy Bee is a great game for iPhone and iPad that has the word game community buzzing with excitement and could easily be the best word game of 2016.

Developed by IJS Solutions, Wordy Bee is one word game you absolutely must try if you’re looking for an alternative to Words With Friends and other games.

Concept and Gameplay:

The first thing that came to my mind when I started reviewing Wordy Bee was that it reminds me of Boggle, the popular game that requires you to make as many words as you can with the letters you’re given. If I had to compare this game to others, I’d say it’s a word version of Catan or New World Colony.

Wordy Bee isn’t difficult to figure out at all, but it’s definitely fun to play. The goal of the game is to capture as many letters as you can by creating words. There are three difficulty modes to try – Easy, Medium, and Hard. The size of the board and number of letters scales by difficulty.

In order to create words you must tap letters on the board to form them. You can create words as long as the first letter starts with either a word you already made or a blank tile. You can include letters your opponent controls, making board domination a real challenge.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Wordy Bee iPhone Game

Wordy Bee features online and local gameplay options so you can play it wherever and whenever you like. Playing against the AI is a great way to practice and hone your skills so you can crush your real-life opponents.

Another cool feature of Wordy Bee is that it’s available to play in 6 languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Bulgarian, and Russian. This means the game can be played all over the world and can even be used as a language learning tool for practicing your vocabulary.

Value:

Wordy Bee 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, so I’m fairly certain the game is completely free with no frills.

Overall, Wordy Bee is the perfect game for both solo and online players alike. If you’re feeling helpful, the developer says, “The Wordy Bee’s dictionaries recognize between 200K to 400K words per supported language.

Should you stumble on words that should have been included, please let the developers of Wordy Bee know by visiting their support site.

Wordy Beewordy_bee.jpg requires iOS 7.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Get the Best Fuel Price With the 7-Eleven Fuel App

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7-Eleven Fuel
Price: Free
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7-Eleven iPhone App

7-Eleven Fuel iPhone App

When we first found out about 7-Eleven Fuel App from 7-Eleven Stores we thought that it was a great idea.

7-Eleven Fuel is a great app for Aussies to find the best local price of fuel and lock it in at their 7-Eleven fuel store.

While we do like the overall functionality and features of this utility, there areas where it could be improved.

From the perspective of someone who just wants to get the best price of fuel, this app is lacking because it works only with their brand and their gas stations.

Concept and Idea

As for the app itself, the concept of the app is quite interesting and very well-thought.

Assuming you do prefer to patronize 7-Eleven, this app offers great value to its customers, and of course, it’s great for the company because it creates brand loyalty and it is a great way to attract new customers.

The idea is that the customers save money with reserving or locking the prices of the fuel. If there is a change in the price and that price is above the locked price they will not pay that price, but the locked one.

However, the great thing is that if the price get’s lower then the locked price, they will pay the lower price. So, the customer will always benefit. The is where the app shines and presumably gets drivers in Australia to use 7-Eleven Fuel stores more often.

Features and How to Use it

7-Eleven Fuel iPhone App

7-Eleven Fuel iPhone App

Everything that you need is tailored in 4 steps. First you need to choose the fuel type, then you need to find your best local fuel price, get the card and top it up and as final step you need to lock it in.

Functionality and UI

Although the concept is good on paper, there are several flaws in reality. First of all, it appears that you need to use a credit card to lock in the price. If you don’t have a credit card or prefer to use cash you’re out of luck. On top of that the app only works with Visa or Master Card.

Another drawback is that you can use only one lock in. If you have multiple vehicles this can be frustrating. Also, you can’t put the exact amount of money as input.

The user interface is fair but could be improved to be simpler to use. Things could be better organized and arranged in an easier way. It takes a bit get the hang of how this app works.

Final Thoughts

This is a great idea and a great concept that many other gas stations around the world will no doubt implement.

We’d like to see the developers work on improving the overall user experience and add some features, such as accommodating multiple vehicles and letting folks pay with cash. This could help families to save money, especially the ones that heavily depend on vehicle transport.

7eleven-qr 7-Eleven Fuel requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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If Your Mac is Lost or Stolen Track My Mac is Your Best Friend

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Track My Mac
Price: Free
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Track My Mac iPhone App

Track My Mac iPhone App

When the unthinkable happens and you realize your Mac is not where is should be, you don’t have to panic if you’re prepared.

Track My Mac is the ideal solution for anyone who values their MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

Features:

Track My Mac from MacKeeper developers and Kromtech Alliance Corp., goes well beyond the capabilities of the standard “Find My Mac” from Apple. Sure that functionality works, but this is a leap beyond.

Setting it up is a trivial exercise; you download the app to your iPhone and download the Mac application from MacKeeper which includes a built-in Anti-Theft tool.

Once you’ve done that you simply authorize your Track My Mac, turn on the Location Tracker and set up the lock screen. We do want to point out though that the complete process also requires you to go to the Anti-Theft tab in MacKeeper and click “Install Anti-Theft” on its Welcome Screen.

Track My Mac iPhone App

Track My Mac iPhone App

At this point you’re good to go and you will be able to see where your Mac was last located (it’s up-to-date location) and, if necessary, waste no time in reporting your Mac as stolen directly from your iPhone, and protect your Mac from unauthorized access attempts.

Functionality:

An app like this cannot be a “sometimes” app, it needs to work reliably and consistently. In fact, in our extensive testing we found this app to be just that; reliable and consistent.

We were very impressed with the app’s ability to generate its Anti-Theft Location Report along with an iSight photo of whoever is directly in front of the Mac’s camera (presumably the thief) and send it directly to your iPhone.

Furthermore, in the event that someone is trying to gain access to your precious Mac when the screen is locked without knowing the password, when they enter an incorrect password you will receive a Lock Screen Location Report with an iSight photo of the intruder directly to your iPhone.

Overall Value:

We wish this app could somehow get the Mac to a FedEx box and ship it back to you but we’re still impressed with it. It’s an extremely easy-to-use app and does exactly what it says it will. We found it to be a step above the facility provided by Apple and well worth the minimal effort required to add it to your devices.

Plus, the fact that you can use it with an unlimited number of Macs makes it incredibly useful in any type of group, business, or school situation.

Do we wish this app had a PC counterpart? Oh yeah, we do. Afterall there are some weirdos out there who use an iPhone with a PC (can you believe it?).

But seriously, for anyone who has shelled out their hard earned bucks for a MacBook, you would be well served to use Track My Mac.

trackmac-qrTrack My Mac requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Test Your Skills with WordSwish

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Price: Free
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Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by MC

WordSwish promises to challenge word puzzle enthusiasts. Featuring cleverly created challenges, this app by Jorgen Wede is a great addition to the library of anyone who loves a good mind-bending game.

Features:

The name of this app provides an accurate description of its gameplay. Players in WordSwish are given game boards of letters and are challenged to find the words hidden in each of those gameboards; once found, letters are connected into words via a “swishing” action with your fingers.

Hints for the categories of the words that you’re looking for are provided in each level, and the entry levels of WordSwish are created simple enough to make it very easy to get the hang of the app.

The number of letters per word is also provided, and each level always has more than one word hidden in it. This inclusion of multiple words certainly adds to the appeal and challenge of WordSwish.

Levels are unlocked sequentially as you successfully complete challenges, and your in-game score rises with your expertise.

Appearance and Layout:

WordSwish iPhone App Review

WordSwish iPhone Game

While the challenges in the gameplay of WordSwish are impressive (particularly as you get further into the game), the graphics of the app are a bit lacking. The game screen is simple and clean enough, but the levels menu seem a bit cluttered.

The app didn’t translate very well onto the larger screen of a full iPad. There were no problems with the graphics resolution on smaller iOS screens, but things seemed a little blurry on the tablet. All items were still readable, but this app is best played on smaller devices.

Value:

WordSwish is a fun and unique game. Its level of difficulty varies greatly, with the beginning levels seeming almost too elementary at times. This ease will probably attract more players to this app than it will turn away; WordSwish may ease you in but it isn’t long until you’re being challenged. 

It’s a free app, with optional in-app purchases for hints in levels if you find yourself stuck at any particular spot. However, the in-app categorical hints (which also show you how many letters a word is) are likely more than enough for most players.

WordSwish is a terrific puzzle app. Offered for free and is an incredible value for word-lovers.

download (2)WordSwish iPhone app requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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