Chuck B Blast for iOS Is a Fun and Challenging Space-Based Arcade Game

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Price: $0.99
Rating:
Chuck B Blast
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

As someone who grew up on two-dimensional video games, I always get a bit nostalgic when I see modern developers pay a tribute to old-school gaming by re-creating the same kind of environment.

Chuck B Blast is a new game for iPhone and iPad which pays homage to old-school gaming and it does it incredibly well.

Developed by Pearl Computing, this action-packed platformer features hours of gameplay and unique tap-to-move controls.

Concept and Gameplay:

When you first open Chuck B Blast, there’s a detailed introduction that appears on the screen. This intro gives you a background story of Chuck and his mission to infiltrate a planet that is on a collision course with Earth.

There are three different levels to play through, and each level includes four acts that must be completed in order to unlock the next one. It’s worth noting that these levels are very intricate and lengthy, meaning you won’t be zipping through the game. Plus, the levels are actually fairly difficult to complete.

In order to control Chuck, players must On the screen to make him move. To shoot at enemies, players have to tap one of the weapon buttons at the bottom of the screen, then tap on the enemy to fire.

Swiping up on the screen will make Chuck jump, and swiping down while standing over a lever will toggle it.

This gameplay style is very different from typical arcade games that rely on an on-screen joystick, which gives players a ton of control over the character’s movement in Chuck B Blast.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you happen to perish in any time during a level, you don’t have to worry about getting kicked back to the beginning of the level if you’ve made it far enough to pass a checkpoint.

Also, we especially like that Chuck B Blast doesn’t penalize you in any way for dying too many times.

While many games tend to punish players by forcing them to either purchase additional lives with real money, ask their Facebook friends for help, or wait a certain amount of time until lives replenish, Chuck B Blast really sets itself apart by doing just the opposite.

Lastly, players can upgrade Chuck’s weaponry by spending coins from destroying monsters. Perhaps the best part about this is that players can’t pay to win the game.

You have to earn every coin yourself, and there’s no way to spend money to get ahead. Chuck B Blast is completely free of in-app purchases.

Value:

Chuck B Blast is available to download from the App Store for $0.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. When it comes to value, I believe players are getting their money’s worth and more.

Overall, Chuck B Blast is perfect for those who want to relive the glory days of two-dimensional platformers without going broke.

We tip our collective hats to the developers for creating such a fantastic game that’s free of extra fluff and in-app purchases.

chuck_b_blast.jpgChuck B Blast requires iOS 6.0 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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Centrallo Is Your Central Stop For Seamless Organization

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Price: Free
Rating:
Centrallo
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Review by Adam Itkoff

Review by Adam Itkoff

Things are speeding up all the time, and we all need a way to stay better organized and on top of our crazy schedules.

Whether you’re glued to your iPhone or iPad, there are dozens upon dozens of choices just waiting for you in the App Store.

From ‘Evernote’ to ‘Google Docs’ and beyond, how you organize can take a thousand different forms depending on your preference of how to stay on top things.

Centrallo is an excellent organizational tool that’s built with your time management and peace of mind at the forefront of development.

This highly functional app, from Centrallo LLC, allows you a simple way to organize without spending a cent or breaking a sweat.

Features:

Centrallo is definitely forward thinking, and hopes to aggregate your schedule and make it easier for you to manage the many facets of your life.

First, you’ll get a free and speedy download from the app store, especially considering the latest update of the App leaves it at just under 15 MB.

Then, you’ll need to sign in with a valid email address and allow the app access to some of your schedule-sensitive information. Allow notifications; allow access to camera, etc. to ensure you get full use of the app.

Centrallo iPhone App

Centrallo iPhone App

The app as a whole boasts a huge amount of features. Some of the most notable are real-time synchronization with your information, the ability to create unlimited lists and add photos, voice notes or links to your lists, organize tabs by priority, prioritize trusted email senders and refer friends for additional Cloud Storage.

Concept and Functionality:

The app is clean and is built with the aesthetics of Uber in mind, utilizing a clean black interface with greys and whites for fine-point text.

The functionality you need to help you stay organized in a group has not been overlooked.

It’s a simple matter to forward links using the notification widget, share lists (which can be multi-tiered) with friends and co-workers, share lists via a private webpage with non-Centrallo users, and put a pause on a workflow by forwarding an email to the Centrallo inbox.

Centrallo downloads almost instantly, and in our experience never glitched or stuttered.

All in all, we found the construction to be lightweight yet comprehensive, and generally impeccable within the app.

Overall Value:

If marketed to the right demographic, we think this app can definitely take off and make leaps and bounds in a short amount of time.

The download is free for now, although we wouldn’t be surprised to see a $2.99 price tag on it in the near future.

Given the level of functionality, ease of use and the fact that this is a free app makes this one is an absolute no-brainer – download it now!

Centrallo QR Centrallo 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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Process Credit Card Payments and Track Inventory Easily with PayAnywhere

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Price: Free
Rating:
PayAnywhere – Accept Credit Cards With PayAnywhere’s Mobile Credit Card Reader
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Whether you make crafts and gifts for a bit of extra spending cash or you run a business, you have to make sure you have a reliable way to process transactions.

Nowadays people prefer the safety and security of paying by credit or debit card, and sellers must be prepared to not miss a sale simply because they can’t accept payments by plastic.

PayAnywhere is one of the most well-known card swipe services available for iOS. Developed by North American Bancard, this handy (and free) credit card reader and app should be able to meet every seller’s needs.

Concept and Functionality:

When it comes to app itself, PayAnywhere is a serious selling tool. The app includes plenty of features to help sellers track and manage inventory and payments, and something I really like about the app is that it’s visually neat and organized.

Users won’t have to sift through navigation menus and archives in order to find what they’re looking for.

To make a sale, simply open the PayAnywhere app and tap the “Sell” button on the main screen. From here, you can choose whether to make an express sale or sell a custom item added to your inventory.

The express sale option is the fastest way to receive payment, and all you have to do is enter the price of the item that you’re selling, choose whether or not it’s taxable, optionally add details about the item, and manually enter the credit card number, use the card reader, or enter a cash amount.

One of the things I really like about PayAnywhere is that the app is very easy to navigate, meaning it shouldn’t take you longer than a minute to process a sale. This is good news for sellers who want to keep buyers happy by not holding them up and making them wait.

I can honestly say that most of this can be attributed to the app’s well-organized interface and layout.

Features:

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PayAnywhere iPhone App

It’s not surprising that PayAnywhere is loaded with useful features for sellers. From automatically calculating sales tax based on GPS location to allowing sellers to send a customized electronic receipt to buyers, PayAnywhere really does have it all.

Besides accepting credit cards, PayAnywhere features very detailed inventory management and revenue tracking so you always know how your business is performing.

As with all mobile payment apps, PayAnywhere does include a few fees. There’s a flat rate charge of 2.69% per card swipe. According to the official PayAnywhere website, sellers will incur a fee of 3.49% plus an additional $0.19 if a transaction is manually keyed in.

Value:

The PayAnywhere app is free to download from the App Store and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. The credit card reader will be sent to you for free once you have an account set up, so there’s no initial investment.

Overall, if you’re in the market for a mobile credit card reader app and device, PayAnywhere is definitely worth taking a look at.

However, there are plenty to choose from, so make sure you do your research in order to find the credit card reader that’s right for you.

PayAnywherepayanywhere.jpg requires iOS 7.0 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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Battle UFOs with Space Monkeys

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Price: Free
Rating:
Space Monkeys
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Space Monkeys, by Hari Pingali, is a fun quirky little game that combines clever monkeys and invading UFOs.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, this simple little game is pleasantly easy to learn.

Features:

Space Monkeys is one of those games that is easy to pick up and learn. Because of its easy learning curve, the game can be appealing for mobile gamers of a range of skills.

The basic premise of the game is to avoid alien spaceships by navigating the screen and shooting them with a laser beam. While this may sound simple enough, the longer that you avoid the UFOs, the faster you “travel” within the game, adding a fun level of difficulty as well.

Overall, I rather enjoyed this aspect of the game. However, the more I played Space Monkeys, the more I realized that I could go pretty far in the game without moving my character at all; I could instead just easily shoot UFOs.

On the plus side, the relative simplicity of Space Monkeys makes this game a good choice for younger players or those who get too frustrated with all the impossibly difficult games out there.

Occasionally I would have to move the monkey, but by then, I had progressed pretty far into the game in a relatively easy manner. Other than the basic game, there isn’t much else to add more complexity to Space Monkeys; there seems to be no special powers to unlock or new levels to explore.

At the same time, the game does keep track of your score through a global scoreboard utilizing Apple’s iOS Game Center. This is an excellent feature, but Space Monkeys still feels like it is lacking a bit in extras and content.

Space Monkeys iPhone Game

Space Monkeys iPhone Game

Appearance and Layout:

Just like its game play concept, the graphics for Space Monkeys could best be described as “minimalist.” Most of the objects within the game are relatively bland and lack any detail.

Although the levels are colorful and resemble different galaxy formations, they are repetitive and sometimes look out of place. Some players would probably say that Space Monkeys has the look of an outdated game without the added appeal of any nostalgic retro feel to it.

At the same time, I did appreciate the clean, non-cluttered appearance of the layout of this app. Getting around it was simple and easy to do, and I never had any question of how to get where I wanted to get within the app.

Value:

Space Monkeys is free to download from the iTunes App Store. Currently, the game doesn’t incorporate any in-game advertisements that would detract from the core gameplay.

This lack of advertisements alone could easily be an encouraging factor for anyone just wanting to try out a simple new game.

Overall, Space Monkeys is an entertaining little game that’s worth checking out. Even though it probably won’t become your favorite new game for very long.

spacemonkeysSpace Monkeys requires iOS 5.1 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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Top 10 Apps for the Perfect Valentine’s Day

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Top 10 iOS Apps for the Perfect Valentine’s Day
TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Written by Sarah Hanlon

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this list of 10 iPhone and iPad apps should help you plan the perfect day with your special someone. From sending greeting cards to making plans and playing games, you definitely won’t have a boring Valentine’s Day.

Apps for Sending Greeting Cards

Ink Cards for iPhone

Ink Cards for iPhone

justWink (American Greetings – Free) – Valentine’s Day is definitely a “Hallmark Holiday”, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go out and buy a card. Personalized greeting cards mean much more, and justWink lets you quickly and easily create your own meaningful card right on your iPhone.

There’s a nice amount of variety for every occasion, too, and you can easily send cards to your Valentine via postal mail, email, SMS, Twitter, and Facebook.

Ink Cards (Sincerely Inc. – Free) – While justWink focuses on the digital aspect of greeting cards, sometimes you just want to send a physical card to someone. Ink Cards is definitely the go-to app for this purpose.

This awesome service lets you customize and mail cards to anyone for any occasion. You can even create cards ahead of time and set a delivery date so the card arrives on time. Plus, Ink Cards is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

Apps for Making Plans

Gravy (timeRAZOR – Free) – No Valentine’s Day app list would be complete without a few apps that will help you make plans.

This is especially true seeing as the 14th falls on a Saturday. Gravy is a fantastic iPhone app that allows you to see what events are going on locally. Simply tell the app what kind of mood you’re in, and it’ll display a list of suggested events for you to peruse.

You can even purchase tickets and get directions within the app.

Eventbrite (Eventbrite – Free) – Similar to Gravy, this particular app also allows you to search for local events and purchase tickets.

The main difference between this app and Gravy is that it allows you to create and manage events of your own.

Personally I would suggest downloading both apps and searching for events, as it’s possible that one app features an event or two that the other doesn’t.

Apps for Dining Out

Open Table for iPhone

Open Table for iPhone

Open Table (OpenTable, Inc – Free) – No Valentine’s Day app list would be complete without mentioning Open Table. This incredible iOS app allows you to quickly make reservations at over 20,000 different restaurants.

Seeing as going out to dinner is a very popular tradition, this app is a must-have if you want to get a table at your favorite restaurant. Plus you can earn reward points for future use.

Yelp (Yelp – Free) – Like Open Table, Yelp is a must for anyone who dines out. This is especially true if you’re entertaining the idea of trying something new. This community-driven review app will help you find the perfect restaurant and will hopefully eliminate any surprises.

Apps for Dining In

Yummly (Yummly – Free) – If you’d rather dine in, you’ll want to be prepared when making dinner for your special someone. Yummly is an awesome combination of recipes and an integrated shopping list.

Perhaps your sweetheart absolutely loves a particular ingredient, but you don’t know what to cook. Yummly lets you search for recipes containing certain ingredients, which is the perfect solution to fixing up a nice gastronomic surprise.

KitchenPad™ Timer (Touch Village Inc – $1.99) – All of us know how easy it is to lose track of time when cooking a meal, and Valentine’s Day is the worst time to burn your meal. KitchenPad is the perfect solution because it lets you keep track of timers for each stove burner, as well as the oven.

You can set up to 9 timers and even save them for future reference.

Games for Having Fun Together

RockIt Karaoke for iPhone

RockIt Karaoke for iPhone

RockIt Karaoke (Jose Zamora – Free) – Valentine’s Day is all about spending time together, and no app list would be complete without a few fun games to play together.

RockIt Karaoke brings tens of thousands of songs to your iPhone or iPad, all streamed from YouTube.

You’ll definitely have fun singing along to your favorite tunes.The app even allows you to record your session via video or microphone.

If you purchase the “All Access” upgrade for $2.99, you can even stream karaoke videos to Chromecast and Apple TV. Plus you can export recordings to your device.

Charades! Free (FatChicken Studios – Free) – Who doesn’t love a good game of charades?

This incredibly fun game is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of activities.

There’s a ton of variety, so you won’t have to worry about running out of ideas.

There are over 100 categories to choose from, and the developers are actively adding new cards every week.

 

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10 Best New iOS Apps and Games from January 2015

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10 Best New iOS Apps and Games from January 2015
TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Written by Sarah Hanlon

The first month of 2015 was an exciting one for the world of technology. This includes a slew of brand-new iPhone and iPad apps and games making their debut on the App Store.

This list of the 10 best new iOS apps and games from January rounds up the cream of the crop.

Games

Skyward for iOS

Skyward for iOS

Skyward (Ketchapp – Free) – Skyward made its debut on the App Store with quite a bang, and it’s quickly becoming an incredibly popular iOS game.

The goal is to navigate dynamic labyrinths very carefully using a combination of strategy and good timing.

The game itself is gorgeous to look at, and it’s very peaceful to play.

Gunbrick (Nitrome – $2.99) – Recently named as one of the App Store’s Editor’s Choice games, Gunbrick is an incredibly unique and fun game for iOS.

This puzzle platformer requires you to navigate your brick through several levels and bosses.

Roll over your enemies using simple swipe and tap controls, and collect plenty of achievements.

Socioball (Yellow Monkey Studios – $2.99) – Socioball is another brainteasing puzzle game for iOS, and this one is a bit different from others in its category.

To play, you’ll have to use your creativity to solve over 60 puzzles by navigating your ball through levels from start to finish.

This is accomplished by strategically placing missing tiles in the correct place around the board. Players can even create their own puzzles using the game’s built-in level editor.

Minesweeper - Widget Edition for iOS

Minesweeper – Widget Edition for iOS

Wizard Golf RPG (Floor 27 Industries – Free) – If you’re a fan of old-school RPG games, then Wizard Golf RPG for iOS is exactly what you’re looking for.

This unique mini-golf game requires you to traverse through 12 courses, each featuring 9 holes to complete.

However, Wizard Golf RPG is much more than just getting the ball to the hole.

You can use weapons to destroy enemies, collect loot, and upgrade your character’s spells to make him even better at golf.

Minesweeper – Widget Edition (AA Mather – $0.99) – Ah, the classic game of Minesweeper. If you grew up in the early era of computers, you’ll certainly remember this torturous game.

This adaptation of Minesweeper brings the puzzle game directly to your iPhone or iPad’s Notification Center, meaning you can play it anywhere and at any time.

Plus, your progress is automatically saved and loaded each time you want to play, so you don’t have to worry about finishing a game immediately.

Apps

Microsoft Outlook for iOS

Microsoft Outlook for iOS

Microsoft Outlook (Microsoft Corporation – Free) – While the generic mail client for iPhone and iPad is usually sufficient enough for basic email management, sometimes you just need a bit more “oomph”.

Alas, Microsoft has delivered by bringing its stellar desktop mail client to iOS.

With Outlook, you’ll be able to easily combine email accounts from popular free services like Gmail and Outlook, as well as Microsoft Exchange accounts.

Microsoft Outlook also lets you access your calendar and manage attachments with ease.

Evernote Scannable (Evernote – Free) – Evernote is my digital organizer of choice, but sometimes it’s tricky to capture physical documents and data for inclusion in a note.

That’s where Evernote Scannable comes into play.

This brand-new app for iOS allows you to easily scan receipts, business cards, contracts, etc. into Evernote.

The app even intelligently rotates and crops documents so everything is clear and easy to read.

Purrge (AppJester – $0.99) – There are many things that iOS devices can do well, and one of them is taking photos.

However, how many times have you received the dreaded “Low Storage” message, just to find that your iDevice is loaded with old photos?

Purrge gives users a quick and easy way to manage your camera roll using swipe gestures and batch deletion features.

Purrge for iOS

Purrge for iOS

Chrome Remote Desktop (Google – Free) – If Google Chrome is your browser of choice, then the new Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS is exactly what you need.

This brand-new app allows you to easily and securely access your desktop computers from the comfort of your iDevice.

No, this doesn’t let you control only Chrome on your desktop, but your whole computer.

Say goodbye to pricey desktop software, and say hello to a whole new way to use Chrome.

AllCast (AllCast LLC – Free) – Though popular social networking services are a great way to share photos with family and friends, sometimes you want to do the same thing with people under the same roof.

That’s where AllCast comes in handy.

This free iOS app lets you quickly and easily stream media such as photos, music, and videos directly to your TV via devices such as Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Roku, and more.

 

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