Aquapolis: Master Your Undersea World


Aquapolis – Build an underwater megapolis & grow your farm!
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

If you’ve been with us long, you’re likely aware of the fact that we’re absolute suckers for long-term growth games. Anything with a particularly Sim City vibe has us gripped by the horns. However, we’re also big into games like Farmville that make us grow our own weight in by-products.

Well, what if we told you there was a cross-platform game that could handle both?

Insert Aquapolis, a sprawling exercise in addictive gameplay, gorgeous graphics, and a free price tag.

It’s unbelievably good stuff, and if you’ve been itching for a new game to throw your life down, this will get the job done.

For our full review of this massively fun game from Candy Grill LLC, you don’t need to dive 20,000 leagues under the sea: Just scroll down, beyond the break!

Gameplay and Concept:

If you’ve been playing games on either Android or iOS platforms long, you’ve probably come across the genre at hand before. Essentially, you’ll start with a bare stretch of ocean floor, and it’s your job to turn the entire place into a sprawling, booming metropolis. How do you do this? Through clever resource management, lots of side quests, and more than a little time. In fact, you’ll probably a want of the latter.

In the typical fashion, you will construct buildings and farm goods. Both will help you expand your city to include more denizens, as well as help it expand in a more literal sense. In fact, no other game of this variety can offer nearly as much wondrous sprawl as Aquapolis does.

The game is simply massive, offering more than 80 units to construct. Not to mention the minute details of laying out said city in the first place. Truly, this is a massive undertaking.

All things considered, Aquapolis offers a unique take on a (rather) tired genre. Through it all, the gameplay is enlivening, extremely addicting, and offers enough return value to keep even the most hardened of mobile gamers coming back.

Aquapolis iPhone Game

Aquapolis iPhone Game

Design and Graphics:

All of that, of course, before we even get to the graphics! Simply put, the game looks fantastic. We’ve seen a lot of the game’s competitors over the years, and it’s quite easy to admit that Aquapolis is one of the better looking options.

The spritely graphics, bright colors, and inviting characters make every second a joyride. And by second, we of course mean hour.

Indeed, it’s possible to waste a lot of time here. If nothing else, though, this is the best indicator of a well thought-out game. The developers have put a lot of attention into this, and Aquapolis shines because of it.

Overall Value:

At the end of the day, it’s hard to argue with the value that Aquapolis represents. It’s a free title available in both the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store. It shows off a unique personality, as well as copious heaps of gameplay.

This, combined with its cheeriness and free price tag, make it an indispensable find for any serious mobile gamer.

Aquapolis gets a hearty five out of five from us, as well as a solid recommendation.

qrcode.31070543Aquapolis 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 by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Happy Wheels is an Incredible Ride


Happy Wheels
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Happy Wheels brings this popular, fun and addictive online side-scrolling physics-based game to the iOS audience.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, this app by Jim Bonacci is sure to provide hours of entertainment.

Of course the free to play online version of Happy Wheels is also still available.


Happy Wheels challenges players to successfully navigate their ways through obstacle course challenges, getting from point A to point B without dying.

This app features side-scrolling controls, and I was very pleased with the pace of the app; I felt that I was fully in control of my Happy Wheels character at all times.

A solid understanding of physics will help you succeed in the challenges presented in the 15 unique levels offered in Happy Wheels; additionally, players can choose to create their own levels as well for added challenge.

These self-created levels can be shared with friends, but so far it appears that searching for user-created levels outside of these direct invite friendship links is not an option.

Still, overall Happy Wheels is a very addicting game and will definitely delight anyone who is familiar with the online version of this game as well.

Appearance and Layout:

Happy Wheels iPhone App

Happy Wheels iPhone Game

Just like the gameplay in Happy Wheels, the graphics and layout are also excellent.

It’s easy to get around the sleek, streamlined layout of the app, and the detailed graphics help add to the overall appeal of Happy Wheels as well. However, it’s also these graphics that are arguably a little too graphic for some audiences, appropriately warranting the (12+) rating on the iTunes Store.

Specifically, the “deadly obstacles” in Happy Wheels typically leave characters with gruesome injuries should you fail to avoid them; exposed broken bones, decapitation, blood, and disembowelment are fairly routine injuries for the less skilled player.


For its intended audience, Happy Wheels is a great game that is extraordinarily entertaining.

It’s creative and challenging and offers iOS users a unique gaming addition to their libraries.

It’s simple to understand and yet features complex enough gameplay to keep you entertained for hours. Ads are kept to a minimum, and an in-app purchase option is available if you really wish to play the game completely ad-free.

Overall, even though this app is certainly not appropriate for young audiences, Happy Wheels is a truck-load of fun for older teens and adults.

wheelsqrHappy Wheels requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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for Meetings Is a Powerful Business Tool for iPad


for Meetings – Manage meeting notes, agendas and minutes
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Developed by Imperative Software Pty Ltd, for Meetings is a free meeting management app for iPad that gives users a ton of control over meetings, projects, attendees, and much more.

The app is great for both small organizations and large businesses alike.

Concept and Functionality:

Productivity apps are sometimes a blessing, but they can also be a curse that hinders users from doing what they need to do quickly and easily.

for Meetings aims to take the trouble out of meeting records by giving you tons of power over things you didn’t even think to keep track of, such as attendees, tags, and much more.

The complexity of for Meetings is a bit of a double-edged sword because it’s incredibly comprehensive, but new users will need a bit of time to find their way around the app and discover everything that it offers so they can get the most out of it.

In terms of the interface, I really do like how for Meetings is organized so that everything is readily available without requiring you to dig through menus and whatnot to access information.

New users should be able to get acquainted with the main screen without much trouble.


for Meetings iPad App

for Meetings iPad App

for Meetings provides users with a terrific set of feature and this is where it truly shines.

If you try to be as productive as possible during meetings, you’ll love the keyboard layout of the app and how it keeps everything at your fingertips.

Buttons on the top of the keyboard are designed to help you navigate meeting notes at blazing speeds while quickly formatting them so you’re as organized as possible.

I also like the fact that for Meetings is very interactive in that you can easily drag and drop meeting attendees onto a virtual table, as well as drag a name to the meeting notes in order to quickly add their name for a connection and future reference.


for Meetings can be downloaded for free from the App Store and is currently available only for iPad.

You can store up to 20 meetings in the free version of the app, but if you need to add more you can purchase the full version for $24.99.

This is definitely a high price, but it’s worth it if you find for Meetings to be an invaluable meeting tool for you and/or your business.

for_meetings.jpgfor Meetings requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Top 10 Study Break Apps for iOS: Make the Most of your Time Off, No Matter How Small

As college gets rolling across the world, you’re probably eyeing the stack of books and the pile of homework you ought to be doing: we say “ought”, because obviously reading this excludes you from being productive.

But don’t worry! We won’t tell your mother. And while you’re here, why don’t we share the Top 10 Study Break Apps for iOS, that way you get the absolute most out of each and every book break.

Our list of the Top 10 Study Break Apps does have a little to do with your school work but it’s mostly about keeping your sanity during the year.

If it sounds like a square deal, then go ahead and follow below the break for our full rundown

Starting with:


screen322x572 standupStand Up!: (iPhone, iPad, Free)  You might have expected that we’d start you off with Angry Birds, or some other kind of arcade game.

And we will—eventually! But before we tuck into the fun stuff, you’ll want to grab this guy here. Stand Up! is the best possible way to both ensure you’re taking breaks, and that they’re at the appropriate times.

The app lets you set a sitting timer, which will go off when you’ve been sat for too long. Just get up, move about, and then return.

It will reset everything, and you’re right back to studying. Now tell us that isn’t utterly useful!


candycrushCandy Crush Saga: (iPhone, iPad, Free)  That being said, obviously you’re going to want to download Candy Crush.

If you haven’t heard of the immensely popular series of arcade games, we’d very much like to know what mountain you’ve been hiding on.

If you’re familiar, than you know what’s in stock.

Download it now, and use those perfectly timed 5 to 10 minutes levels to have a quick, brain-probing arcade break.


9gag9gag9Gag: (iPhone, iPad, Free)  Along the same line of logic, why not take a moment to have a good laugh at some (usually innocuous) humor?

9Gag is one of the most popular humor sites on the Net, and short of getting out to catch five minutes of a comedy act, it’s about as good as it gets.

Scrolling through the site on your phone also prevents you from lingering too long, as you might with a service like YouTube.


allrecipesAllRecipes: (iPhone, iPad, Free)  As a hungry college student, you should also attempt to eat—at least every now and then.

However, we understand that making quality food takes time, skill and effort.

Given that those are things you’re likely short on, use the incredible AllRecipes app to get the job done.

Simply boot it up, spin the wheel of chance, and the app will hand you a fully functional recipe in seconds.

With so many healthy and diet-specific options to choose from, we imagine you’ll be very happy.


rare-candyrarecandyRare Candy: (iPhone, $1.99)  Want to make sure you actually eat every day?

Or better still, need to make sure you’re studying at all? Rare Candy can help.

The app attempts to “gamify” your existence, turning everything you to into an actionable moment. It has been noted that it takes 10,000 hours of focused practice to achieve mastery of any skill.

That may or may not be true but one thing we’re certain of, if you are intent on getting better at something you’d better practice it on a regular basis.

This well-designed and easy-to-use app will help you stay on track to reach your goals.

Learn new habits, get rid of bad ones, and become the best college student ever!


screen322x572 (1)huluHulu: (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Free)  We’ve had a couple of serious options in a row now, so let’s turn to something decidedly less so.

When you’re eager to take a slightly longer break (say 30 minutes or so) tuck into the joy that is Hulu.

It’s our favorite streaming service, beating out even Netflix. You can even use your nifty Apple Watch to control playback. Now how cool is that?

With lots of fresh shows to watch, new episodes often, and a whole lot more to keep you engaged, including past seasons of many of your favorties, there’s no reason not to have it tucked away on your iPhone or iPad.


screen568x568stopStop, Breath & Think: (iPhone, iPad, Free)  If you’d like to do something completely different, give Stop, Breath & Think a go.

The app is meant to be your personal guide to meditation, and it will even work within the time and skill constraints you arrived with.

Only have five minutes to try some mediation?

The app will compensate, while you still get a blissful break away from the books.


fitstarFitStar Yoga: (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Free)  Not into meditation?

Well, you Westerner you, how about trying FitStar Yoga instead?

The app behaves similarly, offering classes that can be set to a specific time limit, or muscle group.

So if you really want to get that six pack going before spring break, but have to study for finals, this is your guy.

Spend ten minutes with one of its rigorous classes, and we promise you’ll be a buff, zen master in no time.


robinhoodRobinhooscreen322x572 (3)d: (iPhone, Apple Watch, Free)  Our favorite out of the list, Robinhood helps you turn those small study breaks into profitable time spent on your phone.

The app is a full-service stock broker, allowing you to place, sell and monitor stocks from your iPhone.

It’s quick, easy and absolutely gorgeous. But what makes it college appropriate?

The fact that it comes with zero commission. Yes, you heard that right!

You can put $5 in today, and then watch that chunk of quarters turn into something more.

Now, if that doesn’t have you salivating, then just think about all of the Dominos pizzas it will buy you! Invest wisely, and your breaks can turn you into Warren Buffett.


screen322x572 (2)snapchatSnapChat: (iPhone, Free)  Lastly, you’ll probably want to keep up with your friends and family, even when you’re neck-deep in books and papers.

To help, go ahead and grab this endlessly popular, basically ubiquitous app from the App Store.

If you aren’t already a user, here’s why SnapChat is better than texting for your breaks: it features small chunks of video and photo; it can easily be viewed and managed in only a few minutes; and it keeps you right and tight with your besties. Seriously, just do it.

The app is completely free, and as far as we can tell, is the best possible means of communication for your five to ten minute reprieves.


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Mad Cows’ Maze: Run For Your Life! But Have Fun Doing It


Mad Cows’ Maze
Price: FREE
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mad-cowsThis isn’t something we get to brag about often, or really ever for that matter, but we abso-freaking-lutely love maze games.

Since childhood, I cannot count the number of hours I’ve spent with a pencil in hand, tracing my way through the book variety of the game. Thankfully, I don’t have to rip pages in frustration anymore.

Now, I can just use Mad Cows’ Maze, from Dariusz Bukowski, to get the job done digitally.  

Mad Cows’ Maze is an excellent fresh wave of fun and invigorating maze racing for the iPad.

It is enjoyable to play, perfectly designed for the iPad, and offers more replay value than almost any other game available for iOS. And if that’s got your interest piqued, head on down below the break for our full breakdown of the app.

Concept and Gameplay

As stated, Mad Cows’ Maze is all about mazes. It wants to give you maze after maze, and it wants you to run through them like the crazy arcade fanatic you are.

In fact, it makes sure you have plenty of opportunity, offering randomly generated mazes combined with enemies, power-ups and additional challenges.

Players will direct their protagonist by moving around the maze. In doing so, they’ll attempt to navigate the infuriatingly complicated setups in an attempt to reach the end goal — likely shoving themselves into corners along the way.

As mentioned, you’ll have to dodge opponents as you see them, but it goes beyond a Pac Man-style affair. Enemies will charge when they see you, creating even more panic and anxiety in the player.

It’s great fun, and we promise that any serious fan of mazes or even iPad puzzling will be pleased.  

There’s a lot of effort spent here to keep the gameplay fresh, and it decidedly shows. Every second of our time with Mad Cows’ Maze was spent frantically moving about, our heart racing. And we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Graphics and Layout

mad-cows-2Now, before we dig too much into the looks of Mad Cows’ Maze, it’s worth noting that the game does not bill itself as a full-3D, completely interactive paramount of the iPad’s graphics potential. And it shows: Mad Cows’ Maze has a decidedly retro look to it.

Now that we’ve said that, we also want to add that we genuinely don’t mind. The simplicity removes a lot of the clutter, and we have yet to experience any eye-strain because of the graphics.

It sets its own tone, but at the end of the day Mad Cows’ Maze is a solidly designed, easy-to-navigate maze game.

We don’t know about you, but we’re willing to give up some cell-shading in favor of the incredible, randomly generated action that’s held here.

Overall Value

Lastly, Mad Cows’ Maze is definitely boosted by the fact that it is completely free in the App Store.

There’s no downside to trying it, and if you’re a fan of the genre, we can all but guarantee you’ll enjoy what you find.

The game is endlessly exciting (quite literally) and offers more return value than just about any other app on the market.

All in all, Mad Cows’ Maze gets a solid 4.5 out of 5 from us, and a solid gauntlet toss to those that think they’re up for the challenge.

qrcode.30867818Mad Cows’ Maze requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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