This app allows you to make photo collages from images on your iPhone that look similar to scrapbooking pages, only smaller. You can either use images you’ve taken using your iPhone or images you have synched to your iPhone from other sources.
Adding images to your collage is easy. All you have to do is select one from your camera roll of photo library. Then you can use the pinching gestures we’ve all come to love to shrink or enlarge the image. You can also rotate the image in whatever direction you’d like by twisting your fingers.
The program has some default shapes you can use to spruce up your collage. Currently they have summer and winter holidays (palm trees, suns, snowmen, candy canes, etc.) and feelings (hearts, tear drop roses, light bulbs, other items to add tone to your images). Once you’ve selected a piece of clip art, just touch the screen to put it where you’d like it to go. Tap the screen again to place more than one. Just be careful or your screen will quickly fill with dozens of candy canes before you realize.
Holding your finger down on the photo allows you to add effects to the photo, specifically borders and shadows. Holding your finger down on the background allows you to change the color to one of 24 defaults.
Once you’re done with your collage, you can save it to your image library and even email it to anyone in your contacts list. This was a fun app that did what was advertised. I would like to see more clip art to add to collages as well as more custom backgrounds, but it is definitely a great start.
This drink recipe app is definitely one of my favorites of the genre. It caught my eye immediately with its bright colors and retro graphics and font. Another thing that sets it apart is that it offers a representative image of every single drink in the catalog. This gives you a good idea of what your drink should look like and makes it easier to decide what you want. (I know I’m not the only one out there that likes pretty or unique looking beverages.)
To use the app, simply touch the type of drink you want. Categories include martinis, classics, summer, tropical, creamy, shooters, warmers (i.e., coffee and tea drinks) and mocktails (nonalcoholic drinks for the kids and other nondrinkers). You can also choose random at the bottom of your screen or go to search if you have a specific name in mind. The random option allows you to shake the phone and get a new drink each time, complete with a realistic pouring sound.
No matter which method you choose to find your drink, all you have to do is touch the image to get an ingredients list and prep instructions. The instructions are very straightforward and pretty easy for any amateur bartender to follow. Just remember, if your drink looks nothing like the picture, you’re probably doing something wrong. Best to check your ingredients list and start again.
Once you’ve found a drink you love, touch the plus sign on the top right of the screen to add it to your list. Then all you need to do to find it again is touch the olive on the home screen (yes, the olive).
This is a great app for those people that cannot remember birthdays and anniversaries to save their lives. It can keep track of this important info for each person in your contact list. You can sort by date, showing last week, yesterday, today, tomorrow and upcoming; sort by age, assuming you have birth dates in your contacts; sort by type, meaning birthday or anniversary; and of course sort by name.
When you touch a date of interest, you get your contact’s picture, how much time there is until the big day and even some extra information. For birthdays, you get the traditional zodiac sign, the Chinese zodiac, the birthstone and the flower. For anniversaries you get the traditional gift for each milestone years as well as the amount of time the person has been married.
For even more help with recognizing important dates, you can select celebrate by touching the star icon at the bottom of the screen. It gives you the option to email or text the contact or send an e-card or gift through Amazon.com.
Once you have iDayz, you won’t need to worry about getting dirty looks from friends or relatives when you forget, again, that it is their birthday. And you won’t have to run around at the last minute looking for a gift, well, unless you forget to check iDayz too. Just give it a quick run-through every week or so and you’ll be likely to keep on track.
The lists are easy to find and scroll through, with convenient tabs on the top of the screen. To add new dates to your repertoire, simply add them to people’s profiles in your iPhone’s contact list. The app will update automatically.
My mom used to watch the Price Is Right every afternoon when I was growing up, so this app was a true blast from the past. All that’s missing is Bob Barker. When you start playing you can pick from two modes. There’s classic, which is exactly like the show. You have six chances to advance from contestant’s row by getting closest to the price of the product displayed without going over. It’s harder than you might think, since the computer players can be pretty crafty. Once you’ve gotten past that hurdle, you advance to a random pricing game, such as Plinko or Range Game.
Whether you win or lose that game, you still make it to the Big Wheel. There you spin against the computer players to see who gets the highest roll, up to one dollar. (Unfortunately the computer players have a penchant of getting a perfect spin.) Finally, you go to the Showcase Showdown, where you bid on a package of several related prizes. Again, you try to get the closest price without overbidding.
If you have trouble getting past contestant’s row and are ready to give up on the game altogether, don’t. Just switch to three strikes mode. You keep going until you lose three games in a row, such as the row, the pricing game and the wheel.
The app also has a party mode where you can challenge up to three other players while sharing the same iPhone. This works fine until you reach the Showcase Showdown. It can be hard to look off of one phone when it comes time to view the products and bid. There’s also an option to unlock pricing games individually for practice by completing specific “challenges” like getting certain scores during regular play.
My favorite thing about this app was the campiness. It has a faux cheery vibe reminiscent of most 1980s game shows. The videos of actual products also gave a vein of realism to it, although the descriptions could run long. Since there’s a lot going on in this app, it does tend to lock up. Hopefully this glitch can be fixed in the next upgrade.
This app is a flight simulator that puts you in the cockpit. Your iPhone serves as your windshield, with your tilts controlling the speed and direction of your flight. Your task is to look for enemy plans, which will show up both through your window view and in the radar on the bottom right of the screen. Get them before they get you or they will shoot you and crash your plane. If you get enough points, you can make it on the list of ranked aces you can check at the end of your game.
To get started you choose the desert or the ocean, both of which are meant to simulate different sections of the area around the Persian Gulf. (The game play is basically the same regardless of which one you choose.) Then get ready to fly, shooting enemies when they come in range and trying your best to duck and dodge them.
When you use this app, it’s important that you sit up straight. If you lounge back, your plane can go in unintended directions, which left me with mine upside down a lot of the time. Also, do not crash your plane into the ground like I did when I was admiring the detailed ocean graphics. Unlike many games with well-developed graphics, this one did not sacrifice load time, which was a definite plus.
Anyone who likes dog fighting games that use realistic physics will enjoy this game. It will definitely take some time to master to get up there on the high score board.
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If you really love blowing stuff up, you will like this app. The object is to navigate your tank through a maze and shoot things before they shoot you. That’s pretty much all there is to it.
What sets it apart is the method of navigation. It’s one the more ingenious ones out there. You control your tank with your thumbs, no turning or tilting involved. You use the circles on the right and left sides of your screen as “thumb sticks” similar to how you would a console controller. Use your left thumb to control the direction you move and your right thumb to shoot and aim your shots. The radar at the top of the screen lets you know when enemies are near so you can hunt them down.
The graphics on the game are pretty good, with the board looking fairly three dimensional. Your tank and the enemy vehicles are not especially detailed, but they’re just going to get blown up anyway. I really enjoyed the music, which reminded me a lot of an instrumental version of Paradise City by Guns and Roses. I also liked the kind of offbeat text. I got killed very early on in my first game and I got a pop up that said, “You died pretty quickly that time.” Sometimes it is best to be blunt.
The first time you play, pick tutorial from the home screen. It provides a brief but helpful lesson on how to navigate the tank. There are no prizes to win or levels to beat. You’re solely working on getting a high score. Pick up power ups and shields as you go and watch your life meter on the top left.
The app is actually quite similar to the TV show. “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.” It has the same music and very similar graphics. To get started, you touch start game. After your greeting by Meredith, you get a list of categories your questions are going to be in, with the $100 question on the bottom and the $1 million question on the top. Touch the screen again to get your first question. You have the option to pick an answer or use one of your lifelines to get a little help. Once you answer you can say it’s your final answer, change it or walk away entirely.
The first lifeline offered are phone a friend, which brings up three names from your contacts list and asks you to choose one. At first I thought the app was actually going to call them (which worried me since I was using the app at 1:00 a.m., but it just provided simulated answers. The second is ask the audience, which creates a fake poll and presents it to you as a graph. I have to say both my friends and the audience have not let me down yet.
Third, there is double dip, which is different than the 50/50 lifeline on the show. If choose this option before you answer the question you get a second chance if you get it wrong. However, if you get it right on the first try you’re totally wasting your lifeline here. The last one is ask the expert. If you touch about the experts from the app’s home screen you can see their bios. Once you reach the $1,000 mark you can choose this option but you don’t get to pick the expert you get.
The options on the app are somewhat lacking, limited to turning the sound off and choosing whether or not to see the correct answer when you get a question wrong. But what I was really disappointed in was the lack of a high score board or multiplayer version. I won a million bucks and nobody noticed.
This app is like having Amazon.com in the palm of your hand, with all of the same options and interface you’re used to when you log in on your PC. You can even use your username and password from your traditional account instead of making a new one just for your iPhone.
From this account you can turn on one click ordering by choosing an address and credit card, track packages, cancel orders, look at your wish list, search the store and of course make purchases. It keeps your login information stored so you don’t have to type it in each time. (You also have the option to sign out and log in as someone else.) It also gives you a front page based on the stuff for your wish list, which you may see as a good or bad thing, depending on your willpower.
There’s also the option to use a new feature on Amazon called Amazon Remembers by choosing the remembers icon at the bottom of your screen. With this option, you take a picture of any item with your iPhone’s camera and the staff at Amazon will email if they can find a matching product. I took a picture and it seemed to go through, but the jury’s still out on whether I’ll hear back from Amazon about it. Either way, it’s an interesting concept.
One thing I do find lacking in this app is the ability to narrow your search. Though you can sort your results by category, you can’t use some of the more refined options, like finding only items that qualify for Super Saver Shipping. It can also be hard on the eyes to have to scroll through a long page of results. I’d recommend using the Amazon app only if you don’t have access to the real thing on a PC.
This app demonstrates a popular casino version of poker where you place an ante and two bets on the table before the cards are dealt. Then, after you see the first community card, you can decide whether you want to pull back either one or both of your bets. If you pull back, you only lose your ante, but if you ride it out you can either lose or win big depending on whether your cards bet the dealer’s.
To start, you choose your wagers by touching one of five numbers from five to 100 to raise your bid by that amount, up to a max of $1000. Then you touch deal to see your three cards and can choose either pull bet or ride. You have two opportunities to do this: once before the first community card is flipped over and another time after. These cards can help to complete your hand by allowing you to make pairs and raise your score.
There is no sound and graphics are basic at best – similar to what you would see on a basic solitaire game. If you don’t know how to play Ride it Out, you’re pretty much out of luck too, since the app doesn’t offer any instructions.
It can be fun to win money, especially since you can add your name to an international hall of fame after you cash out. However, I got bored of this app fairly quickly. There’s only enough to it to keep an avid poker player’s interest.