This app is fairly similar to other match the colors games, like Super Bubble Pop. The playing pieces resemble drops of water slowly moving down the screen. To clear them out, you must match them in sets of four or more, either horizontally, vertically or in a cube shape with two on top and two on bottom.
The screen is always full of circles, with no empty space available, so you have to make your matches by rotating the circles that are already on the screen with your fingertips. You can only move them in groups of four at a time. This doesn’t make for the easiest game play, since it’s hard to tell which group of four the app will choose to move (there are four options for each individual circle unless it’s on the edge of the screen) and the direction in which it decides to rotate. Hopefully, this will be improved in future versions, since it gets frustrating pretty quickly.
Once you do get the hang of moving the circles, you can increase the amount of time you have each time you create a combo of four or more. But watch out for when your iPhone vibrates; that means you are in trouble. When you reach a certain score you level up and get more challenging pieces to work with, such as grey squares, which make it so the circles adjacent to them are immobile. There are also more circle colors as the game goes on.
Features include the ability to turn the sound and vibration off. (I would definitely lose the vibration after the first couple of games.) There’s also a score board that lists your initials, level and largest combo plus the option to submit your number for worldwide fame and see the top 50. Sadly, my name was not on there. This game definitely has promise and is worth a try.
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This app is for people that use the Skype Internet telephone system. It allows you to use SkypeOut credits, similar to calling card minutes, to make calls and send text messages to people in your iPhone’s contacts list. It can also connect you to your Skype account, be it paid or standard, so you can use your iPhone to make calls when you’re away from your computer.
Of course, to use this app, you have to be registered with Skype. However, the people that you call or text do not have to be, though it is easier if they are. You can add other Skype users to an in-app contacts list to see when they are connected to Skype and available. You can also schedule conference calls or other events and indicate when you are free to chat.
This app is great for people who have a lot of friends and family that live overseas. It can be helpful to use Skyepout credits instead of having to use cell phone minutes, which are subject to hefty roaming charges. I did not see any way to purchase Skypeout credits through the app. It seems that you have to either buy them beforehand or make a trip to the Skype website from your iPhone’s Internet browser. So the app does take some planning. You can’t just pick it up out of the blue and use it.
The interface is very easy to use and pretty much self explanatory. I would recommend it for all regular Skype users.
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This app is a gift to all the footie fans out there. It allows them to view soccer scores for all teams in the English Premiere League. The home screen features the team names, their crests, their win/loss/draw records, and their total points. You can then touch match day at the bottom of the screen to see the most recent showdowns.
Pick fixtures/results to view information on past as well as upcoming matches in the current soccer season. Touch the arrow after the date and you will see each match location, the score and which footballer made the score. The app updates frequently so it will always have current information.
One thing I found difficult is that you can’t simply tap the arrow like you can on some apps. You have to hold your finger down until the app highlights the date in blue and then it will proceed to the information screens. Because of this delay I at first thought it didn’t work and I am sure that some will find it frustrating.
I wasn’t too interested in this app, since I am not a huge fan of soccer. However, it is good app to have if you want to keep updated on the goings on of these teams. All of the times posted are in GMT, so keep that in mind if you are viewing the app stateside. The graphics are decent and there is no sound. The info page is simply an invitation to visit the developer’s website.
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Now that every store, gas station and other company under the sun has some form of card they want you to scan at each visit, Cardstar is definitely a welcome addition to the iTunes store. This app is exactly what I was looking for as far as saving space in my wallet and on my keychain. In fact I had tried to do the same thing on my own by taking pictures of my club cards for and storing them in my phone only to find out that it didn’t really work.
With Cardstar, instead of actually photographing the cards, you can pick the cards, such as for Blockbuster, CVS, Safeway, etc., from their database and just put in your membership number. The app then generates the barcode from your number in a hi-res picture that scans quite nicely. You can also choose other options, such as width of the barcode, by selecting advanced from the bottom of the screen. Add new cards by searching by category according to the type of store. Or, if you don’t see the merchant listed, add it yourself by selecting other and typing it in.
Thanks to this app, my wallet has become less cumbersome to carry and use. I am very pleased with how well it creates the bar codes and have had great success using it. I would recommend this to anyone who has a lot of those credit card size cards, which would probably be everyone in America. Store employees may look at you a little funny at first, but soon they’ll be asking you where they too can get their hands on the app.
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I don’t know about you, but my favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle was always Michelangelo. Finally, with this app I can live out my dream of swinging the nunchucks just like my pink-masked hero. This game allows you to use a virtual pair of nunchucks complete with sound effects. You can swing them, click the chains together and finally, strike.
This app made me laugh with its hilarious sound effects. When you first get started all you can do is make the chains clink together meekly. However, once you get into the swing of things, figuratively, by snapping the phone forward, you hear not only the sound of the nunchucks whirling quickly but also the sound of “you” hollering and your enemies getting beat up.
Okay, so this app will never be a substitute for real life nunchucks. The control is very awkward since it’s not the easiest thing to spin a rectangular object while holding it very awkwardly in one hand. However it is good for when you need to make a strong point during a business meeting or tell potential assailants that hey, you mean business.
There are no options or menu items to speak of. Just turn on the iPhone, launch the app and start swinging. You will have to physically exit to app by pushing the iPhone’s home button to get off of the nunchucks screen. Unlike real nunchucks, these are safe for travel. You can take them in your carry on and still be meeting FAA guidelines.
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This app is a fun game in which you fly a paper airplane around a room collecting paperclips. Part of the challenge is finding them, but they are pretty large and front and center so don’t let that stop you from trying it. The controls are easy once you get the hang of them. All you have to do is tilt the iPhone left and right to turn your plane and use your thumb to speed up or slow down. If you need to move the aircraft up or down, a simple tilt takes care of that too.
There are four different stages with two levels apiece. You start off in the “main office” and eventually progress to the oh so heavily cloaked “secret level.” In some apps you can just pick levels willy nilly, but in this one you cannot progress to the next stage until you beat both stages.
The graphics aren’t groundbreaking, but they are above average for an iPhone game, using decent 3D animation. The sound is rather annoying, since it is one of those songs that is just the same synth loop over and over with a couple random drum beats thrown in. I found myself playing without the sound to avoid a headache. Options include a “victory screen” to show off your achievements as well as an option to “clear all times” if your buddy is being too much of a braggart. There is also a useful instructions option that gives a tutorial on how to play.
I really enjoyed this game and would recommend to anyone who likes flight simulators but finds the current crop too challenging.
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This app is for the iPhone user that is into art for art’s sake or likes experimenting with words. It allows you to create a banner that will scroll across your iPhone’s screen. However, unlike traditional banner programs that simply let you choose the text, font and color, this one has a variety of themes, backdrops and textures. Backdrops appear behind the text while textures appear on the letters themselves. Themes are basically backdrops and texture combinations that are already in the program. You can either use these or pair them together individually. Two of my favorite patterns, which can be used for either backdrops, textures or both, are an image of what looks like an apartment complex and a picture of the daytime sky.
There is also a large list of fonts you can use, which you scroll through in the slot machine format made famous by the Urban Spoon app. There are over 30 fonts available, plus different sizes, stroke widths and either a matte or glossy reflection.
To input your text, simply touch the text button on the bottom of the screen. Then push play at the top left to display it rolling across your phone’s screen. Touch the screen again to exit the banner and go back into the program.
This app would be good for someone who works a lot of trade shows as you could set your iPhone up on a stand and scroll a message for visitors. I myself found it interesting to see how each font looked on different backgrounds and may use it as a tool to test out advertisements. This may not be the most interesting app for the average user but it definitely caters well to a niche audience.
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This is your standard flight sim where the goal is to shoot down enemy planes. You get different point values depending on the color of the plane you shoot down. You have unlimited machine gunfire or limited missiles to do the job. You can play single player or multiplayer and have two control schemes to choose from. The object of multiplayer is simply to survive for longer than your opponent. Arcade mode is the default and is more user friendly. Advanced mode is more difficult and much more like an advanced flight sim. Since I am a novice at best, I found myself sticking to the arcade mode.
The tutorial, which you can access from the landing page, is pretty helpful for the beginner. It contains a full eight screen describing the goal of the game and how to use your weapons. I liked how it wasn’t crammed into one screen in teeny tiny print and you could easy advance by touching one of the arrows.
All in all I was underwhelmed by this game, although it had excellent graphics and realistic sound. I found the controls to be very difficult to use and not very forgiving. I also found myself accidentally firing my missiles when trying to turn, leaving me out of ammo and basically a sitting duck. If you are the type of person that enjoys semi-realistic flight simulators I think you will enjoy this game, but be aware that it will take a lot of practice to become proficient.
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This app is perfect for those of you out there who love to play word games but don’t like the stress of being governed by the timer. While there is a little bit of timing involved, the player can essentially control it. And no, I don’t mean by shutting the game off when things get hairy.
The way the game works is you get a grid with hexagon shaped letter tiles. The object is to form words by either touching adjacent letters and then touching the submit key or dragging your way across the entire word with your fingertip. When you run out of words you can make, either shake the phone or touch the creepy looking man at the bottom of the screen to refresh your letter set.
It’s always great to get new letters, but unfortunately there’s a downside. You also get a timed tile. You have to get rid of these, by incorporating them into a word, before the entire tile changes from a dark red to a pale pink as the second hand on it moves. Otherwise your game ends.
Luckily, there are also some tiles that can help you. There are green tiles that give you bonus points and wild card tiles, with a silhouette of the creepy man, that you can use to sub for a letter in your word, just like the blank Scrabble tiles. Plus, if you make a word longer than five letters you could be eligible to win a gold tile, which is similar to the green tile, but prettier.
Each time your reach a predetermined score you get bumped up to the next level. Each one has a name like WordWrek or WordCadet. If your score is a high enough number, you get to be on the “Wall of Wow” when you finish. You also get an increase in the number of times you can exchange the letters, up to five.
While this game can be fun, it doesn’t have the addictive nature of some other word game apps. There are pretty simple graphics and no real competitive play. It’s easy to save your game (by touching the yellow back arrow), put it down and go on to something else. There is something to be said for that.
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