Readers’ App Reviews – August 2012

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Check out apps made by fellow readers!

Check out apps made by fellow readers!

This is a post by Reader’s Apps Reviewer Ryan Poolos, an iOS Developer and founder of Frozen Fire Studios. Checkout his latest game, Cyborg Livestock. Checkout his latest website, iHelp.

August broke a new record, over 50 apps and games submitted for review! We are thrilled with the support the excitement and very proud to see our tutorials used in so many excellent apps.

This month we’ve got a one of a kind language learning app, the worlds first free “game world” twitter client, and some very addicting games.

We make great tutorials, you make incredible apps. This is our chance to showcase your apps for everyone to see. Without further adieu, the apps! :]

Mapp Me

Mapp Me is definitely an app for the curious.

With Mapp Me you can connect with Facebook and view all your friends location information in a graphical map interface. You can track your friends current location, hometowns, and schools. Or you can pick a single friend and see there location history across the map. You can even get a filtered map of your mutual friends.

iEntries

iEntries is a very powerful custom data tracker. Theres nothing it can’t track.

iEntries uses a template based system that allows you to create custom templates for the data you need to collect. Then you can create entries for each template fast as you fill out your custom form with text, pictures, and even video.

The app is document based so you can share your entries and templates with others who have the app and it will open them seamlessly ready for adding new entries or editing imported ones.

Tweetworld

Tweetworld may quickly become your most addictive twitter client.

Tweetworld turns your Twitter feed into an explorable 2D world filled with your friends as adorable characters. You can walk around your generated world and tap on your friends to see their latest tweet.

This is a full featured client allowing you to reply, retweet, and favorite tweets. While you walk around you can collect coins to unlock more features of the app and decorate your new world.

Wee Rockets

Wee Rockets is a very cute app for kids that lets them launch their own rocket into space.

Wee Rockets is very simple so kids can do it all on their own. They build custom rockets using any combination of 16 pieces with simple drag and drop. Then they choose an astronaut to fly it.

Once they launch it they can steer it through an asteroid field and collect 6 different aliens. Its very simple, but sure to be a hit with any space loving kids.

Brush Strokes

Brush Strokes is an easy to use yet powerful drawing app with a killer feature.

Brush Strokes comes with some built in tools to easily create lines, simple shapes, and gradients. It has support for the full RGB color gamut with adjustable brush size.

But its killer feature is live mode. Utilizing bluetooth, Brush Strokes allows you to pair devices locally and draw together live on the same canvas. And its universal so you can go to town on the iPads beautiful display.

Mole Smasher

Mole Smasher is great version of an old classic.

Quick reflexes will help you climb to the top of the leaderboards in this mole whacking game. The little twist is you’ve got to pay attention to who you’re whacking. Gold moles are worth triple the points while red moles will send your straight to gameover.

GameCenter integration for highscores, achievements, and even multiplayer will keep you coming back for more.

Vintify

Are your photos just looking too plain and boring lately?

Vintify is a clean, easy to use photo enhancing app that will help you added filters, overlays, and borders to your photos quickly.

You can easily share straight to Facebook, Twitter, and email within the app. Best of all when you save your finished picture to the Camera Roll it saves in high resolution.

Stardrop Sprint

This addicting side scroller is perfect for playing on the go with extremely simple one tap controls.

But don’t be deceived by how easy it is to control this Stardrop, timing is everything in this fast moving gravity swapper. While your avoid floating off into space you can collect Starbits to increase your score and unlock bonus content.

With its hilarious graphics and engaging worlds you’ll definitely want to buy the optional bonus levels within the app.

Science Stars Elements

Science Stars Elements is an educational game that helps you learn the periodic table and compounds by plucking stars from the sky.

It has the full periodic table for practice and even covers Metalloids, Metals, Halogens, Compounds and Transitional Metals. There are 10 different challenging levels as it guides you through the all the elements.

You can compete with friends over GameCenter and brag about your superior elements knowledge using Twitter of course. Definitely a great way to learn your elemental symbols.

Space Defenders

Space Defenders is a fast paced arcade game thats sure to turn you into an addict.

Space Defenders is extremely simple but breeds primal addiction. You simply tap to aim your cannons at enemy space ships trying to kamikaze your ship. Powerups to multiply your active blasters help you watch your back and your front.

Hunt down all the elusive achievements as you blast your way to victory!

Easy Words

Easy Words is a beautiful translation and language learning app. However, Easy Words has a very unique and powerful approach to learning a new language.

Easy Words comes with pre-made vocabulary tests and word banks but also allows you to build profiles for each language you’d like to learn. You type the words in your native language and then it will translate it and save it for you in your own custom word bank.

It has support for finding synonyms as well as organizing your words into groups. Once you start to build up a good list of words you’d like to learn you can use flash cards, multiple choice, and fill in the blank to test yourself.

Reveal The Maze

Reveal The Maze takes labyrinth games to the next level.

Reveal The Maze is all about navigating through over 70 levels spread across 4 different worlds while your field of vision is severely limited. The controls use are familiar using accelerometer like most labyrinth games.

The goal is to collect all the stars in each level. You can collect power ups throughout the game from candles to fireworks to gain the edge. But watch out for blackholes!

Dilemmas

Not a great decisive decision maker? No Problem!

Dilemmas is as beautiful as it is simple. Set up to 3 options, shuffle the choices and pick. Problem solved!

And for those of you lying to yourself, you can even reshuffle and try again until you get the one you want. :P

Paint Invaders

The paint has gone rogue and its time to put it down!

Tilting to aim your turbo paint guns and tapping to fire, you’ve got to blast the evil paint blobs before they ruin the whole factory. You’ve got to match up colors so it can take some excellent maneuvering while controlling up to four simultaneous paint guns.

As you begin to reclaim your factory you can upgrade your paint guns and take out even more rogue paint.

Photobook+

Photobook+ is a beautiful app that makes creating photo albums on the iPad easy.

Creating photo albums has never been easier. Start each page with unique layout from tons of choices. You can add pictures with beautiful borders and text using any font and color. Place maps right beside your photos with custom markers and even hand drawn overlays.

After you’ve created your gorgeous photo album you can share it via PDF, Facebook, and Twitter. You can even backup and restore your albums using iTunes file sharing.



Honorable Mentions

Here are the apps that didn’t get reviewed. Remember it wasn’t a popularity contest or even a rating contest. Forum members got priority among other factors. Your apps were great and I’m sorry we didn’t have time to review them all!

Ballistyx

Squarescape

Monkeyshines

WeatherFrog – Accurate World Weather Forcast

Tetragonos

Letricel

Stephorium

Sprint Challenge

Zombie Quest HD Mastermind

French Riviera Beaches

Tribute CSS

Balloon Loons

RePaper

Anytune Pro HQ Music Practice

Intervista Doppia

Shimmer – Augmented Reality Viewer

City Buzz

Madefire Comics

Guns of War – Free Game

Seek+

Go Nimbus Go

Ghost Lite

Comic Zombies Free Ad-Supported

Dosage HD Medication Information

GoldCalc Pro

SFC

The States of USA

Body Symbol Romantic Heart

Minds Eye Black Box

iCalenDayNext

ThinkO

Gold Max – Diablo 3 Edition

ConnectBiz POS – Point of Sale Systempint

Folder+

A-maze-ing Mouse

Where To Go From Here?

That’s it for August! Looking forward to what you guys can come up with for September.

As always, it has been hard to pick which apps to showcase. In the end priority was given to active readers and forum members. This column isn’t a ranking or contest. We only highlight the apps to point out our readers, who have put in a lot of hard work on these apps – and it shows! Be sure to check out the honorable mentions to see the rest of the awesome apps!

If you are a reader of this site and would like to be considered for this column, click here!

I hope you enjoyed this column, and I look forward to seeing what you guys come up with this month! :]


This is a post by Reader’s Apps Reviewer Ryan Poolos, an iOS Developer and founder of Frozen Fire Studios. Checkout his latest game, Cyborg Livestock. Checkout his latest website, iHelp.

Ryan Poolos
Ryan Poolos

Ryan Poolos (@EmperiorEric) is currently a Senior iOS Engineer full time for BMW. However he also has his own company Frozen Fire Studios and subsidiary PopArcade. He also keeps up with iHelp in his freetime.

Ryan also has over 10 years of web development experience and 6 years of Graphic Design experience. Ryan loves everything tech and tries hard to stays up with the latest and greatest.

If you are a reader of this site and you would like your app reviewed, click here!

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  • This is a great service. I submitted an app, and want to give credit where credit is due. Just so you know, the submission form doesn't seem to offer "How To Make a Game Like Fruit Ninja" as a tutorial. It was a great article, but I couldn't find it in the drop down. I added a link inside my app to thank Allen and Ray for the great material here. I appreciate it!
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