Readers’ App Reviews – September 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.

In this month’s reviews, we’ve got:

  • Some very addictive puzzle games
  • An extremely unique full motion game
  • An awesome penguin that isn’t angry – but still knows how to have fun!

And much more – 15 apps in all! We always love seeing our tutorials in action, and this month is no different. :]

Keep reading to see what your fellow readers have dreamed up this month!

Double Dopple: Enter the Dopplewaffle


Double Dopple is an excellent 8 bit style puzzler with a killer soundtrack.

Double Dopple is a game all about the strategy of consequence. You control not one, but two characters. However, their movements are linked… in reverse!

Everytime you move one character the other will move the opposite direction. Try to manage the chaos through 60 awesome levels!

Instabam


Instabam is a fantastic way to view your photos of your friends and surroundings.

Instabam allows you to get a full immersive experience for your Instagram feed, popular page, and nearby users. Its a beauiful app focused on discovery of awesome pictures.

Full sharing from Pinterset to iMessage, Twitter to Facebook, Instabam features a rich feature set. It even has a shortcut to Instagram so you can get straight to snapping new shots!



uMonsters


Have you been itching to pit fictional pets against wild animals in epic duels?

Man, are you in luck today! :]

uMonsters is a pokemon inspired turn based game packed with monsters, forests to explore, minigames to conquer, and of course GameCenter Multiplayer – so you can destroy fellow readers across the internet!

No one will blame you for feeling a bit nostalgic while you dig into uMonsters. :]

Jotto


Jotto is a fun drawing app for kids with a slight twist.

Jotto is a full freehand drawing app with simple, out of the way controls, made with kids in mind. Also made with kids in mind is an awesome tracing mode where Jotto the pencil guides you through a series of drawings for you to trace and color in step by step.

There are also various images available for stamping within the freehand drawing mode as well. Its a great app for kids, as they’ve even gone through the forethought to avoid using popups and interruption style user interfaces so children won’t be bothered.

Critix


Critix makes managing your Netflix instant queue from your iPhone a breeze.

Critix lets you link your Netflix account and gain access to your instant queue anywhere.

The app will automatically grab Netflix, Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDB ratings while you search for new tv shows or movies to watch. Adding great shows to your instant queue is a one quick tap.

Warning: make sure you have a lot of time to watch movies in the next couple days before downloading this app! :]



Gus on the Go: German


Gus on the Go is a great educational app that helps children learn German.

Learning German has never been so fun! With many different types of word banks from animals to foods and several different game types and practice modes, Gus will definitely keep you going!

If you’re trying to get your kids learning German, this is surely a great game they’ll realize is pumping them with bilingual goodness.

Box the bag


In this uniquely awesome iPad game, your fist is the controller!

Box the Bag uses the iPad’s front facing camera to watch your every move. Stand up your iPad, stand back, and let the punches fly.

I definitely recommend this app as a daily workout. Who knew playing games on your iPad could be such good exercise?

Kinect, eat your heart out. =P



iPoe Collection


The iPoe Collection is too beautiful to be a mere ebook.

This masterfully textured app features works by Edgar Allan Poe including: The Oval Portrait, The Tell-Tale Heart, Annabel Lee, and The Masque of the Red Death.

The iPoe Collection is an immersive experience with animations, sounds, and interactive sections. Defintely a must have for any Poe fans reading. :]



Kana Katana


Kana Katana is probably the coolest way to learn Japanese Kana scripts.

While Japanese floating lanterns fly through the air you’re give Kana symbols to match either through sound or visuals. Use your Katana to slice the right lantern. But watch our for bombs!

Seriously this is a really awesome way to learn Japanese. Here’s an official request for more fun education games from Virtuquill!

Make a Meme+


You’re sitting around a table with your friends, messaging across the internet…

And you’ve just thought of a hilarious original meme. It’s finally your chance to be the funny hipster of the group. But wait its not a meme if you just blurt it out load.

You need Make a Meme! Fully equipped with all the favorites, you can make memes to your heart’s content. It even supports sharing straight from the app.

Addictive


Addictive is the game that should have been on all those T-83s during calculus.

Addictive is a number based brain teaser that you can’t put down. With simple gesture based connections you recreate the given number from a number pad. Vertical swipes subtract while horizontal swipes add.

Complete with online multiplayer with strangers and Facebook friends, you won’t likely put this down anytime soon.



Mikey Shorts


Mikey Shorts is a platformer from your wildest dreams.

Mikey Shorts nails the platformer we all know and love. 72 levels of hardcore fun, over 100 disguises to buy, and countless counts and statues to collect. You can fly through and time your jumps and slides to feel like a boss or you can take your time and hunt down every collectable. :]

Keep an eye out for golden shorts, theres a pair hidden in each story. :]

WarpOut


Welcome to the Vortex, you’re never getting out.

WarpOut is a very cool puzzle game with all the right factors. Tetris like one block at a time placement, check. Multiple levels of doom, check. Timer putting pressure on your every hesitation, check. Blackhole of failure, check.

WarpOut is easy to learn, difficult to master brain teaser. 55968 is my highscore, give it your best shot!



What The Spell!


What the Spell is a fast paced spelling game designed to work your brain not your hand.

What the Spell is simple, just hunt for words in a small block of scrambled characters. Once you’ve zeroed in on one, use your finger to drag a connection between them in the order the word is spelled.

The word pops off the screen while new letters join the crowd. Its dreadfully simply, yet painfully addicitive.

Sliding Sam


Sliding Sam is a penguin in love. But the penguin of his eye is beyond his reach.

Guide Sam to his true love as simple as you’d expect in this extremely addictive physics based drawing game.

With 80+ levels of awesomeness, Sam is sure to need an awful lot of help. :]



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!

War of Revenge

EOD Bot

TakeMyCard

Riverboy HD

Snakez

Gray Goo

MultiDo

Echo King

Daily Portrait

Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios

Will Return

Loc.Book

Pyramid Tosser

My Minutes

Describe FREE

Luck Button

Developer Cheat Sheet for iOS

Space Shooter

Warbug

Patty Combat

BudgetPal

Where To Go From Here?

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

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 can’t wait to see what you guys come up with next 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!

User Comments

1 Comment

  • Very cool games and apps!
    I think it is really interesting to see what tutorial the developer/developers thought was most useful.
    I would really like to see that for the apps that didn't get reviewed as well. :)
    wdflu

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