Readers’ App Reviews – August 2013

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More great apps by you!

Summer is almost over, but with fall comes new goodies from the great fruit company. Let’s take a look at what could be our last month of apps before the great flattening!

This month we’ve got some great app reviews:

  • Some furry little hedgehogs flying through the sky
  • Pirates in the great abyss
  • Gems that need slicing
  • And of course, much more!

Read on for awesome apps and games made by your fellow readers!

Wide Sky


Wide Sky is a game with stunning graphics and animations that doubles as a chance to hurl hedgehogs through the sky.

If only you could train hedgehogs to perform great acrobatic feats of agility. Oh right, just grab a rope (you can choose from 11 different types), and get slinging!

The game has simple controls and a few extra abilities like parachutes to help you on your mission. Collect some stars, smash some orbs, but above all, don’t let your hedgehog hit the ground!

Script – Bible Verse Wallpaper Creator


If you’d like something uplifting on your home and lock screens, Script can help.

Script will take any image, and help you super impose a bible verse of your choice on it. You can position the text whereever you’d like, adjusting font size, color, and more.

It has the entire King James Bible right in the app with a look up list to find just the verse you’re looking for. Its a great way to customize your iPhone’s background.

Ninja’s Quest


The Temple of Wisdom awaits!

Ninja’s Quest has some unique mechnics that let your ninja fly across the screen slicing and kicking the enemy ninjas along the way.

Battle your way through 100 levels across 5 worlds. Lots of different enemies to encounter.

Buzz’A’Sound


Buzz’A’Sound lets you create your own mobile soundboard.

There are 24 preset sounds from buzzers to laughter. But the app really shines when you record your own sounds. You can record up to 12 sounds (or 9 if you’re on older hardware) and set them to individual hot keys.

Playing a sound is a simple as opening the app and tapping the appropriate sounds. It couldn’t be easier.

WriteDown


WriteDown is a clean markdown editor for your iOS device.

The feature list for this app is a mile long: Dropbox syncing, Evernote uploading, custom fonts, night modes, passcode protection, and more.

WriteDown also features a very cool trackball implementation that allows you to position the cursor without taking your thumbs off the keyboard.

Swindlers – Pirates In Space


You’re the last hope for the the colony in space!

Dirty swindling pirates want to steal your last remaining energy cells, its your job to protect them. Pirates are crafty and can come from any direction. Be ready to blast them out of the sky… space?

GameCenter integration and simple controls help make this fast paced shooter very addicting.

Secret Menu for Starbucks


Every been to Starbucks and just starred at the menu wishing for more?

This secret menu is perfect. It has a variety of teas and coffees that you can have made to order, albeit some will probably take some explaining.

Each secret drink has description and instructions as well as a nice picture of your elusive beverage. Don’t forget to brag to friends on Twitter. ;]

Sky Hawks


Take to the skies in Sky Hawks!

Sky Hacks is a fun dog fighting game that lets you battle it out in the skies. Sky Hawks has clean, retro graphics throughout the game.

Unlock a number of planes and new weapons to help you battle your way through swarms of enemy planes.

The longer you survive, the more you can brag on GameCenter.

Art Explained


Art Explained would have been a godsend in history class during the renaissance era.

Art Explained features many of the most popular paints in history along with dates, artist names, and key features of the paintings.

Features are highlighted with helpful sparkles providing extra information with a tap.

4word


4word is a clever game with a clever name. :]

You start with a custom keyboard of scrambled letters. After the first word you spell, every word after it has to start with the last letter of the previous word. This causes you to do some strategic double takes as you worry you won’t be able to build two words from the same letter!

Basic Baby Lite


Gotta baby that needs tracking? Good news!

Basic Baby is an app for tracking just about everything you can imagine about your baby. Keep track of feeding cycles, diaper changes, nap times, and more.

Everything can be saved in an expanding history so you can tracking changes and patterns. And the app supports syncing so your baby info can be found on all your devices.

Mutton for Punishment


The survival of the flock is at stake!

The wolves are smarter, hungrier, and know how to use a bow and arrow. Its up to you to block their attacks by flinging rocks at incoming arrows. Powerups can help boost your scores and GameCenter integration will help you brag about them.

Grab your slingshot and protect your sheep in this great missile command adaptation! Defend the flock!



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!

iStudy

income.io

Le Ninja

Vectoria²

Glo Breaker

Slice Gems Free

Racing Whacky Real Snow Surfer

Symmetry – The Board Game

50th JFK Assassination

Happy Jump HD

Posegram

Jungle World

Car Manager

Where To Go From Here?

As always, I really enjoyed your apps! Keep up the awesome work everyone. And if you’re reading this thinking, “I wish I could build a great app/game”. You’re in luck! Check out our free tutorials! What are you waiting for, I want to see your app or game next month!

If you’ve already used our tutorials in an awesome app or game, I want to know! Submit here!

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.

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