Readers’ App Reviews – November 2015

Ryan Poolos
MLCam

Thankful for our Community!

Happy Thanksgiving! As a way of saying thanks to our amazing readers, each month we like to highlight some of the apps you’ve recently released.

This month is packed with some great apps and games from the community.

I have given all your submissions a try and picked a few I’d like to share. While I make time to install and try out every app you submit, I never have time to write about them all so don’t miss out on the Honorable Mentions below as well. The apps I’ve picked to write about are merely a sample of what the community has been building.

This month we have:

  • An app for those addicted to Instagram
  • Games that will make you think
  • An app for musicians
  • And of course, much more!

Keep reading for a taste of your community’s hard work this month!

Gorilla Rush

GorrilaRush
Gorillas are after your bananas. I know what you’re thinking: “not again!” But this time, you can stop them.

You’ll help a ninja protect her bananas using, of course, a ninja blow dart gun. The gorillas are trying to escape, the only thing in their way is you and your ninja darts!

You only have a few darts. As long as you don’t miss you can recover the darts from the gorillas. Don’t worry about the gorillas, these tranquilizers will only keep them down for a while. But long enough to save your bananas!

SideGram – Follow Less People

SideGram
SideGram is a companion app for Instagram for those of us a little too addicted to following our favorites.

Once you start to follow a few too many people, your Instagram feed can become too cluttered. Often times you may follow hundreds of friends as well as hundreds of celebrity accounts. Wouldn’t it be great to split those two groups into two feeds? SideGram is perfect for you!

SideGram will allow you to login with your Instagram account. It will allow you to move some of those accounts your following to SideGram. You won’t be following them in Instagram anymore, but SideGram will keep up with their latest posts and you can check back anytime for a look at the other side.

ML cam

MLCam
ML Cam will allow you to see your favorite effects in realtime on the live feed from your camera.

Its often hard to take a normal photo then get it looking just right after the fact. ML Cam can help. ML Cam will let you see a variety of common effects as well as custom tuning live, before you snap the photo.

Once you’ve got your effects just right, you can snap the photo and it will save exactly what you saw through the view finder. Its very cool and powerful to see some much control at your fingertips.

Bally – Shadow From The Past

Bally
Bally must traverse a new world to save his son from shadows of his past.

You’ll have to fight your way through levels fighting all manner of enemies. You’ll take down crabs and caterpillars on the ground and vultures from the air. Collect gems along the way.

You can uncover secret areas to explore as well as hidden secrets as the story unfolds. There are many you’ll pass willing to help you. Talk with them to learn where you might explore next.

Futoshiki puzzle

futoshiki
If you’re a sudoku addict then Futoshiki is going to make your day!

Futoshiki is another popular Japanese numeric puzzle game you’ve never heard of. Similar to Sudoku you start with a 5×5 puzzle grid and place numbers 1-5 in each tile. Ensuring that each row and column has no repeating numbers.

What makes Futoshiki different than Sudoku is a number of signs placed between tiles that dictate some of which numbers may appear there. These greater than or less than signs restrict you from placing larger or smaller numbers in certain tiles.

Towers of Hanoi

Hanoi
Towers of Hanoi is a classic game of math and logic. This game brings it to life on your iPhone.

In Towers of Hanoi there are three rods. You’ll have a stack of discs of increasing size on a single rod. The goal is to move the stack to the last rod. The rules are you can only move one disc at a time and discs may only be stacked largest to smallest. You’ll need to master the shuffling of discs to move each disc slowly from one rod to the next.

Towers of Hanoi has beautiful graphics to accompany a classic game. And its even playable on your Apple Watch! You can play Towers of Hanoi anywhere right on your wrist.

Beetle Boom!

BeetleBoom
Beetle Boom is a unique game thats quite a lot of fun.

Beetles are trying to eat all the grass, but not on your watch! As the beetles move to the top of the grass, you can bend the grass with your finger and catapult the beetles into the air! They’ll never know what hit em.

You’ve got to last as long as you can before the beetles overwhelm you can eat the grass.

Dino Discovery: Dinosaur Fact Game

DinoDiscovery
Dino Discovery will let you collect all the dinosaurs as they walk the earth.

Dino Discovery is a simple pairing game at its core. Dino eggs pop up and hatch into awesome dinosaurs. You can combine matching dinosaurs to evolve them into later dinosaurs. Each new dino you encounter lets you collect them and see a stat page on them. Things like name trivia, size, diet, timeframe for living, etc.

You can buy some Dinos if you’re desperate for the big ones. You can also buy tools to increase the frequency of dino eggs. Dino Discovery is a fantastic app for kids. Its fun to collect the dinosaurs and you’ll learn a bit about them along the way.

instrmntl

Instrumental
Instrmntl looks like a musicians best friend.

Instrmntl helps you to catalog your instruments and equipment right on your iPhone. Keep track of all the important metadata like serial numbers, make, model, identifying marks like stickers or scratches. Even take a few pictures for a full view of your stash.

Should the unspeakable happen your instrument be stolen or even just forgotten on set. You can put out an alert to all instrmntl users and they’ll get your information to identify your equipment and contact you to return it.

Instrmntl will also allow you to list your instruments for sale within the app. A great way for musicians to sell and trade instruments with like minded professionals.

Comic Battle

Comic Battle
Comic Battle will lead you through an intergalactic battle. You can choose your team and train them to become a comic legend.

Train your team with any combination of over 60 abilities. Build strategies and characters. Challenge players around the world in real time battles. After each battle a unique comic is created that shows the battle. Share your victories in comic form!

GameCenter Achievements and Leaderboards round out this great title. Track your progress against the world. Check your ranking as you climb the tournament ladder.

Honorable Mentions

Every month I get way more submissions than I have time to write about. I download every app to try them out, but only have time to review a select few. I love seeing our readers through the apps submitted to me every month. Its not a popularity contest or even a favorite picking contest. I just try to share a snapshot of the community through your submissions. Please take a moment and try these other fantastic apps from readers like you.

appTrendZ
Trip Tracker GPS
Darkland: One-Touch Platform Game
TellTale
FlagMyPic-Add Your Country Flag in Your Image and share
Kids Learning Point
Castle Lucerion
Spinning Shots

Where To Go From Here?

Each month, I really enjoy seeing what our community of readers comes up with. The apps you build are the reason we keep writing tutorials. Make sure you tell me about your next one, submit here!

If you saw an app your liked, hop to the App Store and leave a review! A good review always makes a dev’s day. And make sure you tell them you’re from raywenderlich.com; this is a community of makers!

If you’ve never made an app, this is the month! Check out our free tutorials to become an iOS star. What are you waiting for – I want to see your app next month!

Ryan Poolos

Ryan Poolos (@EmperiorEric) is currently CEO of Frozen Fire Studios and subsidiary PopArcade. He builds games and apps exclusively for iOS both internally and for clients. His latest game is Hand Prix. His latest App is Atoll. Get in touch for your next great project.

Ryan has 6 years of professional iOS experience alongside 11 years of part time graphic design experience and 8 years of web development experience. Ryan loves everything tech and tries hard to stays up with the latest and greatest.

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