Readers’ App Reviews – March 2016

Ryan Poolos

POTUSPalooza

We just wrapped up RWDevCon, and it was a great opportunity to meet the community face to face. I saw some great developers learning some new stuff, and I can’t wait to see some apps come from those tutorials!

Luckily, we don’t have to wait. The community has been very busy and filled my inbox with more apps for yet another month. I’ve given them all a try and I want to share a few with you now.

I receive more than an app a day from readers like you, and although I don’t have time to write about every app that hits my inbox, hopefully the few I show inspires you to finish your app.

This month we have:

  • A more exciting way to show your political support
  • An app to keep up with the latest movies
  • A game about moral dilemmas
  • And of course, much more!

Keep reading to see the the latest apps released by raywenderlich.com readers like you!

AlertFilm

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Have you ever wanted to see a movie but forgot by the time it came out? AlertFilm is here to help.

AlertFilm helps you manage a watchlist of movies you’d like to see. You can discover new movies in the app looking at the latest box office hits or upcoming movies. AlertFilm grabs ratings, trailers and more from IMDB.

AlertFilm will also alert you when the film hits theaters or when its available on iTunes – perhaps one of the coolest features ever. I’m definitely looking forward to Netflix and Amazon support coming soon.

POTUSpalooza Primaries

POTUSPalooza
POTUSpalooza Primaries is part game, part revolutionary voting system.

In POTUSpalooza Primaries the characters are made up of the politicians running for President of the United States. You can choose one to play as and then go bouncing on your way to the presidential bus avoiding your constituents and political challenges. Its a fun side scrolling arcade style game.

The cool part is your play counts as votes. As you survive your challenges and make it to the bus, you’re unlocking votes. Everyone around the world is. Its an all new form of voting: play to vote!

Time Storm

TimeStorm
Time Storm is a feature packed clock for your daily needs. It has all the features you’ll need like unlimited alarms, a timer, stop watch, and times.

Alarms are very customizable. Each alarm can have its own music and vibration settings. Alarms can be one off or scheduled to be repeated automatically. You can choose any days of the week if you’d like weekday only alarms for example. You can even choose your own snooze length.

The stopwatch works as you’d expect with support for basic lap times and its accurate to the hundredth of a second.

If you’re looking for a new clock app that looks great, check out Time Storm.

DISPATCH!

dispatch
Dispatch is a game of reflexes and coordination.

Colorful shapes fall from above and your job is to sort them as quickly as you can. There are three different colors you’ll have to sort. Your task is easy: simply swipe each shape to its corresponding color on the side. Sounds easy, but the receptacles change over time and the colors speed up as you get the hang of it.

Survive being a human router as long as you can to climb the leaderboards and each achievements. You can go head to head with GameCenter multiplayer. Gain the edge with powerups to slow down the flow or freeze the timer.

Miracle Timer

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Miracle Timer is an app to help you follow the Pomodoro task management technique.

Miracle Timer lets you set a task and start your timer. The timer will go for 25 minutes then ring for a 4 minute break. The science behind the technique is all about maintaining a balanced focus. Don’t let yourself go too far down a rabbit hole without a break. Miracle Timer can also send you a daily reminder to make sure you don’t forget to start a timer first thing in the morning.

Miracle Timer also has several pro features you can unlock. Customize your timers so you can choose your own work and break lengths that work best for you. Check out some beautiful stats to see your progress by the day, week, or month. Update your data if you forgot to start a timer.

Stack the Color

StackTheColors
Stack the Color is a simple yet addictive game that takes just the right amount of patience and memory coordination.

Colors fall one at a time in order. You have to tap each color in the order they fall before the time runs out. Each round you complete you’ll get a little less time to match the colors.

Stack the Color is deceptively easy. Before you know it you’re frantically trying to keep up and tap just the right colors.

Scruples – The Game of Moral Dilemmas

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Scruples is a great pass and play game for parties.

Scruples is a bit backwards as far as trivia games go. You start with an answer you’re trying to get and it gives you some moral dilemma questions to choose from. You have to choose the question you think will get the answer you want from your opponent. There are no right answers and you don’t even need to tell the truth! But you have to make it convincing, opponents can challenge you if you’re bluffing.

Scruples has 250+ questions with the first 30 for free. All 250 questions are sure to start conversations and laughter with friends.

Deckr – The Flashcards App

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Deckr is a powerful flashcards app to help you memorize anything you’d like. Deckr is designed to be simple so you can practice anywhere anytime.

Deckr is a fully customizable BYOF (Bring your own Flashcards) app. You can setup multiple decks for different subjects. You can setup each flashcard with a question on the front and the answer on the back. Flashcards support images if you’d rather practice your visual memory.

While you practice you can let Deckr know if you were correct or not. Deckr will automatically show you the ones you need some extra practice with until you get them right.

Jump Legends

jumplegends
Jump Legends is an isometric endless runner set in the ever-changing landscape of the Great Fall.

Like most endless runners the controls are simple. You can tap to jump. The longer you hold down your tap the higher you’ll jump. Time your jumps to span great divides, dangerous spikes, and other obstacles standing in your way.

There are 15 fully animated, playable characters to unlock and choose from. As you run, the world will change and new obstacles will emerge. See how far you can make it and challenge your friends on GameCenter.

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.

It’s 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.

Carl Can Divide Full Version – A fun division game for learning times tables and improving mental math skills
Slime Sports
APODtv
crazykooz
Hurricane Blasters
Mxo Pulse
MMA Quotes
HEX’EM
Birthdays
Spacer – An Outline Maker for Timed Events
Simple Mind Games
Flappy Turtle: Aquarium Adventure
EigoRacer
Sasha Prokhorenko

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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