Readers’ App Reviews – November 2017

Stephan Dowless

With Thanksgiving around the corner, everyone is taking time to acknowledge what that they are most thankful for.

At raywenderlich.com, we are very thankful for our readers. Lets see what they have been up to!

I’m honored you are taking a quick break to see what the community has been building. Every month, readers like you release great apps built with a little help from our tutorials, books, and videos. I want to highlight a few today to give just a peek at what our fantastic readers are creating.

This month we have:

  • An AR Christmas Tree App
  • A coloring book app
  • A multiplication game
  • And of course, much more!

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

Drums AR


This app is for all of the drummers who would like to carry around their drum set without all of the hastle of putting it up and taking it down.

Drums AR is a fantastic app for playing around on a virtual drumset. You just open up the AR camera on your phone, then the app scans the floor and inserts your very own drum set! You can rotate it around by swiping.

Once you have positioned it perfectly, you can lock it in place and begin jamming away by tapping on each drum. This app is great for playing around for a few minutes or for experimenting with different patterns that you may want to try out on a real drum set.

Download Drums AR and play around with it. See which one of your friends can come up with the coolest beat!

Colorgram : Adult coloring book


Everyone enjoys taking a simple, black and white drawing and bringing it to life with a variety of different colors. Colorgram is a great app that lets you do just that!

Colorgram is a very simple to use coloring book app. It has a large amount of different pictures that you can choose from and add your own color to. The app features different genres such as Famous Cities, Adorable Dogs, Zen Mandalas, and many more.

After choosing the category you like, just pick a picture and start coloring! There are many different colors to choose from. Just tap the color palette on the bottom of the screen, use the scroll wheel to select the primary color you wish to use.

Then, pick which shade of that color you like best and start tapping on the picture to fill it in with color. You can zoom in and out, rotate, and even watch a video playback of you coloring in the picture!

Colorgram is tons of fun and there are so many different drawings to colorize. This app will keep you entertained for a while, and after you’re finished you’ll have something that you created to show for it. Download it and see what you can create!

Trigonometry Calc


For some people, math is difficult. This is especially true whenever you are dealing with trigonometry. Thankfully the Trigonometry Calc is here to help!

Trigonometry Calc is an app that allows you to calculate the different sides and angles of a triangle by just inputting the missing sides and angles. This app is very useful for saving time on calculations that may take a few minutes to do by hand. If you’re looking for the length of side “a”, just put in the lengths for sides “b” and “c” and the Trigonometry Calc will give you your answer!

If you need these type of calculations quickly and easily, download the Trigonometry Calc and save yourself some time and effort!

Travel Hero – Benny & Bagelina


Every now and then, it is fun to go back to the classic style of 2D platformer games. Travel Hero is a great throwback to this style of game that we all know and love.

Travel Hero has you play as Benny the banana and your goal is to travel the world with your soul mate, Bagelina. This sounds like an easy task but there is one problem, Benny keeps getting lost. You must guide him back to Bagelina so that they will be safe and sound. There are many obstacles that you must overcome in order to reunite Benny and Bagelina such as dragons, zombies, and much more.

Can you help Benny stay with Bagelina and enjoy their trip around the world? Download the app and help keep them safe!

100 Day Selfie Challenge


We change very quickly, but not necessarily quickly enough to notice. If you’re looking for a way to record your ageing and see what has changed, the 100 Day Selfie Challenge has got you covered.

The 100 Day Selfie Challenge is an app where you take a selfie each day for… you guessed it, 100 days. At the end of the 100 days, it will compile all of your selfies into a video that you can share with your friends across many social media platforms.

I am currently on day 1 of my selfie challenge (see picture to the right). Now all I have to do is try to recreate this same face each day. :]

The 100 Day Selfie Challenge is a simple concept, but it is also a fun experiment that you can share with your friends.

Augmented Christmas Tree


Do you love the look of a big christmas tree set up in your house, but don’t like having to set it up? Well Augmented Christmas Tree may be the app you have been looking for!

Augmented Christmas Tree is a fun holiday app that displays a Christmas tree in your house using the AR camera on your phone. You can view the Christmas tree right in your home and tap on the presents to play Christmas sounds.

This app will definitely get you in the mood for some decorating. You could even use it to preview new spots to put up your real tree for this year if you are thinking about switching it up a bit.

Augmented Christmas Tree is a fun app for the holidays and a great example of the capabilities of augmented reality. Download it and get motivated for the Christmas season!

Multi&Pli


Multiplication tables are one of the most difficult things that young children have to learn in their first years of school. Multi&Pli aims to help them learn quicker by making it fun!

Multi&Pli is an app that lets you restore a wonderful land back to its original beauty after being destroyed by a mean monster. You must solve multiplication problems in order to recieve points that you can spend on restoring parts of the world.

The problems increase in difficulty as you repair more of the world. Even after you have completed one stage, you are still able to go back for some extra practice.

Multi&Pli is a fantastic app for learning multiplication tables. Download it today and try it out!

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 you 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.

Stephan Dowless

Stephan is recent graduate of High Point University with a degree in Games and Interactive Media. One of his class projects, Guinevere and the Fallen King, even made it into the top 5 for E3's college gaming competition in 2016. He is also a budding iOS developer with a strong interest in app creation and audio engineering. Stephan is looking forward to increasing his development knowledge and learning the in's and out's of app creation. When he's not on the computer, he's probably playing unique board games or Magic the Gathering.

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