Readers’ App Reviews – February 2018

Stephan Dowless

Now that the year has begun, everyone has been hard at work on some cool new apps. Let’s check them out!

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.

Today, I’d like to highlight a few to give just a peek at what our fantastic readers are creating.

This month we have:

  • An interesting reminder app
  • A cool side-scroller game
  • A tip calculator
  • And of course, much more!

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

TipMyBill


If you are ever at a restaurant and have a hard time figuring out how much you should tip your server, Tip My Bill is here to lend you a hand.

Tip My Bill is an app that is designed to help you figure out how much you should tip. All you have to do is put in the amount you spent on food, drinks, and tax. Then, select what percentage tip you want to give and Tip My Bill will tell you how much to tip as well as what your total will be after tipping.

This is a quick and easy way to figure out your tip. Download Tip My Bill and be ready for the next time you go out to eat!

Break the Bricks


If you love brick breaker game as much as I do, then you will really enjoy Break the Bricks.

Break the Bricks is a block breaker game where you have to bounce a ball off of a platform so that it can travel up and break the line of bricks above you. This is a classic game, but Break the Bricks is filled with fun power-ups such as extra balls, speed increases, platform width increases, and many more.

I had a lot of fun playing Break the Bricks and I am sure you will too. Download it and give it a try!

Coiny Block


Are you a fan of clocker games like Clicker Hero or Cookie Clicker, but think that they could use a little extra? Coiny Block thought so too, so they added a twist!

Coiny Block is similar to other clicker games except that there are obstacles that you must avoid while you are clicking.

This mechanic completely changes how enjoyable and engaging games like this are. Instead of just mindlessly clicking the same spot multiple times until you level up, you must pay attention to the objects on screen and dodge them while you are clicking. Otherwise, you will lose your lives and all that clicking will be for nothing!

Coiny Block is a simple game, but it is very fun! Download it and try it out!

Bouncy Ball NG


Side scrollers have been a staple in video games since their beginnings, but Bouncy Ball NG helps to spice up the genre a bit more by adding one new mechanic.

In Bouncy Ball NG you control a ball that must move through a multitude of levels and collect green bricks. After you collect enough, a blue brick will appear somewhere in the level that will allow you to exit.

The difference between this and other games, however, is that your ball is constantly moving up and down and you must time the left and right motions correctly in order to move through the level. This is a very fun concept and a great take on a classic genre.

Download Bouncy Ball and play it for a few minutes, hours, weeks, its great!

Work Hours Agent


Do you work on your own schedule or would like to schedule yourself in a more efficient way? Well, Work Hours Agent is here to help.

Work Hours Agent allows you to start and stop your work hour times. You can also pause and play the timer in the case of any breaks or disruptions you might experience during your work time. Then, after your work day is over if logs your times and keeps track of them. You can even print your times out in a PDF format if you need to.

Work Hours Agent is a great app for keeping up with your work times and might even help you win your overtime claims! Download it and try it out on your next work cycle.

Orson Remind Me


If you have trouble keeping all of your tasks in order and making sure you have everything done for the day, then Orson Remind Me might be just what you need in order to fix this issue.

Orson Remind Me is a reminder app that gives you a new cat assistant named Orson! Orson will help to remind you of things you need to do in three different ways. The first is a little nudge, the second is a normal reminder, and the third will pester you multiple times to make sure that you do the task. Also, there is an achievement system that you can get rewards from for completing tasks on time.

Orson Remind Me is a simple and fun way to make sure that you are getting everything done! If you need more organization, download it and let Orson be your guide.

Tiny Crossword Blitz


Crossword puzzles are always a fantastic way to pass time, have fun, and keep your brain engaged. Tiny Crossword Blitz is here to supply you with many great crossword puzzles to complete.

Tiny Crossword Blitz is a crossword puzzle app that is really easy to use. Just select your game type and drag in the letters from the bottom of the screen into the spot where you think they need to go. There are some handy buttons at the bottom for undoing a previous move, clearing the entire board, and giving you a hint if you are stuck.

Tiny Crossword Blitz has over three hundred levels for you to complete! So, you should download it and get started!

Where To Go From 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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