Readers’ App Reviews – February 2015

I’ve got another month of inspiring apps from the community to share with you! You guys never stop producing top notch apps, so I don’t plan to stop showcasing as many as I can. ;]


Apps from readers like you!

I’ve got another month of inspiring apps from the community to share with you!

You guys never stop producing top notch apps, so I don’t plan to stop showcasing as many as I can. ;]

This month we’ve got:

  • An app that makes buying sports tickets a breeze
  • An ASCII-art photo extension that will amaze you
  • An instrument you can play by shopping
  • And predictably, much more!

Keep reading to see your fellow readers’ creations this month!

Fifty Five

Fifty Five is a numbers game. It will make you think. And its a lot of fun.

Fifty Five’s board hosts number tiles 1-5. Comparing numbers gives you points. swipe a 2 over a 4 and get 24 points. Swipe a 4 over 2 and get 42 points. But the real magic is in the multiplier.

Building chains improves your multiplier. Swiping 1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4, and 4 to 5 gives you a complete chain getting you 5 extra moves and your multiplier increases. You can protect your multiplier mid chain by swiping matching numbers.

In a world of Threes clones, its nice to see Fifty Five is as fun as it is unique. :]

E-Z Park

Have you ever forgotten where you parked? How about left a meter running too long? Worry no more. E-Z Park will making your parking a breeze.

E-Z Park lets you tag your parking space using the GPS in your phone to make sure you’re never lost. Plus you can set a timer for when your parking meter expires. E-Z Park will alert you when you’re getting close to your meter limit based on the time of your choosing. Don’t come back to a parking ticket ever again.


Barcodes are all around us. We use them to track inventory, identify things, and more. But have you ever used a barcode for music? Barcodas is here to change just that.

With Barcodas, simply scan any barcode and you’ll immediately hear it converted to a musical tune. You can tweak pitches, speed, and scales to customize your new barcode melody. Its really cool! Each barcode becomes its own rhythmic synthesizer allowing you to create unique music in just a snap of your camera.

Of course Barcodas allows you to save your favorite barcodes. And you can share the barcodes for others to scan and hear as well.


Volotic is an awesome nonlinear sequencer for your iPad.

Volotic makes it easy to experiment and create awesome songs from a library of towers, each with a unique impact to your music. There are over 50 different towers to choose from. There are drums, scales, tone changers, beat emitters, and more.

Volotic also supports 3D sound. Moving the center of your musical creation will adjust its output. Its way cool!

Volotic has manual tuning support for the audiophiles among us. And you can easily record your composition on your Mac if you’re using iOS8 and Yosemite.


ASCIImator is one of the coolest photo extensions I’ve seen yet.

I’ve always wanted a quick way to convert images into ASCII Art. You know, those painstaking creations from letters and symbols. Turns out, I needed to look no further than the community!

ASCIImator works great with iOS8’s new photo extensions letting you ASCIIfy any of your pictures without even leaving the photos app. Its incredible how easy it is. And best of all, since its using iOS8 native photo extensions, your original is a tap away.

ASCIImator has a few settings for which symbols are allowed and the font size you draw at for detail. Give it a try, its a ton of fun.


2UPTOP is an app for all the soccer (football? :p) fans out there.

2UPTOP is an easy to use line up visualizer for the die hard fans. Simply select your favorite team, choose the 11 players ready to play, and drag and drop them on the field into their positions. It couldn’t be easier.

2UPTOP pulls rosters from 10 of Europe’s most popular leagues like the Premier League, League One, and the Scottish Premier. If they’ve missed one, the app also allows you to create custom players to fill in the gaps.

Of course, no fan app would be complete without the ability to share your formation. The app will generate a beautiful field image of your lineup to share on your favorite social networks.

Rocket Renegade

Rocket Renegade harkens the arcade space shooters of the past and brings fond memories with it.

Rocket Renegade features drag and drop steering to control your lone shooter and auto fire making it easy to one handed on the train.

The soundtrack is fantastic as you blast away the drones of your enemies. There are 12 types of drones to battle, 10 unique bosses, and asteroid levels in between.

Even the background looks great as the stars rush past you on your mission to free the galaxy.


Gametime makes buy tickets to your favorite sport a breeze.

Gametime shows available tickets, often with discounts up to 60% off, in a real time streaming list for the game of your choosing. Each ticket shows an awesome panoramic shot from the seat you’re thinking about getting so you know the exact view you’re paying for.

A simple two tap process is all it takes to book your seat. No printing necessary, just show your phone at the door! Its serving a limited set of markets but adding several each week. Check the list and give it a try!

Lightning Fingers

Lightning Fingers puts the power of lightning in your hands! It is a game about coordination and finesse.

The game starts when you place two fingers on the screen. Lightning shoots out of your fingers and holds them connected. The longer you can hold out the more points you’ll earn. The farther apart your fingers and the larger the lightning, creating a multiplier effect.

As shapes begin to fall you must dodge them. But don’t think you can simply lift your fingers from the screen. If you lift a finger the lightning dissipates and the games over!

Hues Rush

Hope you have a keen eye for colors, because Hues Rush is gonna test it.

Hues Rush is a game about a simple grid of colors. There will be one main color. And one color thats a bit off. Tap the one thats off to advance levels. As you advance the grid becomes larger and the number of shades between colors becomes less and less perceptible.

A few boost powerups will help you reach higher scores with longer bonus rounds or higher contrast. And of course GameCenter makes sure you can brag to your friends.


Envelope is a curating email app that helps you organize and sort your email automatically. And its packed with features.

Envelope features clusters that are like extra powerful threads to combine emails that go together so you can take action on them all at once. It also helps your filter your inbox by specific senders or important topics, or simple emails you haven’t seen yet today.

Envelope can even keep track of responses. When you reply to an important email you can mark it as expecting a response, and Envelope will alert you after a couple days if you haven’t heard back from your reply.

Envelope also offers handwritten signatures, a Notification Center Widget, organized attachments, saving attachments to dropbox, sending voice memos, and more!

Envelope supports Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo, iCloud, Outlook, AOL, and any server that operates using IMAP.

Honorable Mentions

Every month I get more submissions than I can handle. I give every app a shot, but I can’t write about them all. These are still great apps made by readers like you. Its no a popularity contest or even a favorite picking contest. I just try to get a glimpse of what the community is working on through your submissions. Take a moment and checkout these other great apps I didn’t have time to showcase properly.

Speedy Mouse
Greenchick 2
Green Cage Ball
Cool HDWallpaper
Loopy Lava
Dodgers in Space
Fast Lane Racer
JJ Says: Retro Classic Memory Game HD
A Parcel of Courage
Tappy Bird – No Gravity
YAE Runner
Brown Bear Bounce
Flat Jewels Match 3
Colorized – A Puzzle Adventure

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 Ray Wenderlich, 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!