Readers’ App Reviews – July 2013

Ryan Poolos

More great apps by you!

Summer is flying by, but its not stopping you guys from releasing some fun games and great apps.

This month we’ve got:

  • A game leveraging your Instagram for puzzles
  • An app to help teachers manage their classroom
  • A steak that can take a beating
  • And of course, tons of addicting games!

Read on for awesome apps and games made by your fellow readers!

Whirl the Squirrel

Whirl’s evil ‘Nenemies have stolen all his treasures. Help him get them back in this classic sidescrolling adventure game.

This isn’t an endless runner, its a fantastic level based game with lots of obstacles and powerups to keep you entertained among some hilarious animations. Jump through hoops, roll around loops, avoid electric shock, and more!

Beautiful Retina graphics, universal support, GameCenter leaderboards and achivements help make this a great game.


PYXL is a simple game where you control a little PYXL trying to survive.

Rotate your PYXL to match colors flying at you. Tap square powerups for an extra boost, or black projectiles to avoid certain demise. It gets fast and addicting quick so get collecting right away.

Of course it woudln’t be a game without GameCenter to put your friends to shame.


StartsWith is a fun game that puts 30,000 vocabulary words on the tip of your tongue… or fingers. :p

StartsWith gives you the first letter and a clue to help decipher a vocabulary word. You can choose from several difficulty levels, but if you ever get too stuck, just give the magic lamp a rub and a hint will appear.

There’s great background music and GameCenter integration to round out this fun word game.

Messy Room

Messy Room is an education game to help teach kids to clean their rooms! Who doesn’t need that?

The app comes preloaded with some messy rooms for boys and girls. Kids can drag items from around the room to their proper places to unlock praise and balloons. Educational games like this are great and showing what a wonderful device the iPad can be in the hands of a child.


Flightless is an interesting game where the goal is to slow down.

You’re a bird drifting through the sky and your mission is to collection as many feathers and parachutes as you can to slow your descent. Color gems on the way down but watch out for snow flakes that freeze your ability to steer!

Flightless even has a neat trick where the sky changes with the time of day. Sweet! :]


Eavesdrop is a fun social app where you submit silly things your overhear from others around you.

Check out what people have heard nearby, maybe its something you said!? Update vote the funniest, downvote the boring.

Connect to your Facebook or Twitter accounts to pass along your favorite sayings.


PixHole is a fun game using Instagram pictures to create fun puzzles. It cuts circles out of pictures that you have to place back.

You can play with your own photos and likes or popular photos if you don’t have an Instagram account. Shoot for the longest streak you can manage. :]

It gets challenging as they rotate and swap colors to trick up your game.

Charlie, The Steak

Charlie is a steak. And what do you do with steaks? Beat them, burn them, and throw knives at them of course!

Charlie is a stress reliever that lets you take out your anger on Charlie with minigames, video recording, and good old fashion blow-torches.

You can take silly pictures and videos of what you do to Charlie and send them to your friends. Collection meatballs to unlock more things to do to Charlie!

Match 4 Kids

Match 4 Kids is a simple game that lets kids drag and drop pieces of over 30 pictures where they belong.

You can turn on rotation and zooming to add a little more challenge to the placement as they have to twist and pinch to get the pieces to fit. This is a great challenging game for younger kids who just want to play on the iPad.

The kids are sure to love the cute pictures and parents can hand over their iPad without worry as there are no ads or extra buttons.


iSeatplan is an app to help teachers diagram their seating charts on the iPad. Simply drag and drop your kids where you want and save it for each class.

The app also lets you learn your students names with a simple quiz game. You can put pictures in if you like and even use the app to take attendence or track who speaks up in class and who disrupts class.

Paint Run

Paint Run is a fun game where you have to collect paint in red, green, and blue splotches to restore color to some vandelized paintings.

Roll down the street with simple tilt to steer controls and watch the paint levels in the corner to try and mix red, green, and blue to get the perfect colors for each painting.

You can even get your own artwork in the app by going to and submitting it!

League Of Counters for League Of Legends

League of Counters is the ultimate companion app for League of Legends.

League of Counters offers timers for important events on the map, character information, build suggestions, and more. You can check team’s ELO stats to know what you’re up against. Or you can hero suggestions on the best counters for your enemy.

This is a must have for any League of Legends player who wants to best tool to help them in and out of game.

Plupons HD

Plupons is overrun with annoying blocks and its up to you to clear the planet!

Plupons is a fun match three game with a twist. You control a plupalien who rearranges blocks in columns. Play through 50 levels with the least number of moves possible. Try the endless challenges and mini games.

Challenge friends in GameCenter. Customize your own plupalien to your heart’s desire. And earn up to 50 trophies for your great plupalien achievements!

Remove The Chicken

Fat little chickens are falling from the sky and somehow it has fallen to you to clear the barn.

In this color matching frenzy, you match not blocks or jewels, but fat little chickens! Watch for powerups to explode as many chickens at once as possible. Play through levels, endless timers, or against friends online.

Shoot for achievements and highscores in GameCenter or just play for the joy of popping chickens.

Honorable Mentions

Here are the apps that didn’t get reviewed. Remember it wasn’t a popularity contest or even a rating contest. Forum members got priority among other factors. Your apps were great and I’m sorry we didn’t have time to review them all!


Indian Railway


room to room


Phrase Pop

Smiley Dash


Gazoodle Colours

Disco Kid

Flow Arrange

Mega Builder 2


in Arrivo HD


Where To Go From Here?

As always, I really enjoyed your apps! Keep up the awesome work everyone. And if you’re reading this thinking, “I wish I could build a great app/game”. You’re in luck! Check out our free tutorials! What are you waiting for, I want to see your app or game next month!

If you’ve already used our tutorials in an awesome app or game, I want to know! Submit here!

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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