Readers’ App Reviews – July 2014

Ryan Poolos
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Fun in the sun with apps!

I thought you’d all go on vacation by now, but I should have known you’d keep making awesome apps instead!

The raywenderlich.com community just can’t stop building new, exciting apps.

This month we’ve got:

  • An app where you can make music by smiling
  • An app to help you track your time
  • An app to make you look like a hipster
  • And games galore!

What are you waiting for? You’ve got a lot of apps to download from your fellow readers!

Beelly

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Did you think Flappy Bird was hard? You haven’t seen Beelly yet :]

Beelly inverts the controls on you every 8 seconds. One second, tilting right will move you right and the next tilting right will move you left. As if that wasn’t enough to bring the pain, the game objective itself is to thread a needle with this cute little bee.

If you dare, steer Beelly throw a winding meadow with pinpoint accurancy and see how far you can get. >:]

Smilophone

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A truly one of a kind app, Smilophone is an instrument we can all play.

Smilophone creates music based off your facial expressions! Using the camera of your iOS device, Smilophone uses face tracking technology to figure out if you’re smiling, or if you’re raising your eyebrows.

You can smile to make high pitched sounds, Raise your eyebrows to change the tune. Sad faces make sad sounds. Your face is all you need to create a musical work of art.

Sometime

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Most of us as developers are all too aware of the pain that is time tracking. Thanks to Sometime, that may longer be a problem at all.

Sometime makes it easy to track time on multiple projects. Simply setup “buckets” for tracking time. Each bucket can be assigned to a project and client so you can get granular in your tracking. Simply tap a bucket to start tracking real time.

Sometime also lets you see an overview timeline of your work for each day. Add in geofencing and calendar integration and you have an app that can track all the time you need right in your pocket. This is definitely a productivity tool worth checking out.

S3nsitive

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S3nsitive is a puzzle game with a little more to it than meets the eye. Its simple looking at first, just get from A to B. But theres much more to it than that.

Each step you take eliminates the block beneath you. So you can’t backtrack in this tricky puzzle. And don’t spend too much time thinking, blocks between platforms can only support you for so long.

With 40 levels, a sweet soundtrack, and GameCenter leaderboards, this puzzler is definitely worth checking out.

Flyover – goes around the world

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Flyover puts you in charge of your own airplane to fly around the world.

With over 260 destinations you choose where your airplane flys. You can upgrade its speed, capacity, and maximum distance with cash you earn flying passengers between cities.

Keep track of fuel costs for maximum efficiency and watch out for bad weather grounding your planes.

Hipster Face Live

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Well camera apps come and go but Hipster faces live on forever.

Hipster Face Live definitely got a few laughs from my friends. You can select different stamps like hats, glasses, beards, etc and then see them line up in realtime on your face using facial recognition.

You can take snapshots then save them to your camera roll or share them directly. Its quite a bit of fun to take silly pictures and send them to your mom. Your mom needs more silly hipster pictures, so download this app and give it a go! :]

Last Ninja

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The Last Ninja standing must fight the undead. Zombies galore on this highrise of pain.

Zombies are everywhere. Each floor you advance they get tougher and more cunning. But you’re a ninja! Cut them down with slashs and chops. Use special abilities to clear them with style.

Above all, keep jumping! With spikes on the floor growing ever closer, its death or zombies. You decide. ;]

TheNews

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TheNews is an app that makes catching up on the daily news quick and minimal.

TheNews integrates with Designer News and HackNews in a clean, simple interface that makes reading a delight. Expected gesture based controls make managing your list a breeze.

Embedding web browsing, commenting, and sharing keep you in the app without needing to bounce around. Truly a one stop shop for quick news snippets.

Juggler: A Game About Juggling

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I don’t know about you but juggling is hard. Juggler however, makes it a fun game.

Juggler is about not dropping any balls as they’re dropped on the screen. It supports full multitouch so you can juggle as many at a time as you can handle.

The higher your score the more balls thrown at you. You’ve got to be fast if you want to top the GameCenter charts.

AS Test

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AS Test measures your arithmetic skills with speed tests, offers training to improve, and global leaderboards to challenge.

With built in data tracking, AS Test can show you where you struggle on a question heat map. The heat map pinpoints problem areas based on all the questions you’ve been presented. Then using the training section you can hone your skills and battle for highest global score.

Speed counts, but so does difficulty. The more questions you answer in a time limit with the higher complexity the higher you’ll rank.

What the Hell?!

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What would you do if you were a poor little devil kicked out of Demon Academy? Go to heaven of course!

Help this cute little devil jump his way to heaven through obstacles and puzzles. Use four powerups: fire, ice, blasting, and shrinking.

The game offers 30 completely free levels of addicitive sidescrolling platformer style gameplay.

Honorable Mentions

Each month tons of our readers submit awesome applications they’re made for me to review. While I give every app a try I don’t have time to write about them all. These are still great apps. Its not a popularity contest or even a favorite picking contest. I enjoy getting glimpse of the community through your apps. Take a moment to check out these great apps I just didn’t have enough time to share with you.

RebelChick
BubbleTT
Pirate Ring
Ball Smasher: The Big Bang
VBall ScoreMaster
County
Novae Marathon
Filetto RT
Retro Sparkle
Family Life on the Map
Newton’s Playground
Black Screen Video Spy Recorder
Make The Match!
Squirmy Puzzle
ArithMate
Cannon Bird
Banometer
Alchemistas Beyond The Veil
Animal Sounds & Name

Where To Go From Here?

Another month come and gone. I love 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’ve never made an app, this is your 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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