Readers’ App Reviews – October 2014

Ryan Poolos
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Games, Games, Games!

Happy Halloween!

As we think about pumpkin carving, costumes, and candy, there’s one more thing to think about – awesome creations by the iOS community.

October brings us some great apps made by fellow readers:

  • A game about herding sheep
  • A dating game for fruit
  • A game for people who love retro arcades
  • And of course, much more!

This is not a trick; it’s a treat! :]

Fruit Dating

FruitDating03Have you ever wanted to help a piece of fruit find its true love? Now’s your chance!

Fruit Dating is a sliding puzzle game where you’re a matchmaker, finding each piece of fruit find their soul mate.

With adorbable graphics and more than 60 well designed levels, Fruit Dating is really fun and casual iOS game. Obstacles and tile types introduced in later levels bring the challenge.

Controls are simple effortless swipes. All I ask is for more levels! I couldn’t get enough.

Fire Command

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Fire Command is a fantastic missile command style game with some truly awesome old-school graphics and sound effects.

Fire Command brings the spirit of the retro back, but with a blazing explosion of awesome style. A sweet soundtrack and retro sound effects round up the experience.

And what retro game wouldn’t be complete without a high-score table? GameCenter takes care of that.

Dash Up!

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Dash Up (from one of our favorite developers, known for “I Want Ice Cream”) is a simple but addicting new game recently featured by Apple – congrats Johan!

Dash Up is easy; just tap to bounce as high as you can. But constantly moving blocks hunt you! Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and… Dodge your way to the top.

Its simple. Its addictive. Don’t believe me? Give it a try, and tell me when you beat my high score: 12. I dare you! :]

Good Time Tracker

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Good Time Tracker is a powerful app perfect for tracking our time through the day. As we bounce around from task to task its still valuable to track individual time spent for multiple projects or priorities. Good Time Tracker is perfect for that.

Good Time Tracker lets you track durations or start/end times. Silo work into tasks which can be attached to projects. Run reports for individial projects or periods of time. See a summary of your goals for the week or month.

Good Time Tracker does a good way of just getting out of the way and letting you track your time at your own pace.

Barn Rush

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Barn Rush is a cute simple game for kids, but I found myself rather addicted as well. :]

Barn Rush is all about rescuing chicks and ducklings from the bad Raccoon as you snake around the barnyard. Raccoons work in packs so watch out! Grab every bag you can to help get rid of them.

Work your way through 24 levels before moving onto an endless mode where you try to save as many chicks or ducklings as possible. Compete on GameCenter to see who the best bardyard hero is.

Grzegorz was generous enough to share some promo codes for our readers. Here are 20 promos for Barn Rush – grab em before the Raccoons!

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Put Your Puzzle Together

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Puzzles have always been fun for me. And kids love them too. Maybe thats why we get along so well. Or maybe its our love of Candy. :p

Put Your Puzzle Together is an app just for puzzling. It lets you build puzzles on the fly with pictures and stickers. And it’s just in time for Halloween, since it’s packed with halloween stickers.

The app cuts the puzzle right in front of you and then drops the pieces delightfully on the floor for you. Picking them up enlarges them while you drag them into place. You can even see a blurred picture of the puzzle behind it to give the slightest hints.

Watch My Colors

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This game shows you that color recognition is harder than you think!

Watch My Colors is all about the bubbles. You’re looking for two bubbles with the same color at a time. Grab matching bubbles and drag them to the corner that matches.

But you’ve got to watch your corners, they change as you color more bubbles, keeping you on your toes.

As if you didn’t just want to collect as many bubbles as possible, you can challenge your friends on GameCenter to see who can grab the most bubbles.

Prism X

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Prism X is a clever login game based around lasers.

Prism X has 60 different levels where you need to get a laser from A to B. But sometimes theres a C, D, E, and more!

Later, they throw in multiple colored lasers. And combine that with 10 different types of optical diffusers and you’ve got a very wide array of possibilities to blow your mind.

Prism X is a great way to give your brain a workout and have some fun at the same time.

MADOW | Sheep Happens

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Herding sheep is never easy.

Madow is a game all about corralling these helplessly silly animals down a mountain side dotted with cliffs. You control the bridges. But sheep aren’t smart enough to wait, so you better be ready.

Did I mention not all sheep are created equal? Yea Red sheep are blazing fast and black shee are slow. And of course, you only get to control half the bridges at a time, so choose carefully.

OMG LOL

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Texting has basically taken over all our lives. But are we any good at it? Lets find out.

OMG LOL Is a game just for the texters. Those double thumb junkies with a quick draw holster for their iPhone. You get barraged with text after text and its up to you to respond with the right emotion before its too late. We can’t keep our friends waiting!

Don’t miss the BRB bomb. Everyone needs a break once and a while.

OMG this app is awesome, BRB after I play some more ;]

Zero Lives

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Zero Lives doesn’t need an introduction. Just tap and play. Its as elegance as it is simple.

Zero Lives is an elegant puzzle game. The directive? Collect as many hearts as you can in ever more complex levels. Along the way meet new obstacles and patterns. Think through the order of your moves because some maps are more asymmetric than they appear.

There are plenty of levels and they certainly get challenging. Just play and enjoy yourself.

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.

Blox 3D Junior
Join the Colors
SHYN
Balloon-Popping Monster
Acid Storm
Tipster, The Tip Calculator
AutoSelfies
Spritz Read
12framework
Colorized
Quick Stop NYC

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’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!

I hope you have a Happy Halloween, and eat a lot of candy! :]

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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