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Review: The Forgotten Part 1 - Skysmash 1918

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As a reviewer, a beta tester, and an addicted gamer, I install a lot of apps on my iPod touch. I keep the ones I love and delete the ones I don’t, but there’s a third category of games. These are the ones that I play briefly, like, but then forget about when other priorities demand my attention. These are all good games that deserve more attention than I’ve given them. I’d like to take this opportunity to do a more thorough review of five of my favorites.  Having said that, some of the reviews might seem a bit short.  This was originally intended to be a single article in an issue of iPhone Life Magazine, but due to scheduling circumstances it had to be cut.  They've given me permission to print the article on my blog instead, and I wanted to keep the actual reviews intact from the article (obviously this first paragraph has been changed!)



Help your kids learn their spelling words as they "Walk the Plank"

I love Hangman, especially on my iPad that I can take anywhere. If I have a few minutes to wait, I pull it out and play a round.
 
Custom Hangman is a bit different than some of the others I have found in that you can add your own custom word lists. You can play them yourself and share them with friends. You could even help your kids learn their spelling words by using this app!
 

Included in the app, are twenty word lists and game categories, including SAT words, which are the ones I especially enjoy. The app works with iPhone and iPod Touch. Check out the video below:



KidKeys - Special Keyboard for Kids

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KidKeys - a colorful keyboard for kids. Makes it easy for kids to write notes, e-mails, or play games using KidKeys and the iPad to connect with your computer. Works on a Mac or PC. 



Panda Hero - A Positive Solution for Our Environment

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I like positive solutions, and Barefoot Explorers has created a fun and entertaining game that provides a positive solution for our environment. For every Panda Hero game that is sold, they plant three live trees through a partnership with Trees for the Future
 
Your job in Panda Hero is to tilt, roll, swerve and jump through mazes, forests, rice fields and more in order to rescue the Panda that have been trapped by poachers. After rescuing the Pandas, you can feed, dress and play with them.


The Lorax - Entertainment or Propaganda? You decide.

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The Lorax contains adorable Dr. Seuss graphics and fun sound effects; however, in my mind, its purpose appears to be more propaganda than entertainment. The message: Big Business will destroy our land and kill our creatures unless you do something about it.



Never too old to learn

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Since getting my iPad I've been wanting to find out what my parents think about the device, so this past weekend I headed down to the coast with my son and iPad to relax and visit with my parents, and find out if they would like to try using an iPad.



Just Jigaw - No More Missing Pieces!

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Puzzles are great fun. Now I can put a puzzle together anytime and in anyplace. I don’t have to worry about lost pieces or even having my cats jump on it and mess up my hard work!



25 things you can control remotely with your iPhone

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One of the most surprising things about the iPhone is all the incredible variety of things it's being used for. And one of those things is as a remote control. A very helpful article/slide how on Business Insider, entitled "25 Things You Can Remote Control With Your iPhone," gives you a good picture of the possibilities, from controlling your DVR to the Boxee media center software. Pictured is the ProRemote ($99) software that lets you control pro audio editing software.



Review: Above And Below by Pastel Games

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It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned it (at least since the last time I reviewed a scrolling shooter), but I love scrolling shooters.  They don’t even necessarily have to be very original, though it certainly doesn’t hurt.  They just have to look good, sound good, and have solid play mechanics.  Oh yeah, they have to be fun as well.  I’d even be able to overlook the audio and visuals to an extent if the game played well.  Fortunately, Above And Below plays pretty well indeed.  It also looks sharp and sounds good.  Unfortunately the controls need a bit of work.  Surprisingly, I’m okay with that.



Quick Look: White & Yellow Pages

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There was a recent press release on an app called “White & Yellow Pages” by Avantar LLC. This app works on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (I installed it on my touch and iPad). The title is pretty self explanatory. I downloaded it today and I think this is going to come in handy. It has some great features which I will list below from the press release along with some links as well. I was impressed that when I located a business name, it pulled up the information and then proceeded to give me options for mapping, going to their web page, directions, and calling them.


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