Recent App Reviews
If you're a fan of the NCAA basketball tournament, you'll want to take a look at this app. PocketBracket ($1.99) lets youcreate brackets, organize pools, and follow the NCAA men's basketball tournament with game and score updates. In addition, you can compete among thousands of users on the PocketBracket Network as well as your friends and coworkers. PocketBracket comes preloaded with 2009 tournament data so you can test-drive the application before the 2010 tournament. You can create sample brackets and begin organizing your pools.
Have you ever wanted to be a giant robot in your life? Do you need some stress relief?Then I think I have a solution for you, and a fun one at that. I saw in a forum last week that someone had made a post about a new game called “Robot Rampage.” It’s basically a side scrolling game where you are a giant robot and your job is to destroy the city, block by block. I had read that the cost was half price at .99, so I bought it. I can’t stop playing this game. As the robot, you can step on things, punch things, and you have a laser that comes out of your eye. Pretty cool hah?
Well you’re going to need it because the humans are ticked that you are making the city into a big parking lot. To get to the next block, you need to destroy the buildings in your way. Not a big deal because you can punch, stomp and fire. The problem comes when you also have to deal with tanks, helicopters, foot soldiers, jet bombers, and nuclear missiles on your journey. One of the other cool features is that you can also listen to your own music library if you want. I do not think you will be disappointed. The developers did a great job creating this game. I am not sure if anything else lies ahead in further levels, but bring it on.
With 150,000 apps in the App Store, it can be a challenge to find the best ones for your needs and interests. Top Rated Apps (Free) lets you browse 1,000 of the best apps selected by MF Software and all having ratings of at least 3.5 stars. The data is stored on your phone, so you can browse for apps offline. If you're connected, the app updates automatically with the latest data as you browse. The free version lets you identify up to five favorites for later purchase. If you want to be able to track more than that, you'll need to buy the commercial version ($0.99).
If you're following the buzz on the Oscars, which is coming up this Sunday, E! Online (free) is a great choice. The app was just updated with a new carousel navigation menu above the news section that highlights the Academy Award season coverage with special video content and a new "Live from the Red Carpet" section. The app offers extensive coverage from the event, as well as leading up to it and in the days that follow. Also new to this version is E! Talk Box, which gives you the ability to record your own video commentary (you'll need the iPhone 3GS) on hot topics and celebrity headlines and submit it directly to E!
I claim to be disinterested when it comes to the whole “follow the rhythm” genre, but if developers keep making variants like B-Boy Beats and Thumpies, people are going to start calling me “DJ Liar Liar Pants On Fire”. I’m no good at the game, and I can’t even play it the right way, which has gotten me stuck on a level that absolutely requires me to play it the right way. Despite that, I still find myself taking breaks from games that I’m actually supposed to be reviewing in order to play this one. As a result, I figured I might as well take the time to review B-Boy Beats, so at least I can feel like I’m accomplishing something.
How many times have you been driving down the highway and taken an exit only to find that there’s nothing in the nearby commercial district to your liking? iExit
can help. Start up the app, and it uses GPS to quickly determine where you are and what direction you’re traveling. It then offers information about the upcoming exits, as well as information about your favorite places to stop that are coming up. Plus, it tells you where to turn once you get to the exit and provides maps.
In honor of the March 2nd birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), all Dr. Seuss iPhone apps will be reduced to 99 cents for that one day only.
The promotion coincides with the National Education Association's Read Across America day, which was timed to fall on the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss created some of the most popular and best-loved children's books of all time. The Grinchmas! app has been reviewed by iPhone Life bloggers, but parents might want to grab the Cat in the Hat iPhone app.
If you've sat next to your child, turning the pages of any of these charming books, you can probably imagine sharing the hilarious rhymes and outrageous characters on your iPhone or iPod Touch. And maybe, eventually, that larger screen device?
"Keep your eyes out for more of Dr. Seuss's beloved, classic children's stories, games and activities for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad soon," said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media.
In addition to apps based on the books, Ocean House Media is also reducing the price of the Dr. Seuss camera apps. The Cat in the Hat edition (AKA: CatCam) is an app that lets you merge photos taken with the iPhone 3G or 3Gs into Dr. Seuss cards. You can edit the size and placement of the photo, add frames and so on. Then when you're happy with the results, email your creation to friends and family.
So, celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, send a Dr. Seuss photo-card or yourself, a friend ... or maybe of your cat!
This is one of those just-in-case apps that you might want to have. If you're in an unfamiliar city and have an urgent need to find a restroom, Where to Wee ($0.99) is here to help. It has a database of 60,000 restrooms worldwide, with more being added all the time. It shows the nearest washroom based on your GPS location and includes information on amenities such as handicap access and changing tables, as well as ratings for cleanliness.
This is a novel idea. You're driving, yet you still would like to access your Facebook friends updates, Twitter tweets, podcasts, and more. Aha Radio (free) turns it all into radio stations so that you can listen to this content as you drive. Plus, it gives you reports on nearby traffic based on your location.
I try to hold on to this firm belief that you can’t go wrong with a tank game. Unfortunately, as any genre gets more crowded in the App Store there’s more opportunity for bad as well as good examples of how a particular type of game should be done. I think Panzer Panic falls somewhere squarely in between. It’s actually kind of a nifty game, and I really like the visual style, but the control scheme is very counter-intuitive to the fact that you actually have to control all of the tanks manually. A better balance between controls and game play is required before this game can truly shine.