App Review – Dragon’s Den

Today’s App Review is Dragon’s Den by 2waytraffic. I have been trying out Apps based on TV shows and while some like The Crystal Maze have been great others like The Cube have been total disasters.

Dragon’s Den is a lot of fun. You get to be the Dragon of your choice and entrepreneurs come in a pitch their ideas. You have to decide whether the idea is for you and if so you have to decide what money to offer them and for what %. You also have to compete against fellow Dragons because your investment has to be the most appealing or else you are pretty much out. If you don’t want to invest you can sit it out. Of course I sat a few goldmines out trying to see how it worked and typically my first investment was a total flop and put my bank account in the red. There is also the challenge that after pitching you may be challenged to make a better offer so just when you think you have it you may not.

The pitches are fun and the competitions is fun. I can see it getting a little boring down the road but for now I am having a lot of fun making and losing money with the security that it is all virtual so unlike the real Dragons I have no fear of losing real money.

There is multiplayer mode so if you have friends with devices you can all battle it out.

To get the App you can download it from HERE

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App Review – Wicked on Broadway Apps.

Today’s App Reviews will be looking at two different Apps which feature Wicked the Broadway Musical.

The first App is Broadway Across America’s Wicked by DigiTab Media. DigiTAB Media has quite a collection of these Apps which give information on different shows and their appearances on tour. This particular App features Wicked’s times in Portland. There are also versions that can be downloaded for other shows including the popular Book of Mormon.

The App surprised me at first. The download was over 200mb and took quite a while so I had expected it to include some interactivity and maybe even videos or behind the scenes info but I was totally let down when it was nothing more than a copy of the show playbill. It is a good source of information but nothing more than you get for free at the show which makes it quite a waste of space when it takes up room on your device.

This free App can be downloaded from HERE

The second App is Wicked by Peter Yagecic. The Apps is the complete opposite of the above App. Instead of taking forever to download it is just 13mb and is also free. However it is everything the first App is not. It features many videos as well as previews of all the songs with options to buy the full versions. You can access photos from the show which can be saved and used as wallpapers for your device. There is an interactive map which highlights the locations where Wicked is currently showing both in map and list form. There is a cool option to make photo cards which adds Wicked graphics to your camera images. There is also a feature to keep you up to date with news about the show. This App is very interactive and a perfect source for any Musical or Wicked Fan.

To get this great free App you can download it from HERE

 

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App Review – Repix

Today’s App Review is Repix by Sumoing. Repix is a simple photo editing App that allows you to make simple color edits to photos.

All you have to do is load up a picture and off you go. There are many free options such as bleach which will make your whites brighter, cartoonize and charcoal which change the texture and you can add some water drops as well as circles and dots.

While there are in-app purchases you can still use 12 free image effects. In addition to these you can also crop images as well as adjust brightness, color, saturation, vibrance and more recolouring options.

The App contains quite a lot for free and I am more than a little surprised yet happy that the App isn’t full of ads. If you like the App you can add on sets of color brushes which contains four brushes including sepia, artistic brushes which also contains four brushes including spray paint or light brushes which adds sparkles, glow, smoke and stars. Each set costs €1.79 each or you can buy all for €4.49.

While I love the included brushes I splashed out and purchased the light brushes bundle which instantly upgraded my option from this being an average App to it being one of my favorites. These are effects that often look cheap in other Apps but are done very well in this.

Once compete you can share all your images via social media or email as well as saving them to your camera roll.

To get the App you can download it from HERE

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App Review – 4 Pics 1 Word

Today’s App Review is 4 Pics 1 Word by LOTUM. I have seen this App appear on the walls of many of my friends social media pages mostly because they are asking for help. This did turn me off playing the App because it did look really difficult to play.

However, the other day I gave in and absolutely love it. The App presents you with four different pictures and you have to decide what word describes them all. Sure it is challenging but the App has the right balance in there. Instead of starting off easy and reaching the point of it being impossible to play resulting in my giving up it gradually gets difficult. The good thing though is that if you get a hard word it is usually followed by a few easy ones so that you regain your confidence and forget about the frustration. The words are also universally accessible in that they are mostly simple words like cold, run, jump, climb etc. With similar games I have also encountered issues with a lot of US words being used which is a drawback for international users.

There is an option to use points to reveal certain letters but what I have found is that the words often come to you long before you need to do this. If you need help you can also post the picture on Facebook for all your friends to see. This is kind of like an ask the audience option.

The one issue that really annoys me are the ads which appear far too frequently. I would gladly pay to remove them but this doesn’t appear to be an option.

The game is free and a lot of fun to try out if you want to give it a go you can download it from HERE.

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App Review – Facetune

Today’s App Review is Facetune by Zeev Farbman. There are plenty of photo Apps out there that crop, rotate and color edit photos but not very many for touch ups. Factune is an App that does just this. Using the various tools you can get rid of piercings, blemishes, stray hairs and more. You can even banish those wrinkles and gray hairs. You can also remove red eye or change eye color.

All you need is a photo and the opportunities are endless. The effects are very realistic and don’t end up looking like you painted all over someones face.

My favorite feature  is how you can defocus an background so that it is blurry behind a clear face. You can also add filters and effects to the background.

Once complete you can share your images on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr or by email.

The App is definitely got for retouching images and like I said very few Apps can do this realistically. Because of this I was still using Photoshop but this App is faster and produces the same quality results.

To get the App you can download it from HERE.

 

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App Review – Word Wit.

Today’s App Review is Word Wit by Ballpoint Inc. English is quite often difficult to to understand especially if it is not your first language but even if it is there are always words like their, there, they’re and affect and effect that confuse people time and time again.

Word wit is a fun App that illustrates the difference spin the colorful wheel and you are presented with two similar sounding but different words. Once the words pop up you can then click on them to get a full explanation of both words and the difference as well as an example of a sentence the words are used in. You can then choose to ‘master’ a word. When you choose this the App gives you a sentence and you are challenged to choose the correct word. After you get a certain amount of correct answers you then master the word.

If you do have difficulties with telling the difference between these words and more this is a great App that will teach you through the fun games and quizzes and even if you think you know it all you can try it out and see if you are good enough to master these words.

You can share your progress via Facebook, LinkedIn, Email and Twitter.

The App can be downloaded from HERE

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App Review – Vegas Towers

Today’s App Review is Vegas Towers by SiuYiu Limited. This App brings me back to my early gaming days in the 90′s and Sims Towers. Back then the aim of the game was to build a tower as high as you could with shops, rooms, restaurants and as much as you could cram into the space. The goal is to keep rooms clean, guests happy and keep that money rolling in.

This App is a perfect tribute to the older Sims Towers App whilst at the same time being a more modernised version. What I really love is the name of the shops and restaurants which are a twist on well known restaurants so although names like; NAP, Taco Hut, Metro or Forever 21 may not sound like our top high street stores the appearance of the store front allow us to recognise them as well known retails and food outlets like GAP, Taco Bell, Subway, Forever 21. You can also built movie theatres or vegas clubs which are very interactive. I especially like how the theatres show real movies like Batman.

While the goal is to build a tower as tall as you can you have to be careful because if you try to do it too fast it will be a disaster.

Along the way you are forced with challenges such as restaurants burning down and unhappy customers but this adds to the fun.
There are also challenges that earn you money. For example you get a reward when you successfully rent 25 commercial units or when you demolish 10 units.

If you are out of inspiration you can go and head on over to some other towers and see how other people are doing which is always fun and there are some really amazing ones out there.

So if you think you have got what it takes to keep your customers and guests happy you can download the App for free HERE.

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App Review – LinkedIn

Today’s App Review is LinkedIn by LinkedIn Corporation. Although I have a LinkedIn account I don’t actively used it and only update it every once in a while. I often forget it is there until I am reminded by email that someone wants to connect with me. These usually come on my morning commute and I always decline the suggestion that I download the App instead of using the web-based option.
When prompted this morning I eventually gave in and downloaded it. The email told me I had one new connection request. I managed to accept this request but found it impossible when it came to viewing this persons profile. My patience lasted a maximum of 5 minutes before I gave in and used the web version again.

The way the App is designed presents you with four options; You, Updates, Messages and Groups&More. The You option works fine but I found it hard to find the profile of this newly added connection. Having just given the App a go again I still couldn’t find what I was looking for. For mobile Apps like these the App really does need to be user friendly. Facebook and Twitter work perfectly but LinkedIn should seriously take some advice from them. Mobile Apps are meant to be designed for on the go and the search function was getting me no where fast.

Another massive downside is that I could not edit my profile on my iPad. I am using iOS devices more and more all the time and use them more than I do my laptop these days so accessibility is important. Sure I can update on my phone but for something like this I would prefer a bigger screen.

Also in the short period I used the App it crashed 6 times.

Right now I have moved back to the web based version and like I said I am not a frequent LinkedIn user so this will do but even if I find myself using it more I won’t touch the App until it has a serious upgrade.

To get the App you can download it from HERE.

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App Review – Sphero Apps

Today’s I am going to review something a little different I am going to review Sphero iOS accessory and the associated Apps. Searching the App store for Apps to review I stumbled across Sphero Apps and at the time was disappointed that they required you to purchase a $100 accessory in order to use them.

I was lucky enough to get a present of a Sphero recently and was very excited to download the Apps. Sphero is a round ball which vibrates, changes color, floats in water and rolls around the floor when instructed by an App. It is very interactive and a user has full control over it. There are over 20 different Apps available and they vary from game Apps, music Apps, augmented reality Apps and an App for pets. The augmented reality and pets Apps appealed to me right away and were among the initial Apps I downloaded. The App for animals makes the ball vibrate and roll across the floor. My cat found it a lot of fun especially the boosts which make it move crazily across the floor and the function to change colors. The App did have her amused but this didn’t capture her attention as long as an 80cent feather toy from the pet store.

Sharky the Beaver is an augmented reality App and it was also a lot of fun and once you had your little character placed where you wanted you could throw donuts and cakes around the room. This worked very like string augmented reality Apps and was a lot of fun.

My favorite of the Apps is Sphero Exile which works pretty much like space invaders and you use the Sphero as a control for it.

You can also use your inbuilt device camera to record Sphero which is especially handy if your pet is playing with Sphero. For android users you can download Sphero cam App for iOS users the function is built into the Sphero App and can be activated in the bottom right corner options of the App

All in all Sphero is a lot of fun and I am glad I have given it a try. I do think it is overpriced and that $50 would have been more than enough to pay for it.

There are a few things that I do not like and this is mainly to do with the Apps. The website is very deceiving and says that there are over 20 free Apps. This does not mean there are 20 free Apps for iOS devices in fact there are actually  7 paid iOS Apps costing from 89cent there are also there are many Apps that are only available on the Google Play store and in reverse many not available for Google Play users. For iOS users there is a total of 18 available Apps 7 of which are free so the claim of over 20 free Apps should really be rephrased.

Another thing is the search function in the iTunes store. If you type in Sphero you will not get the full selection of Apps for example Sharky the Beaver is not shown. To get these Apps you then need to search further or look up their names.

All that being said if you have the spare cash I would recommend getting one. They are tons of fun for people (and animals!) of all ages.

To buy a Sphero check it out HERE

You can find available Apps HERE

What is Sphero? from Sphero on Vimeo.

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App Review – St. Patrick’s Runner.

Today’s App Review is St. Patrick’s Runner by MTree Enterprises LLC. First of all Dóchas linn Naomh Pádraig (Happy St. Patrick’s Day) Searching around for an appropriate App which didn’t depict all Irish as drunks – seriously App developers we aren’t I came across this pretty cool game. St. Patrick’s Day runner takes on the same kind of form as the traditional Mario games which have been remade in several forms for iOS devices including the popular Lep’s World.

The aim of the game is to get your runner to grab as many shamrocks as possible without falling or tripping over obstacles and you also have to avoid snakes and flying unicorns. As an Irish person I hate to say it but I LOVE this game filled with rainbows and a skinny leprechaun and all things mythical. The only complaint is that I was so distracted by the pretty unicorns that I kept dying…awww! The graphics are basic but beautiful and there is nothing much to the game other than the one continious level so not extra challenges but it is fairly fun and challenging. The little guy runs pretty fast too so you can’t take it easy.

The only complaint I have is that the ads pop up very regularly on the free version and are quite irritating especially when your little character keeps running while you are trying to x out of the ad. Sad to say that the ads were the cause of many Leprechaun casualties but there is an option to get rid of them with an in-app purchase.

If you’re a fan of games like Mario give this one a go although graphics and game play wise Lep’s world has my vote in terms of quality and stability.

For the day that’s in it  you can download it the App from HERE.

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