Articles and Reviews by Barbara Holbrook

Best Apps for Black Friday: 8 Apps You Need to Make it Through Black Friday

Black Friday iPhone appsIf you plan to brave the Black Friday crowds, then you owe it to yourself and your sanity to be prepared. That means arming yourself with the best iPhone apps for finding deals, finding your car, or finding your way home again.


Mail Notifier: Push Notifications for All Your Email Accounts

I'm always amazed when a new app fits so seamlessly into my routine that it's as if it has always been there. That's the case with Mail Notifier from Enflick. The productivity app provides push notification of email and it works beautifully with Windows Live (Hotmail), AOL, Gmail and any IMAP account.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: ,

Omini Stones: Fun and Frustration Rolled into One Strategic Puzzle

If you just look at the picture, Omini Stones might be mistaken for another drop in the popular match-three bucket. But that, dear AppCravers, is why you should never judge an app by it's cover.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,

Globemaster: Offline Travel Guide is Clever, Polished and Endlessly Interesting

Buy GlobeMaster: Offline Travel Guide & Utilities on the App StoreWhether you're planning an exotic itinerary or just imagining a trip to foreign lands, Globemaster: Offline Travel Guide is a good place to start.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,

Paris 3D Presents a New Way to Discover the City of Lights

Paris 3D is more than just an awesome map app, it's a practical guidebook for discovering Paris on foot, in a car, or from your living room.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: , ,

Alien Glyphs: Grab this Rising Star in Memory-based Puzzles

Buy Alien Glyphs on the App StoreMost memory-matching games don't require a whole lot of strategy, but Alien Glyphs has the little extras that make a game truly polished and fun.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,

Super Juicy Will Bubble to the Top of the Best Apps Ever List

Buy Super Juicy on the App StoreSuper Juicy is bringing a new kind of action to the popular genre started by Bejeweled. The point is still to match like objects, but instead of jewels or parrots, Super Juicy is all about the bubbles, baby.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: ,

Team Alpha: All the Mutant-Shooting Action You Can Handle

Buy Team Alpha on the App StoreTeam Alpha is a shoot-em-up, action game where, according to Sad Cat Software, your task "is to eradicate all mutants in a government lab where a secret biological experiment has gone awry." The app offers nearly 200 rooms of mutant-shooting mania with big guns.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,

Picto-Mail: Can You See Me Now?

picto-mail-iphone-appPicto-Mail — Emoji are all the rage, but not everyone has the ability to see the miniature pictograms. Sure there are plenty of apps to unlock emoji on your iPhone, but what about your non-iPhone buddies?

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:

MyPlaylists: Control How You Listen to Your Music

In spite of Apple's rumblings about duplicating functionality, every so often an app squeezes by that seems remarkably similar to the built-in apps that come installed on every iPhone. MyPlaylists is one of those apps.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category: ,

Police Scanner or Emergency Radio?

police-scanner-iphone-appIf you’re one of those edge-of-your-seat types that enjoys following police, fire and EMS transmissions there are half a dozen apps that make it easy to listen to those calls on your iPhone.


Sparkz: Qix Clone Finds new Generation of Gamers on the iPhone

Buy Sparkz on the App StoreSparkz is a puzzle game with a long history. The app is a reproduction of the vintage Mac game Qix, which was in turn based on an earlier arcade game. And while I never played Qix, I hear that Sparkz does an excellent job of porting the popular arcade puzzle to the iPhone platform.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:

Apollonia Kingdom: Save the Jars, Save the Kingdom

Apollonia Kingdom is an action-adventure game where you must fight your way through a variety of monsters, zombie-like skeletons and goblins to find and retrieve the red jars, which will somehow save the entire Kingdom of Apollonia.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.0/5 | Category:

Pig Rush is Better than Bacon

Buy Pig Rush on the App StoreSometimes I just want a unblemished, side-scrolling platform. Something that is fun to play, without all the bells, whistles or learning curve. Pig Rush is just that game. Pig Rush has just one goal. Keeping going.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,

Nut Chuckin is Fun for a Crisp Fall Afternoon

Buy Nut Chuckin' on the App StoreIt's tough to get ready for winter, especially when the other squirrels are bent on destroying you. Such is the moral of the story in Nut Chuckin'. Nut Chuckin' is a game where you must dodge the flying nuts of your tormentors and attempt to beat them at their own game.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category: ,

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