Articles and Reviews by Barbara Holbrook



Zenscape: Colorful Lightplay is Quietly Calm

Zenscape - More than a year ago, Koi Pond floated onto the app scene with a gorgeous (if pointless) app that allowed users to affect an onscreen world with a touch, tap or swipe. It was an instant success and app developers have been using the model ever since hoping to achieve the same fame.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:


Deadlier Allusions: Mini Crime Sagas for the Cultured Detective

Deadlier Allusions is another installment of text-based who-dunnits for armchair detectives. The criminal capers are all murders where the victim has left behind clues that — if interpreted correctly — will point to the "perp." It's the players job to suss out the truth and solve the murder through multiple choice.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:


iPeriod is Just for the Ladies (mostly)

Buy iPeriod Period Tracker Ultimate / Menstrual Calendar on the App Store

iPeriod won me over.
Although menstruation tracking apps aren't exactly new to the App Store, I've avoided reviewing any of them. It's not that I'm squeamish about the subject matter. It's just that I've never been the type to track this information, so why start now?


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.5/5 | Category:


Anitello: Animated How-to Videos for Life's Little Problems

Anitello is an app designed to provide "clarifying animations" to "entertain and assist." The animations cover basic tasks such as jumpstarting a battery or cooking a steak — simple stuff that people frequently have questions about.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 2.5/5 | Category:


Wordweaver Takes Word Games to the Next Level

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Wordweaver adds new features, twists and roadblocks to the typical "find and select" word puzzlers. It could be one of the most innovative word games I've played in a while, and it's easily the most challenging.


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


Red Hot Slots: Video Slots are a Reel Good Time

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Red Hot Slots is a rock-and-roll good time for anyone that enjoys games of chance. ...Take that, Vegas! I'm going with Red Hot Slots.


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


PhotoShoot: Maim Your Photos in Marvelous Ways

PhotoShoot is a customizable dart board that lets you choose a photo (aka: target) and dart-style to release frustration or a enjoy quick chuckle.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:


Grabl is a Fast-Paced Addition to iPhone Word Games

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Grabl is a word-building strategy game that will appeal to those brainy types who prefer a shot of adrenaline with their morning crossword.


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


MonsterABC Wraps up Entertainment and Education in One App

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One of the newer edutainment apps to hit the marker is MonsterABC, an alphabet primer with a monstrously cute theme.


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


AppCraver: Sponsored by a Casino Near You

How do you like AppCraver's new look? Thanks to Encore, this week's premium sponsor, we're ready to host a world-class casino night. Chips, check. Whisky, check. Aces securely tucked away, double check.


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iCaption Harnesses the Power (and Pain) of Community

Buy iCaption (Funny Pics - FAIL, Signs, plus more!) on the App Store

iCaption (Funny Pics - FAIL Signs, plus more!) is an iphone application for all you Dane Cook fans out there — meaning I don't think it is remotely funny or even tolerable but I guarantee some of you out there will.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.0/5 | Category:


Hulala iPix is a Girly Way to Dress up Your Pics

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Hulala iPix — pronounced like a tropical version of oo-la-la — is another image decorating app that invites users to "bling up" their photos and share them with friends via Facebook or email.


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


Orbital: Best-Looking App, but Still Requires Strategy and Skill

Buy ORBITAL on the App Store

Orbital, the new space-themed app from BitForge, is a stand-out game that can be played with one hand. It falls loosely into the brick-breaker category, but takes this straightforward concept adds a few new ideas, a bit of social media and packages it all up with gorgeous graphics.


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


Disneyland iGuide by Walkee is a magical link to Walt's Kingdom

Buy Disneyland iGuide - Walkee® on the App Store

I wasn't too sure I could test the Disneyland iGuide by Walkee without a visit to the "happiest place on Earth." However, since my app purchase did not include a ticket I realized I'd just have to give it my best shot.


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


Zamodo Faces Serves up Indie-Art Wallpaper in 3 Yummy Designs

Zamodo Faces - Indie Wallpaper Art

Each collection in Zamodo's new line of iPhone Wallpaper apps features 10 clean, vector-y, candy-coated artworks designed to look like faces. They have just the right dash of whimsy and cool to give your device a little attitude that says, "I may ride the waves of popular culture, but I'm still a kid at heart."


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:


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