Articles and Reviews by Barbara Holbrook



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

Buy Walkee iGuide to Disneyland 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:


iBalls:Steel Lets Players Compete for Serious Cash

Buy iBALLS:STEEL - FREE on the App Store

iBalls:Steel — So, by now you've had some time to play around with TightWire. And you may be thinking, "Hey, I've got this accelerometer thing down!" I'm so good, I should get PAID for this.


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


uKnowit Crams a Whopping 10,000 Quotes, Facts, Trivia into One App

Have you ever been stuck mid-sentence because you don't know how to refer to that group of wild boars crossing the expressway? Or spent sleepless nights wondering what type of insanity might make a man think he is an ox?


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:


TightWire's Accelerometer Acrobatics is a Game for Big Boys (Really Big Boys)

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If you think you've got what it takes to master the accelerometer then plunk down your dollar and play with the big boys on the TightWire.


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


InvestCalc Gives a Detailed View of Financial Future

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InvestCalc is a handy calculator app that (unsurprisingly) provides users with the ability to calculate how their money might grow over the life of an investment. The app can also calculate debts such as long-term loans and provides an amazing amount of financial insight for $0.99.


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


4Bugs is a Gorgeous Photo Hunt for Experienced Players

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Photo hunts are one of those "no instructions necessary" kind of games that can be played alone or with friends. As such, they're hugely popular both online and off. If you're familiar with any of the variety of PC games or touchscreen bar games, then you'll know what just what to do when you pick up 4Bugs from Root9 Medialab.


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


Swine Time is an entertaining flight in under 30 seconds

Buy SWINE TIME - Reaction Test on the App Store

There seems to be a correlation for me lately... The shorter a game is, the longer I play it. And this is certainly the case with Swine Time, the newest release from Vito Technology.
If you're lucky, a game of Swine Time will take 30-60 seconds to play.


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


kobeFit - Personal Fitness Manager Will Keep You on Track

kobeFit — They say variety is the spice of life and this is especially true when it comes to fitness. Not only will varying your routines keep you motivated, but it's also a beneficial training technique.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:


ICEcare: Comprehensive Emergency Contact and Preparedness Information

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ICEcare - By now we've all received the email about ICE — In Case of Emergency. The chain email has been circling the globe for years encouraging cell phone users to create an entry called ICE so that paramedics or hospital staff will know who to contact in case of emergency.


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


Friend Mapper is a Cool Concept for the Right Audience

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Friend Mapper — Combine the iPhone's built-in GPS with our natural tendency to be nosy and you get a plethora of location-based apps that allow users to find, follow and map their friends.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.0/5 | Category: , ,


Alice Free Fall is a Gorgeous Game in Wonderland

Have you ever wondered just how Alice felt during her descent down to Wonderland? The developers at Flipcoin Studios have the answer. Their new app Alice Free Fall uses the strange, dreamy theme of Alice and the rabbit hole as the backdrop for a simple game that's big on graphics.


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


Crystal Clear is addictive, mind-clearing fun

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Crystal Clear is so easy that everything you need to know about the game is included in its title. Clear the crystals from the board. That's it. For an extra challenge, you can try to get a higher score by clearing the sparkling crystals first or by increasing your speed.


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


Medieval is a Polished Castle Defense Game

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It's not often that a game can truly appeal to gamers of multiple skill levels. But I think that Medieval, the castle defense game from Brisk Mobile, is one of those games.
Set the difficulty to easy and it's challenging but winnable, a good incentive for casual gamers to keep playing.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:


MyNewPlace Helps Apartment Hunters Organize Their Search

Buy MyNewPlace – Find Apartments & Houses For Rent on the App Store

MyNewPlace.com is a website that connects renters with apartments. The site claims to list 6 million apartments in 20 major metropolitan areas so far — including my home town Long Beach, CA.


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


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