Articles and Reviews by Jennifer Beam
iXpenseIt - In my opinion, an expense tracking and budgeting software program that appeals to all users for all purposes simply does not exist. It would be difficult to define all the small details required of a one-size-fits-all due to the individual differences in personal budgeting styles.
Yatzy Twist is a Kristanix Games version of the Milton Bradley original Yahtzee! dice game. There isn’t really anything new that can be said about the classic dice-throwing game, but for anyone who doesn’t know it, it’s a game of chance won by accumulating the most points based on specific scoring sequences of five dice.
As a fan of classic style arcade games, I appreciate any modern developer’s attempt to design a retro-style game to appeal to the masses. Upsi Runner by Shen Mansell demonstrates an interpretation of a classic arcade-style game featuring a snail that alternately side scrolls across levels amidst vertically moving enemies.
inFact USA is a quiz game that tests your knowledge of all things America. From state capitals, flags, flowers, and birds to the location of landforms and universities, famous people, and state nicknames..
Artisan is another artistic app for iPhone and iPod Touch that allows you to manipulate colored particles of light on your screen into swirls of varying color, shape, and transparency. Similar to the developer’s other app, Spawn Illuminati and along the same lines, though less sophisticated than Pixi, Artisan is a basic touch screen canvas with an instruction menu that allows you to create custom designs.
Method Solutions has partnered with Slapdash Games to release Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Already a PC game, Sunnyville is a hidden object find based on two old adages — one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and your home is your castle.
The Creeps - Let it be known that I love a good sale. Who doesn’t? My own affection for sales transcends to the iTunes Store as well as anywhere else and right now you can get The Creeps! on sale for just $0.99.
Adding yet another app to the classic snake game category, the release of Boa Constrictor by Excelltech Mobile has at least proven there is always a way to put a spin on a tried and true game.
Rocky Artue - There is much mystery surrounding this side-scrolling platform adventure game for iPhone/iPod touch released earlier this month by Imaginuity New Media Inc. starting with the title.
Getting lost in anonymous conversations or just expressing random thoughts is the premise behind the entertainment app Distant Shore.
Brought to us courtesy of The Blimp Pilots, the developers behind Koi Pond, Distant Shore puts a new spin on social networking.
To be honest, I’m sitting on the fence where iCatchall: 16+ Apps in One is concerned. Brought to you by Headlight Software Inc., the makers of wifi disk and other utility/productivity tools, iCatchall: 16+ Apps in One is exactly as the name implies — 16 different apps in one with the + presumably indicating more to come. Basically, it’s a compilation of some of the more popular free utility and miscellaneous apps as well as a few others randomly thrown in for fun.
As a huge proponent of anything that makes learning fun for kids, checking out ABC Animals by Critical Matter, Inc. was a personal pleasure. An educational app aimed at teaching letter recognition and sound to preschoolers through flashcard simulation, ABC Animals is friendly and intuitive and includes a couple of features that makes it very worthwhile.
Admittedly, the idea of an animated snail delivering intergalactic packages sounds like a goofy premise for a racing game, but Snail Mail, by Sandlot Games, deserves some attention. Snail Mail is a racing adventure game that features Turbo the Snail, who you must guide through an interplanetary obstacle course to make package deliveries.
helloCards - If you find the concept of electronic greeting cards useful, or even preferable, then what could be better than an app that lets you create and send one right from your iPhone? Along the same lines as HiCard Suite, helloCards by Luxious Labs features numerous categories of ecards that can be personalized and sent right from your iPhone.
Award-winning mobile game developer, Rovio, entered into the iPhone/iPod Touch arena with the release of Totomi, a puzzle-stacking game with charm.
Totomi is a more in-depth gaming app than many, complete with a story mode and arcade mode, and stands on the same solid premise most good puzzle games have.
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