Developer: Russell Glenn
Price: $1.99 Download on the App Store
I wanted to like iSurvive Wilderness but in the end, it lost me. North New Orleans Blade Works' app aims to be a pocket survival guide for anyone who might lose their way in the wilds and need to find food, start a fire, navigate, perform first aid and do all the other things they teach you to do in Boy Scouts.
The idea is a good one but it's badly executed.
iSurvive Wilderness is essentially an e-Book with pages and pages of text that describes survival situations that you might encounter. For example, you might need shelter, build a fire, tie knots and so on.
What iSurvive Wilderness fails to do at nearly every key juncture is to describe what actions you should take in a given situation in a way that is meaningful.
For example: Tap Shelter from iSurvive's main menu, and from there go to Elements. On the Elements page, here's what you'll get: "A shelter must protect you from the elements like rain, sleet, snow, wind, and even the sun. If your shelter does not meet this requirement there is a problem that you must correct."
Then the author goes on to explain that you should place large leaves on your shelter to keep the rain out and if it's snowing the roof of your shelter needs to be strong. The writer sums up with: "The ground is hard and for the most part uncomfortable."
iSurvive Wilderness is chock full of "don't stand in the rain" advice that surely must be common sense to everyone.
The main problem with iSurvive Wilderness is that the author attempts to describe in words what photos and diagrams would do better.
Even in the few instances where iSurvive's developer includes photos, the information isn't has helpful as someone might like. For example, under knot tying, you'll learn: "The bowline knot, also known as the rescue knot, is an unmovable loop when tied correctly." That's good to know, I guess. I couldn't make out from the four pictures just how to tie the knot and I have no idea what I would do with it if I could.