Category: App Reviews

Make Beautiful Presentations on your iPad with Haiku Deck — iPad App Review

Haiku Deck LogoI’m old enough that I wasn’t taught how to make PowerPoint presentations in school. When I finally made it to college, I was about 10 years older than my classmates, who all learned how to use the Microsoft program and said things like, “It’s super easy” and, “You just have to add some pictures and some text.” I never did try to master the program. Someone else was always willing to take on that part of the group project and I was able to slip through without ever learning how to make a computer slideshow.

Thank goodness for Haiku Deck for making presentation creation easy and beautiful for people like me. The app is so easy to figure out that even an old timer like me can make stunning presentations with very little effort.

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Mary Engelbreit’s Doll Dress-Up: “Breitville” Brings Paper Dolls to Life — iPad App Review

breitvilleappIllustrator Mary Engelbreit has built a business empire on her vibrant and whimsical illustrations of tea cups, flowers, and rosy-cheeked children. For her newest venture, she partnered with iOS app developer Auryn to release Breitville, an iPad-only digital paper doll play space.

Breitville builds on the idea of traditional paper dolls, but with added interactive features. The user can bring dolls to life, name and dress them, take them to the beach or the park, and even decorate rooms in several different virtual doll houses for the dolls to play in.
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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Block Fortress

Block Fortress MainOnce again, Apple has rummaged through hundreds of apps that were released within the past week to find two that the “editors” (whomever they may be) consider to be the cream of the crop. The criteria for being considered for the honor is unknown, but what we do know is that these mysterious editors know a thing or two about great apps. Last week, Apple spotlighted the third in the Real Racing series, which may have upset the masses by being a freemium game, but you can’t deny that it looks fantastic and plays like a console game.

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Enjoy Cooking and Eating Better with Green Kitchen’s Healthy Desserts — iPad App Review

hdappIt’s a dilemma that many folks with a sweet tooth face: dessert is bad for you. Usually. Green Kitchen’s Healthy Desserts, inspired by the husband and wife duo who run the vegetarian food blog Green Kitchen Stories, offers 48 dessert recipes that aren’t quite so unhealthy. Many of the recipes are suitable for vegan or gluten free diets.

Considering the recent New York Times pieces on the evils of sugar and junk food respectively, even omnivores have good reason to search out healthier alternatives when it’s time for dessert.

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Sonic Dash Spins Into the App Store – iPad App Review

Sonic DashSonic the Hedgehog is one of those games that have made its way into the hearts of gamers of all ages. Like Super Mario Brothers is for Nintendo, Sonic is Sega’s iconic hero. Unlike Nintendo, Sega has embraced the mobile gaming world and regularly releases its titles on iOS, including the blue runner’s original series. Sonic Dash is not one of the original console games. It is, however, Sonic at his best.

This is an endless runner game very similar to Temple Run. I know what you are thinking, “Oh, great. Another Temple Run copycat.” You’re both right and wrong. Yes, the game play is pretty much the same. Players swipe to the left or right to collect coins and avoid obstacles, or swipe up to jump over logs and swipe down to duck. Only, instead of ducking, Sonic goes into his iconic spin.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Archie Comics

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Fridays are a good day for us old timers when it comes to remembering our youth. Radio stations, TV stations, and movie theaters all take a step back in time to bring you their version of Flashback Friday and here at PadGadget, we’ve got our own version of the celebration of all things retro. Last week, we spotlighted a collection of games from the Galaga series. Talk about going back in time. I spent many an hour and many a quarter trying to destroy enemies in Galaxian when I was an itty-bitty gamer.

This week, instead of a game, we are spotlighting a comic book reader for one of the longest running comics in existence.

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Take on the Role of a Rabid Zombie in Infect Them All 2: Zombies – iPad Game Review

infectthemall2Infect Them All 2: Zombies is the follow up to the hit zombie game Infect Them All. In this series by Magic Cube, you get to take on the role of the zombies, working to turn all of the unsuspecting humans into walking undead. If you liked Infect Them All, the sequel will be a blast.

Its not often you get to be a zombie, which is a thematic element that makes the Infect Them All series unique. It is fantastically fun to stagger around sinking your rotting teeth into fleeing humans, putting a nice twist on the typical zombie slaying games that are found in the App Store.

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Can You Survive the Worm Run? – iPad Game Review

wormrunWorm Run is a side scrolling platformer with a unique control scheme. In most platform games you use a joystick to run forward while additional buttons implement jumps or other maneuvers. Worm Run, though, uses swipe gestures for movement, and it incorporates endless running style gameplay for a fresh feel.

In the game, you will take on the role of Zeke Tallahassee, a space janitor who is unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time, finding himself running for his life from a giant worm that’s equipped with a mouth full of razor sharp teeth.

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Battle Famous Celebrity Zombies in Crazy Bill – iPad Game Review

crazybillCrazy Bill, from Ivanovich Games, combines zombie slaying with endless running, two of my favorite iOS game elements. Though there are a never ending stream of zombie titles hitting the App Store, I never seem to tire of slaughtering wave after wave of zombies, and Crazy Bill offers non-stop zombie smashing action.

This game takes place in a hotel, but it’s not your run of the mill bed and breakfast. Instead, this is a high class zombie hotel that houses the hottest zombie celebrities. You will take on the role of Bill, a man who is dedicated to clearing out the zombie filth. Read More »

Toy Story: Smash It! The Only Time You Are Allowed To Smash Your Toys – iPad App Review

Toy Story LogoDisney has had some big hits with games such as Where’s My Water and Temple Run Brave. They keep pumping out games that please and we keep having fun with them. The company recently released another movie related game called Toy Story: Smash It! and this game is full of fun ways to smash things.

Players take control of Buzz in a playtime attack on invading aliens. Instead of using imaginary lasers, players get to knock down towering boxes with PVC toy balls. To take aim, touch Buzz and drag your finger backward. Glowing crosshairs will appear to let you know where your ball is headed. If you get the shot right, you may knock down all of the three-eyed alien squeaky toys.

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