Category: App Reviews

Get Ready for Inauguration Day with Disney American Presidents — iPad App Review

APappDisney American Presidents, the entertainment giant’s recent iPad-only edu-app for kids, is an informative and entertaining look at the American Presidency. The app includes go-to facts and sound bites for all 44 Presidents, as well as an instructional, and humorous, video for each president featuring commentary from political big wigs like Wesley Clark and Robert Reich, as well as the more offbeat opinions of comedian Mo Rocca.

Which President did ladies think was Mr. Congeniality? Which President got stuck in the White House bathtub? Disney American Presidents answers these questions, and offers a kid more than just the facts, so the app is sure to hold a child’s attention.

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IdentiKat Will Delight Creative, Cat-loving Kids — iPad App Review

idcatappUsing a style reminiscent of the late children’s book illustrator Simms Taback, IdentiKat adds a splash of colorful tromp l’oeil to the iPad. This universal iOS app allows a child (and, er, maybe an adult or two) to solve six adorable cat face puzzles in the Kat Cut section and create her own feline creations in the Kat Lab.

IdentiKat doesn’t rely on standard issue digital shapes or paint tools. Instead the app offers a wide selection of choices that look as if they came from a royal seamstresses scrap drawer. A kid can choose from buttons, brocades, and trims in every color of the rainbow when creating a cat. The puzzles use the same handsome assortment of pieces as well to create a parade of charming felines.
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No More Sleeping, Its Time to Wake the Cat – iPad App Review

Wake the Cat LogoIf you’re in the mood for a cute and cuddly physics-based puzzle game, then you’ve found the cutest. Wake the Cat will make you purr with happiness. Watch out for moving trains and blustery fans as you maneuver a ball of yarn across the floor and into the sleepy paws of the cuddly kitty.

Players must figure out how to get a ball of yarn from one side of the room to the other. Sometimes, only a box is in the way. Other times, there is so much junk on the floor it’s a wonder anyone can walk through the room at all.

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Get Your Brain in Gear Playing HEX IT: Awesome Puzzle Game for iPad

puzzleWhatever you think your plans were for the day: cancel them. If you start playing HEX IT: Awesome Puzzle Game for iPad, chances are very good that it will be a long while before you stop.

Curious what it’s all about? Think Rubik’s cube meets slider puzzle meets the hexagon and you’ll have some idea. HEX IT is addictive to be sure but it is also easy to learn, easy to play and the right amount of challenging to make it truly fun.

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Win Big With Big Win Basketball – iPad App Review

Big Win BBall LogoDennis Rodman is back in business with collaboration on a new stats-based trading card game about basketball. In connection with Hothead Games, Rodman lent his gaming expertise for the development of Big Win Basketball.

Players are given a random start pack of virtual cards to use for the game. The deck will have at least five player cards, plus action cards, or “Big Impact” cards.

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Satiate Your Inner Daredevil with Joe Danger – iPad Game Review

joedangerJoe Danger is a fantastic new iOS game that combines sidescrolling gameplay with hints of both racing and platforming games, resulting in an app that is incredibly fun and impossible to put down.

This is a game that puts you in control of the crazy daredevil Joe Danger, encountering and overcoming a slew of obstacles while pulling off dangerous, death-defying tricks for gold and glory.

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Discover The World of Wildlife with WWF Together – iPad App Review

WWF LogoThe World Wildlife Fund (WFF) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to educate people about animals around the globe, especially endangered ones. The organization started in 1961 and has been working hard ever since to protect wildlife, conserve natural resources, and work with government agencies to ensure that humans and wildlife can coexist peacefully.

The nature group recently launched a free app that hopes to do even more to educate the world on endangered animals, including interactive images, videos, and even animal origami.

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Tie a Proper Knot with Animated Knots by Grog HD — iPad App Review

grogappI first learned that knot tying had its own culture almost by accident while reading Annie E. Proulx’s The Shipping News, a novel that quotes liberally from The Ashley Book of Knots. Beyond tying my shoes or making a jaunty bow with a silk scarf, I’d never given knots a second thought. I couldn’t explain the difference is between a half hitch and a rolling hitch, nor did I regularly concern myself with a rope’s breaking strain. More importantly, however, I hadn’t considered the knot as a tool that could be as indispensable as a hammer, stapler, or chef’s knife.

Enter Animated Knots by Grog HD to cure me of my knot nescience. This new iPad-only app (iPhone/iPod touch sold separately) which ported from Grog’s website of the same name. Animated Knots offers users an encyclopedic knot-tying instructional database.

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Angry Birds Alum Launch Noble Nutlings – a Casual Racing iPad Game

Noble Nutlings

Boomlagoon is sure to be a name that will be mentioned a lot in tech news over the next few days. Three former Rovio employees founded Boomlagoon, which is the creative team behind the most popular game in the App Store, Angry Birds. Why is this new game company going to be the new hotness, you ask? Because they’ve just launched their own mobile video game and it is just as cute as the bird-flinging physics-based phenomenon. Don’t worry. Noble Nutlings is not an Angry Birds rip off. It is more like a Tiny Wings rip off, but whose paying attention.

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Miss the Boat? Chase it Down in Catch the Ark! – iPad App Review

mzl.mstsnbsqIn their latest title, Chillingo wonders if you can “survive the jungle and catch the ark?” With brilliantly simple on-screen controls, you will help navigate your way through jungle rapids while fighting against “outrageous hazards, hungry enemies, and even grumpy old Noah himself.”

To say this game is fast-paced is a tremendous understatement. From the moment you kick off your adventure, the twists and turns you take traveling down the water are exciting and addictive.

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