Category: App Reviews

Rock & Roll With Duck & Roll – iPad App Review

No one understands the hard life of a rocker. First, your parents tell you to “turn that racket down.” Then, you try to start a band but no one knows how to play AC/DC covers. Then, you enter a Battle of the Bands contest where the winner gets a record deal. That’s how it is in real life, right?

In Duck & Roll, players follow the life of a struggling musician who also happens to be a duck. He is a bit of a foul-mouthed fowl, but at least his cussing is represented with the word “duck” instead of the bad one that rhymes.

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Rise of the Guardians Movie Storybook Deluxe Extends the Magic — iPad App Review

Along with the paperback novelizations that populate the super market checkout aisle, sticker books, and stuffed animals, iOS apps that re-tell popular childhood movies are now a standard offering with each release.

Rise of the Guardians Movie Storybook Deluxe parallels the plot of Dreamworks’ newly released movie. Both movie and storybook app were inspired by William Joyce‘s novels and picture books, which are set 200 years before the movie. Though the movie tells an original story, Joyce executive-produced the movie and his creative DNA runs throughout the storybook, especially in its illustrations.
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Raised on the Radio? Check Out This Day in Classic Rock — iPad App Review

The trusty crew at This Day in Music Apps has a new offering for fans who know Peter Green from Peter Frampton, or can name all three Yardbirds guitarists without consulting Google. This Day in Classic Rock for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch offers facts from AC/DC to ZZ Top.

As the name suggests, this entertaining app features a daily fact or three, trivia questions, quizzes, and an overview of 50 Classic rock albums including titles by the Who, the Clash, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie.

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Make Beautiful Music with Flea Symphony – iPad Game Review

You’ve heard of flea circuses, but a Flea Symphony? Yep. This is a new and exciting game idea from Majesco Entertainment that uses sound-based puzzles to delight and challenge music loving gamers.

In this game, you will help Maestro Piccolo’s Flea Symphony from going out of business by using the fleas to make music. You will bounce the little buggers off of drums, launch them from guitar strings, and send them shooting out of tuba cannons in order to make beautiful music.

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TrueMetronome Creates Near Perfect, Zero Latency Beats With Style

TrueMetronome recently launched in the app store for musicians with a particularly trained ear for rhythm. Other metronome apps don’t quite hit the beat at the exact moment they are supposed to. This tick-tock app boasts zero latency and is being called the most accurate metronome in the app store.

This app is minimalistic in design. It does one thing- tap out a beat. There are no multiple click sounds or different styles. There is one sound, plus one accent bell, and that is it.

The developers spent a lot of time creating a sound that is realistic. Most digital metronomes produce a short clip of audio that cuts out after the click, leaving dead air after the sound. This app creates a beat that doesn’t effect gradual decay of sound so that you hear a more natural click. Read More »

Gluten-Free Survival Guide: iPad & iPhone Apps for the Holidays


When you’re gluten free, the holiday season can be a minefield of potential disaster.  So much focus is placed on food, and when a lot of that food is off limits it can get really stressful.  It gets even worse if you’re not familiar with the diet and attempting to accommodate a gluten-free guest!  Here are some great resources on the iPad to help you navigate the season with ease.

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Wrangle the Animals into Line in Zookeeper DX – iPad Game Review

Zookeeper DX is an addictive match three puzzle game. Your goal is to catch as many animals as possible, which take on the form of ultra cute blocks.

In the main part of the game, you simply touch an animal and slide up to swap blocks. If you match three or more of the same animals they will be cleared from the board.

Match animal after animal to make chains, in order to score extra points. In every stage, you will have a target number of animals to catch before you are able to move on.

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Join Two Adorable Bulldogs in Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure: A Kids Storybook with Games — iPad App Review

Even though they love their cozy Vermont lifestyle, and their humans, English Bulldogs Lola and Lucy are called to discover their true job as dogs in Lola and Lucy’s Great Adventure: A Kids Storybook with Games. The pups cross-country adventure begins after they encounter Barney the Australian Shepherd, who is appalled that they don’t “work,” saying, “a dog without a job is no dog at all.”

The story is based on two real dogs with the same names who live on a Pennsylvania farm. The gorgeous, colorful paintings that comprise Lola and Lucy’s illustrations were inspired by photos of the real dogs.
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Join the Dance in Fancy Nancy Ballet School — iPad App Review

Even though she’s grown no older, and no less fancy, in the 8 years since the publication of Fancy Nancy, the bejeweled protagonist of the series now stars in several iOS apps, the newest of which, Fancy Nancy Ballet School includes an easy-to-read story as well as innovative interactive features.

In addition to reading about Nancy’s ballet adventures, the reader can choreograph ballet steps for Fancy Nancy to dance, and then film video, using augmented reality, to dance along with Fancy Nancy. Did you just hear a collective squeal from six-year-old girls across the land?
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You’ll Fall For Verticus – iPad App Review

In order to save time for some of our readers out there, this app was created by and stars Stan Lee. All of the comic book geeks can stop reading this review and just go download the game. It doesn’t even matter what I think. I understand. I did the same thing when I first found out.

If you are still reading this review, you are probably not a comic book collector (or, you love my writing so much that you’ll finish this review before downloading the game).

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