Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hill Climb Racing


Hill Climb Racing has made a huge splash in both the Android Play Store and the Apple App Store. This game offers great graphics that play nice on just about any type of device from an iPhone 4 to a Droid DNA. These graphics are met with intuitive controls that just make the game fun and easy to play! However I did find that the upgrade system seemed lacking with only four categories to upgrade (Engine, Suspension, Tires, and 4WD). It would have been nice if there was a way to personalize the vehicle by changing the paint color or some other creative way of putting your own personal spin on the game. But in the end its a free game (ad supported) with reasonably priced in app purchases that can be easily circumvented! Easily a 4.5 star app!!!

Google Play Store
http://tinyurl.com/8qraoyd 

Apple App Store
http://tinyurl.com/csgpryg

Saturday, August 25, 2012

AirSync

AirSync is perfect for the music lover with an Android powered device! It utilizes a desktop client that pulls the user's iTunes playlists and library! It's extremely intuitive and easy to use with it's almost idiot proof setup process and scheduled syncing. Just put both the Android device and the computer being used on the same WiFi connection, open up doubleTwist on the computer and the device should automatically appear on the left hand side under devices. After that all you do is enter the security code on the device into the desktop client and boom. It brings up a page with all the playlists on the computer and allows you to check which playlists you want synced. After that it will automatically sync on the hour as long as both devices remain on the same network.

I did find a few problems with the devices updating playlist info but a quick fix I found was to just restart the mobile device. It refreshes the playlist file being used and fixes the issue! Overall, this app is wonderful and completely worth the $4.99 purchase price! Solid 5 stars!

Google Play Store Link
http://tinyurl.com/9sqblqg

Sunday, August 5, 2012

ShopSavvy

ShopSavvy is a perfect app for those penny-pinchers who just love to save money on everyday items. Just use the app to scan a barcode off of a product and ShopSavvy does the rest, pulling up customer reviews, a map showing other stores close by that carry the same product, and even a list of stores sorted by price (low to high). But thats not all it does! You know those pesky QR codes that seem to be on every product sold? ShopSavvy will easily scan those and pull up the linked website, app, or whatever else the QR code instructs it to do. Best of all, this app is free for both Android and iOS users!  However, this app seems to be lacking on features, and there are a lot of items that aren't cataloged into the ShopSavvy system which makes the app useless on those products. Overall, ShopSavvy is a solid 3 star app!

Google Play Store
http://tinyurl.com/bmawem2

Apple App Store
http://tinyurl.com/6wkwaqu

Friday, August 3, 2012

Osmos HD

Imagine being a tiny cell in the midst of many larger cells that would love to gobble you up whole, what would you do? Well in Osmos HD, the answer is simple, eat or be eaten! Osmos has been called a "must play" by MTV Multiplayer for it's amazing HD graphics, unique physics-based gameplay, it's addictive gameplay and multiplayer capabilities! Best of all, it's only $2.99 on the Google Play Store! However, it's substantially higher at $4.99 on the Apple App Store. Overall a solid 5 star app!

Google Play Store
http://tinyurl.com/7s562uo


Apple App Store
http://tinyurl.com/23ztlsn



Thursday, August 2, 2012

Six Guns

Love old westerns? Wish you could ride a horse around town while wielding a gun? Well then is Six Guns a game for you! Created by Gameloft, Six Guns offers high end graphics, fun gameplay, and an endless possibility of exploration. Best of all, this game is FREE for both Android and iOS users. Overall, I enjoyed this game from start to finish, however I will warn you that this game might not be suitable for little kids (the official Play Store and App Store listings show a 9+ age requirement) due to some crude humor and sometimes excessive profanity but it's nothing compared to most first person shooters (I'm looking at you Modern Warfare: 3). However this app follows in the foot steps of most Gameloft apps, full of bugs and it always has some type of lag in the gameplay but hey, it's free. Overall, I rate this app at 3 out of 5 stars!

Google Play Store Link
http://tinyurl.com/bue45g6

Apple App Store Link
http://tinyurl.com/cxgwpk8

Shadowgun

If you thought Dead Trigger was good, wait til you see its predecessor, Shadowgun! It was one of the original Tegra 2 games released last October and it is arguably better than any other game on both Android and iOS! At only $4.99 on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, it features breath taking graphics, a somewhat hard to follow story thats actually quite interesting, and addictive gameplay. Seriously, who wouldn't like a futuristic game where you get to play as John Slade, the galaxy's most infamous bounty hunter who is assigned to hunt down a maniacal super-genious? Especially considering this app has been praised on multiple occasions for it's impressive graphics, immersive story line, and for containing the most advanced combat seen on any mobile game according to the official Play Store listing. Of course if this game is played on any iOS device, you will not experience the full graphics possibilities due to hardware limitations but even on lower graphics settings, it still makes any phone or tablet into a mini-game console. This app receives a solid 5 stars!

Google Play Store
http://tinyurl.com/cm3x6eo

Apple App Store
http://tinyurl.com/3grmoud

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fast Burst Camera

Ever tried taking pictures of say an animal or a small child? Did you get frustrated when every picture you took was blurry from movement? If you have ever went through this, then Fast Burst Camera is a perfect app for you! Its very fast, as in fast enough to make a stop-motion out of moving people and even fireworks (I used this app over the 4th of July and got some very cool .gif animations of fireworks) and yet it is still able to maintain high image resolution and quality. When I used this app, the difference between a normal picture taken with the stock app on max settings and Fast Burst camera were almost indistinguishable in both quality and resolution. But thats not all this app can do, it automatically organizes the pictures taken into sub folders (which can be found on the external SD card) that contain all the pictures from one event (by default one event is one fast burst of pictures which can be between 2-2000 pictures, it depends on how many pictures your device is capable of taking and retaining in its memory and how long you held down the camera button). Once all the pictures are organized, there are a few options available to the user, you can make a .gif animation out of the capture pictures, make a collage, or share them to a friend. Overall, this is a great app that is very stable (I never experienced any force closures, locking up, etc) and full of features thus it receives a solid 5 stars.  However I would like to see a few more features such as the ability to stitch the pictures into a normal video format instead of a .gif (Facebook and most social media sites don't take .gif animations) especially considering the app cost $3.99 in the Google Play Store (don't worry, there is a trial version available)!

Google Play Store (Paid)

Google Play Store (Free)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

FoxFi Free Tethering

Ever wished you could use extend that data plan you have on your phone onto your computer? Well here is an app that will do all that for FREE! FoxFi provides free wireless tethering without root to most Android devices (currently they don't support HTC devices running Gingerbread, 2.3, due to software restrictions). Best of all, it supports ultra-fast 4G connections which are often faster than most home internet connections, providing lower latency(makes gaming quicker and less frustrating) and higher bandwidth (makes watching that TV show you missed a breeze). When used I used this app, it was extremely simple and seemed very newbie proof. Check one box for WiFi tethering, set up a password, and thats it! On the computer side, my laptop recognized the network and connected just like any other WiFi connection. FoxFi also support Bluetooth tethering which is slower than WiFi tethering but it allows tethering on those HTC devices running Gingerbread. Bluetooth seemed to be just as easy as WiFi tethering except there was more work getting my computer to connect to the network.  Anyhow, FoxFi is an amazing app for anyone with an unlimited data plan (I wound recommend it in *moderation* on any usage-based plans). Solid 5 stars for ease of use and functionality!

Play Store Link
http://tinyurl.com/87upxeu

FoxFi is currently not available in the Apple App Store!

Riptide GP


Riptide GP was one of the first NVIDIA Tegra optimized game and it has sold over 100,000 times on the Android App Market alone. But what makes a game so successful? In Riptide's case it's pure graphics! Playing this game on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 tablet provides breathtaking graphics, and extreme responsiveness that rivals modern gaming consoles (Xbox 360, PS3, etc.). Couple that with easy to use controls, an interesting plot, and high speed racing, you sir have a successful app for the masses. 

However, this is one of those apps you download and play only a handfull of times. The main reason,  game play gets repetitive after multiple races!  Vector Unit, the game's developer, tries to keep you interested with lots of different tracks but its hardly enough. Anyhow, Riptide at least offers some multiplayer support but unfortunately it requires an Openfeint account to play. For $1.99 in both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, Riptide GP is worth every penny. This App gets a solid 4.5 stars for amazing graphics and ease of use!

Google Play Store

Apple App Store

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Minecraft Pocket Edition

Minecraft is one of those games, it doesn't offer great graphics, a storyline or any feature from a normal game however it is still a world wide hit. With variations available on PC, Mac, Xbox, Playstation and many more, it's safe to say the world has fallen in love with it.  Needless to say, the Pocket Edition available on iOS and Android is no exception. It doesn't have high quality graphics like the ones seen in Dead Trigger but it has still been downloaded over 500,000 times just in the Google Play Store. The Pocket Edition started out slow, not offering many of the key features that Minecraft is known for, mainly crafting, however with recent updates, the Pocket Edition offers just as much as any other iteration of Minecraft. The best feature of Minecraft is the ability to build anything. You name it, you can build it in here! With the new crafting update (Version 3.2) any item can be created. Torches, Doors, Windows, Brick, they're are all just a few taps away.With a little bit of creativity and imagination this is an amazing app.However at $6.99 its a bit pricey compared to other games but its one of those games that is 100% worth it considering Minecraft is fun for both children and adults. Not to mention with the new Multiplayer functionality, its easier than ever to play with friends, but theres a slight problem here, in order to play with friends, all players must be on the same WiFi network or paired over Bluetooth. This app gets a solid 5 stars, not because it has high end graphics or a great storyline but because it makes people of all ages feel like they're little kids again.


Play Store
http://tinyurl.com/7zjc5yk

Apple App Store
http://tinyurl.com/6uaz5ra

For Optimal Gameplay, Advanced Apps recommends the Nexus 7!

Shine Runner

Ever seen the TV show Moonshiners? If you have ever seen and/or enjoy that show then Shine Runner is a must have for you! With its high end NVIDIA Tegra graphics and addictive gameplay, running from the Cops will be more enjoyable than ever! However, good luck figuring out the controls on this game. The defaults are on screen controls which are hard to figure out by looking at just the welcome screen and the accelerometer controls are hard to use, requiring the device to be sharply tilted just to get the slightest response in the game. The developer really didn't think these things through especially considering that during the game when you turn even slightly the entire craft drifts in an unrealistic way. In the game, the goal of the game is to drive your airboat to the finish line collecting as much cash on the way as possible. There is no way that I have found to crash the airboat, even while battling the quirky controls, I never once was able to crash or flip the airboat, making this game fun for all ages. At the end of every race it shows a store where you can buy and sell goods just like buying stock in the stock market. Prices go up and down every race and its difficult to tell if you will make money or loose money. Overall, I give this app 3 stars for the bad controls, hopefully the developer will release an update soon that fixes this issue! It currently cost only .99 cents in both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Google's Play Store
http://tinyurl.com/cdoh8dq 

Apple App Store
http://tinyurl.com/cu9o2bp

Dead Trigger

Dead Trigger is definitely one of the highest quality games that I have ever played on any phone or tablet. With its realistic graphics, rag doll physics, and interesting story line, its definitely a revolution in mobile gaming. Based off of the Google Play store, it seems this reviewer isn't alone considering there is just over 12,000 positive reviews.  The app is currently free on Android and cost just .99 cents in the Apple App store.

Of course, all games have their downfall. With little to no multiplayer game play and some pesky bugs that just get downright annoying I would give this game a solid four and a half stars out of five until Madfinger puts out some updates to fix the bugs then its without a doubt a five star game.

Play Store Link
http://tinyurl.com/cu2dcko


Apple App Store Link
http://tinyurl.com/6pvz4vb