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100 Cameras in 1 Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Ben Briggs on January 27th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INSPIRATIONAL
Some stunning effects can be created with this app, and Game Center achievements help make the experience an enjoyable one.
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Inspire yourself with Dribbblr for iPad

Posted by Ben Briggs on January 25th, 2011
iPad App - Designed for iPad

If you’re a designer, creative person or just like viewing the latest projects that people are working on, Dribbble is for you. It’s a community created by Dan Cederholm for designers, developers, artists and other people that show off their work in small, cropped "shots"; and its free to sign up, start browsing and following creative people from around the globe.

Dribbblr is the perfect companion to the site; developed by Tapmates, it makes use of Dribbble's API to offer up an extremely well-crafted experience that's tailored for the iPad's display. Shots are shown four to a page in landscape mode, and two to a page in portrait mode; these are full-size images so it's easy to navigate through. You can use the app to browse through everyone's work even if you're not a member of Dribbble, but signing up for the service will allow you to browse shots from people that you follow.

It should be noted that the Dribbble API is still in beta form, so any app that uses the API can only read data from Dribbble's server. That means that commenting, uploading, liking a shot and following other users isn't currently possible. This is why the developers have bundled a browser with the app, so that the website is only a tap away.

So why download this one, anyway? Well, for one, it’s free (paying $2.99 will remove the unobtrusive advertising), but two it’s also a strong application both in design and usability; comments slide in with a barely audible click, the title bar has a lot of personality with the handwritten typography, and the main loading indicator is a bouncing basketball, tying into the Dribbble theme. It's the perfect "coffee table app"; like a virtual magazine that updates itself whenever new shots are posted to the website. Dribbblr will also inspire without an Internet connection with a nice collection of wallpapers for the iPad and so is a great one to get, especially if you're itching to show off your device.

US Warfare: First Encounter Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Ben Briggs on January 23rd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RETREAD
Essentially a re-skin of 2012 Zombies vs. Aliens with a couple of new tricks up its sleeve. Still, US Warfare is playable and fun.
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3bot Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Ben Briggs on December 24th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT GREAT
3bot is not the wisest of purchases; it has a poor camera system and gameplay that is very average, on balance.
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Red Nova Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Ben Briggs on December 15th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOOD STUFF
There’s a lot to like about Red Nova; it sweats the little details, and whilst it may not last for long it’s certainly good fun.
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Space Wolves Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Ben Briggs on December 9th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PLEASANT
A fun change of pace that’s clearly inspired by one of the App Store’s bestsellers, but Space Wolves can stand on its own two feet and isn’t just a clone.
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Halcyon Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Ben Briggs on December 6th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GRACEFUL TRICKERY
Halcyon is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing; delicately presented but very challenging.
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Fun With Death HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Ben Briggs on December 1st, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DERIVATIVE
Much of what’s here can be attributed to Angry Birds, and what’s new doesn’t satisfy as much as that extremely popular App Store title.
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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Ben Briggs on November 23rd, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TURBOCHARGED
Sit back and unleash tough justice on illegal racing with supercars turned police cars; Hot Pursuit is engaging until the end.
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Zombie Neighborhood for iPad

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Ben Briggs on November 22nd, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DEAD FUNNY
Living as a human in a zombie neighborhood can be quite fun. With a good selection of guns, what’s not to like?
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Spirits for iPad Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Ben Briggs on November 17th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ETHEREAL
An inspiring title that through artistic flair, innovative wind physics and particle effects creates an intricate world that is a pleasure to visit every time.
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Robokill - Rescue Titan Prime Review

By Ben Briggs on November 15th, 2010
Robokill invites you into a world that is strewn with swarms of enemies, and, although repetitive, in small doses you’ll find an impressively long and enjoyable game.
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