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Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Halloran on March 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NOSTALGIC FRIEND
In celebration of its 16th birthday, the classic toy is back and better than ever in app form for users to carry with them wherever they go on their iPhone.
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Roadtrippers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Halloran on March 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HAPPY TRAILS
Roadtrippers is a simple app the helps travelers find everything from accommodations to entertainment in new cities and even within their own home towns.
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Every Body Walk!

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Michael Halloran on March 14th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GET MOVING!
Every Body Walk! is a clean, simple walk-tracking app designed to track and record time, distance and calories burned during daily walk routines.
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Metal Slug X Review

By Michael Halloran on March 11th, 2013
Another addition to a classic gaming series, Metal Slug X is a remake of the original Metal Slug 2 and incorporates some new enemies while maintaing the same classic gameplay.
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8 Ball Pool Review

Posted by Michael Halloran on March 5th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad


Developer: Miniclip.com
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad mini

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

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I've never really been good at pool. I can see the angles where I need to hit the ball but can never seem to execute properly. This can be frustrating for me since I can be fairly competitive. 8 Ball Pool has come to my aid and has made my feel a little better about my lack of real billiard skills and allows me to take my ability to see angles to a virtual pool table.

8 Ball Pool is an all-online game and there are no computer-generated characters to play against. All players are pitted against other live players within the online network. Naturally, a good Internet connection is required to be able to play. My Internet connection hasn't been behaving very well as of late so my games of pool have struggled a bit. I'd warn players that they will most likely have a poor game experience if they have low WiFi speeds.

As the name of the game denotes, 8 Ball Pool is all about playing rounds of simple 8 ball. The rules are simple and easy to follow for those who aren't very familiar with this classic billiards game. After a quick tutorial the game sets players free to play online with random players or with their friends on Facebook or those with Miniclip accounts. Since I don't have Facebook or a Miniclip account, I've been playing online with people I don't know which has actually been really fun. I like playing against real people who can think, reason and make mistakes. Poker chips are the currency of the game and players must sacrifice some of their chips in order to play a round. Winners of each match take the pot and increase their winnings to be able to play in higher-stakes competitions.

The thing I like most about 8 Ball Pool is that it helps me line up my shots using trajectory lines. Simple one-touch controls are used to move the cue stick around to line up each shot. Lines appear to show where the cue ball will go and even how it will ricochet off of the targeted ball. This feature is great for people like me who can see angles but can't seem to execute the shots. This game really makes is fun and easy for players of all ages to enjoy a friendly game of virtual pool.

Overall 8 Ball Pool is a very fun and simple virtual pool game. With the right Internet connection it provides many hours of friendly competition. The game is only $0.99 but also has in-app purchases to buy more chips and other items. The presence of in-app purchases can be off-putting to some but luckily they aren't required to advance. Anyone looking for a worthy iOS billiards game will definitely want to check this one out.

Cyto Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Halloran on February 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: AM0EBA-FILLED FUN
Follow the story of blue amoeba that has lost his memory and must find a way to collect all this scattered memories across three worlds and 81 different puzzles.
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Clear Vision 2 Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Michael Halloran on February 14th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: KILLER
A follow up to the original Clear Vision game that continues the story of Tyler the contract killer.
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Be Together Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Halloran on February 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BETTER TOGETHER
Be Together follows the story of two lovers who are separated by evil forces and must fight to overcome obstacles to one again be reunited.
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Bokeh Lens Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Michael Halloran on January 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BLURRED AND BEAUTIFUL
Bokeh Lens is an easy-to-use photo app dedicated to adding a beautiful bokeh effect to photos.
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Thread Contact Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Halloran on January 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CLEAN AND SIMPLE
Simple and intuitive replacement for the stock iOS contacts app.
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Pangolin Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Michael Halloran on January 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BOUNCY
Bounce and ricochet a big-eyed orange pangolin across multiple courses in this physics-based puzzle game.
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Finish Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Michael Halloran on January 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GOODBYE PROCRASTINATION
Finish for iPhone organizes to-do items and keeps time-sensative items on top to keep users focused on the things that matter.
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I Am Vegend: Zombiegeddon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Halloran on January 15th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: VEGENDARY
I Am Vendend: Zombiegeddon is a tower defense game with standard gameplay and funny characters that parody various other games.
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Swing King Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Halloran on January 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WHIMSICAL
Swing King is a physics puzzle game that follows the journey of a fluffy little king on a mission to take back his kingdom from enemies ready to ensnare him with their traps.
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Scanner Mini Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Halloran on January 7th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: USEFUL
Simple yet useful app that turns pictures of documents into scanned PDF images.
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