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Arron Hirst

with the 148Apps Network since March 26, 2009

Hey, I'm Arron. I'm a 23 year old freelance writer and graphic designer from Cheshire, UK who is very much tuned into the app space. Straight out of college I founded RazorianFly - a web-based publication aimed at providing its readers with the latest from Apple, and the technology industry. The publication now attracts 80-100K unique readers per month, generating over 100K page views per month. When I'm asked for a review, I ultimately look for the design, presentation and clarity that product offers (or could offer) to its intended audience. If it doesn't cut it - I'll tell you straight.

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Email :: arron.hirst@148apps.com
Personal site :: http://www.razorianfly.com
Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall Review

Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
An eery soundtrack, high-fidelity voices, and strong art-style make Nancy Drew: Ghost Of Thornton Hall an experience worthy of one's headphones.

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Geek Resort Review

Geek Resort Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Geek Resort is a tycoon-style park creation title with an overall fun art-style; it's simply let down on its reliance of in-app purchases to drive its gameplay, and a few obvious bugs.

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Lunatic Clay Review

Lunatic Clay Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
True to the classic, Lunatic Clay uses retro visuals and an art-style to match to reincarnate one of the most-known arcade games of the 80s for the touchscreen.

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RoomScan Pro

RoomScan Pro

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
One would be forgiven for thinking RoomScan Pro was something of black magic. The ability to create automatic room plans is great, but one should be aware of its approximate measurements.

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Deadman’s Cross

Deadman’s Cross

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Deadman's Cross fuses a zombie-driven FPS with card-based battle gameplay. It's just a shame that some of this play is automated and needs a persistent internet connection.

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Perloo Review

Perloo Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Perloo commands both time and a certain level of intrinsic logic. Provided one has both, it is highly rewarding. However, be prepared to cry at the hard bits.

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Excalibur Review

Excalibur Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Excalibur's promise as a free-to-play action RPG is evident, and it's use of IAPs are also surprisingly non-invasive. Unfortunately, it offers little of value over other action RPGs.

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The Descent Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Descent's mix of visually-enthralling environments and art-style, combined with its hidden object, mystery-driven gameplay, make for a truly enjoyable experience.

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Arc War Review

Arc War Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Arc War is an endless shooter with great overall art direction and a multitude of control options for players to choose from. There's just some questions over its “infinite" gameplay.

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Song of Swords Review

Song of Swords Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Song Of Swords' art-style is second to none for its genre. Sadly though, it's let down by repetitive gameplay and thus its replayability.

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Gene Review

Gene Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gene's use of physical mutation to control a player's abilities is a refreshing touch, while its throw-back visual art-style will likely see the average platformer fan satisfied, but the way in which mutations are implemented might become irritating to some.

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Scribe Review

Scribe Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Scribe's innovative use of Bluetooth LE to allow the transfer of data between Mac and iOS is refreshingly awesome. Sadly, this also comes with its limitations.

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Dream-X Review

Dream-X Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Dream-X is a new mind-map creation offering that aims to give users a blank canvas to put down their initial ideas.

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Tap & Blast Review

Tap & Blast Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tap & Blast's barrel blasting gameplay and unique cartoon art style are just some of its good points. It's controls are not half bad, but could do with some tweaking.

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simian.interface Review

simian.interface Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Chillingo's new spatial puzzler serves up a series of mind-blogging experiments. It's just a shame that one won't be playing them for too long.

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Safe Cracker Review

Safe Cracker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Safe Cracker, although theoretically based on a good idea, falls short on delivering the bank heist experience that most will be expecting. It's repetitive levels and looping soundtrack certainly don't help.

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Atomic+ Review

Atomic+ Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Atomic+ is a minimalist survival game that hits all the right protons. It's fun, addictive, and will surely keep players coming back for more.

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BEAT DRIFT Review

BEAT DRIFT Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
BEAT DRIFT counts on a player's logic in order for them to survive. It's techno beat and visuals will likely arrive as a delight to most, but it's difficulty levels could do with a tweak or two.

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2013-wrapp-up-header

It’s pretty fair to say that 2013 has been an incredible year for Apple. With the company’s stock price currently reflecting upwards of $550 a share, it’s clear that investors have renewed faith in the firm’s ability to deliver on its mission to create some of the world’s most desirable products.

One such investor is billionaire business mogul Carl Icahn. Publicly announcing back in August that he now holds a “large stake” in $AAPL, Icahn is perhaps most known for his reported hostile takeover of Trans World Airlines in 1985.

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[image credit: CNN Money]

While Icahn is keeping quiet on exactly how big his stake in $AAPL is, the Wall Street investor is said to be in ongoing negotiations with company CEO, Tim Cook. These talks, if successful, could see Apple increase its recently announced stock buyback program for investors, resulting in Icahn potentially buying back as much as $60 Billion in stock options.

But it isn’t just the arrival of newfound investors that has seen the company elevate itself to the point of operation we see today. New hires were also a large part of Apple’s fiscal 2013. The most prominent of these being the confirmed hiring of Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts.

Continue reading 148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up – 2013: The Year Of Apple, Inc. 2014: A Year For The Taking »

Sirtet Review

Sirtet Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Sirtet may initially look like that familiar tile-matching arcade title we're all likely familiar with, but it has a unique twist up its sleeve.

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Angry Birds Go! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rovio has built a certain polish around the Angry Birds brand, and this new entry to the franchise certainly won't disappoint loyal fans.

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Heroes of Dragon Age Review

Heroes of Dragon Age Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Part of a genre where every strategic battle title begins to look familiar, Heroes of Dragon Age separates itself with highly detailed artwork and gameplay to match. However, initial long load times and semi-auto gameplay might put some off.

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Calendate Review

Calendate Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Calendate puts a spin on event-tracking by allowing users to customize how their calendar experience both looks and functions. But, is that enough to set it apart?

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Createrria Review

Createrria Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rather than arriving as a game itself, Createrria is aiming to give gamers the necessary tools to create their very own platformers. The premise is great, but it could do with a few more creation and customisation options.

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Cyro Review

Cyro Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Help the Cyro people collect enough bars to build their bridge to the moon, but be careful - failing to deliver enough bars due to bumping into the factory walls may just see them left behind!

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Mech Conquest Review

Mech Conquest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mech Conquest's approach to intergalactic warfare will see many sci-fi fans go weak at the knees. It's just a shame the use of completely automated battles may put a dampener on the action.

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Galaxy Run Review

Galaxy Run Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Galaxy Run will likely please casual gamers looking for an addictive and challenging space runner. Sadly though, they may feel like they have to pay-to-play.

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TouchCast Review

TouchCast Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
TouchCast's obvious want to blur the line between creating and sharing interactive, presentation-quality video is great - for the most part. However, some elements could do with a visual update.

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Max Blaster Review

Max Blaster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Max Blaster might keep the kids happy for a while with its florescent visuals and faux-3D graphics, but in reality this just feels like a rehash of most other available space shooters.

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FlightTrack 5 Review

FlightTrack 5 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
FlightTrack 5 is perhaps the update to Mobiata's flight tracker app that users have been waiting for. The question is: Should they pay again?

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