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Jason Fanguy

Contributing Writer with the 148Apps Network since March 3, 2010

I've written and played video games my whole life, so writing app reviews has proved to be a great excuse to constantly play games on my phone while my wife and kids protest! In addition to writing for 148apps.com, I own a computer/PC repair business and have gone back to school for my second BS, in Computer Science.

Jason is not currently writing for the 148Apps Network.
Personal site :: http://www.paradigmpcrepair.com
Musix Review

Musix Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Musix provides its users with an intuitive, easy-to-learn graphical user interface which makes it surprisingly easy and rewarding to learn (or just play) music, appealing to music lovers at every level. Considering what you get for the price, this is one music app that deserves its own spot within your app library.

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Collision Effect Review

Collision Effect Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Collision Effect is one of those games that you just can't judge by looking at it, although it makes for good eye candy. Its dazzling graphics and perceived simplicity will easily sink their hooks into you and make you come back for more.

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JamPlay Guitar Pack Review

JamPlay Guitar Pack Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
JamPlay Guitar Pack is an instructional guitar-playing app brought to us from jamplay.com that, in addition to its instructional content, contains several other utilities/features which make it unique from similar apps of its kind. Despite its flaws, these features, along with it's large, diverse pool of instructors, have much to offer those looking to improve their guitar-playing skills. And all for a relatively low price.

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Tapatalk Forum App Review

Tapatalk Forum App Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Tapatalk is a comprehensive, all-inclusive alternative to the standard, Safari website forum browsing struggle many of us face daily. Easy to use and as feature-rich as it needs to be, without compromising its effectiveness, Tapatalk should be the de facto standard for iDevice users when accessing their favorite web forums. If website owners/admin take advantage of the Tapatalk opportunity, they'll make life MUCH easier for the forum-registered masses.

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Planet Waves Guitar Tools

Planet Waves Guitar Tools

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Planet Waves Guitar Tools is a multi-app suite of every guitar-related tool you'll need, whether an active player or enthusiast, regardless of skill level. It contains 7 tools total, including features that enable you to find music teachers/instructors and stores in the location of your choice. Priced at a very-fair $1.99, this app should have a dedicated entry on the iDevice of everyone who plays or owns a guitar.

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Team Viewer Free Review

Team Viewer Free Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
TeamViewer Free is a remote desktop app that allows iDevice users to log onto a remote computer to perform an array of functions. Near flawless execution, combined with top-notch customer service/support make this app a must-have for those needing a good, solid remote desktop application. But for those who need the ability to access more than only one account, having to shell out $90 dollars for the Pro version can be a huge turn-off.

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Guitar World Lick of the Day

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Guitar World Lick of the Day is an instructional application which teaches its users new guitar licks to expand their skills and repertoire. Based on its comprehensive feature-set, it's obvious Agile Partners and Guitar World Magazine put their heart and soul into creating a quality, affordable resource for musicians of all skill levels, which can be used over and and again to build and refine those coveted skills displayed by the pros featured within it.

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Pageonce Pro – Money and Bills

Pageonce Pro – Money and Bills

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
If you're down with its asking price, Pageonce Pro is an app which organizes and tracks your hard-earned green and belly-aching bills. It allows users to see their bank account information, credit cards, bills and investments, collectively, all on one screen. It further allows you to control your money, bill-paying, etc. and sends you real-time alerts/reminders regarding any/all of your accounts.

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CinemaFX for Video Review

CinemaFX for Video Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Cinema FX for Video allows its users to edit their iPhone video(s) by applying a number of different style/color effects to them, allowing users to drastically alter the look of their videos.

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Honey Do In-Depth Review

Honey Do In-Depth Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Despite it's name, Honey Do is a surprisingly powerful and useful project-management tool which allows its users to create, collaborate, coordinate and communicate on projects in real time. For those looking for a solid project-management app, look no further: Honey Do practically has it all.

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Battle Bears -1 Review

Battle Bears -1 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Despite its flaws, Battle Bears - 1 is a successful, improved prequel to the original. Its game play, saturated with intense action, colorful graphics and humor, is fun and satisfying. Regardless of whether or not you played the first version, this game is the pot of gold at the end of SkyVu’s rainbow.

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Puppet War:FPS Review

Puppet War:FPS Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Puppet War:FPS is a gorgeous, vibrant "first-puppet-shooter" in which players use an assortment of un-lockable weaponry to obliterate wave-after-wave of puppets gone wild.

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Soccer Superstars In-Depth Review

Soccer Superstars In-Depth Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Soccer Superstars manages to turn the harsh brutalities of a popular pastime (non-believers can visit youtube and/or the emails sent to them by their parents for indisputable video/photo evidence) into a deep, cute, cartoony game title for the iDevice that can be enjoyed by hardcore and novice fans alike.

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Cubed Rally Racer Review

Cubed Rally Racer Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
With a multitude of additional features, such as the ability to challenge friends via OpenFeint, a wide variety of different track elements and the ability to unlock up to 99 different sections, this nostalgic throwback crosses the checkered flag a winner in both original unoriginality and replay value.

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Leap Sheep! HD Review

Leap Sheep! HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Leap Sheep! HD for the iPhone/iPad is a cute, simple game requiring players tap an oncoming herd of never-ending sheep in succession to successfully leap/complete a trick over a virtual, freedom fence located at the opposite side of the screen. Unfortunately, the game's controls suffer somewhat from a lack of responsiveness, but it's still a Four-H winner.

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tomChord Review

tomChord Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
TomChord is a music app that detects guitar chord/guitar chord progression and displays the chords, in real-time, along the top of the screen. It also displays and color codes the root notes of each chord, providing users with a graphical representation of the chord's amplitude/root note(s). While it's not perfect, it doesn't claim to be and does exactly what it says. It's a great tool for budding/inexperienced musicians and weekend warriors alike.

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Fragger Review

Fragger Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fragger is a ported version of the popular Miniclip.com flash game where players launch grenades to blow up enemies within levels. It's an addictive, casual, pick-up-and-play title well worth its asking price and should appeal to gamers of all levels.

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Banzai Rabbit Review

Banzai Rabbit Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Banzai Rabbit is not just an homage to Konami's classic Frogger; it's an homage to 80's cult movies/pop culture. While that alone would garner much positive feedback, the fact that this game is a fun, challenging, well-made retake of the cult Konami classic makes it worth the price of admission.

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Smart Scanner Review

Smart Scanner Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Not your typical scanning app, Smart Scanner allows users to scan printed information, such as magazine articles, emails, book pages, etc. in real time and use its OCR features to send scanned information via email, store it within the app for future reference, make a phone call or open a URL, by simply touching the appropriate link on the resulting scan's screen. While the app is not perfect, it's as close as you can get.

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Flare Elite Review

Flare Elite Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Flare Elite is a vertical space shooter whose unique control scheme almost upends all the game has to offer. Even so, it’s fun and challenging with a unique Star Map navigation system and a nice arsenal of upgradable weaponry that will keep you occupied for hours.

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Monster Mayhem Review

Monster Mayhem Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Monster Mayhem uniquely combines the hack-and-slash gore of a first-person shooter with elements comprising a typical Tower Defense game. Subsequently, players are offered a fun, beautiful game play experience with a unique, well-designed take on the Tower Defense genre. All that and zombies, too.

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Mailroom – Gmail and Google Apps Mail Client Review

Mailroom – Gmail and Google Apps Mail Client Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Mailroom is a feature-rich email utility which allows its users to view and utilize all their Gmail accounts at once, within one application, without compromising essential features, such as labeling, threading conversations, etc. found in Google’s online mail service.

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Steve Robert, producer of Electronic Art’s Skate It, released May 10, 2010, is a former pro-skater who helmed the development and creation of the game’s port to the iPhone. I sat down for a phone interview with Steve and spoke at length about the game and its subsequent port from the Nintendo DS to the iPhone. Steve provided us with much insight on the game’s development and how it came to fruition on the iPhone.


Jason (148apps) – First of all, thanks for putting time aside from your busy schedule to talk with me. I’m stoked to be speaking with you. For people who aren’t familiar with you, what’s your background and how did you get involved in skating?

Steve Robert (EA) – Well, I grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, which is a coastal town in Southern, CA and, probably as early as 6th grade I got immersed in the culture of skateboarding. It was a very popular hobby in my neighborhood and I had a bunch of good friends who were all into skateboarding. We kept pushing each other to learn and get better and then it sort of evolved as some of my friends, like Jason Lee, who’s a good friend of mine, went on to become a famous actor, was the first of us to go on and get sponsored and turn pro. I skated with him all the time and he got me sponsored by the same company he was. From then on, I started entering amateur contests and then we shot a video in 1989 called Rubbish Heap and everything just unfolded from there. I was attracted to the culture and it was fun learning tricks and being competitive with my friends and progressing in the sport.

Jason (148apps) – It’s easy to hit a plateau if you don’t have people around you who you can learn from.

Steve Robert (EA) – Yeah, absolutely. I think being surrounded by people like Jason Lee, Ed Templeton, Mark Gonzalez and the older, big pros, they all came from Huntington Beach and we would all gather at night at Huntington Beach High School or these schools you see in all the videos, while others were out partying, we would be spending our nights skating at the schools together and you just kind of get obsessed with it. It was everything I did until I graduated high school, it’s all I really cared about. Skating was just kind of a sub-culture because it wasn’t as mainstream back then, as it is now.

Jason (148apps) – How did you come to get involved in developing Skate It?

Steve Robert (EA) – Well, I’ve been working in video games since 1997. I slowly got out of skateboarding and went to college. When I graduated from college, I got my first job at Interplay in 1997. I found it interesting because the culture was very similar to skating in many ways. It’s obviously less physically active, but the people were the same.

Hit the jump for more with Skate It Producer Steve Robert.
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Camera Plus Pro In-Depth Review

Camera Plus Pro In-Depth Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Camera Plus Pro is an all-in-one camera/photography app for your iPhone that virtuously caters to all your photography and video recording needs. Packed with features and options, it works as advertised and is well worth its asking price.

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Stickman Rocks Review

Stickman Rocks Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Stickman Rocks is a fun, cute and charming casual game which contains just the right amount of elemental game play to make players keep coming back for more. At only $0.99, it’s a value for both adults and kids.

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Pig Rush Review

Pig Rush Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Pig Rush is a fun, simple casual endurance platformer. It's colorful graphics and peppy sound track easily provide for an immersive game play experience. It's these elements, combined with the simplicity and responsiveness/accuracy of the control scheme, that make this game a wiener.

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Handwriting Calculator Review

Handwriting Calculator Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Handwriting Calculator is a unique application which allows its users to solve complex mathematical formulas, using their handwriting as input, instead of pressing buttons. Its interface is intuitive and easy to use and, as long as your handwriting is decent, it will perform exactly as advertised.

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Camera Genius Review

Camera Genius Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Camera Genius takes the iPhone's native camera and it's meager native functions and integrates them into one application that caters to all your photo needs. It provides users with a perfect set of features/options and performs remarkably, well worth its $1.99 asking price.

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G700 In-Depth Review

G700 In-Depth Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
G700 - 1st Soft Camera is a quality, remarkable application which combines those features found in standard digital cameras and incorporates the iPhone's GPS capabilities, adding location-based features, turning your iPhone into an advanced digital camera possessing many advanced features standard digital cameras are not capable of providing.

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