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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
Ozone In-Depth Review

Ozone In-Depth Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Ozone is a fun, beautiful, challenging game that will tickle your visual-auditory fancy. Its sublime levels, decorated with rich, textured art and graphics, sporting polished, engrossing game play will entice you into playing over and again.

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Super Jetpack Dragon IV: Village Burntopia Review

Super Jetpack Dragon IV: Village Burntopia Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Super Jetpack Dragon IV: Village Burntopia, is a free, fun endurance challenge game, where players jump, dash, hover and burn their way through villages, walls and gates, while fueling their rage with hovering haunches of meat. Despite its minor flaws, it's fun, engaging and FREE.

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Giant Moto Review

Giant Moto Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Giant Moto is a fun, faithful homage to the video game classic Excitebike, providing players with an improved, updated pick-up-and-play arcade racer that stays true to the original. While it does have its share of flaws, it's worth its price, especially if you are/were a fan of the original Excitebike.

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ESPGALUDA II In-Depth Review

ESPGALUDA II In-Depth Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Espgaluda II is a stunning, well-developed 2D vertical scrolling “manic-shooter” that has breathed new life into an otherwise stale, complacent genre and raised the bar for other 2D scrolling shooter developers. It's beautiful, fantastic game play and varied game/scoring modes result in fun, engaging, lasting game play that should appeal to all game lovers.

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Babeorella Review

Babeorella Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Babeorella is a fun and engaging game, but, like many busty, scantily-clad babes, is relatively shallow and lacks the depth needed to justify its hefty price tag.

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 Review

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
After a decade, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 has been successfully resurrected as a port for the iDevice. While not perfect, it’s a successful, faithful port of the hit console original that fans of the game, new and old, will enjoy playing over and again.

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WorldCard Mobile Review

WorldCard Mobile Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
WorldCard Mobile is a barebones business card reader who’s data recognition capabilities left me disappointed and frustrated. Scan results were inconsistent and the application’s refusal to bring me back to the main screen reveal much work needs to be done before WorlCard Mobile is worth its asking price.

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ScanBizCards Review

ScanBizCards Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
ScanBizCards is rich in features and, while it's data recognition is inconsistent, its impressive array of features/options offers solace to users who don’t mind encountering “hiccups” in what should be an autonomous process.

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Business Card Reader Review

Business Card Reader Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Business Card Reader is a solid, reliable, visually aesthetic business card reader that performs as advertised, with minimal effort on the user’s part. Of the business card readers I've tested thus far, Business Card Reader performed the best.

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Hit N’ Run Review

Hit N’ Run Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Hit N' Run is a unique, well-developed endurance racer with superb graphics, animations and sound, featuring several game play modes that are well-balanced, with an ample amount of bonuses and unlockables to make the game diverse and challenging enough to beckon players to engage in just one more game, over and again.

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Alpine Crawler World Review

Alpine Crawler World Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Alpine Crawler World is a fun, remarkable, well-polished feat of gaming gold worthy of a place within your iPhone/iPod Touch’s game library. The real-time physics game play, sound and graphics provide an addictive, enjoyable game play experience you’ll find hard to put down.

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Cartoon Wars – Gunner Review

Cartoon Wars – Gunner Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Cartoon Wars – Gunner is a great sequel to the original game. Combining shoot-em-up action with RPG elements, it’s deceptively deep and its combination of well-drawn graphics and animation, intense, solid game play and ability to track scores on-line more than justify its price tag.

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photo36I can remember when I was handed my first business card. I always thought they were used as a means of saying: “Hey, look at me! I’m sooooo important, I have a special card to handout to people, showing how important I am!”

Yesterday As I grew up and entered the professional world, I realized that these cards were actually useful, but were a total pain in the expletive. Currently, my organizer has a section devoted to storing/displaying business cards and I’ve amassed quite a few, but I don’t know who’s where, offering what at whatever phone number/email address. I might as well just use them for kindle; at least I would know where they’re not.

Furthermore, I don’t carry my organizer with me everywhere I go:

Not Me: “Hey Jason, let’s go play a pick-up game of two-on-two!”

Me: “Okay, let me just grab my organizer in case anyone we play has a business card they want to show off/give me,”

OR

Not Me: “Hey Jason, let’s go graffiti the side of the tattoo shop!”

Me: “Okay, let me just grab my organizer, in case one of the cops wants to network with me.”

When I acquired my iPhone, however, all that changed. It replaced my organizer and is always with me. And if someone wants to give me a business card, regardless of the time, location, cell block, etc., there is now “an app for that.” Actually, there are several apps, but I’ll focus this review comparison on three:

Application Version Price
ScanBizCards [App Store] 2.60 $5.99
Business Card Reader [App Store] 1.2.1 $5.99
WorldCard Mobile [App Store] 1.2.4 $5.99

In reviewing these apps, I’m specifically looking for (in no particular order):

1. Menu interface/Aesthetics
2. Image quality
3. Scanning accuracy/data recognition technology capabilities using the app’s built-in camera features
4. Scanning accuracy/data recognition technology capabilities using a pre-selected image
5. iPhone Contacts integration
6. Storage features
7. Stand-out/Special features


Continue reading Business Card Readers: A Comparison of Three »

Touch Racing Nitro Review

Touch Racing Nitro Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Touch Racing Nitro is a fun, quality top-down racer sporting a unique, responsive, one-finger touch control scheme. Although fun and somewhat addicting, at $3.99, it’s pricey and lacks features found standard in similar apps.

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Doodle Kart Review

Doodle Kart Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Doodle Kart is a very solid, well-developed, doodle-inspired top-down kart racer whose clever, visual aesthetic, combined with excellent, precision game play elements/mechanics provide a complimentary game play environment that will not only immerse its players, it will have them wanting more.

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Super Turbo Action Pig Review

Super Turbo Action Pig Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Super Turbo Action Pig is a well-developed, visually-pleasing pick-up-and-play experience, well worth its “salt.” Its quality animations, graphics and sound are enticing, but the monotony of its current game play can overshadow its overall appeal.

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MobileRSS Pro Review

MobileRSS Pro Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
MobileRSS Pro is a well-developed, reliable, feature-rich feed reader for the iPhone. If you use Google Reader (or not) and are looking for a reader app, MobileRSS Pro is well worth its price.

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good mystery. As an adult a child, I read every single Nancy Drew Hardy Boys book. Twice. Encyclopedia Brown and McGurk had nothing on me. Now, as the parent of an audacious 11-year old, my house is a swirling vortex of mystery and intrigue: Who ate these cookies? Who tracked mud all over the floor? Who spray-painted the hamster? I could go on, but I digress…

I also love iPhone games and, upon learning of 99Games Online’s upcoming mystery/puzzle game, The Jim and Frank Mysteries: The Blood River Files, I must admit: I can’t wait to get my hands on this game:

The Jim and Frank Mysteries: The Blood River Files centers around mysterious happenings in the town of Tinyville and leads its main characters, Jim and Frank, on an adventure-filled quest to uncover the mystery that is Blood River. In order to solve the mystery, players will be challenged to solve a series of challenging visual and analytical puzzles while advancing in the game.

The game features:

  • More than 20 hours of engaging game play spread across 4 chapters
  • 70 different kinds of puzzles and tasks
  • Entertaining mini-games
  • Over 90 beautiful hand-drawn scenes
  • 35 interesting characters
  • The Jim and Frank Mysteries: The Blood River Files appears to be a promising title in a relatively neglected genre. Look for it to hit the app store soon!

    Screenshots:

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    photo5After years of waiting, Digg.com’s much anticipated native iPhone application is now available in the app store: And it’s FREE.

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Digg, it’s a user-driven news/information site that features online content from well-known, popular sites, to obscure blogs, posted and voted on by its users (users “digg” stories they like, thus determining the “value” of the site’s content). As a result, only the most popular content (stories with the most “diggs”) makes it to Digg’s front page. Click HERE for more info on Digg.com.

    Speculation regarding the app turned to fervor, when Kevin Rose, Digg’s founder, mentioned it in an October 2009 interview (Slippsies!):

    After downloading the app, I was relieved to find it a very good port of what Digg.com offers. It doesn’t offer everything the website does, (customization, video/photo categories, etc.) but it’s an awesome start!

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    [via Mashable The Social Media Guide]

    FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2010-03-24 :: Category: News

    AroundMe Review

    AroundMe Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    AroundMe is a valuable, free “location aware” business/services directory/finder. Accurate and reliable, it’s simple and easy to use and provides users with all the information they need when seeking/finding businesses or services in any area.

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    Bookworm Review

    Bookworm Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Bookworm is an addictive gem of a game and a solid, picture-perfect clone of its PC version. It’s engaging word play, excellent graphics and extensive library will have word/vocabulary fans playing it over and again.

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    Raging Thunder 2 Review

    Raging Thunder 2 Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Raging Thunder 2 is a solid, polished arcade racer which proves itself a viable contender in a competitive genre, offering a variety of different game modes and features that will have its players returning over and again.

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    photo1I remember going to video game arcades in the 80’s and feeding all of my hard-earned allowance into the mouths of select, unassuming coin-operated, wood-encased predators.

    While the majority of arcades all died off in the mid-to-late 80’s, there are developers who still work to bring us back to those beloved, nostalgic days of soda-soaked fingers and greasy joystick bliss, only without the joysticks.

    One of my favorite games was Data East’s arcade classic, Karate Champ, which, in addition to providing me with hundreds of hours of entertainment, played an integral role in teaching me Karate moves I would later need to fiend off bullies, thugs and arcade employees.

    Imagine my delight when I learned Revolutionary Concepts is working to bring the original fighting game that started it all to the iPhone! Karate Champ’s controls consisted mainly of two joysticks and only those players with expert timing, intuition and the satisfaction of knowing Chuck Norris would be proud were declared winner.

    Karate Champ will include:

  • Dual Stick Control
  • 1 Player vs CPU over 12 environments
  • 2 Player Mode via Bluetooth and WIFI
  • Classic 80’s sounds
  • Look for it in April!

    [via Finger Gaming]

    Waze Review

    Waze Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Waze is a free, social, mobile crowd-source navigation and real-time traffic application for iPhone that gives its users a "real-time," live description of the road/driving conditions around them. It's a free, useful, fun application everyone should download and experience!

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    AirStrike Defense

    AirStrike Defense

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    AirStrike Defense is a well-developed game which cleverly integrates classic, line-drawing game play philosophies with fast-paced, sometimes hectic, "real-time" strategy/action.

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    Push for Gmail

    Push for Gmail

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Push for Gmail is a simple, straightforward application providing its users with reliable, visual Gmail push notifications on their iPhone and iPod Touch.

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    033bot, a 3D action/puzzle game for the iPad, iPhone and iTouch, developed by DevKid, in cooperation with PIXELFEDERATION, is gearing up for it’s app store debut!

    3bot is shaping up to look like an exciting, unique, 3D puzzle/action game. Game play previews feature a tripedal “bot” traversing a dynamic, multi-colored polygonal game board, set within a retro, 50’s-60’s-style cosmic universe reminiscent of a puzzle version of Q-bert set in the 50’s space-age.

    According to the game’s developers, 3bot is a robot with 3 feet that thinks in three’s. Game play centers around 3bot moving and coloring 3D patterns, navigating its way around a 3D environment set in outer space.

    3bot’s cosmic puzzle/action unfolds throughout 3 worlds containing 45 different levels and features multi-touch controls, global score sharing and an authentic, “retro” 50s-60s sci-fi genre atmosphere.

    Features:

    1. 3+3+3+3+3 levels in 3 worlds = 45 levels.
    2. New features added into levels to keep players “on their toes.”
    3. Global Score-sharing.
    4. Simple, intuitive touch controls.
    5. Multiple player profiles.

    3bot was developed by DevKid, in cooperation with Pixelfederation and looks like it’s shaping up to be a unique game play experience. You can follow 3bot on Facebook.

    Hit the jump for some more screen shots of 3bot.
    Continue reading 3bot for iPad, iPhone and iTouch coming soon! »

    Pocket Reference

    Pocket Reference

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Pocket Reference is a comprehensive list of alphabetized reference topics containing links to more than 500 reference websites. It allows users to find information regarding virtually anything and is alphabetically organized, giving users quick and easy access to its content.

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    Radio Flare Redux

    Radio Flare Redux

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Radio Flare Redux is a colorful, addictive, side-scrolling space shooter experience whose immersive game play, driven by the pulsating rhythm and beat of its quality sound tracks, will completely engage you audibly and visually, throwing your visual-auditory system in “sensory overload.”

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    50 iN 1: APPZILLA!

    50 iN 1: APPZILLA!

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    50 In 1: APPZILLA is a multi-purpose utility-housing app containing a whopping 51 well-developed, quality utilities equal to, if not better than, their separate counterparts. Its crisp sound effects and visually-appealing, clean, fluid, user-friendly interface/ animations/icons allow it to “out-shine” its competition and stand out as the current front-runner in a growing genre.

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