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FCB Studio Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By 148Apps Staff on July 29th, 2015
Our rating: starblankstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT A GOOOOLLLL!!!
It’s a goal kick that soars 100 ft wide of the net.
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120 Sports Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 1st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VIDEO BASED SPORTS NEWS
Want to keep up-to-date with the latest sports news and enjoy some videos, too? This will be ideal.
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Bleacher Buddy

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Mike Deneen on September 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE BUT HELPFUL
Ever wondering when that game will be on TV? Guess no more with Bleacher Buddy. It still won't cure a favorite player's performance issues, though
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Showstopper Basketball Review

Posted by Marquice Johnson on May 30th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Mobage, Inc.
Price: Free
Version: 1.01
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
Graphics / Sound Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar


I’ve haven’t played many sports titles on iOS with good reason; like fighting games, the gameplay is all dependent on latency. For developer Mobage, Inc., the solution for translating fast-paced hoops to the non-buttoned platform is to remove the ability to play basketball all together. Instead, we are left with a situational analysis app, an almost coaching approach, where every player action is dictated by the statistical probability of its outcome. From passing to shooting to playing defense, each action is a timed decision where players must choose the best course of action to score a bucket.

The way Showstopper sets up this grand experiment is placing a 5-member squad against an opposing team in league play; the catch is that I didn't actually play but rather governed the team of stars. After the opening tip, it is up to me to decide the actions of the team ,as every two seconds the players pause and I am given five seconds to decide whether to dish the rock or shoot the pill. This may seem to be a lengthy process but as each game takes less than three minutes to complete, I am hungered, like looking for seconds on Thanksgiving with none to be found. Upon loading the first match-up, my first thought is, “this is different." However, by the tenth league game, I'm sure that I'm not enjoying the basketball portion nearly as much as the collectible card game (CCG) component.

Did I utter basketball and CCG in the same sentence? That I did. How Mobage came to the conclusion to unite the two is well beyond me but what I do know is that it feels compelling enough to stick with (even if basketball gameplay is non-existent). At the conclusion of every match-up, the standouts from my team level up and continue to gain xp that translates into new abilities on the court. So, instead of continually shooting jump shots right under the basket, new window options of “layup” or “dunk” appear at my coaching disposal. Customizations are also the rave, as new gear equates to in-game attribute bonuses. With the gamut of CCG depth for such a simplistic sport, I could not help but imagine what could have been if this type of CCG were layered onto a different genre.

Is Showstopper Basketball a great sporting experience with excellent b-ball gameplay? Absolutely not. Is it worth a glance to imagine what cool CCG and sports could possibly become on iOS? Absolutely.

Flick Champions Winter Sports Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on February 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLIP AND FALL
If you thought winter sports were boring before, boy do you have another thing coming.
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SportsPage Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on November 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SPORTS NEWS
Use SportsPage to create a custom sports themed news feed that tracks teams, locations, and sports.
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Topps HUDDLE Review

Posted by Blake Grundman on October 24th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: The Topps Company
Price: Free
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Playtime Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar


Spending a lazy Sunday afternoon plastered to the couch with an adult beverage in hand, while enjoying America's favorite pigskin pastime has become a critical strand in the fabric of our culture. Along with the sport itself, fantasy football is quickly becoming just as ingrained in the day-to-day lives of fanatics everywhere. What if there were a way that fans could meld the world of fantasy sports and social media together? The trading card company Topps has stepped in with their new hybrid application Topps HUDDLE to fill this critical void.

It is hard to define what exactly HUDDLE is as a piece of software. Is it a game? Could it be a social networking tool? Might it even be considered a research source for fantasy football owners? Ultimately, the aim is for this to be a fan's one-stop shop for football statistics, fantasy information, and up to the minute briefs on the biggest names in the National Football League.

The game portion of HUDDLE consists of initially acquiring "packs" of players, like in trading card packs, which makes complete sense given Topps' brand history. Each player in the pack is assessed with a plus or minus points value at the end of each week. These cumulative totals are used to compare against friends via Facebook, contact lists, or just strangers met at random. There is also a sit vs. start mechanic, where only seven active players can be selected per week. True to the freemium design model, additional packs of players can be purchased to further build out a roster.

While the game portion of the application is solid enough, where it will shine for fantasy owners is in the news section. Many of the daily ins and outs of the season will be constantly updated, including such juicy tidbits as injury updates, statistical analysis, and suggestions for budding players on the rise. For those that are fans of twitter banter, there is even an option to keep in touch with NFL standouts via their personal twitter profiles, all of which are seamlessly accessible from within the software.

Players also have the ability to trash talk, message amongst themselves and even swap players between rosters on Facebook. It pretty much goes without saying that there is a little bit of something for every NFL fan.

Trying to explain to someone what Topps HUDDLE actually is proves to be a rather tricky proposition. Though it attempts to fulfill the needs of several different types of fan, the lack of focus and direction ultimately renders the application/game a somewhat confusing amalgam of stats and social media. Fortunately the free cost makes the barrier to entry minimal, leaving it far more appealing to the masses. If given the chance, Topps HUDDLE could prove to be a strong mid-season replacement for your stat tracker of choice.


RotoWire Fantasy Football Draft Kit 2012

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on August 28th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FANTASY FOOTBALL COVERAGE
RotoWire Fantasy Football Draft Kit 2012 not only provides users with a cheat sheet but it also adjusts to league settings and helps users manage their drafts quickly and efficiently.
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Topps Pennant Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on May 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROUND THE BASES
Topps Pennant is a baseball history app that brings box scores and historical information together in one stylish package.
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MLB At Bat 2012 Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Carter Dotson on April 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HOME RUN
MLB At Bat 2012 is the official app for following games live from any iOS device, including watching and listening to live games.
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NCAA March Madness Live Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on March 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FEEL THE MADNESS
NCAA March Madness Live grants live access to all the games in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
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Live Score Addicts Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on March 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VITAL
An essential app for soccer fans in need of a way to quickly check the latest scores.
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ESPN iScore Basketball Scorekeeper Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Keri Honea on January 10th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HARDCORE
Quite possibly the most hardcore scorekeeping app for basketball in existence.
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SuperBodies Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Monica Stevens on July 26th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BRONZE MEDAL
Nature vs. Nurture: Does dedication or DNA a superbody make?
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ESPN Radio Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on June 27th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HEY! LISTEN!
ESPN Radio provides streaming access to a variety of local ESPN Radio affiliates as well as streaming of dozens of ESPN podcasts.
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