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GameTapp Review

Our Review by Bonnie Eisenman on April 20th, 2010
Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT SO USEFUL
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GameTapp delivers gaming reviews, news, and videos. But how useful is it, really?

Developer: Ballpark Apps
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

Let's be honest—most people won't use GameTapp every day. Still, it's a well-made app. GameTapp is a gaming news and review app that aggregates data for the PSP, DS, PS3, Xbox, PC, and Wii—you can view recent releases, see reviews from other websites, and browse videos related to a game.

Using the app is extremely simple. Open up GameTapp, and then either search for a specific game or tap on a platform's icon to browse the newest releases. If you want to read gaming news, there's a tab for that, too. You can also publish information to Twitter or Facebook. The interface is slick and speedy, and looks great; if you need to look something up about a particular game, GameTapp will give you quick access to some information.

However, I have to question the usefulness of such an app. Certainly, it's great to be able to look up a game's review scores on the go if you spot a sale at your local Gamestop, but most of us don't avidly follow gaming developments...or if we do, we make use of RSS feeds. Also, it's worth noting that GameTapp's reviews aren't written by GameTapp; instead, Metacritic-style, the app collects reviews from a number of other websites. Information like typical pricing and system requirements is not shown. And when you exit the app, it won't remember what page you were on.

GameTapp is a good app in the sense that it does what it claims to do: it gives you access to gaming news, reviews, and videos. But its functionality is just too narrow to justify spending money, especially when websites like Metacritic offer their services for free.

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