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Elementalist Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on January 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FINGER PAINTING MAGIC CASTER
Casting magic from our finger tips has never been so close. But then again, it isn't always what it's cracked up to be either.
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Inkist Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Rob Rich on June 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NEEDS WORK
Inkist touts a "streamlined drawing experience" and compares itself to "advanced painting software," however in reality it's anything but.
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Penception Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINGER ART
This simple yet elegant app is almost perfect for a little on-the-go sketching.
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Pickle Weasel Review

Posted by Rob Rich on January 28th, 2013
iPad App - Designed for iPad only

Developer: Jezam Interactive
Price: $1.99
Version: 2.0.31
App Reviewed on: iPad 3

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

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Update: 2/18/2013, Version 2.0.31
Don't let the identical version number fool you; there's a lot more to Pickle Weasel this time around. Even more Guess Games and Draw Games have been added, giving users twice as much guessing and drawing to do. On top of that there are also Flips, which are essentially a collection of goofy 2-frame animations meant to draw out a chuckle or two. If nothing else it means people will be able to enjoy the bizarre creature's antics for a bit longer now.

First of all, what exactly is a pickle weasel? Well in this particular instance it’s a cartoon character brought to life by JC Little, a.k.a The Animated Woman (director, illustrator, blogger, speaker, and artist). Back in 2011 the bizarre pickled cucumber mammalian took on a life of his own, and now he has his own weird iPad app to help spread the weirdness that much further.

Pickle Weasel is kind of a game, and kind of not. It’s more like a pseudo-interactive showcase with an emphasis on sharing the madness with friends than a straight-up multiplayer affair. The app is split into two distinct parts: Draw-Games and Guess-Games. Draw-Games present users with an image (or sometimes a partial image) and challenges them with adding their own particular visual elements such as a face on a piece of fruit or a costume for the weasel himself. Guess-Games, on the other hand, give users a single play-on-words image that they need to try and figure out. Once they think they know the answer there’s a “WTF” button at the top that can be tapped to reveal the actual subject.

The Guess-Games can be decent fun when there’s a group of people to sit around the iPad and make assumptions with, but there’s much more fun to be had with the Draw-Games. Whether users are following the instructions to the best of their abilities or simply doing whatever they feel like there’s no shortage of drawings to scribble over and share with friends via Facebook, Twitter, or simply handing the iPad to a friends and saying “Look at this!” There’s even a nifty option to replay the drawing and watch each line trace itself into existence. It serves absolutely no purpose but it can be kind of cool to see in motion.

Unfortunately there really isn’t much meat on Pickle Weasel’s bones. I suppose his half-vegetable DNA is partially to blame but it still makes for a fairly simple app with rather limited use. Updates are in the works and the creators are welcoming feedback, but until any supposed new content gets added it’s most likely going to be the kind of app that people play with for a day or two and then move on.

Pickle Weasel is a commendable first attempt but in its current state still feels a bit incomplete. There’s some entertainment value in trying to guess what the picture is trying to describe and scribbling weird faces on produce is surprisingly fun. It’s just that the well runs dry pretty quickly at the moment.

SketchPhrase Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on December 10th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PICTURE THIS
A whole lot of SketchPhrase's fun depends on who's playing but when it all "clicks" it can be incredibly silly fun.
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Draw a Stickman: Epic Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on October 30th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: OUTSIDE THE LINES
It's about as taxing as *actually* drawing stick figures in a coloring book, but Draw a Stickman: Epic is full of enough charm and playful interactions to warrant some doodling.
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Draw Maze Lets Friends Draw and Send Mazes to Each Other

Posted by Kevin Stout on June 22nd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A new maze game has been released by bladibladibla.com (an interesting and humorous name) called Draw Maze. In addition to working through mazes, players can also use this app to create their own mazes.

Players will challenge themselves in this difficult maze game to work their way through a series of complex mazes. After finishing these mazes that come with the app, players can then go on to create their own mazes and challenge their friends to overcome their self-drawn madness. Not only can players send mazes to their friends to play against one another, they can also compete for the high score on the mazes that come with the app and become the "World Record" holder. The developer is even adding the trickiest designed mazes sent in as featured new levels.

While the game is universal and can be played on any iOS device, the developer's preferred platform is the iPad. Considering the significant increase in screen real estate on the iPad compared to the iPhone, this is no surprise. Draw Maze is a free app. So grab it and start trying to stump your friends.

Bloody Western Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIGH NOON HIJINKS
A gritty, bloody, surprisingly clever free-to-play cowboy romp awaits.
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Sketchshare Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Angela LaFollette on April 23rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SKETCH WITH FRIENDS
Sketchshare is a productivity app that allows up to four iPad users to doodle and brainstorm in real time.
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Draw Something Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 5th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DRAWSOME!!!
So as it turns out, combining turn-based social multiplayer with something akin to Pictionary is utterly amazing. No, really. I'm not exaggerating.
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Robot Fish to Surface Soon

Posted by Rob Rich on February 16th, 2012

Fish are always cool. Know what's cooler than fish? Robot fish. So it stands to reason that Robot Fish from Liger Games gets automatic cool points. They also deserve some cool points for making a game that involves drawing lines that doesn't quite adhere to the norms of most line-drawing games.

Rather than tracing a path to an exit or preventing collisions, players will seemingly have to plan their route through each level in one go. The kicker is that they can use all manner of fruit to acquire special abilities (i.e. bashing through hazards, duplication, etc...). It's hard to fully picture it with screen shots, but the videos on the developer's blog should help. Looks pretty nifty, huh? I can only imagine how much planning and practice it takes to blow through levels that fast, and most of the time they're barely earning "C" ranks!

Robot Fish should be hitting the App Store soon. Within the next couple of weeks, assuming it makes it through Apple's approval process in a timely manner. No word yet on a price, though.

Lead Sketch Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on December 30th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EASY ART
This app turns a finger into a versatile sketching tool with various lead types.
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Drawin' Growin' Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 31st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FERTILE GROUND
Help Meu bring life (or at least a little more ambiance) back to the kingdom with lots and lots of line-drawing. There's tapping aplenty, too.
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Pigs in Trees Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on August 15th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GO WHOLE HOG
Path-drawing gets much more intense when a pig's home is on the line.
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Ranger Rocket Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on August 8th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: WACKY
A tiny line-drawing rocket piloted by a sarcastic cowboy is Earth's only defense against the invading forces of evil.
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