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simian.interface Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on January 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: A LITTLE SHORT
Chillingo's new spatial puzzler serves up a series of mind-blogging experiments. It's just a shame that one won't be playing them for too long.
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Safe Cracker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on January 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: REPETITIVE
Safe Cracker, although theoretically based on a good idea, falls short on delivering the bank heist experience that most will be expecting. It's repetitive levels and looping soundtrack certainly don't help.
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Circus Life Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lucy Ingram on December 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SLIGHT FUN IN SHORT SPELLS
Light-hearted and intriguing, Circus Life has a ton of promise but is plagued with repetitive gameplay and freemium frustrations.
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TouchCast Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar ::
TouchCast's obvious want to blur the line between creating and sharing interactive, presentation-quality video is great - for the most part. However, some elements could do with a visual update.
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Romans From Mars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on November 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar ::
Romans From Mars has all the elements one would typically expect to see from a tower defense title, while choosing not to conform to the ‘rigid’ layout of the genre.
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Disney Animated Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on August 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ENCYCLOPEDIA FANTASIA
Disney Animated is a chronicle of all of Disney's animated features that's incredibly detailed, extensive, and even a little magical.
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Epoch Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MINIMALIST VIDEO BROWSING
Epoch makes it simple and effortless to browse for fun and relevant YouTube videos.
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Vidora Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PLENTIFUL CHOICE
Providing a portal of video choices, Vidora makes it simple to decide what to watch, no matter how many streaming services are available to choose from.
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Inkist Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
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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Limelight Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Carter Dotson on May 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE UNIVERSAL DREAM
Rate many movies in not much time. Criticism for the mobile era!
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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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Infuse Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SMART AND BEAUTIFUL
Offering plenty of options, Infuse makes it simple to view videos regardless of their format, all within an attractive outer shell.
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Face Party Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: QUIRKY FACES
Creating quirky faces to use as profile or forum images is great fun with this simple to use app.
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Pickle Weasel Review

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

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.

Action Movie FX Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Michael Halloran on December 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BIG-BUDGET EFFECTS
Action Movie FX takes the process of producing big-budget special effects and packs it into a simple interface to create spectacular home movies within seconds.
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