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Charade Parade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PARTY POSING
Charade Parade is a pretty cool idea that fumbles slightly in one very important area.
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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.

Badly Drawn Movies Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on January 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MOVIE TIME
Badly Drawn movies is a plain and simple movie guessing game.
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TinyCo Release Guess! Multiplayer Word Guessing Game

Posted by Jeff Scott on November 7th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Guess is a different kind of game for TinyCo. In this asynchronous multiplayer game you guess words picked by your friends. Played in the style of the old TV gameshow Password where one player gives the other clues while they guess the correct word.

ThinkInvisible Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on October 15th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CAN YOU GUESS IT?
Try to guess what the partially covered image is in this fun and easy to play game.
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FilmWise Invisibles Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on October 18th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: REMOVE ACTOR INSERT FUN
Players can test their movie knowledge to see if they recognize movie scenes with some important details missing.
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