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Scope Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOCATION AWARE
Want to easily find photos from around the world based on their location? Scope is a handy app for that.
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Global Supremacy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SPREADSHEETS: THE GAME
Global Supremacy has the makings of a neat location-based game, but there's not really much "game" to it at the moment.
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D:COM - MISSION ALPHA Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MECHA IN MY POCKET
D:COM - MISSION ALPHA has a more complex title than it does gameplay, but it still makes for some decent no-frills fun.
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Reminder+ Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LOCATION AWARE REMINDERS
Sturdy and dependable, Reminder+ might not be the most exciting or thrilling of apps but it does its required task well.
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Please Stay Calm - Zombie Apocalypse Survival MMO RPG Revew

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: KEEP CALM AND KILL ZOMBIES
Search the neighborhood for supplies and desperately fight off the zombie horde in familiar local spots in this apocalyptic MMO.
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Track The Ripper Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 5th, 2012
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NICE IDEA
Location-aware gaming with a murderous twist. Shame it's a better idea written down than in reality.
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Geomon Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on September 25th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: REDUCE
On the surface Geomon isn't all that different from other monster catching and training games. What a difference a GPS makes.
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Meatspace Invasion Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on June 25th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A LITTLE DIFFERENT
Take the fight to the streets (be safe, look both ways, etc) in this location-based shooter.
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Mobbles Review

Posted by Rob Rich on June 12th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Developer: Mobbles Corp.
Price: FREE
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS

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

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My neighborhood is apparently playing host to a menagerie of monsters. That’s okay because they’re of the cute and cuddly variety, but there sure are an awful lot of the little buggers hiding out around here. Good thing I can use Mobbles to catch them. Then pet them and love them and call them George.

Mobbles is an interesting combination of location-based and monster-collecting and raising gameplay. As long as there’s space available, a player can wander around just about anywhere and try to track one (or several) of the little suckers down. If they can get within a certain real world distance, they can attempt to catch it. If successful, they have a new little buddy to feed and shower with attention. This is where the second half of the game comes into play. Each little critter can be fed, bathed, played with, and put to bed. They each also have their own to-do lists that will reward bonus gems (used for buying stuff) or love (used to level-up a given creature) that run the gamut from tickling a specific number of times to simply feeding at a specific time of day.

Every creature in Mobbles has a distinct look (always cute), and every creature also has its own basic personality. Although for my money Gummy is about as adorable a cartoon iOS “thing” as I’ve ever seen. Having to put them to sleep once they get tired from too much activity, typically for about a half an hour, can actually be seen as a good thing since it prevents people from spending way too much time poking virtual cartoon monsters. And the features that constantly unlock for each Sploon, Gummy, Runka, and so on can be a major driving force to keep players invested.

Though they may be cute and numerous, and full of un-lockable wardrobe options, Mobbles can also be a bit of a let down for someone who doesn’t know what to expect. Finding, collecting, and trading monsters typically lends itself to training and battles as well, but those are two features that are decidedly not present here. This is not a battle game, it’s a virtual pet game. It’s important for anyone interested to understand that as there’s very little in the way of action, which can be a huge disappointment if it’s not expected.

So long as people know what they’re getting into, they’re bound to enjoy Mobbles. It’s an entertaining and family-friendly game designed to get everyone out of the house for a bit while they go looking for new specimens, not a collect ‘em, train ‘em, battle ‘em affair. Given the sheer amount of cute on display, I’m inclined to be okay with that.

City King Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 22nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FIGHT FOR IT
Fight for control over real-world locations (literally!) in this location-based social RPG.
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Parallel Mafia Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on April 12th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CYBORG ENFORCER
Create a mecha-mafia empire in this location-based sim.
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Paper Baron Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on March 27th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GOING THE DISTANCE
Get a healthy dose of long distance gliding and location-based domination in this free-to-play offering.
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HipGeo Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 22nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TRAVEL FOCUSED
Travel blogging functionality that's simple to use and effective.
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Placesaver Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on March 7th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FIND IT
Placesaver makes marking locations significantly easier and more user-friendly.
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Social And Location Aware News With AroundNow

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 8th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Regardless of the location, there's bound to be something interesting going on somewhere. AroundNow seeks to provide an easy way of seeing exactly what's going on locally at any time.

Using Twitter as a notification system, AroundNow offers news of interest depending on the area the user happens to reside in at the time. That news can range from all manners of things from entertainment events such as concerts or celebrity spottings to parties or demonstrations. Traffic information such as road works or traffic jams can also be provided as well as something as regular as a good sale in a local store.

As it's partly a social networking app, AroundNow relies upon user participation to truly be great but it's an excellent idea. In a busy and bustling city, it's easy to miss out on something exciting so this app could be the ideal way to get involved in local events.

AroundNow is out now and it's a free download.