Posts Tagged management

Star Trek: Trexels Review

Star Trek: Trexels Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Star Trek games haven't had the best track record, and even in the futuristic mobile universe, they can't seem to catch a break.

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PDF Expert 5 Review

PDF Expert 5 Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Completely redesigned for iOS 7, PDF Expert 5 brings many new features to the table like a unique Review mode and a text-to-speech feature.

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King’s League: Odyssey Review

King’s League: Odyssey Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Combining RPG and management sensibilities, King's League: Odyssey is an entertaining if unthreatening title.

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Hipster CEO Review

Hipster CEO Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Grow a business while still being slightly hipster-ish in this original, text focused business strategy game.

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Office Story Review

Office Story Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Lovers of Game Dev Story will love Office Story; a simulation management game where players can create games and apps to try to conquer the mobile market.

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Ever wanted to start up a tech firm? Got an idea that seems stupidly awesome and original? Or just fancy running a business, warts and all? There’s a fairly safe and inexpensive way of experiencing that life coming to iOS later this year. That title is Hipster CEO, a game which challenges players to “take an idea from their dorm room to Wall Street, Zuckerberg-style”. We had a word with Dublin-based developer, Ger Kelly, on his vision for the game and just how it came to be.

Ger (left) and his 'business advisory team'.

Ger (left) and his business advisory team.

148apps: Where did the idea for Hipster CEO come from?
Ger Kelly (GK): Well firstly I have a huge passion for tech startups – I love reading about the causes behind startups’ success and failure, exciting new technologies, marketing techniques, stuff like that. Whenever I tell someone I work in a startup they always say that they’d love the opportunity to do just that. I wanted to give people a taste of what running a startup company is like – fun but difficult. It isn’t all air hockey tables and free beer but when it works, it’s the best feeling in the world.

Secondly, I was a video game addict as a kid – particularly sports/business simulations like Championship Manager and Theme Park. I always felt games like that were different in the sense that you were especially proud of what you did – like bringing some low-tier football team all the way to the Cup Final – you always wanted to tell your friends. Even now one of my fondest teenage memories is winning a league title with my favorite football team – which probably says a lot about my adolescence! I felt that there was room for a tech startup simulator in the same vein.

The name came about when a friend called me a total hipster because I guess I can be a little snobby about my musical taste at times. I had a few other ideas for a title but people really reacted really well to Hipster CEO so I went with it.

hipsterceo1hipsterceo2148apps: The idea of the game seems pretty lighthearted, will that continue throughout the game?
GK: The Hipster element of the game is simply a veneer, the game will create the experience of building a tech startup as closely as possible. I think the Hipster shtick appeals to a lot of people in a fun way and I want people to have fun playing this game. However, the gameplay will be firmly rooted in reality so there won’t be any “wacky” investment offers tabled or disgruntled developers setting fire to their desks. On second thoughts I might include that last one!

Stuff like the Social Network movie and TV shows like Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank makes every man and his dog feel like they could grow a startup company into a huge success but, as anyone who has ever built a startup will know, it’s a lot of hard work. There are so many things you need to get right to build a winning product: quality development, creative marketing, and of course sales. It might sound crazy but so many tech startups out there have no sales strategy starting off – Hipster CEO will encourage players to start making revenue from day one.

Players will need to get the right balance of these three in order to succeed, all the while keeping their staff happy, handling investors, and dealing with the media. That sure seems like a lot but trust me that’s what a startup CEO has to deal with on a day-to-day basis!

I hope my app puts a smile of the face of those who play it because they feel rewarded not just because of some jibe at hipsters.

Where the magic happens - part of the Project 51 group - a creative collective in Dublin

Where the magic happens – part of the Project 51 group – a creative collective in Dublin

148apps: Will the game solely be quite text focused, or will there be more game-style graphics too?
GK: I really wanted to have a basic graphics pane which displayed your character, your employees, your office and stuff like that but it’s just not feasible for the first version. Like being able to see your little team graduate from your parent’s basement to some swanky, playground-esque office would be awesome. I have some design skills but nothing on the level that would be required for proper animation so I’ve had to shelve that idea for now. It will probably be one of the first things addressed if the game takes off.

I think Championship Manager showed that you can just have words and numbers on the screen and still create a totally immersive experience.

148apps: Will it be a one-off payment game, or will there be in-app purchases involved?
There will be a one-off payment and the option to get additional investment via in-app purchases. I want to stress, however, that you don’t need to make any in-app purchases after getting the app in order to build a great startup – it’s merely there as an option. I’d actually prefer if players declined the option to take investment completely and slowly but surely built a solid company but I know there’s people out there who will just want to get to a certain level as fast as possible.

hipsterceo3148apps: Is there a way of completing Hipster CEO? Or is it more open ended than that?
GK: It’s open ended. Each character in the game (including you as CEO) has certain stats that will grow and shrink based on their performance. If your company goes broke you’ll have the option to build another startup with the skill set you’ve developed. Most entrepreneurs fail with their first few startups so it may take players a few different cracks of the whip before they really hit the big time. It’s totally possible of course that they have a huge success of things and start getting acquisition offers to decide upon.

There will be an online leaderboard of all the players worldwide so you can see how you measure up as a CEO in the game. I’ve a lot of long term ideas for the game too – like inviting the top players around the world to become virtual venture capitalists in later versions of the game which other people can pitch to.

Sounding a pretty intriguing idea, we’ll be keeping a close eye on Hipster CEO‘s progress. Further information is also available at the game’s site. It’s hopefully set for release in October. Thanks to Ger for taking the time to answer our questions!

Cafe Murder Review

Cafe Murder Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
There's a bit more to this time-management murder-fest than meets the eye.

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Smooth Operators! Review

Smooth Operators! Review

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Ever wanted to run a call center? Probably not, but Smooth Operators! makes the experience a lot more interesting than the real thing!

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War of the Zombie Review

War of the Zombie Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This zombie apocalypse sim would be fantastic if it weren't for all the rough edges.

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4 Kingdoms Review

4 Kingdoms Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
4 Kingdoms offers familiar menu-based, freemium management gameplay with a fresh coat of cosmetic paint.

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Dreamjob Kid’s Doctor – My Little Hospital Review

Dreamjob Kid’s Doctor – My Little Hospital Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Being a children's doctor isn't easy, or even all that fun.

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Horizon Calendar Review

Horizon Calendar Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's not perfect, but Horizon Calendar offers an original combination of weather reports and calendar tracking that could prove useful.

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Chorma Review

Chorma Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Chorma takes the effort out of organizing chores between many roommates. It might even solve a few arguments!

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Middle Manager Of Justice Review

Middle Manager Of Justice Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Who'd have thought middle management could be so much fun? It can be, when you're managing superheroes!

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Micro Miners Review

Micro Miners Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Keeping two separate groups of accident prone miners tunneling their way through a series of mineral deposits can be a tough job, but it's also an insanely fun job!

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Totem Tribe Gold Review

Totem Tribe Gold Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Offering an extensive story mode, Totem Tribe Gold is an ideal casual introduction to the strategy genre.

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Motor World Car Factory Review

Motor World Car Factory Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A strong personality and plethora of side elements are what keep this car factory management sim interesting.

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Tavern Quest Review

Tavern Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This is one splendid looking, clever mash-up of RPG adventuring and restaurant management with a fairly major problem.

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Cafeteria Nipponica Review

Cafeteria Nipponica Review

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Kairosoft takes a stab at the restaurant business and, surprise surprise, knocks another one out of the park.

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Pixely People Making Movies Review

Pixely People Making Movies Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Pixely People Making Movies is one goofy time-management production.

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Men in Black 3 Review

Men in Black 3 Review

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Gameloft delivers a surprisingly awesome free-to-play management game based on a beloved series of films and graphic novels.

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iPIM Review

iPIM Review

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Organizing everything possible in life, all through one app.

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Junk mail. Yuck. Not only is it annoying, it’s also a terrible waste. All those circulars about sales no one cares about involving products nobody wants… At least those unsolicited emails from Nigerian princes don’t waste any paper. Well now there’s this neat little app that will theoretically put a stop to most of these unwanted advertisements.

PaperKarma is so simple in its execution it almost sounds like magic. All a user has to do is snap a photo with their iOS device’s camera and the app will (read: should) find the company responsible and take care of the rest. The rest referring to getting users off of the mailing list. It’s a mind-bogglingly simple concept, really.

Anyone with an iOS device and a thinning patience for junk mail should definitely check out PaperKarma. It’s on the App Store right now, and it’s on sale for free for a “limited time.” What’s the harm in giving it a try, right?


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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-20 :: Category: Lifestyle

Now I’ll admit that I don’t do much driving nowadays because I use mass transit (i.e. the subway), but I did drive a lot once upon a time. And it was quite the pain to deal with all of the extraneous annoyances like traffic, insurance, and gas. Guess which of those problems Gas Logs addresses?

The latest app from JAS Appications allows users to track their mileage, their spending, etc… All manner of values can be adjusted to fit a user’s region, including gallons/liters, and a number of different currencies. Of course, it just wouldn’t be a JAS Applications app if it didn’t also include a super-useful GPS feature. Which it does. Yup, as expected Gas Logs can do all this in addition to finding nearby gas stations by using the iOS device’s built-in GPS.

Again, someone like myself who doesn’t even own a car won’t have much use for it but there are billions of people out there who drive, and at least millions who own an iPhone. Chances are good that there’s a decent market for something like this.


$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-15 :: Category: Finance

Caylus Review

Caylus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Caylus has all the trappings of a deep iOS board game, assuming complexity isn't a problem.

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Wicket – The Beginning Review

Wicket – The Beginning Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Wicket - The Beginning has all the trappings of a clever rpg-lite inspired task management game. Save the lack of any real point, that is.

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Football Manager Handheld 2012 Review

Football Manager Handheld 2012 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The best soccer management game on the App Store yet, but it could still do with a few tweaks in time for next year.

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There’s no Safari like a Fantasy Safari

Create and customize a wildlife reserve. Manage various park minutiae. Upgrade facilities and inhabitants in order to bring in the big bucks. It sounds fairly typical of a good number of freemium park sims, but Fantasy Safari twists it up a bit. By adding fantasy creatures, naturally.

Dragons, frozen wolves, phoenixes and more. It’s a bit of a departure from the usual fare, to say the least. Now, thanks to EA Mobile, we can all try our hand at running our own zoo full of non-existent animals. 40 different non-existent animals, at that. 40 non-existent animals that can learn new abilities (i.e. fire breathing) as savvy players futz with their enclosures.

Anyone looking to try their hand at managing a theme park/zoo with a bit more… “flavor” can do so right now. Fantasy Safari is already on the App Store and, like most (read: all) free-to-play titles it doesn’t require any money to get started.



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Released: 2011-11-02 :: Category: Games

Football Management RPG Review

Football Management RPG Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Football Management RPG offers all the human elements of soccer management with a Choose Your Own Adventure style vibe.

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Pocket Academy Review

Pocket Academy Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
As with virtually every Kairosoft game on the App Store, Pocket Academy could use a bit more of a tutorial. Those who stick with it will find an experience just as rewarding, entertaining and addicting as any of their previous titles, however.

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