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Gneo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on October 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: INTUITIVE TASK MANAGER
Gneo is a task management app with an intuitive interface that allows users to organize their lives effectively thanks to smart notebooks, calendar syncing, and Evernote integration.
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Wunderlist 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on February 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BEAUTIFUL
Wunderlist 2’s newly updated interface makes it easier to manage and share to-do lists, and it’s completely free to download on all device platforms.
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Micro Miners Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on November 15th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE LEMMINGS ARE DIGGING!
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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Tavern Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 20th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TIRED OF WAITING
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 16th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GOURMET DINING
Kairosoft takes a stab at the restaurant business and, surprise surprise, knocks another one out of the park.
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Oregano Recipe Manager Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Chris Kirby on June 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LUKEWARM
Is Oregano the recipe manager to end all recipe managers? Not quite.
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Men in Black 3 Review

Posted by Rob Rich on May 25th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Gameloft
Price: FREE
Version: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS

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

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It’s hard not to expect the worst from a freemium movie tie-in game. There’s just so much potential for things to go wrong. Fortunately things went right for Men in Black 3. Very, very right.

As soon as the initial loading is done players are thrust into the boots of a MIB rookie. Agent J (or at least a somewhat reasonable facsimile) is present to direct them through most of the tutorial stuff like fighting aliens, neuralizing citizens, and managing headquarters. Much like other genre offerings structures must be built and managed to earn cash, heal between missions, research new tech, etc. But playing Where Will This Room Fit is only a part of Men in Black 3. The other parts are comprised of investigating various happenings around New York (both in 2012 and 1969), combating hostile aliens in turn-based combat, and recruiting/utilizing MIB agents for special missions.

Seeing as Men in Black 3 is a Gameloft game I feel compelled to mention that I was thrilled to see it takes up less than two-thirds of my iPhone’s storage space. In fact, it takes up next to no room at all (just under 90 MB). It might sound callous but most of their games are so big I can’t actually keep them for long, so something like this is a rare treat for me. For everyone else who doesn’t care about rationing memory, it’s still a very well put-together game. Everything features the slick style we’ve all come to expect from MIB facilities and gear, exploration and combat do a good job of keeping the management aspects from becoming tedious, and hiring new agents recalls a few of those old X-COM feelings.

As impressed as I am, I wouldn’t mind having the ability to adjust the camera distance. The view feels just a tad too far away from everything for my liking, making characters and aliens seem almost insignificantly small. Floating icons ensure that tapping the correct person, place, or thing isn’t an issue, but it would be nice to get in closer to see a little more detail. Conversely I wouldn’t mid seeing a little less of the “OMG THEY WERE IN THE MOVIE!!!” characters. Not that I don’t think Agents J and K and friends aren’t awesome, I just got sick of them getting in my face so often. Granted this doesn’t happen as often once the tutorial is completed but they can still be somewhat overbearing.

It might be heavy on the exposition and light on the camera control, but this is one solid free-to-play that usually always has something for players to do. Being the boss of a secret organization created to deal with extra-terrestrial activities sounds like a fantastic job, and thanks to Men in Black 3 I’m even more inclined to believe it.

There's no Safari like a Fantasy Safari

Posted by Rob Rich on November 10th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

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.

Football Manager Handheld 2011 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Hall on January 11th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DEEP
For all the digital soccer fans out there that like "simming" seasons of FIFA 11, you now have a game tailor-made to your needs.
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WritePad Pro

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on August 4th, 2009
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: PASS ON IT.
WritePad Pro is ultimately a wannabee jack of all trades, but it's a master of none. There are better productivity tools out there.
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