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Baseball Battle Review

Baseball Battle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple and cute, Baseball Battle is a fairly fun baseball game for those looking for something light.

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Angularis Review

Angularis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A game for the twitchy player, Angularis is simple yet entertaining.

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Poptile Review

Poptile Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple yet a little bit glorious, Poptile is a satisfying entertaining puzzle game with oodles of the 'one more go' factor.

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Soccer Stars Review

Soccer Stars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
More like Pool or Billiards, Soccer Stars is a simple, sometimes shallow, but easy to pick up multiplayer focused soccer game.

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(R)evolve Review

(R)evolve Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's not revolutionary (hohoho), but (R)evolve is a fun game for twitchy players.

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Don’t Eat People Review

Don’t Eat People Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Perhaps almost too simple, Don't Eat People lives up to its name in terms of its main focus.

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Hoots Review

Hoots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A Match-3 game taken right back to its basics, but sometimes that's all anyone could want.

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Word Forward Review

Word Forward Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Create words from tiles in order to get the lowest score in this simple yet enjoyable word game.

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I’m the kind of person who my entire family comes to with any tech or game related question. For my soon-to-be career in the IT world, I’ve probably already heard every silly computer related question I can think of; such as my parent’s worrying I deleted all of their email in their Yahoo! email account when I reformatted their computer to my uncle calling me to tell me how this site he saw on an infomercial cleaned up his PC. Every facepalm, of course to those in the know, was from lack of knowledge of computers and technology.

So when it came to my grandmother – who is old, fragile, and not in the greatest of health – needing an upgrade from her ancient Mac Book this year, I candidly suggested she go to an iPad instead of a new computer. “Why?” my family asked, “How can a tablet replace a computer?” To which I gave them a brief summary of all the reasons I could come up with to justify the purchase of a $500 tablet versus a $1200 MacBook. The iPad’s size, weight, cost, and usability were all crucial to my argument for the iPad versus another laptop.

Me with my grandmother at my wedding in 2010.

Me with my grandmother at my wedding in 2010.

Eventually I won out in this discussion, thus beginning a sort of experiment to see if my dad’s mother could adopt to a mobile touch screen device. To many in our age group, the idea that someone may have trouble with an iPad sounds almost absurd. But keep in mind this was part of a family that I had to verbally instruct over the phone as to how to launch Skype on their MacBook.

The first baby steps of this experiment were to introduce her to popular apps, such as the iPad email interface, Safari, and Facebook. Facebook took great strides in 2013 to make their mobile app to have nearly all the functionality of the browser based version. I was even able to help her figure out how to hide the posts from a distant relative who’d post quite frequently about Justin Bieber and how much she’d spent on clothes. My grandma is cool like that.

hqdefaultNext up was showing her various forms of entertainment on the device. Now again, this amazing lady still owns two SD TV’s, so an iPad with it’s Retina display is by far the best visually striking screen in her house. I showed her various video apps; such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and even lesser known ones such as VUDU. Because I also deal with iOS games on a consistent basis, I introduced some simple but really fun games I thought she might be interested in trying. Two of them, which appeared to catch on with her, were games I considered to be some of the best but most overlooked games of 2013: 4 Thrones and FlowDoku.

There have been a couple of challenges in this adventure however, as anyone going from the familiar to the unknown can be a little daunted. My grandmother had issues figuring out her email, having been used to browser based clients. However, I was able to introduce her to the wide array of Google apps available on iOS, merging the Google and Apple worlds into one. She found the Google Mail client pretty useful for her needs, as well as Google Drive, so I could send her stuff such as wedding photos from the event that occurred some 3 years ago. Additionally, I was able to set her up with Skype on iOS so she could watch my sister’s wedding, as well as the TED Talks app so she could see the various topics discussed.

apple-ipad-29There was also a little trouble getting my elderly grandmother adept at using the on-screen keyboard. Luckily the keyboard on an iPad is relatively big with easy to read buttons, especially in comparison to any Android device. It also responds perfectly to touch, with little to no issues responding appropriately. Once she learned to adapt to using a touch screen to not only replace the mouse but the physical keyboard as well, things seemed to go much easier.

The farm I spent a lot of time on as a kid at my grand parents.

The farm I spent a lot of time on as a kid at my grand parents.

My grandmother means the world to me, and it’s absolutely devastating knowing she is nearing her final days on this Earth. But the notion that I could help simplify her life a little bit makes me feel a tad better. From helping her get a device that her frail body will be able to manage to setting her up with and showing her how to use some apps that were similar to what she was using on a MacBook, I feel as though my grandma has a great computing device, an awesome means of communicating with the outside world, and something that will help improve her life overall; regardless of how long or short that may be. Technology has many uses beyond business, entertainment, or whatever else. Sometimes it’s just as simple as using it to aid the ones you love.

Division Cell Review

Division Cell Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple to look at and learn to play, Division Cell is quite a satisfying puzzle game all about symmetry.

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10 Review

10 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Keeping things minimalistic, 10 is a satisfyingly challenging puzzle game about making 10 out of smaller numbers.

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KAMI Review

KAMI Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tranquil and relatively minimalistic, KAMI is a charming puzzle game focused on a very simple concept.

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SpellGrid+ Review

SpellGrid+ Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Create as many words as possible from one larger word, in this open ended and enjoyable word game.

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I am Box Review

I am Box Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A fast-paced color matching puzzle game that’s virtually impossible to beat.

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Chipotle Scarecrow Review

Chipotle Scarecrow Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Its heart might be in the right place, and it might be briefly fun, but Chipotle Scarecrow lacks staying power.

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Sumhold Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Sumhold may look like just another calculator, but its elegant interface, ability to store numbers, and running total feature help make it one of the best simplistic iOS calculators available.

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rymdkapsel Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's hard to tell just what rymdkapsel is with nothing but screen shots to go on, but rest assured that whatever it is, it's awesome.

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VideoPlay Review

VideoPlay Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Offering a simple if somewhat basic way of creating videos with filters, VideoPlay isn't an all-in-one solution but it does the job for most users.

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Beejumbled Review

Beejumbled Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A simple but cute word game, Beejumbled should keep word game fans bzzzzy for a time.

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Bucketz Ride HD Review

Bucketz Ride HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Throwing rocks into moving buckets with faces has never been quite so much fun, no matter how weird it may sound!

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Greedy Grub Review

Greedy Grub Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Greedy Grub is certainly adorable, but it's not particularly ground-breaking.

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Dots Review

Dots Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Simple to look at and play, Dots is a rather fun game about connecting as many dots as possible within a short period of time.

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Word-A-Fall Review

Word-A-Fall Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's pretty dated looking and a bit expensive, but Word-A-Fall offers some simple, pure, word finding gameplay.

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Stealth Assassin Review

Stealth Assassin Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Simple to look at yet great fun to play, Stealth Assassin is a stealth game without all the superfluous bells and whistles.

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Hackycat Review

Hackycat Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It sounds potentially horrific but it turns out that kicking cartoon cats in the air is a great way to spend some spare time.

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Claustrophobic Review

Claustrophobic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's a little too simple for its own good, but there's a glimmer of potential within this Endless Roller.

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Sortee Review

Sortee Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A simple idea, implemented well, Sortee is all about dividing up objects according to their type or shape.

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Fridge Words Review

Fridge Words Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Create words from fridge magnet tiles in this simple to play yet quite addictive asynchronous multiplayer word game.

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Wake The Cat Review

Wake The Cat Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cute cats, simple controls and head scratching puzzles - what more could one need?

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Kick The Boss 2 Review

Kick The Boss 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A simple idea that's initially very enjoyable but with fewer returns the longer one plays.

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