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BMX Jam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TRICKSY
BMX Jam is a fast paced and eventful bike racing game with trick moves galore and some outlandish obstacles to avoid.
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SportStream Review

Posted by Carter Dotson on October 5th, 2012

Developer: SportStream Inc.
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.3
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

iOS Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

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The beauty of this age of sports with social media is that we can connect with friends, celebrating our teams together. Who are we kidding, sports is a black hole of despair: everyone loses eventually and sadness fills our souls like darkness upon the earth as the sun sets.

Other than that, sports is great!

SportStream has an interesting way of approaching the sports app and social media. Users start by logging in with Facebook or Twitter, then selecting their favorite teams, which offers some selections based on likely choices. I’m not sure how the discovery algorithm works, but the app gave me the San Antonio Spurs, Texas Rangers, and Houston Rockets as suggested teams to follow. Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. It is possible to add teams manually as well. Then, users search for the games they want to follow, and can receive alerts about scores. As well, game scores, stats, even TV information is available for games. A social feed of relevant Twitter accounts is available for each game including official team accounts and analysts that can be favorited, retweeted, and replied to. I’ve already used the app to call out a beat writer on something stupid they said, because that’s the beauty of Twitter: we’re all on equal footing.

It’s possible to check-in to games, as much as one can check-in to a virtual construct than a physical location. Thankfully, it’s at least limited to checking-in on the day of the game, and it is used to also create a chat room between those who have checked-in. It serves a useful secondary purpose. It’s possible to get people to join in with the app via Facebook, Twitter, and email, and to post about the game with suggested hashtags and links where necessary.

The app supports logging in with Facebook or Twitter through the iOS native logins. Frankly, I’m impressed: too many apps have been not supporting iOS-native social networks. It is infuriating to say the least. So kudos to SportStream for taking some initiative on this.

Whether SportStream is making a comment on college football realignment or just using outdated info, it’s humorous to see the Texas A&M Aggies back in the Big 12 in the app. We kicked you and your creepy all-male cheerleaders out, now stay out! As a side note for those who don’t follow college football: The Big 12 has 10 teams and the Big 10 has 12 teams. Don’t try to make sense of it; college football never does.

What I think SportStream really succeeds at is that while social interaction is a core part of the app, it never forgets about the games. It works as a scoreboard app, along with being a way to sample the opinions floating out there on social media. Come gameday, this could prove to be extremely useful as a second-screen app.

It's also available for iPhone as a separate download, also free.

Pucky Birdy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on October 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: THIN ICE
This hockey game tries to be a little different but ultimately can't make the goal.
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Wonderputt Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Carter Dotson on September 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL
Wonderputt is a mini-golf game for iPads that has one course. Thankfully it looks absolutely fantastic.
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Stick Tennis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 10th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOW SERVING
Stick Tennis offers a simple and effective take on the sport, but the free-to-play model gets in the way.
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Favorite Four: NFL 2012 Season

Posted by Carter Dotson on September 5th, 2012

Are you ready for some football, in particular the 2012–2013 season of the premier American football league, the National Football League? Well, with the season kicking off tonight with the Super Bowl champion New York Giants playing the Dallas Cowboys, I’ve collected four apps to help make the game-watching and fantasy-football-playing experience better. No matter what, they’re better than the replacement refs are going to be!

NFL ’12: The NFL’s official app offers video, including a single screen scoreboard of all the week’s games on the iPad. Get score alerts for individual games. See highlights and analysis videos from NFL.com, along with news stories. Is that significant other clueless about sportball, and expects you to leave the house on Sunday afternoons? Or do you live outside your favorite team’s market, and don’t want to pay for Sunday Ticketwhich costs about as much as operating J.P. Morgan’s yacht? Then for $29.99, you can listen to every game from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

NFL Game Rewind: Every fan of their team has plenty of things to say about what they think they saw while watching. However, there’s a reason why NFL coaches don’t eat buffalo wings and drink beer while coaching, because it doesn’t provide them cogent analysis. So sober up, and subscribe to NFL Game Rewind, a service that provides the ability to rewatch past games on a play-by-play basis. The $69.99 subscription offers even coaches’ film, which will provide more in-depth looks at games, with deeper archives available. The $49.99 subscription offers this year’s games, available commercial-free and in condensed forms, to relive games in short time frames.

Thumb: Fantasy football is an integral part of the football fandom experience. After all, nothing makes a meaningless blowout more exciting than when your wide receiver scores a touchdown in garbage time to win your matchup that week. But deciding who to start is a pain. Why not rely on the wisdom of random internet strangers? Use Thumb’s fantasy football section to post simple thumbs-up-or-down questions on whether someone should be started on your team, and watch as the guy you benched scores 3 touchdowns in one game and the guy you started sets the NFL fumbles record your fantasy team is led to victory by listening to the opinions of others!

Fantasy Football ’12: You’re the Ludacris of fantasy football, in that you have fantasy football teams in different area codes, or at least on ESPN, Yahoo, and NFL.com. If only there was one app that could manage teams on all those different sites! There is! Based off of Fantasy Monster, this is designed solely for managing fantasy teams from all across different leagues. Remember, the more fantasy leagues you’re in, the more likely you’ll be able to call yourself a fantasy football champion.


App Update: ESPN SportsCenter App for iPad Updated

Posted by Jeff Scott on August 30th, 2012
iPad App - Designed for iPad only

TechCrunch has the details of an update for the ESPN SportsCenter app for iPad that just went live.

The official update just says "New design with simple navigation, making it easier than ever to access the latest scores, news and video clips." and I think that understates it a bit.

Take a look at the screen above. They have changed just about everything in this app. Nice work and a great addition for those of us that use our iPads while watching sports on TV.

NFL Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet 2012 for iPad Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Carter Dotson on August 27th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CHEATER CHEATER PUMPKIN EATER
Get a leg up in that upcoming fantasy football draft with NFL Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet 2012 for iPad.
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Fluid Soccer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 21st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar ::
Turning soccer into a form of puzzle game and doing a pretty good job of it.
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Favorite Four: English Premier League Apps

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 17th, 2012

Arguably the biggest and most famous of soccer leagues, the English Premier League begins once more tomorrow with fans eagerly awaiting a season of soccer that will last them until May 2013. Will Manchester City retain the title once more or will Manchester United manage to snatch it from their grasp? Either way, I'll be keen to see if Swansea City can stay up for another season. We're celebrating the start of the season by taking a look at the four best apps to use alongside your soccer watching experience.

Caught Offside
Caught Offside has been an immensely popular independent soccer website for a while now and its app supplements matters all the more. It offers a wide variety of content from up to the minute news, video highlights, rumors to in-depth features and analysis. As expected, there are also the all important live scores and stats to keep fans up to date.

Live Score Addicts
The ideal way to check the latest scores at speed, Live Score Addicts is guaranteed to keep fans up to date on scores for 420 different leagues and cups around the world, as well as the crucial English Premier League. Push Notifications means you'll never miss a change of score or the presence of an ominous red card. Other information such as substitutions, attendance and even Head2Head comparisons are available.

Premier League 20 Seasons
Premier League 20 Seasons won't keep you informed on the latest developments this season but it will give you fantastic insight on the past 20 seasons of the Premier League. The app offers more than 100 classic moments from that time, along with interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of the Premier League. It's not always perfect at streaming the content but there's no denying it's exciting stuff checking back on the iconic moments that have been and gone.

FourFourTwo Soccer Stats Zone
Predominantly UK based soccer magazine FourFourTwo has released an app that stat fans will absolutely adore. Soccer Stats Zone doesn't stop where other apps do, it provides every stat imaginable from passes and tackles completed to a broken down analysis of every single manoeuvre performed during a match. Analysis on how a match has changed after a key incident such as a goal or red card is included as well as player versus player and team versus team comparisons. Your head will explode with facts in no time.

Wannabat Plus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: (=^_^=)
Wannabat is a ringer of a one-on-one baseball game that should please fan and non-fan alike.
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9 Innings Pro Baseball 2013 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on July 30th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A SOLID DOUBLE
9 Innings Pro Baseball 2013 is a baseball game where players can upgrade or acquire new players through cards to create a veritable baseball dynamo.
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Journey to Real Madrid Review

Posted by Rob Rich on July 27th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Real Madrid C.F
Price: FREE
Version: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS

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

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I’ve never been a big sports guy, especially not football (a.k.a soccer), but I do enjoy me some video games. So while I could care less about sitting in a bar watching The Game, I certainly wouldn’t mind playing a game. Especially if it’s fun. Journey to Real Madrid can certainly be fun, but it can also be a bit frustrating. Whether or not it’s worth it will depend on the individual.

Journey to Real Madrid isn’t like most of those other soccer/football games on the App Store. There are no teams, no management, no virtual sticks, and no real worries about acquiring sponsorships. Instead, players select one of three legends (Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, or Zinedine Zidane) and work their way from children’s street ball up to the big leagues and beyond. The gameplay itself is simple enough to learn: tap and hold on the ball to charge up shot strength, then swipe to kick. The length and direction of the swipe will control the angle and path of the ball, while hitting preset targets and making consecutive goals will net more and more points.

It can be supremely satisfying to hook the ball around a defender and watch it hit an 8000-point target dead center with a 3X multiplier. I’ve even managed to build up a decent rhythm of victories after a bit of continuous play. There are also three other modes to jump into when in need of a break from the Journey: Sudden Death, Time Attack, and a collection of mini-games all meant to help players refine their techniques as well as earn some cash that can be used to upgrade the superstars with special abilities and the like.

The controls can be a tad irksome at times, what with the accidental curves and unintentional lobs, but a much bigger issue is the chugging. And I mean this game chungs. Pop-up ads between gameplay and the main menu lag when they appear as well as disappear. Victory and defeat screens stutter like crazy. Sometimes even goals and misses cause the game to skip around. It’s still playable, and it might just be an issue for older devices such as my 3GS, but that doesn’t make it any less obnoxious.

I can’t speak to how soccer/football fans will receive this game, because I’m not one, but even non-enthusiasts will have fun. Most of the time. I may not know who Zidane is, but I do know when I’m having fun, and I had a fair bit of it with Journey to Real Madrid.

Flick Champions World Edition Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on July 26th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SILVER MEDAL WINNER
As the world anticipates the 2012 Olympic Games in London, iOS gamers are already representing their countries in tight competition for gold, silver and bronze in this Summer Games themed game.
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PlayUp Goes To The 2012 Olympics

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 26th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

We've covered PlayUp before, appreciating its ability to bring sports fans together in their love of their chosen sport. Just in time for the London 2012 Olympics, a major update has been released geared towards keeping users informed during the summer Olympics.

The app offers users all the latest information on their favorite teams and athletes, as well as the latest news on the medal tally. That's 17 days worth of coverage, across 26 sports, 39 disciplines and 302 medal events. Content is geared towards the geographical location of the user, ensuring that the most regionally relevant content is brought to the forefront when first launched.

It also provides free instant messaging around any event and the ability to virtually hang out with friends in private, as well as direct message them and create social groups.

Whether you're excited by the water polo or thrilled by the BMX biking, PlayUp should have you covered this summer Olympics.

Check it out now, it's available for free.