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Fitness Avatar Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 2nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INJURY REDUCING
Fitness Avatar is a great way of ensuring you use proper form while working out.
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This Week at 148Apps:June 22-26, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on June 29th, 2015

June's Summer Journey Continues With 148Apps

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

LightRunner Armband

The LightRunner armband is about what you’d expect from a typical armband meant for running - at least I think, but I’m hardly an expert on running equipment - but it does offer a couple of useful features that could give it an edge. Mostly because of how it uses a protective layer to guard your iPhone or iPod from scratches while still letting you use the touch screen, and because it can light up to make nighttime jogs a bit safer. It’s a pretty well-constructed band that keeps your device secure while also allowing access to the headphone jack if you need it. I feel it’s a bit on the bulky side, but seeing as it’s meant to fit 11 different kinds of smartphones (from the iPhone 5 to the Moto X) I’m not sure there’s much they could’ve trimmed off. It might take some getting used to, but it works. --Rob Rich

Fallout Shelter

In preparation for Fallout 4's release this fall, Bethesda announced thatr they had also been working on a mobile title named Fallout Shelter. It's largely a management tapper like Tiny Tower, though it feels distinctly more like a Fallout wasteland scenario and less like a knockoff free-to-play experience. Fallout Shelter may not be for everyone, and it may seem like it misses a few opportunities, but it's a very interesting experience.Fallout Shelter lets players see what it would be like to be the overseer of a vault in the Fallout universe. Essentially this just means they're in charge of building a vault that provides safety and happiness for the dwellers within it. Much like Tiny Tower, players can expect to build additional rooms, match dwellers with jobs that make them happy, and collect resources.--Campbell Bird

Papaly Bookmark Manager

On the surface, Papaly Bookmark Manager sounds like something that isn’t really needed in a world of Instapaper and Pocket. In reality, it’s a very different kind of thing.It’s a way of organizing your links, but it also means that you can easily share them, according to subject, with other users. In that respect, it’s almost like a community. You can opt to simply import your links from social media and keep them safe, but you can also view many other selections. There’s a category devoted to gaming sites, for instance, as well as news sources.--Jennifer Allen

Her Story

At first glance, Her Story doesn't seem like much. It emulates the look and feel of seaching a police database from 1994 on an old Windows desktop - down to the horror of that teal background and ugly interface. There are only six things to click on and no real action to speak of. And yet, there is something strikingly compelling about it all. Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle, has brought his storytelling expertise to this interactive narrative. The entire game revolves around searching through clips of several videos of the police speaking with someone named Hannah Smith. --Jessica Fisher


I had my first experience with Whitaker Trebella’s Piloteer several months ago during GDC, and my opinion hasn’t changed much (read: at all) since then. It’s still super-awkward to control, it’s still incredibly difficult, and it’s still ridiculously fun.You control a nameless (but you get to name her so I guess she’s technically not nameless) inventor who’s just made the world’s first jetpack. Since she presumably doesn’t have the same knack for PR as she does for tinkering, she’s going to have to pull off some impressive stunts in order to convince the rest of the world that she’s on to something. This is, of course, much easier said than done. --Rob Rich

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EA Sports UFC

If anyone should try to tackle a sports sim, it should be EA Sports. And tackle fighting it did with EA SPORTS UFC.Somehow, the tutorial is quite enjoyable on it’s own. It’s of the hands-on variety, so one is able to learn while doing with visual cues that help folks to understand the control system — which incorporates gestures and swipes to control the basics. With said tutorial we see attacks and special attacks, defensive maneuvers, take-downs and even submissions. The controls require dexterity and a keen eye, as there are times a very precise tap is needed. The teaching tool also doesn’t clear until one is able to execute the moves proficiently.--Tre Lawrence

Spider Square

We did wonder just what Spider Square is all about. What better way to find out than to, well, play it?Graphically, it looks like a basic affair; the game uses bright splotches of pastels, and is presented in 2D form. The animations are crisp, and as we see when we get into the action, the colors do frame the gameplay quite well.When we say “simple” with regards to the gameplay, we mean just that. The idea is so easy to grasp, the game barely needs a formal tutorial. It’s an arcade game that is delightfully cloaked as a platformer. The action “moves” from left to right, and the main concept is to get a square, uh, spider(?) to keep moving rightwards (forward) for as long as possible. The main tool is a rope, and the cube moves by swinging from said rope attached to the roof of the playing area. The kicker is that the cube can’t touch the floor or ceiling.--Tre Lawrence

Alphabetty Saga

Yes, Alphabetty Saga is a word game, but clearly wants folks to know it is more than simply that; it packs in elements across the board, from Scrabble, word search, matching, and even a lit bit of Tetris-y gravity play… and then some. It does a lot, which helps it come out the gate strong.At first glance, it’s easy to see developer King’s handprint on the visuals. The game employs bright colors and graphics that lean towards the whimsical without necessarily stumbling into the cartoonish. As a word game, it relies heavily on tiles, but the developer isn’t so jaded as to forget splashing character into the background. It’s a vivid presentation, and it mostly works in the plying area, which usually consists of random word tiles.--Tre Lawrence

All this, plus news, game guides and even more reviews than we can share here!

Kiqplan Expands its Interactive Coaching Kingdom

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 26th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

The makers of Fitbug have been hard at work on their Kiqplan lineup, and have added four new summer themed plans to help you get the most out of your workout.

The Apple Watch isn't Great as a Fitness Tracker, but it has Potential

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 21st, 2015

As someone keen on wearable technology encouraging me to get fit, it felt a little too easy to be cynical about the Apple Watch before getting my hands on one. The battery life sounded poor, it looked kind of bulky, and the lack of built-in GPS made me wonder why I’d want one to go alongside my iPhone. Those issues aren’t miraculously solved, but it turns out the Apple Watch has grown on me a lot already in my short time with it. There are a few good reasons for that, partly due to stock apps and partly due to some of my old favorites.

Nerdy Workout Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on March 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HILARIOUS
Help a nerd bulk up his biceps all while avoiding the flying monsters that want to eat his beefy arms.
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CardioSurprise! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EVENTFUL CARDIO
In need of livening up the Cardio workout? CardioSurprise! will surprise users in the best way possible.
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iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on October 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: INSIGHTFUL
PUMATRAC not only provides runners with stats, it also motivates them with insights about conditions and behaviors that effect performance.
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Pocket Yoga Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on October 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INFORMATIVE & CALMING
Find a few moments of peace and calm while learning to be more flexible, courtesy of Pocket Yoga.
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Adrian Peterson Driven Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DETERMINED WORKOUTS
Driven is the right word for this tough fitness app, ideal for those who have already attained a certain level of strength and speed.
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Performance Stretching Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INFORMATIVE STRETCHING
Warming up and down correctly is as important as the exercise itself, Performance Stretching teaches users how to stretch properly.
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Ninja Fitness 3D Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ADDED MOTIVATION
Offering a new way to be motivated to get fit, Ninja Fitness 3D is pretty cool.
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FitStar: Tony Gonzalez Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on July 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PERSONALIZED EXERCISE
FitStar: Tony Gonzalez offers a pretty great video-based workout for novices, at a price.
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Zumba Dance Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on July 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ZUMBA ON THE GO
Zumba Dance is a motion-based game for the iPad that features music from chart topping artists and intense calorie-burning classes that will make users break a sweat.
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Scientific 7-Minute Workout Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAST PACED EXERCISE
Finding time to exercise can be tough, surely 7 minutes isn't much to ask though, right?
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Workout (7 Minute Body Fitness Exercise) Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on June 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: QUICKIE
Break a sweat in 7 minutes with this simple and elegant exercise app that doesn’t require any expensive equipment or sophisticated techniques.
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