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Zen Brush 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 10th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STYLISH PENMANSHIP
Stylish and artistic, Zen Brush 2 is a great interpretation of Japanese penmanship.
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Throw Out Your Stylus and Sketch With Penpoint Drawing

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 30th, 2015
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Penpoint Drawing, by Damin Liu, is a new creative drawing app that uses your finger as your stylus.

Calling All... Android Users? Right, Well, Here's How You Can Win a $25 Google Play Gift Card

Posted by Rob Rich on April 2nd, 2015

It's true that we don't normally touch upon anything Android related here at 148Apps but our sister site, Android Rundown, is currently taking part in a giveawaywith NetEase Games that could get you a free $25 Google Play gift card. How could we not share the opportunity?

You can read up on all the specifics over on Android Rundown's announcement page, but the abbreviated version is thus according to the post:

  • Sign up for the Speedy Ninja beta at the Google sign-up sheet.
  • Answer the question “What color best befits a Ninja”? Put the answer as a comment to this post.
  • Wait with fingers crossed; we’ll have a drawing and announce the winners.

For accuracy, make sure that your signup name and email match the name and email you sue to answer the questions in the comments.

The rules: one word (color) answers are fine. No profanity. Single entries. Boom.

Loose Leaf Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE SKETCHING
Sketch out ideas with simple drawing tools, courtesy of Loose Leaf.
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FlipIt.im Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 15th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ROUGH ANIMATING
The layout is a bit of a mess but FlipIt.im allows you to create some fun if simple animations.
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Pen & Ink Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONVENIENT ARTISTRY
Pen & Ink is an ideal way to sketch down some visual ideas or simply spark your imagination.
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Atelier: Draw, Sketch, Paint Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 2nd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SPEEDY SIMPLE DRAWING
More brushes would have been very convenient, but Atelier is still a quick to use and handy drawing app.
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Sketchology Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Arron Hirst on November 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VECTORIFFIC
Sketchology is about drawing without the usual digital boundaries, whilst offering artists and designers vector-quality output along the way.
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Trace 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lucy Ingram on October 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A LONG DRAWN-OUT SEQUEL
Five years after it's predecessor, Trace 2 ticks all the boxes for a beautifully drawn sequel, but will fans of the original agree?
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Tayasui Sketches Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on September 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EASY AND SIMPLE
This drawing app features an assortment of artistic tools and an impressive interface that allows users to unleash their creativity effortlessly.
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Sago Mini Doodlecast Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Amy Solomon on August 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CREATIVE KEEPSAKES
Sago Mini Doodlecast allows users to record their own themed drawings complete with narration.
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ScribbleMix Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 13th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DEPENDABLE SOCIAL DRAWING
Requiring players to draw entire phrases is a smart move for this Draw Something style social game from Disney.
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Inkist Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on June 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NEEDS WORK
Inkist touts a "streamlined drawing experience" and compares itself to "advanced painting software," however in reality it's anything but.
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Plasma Pig Review

Posted by Jordan Minor on May 24th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Angry Avocado Apps
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S

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


Plasma Pig initially entices with a great, central idea. However, it doesn’t quite take that idea as far as it should go. It’s a great game, but the slightly wasted potential can’t help but sting. Still, landing among the stars is a good consolation prize for shooting for the moon.

When Pigsley, a simple Earth pig, is transported to the planet Lardo, he soon becomes the target of the bacon-hungry alien overlord, Than. Now, only the player’s finger can lead him home. In Plasma Pig, players draw ramps and platforms to guide the circular Pigsley to the level’s exit. The mechanic will be instantly familiar to anyone who played Kirby’s Canvas Curse on the Nintendo DS in 2005. That game set a new, high standard for what touch-based games could be and its hook is no less magnificent here than it was years ago. Players can also tilt Pigsley to help nudge him in the right direction, adding more finesse to the gameplay. While early levels are disappointingly sparse, with too many empty spaces, later worlds eventually introduce bounce pads and other tricks that give the game a satisfying amount of complexity. 

Still, throughout its 100 or so levels, Plasma Pig only does the most basic things with level design. Often, the most immediately obvious path to draw to get all three stars will be the one that works. The limited amount of ink or “plasma” occasionally forces players to be more thoughtful and efficient with their scribbling but the levels themselves should provide that challenge, too. It’s not like the game is some platforming adventure where new ramps must constantly be drawn on the fly. Each stage is just a self-contained, overly straightforward puzzle.

At least they are good looking puzzles, though. While it may appear overly simple at first, Plasma Pig’s various worlds, including desert, jungle, and ice environments, impress with subtle depth and textures with a kid’s book, construction paper quality. Pigsley himself may not be too interesting but his surroundings are. The music also does a great job at putting players in the “space adventure” state of mind.

Plasma Pig may not make the most out of its killer hook, but it certainly doesn’t squander it either. It’s a fun, creative game that just doesn’t completely leave orbit. 

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Penception Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINGER ART
This simple yet elegant app is almost perfect for a little on-the-go sketching.
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