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Chik-fil-A app leads top 10 most popular restaurant apps

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 4th, 2016

It's not often that a restaurant chain has its app hit the top of the U.S. App Store chart. In fact, it's hard to remember it ever happening before.

Yet Chik-fil-A has managed to do just that with Chik-fil-A One, its new app that launched on iOS in May. What's made it so popular? Giving away chicken sandwiches, as it turns out, is a primo way to get folks to download something.

Keep an Eye on Your iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer With Your Apple Watch

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 13th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

iDevices wants to make sure your every barbecue is a sucess, so they've released theiDevices Connected app for the Apple Watch.

Yum-Yum Recipes Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on February 11th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TASTY AND VARIED
Yum-Yum Recipes offers plenty of tasty recipes for free, and even more for a price.
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Handpick Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TANTALIZING SUGGESTIONS
Handpick will make you hungry, as well as inspire you to cook something new.
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Find Free Food on Campus with Ypay

Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 20th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Ypay, by By Arctur Apps, helps college students find free food at events on campus. Students can search a map of their area and see all of the events that offer free snacks.

They can also pin unlisted events they see so that their friends can find them and add add photos, links, and even special invites. The service even helps organizers advertise their events by listing them with Ypay, while feeding those hungry co-eds.

You can download Ypay for free on the App Store now.

Foodie Yama Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 27th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BRIEFLY HOOKS
Foodie Yama will draw you in for a brief while, and you'll never be entirely sure why.
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This Week at 148Apps: March 3-7, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on March 9th, 2014

Expert App Reviewers

So little time and so very many apps. What's a poor iPhone lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we've ever written.


Principia is definitely not a “casual play” game for those looking for a quick fun fix. Rather, it is a challenging and fulfilling experience that requires the player to play the roll of engineer/creator to solve puzzles and build various devices and contraptions. Principia begins by offering the player three options: Play, Discover, or Create. Choosing the Play option allows them to either complete an introductory level (highly recommended for new players) or dive into the game’s main puzzles (which are divided into more than 30 levels). Each puzzle challenges the player to move a robot around the playing area and accomplish some sort of task (or tasks). The player has the ability to move certain objects around on the screen to help accomplish the task but what sets Principia apart from many other building games is the complexity of the objects that can be manipulated, including mechanical, electrical, and robotic objects. --Charlie Miller

Sherlock: Interactive Adventure

The tales of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes are quite timeless, with many TV adaptations, film versions, and more ensuring that his eccentric ways are forever at the forefront of our mystery-tackling minds. The books themselves are wonderful too, and well worth checking out, which is precisely where SHERLOCK: Interactive Adventure turns into an attractive proposition. The app is an interactive version of “The Red-Headed League,” one of the many short stories of Sherlock Holmes. It won’t take regular readers a particularly long time to read through, but its interactive components do ensure that it’s a different experience from simply reading a conventional e-book. --Jennifer Allen

Block Fortress: War

I’m just going to rip this band-aid right off – Block Fortress: War has some issues. There. I said it. It feels good to get it out. This spin-off from Foursaken’s critically acclaimed Block Fortress shares a great deal of its predecessor’s DNA. The block-based visuals, UI elements, even the loading screens will feel instantly familiar to veterans. What differs is in how players will go about mowing down the lumbering, cubic hordes. --Rob Thomas

Tanuki Forest

Look, a new Endless Runner on the App Store! No, wait, don’t run away. Tanuki Forest is actually quite charming and offers some fun things that aren’t commonly included in the genre, honest. Amongst some quite luscious hand-painted imagery, players must help a flying squirrel explore a dark and dangerous forest while saving animals along the way. It’s a very simple title to play with one-touch controls at all times, but it also offers up some neat twists. For instance, animals are saved by flying them through gates, gaining points but also reducing the multiplier for the player. There’s a risk/reward system here given that animals are lost when one clashes with an enemy or spike, but more points are gained for accruing many at once. --Jennifer Allen

Dr. Panda's Restaurant 2

As readers may know, our family really enjoys the Dr. Panda series of apps that include friendly, recurring animal characters and child-friendly themes that may allow children to role-play at being a doctor, farmer, or handyman. One of my son’s favorites of these apps is Dr. Panda’s Restaurant – where one can prepare foods for animal clients in an upscale restaurant setting. Because of this, my son was really excited to find Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 downloaded on our iPad. Here, players will cook in the kitchen of a more casual waterfront restaurant. I really like how the hungry animal customers arrive by boat and ask for a specific dish, then approach a window to the kitchen to give the OK on the ingredients one is looking to cook with. Children will enjoy supplying favorite foods as well as choices these animals are not fond of in many different ways. Explore kitchen tools such as a knife, grater, or food processor as well as bake, boil, and sauté in the safety of one’s own homes and without help from adults. --Amy Solomon

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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:


Slash of the Dragoon

Slash of the Dragoon is a collection RPG with a difference. Working though a world map with a team of monsters and warriors it’s the player’s job to chop their way through increasingly harder staged with parties of enemies. Completing a stage awards more monsters and these monsters can be used to level up other monsters and eventuality evolve them into new, more advanced versions. The big difference in Slash of Dragon is its combat method. Rather than tapping enemies and just watching the battle, the player must slice their way through blocks that appear on the screen. --Allan Curtis

Dubstep Hero

Many people, including myself, often ask just what the heck is Dubstep. The simplest explanation is that it’s a form of electronic/techno music that focuses on drum and percussion lines that focus on bass and sub bass frequencies. To some, it’s just a lot of noise. But to a growing number of folks, dubstep is the hottest musical trend, brought into the spotlight like artists such as Skrillex. Despite your feelings on the genre, there is no denying it’s growing popularity and adaptation in contemporary pop music. Now, some of you will also remember for a moment when rhythm/ band karaoke games were all the rage. Titles such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero were quintessential titles to have if you owned a gaming console. However, those times are a thing of the past, with interest in those games being as great as public opinion of freemium games. But that doesn’t stop some indie devs from making games similar to the old popular rhythm titles, such as Brus Media’s Dubstep Hero, which brings the world of Dubstep to the once loved rhythm game style. --Mike Deneen

Word Puttz

Word games come a dime a dozen on Android, and thus, it takes a decent game to make headway. Gotta tell you, with the elements Word Puttz brings to the table, it might just have more than a passing flirtation with success. At first blush, it reads like one’s run-of-the mill crossword puzzle, except for the limited area. But the first glance is deceptive, and leaves one wondering how word search, scrabble and putt-putt (yes, people, the mini-golf game) get added to the mix. --Tre Lawrence


LAWLESS is one of those games that appeals to our collective decadent side. It is a game from powerhouse Mobage that is able to combine a few different elements into a neat (but explosive) package. It is a career crime game, perfect for the straitlaced do-gooders out there. To begin, the player has the option of selecting his/her main character, which is decked out with weaponry and tasked with being good at being bad. --Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week, our pals at Pocket Gamer picked the best iOS and Android games of February, took a look at Insomniac's Outernauts, and provided some handy tips for sci-fi drama Out There. Oh, and you won't believe how often a new Flappy Bird clone is released... Take a look, in PG's weekly wrap-up.

Sooshi Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HANDY GUIDE
Providing a great guide to all things sushi, Sooshi is a convenient tool for those wanting to know more about the cuisine.
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Henri Le Worm Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CUTE AND EDUCATIONAL
Charming, educational, and cute, Henri Le Worm is an ideal way to teach kids about the importance of eating well.
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Cravings Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Angela LaFollette on November 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: HEALTHY CHOICES
Cravings is a calorie tracking app that provides insightful statistics to help users stick to their daily budgets while satisfying food cravings.
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Sago Mini Pet Cafe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Amy Solomon on September 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CHARMING FOR CHILDREN
Sago Mini Pet Cafe is a delightful interactive app for young children, both cute and educational.
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Recipe Kitchen Isn't Just for Sharing Recipes, it Also Keeps Stock of What's in Your Pantry

Posted by Rob Rich on September 3rd, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Cookbook and recipe apps aren't exactly new to iOS. However, Recipe Kitchen doesn't aim to be just any old recipe app.

Many of the expected features are present in Recipe Kitchen; such as a sizable selection of food items to make, recipe sharing, and cooking timers. However, it can also keep track of all the ingredients you have in your kitchen. You can scan barcodes to add new items, create shopping lists for what you're running low on and sync it to multiple devices (so that other family members will know what to pick up while they're out), and even call up a list of recipes that are available based on what ingredients you currently have available.

Sounds super-handy, no?

Tastemade Captures Your Favorite Food Moments In One Minute Episodes

Posted by Andrew Stevens on August 14th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Tastemade lets you share your favorite moments with food by allowing you to record them in one minute HD episodes. You are also able to discover episodes from other users, browse their profiles, and leave comments on your favorite clips. Find some food, create an episode, and share it with the world through social media!

Shindig - Drink Explorers Club Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on June 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DRINK DRANK DRUNK
Shindig is the perfect app for anyone who has a hard time keeping tabs on their drinks. It’s a beautiful drinking journal that comes packed with plenty of neat features.
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Cooking Basics Review

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 30th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Culinate
Price: $7.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

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


Cooking is one of the most valuable life skills out there. It's also one that's very easy to miss out on for too long. Cooking Basics is an app that teaches its users the absolute basics (right down to how to mash potatoes properly) while also offering some great recipe ideas. These ideas can easily be applied elsewhere, too, ensuring that users have the foundations to be great cooks.

Laid out much like an interactive book, Cooking Basics is easy to browse. Its introduction offers up a series of class for learning the basics. These include lessons on how to set up the kitchen appropriately, how to chop safely, and how to measure accurately. In many of the cases, tasty recipes are used to illustrate a point as well as immediately teach the user how to prepare certain meals.

Delving further into the app demonstrates how much more information is contained within. A series of basic tutorials cover simple things like how to tell if pasta is cooked and how to peel fruits and vegetables effectively. It's all then reinforced by the huge selection of recipes. There's no fine-dining here, it's all about typical meal ideas that people would actually want to cook regularly.

All kinds of scenarios are covered here, from breakfast to supper and with plenty of light snacks in between. It's a great mix that covers loads of ground. Each recipe is clearly described with step by step instructions ensuring users know what they're doing at all times, as well as focuses placed on specific techniques. A shopping list feature as well as timer settings make things all the simpler. When it comes to identifying a specific leaf or vegetable, the app clearly labels them so it's easy to learn as one goes along.

Using various different forms of media, from videos, audio clips to images and text, Cooking Basics is an ideal starting point for beginners. There are great recipes for experienced cooks too, but I'd lean towards only truly recommending this to newbies, given the price. Nothing quite beats the satisfaction of cooking a great meal all by one's self and it beats takeout or ready meals easily. For $7.99, this is a great, fun and healthy step to take for the apprehensive chef.