Family Feud

Family Feud & Friends Review for Android and iOS

Family Feud & Friends is one of many family feud games, but this one allows you to compete directly with others. In the growing wave of social gaming, Family Feud & Friends is just another game that connects you with your Facebook friends for you to compare how much better you can figure out what the most popular answers are to survey questions.

If you’re somehow unfamiliar with the game show, Family Feud is played by two teams or individuals competing against each other. In order to gain points, each person must figure out how the most popular answer to a random survey question. Each category has up to 100 points possible. The winner is then given an opportunity to compete in the fast money round, where they are given two opportunities to answer five different categories, and they win if they reach 200 points.

In the aspect of emulating the game show, Family Feud & Friends does a near perfect job. The few modifications to the game are made to fit better on a video game. Though it does well here, it definitely isn’t the first Family Feud game to offer a good simulation.

The key feature of the game is the social connectivity. When you play a game, you’re paired up against a random person who has already played and acquired a score, but it’s made to feel like you’re playing them in real time. You can also compare your daily high scores to your Facebook friends. You can challenge them to a high score competition, with the winner gaining experience points used to level up.

Unfortunately, that’s where the social connectivity ends. You cannot challenge a friend to a real time competition, nor can you even face off against them using the same categories. For a game that is based on its social connection, these missing features are glaring.

You also have a limit on how many times you can play. The nice thing is that the limit is quite high, so you’ll get plenty of playing time in.

Family Feud & Friends is a great game for people who love the game show. Don’t be fooled by the social aspect though, as it’s not what you’d think it would be.

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Snapchat

Snapchat Review for Android and iOS

Looking at the app description, Snapchat doesn’t seem like it has much of a purpose. It seems like a limited picture message app. For those who don’t have unlimited messaging (which is a pretty small market for smartphone users), this seems pretty useful, but why would the app be downloaded so much?

What Snapchat does, is it allows you to take a picture on your phone and send it to a friend who also has Snapchat. The catch is that the picture only is visible for at most ten seconds once the picture is opened up.

This seems kind of strange. Why would you allow the picture to only last for such a short time? Even after using the app, I don’t have an answer for it. Obviously it saves storage space whether on the phone or on a server, but it is a huge limiting factor for the app.

Where Snapchat shines shines is it’s speed and reliability at sending photos. Often when sending an MMS message over my phone, it can take anywhere from 30 seconds to even 10 minutes to send a picture if my reception is bad. Snapchat is pretty quick though, with pictures being received nearly instantly.

After sending hundreds of pictures, I have yet to see a picture fail. Snapchat will even update you to let you know if your friend has opened the picture or even taken a screenshot.

The best feature of Snapchat is the ability to draw right on the screen as soon as you took the picture. This does help to enhance picture messaging, offering what many standard camera apps lack. Though other apps allow you to edit pictures, being able to take a picture, draw on it, and send it all in one app helps make Snapchat relevant.

Although Snapchat really isn’t adding anything new other than the time limit feature, the speed and reliability help make it a very useful application. With a robust user base, it’s likely that you already have friends who you’ll be able to snapchat with. If you’re into picture messaging and wish that it would be quicker, Snapchat is the perfect app for you.

 

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MapMyRun

MapMyRun Review for Android and iOS

When smartphones were introduced to the world half a decade ago, fitness apps seemed to be all the craze. Although many developers tried, few managed to get a really solid fitness app that people would use for months on end. MapMyRun benefits from being established as a website first, with the app coming out to enhance the site features. MapMyRun is a fitness app that can be used by anybody, and it brings enough to the table to make it worth a download by anybody who loves to exercise.

If you haven’t gone over to the website, it is definitely worth checking out. When you register, you can put in routes for walking, running, and biking. You’ll be able to see the distances with mile markers and elevation changes throughout the route. Then, once you download the app, all of the best features are opened up. MapMyRun will use your GPS to track not only your location, but also your speed and pace. If you happen to have a heart monitor, it will track your heart rate through the exercise as well.

Once you start a route, the app will leave the GPS on constantly, which does make it drain the battery a little bit. The timer will begin, and the app will track your movement. You’ll get audio feedback at every mile if you leave the options to their defaults. The tracking is extremely reliable, giving an accurate pace. After several different runs, the chart showing my pace took a noticeable drop when I “hit the wall” on my runs.

Another nice thing about the app is that you can get routes that other people have created near to your location. MapMyRun also logs your statistics online and in the app, so that you can have a log of how many miles you have put in as well as your calories that you’ve burned. If you want to look at improvement over time, MapMyRun has you covered.

MapMyRun is a great app for either fitness junkies or those who are just looking for something to help their motivation. Though the interface can be confusing on the app at times, it’s easy to pick up and well worth your time.

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CSR Racing

CSR Racing Review for Android and iOS

Drag racing games have been around forever on all platforms capable of gaming. Few games offer the total amount of depth seen in CSR Racing.

The gameplay is relatively simple, and it seems fairly borrowed from most other drag racing games. You start each race by trying to get the RPM meter in the sweet spot to prevent tire spin. From then on, you are trying to time your shifts in order to get a maximum acceleration. Add in some NOS, and call it a day.

Where CSR Racing initially enhances the game is with a simple story mode. Players can do quick races with earnings based on difficulty. They can do ladder races where the race gets progressively more difficult, or you can race Crew Battles until you ultimately win through to the next tier. The boss of each crew certainly loves his trash talk.

Graphically, CSR Racing offers some impressive graphics, especially for mobile devices. It has a little bit of a frame rate struggle with older devices, but it still runs despite longer loading times. The graphics look close to something out of a current generation console. Audio seems to be pretty spot on, though the menu track will get repetitive.

There is quite a bit of depth to the game. You can use your earnings to unlock roughly 100 different cars from all of the big manufacturers. You can also use these earnings to unlock different upgrades to make your car the best. Unfortunately, about half of the cars can only be bought with special coins that are nearly impossible to earn other than from purchasing them with real money.

Another disappointing feature is that you are limited on how many races you can do. Each race uses up a gas point, which runs out very quickly. New points take several minutes to come back, so you won’t be able to play for more than 30 minutes at a time without spending real money on the game.

Overall, CSR Racing has potential to be the best drag racing game on any platform. If you can get past the in-app purchases, you’ll find an enjoyable experience that will make you say wow the first time you see the graphics.

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Floor Escape

Floor Escape Review for Android and iOS

Puzzle games continue to be some of the most popular games on mobile platforms. Floor Escape is yet another puzzle game where a player is required to figure out some sort of puzzle in the room that will allow them to advance to the next floor.

The premise is very simple. You are put in front of an elevator door, and your goal is to figure out how to get the door to open. The puzzles start out very simply, such as just pressing the button to call the elevator. Other puzzles require you to move objects. The most complicated puzzles involve some sort of combination of actions that need to be done.

There are many similar games on the market right now, but Floor Escape has managed to become the most popular at this time. It offers some new ideas and new puzzles that other elevator escape games lacked. It also uses quite a few different items with different results, which allows for a more unique combination of puzzles. Despite these unique ideas, it often does feel like a rehashed game if you have played similar games.

Graphically, Floor Escape stands up very well. All the items are pretty clear and distinct, so you won’t have to spend a whole lot of time guessing what is in front of you like some other games do. The colors are vivid, but there’s only so much depth going on visually. The presentation works for what it needs to be, but it won’t win you over.

Floor Escape only offers 100 puzzles, which run relatively quickly. Unless you get stuck on a few different floors, you’ll probably have the game finished in just over an hour.

Unlike other puzzle games though, Floor Escape minimizes the amount of times where the puzzle doesn’t make much sense. Although there are some challenging floors to get through, everything is logical. For those harder floors, you’ll feel accomplished when you get through them instead of cursing the developer for stupid tricks.

Floor Escape is one of the best escape games on the market right now, but it still has a limited appeal. It can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store for free with relatively few ads.

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Iron Man 3 – The Official Game Review

I’ll be honest, when I booted up Iron Man 3 – The Official Game, I was awaiting a disappointing movie tie-in game. But Gameloft has done an amazing job with the metallic icon and has made a game which is fast, somewhat funny and fun. Gameloft has proven that not all movie tie in games have to be a rushed mess, in fact they have proven it twice.

Story

The secret behind the success of the games is that Gameloft tends to use their own story instead of cramming the whole movie in. They did this with the batman game and now they have done the same with Iron Man 3 – The Official Game. The story follows Iron Man (duh!) in a quest to stop a nefarious organization called A.I.M, which aims to weaponize Tony’s suits. The most disappointing fact about the Iron Man 3 – The Official Game is there are no official movie stars doing the voice overs for the game. So if you were hoping to hear Robert Downey Jr. as the Iron Man and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper, you will be disappointed.

Iron Man 3

Graphics

The game is almost 700 MB in size so it’s natural that Gameloft has given a lot of thought in the graphics department. There are 3 locals where you can fight crime, all of them offer something different and unique in terms of environment. There are a ton of iconic Iron Man suits in Iron Man 3 – The Official Game which you will be able to unlock and develop as you progress through the game. To be honest the suits are the major hook, they look amazing and are rendered with expert detail.

Gameplay

Iron Man 3 – The Official Game plays like any other endless runner, but in this case the protagonist if flying. The gameplay is fast and tight which will keep you on your toes. There are a lot of hurdles which Iron Man has to avoid, one of them are the pesky rockets, which frankly are the worst. Naturally the Iron Man has a range of weapons at his disposal; special suit centric powers are also available. Iron Man 3 – The Official Game features a lot of enemies and you will be fighting a lot of recognizable super villains in the game.

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Verdict

Iron Man 3 – The Official Game is a free to play game which thankfully doesn’t want to strip you of all your cash. There are in app purchases, but they never feel forced. I ‘m at level 19 and I haven’t spent a single penny on the game. This is among the best endless runners out there and it is highly recommended to the fans of the genre, movies or comics.

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4 Pics 1 Word

4 Pics 1 Word Review for Android and iOS

When Tetris came out several decades ago, it popularized the puzzle game genre. The genre has seen quite a bit of change over the years, with everything from Dr. Mario to Brain Age to Angry Birds. 4 Pics 1 Word is an extension of the puzzle genre that has gotten quite a bit of popularity over the past several weeks.

The game is simple. Four pictures are displayed on the screen, and you’re given the length of the word. As you get words correct, you earn coins which can be used to help you out. You can get help by either deleting possible letters or by getting where certain letters fit in the answer.

If you have ever played Draw Something, the user interface will immediately look familiar. The interface is basically a carbon copy but with a different color. You even have twelve possible letters to guess the word, making it a little bit more easy than if you had to type in the word on your own.

The pictures are relatively easy to guess, which allows you to build up some confidence as you play. Occasionally though you’ll be hit by a confusing word where the pictures are relatively ambiguous. It seems like the shorter words are the hardest to guess because there are so many options of letter arrangements.

If you want to look closer at the pictures, the game says that you can press the picture to zoom in. Unfortunately though these pictures are such a low resolution that this doesn’t help. The pictures stay the same resolution when you make them large, so all it does is make them blurry.

If you’re really struggling with a word, 4 Pics 1 Word links with your Facebook account so that you can get help from your friends.

There are quite a few ads, especially if you find the right answer quickly. Every time you load up the game, and every few words, you’ll be presented with ads for other apps to download.

4 Pics 1 Word isn’t the type of game that you’ll be remembering for years, but it is the type of game that will waste time for you while making your brain work a bit.

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WatchESPN

WatchESPN App Review for Android and iOS

When WatchESPN released two years ago, it saw very limited usage due to it requiring a cable subscription to a select amount of providers. Now that Comcast and AT&T have renegotiated their contracts with ESPN to allow access to the app in the past year, access to the app has never been greater.

WatchESPN allows users who have a compatible cable subscription the ability to watch ESPN programming on their mobile devices. You can watch all of ESPN’s live TV programming, online only sporting events, and even replays of past games.

The user interface is very clean and easy to use. Once you log in using your cable provider username and password, you are shown all of the shows that are currently being broadcast by ESPN. This includes sporting events and past shows.

Under the sports tab, you can browse by specific sports. These events are then shown under either the live now, upcoming, or replay tabs. For the avid sports fan, the upcoming tab will be useful in determining when certain games will be played so that their schedules can be planned accordingly.

Video quality seems to do really well over WiFi and 4G/LTE, but it does sometimes get choppy. If your signal starts to slow down, then the app will automatically downgrade the video quality so that you don’t generally have to worry about pauses. WatchESPN seemed to be very reliable. I have yet to experience the videos pausing for extended periods of time, nor any crashes while playing video.

One disappointing aspect is that you can’t watch any of ESPN’s long list of original programming after it has aired. The only things that stay for replay are actual sporting events. This is disappointing, especially given the limited times that these shows are on during the day. This overlooked option is disappointing, and limits the use of the app even more.

While the actual usefulness of the WatchESPN app is limited to AT&T U-verse, Bright House, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, Time Warner, and Verizon FiOS subscribers, sports fans who have those subscriptions will be using this app whenever they get a chance. They’ll be getting a reliable video streaming app that will give them more sports than they can handle.

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Paper Toss

Paper Toss 2.0 Review for Android and iOS

When it comes to mind numbing ways to waste time, throwing paper balls at a trash can is about as dull as it gets. That said, Backflip Studios has made an addicting mobile game based on that same concept. Paper Toss 2. is a revamped version of the classic browser game, adding more depth to a game that by nature has very little depth.

The game is centered around the concept of throwing paper balls into a trash can. To make it more difficult, a fan is always blowing in random directions and with random magnitude, causing the paper to fly in strange curves.

In past versions of this game, that has been as far as the depth goes. The game would keep track of how many shots in a row you had made, and you would constantly be trying to break that record. Paper Toss 2.0 adds some more features to the tried and true concept.

Now you can play Paper Toss in different settings. Although there are 10 scenes, most are mostly cosmetic differences. Each scene has slightly different ways to interact with the world though. For example, you can use the boss as a backboard to make it into his trash can when playing in his office. On the intern level, a nerdy looking intern rolls around while holding the trash can, offering you a moving target.

The presentation is fun, as there are now more characters who have unique reactions to their coworker throwing things in the office. Also, you can change what you’re throwing by earning coins. Coins are earned as you make shots, based on the difficulty of the shot and the length of the streak. From footballs to staplers to grenades, things get more and more interesting in the office.

Another new features is achievements. There are a grand total of 74 of them, and many of them are pretty difficult. If you’re having trouble, you can also spend your coins on powerups.

Paper Toss 2.0 isn’t a groundbreaking game, but it has perfected the limited genre. If you’re looking for a game that you can kill time with while having some competitive fun, than Paper Toss 2.0 is definitely worth a free download.

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Strategy & Tactics

Strategy & Tactics: WW II Review for Android and iOS

World War II video games have been around almost as long as video games themselves. Turn based strategy games have also been around for decades. Strategy & Tactics combines the two for a mobile World War II strategy game that can be played on both Android and iOS devices.

When you get into the game, you might be turned off by a fairly ugly interface. Presentation wise, Strategy & Tactics suffers pretty badly. It feels more like a game that was developed without much of an artistic direction in mind. This is especially noticeable when you see that in-game graphics aren’t all that impressive either. The developer, Herocraft Ltd, didn’t use much of a color palette, leaving the game looking a little too murky and washed out.

The gameplay is fairly good for a mobile game. From the design of the maps and units to the general rules of the game, it feels a lot like playing Risk without having any input left to chance. Computer difficulty does ramp up very quickly in the campaign, so be aware of that.

If playing computer opponents isn’t your thing, Strategy & Tactics also allows you to play multi-player using either WiFi or switching on one device. Although the infrastructure is there, the experience suffers when you realize how hard it is to find a game. You won’t likely be spending too much time playing online, as random opponents are hard to find and it’s not likely you’ll have too many friends who have this game. Playing on the same phone does work well though, with no noticeable issues other than you have to trust your friends not to make your moves for you.

If you can manage to overcome the difficult AI, then this will turn out to be a game that will last you for quite awhile. Otherwise, you’ll likely give up and never open up this app again.

Strategy & Tactics is currently on sale in the Google Play Store for just $1.39. This sale ends today, and then it will go back up to $5. If you can get it for cheap, it’s worth the small amount of money. Otherwise, it’s probably best to avoid this one.

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