Phonics the Right Way – LETTER FREE PHONICS

If the English language was purely phonetic, then teaching it through the use of phonics would make all the sense in the world. However, it is not phonetic. There are so many rules and exceptions to them, that it’s easy to see why kids get confused when learning how to read. You literally are memorizing how to say the words merely my recognizing it a symbol rather than by sounding out each letter.

To learn phonetics the right way, you need a system that works on sounds, not just the letters. Because we all know that certain letters have certain sounds in some words and a different sound in others. That’s where LETTER FREE PHONICS becomes your best friend.

It starts kids off by learning the beginning sounds of words, so they create a strong connection between the letter and its sound. By doing this in a gaming format, the work being done is not considered work, and the child retains so much more as several more neural paths are engaged as each new word appears.

There are four different types of games included in the app, which add to the variety and keeps kids interested. Each games helps children master the primary sound of each letter, so they are able to use that when reading text.

Letter Free Phonics app reviews

Games one and two introduce letter sounds in the format of solving various types of puzzles. As the user moves puzzle pieces from one location to another to complete an image, the sound of the first letter of the name of the image will sound out. For instance, if the final puzzle will show the image of a dog, then every time a puzzle piece is moved the app will sound about the “d” sound.

Game number three offers up a sound and the player must then choose from a set of images the one that starts with the featured sound. This adds a twist and a new direction to processing the sound and recognizing how it’s used.

The last game is a little quicker and ups the challenge a bit more. This game will display several images and sounds. The player must drag and drop a token over the image/sound pair.

Careful consideration was taken to ensure the images that are used are ones that youngster would recognize and easily discern. Otherwise, the games would have no meaning.

A very nice feature of LETTER FREE PHONICS is the configurability. You can choose the voice sound to be male, female, or a child’s voice. You can also enable/disable the repeat sound function, which will repeat the sounds, or not. There are other options related to puzzle completion settings and clues that you can set based on what level of challenge your child can handle. The key is to learn the sounds and not be hampered by completing a puzzle.

I would say the only thing different I would like to see soon is an addition of images and puzzles so kids can continue to be challenged. Once completing a puzzle a few times, it’s easy for them to just “know” what the result is going to be and they will lose the ability to learn.

Outside of that, this game is a real lifesaver in terms of tools that help kids learn their sounds and set them on a course for success in reading!

Mighty Maru – A New Experience in Adventure Gaming

Gaming apps and online gaming in general have grown exponentially over the years and what was first understood as the “gaming experience” has evolved into something with a deeper and richer experience.

Mighty Maru is a game about fighting and surviving the evil foe of a rich elitist government that seeks to protect its rule and crush any and all insurgencies. When peaceful protesting students gather to question the system, they are put down hard by the brutal Constabulary, who has been given the authority to do so. The characters are vivid and bright, placed in scenes that are enchanting and surreal at the same time.

Our main characters are a couple in love, who are students caught up in the protest. One gets out safely when the Constabulary shows up. The other is not so lucky. As a player, you choose which character you want to be and then face the challenge of rescuing the one that has been taken into captivity.

The captive is taken to a known prison called Gorge, which exists under the radar – no one knows where it is. You are tasked with avoiding all of the Constabulary’s henchmen and find the location of Gorge, all before sunrise. You will have many puzzles to solve and spells to craft to work your way out of many situations.

Mighty Maru game

This is where another vital piece will be required. Your Nex Band. This band interacts with the game using mods you purchase. The app will tell you what you’ll need ahead of time, so you can make the correct purchases and have everything in place. These mods fit onto the band, so you use what you need, when you need it. Five mods are recognizable at a time. These mods are basically charms you put on the band. As you use them to play the game, the data and your choices are saved in the Cloud. So the next time you slip on the charm, it will remember what you did last.

The overall concept of the Nex Band is mind numbing. I simply could not get over how rich it made the game experience. I felt like I was more into the game because of it. The other neat thing was that other players with a Nex Band and the correct charms can show up in your gaming experience when they are physically close enough to you.

The downside to the game is that you have to have the Nex Band. There is not much to it if you don’t have one. Not sure how much they cost, but I will say that once you make the purchase, it will be with you for the long haul and of great use beyond just gaming.

If you like a game with a good story line and are looking for an experience like no other, then get yourself a Nex Band and download Mighty Maru today!

Sweet Recipes for Easy Cooking

We all need a little inspiration sometimes and when it comes to cooking it is no different. We scratch our heads thinking about what we have in the pantry and how we can turn that into something scrumptious. Sweet Recipes, by Paolo Quattrociocchi, will definitely help you accomplish that!

Say goodbye to kitchen nightmares and last minute shopping. You can get organised chop-chop and create divine dishes with the help of this sweet app.

So what will it be, some ideas for appetizers, side dishes, or breakfast? Crystal clear pictures guide your way to what you are looking for. Simply click on the main course meal picture and you are taken to an array of heart-warming meals.

Do not fear if you are no Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen, Sweet Recipes caters for absolute beginners to self-proclaimed masterchefs. Just set the difficulty on “easy” and you are on your way to making “Seared Scallops With a Lemon-Parsley Sauce” – in a jiffy!

Clicking on a side dish of Creamy Pesto Pasta, you are able to see the cooking times, how many it will serve, a neat list of ingredients, and the step by step recipe and photo guide. The photos serve as a helpful tutor, giving you the confidence to create exactly what you see in the picture.

Sweet Recipes screenshot

How about something to satisfy your sweet tooth? So, let’s say you settle for the Raspberry Cheesecake Tart and you are missing a few ingredients. The app enables you to select those ingredients and create a shopping list. Handy, indeed!

Waiting for that roast in the oven? Brush up on your cooking vocabulary with the A-Z dictionary. Did you know that Au Gratin is a french term for a dish topped with a layer of either cheese or breadcrumbs mixed with butter?

Features

  • Beautiful and well-designed interface.
  • Six cooking categories to choose from: Appetizers, Breakfast, On the side, Soup, Main course, and Sweet.
  • Under each recipe is a step by step photo guide, showing users the exact stages of preparation.
  • Recipe preparation time, cooking time, and total cooking time are provided.
  • Personalize menus- great for those special occasions!
  • From the app, users are able to view recipes on the web.
  • With the ingredients available in your home, find the best recipes to try out.
  • Zoom in and out on recipes.
  • Enhance your vocab with the cooking dictionary.
  • Save your favorite recipes on the app.
  • All recipes are bright and different- try them all!
  • No internet connection is required to use Sweet Recipes.
  • No advertisements.
  • Contact button available

 

Maybe you are looking to try something easy and healthy, or you might be the adventurous cook who is attempting something challenging. Whoever you are and wherever your kitchen may be, prepare to be inspired with Sweet Recipes- Easy Cooking!

Kitchen Panic – A Kitchen Adventure

There are loads of games out there that bring that terrible thrill, but the creator of Kitchen Panic has brought us even more attention-grabbing game this time. It’s a great job they have done in making the whole experience so damn entertaining.

This is the kind of hysterical game with unique theme and brilliant mechanics. Yeah, it’s just another classic game, but it’s a really, really good one. Kitchen Panic is a fun, easy to play game which is a safe way to take your mind off your hectic daily tasks. It really has no age limit! It’s not embarrassing to still be playing phone games at your age! It makes you closer to your kitchen. It makes it more real to you.

Kitchen Panic is a game with smooth and interesting graphics. It has neat 2D graphics with funny characters of stuffs found in the kitchen. I was captivated by the blend of the foreground and background of the game in resonance with the characters, but simple design in all.

This game is about a wild action of the content of the kitchen on a beautiful night. It is a story about a potato trying to escape through the wild actions of the items in the kitchen. The potato, who is said to be an American, move along the 2D platform trying to jump over the enemies- the food items and other items found in the kitchen. The ultimate target is to get to the goal can! With an easy control using only cursor key and 2 buttons  for jump and dash, also for consecutive spin jumps to move freely in four directions, the potato run and run until it reaches the goal can.

Kitchen Panic

The fun part of the game is in the player navigating through the obstacles and running towards the goal to get to the end of the level. At the end of the level, the player collects power ups, regenerating stew for extra life and vegetables that helps to enjoy the game more.

With many levels on the game, the levels gradually increase in difficulty. The game should keep you busy for a fair amount of time as you focus on finishing a level in order to graduate to the next.

A good feature of the game that is enticing to most game lovers, is the built in Leaderboard option that lets one connect with other players and share their experience with other players around the world with friends. You can also take the game online to interact and challenge your friends in a whole new way.

Kitchen Panic is quite an interesting game, but it has these annoying ads at the end of each level. Also, there are in-app purchases which may be less advantageous for users who may not wish to make a purchase.

Features

  • 2D Platformer gameplay that enables potato to find its way out of the kitchen
  • Power-ups collected as rewards to make the game easier and more interesting
  • Easy controls for movement, dash, slide, jump, spin and to enter the doors.
  • Multiple levels that range in difficulty
  • Simple and Beautiful animated design attractive for all ages
  • Perfect soundtrack and sounds
  • Leaderboard to connect with other players around the world and share scores.

 

Kitchen Panic is among the best in its genre and is worth a try even if you’ve been frustrated by other games. Download it today!!!

Talking Tank Wars in Tanks Mobile: Battle of Kursk

Gather your strength and decide the outcome of the war in this remarkable role-playing game. Get to know the notorious tanks of World War 2 and use them to defeat those who wish to defeat you first. Tanks Mobile: Battle of Kursk, by PopPace is bound to be your first-choice action game.

Tanks Mobile can be described as a tank-lovers dream! Begin with tanks like the M36 Jackson, Ram 3,  M4A3E2 Jumbo, and Somua SAu 40 – all of which can be collected on your first day!

A simple tutorial gets you ready for serious battle. Have fun watching your tanks go – boom-bang! – opening fire on vile enemies.

Once you know your way around the user-friendly home page, you can begin engaging in the chapters of Poland. Battles start off in an “easy-peasy” fashion, but of course, as you progress you are going to need to get those battle skills up! Collect essential resources after each battle.

Don’t let the extensive home page overwhelm you, along the way there are useful tips and hints available. Upgrade your tanks; enhance your shells, armor, and guns using your silver; and uncover what the other centers have to offer.

Tanks Mobile

The demanding battles require master plans and designs to win wars. To ensure that you acquire these skills, unlock formation slots so that you are able to deploy your iron beasts. Once you witness the exact performance of each tank you can decide where to place them- it is all about strategy here!

Features

  • With 50 tanks to collect, you are spoilt for choice. Get to know your tanks and use them to your advantage, and take down the other side! To keep track of the tanks you own and their stats, have a look at the handy manual.
  • Battle to gain experience, knowledge, and strategic skills!
  • An enormous online gaming community awaits! Take on dungeons for key equipment and energy, and defeat War Bosses with your friends in terrific battles. Share your battles with your Facebook friends too!
  • Unlock and explore the war room where you can gain vital resources.  
  • Smooth gameplay and controls – there are no long waits before or during battles. The graphics are superb! The detail on the tanks are both convincing and life-like. The game sounds bring about a serious war atmosphere.
  • Fascinating tank facts to read.
  • Experience different and fresh battles each time.
  • Collect nifty daily rewards.
  • Completely free to play, but in-app purchases are offered.
  • No advertisements.

Begin your World War 2 adventure with Tanks Mobile: Battle of Kursk, and collect your iron machines of war. You are promised to be entertained and satisfied as you attempt to flatten the enemy. All the best, soldier!

Kukun – Renovate and Remodel with the Right ROI

Folks are staying in their homes longer, and when that happens you know there will be things to fix and upgrade. The dilemma that strikes is in deciding whether or not the cost is worth it. If it only matters to you because you want it and don’t care about return on investment, then the issue is moot. If you are deciding on a remodeling project that is more want than need, then it’s always nice to know if the investment will bring you value down the road in terms of selling price.

You could hire someone to help you make that decision, but what if there was an app for that. Download Kukun: Home Remodel Costs & ROI and find out how informative and fun the app can be.

You can use it to prioritize and makes decisions on which projects to pursue and which to put aside. You can find professionals to help you execute on the projects, and make the right decisions that fit your budget, style and more.

The download is easy and free. You simply have to register using an email address. From there you can set up your property information. At first, you’d wonder why this app would not pertain to just your home, but imagine if you are real estate agent or if you own several rental properties. You can set up several property profiles and gain insights into each separately.

When entering data for a property, you add information about number bedrooms, number of bathrooms, living floor space, the number of levels, property size, whether or not there’s a pool or jacuzzi. This information gives you a rough estimate of the value of the property. This will be used later, of course, once you start entering data on the potential renovations and remodeling projects you have in mind.

Kukun

From there you can add details on each room, such as dimensions, ceiling height and number of windows. Once you have details of your property in place, Kukun has everything it needs to give you estimates on any project you throw its way.

Basic functions of the app include:

  • Estimate – get an idea of what a project could cost based on zip code
  • Find A Pro – research professionals and contractors in specific areas
  • My Projects – what you want to have done, with details on the changes you desire
  • Request a Quote – soon to come!

 

To start, let’s say you want to remodel a bathroom. You have what is currently there. Now you go in and select that you will be starting a remodel project. Kukun will present a list of tasks that could be a possibility. You simply walk through the list and pick and choose what you will be doing. Details on flooring and such can also be entered. You also rate, “good, better, or best” the level of upgrade that you want on each item. After entering a zip code, Kukun will go out and estimate the bids you may receive based on rates in your area.

The app itself asks many of the questions that contractors would ask when providing a quote. So, you know that you are getting a pretty close estimate from Kukun, which allows you to make smarter decisions on projects you want to pursue.

I found most of the app to be extremely easy to use and helpful. What I would love to see is the option to add specific changes that I’d like to make on projects, rather than have them be a built in list of options you select/deselect.

Until then, I plan on entering lots of potential projects and look forward to the Request a Quote feature so I can get my home back on track.

World of Guns – A Unique Combination of Firearms Education and Entertainment

Different by nature but informative all the same, World of Guns educates and entertains firearm aficionados in an easy to use app. Now, I have never heard of many app that do this; most apps are games that have you using various forms of firearms to partake in epic battles or defeat invaders from another space. World of Guns is for folks who want to get to know their firearms better and can tinker around with them in a virtual space.

To start, the app provides a massively expansive offering of guns, providing vivid graphics of structure and videos to that display the gun in whole and in parts. The disassembly is most impressive. You click on the gun of your choice and it brings it up. You can do cutaways to choose parts and zoom in on them. This part of the app is widely used as a skill builder so you get to know guns well, inside out. So well that you will be able to disassemble and then reassemble.

From here you can load and unload the guns, add accessories, and view in different modes. I found the X-ray mode to be very fascinating, revealing the inner workings of the various areas of the gun. You can even view the video in super slow motion and see how the pieces move and adjust and come together upon any action you take.

World of Guns game

World of Guns houses a range of guns from all eras. There are very historic ones and modern-day firearms. Here’s a sampling:

  • Colt SAAs
  • Garands
  • Lee-Enfields
  • Glocks
  • P90s
  • M4s
  • Tavors
  • M134

That’s the inspection/education side of the app. Then there’s the fun side. You can actually visit up to ten different shooting ranges and use those guns. Each range has its own level of challenge and goal to attain. In addition to the shooting ranges, there are games, quizzes and puzzles. If you so choose, you can sign up to play in competitive mode and pit your skills against others.

As you advance, you unlock access to more guns and accessories. Each level requires completion of a basic set of tasks: firing on empty, changing grip, loading, and more. If you achieve Power Player status, you unlock all items. This is a refreshing change to not have to spend on an in-app purchase.

The one thing I would like to see in the app is a better rendering of the side bar menu items they currently show in a white rectangle, which covers up quite a bit of the display. Maybe having them as non-opaque overlay of some sort or shrinking the display could resolve this.

Outside of this, World of Guns is a unique combination of training/education tool and entertainment vehicle. I can see many uses for it to help anyone interested in firearms to fully understand one before handling one.

Adueducts – Constructive Minds Find Fun in Aqueduct Building Puzzle Game

Love to construct and solve puzzles at the same time? Then have I got a game for you. Aqueducts is the name and it will keep you entertained for hours on end. The challenge is to place yourself back in ancient times, when the engineering feats of the mighty Romans reigned and sourced live-giving waters to many.

The game starts simple and is not hard to catch on. When you first download the app, you will b taken straight to a puzzle. It will show a waterway that has not been completed. There will be multiple pieces of aqueduct scattered in such a way that when you tap on one, it will rotate one way or the other. You need to keep tapping until it connects to the aqueduct piece just before it, so that the water can flow.

There is no swiping of any kind. Simply taps. The first level has just one game. Once you complete that, the app shows you the map of the levels. Tap on the next one to play. You essentially will be building a full system that weaves its way through a mountain range and into valley that surround it.

On the bottom of the map screen, there will also be icons for syncing with the Cloud, sound settings and leaving a comment on the App Store.

Aqueducts app

So, one word of caution, because I fumbled through this when I started Level 2. The pieces of aqueduct only rotate clockwise, so choose wisely when you tap on one. You want to make sure those pieces will be available to connect to the piece that is upstream. You also only have so many moves per game; choose wisely.

As I was making my choices to rotate and connect the duct pieces, I realized I needed to slow down and think about what would happen, before I let it happen. This game provides a skillfully designed exercise in forward thinking strategic planning. I found myself messing up quite a bit, until I learned to slow down and let my moves be the limiting factor, not time. My advice to you is to take it easy and make your move.

The only thing that I would say is lacking is the inability to undo a move. You can redo a game, but you can’t undo any rotations, which would be nice.

Other than that, Aqueducts is genuinely entertaining and thought provoking. I have not come across something like this before and it provides a more stimulating way to keep minds entertained.

Mahjong – Mermaid Quest – Sirens of the Deep

If you feel the need to escape to another world at some point in the day, why not try the classic game Mahjong – but with a salty twist! In Mermaid Quest- Sirens of the Deep, Mahjong can be played where the fish play!

The first thing that catches one’s eye will be the charming and enchanting graphics – it is truly something out of the Little Mermaid movie! So, now that we know that it is absolute eye-candy, what about the game itself?

Click play to get started immediately and collect your first daily reward. Progress to level one for this is where your underwater adventure begins. The instructions are simple: tap on matching tiles to remove them. You can only remove tiles that are not blocked by another tile to the left, to the right, or above them.

Interesting icons mark the tiles such as lamps, buckets, snowflakes, and feathers. And the icons are different with each level. Making a match will send the tiles off into a sparkle – really magical! Different matches will add to your bonus meter. But, do not take too long to make your matches as the bonus meter will drop.

Mahjong

After you clear each level, it rains gold beneath the ocean and you collect what is yours. To unlock the next level and those after you will need to pay gold, but do not fret, there are many ways to accumulate it. For example, completing level two will unlock a globe that collects coins. You can check on the coins when you wish to collect them.

Along the way, there are cute sea creatures to save, mini-missions, and treasure chests to unlock. With this game, one is promised an endless amount of adventure in the deep!

Features:

  • With 320 levels in the game you are assured many days filled with joy. The levels are designed in such a way so they are always solvable in less than five minutes.
  • Beautiful graphics – if you want to have a little piece of them, you can use your gold to save gorgeous artwork to your phone.
  • Ways of accumulating gold are endless- you can watch advertisements, collection from your globe, daily rewards, replaying levels, selling various items, crafting items, or just purchasing gold the old fashioned way!
  • In-app purchases available.
  • Continued gameplay guaranteed! Completing quick and thrilling tasks equal more gold!
  • Hints available if you are struggling to find a match.
  • Great way to chillax, de-stress, and energize your mind.
  • No wifi or internet? No problem! The game is free.

Relax while you get your brain in better shape and enjoy the adventures that await. Unlock all the levels to become the Mahjong – Mermaid Quest – Sirens of the Deep master!