Spree Pop – A Single Pop to Keep You Hooked

If you are an ardent mobile gamer who values quality pass times, Spree Pop is built with you in mind. Personally, I liked all the games aspects, except for one minor drawback. Aside from the minor gripe, the game offers clean, eye-catching visuals and excellent sound effects that exemplify its addictive gameplay.

 The simple arcade shooter themed game is pleasingly easy to play and difficult to put down. Its nice concept is complemented by the neat design that offers a sure way to keep you hooked for hours. If you are yet to download the game, read our review for all the details about this iPhone app.

Spree Pop’s game concept is borrowed from the Space Invaders games. It’s a simple game where you navigate a self-flying spaceship, destroying monsters to collect maximum points. Of course, like Space Invader you don’t have to fixate too much on shooting, you must also stay buoyant and avoid crashing to death to claim the top prize.

The game is seemingly too simplistic, and the challenge might not be pleasing to some players, but personally, I like the games idea. The aim is to stay on the right flight path and destroy all enemies starting with the weakest. The enemies are red-eyed monsters called sprees. The sprees keep poping hence the name Spree pop. They come in steady waves, and the onus is to destroy them all to keep your path clear.

Spree Pop

The sprees or monsters are labeled with different numbers. The numbers designate the health they have and also indicate the amount of time you require to destroy them. Some of the monsters carry tanks, and when you destroy them, you grab these tanks to upgrade your intensity. The upgrade may mean improving the speed or power of firing. The highlight of this game is destroying the sprees and enjoying the scene as they explode like fireworks in the darkest night.

Spree Pop provides an intuitive one-touch control which makes it easy to play the game. The spaceship is self-flying and controlling it is as easy as sliding your finger along the screen. The shooting is done for you, and your task is to select the flight path and direct the ammunition to the monsters. However, it takes some skills to shoot the lower numbered monsters to keep flying without crashing to death.

What I love most about spree Pop is its simplistic nature and easy to follow rules. The game is truly exciting with excellent soundtracks that ensure you are not bored. Also, I found the clean and colorful visuals more enticing as they filled the gameplay with fun and made it addictive. It also easy to navigate the self-flying ship which means it’s easy to play the game right away.

Although Spree Pop offers plenty of positives, there is one drawback. The game is ads supported and the distractingly large banners displayed at the bottom of the screen can be annoying. However, this is well taken care of, and with just $1.99 you can remove the ads to keep the party going without disruptions.

If you are a budget conscious mobile gamer, you can try Spree Pop. The game is offered for free and is available for download on App Store. Barring its ads support, the game has all the qualities of a reliable app.

Fortune City – Get Educated and Entertained

There is nothing compared to getting educated and entertained all together and at a glance, this gamified finance application seeks to teach you the intricacies of finance and building a prosperous city with sound economic growth without boring you with economic and financial jargons that is taught by the traditional schooling system. What you get is an application that makes finance easy, fun, and entertaining which makes it ideal for anybody that is interested in finance no matter the age or educational qualification what really matters is the interest in finance.

This application teaches basic finance terms like budgeting and book keeping with gamification, this affords you the opportunity to watch your city grow and develop as you take basic and major financial decisions, you also can see by yourself if you make any wrong decision as your city might remain stagnant due to a wrong decision. In case of the city becoming stagnant no need to worry about that you can join Cashy the Cat, Fortune City’s Chief Financial Officer, and together expand your city into a flourishing metropolis. All these are done like playing games.

With this great finance app you do not only learn the intricacies and complexities of accounting with ease as the game simple interface affords you the opportunity to easily keep track of your account with a chart which shows your total income, total expenditure, and total balance, on the chart are items such as entertainment, food, drink, shopping, transport, miscellaneous and amounts spent on these items, you can also recruit citizens as your city grows from just being a city to becoming a metropolis.

Fortune City app

However it is observed that the game focuses more on spending rather than creating substantive wealth. It also encourages the culture of spending, rather than discourage it so it is safe to say it is not designed to help build up savings or positive cash flow or to get out of debt.

Beautiful interface: The interface is simply designed and yet attention is paid to details which are represented with diagrams like pie charts and bar charts. The application is colourful and yet splendid to the eyes it is designed in such a way that it can be enjoyed both by adults and young children.

It allows for customization: This gamified finance app with city simulation allows you the freedom to engage your artistic creativity and genius as it allows you to decide how the city would look like you have over one hundred building styles to choose from you can also determine the transportation system, the sewage disposal system etc. you also have the task to make your citizens happy the happier they are the more prosperous the city would be. This gamified finance app turns you to a city planner, administrator and an accountant all at once.

Compete with friends: Fortune City allows you to compete with your friends as they develop their own cities too, your cities are ranked based on their prosperity, the more prosperous and happy the citizens are the better it would be ranked. There are also special rewards for daily users of the application.

Automatic synchronization: progresses in the game are automatically synchronized meaning that you do not have to worry about manually saving your progress.

TriPeaks Solitaire Challenge Tops the Rest

Most gamers think, solitaire is solitaire, it’s so boring. How can you make it more exciting. Well, TriPeaks Solitaire takes a new look at solitaire and turns it into a new kind of game, with more highs and lows than the typical card game.

A free download, TriPeaks deals the cards out a little differently. 18 downturned cards are placed out in the shape of three connected peaks. Simultaneously, 10 cards are placed face up under the peaks, as mountain filler. Next, one upturned card is placed on the discard pile, which is located at the bottom of the screen, and the remaining cards are then overturned and placed as the stockpile just left of the discard pile. Clicking on a card on the peak can move it to the discard pile, provided it follows in sequence, up or down.

As is the case in any solitaire game, clicking on the stockpile reveals a new card you can play with. Different games reveal new challenges that can earn you more points and more advantages in game play, so you can win more. One example is the timer freeze function, that lets you stop the clock so you have a better finishing time overall. But it’s important to remember to learn to play fast, as finishing before time is up, and possibly in record time, gets you even more points.

Tripeaks Solitaire challenge screenshot

While solitaire is traditionally a game played by yourself, there is no reason why you can make it a challenge against fellow solitaire players. TriPeaks brings in friends through Facebook, if you so choose. All you have to do is connect with your Facebook friends and you’ve got challengers waiting for your next move. You can all play and get ranked, so you can work not only against the cards, but against friends, as well.

The graphics and background kind of give the player a sense of being in Vegas, with deep colors like purple and black, further enhanced with crisp movement of objects. The background music also lends itself to enhancing the overall experience.

Most of the game is free, but it’s always nice to know that there are options to purchase the powerups and bonuses that can also be earned through games that you win or points you earn.

I would probably make some of the screens less ornate. I know that the creators were going for a lavish Vegas look, but it can get distracting at times and makes it a bit more difficult to get to the meat of the information.

Other than that, I found TriPeaks to be a great expansion to traditional solitaire type games, providing a new type of challenge to the card game arena. This app is also available for iPhones.

Who’s The Boss – New Job? Know What You’re Getting Into

Changing jobs these days is considered the norm, but consider the old saying that “the grass is always greener” elsewhere. We sometimes find ourselves changing jobs because we are unhappy. What lies outside our current employment could be better, it could be worse. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what you are getting into when you go for those job interviews, or even consider a role at a certain company.

Now you can. Who’s The Boss is an app that is powered by the people who want to share their experiences at various companies, to make sure that people know the character of workers that they may be working with. Now, keep in mind this app is only as powerful as the input it receives, so if you are looking at a company whose employees have not engaged with the app, there may be little data to go off of.

To start, the app is a free download. Secondly, it mimics that all too famous sites that college student have been using for I don’t know how long to “grade” their professors. Now, I don’t know about you, but I am too old to have experienced such a valuable tool. My kids have, and have used it profusely when choosing which session to register for, just avoid a really bad professor or even to go after one that’s really good.

Back to Who’s The Boss, this app “grades” people at a company. They may be managers, they may be individual contributors. Either way, it’s valuable information. If you know of the manager you’ll be interviewing with or working for, you can try and look up their team members to see if the team is a good fit for you based on the temperaments of each member.

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If you have great things to say about people you work with, share it. There is no better way to give back to the app and to others.

Moving around the app is super easy. You can search by People or by Companies. Once you get to the People page, you can search for a particular person and then read the comments left by others. The People page also gives a synopsis of the total number of reviews left and the breakdown of good versus bad.

Companies lists employees who have been added and you can browse around in there. You also get the company address, as well.

I think it would be nice to provide links into LinkedIn for folks who wanted to provide information about themselves.

I found the app to be extremely easy to use and very informative. Sometimes you just don’t know what you may be getting yourself into, and asking people who already work there may put them in an awkward position. Who’s The Boss lets you learn more anonymously, without offending.

Lemon Tree – Storybooks Personalized for Your Little Reader

Learning to read can be fun if what you are reading means something special. For kids, this means drawing them into the story. As adults, we can put ourselves into any situation and fill gaps using our imagination. Kids need more. That’s where Lemon Tree comes to the rescue.

Lemon Tree is an online library of books that your child can download and read. You get a total of eight books when you purchase the app for just $1.99. A small price to pay for a personalized publication!

So, not only do you get a nice set of books, you also get to personalize each one of them so you child’s name appears in each. There are reading books and coloring books, so it offers variety that is sure to keep you little reader entertained.

After downloading, when you open a book it will prompt you to enter a child’s name. You provide this and, when needed, names of friends. The book then fills in the names into the story making your child and the named friends characters in the storybook. What is neat is that the app highlights the personalised information in color, so your child’s eyes detect their names easily.

Lemon Tree featured

Stories include characters like elves in Santa’s village, a grumpy old teddy bear, fun loving dinosaurs, and fairytale fairies. While the stories are written in traditional format, it’s important to remember that if your child is not fully reading on her own, she will need assistance.

A feature that I really liked, that you don’t find in many children’s books are the Fun Facts that appear at the end of each story. Each story is entertaining and educational at the same time. Parents can go over Fun Facts with kids or let the kids ask about them on their own.

Each page of every book is bright with color, the text is crisp and easy to read. Moving between pages involves simple swipes that anyone can handle.

A small but powerful feature would be to add a “read to me” option. If the book was like an audio book, it would be a great enhancement and would allow for non-readers to join in on the fun. I always thought hearing the story was a great way to learn how to read. You can follow along with the word as they are spoken. I would also like to see a QWERTY keyboard for entering names and places.

Other than that, Lemon Tree is a definite download for anyone that’s looking for books that your child will love and ones that you can pop open wherever you are!

Evermusic – Clever Cloud Music App

For those of you who have your treasured music collection stored in the cloud and want a better way to manage it and use it, you have to try out Evermusic. It’s an app that affords you easy access to your music from a myriad of devices. There is a free version of the app and there is a professional version that you can purchase for just $0.99.

Typical locations for music storage include Google Drive, Box, DropBox, MEGA, SMB and OneDrive. Evermusic works with all of those cloud servers, and more. The app connects into your cloud selections and streams from there, so you can listen to your music, anytime, anywhere.

What better way to take your music with you without worrying if you downloaded it to your iPhone or iPad. The files stay in the cloud and “follow” you wherever you go.

Major features include:

  • PLAY – you can play several types of audio formats, including MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, AIFF and M4R. There are options to REPEAT and SHUFFLE, so you can replay a song you absolutely need to listen to again, or just let the player take control and serve up songs with a random whim. Audio books are also supported by Evermusic. You can also control playback speed – something for those music lovers who love to create other things with their music. If you use it as an audiobook player, you can set several bookmarks and title them, so several users of the same cloud can share in reading a book. What I really liked was the Sleep Timer. I love to play soothing sleepy music at night and set a time for when it will turn off, which is hopefully after I’ve fallen asleep.
  • DOWNLOAD – connect into your cloud provider and then download onto whatever device will handle the files. This allows you to listen to your music without needing an Internet connection, which is sometimes a very essential feature.
  • MANAGE – You can copy, move, rename and transfer files between different cloud storage carriers. Many times you may want to share songs with others in your family. Evermusic makes is ever so easy. You can create playlists and organize the songs in the playlist. Editing ID3 tags allows you to identify your music quickly.
  • SYNC – Evermusic automatically synchronizes your music across all the devices that are connected into your cloud. You don’t ever have to do anything manually.
  • SEARCH – a cleverly designed engine provides quick and easy searches so you can find what you are looking for without frustration. I found this feature extremely easy to use and very valuable.

I was very impressed with the black background, which gave the app and very professional and easy to navigate look. Some apps have way too much going on. This app had everything perfectly placed.

There’s not much I could recommend in terms of improvements. I thought Evermusic was extremely easy to use and provided smooth streaming of my music with top quality. I would like to see less items displayed on the lists, as at times things looked crowded.

Other than that, this app is a treat to have if you are looking to make the most of your cloud collection of music.

33 RPM – Apple Music Management Made Easy

Love your music selection on Apple Music but wish you could get more out of your library? You need to download 33 RPM! It takes your music library to a whole new level, making it a fun place to share music, learn about your preferences and your friends’ likes and dislikes.

33 RPM is an app for just about an iOS device you can think of, with the restriction of needing 11.0. So, you can see it’s pretty new. You also need to have an Apple Music set up, too to get the most out of the app.

The app acts like a cool window into your music library. You can create playlists, add to them, mark certain songs as favorites and more. You can then share and connect with other users and even learn more about the music they love listening to. It makes for a great way to learn about new pieces and expand your auditory repertoire!

Not only is it a window, it also tracks what you listen to, how often you listen to it and categorizes these actions to help list your favorites and to gathering information on your taste in music, so that it can offer up a new selection of music and songs to try out.

As part of the download of the app you will be asked to enter your Apple id so that you can create an account. What really impressed me was the cool backdrop of black. It made everything stand out and easy to find.

33 RPM screenshot

The app is broken up into three areas, plus an area to setup and update your Profile. These areas can be accessed using the icons at the bottom of the screen.

First, there is My Music. This is where you can access your music library, make playlists, update playlists, mark songs and music as favorites, find new music and add it, as well. From here the magic of 33 RPM also comes to life. You get to see the top most listened to songs along with how many times you’ve listened to each Today, This Week and This Month. It also shows you the albums you’ve listened to the most.

This is also where the tracking feature comes into play. 33 RPM keeps track of how often you listen to each song, what type of song it is, have you shared it and how often. All of this information then gets digested by the app to create suggestions for new listening experiences.

Next, there is Timeline. This shows you what you’ve listened to over time. This can be by days or weeks, however which way you want to view your listening habits. It’s kind of cool to see what you’ve been listening to during which days. There tends to be pattern to that. Think more party and fun music on weekend evenings, and more sober calming music in the mornings of weekdays.

Finally, there is the Discover area of the app, which uses information gathered by the tracking machine to find and offer you different pieces of music and songs that it thinks you might like or could like based on your preferences, what you have listened to frequently, and more.

Overall Social Media comes into play because you can share what you like and what you don’t like at a song level or even at an album level. You can even post your likes and dislikes of what friends have offered as their favorites.

Seez R – Find Cars, Like Them, Then Buy Them

Car buying is never number one on anyone’s list of fun things to do; yet, when you need to, you have to go through the headache of figuring out what you are willing to spend, what kind of car you want that fits in your budget, and finding the right one, without settling for less.

There are apps out there that catalogue and share cars for sale. Many of them end up being at dealerships. Each of these apps require a lot from you as the user in terms of making decisions and entering criteria that the app will then use to list options for you to consider.

Seez R is different. It’s your personal car buying agent. The app uses the latest in artificial intelligence technologies to help you understand your requirements, define them and then uses them to scour its scope in search of all possible options.

By using image recognition, chatbots and more, you find purchasable possibilities and get connected to sellers instantaneously, so you can ask all the questions you need to find out more about a potential deal.

Right now the app works in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and certain areas of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). But rest assured that the app’s scope will grow with time.

Seez R featured

So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. If you know what type of car you want, you can snap a picture of it or enter data about it. Seez R takes that info and performs an exhaustive search to offer you a multitude of option. As you peruse these options, if you find something you like and have questions, simply engage the seller in a chat session and learn more. If you are ready to move on to the next step of negotiations, Seez R takes care of that as well.

If you are not so sure of what you want, you can check out the Hot Deals. This may give you some idea of what’s out there and help steer you in some direction. Maybe you are not even in the market right now, but a screaming deal may just get you the car that you are dreaming of.

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to know every single deal that’s out there. Seez R comes incredibly close to making that happen through the power of technology and social media.

I would have one suggestion to the creators to make the app better. The screens where you see lists of cards seems crowded. There is also a lot of empty space that could be used more efficiently. I would like to see a bigger picture of the car and have the verbiage be stacked over to the right side.

Outside of that, using the app is extremely easy and provides information you would otherwise not find on your own. Seez R makes finding the right car and easy adventure.

An Optimal and Fun Way to Stay Fit – Thai Kickboxing Workout: Beginner

Exercise is essential to keeping well, but sometimes we can get bored with the workouts we do. It’s so important to change up your exercise regimen to thwart the onset of boredom and eventual abandonment of exercise altogether.

If you are in search of a new and fun exercise routine, then I highly recommend giving Thai Kickboxing Workout: Beginner a try. It’s an app that you can download on your iOS device and use wherever and whenever works best for you.

That is the number one asset to the app, that you can take your workout with you. You don’t have to attend a class or try to fit a class into you already hectic schedule.

The app is intrinsically designed to be easy to use, and it most certainly is. Its focus is to be of value to all people, of any age. So, your whole family can use it, even grandma! The instructions are well laid out and take you step by step through each routine. The videos are also presented in such a way as to give you a sense of being in the same room with the instructor, so you can see the moves from different angles and be able to mimic them.

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Once you download, you can go straight to the videos, but I would recommend reading up on the app to learn how to work your way through the videos. This app is meant for beginners and newcomers to Thai kickboxing, so following in the intended order of lessons will help you get the most out of this app without becoming annoyed.

The videos have been created by Edge Brown in his own world renowned studio in San Francisco, Gym 445. Each video lesion has been captured from different angles and the app shows two at the same time, so you can easily see what Edge is doing and how he does it, so you can follow.

Lessons include the basics in Thai kick boxing mixed with other exercises such as effective jump roping techniques, routines in plyometrics, and shadow boxing.

The entire layout of the app and ease of use makes it even more fun to use. Some apps tend to have too much going on, which detracts from the main goal of the app, to help you get fit.

I especially liked the introduction to the app and how he eases you into the exercise routines. There is great guidance on how to pace yourself, so you don’t overdo it and become entirely turned off to this revolutionary fitness experience.

If I could change anything in the app it would be to add the ability to set some goals and track them from within the app, and maybe get reminders to keep me on track.

If you are looking for a new workout that is highly effective, fun, and something you can get the entire family involved in, Thai Kickboxing Workout: Beginner is the app to download and share!