Mahjong Blitz – Good Old Tile Matching Game With an Interesting Twist!

I typically like to try out various simple recreational mobile games, and the screenshots of this one seemed decent so I downloaded it as well.

First of all, this tile matching game is a bit different than most others because of it’s specific rules. The goal in the game is to eliminate all the tiles in the screen by identifying matching tiles. However, you may only identify tiles which are ‘free’. Free tiles are those tiles which have openings on either of their side. It means, either the left, right, top or bottom side of the tile is not attached to any other tile. Only then you can click on that tile and match with its pair. This rule only makes the game more challenging than a typical tile matching game, and keeps the user engaged. Also, it is very strategic as well since you do not want to run out of opportunities to find combination tiles to match.

On the other hand, this game is has a multiplayer option. That is rather uncommon to me because most basic games such a tile matching, Tetris, Snake etc., do not tend to offer multiplayer option. However, in this game, you can fight tournaments with random users, or any specific user if you have one in mind.

Mahjong Blitz game

By competing with other users, you have the chance to beat their top score and increase your skill and expertise in the game. After that, if you have scores high enough, you may qualify to play tournaments for cash prizes. Also, what I love the most about games that offer tournaments is that it is a great way to become a part of a virtual gaming community. And of course, any game is more fun when played with multiple people.

As for user friendliness, I found this game to be very easy to navigate. The functions are very simple and can be easily comprehended by any user. Also, as a beginner it was relatively easy for me to understand the rules of the games, even though it has certain intricate details initially, about which tiles you can match and which ones you cannot.

To me it is a great way to pass my leisure time. For instance when I am commuting to work on the bus, I often play this and try to maintain a high score, so that I can play for the cash prize tournaments. This is a very relaxing and easy way to make some extra bucks.  And if you spend a lot of time on your phone, this is a great way to turn that time wastage into an opportunity to make a little extra money.

However, do not be fooled with the idea that you can make a living out of this game. You can make very small amounts, but I think that’s as fair a bargain as anyone can get from playing a game. Also, Mahjong Blitz is free to download, therefore you are not having to make any initial investments at all! Overall, I think this game is great for passing the time!

SHRN° Offers Weather Predictions

First of all, let me start by saying that this is the most stylish weather forecast app I have ever seen. The interface is designed absolutely beautifully, with the perfect balance of color and design. The overall dark screen and the tiny pastel fonts work so well together, you will be tempted to use this app longer than you need to. It’s aesthetic in short!

As for the technical aspects of the app, it is easy to use. Users do not have to navigate through various options. There is only one single interface screen, and users and keep tapping on the center to access various features such as humidity information, wind speed, temperature, chance or rain and etc. It is highly user friendly, and very fast in service.

Also, this app works by using the user’s current location. Therefore, the app automatically finds out your location and screens all the relevant weather information related to where you are. This virtually eliminates the need for you to manually insert your location to find weather information. So, this is specifically helpful for on the go situations, when you are too busy and need quickest access to the weather information.

Also, you can see weather predictions for the upcoming week, and the daily highs and lows of each day just by swiping the screen to the left. Another impressive feature of the app is that it shows the ozone level. This is not common for most weather apps. I personally benefit from this feature as I have sensitive skin and the ozone level count helps me plan ahead as to what kind of clothes I should wear to best protect my skin.

However, on the downside, the biggest drawback with the app is that it does not let you find the weather condition of other locations. But this has not been too much of an issue for me since I do not travel outside of my city too often. Therefore, for me it works perfectly fine and is fully suited to my needs. It is strictly based on your current location. And the thing that I find most convenient is that it naturally locates your location. So I don’t have to go through arrays of options of cities to find my city, as is the case with most weather forecasting apps.

Also, another thing to point out is that the app would be a lot more efficient if it provided an hourly forecast. The lack of the hourly forecast makes it difficult to plan ahead exactly specific to each hour.

Overall, the best part of SHRN° is its design and interface layout. It is absolutely beautiful. And the app size itself is very small, therefore it does not take up too much space in the phone. It is as purposeful as most other apps of its kind, but it is more convenient in terms of storage size, and it definitely the most stylish one too. It is user friendly, and only contains the most necessary and grossly relevant weather related information.

Text Art Adds Text to Pictures

As a social media manager for a small business, I downloaded this app to add quotations and texts to the PR pictures which I post in the social media accounts. First of all, this app lets you add quotations and custom texts to your picture in various outlets and formats. The fashionable font outlets make the pictures look trendy and professional. So, I was able to make really nice PR pictures which included great text and imagine combination, all using my iPhone. Most photo editing apps have text adding options.

But this one is different from others in the sense that it will allow you to insert your text in your picture is various text layouts and design templates. This means that you will get to select a text layout design, and fill it out and your text will appear in the picture just as the design. Also, you can to change the density of your texts and quotations. This has been especially useful for me as sometimes I do not want certain texts to overpower my pictures, but I still want the texts to be a part of the picture. In certain situations, I simply fade the density of the text color, and it somewhat becomes a part of the background rather than the center focus.

Text Art

And there are various trendy quotes available in the text templates as well. So, in times when I am unsure of what I want to do with the picture, I often add a standard and trendy quote to it, which increases the aesthetic value of my picture. In addition, it also has an option which lets you change the color of your text. And that feature includes more than solid basic colors as options.

It has various color patterns such as glitter, gold, marble, ombre color contrasts in pastel colors and many more. I personally enjoy the marble pattern a lot as marble pattern is high in trend now, and it makes my pictures more appealing to my social media subscribers as suggested by the number of likes the pictures received.

 Also, this app lets you resize your pictures in accordance to certain social media picture sizes. I found this feature particularly helpful because the Facebook cover picture size can sometimes be a hassle. You have to crop it manually, and that’s unnecessarily time consuming to me. However, this app has a feature which will automatically allow you to crop your pictures just according to the social media picture size dimensions.

Another thing I really liked about Text Art is that it just not only helps you resize your pictures and add texts and quotations to it, but it also has a specific feature for image filter. While I have enjoyed using most of the filters, the only lacking I have found in this app is that it does not have a wide variety of black and white filters. Therefore, if you want to edit a black and white picture and add quotations to it, you might have to use other apps to get more filter options.

Become the Ultimate Kwitter – Kwit

Are you afraid of not being able to handle the side-effects after you quit smoking? Now, with the health app Kwit, by Kwit SAS, you can track your journey and resist another puff.

Opening the app, you receive little hints and updates. Right off the bat, you know you are able to shake your phone to display a motivational message. On the new dashboard you can view all your statistics on one screen, share anything you wish, and share pictures of your progress. You can monitor your willpower by keeping track of occasional cigarettes that you may smoke and log your success in resisting cravings.

Passing the hints and updates, start by selecting your quitting date and time; and old habits, like: cigarettes per day, price per pack, and cigarettes per pack. After entering this basic information, the menu displays your profile right away. Here, you can keep an eye on your health, wellbeing, time, money, and cigarette bars.

Looking at the menu bar, next to your profile icon is the dashboard one. At the top of your dashboard you can see for how long you have been a “Kwitter”, money saved, and cigarettes not smoked.

Kwit

The next icon is achievements. For example, level one achievement in the health category lets me know that my heart rate has returned to normal.

Using the “willpower” icon you can purchase the premium version to unlock more. The last icon is “settings.”

With this, you have all the tools to begin a smoke-free lifestyle.

Features:

Everyone loves a gaming experience right? Kwit SAS knows this to be true, so they have incorporated gaming structures into the app to, firstly, mentally encourage and motivate you.

Being able to monitor your progress live is a big part of the app. It’s great for an individual to be able to track their progress closely and watch themselves elevate to a healthier level.

The color of the app could remind one of the Nicorette logo, so the less-is-more interface is green and clean.

The user-friendly menu makes it easy to navigate in and out of the app- completely fuss free.

We don’t really realize how our body recovers from smoking, so by unlocking your achievements you know how much your body is flourishing.

You can share your unlocked achievements with friends- this is great for attracting other smokers to join you!

The app wouldn’t have been the same without the motivational cards, for example, one of them reads: “The cravings occur for only a few minutes at a time, but your time perception gets distorted and you believe it lasts longer. Go outside for a walk.”

When you unlock the full version you will unlock more goals, a willpower diary, 120 new motivation cards, and no more advertisements.

The “shake to release a motivational card” feature is not available on Android devices yet.

There are many tips and tricks to quit smoking, and the Kwit app might just be the ticket to clean lungs for you. Become a Kwitter today! This app is also available on Android.

Searching Made Simple – Rapi.Do

If you need some straightforward, to-the-point search results- done in a rapid manner too- you don’t have to look much further than the Rapi.Do app.

They say that if you click the second page of any search engine, you’re doing it wrong. But the thing is, sometimes you genuinely don’t find what you’re looking for, or, you just doubt the textual links seen before. On other occasions, we’re simply too busy to read or open multiple tabs to find the exact thing we’re looking for.

Well, these issues can be solved with the Rapi.Do app, by LinkBigLTD. They have created a “find it fast” solution by giving you the option to search between visual results! Isn’t that refreshing?

There is no need to sign up with Facebook or an email account, you just get on with it. Without difficulty, just type in your search, wait a little for your results to load, and lastly, swipe between your results.

RapiDo app

For example, typed in the search bar was “pubs in Manila”, on the first result page was One Stop Manila Online Tour Guide, the second was TripAdvisor, and that’s as far enough as I needed to go to get a general idea of what I was looking for.

And that’s it! It truly is as simple as that.

Features:

Bright red is the first thing you see, but it’s not very distracting. The app is made for efficiency, so you won’t be staring at the red home screen for a long time. The graphics are clear and the text is all understandable.

The main instruction is simple and clear, so you just treat it like you would any search engine. Here, no tutorial is required whatsoever.

After entering your search and pressing “red for go”, the pages do not take long to load at all. When swiping between pages, it’s the same story- smooth and effortless.

Once you have found what you’re looking for, there is an icon at the top right corner of the screen that will take you to the exact website so you can have a closer look. Speaking of a closer look, you are not able to zoom in on pages whilst on the app.

Found exactly what you’re looking for? Great, you can now share your results using the share icon. The last icon that you will use is one that takes you back to the search bar.

The only snag is a bit of jitteriness here and there- but it isn’t anything serious that could distract you from searching further.

Cut out your textual link reading completely, this app is all about the visuals! It definitely saves you time in all ways possible. Rapi.Do is the no-nonsense app that does.

KidsChat – Safe Chat Community for Kids

Kids are going to get online, no matter how many control parents put in place. We have them on devices so we can communicate with them while we are not around them, and in turn, they communicate with others, whether they be friends or acquaintances. The friends we accept, for the most part. The acquaintances and strangers are a different story.

That’s where you want to move your child from the run of the mill social media platform and into one that is meant for kids. KidsChat, created by Alberto Montes de Oca, is exactly that. It’s a messaging app made especially for kids with parental controls to boot – so parents can define the space the kids can explore and keep track of their conversations, so there are no surprises.

The app is a free download and comes ready to use. The interface has a clean design, making it extremely easy for parents to quickly get in and set up the controls they know they want and find out more about others they may not have even thought of.

One requirement is that you must create an account. The app will also ask for access to your contacts as possible connections through KidsChat. I opted out. I figured I could add the ones I wanted to without bothering my entire contact list.

KidsChat screenshot

When you initially download the app, it will have you scroll through a few helpful pages that describe basic, but important features. These were clearly laid out with a brief but informative description.

Manage Juniors is the place to add and monitor the kids. You can view and manage their contact, conversations, and approve or deny any videos or pictures they may want to send.

Profiles allow you to upload a picture of yourself and add information that helps fellow KidsChat users find you and create a connection. Information that you can provide includes your status, your country, and a contact email.

Once you have a list of people and their phone numbers, you can also add Juniors that you want to monitor. Monitoring includes the following:

  • Review and approval of images and videos that the kids send and receive
  • Ability to view conversations, but you cannot add to them. This is important, because you only need to see what conversations your kids are having, not interject and alienate.
  • Encryption – all conversations are encrypted before leaving your child’s device. Hacker will have a very hard time knowing that your kids are sending messages, what they are sending and to whom they are sending – which means your kids are free from these predators.

What was a bit difficult to understand was how to add contacts to my contact list. It seemed like the app was forcing me to allow connectivity to my device’s contact list, which was something I would rather not do, as I don’t need everyone on their knowing about KidsChat – many of those people don’t have kids.

Nonetheless, KidsChat makes it so much easier to let your kids engage in instant messaging without you worrying about who they are communicating with. It all goes through you first.

Train Your Brain With Lucid Hangout

At first glance, the neon bar lights make you wonder what kind of app this is- Is this a pool app? Maybe, it’s a card one? But, the letters spell out “Lucid Hangout”, and it’s actually a brain training app.

A black brick wall is your background, and before that is the menu screen that has four main buttons. The play button takes you to a neon purple, 3×3 grid; and the instructions to your first brain exercise is jittering around. The instructions can be kind of vague for the first exercise, and it might take one a few tries to really get what is going on. All you really have to go on is- “Spotlight match: Touch left; Audio match: Touch right”.

Touching the screen to start allows you to hear a female robotic voice that is mentioning alphabet letters. In conjunction with this voice, a spotlight will be flashing on different boxes inside the grid. It might just be a little overwhelming, but that is why tutorials for different levels are provided.

 

Going back to the menu and pressing on the a “graduation hat” button will take you into the tutorial sessions. Now one can understand that you gain brain points by tapping on the screen when the spotlight shines in the same spot as it did previously. So what about that robotic voice then? If you hear the audio repeat the same alphabet as it did previously, you also tap the screen and add to your points.
Now knowing exactly what to do, the intense concentration begins. While closely following the spotlight, you are listening to the audio and you are trying to remember what you hear- and so the brain training is in full swing. To progress to the second level you must reach above 80% or higher. In level two, you must try to keep track of the alphabet you heard two turns back, the same with the moving spotlight. More of your concentration and memory retention is required with each level.

Features:

The minimalist design aids your focus. The graphics are neon-bright and the dark background allows this to stand out.
As mentioned above, the instructions are vague, but the tutorial levels will definitely help any confused individual.
The game sounds are futuristic and clear.
At the corner of your screen, little ear and eye buttons indicate on which side of the screen you should tap if you have a spotlight or audio match.
At the end of each of your tries you will see your score and average, you will also be encouraged to continue trying and playing for 20 minutes a day.
Even though the game just gets tougher, it promises to strengthen your memory, improve your fluid intelligence, and even improve your IQ.
With a resume button you can easily pick up where you left off.
The last of the four menu buttons keeps track of all your level scores.
There are no advertisements in this app, which only adds to full concentration.
To get access to all the levels you will have to purchase the full app.

While it may not be the easiest to get into, Lucid Hangout: Brain Training is a great app to pick up and play when your mind is feeling

Run & Gun: Banditos – Blazin’ Bandits on a Mission

Run & Gun: Banditos by Ludus Studio is a swipe-tap action game. On a “wanted-style” poster, you start off with your first trigger-happy Bandito- Gonzalez. Shots are being fired, the Mariachi band is in full force, and a fiery mood is set.

The start button is green for go, and your Bandito is transported somewhere dusty and dangerous. Gonzalez has to retrieve his treasure that you immediately see being taken away by a rascal-looking skeleton. This is where the swiping starts- you must closely follow the treasure thief to collect fallen coins and gold chests, all while keeping an eye on the lanes and avoiding the obstacles in your path.

Players will soon find out that the skeleton scoundrel does not work alone- his amigos can be spotted in the cliffs! The tapping begins here as your Bandito must shoot to survive as enemy skeletons will be shooting back viciously.

Arrows help to swiftly terminate your enemies, and combos are received for a job well done. After taking out enough enemies you receive a “buddy parrot” to help you get the job done even faster.

Along the way you can find useful power-ups, for example, a shield to absorb the enemy’s fire and health boosts. When you pause the game you will find a little task list with mini-missions, like shooting 20 enemies in a single run. After checking off your tasks you will be rewarded handsomely.

Another interesting pick-up item is a chilli, this will allow you to resume the game where your Bandito has fallen to continue his rampage.

By following your stolen treasure all the way to the end of the level you will then have to face a wall of enemies.

The graphics are vivid, and the characters are exuberant. Run and Gun: Banditos, definitely has an inviting, user-friendly landing screen. For avid gamers, it could be described as a more exciting “Temple Run”.

Objectives, distance rewards, and achievements are tracked in the home menu, and this encourages continued gameplay. Here, you can also purchase upgrades with the coins you collect. A compass to automatically avoid six obstacles is an example of an upgrade you can purchase for 500 coins.

For some, the most exciting feature will be that you can unlock new Banditos!

The shooting feature is done really well- you have unlimited ammo (thank goodness!) and you can start shooting into the distance where an enemy lies.

When your game is over you can see how many coins you have collected, your distance travelled, experienced gained, and your best score. After your Bandito’s experience bar has been filled, he will level up. This means that your score multiplier is increased and you are rewarded a bonus item. The bonus item is a booster that you can activate at the beginning of a new game.

The game is a free-to-play one, but it does contain in-app purchases and advertisements.

The game could make a player wish that he always had two available hands to play with, one to shoot and one to swipe, but that is the only drawback. Beside this, the game is smooth to play with no lag whatsoever.

The music, graphics, and effortless bang-bang gameplay ensures that you and your Bandito are having a truly Wild-West experience. An electric time is guaranteed for players who are willing to be a little rough and lawless! This game is available on iOS, Android and Windows.

Make Your Vacation Last Forever – Memotrips

No vacation lasts forever, but you can make the memories and magical moments stay intact long after the vacation has ended. How, you ask? Download Memotrips and find out.

Memotrips is an app that allows you to essentially journal your trip, long or short, local or abroad, so you can capture the moment and never forget it. It’s basically a travel diary, but it’s does not limit you to words, it allows you to create and capture events in so many ways.

When you first download the app, you will get a quick and colorful overview of what the app has to offer. Swipe through the pages that display beautiful destinations to get to the main screen. From here you will see several options:

  • Explore – there are lots of Memotrip users in the community. Check out where they have been to venture vicariously with them, or use the information to plan your next trip.
  • My travel diaries – this is where you will keep all of your diaries. Every travel diary you create and keep can be found here – it’s basically a walk down memory lane.
  • Create a travel diary – ready for your next trip? Great! Create a new diary and start logging your experience even before you leave your home.
  • Log in – become a registered user of Memotrip to gain access to all that the app has to offer, share with others, and immerse yourself in its travel community.
  • Help – we all need it at some point. Get what you need easily. The app creators have provided lots of information to help you make the most of the app. It’s currently all in French, so if you speak, great; if not, you’ll need a translator.

I was really impressed by what Memotrip had to offer. I am getting ready for a long weekend myself, so I created a new travel diary days before the trip so I could note all the things I wanted to remember about planning and packing.

After creating a diary, you create stages, which essentially would be steps, events, things you want to capture. Creating a stage requires you to provide a title, description, date and location. You cannot save the stage without these. Once created, you can add a photo and share the info.

What I was not impressed with was the inability to upload a photo from my library as the cover for my latest diary. It simply would not work. The selections to make while creating a new diary are also not intuitive. For example, when you select the destination country, it does not give you the option to move to the next screen. I could not tell if the selection took.

Barring that inconvenience, I managed to jot notes and capture every fun moment. I even saved a few frustrating ones, as well, simply so I could look back and laugh. I highly recommend Memotrips to anyone who wants to actively journal their trips and experiences in real time.