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Yesterday All Things D broke the news that Zynga bought Draw Something developer OMGPOP for $180 million, plus an additional $30 million in “employee retention payments.” The acquisition speaks to game’s rapid ascension; it’s an unqualified success. Draw Something has topped both Apple’s free and paid game charts, with about 250,000 people playing the game each day.
Chances are that if you aren’t playing Draw Something already that you will be. The game combines Words With Friends-style social game play with the old school fun of Pictionary.

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Initially players have the choice to sign in with Facebook or create a username and start a game outside the giant social network’s umbrella.
At the start of the game the player has the choice of three words, with easy, medium, or hard levels of difficulty. Three coins are awarded to the player if the opponent guesses the hard word correctly, followed by two coins for a medium word, and one coin for an easy word. If you don’t like your words, use a bomb to get new choices.

Drawing the word is easy enough. Players begin with black, red, yellow, and blue as well as several settings for line thickness. Players in the paid version begin with 400 coins which they can use to buy more colors.
While guessing players can use a bomb hint to get rid of extra letters. The game keeps track of each team’s winning streak. As long as you both guess correctly the game will award you coins and tell you that your work is “Drawsome.” Guess wrong, and you get nada. Players can also pass, though it’s rarely necessary unless you’re playing with either an extremely young (or lazy) opponent.
Draw Something has the inherent flexibility of iOS, so topics are timely. The game is just as likely to suggest drawings of Jeremy Lin or Justin Bieber as it is to offer Elvis as a suggestion.
Players can start guessing as soon as the drawing begins, but clever artists can obscure the meaning of an obvious word until the last moment. When drawing a door knob, for example, the artist could draw an entire house, with garden, and children playing in the yard, then at the last moment draw a knob on the front door with an arrow pointing to it. The artists ability to play with the context of the word they are drawing adds to the fun.
Families who are sharing a device will want to note the password that OMGPOP sends in the welcome email since they will be signing in and out of the app.
Download Draw Something for $0.99 from the App Store, or try out the free version of this universal app. The paid version includes more words than the free version, and players begin with 5 hints in addition 400 coins.

What I liked: Players don’t have to be great artists to make the game fun. While the game is easy to play on the small screen, it was great to have the iPad’s larger canvas on which to work.
What I didn’t like: Users who play multiple games at once may get similar words from different opponents, which makes the game a little too easy. Features that allow players to chat and share a completed drawing are purported to be underway, and both options would enhance the gaming experience.
To buy or not to buy: What are you waiting for? Everyone you know is probably already playing. Whether you choose the free version or the paid version, Draw Something is a must-try for all iDevice users.

App Name: Draw Something
Version Reviewed: 1.4.1
Category: Games
Developer: OMGPOP
Price: $0.99, free
Score:

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Every so often an app comes around that fits the iOS platform perfect and creates a truly remarkable feel. Thanks to the developers at State of Play Games, Lume for iPod Touch and iPhone fits this profile quite well. Lume is a one of a kind game with completely unique pop up “paper and card” [...]

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I am a huge Renaissance Faire geek. Seriously. I’ve jousted, courted and costumed it up with the best of them. I even have a real sword.
So I was very excited to find out that the latest addition to The Sims empire, The Sims Medieval, was coming to the iPad. Considering how much I loved The Sims growing up, combined with my fondness for “tales of yonder,” I was thrilled to play the game.
Was it all I thought it would be? Absolutely. Was I expecting much? No, not really – especially following the disappointment that was The Sims FreePlay. But in the end,
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The Sims Medieval For iPad was a great addition to the iPad gaming club.
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ReaddleDocs (documents/attachments viewer and file manager)Developer: Igor Zhadanov Price: $4.99Download from the App StoreUser Ratings: Today Readdle releases a new version of ReaddleDocs - its legendary file manager and document viewer for the iPhone. The latest update incorporates an innovative redesigned interface, great annotating capabilities, iCloud support and other multiple new features.
Being a Rolls Royce of document portfolios, ReaddleDocs is a perfect combination of a file manager and a document viewer in a single iPhone application. It can open the most common file fo
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rmats like MS Office and Apple iWork, PDF documents and images, along with audio and video files. Going beyond the established capabilities, the new version of ReaddleDocs allows users to annotate PDF files. They can now highlight text, add comments, underline or strikeout mistakes. (more...)

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There’s nothing quite like a sword wielding action RPG platformer like Zelda, and other similar fare. Touch Foo has made a name for itself with the excellent platformer Soosiz, which combines classic gameplay with the fresh gravitational pull on mini planets somewhat similar to Super Mario Galaxy. Swordigo is their next game, and it provides the classic feel of a sword wielding action RPG as you battle through a magical realm. It’s an expansive adventure where you try to end the spread of darkness across the land by battling away enemies one by one.

You have a sword and magica
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l spells at your disposal to dispatch of foes, and there’s a smooth and customizable on screen control system. As you progress you uncover new items, and can upgrade your character to be better prepared for what lies ahead. The game is a perfect embodiment of the ones that have become before it, and it brings all of the classic elements to iOS. There’s never a dull movement as you hop between platforms and slash your sword against a plethora of enemies. The entire game has such a smooth flow, and great balance that you’ll want to keep playing through the entire adventure.
There’s a great design as well with dynamic lighting effects, great character design, and nice looking environments. Gameplay is king with this one though, and there’s just such an engaging experience that this game is definitely tough to put down. There are various quests available at all times, and it leads to acquiring keys, flipping switches, and encountering bosses. The boss battles are especially great, and all of the battles have a very good balance of challenge and enjoyment. One potential drawback is that health and level up status pops-up whenever you begin an attack.
Swordigo ($1.99, Universal) is another App Store gem from Touch Foo, by bringing all the best classic elements to iOS in a brilliantly designed package.









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Iron Commando Pro 1.8.1
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $1.99 -> Free, Version: 1.8.1 (iTunes)

Description:
*NOW FREE for a VERY LIMITED TIME!* DRIVE BACK the ALIEN INVADERS!JUMP into this super-challenging ACTION-PACKED PLATFORMER! now with OVER 1 MILLION DOWNLOADS!★★★★★SCORE sweet POWER-UPS, PULVERIZE menacing BOSS SHIPS, and BATTLE your way through 8 ULTRA-CLASSIC STAGES!★★★★★HOP into a BLAST FROM THE PAST and get your RETRO ON.YES, we brought the 30-LIFE CHEAT ;) ★★★★★ it is the year 2046. an anthropomorphic extraterrestr
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ial species has overrun planet earth, and is unleashing its destructive forces on major cities across the globe. apocalypse threatens as rumor spreads that the invaders have scheduled a 7,000 megaton nuclear detonation. you are all that stands between your planet and a nuclear winter. now is the moment of determination, iron commando... ★★★★★ ✓ swanky cartoon style✓ fluid graphics w/ high fps✓ detailed surroundings✓ smooth controls✓ realistic shooting & sound fx✓ eight different stages✓ eight formidable boss ships ★★★★★ ▶ http://twitter.com/TRINITIgames ▶ http://facebook.com/TRINITIgamesWhat's New-UI changes.★★★★★▶ http://twitter.com/TRINITIgames ▶ http://facebook.com/TRINITIgames
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Tweetbot for iPad Review
By Carter Dotson on February 9th, 2012
Our Rating: :: WELL-BUILT MACHINEiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad

Tweetbot for iPad is a Twitter client, created by design-conscious iOS developer Tapbots.

 
Developer: Tapbots
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
iPad Integration Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
User Interface Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Re-use Value Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


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e very few apps that someone could say “this has been released!” that I would buy immediately. Tweetbot for iPad was apparently on that list, because as soon as I saw on Twitter that the iPhone/iPod touch Twitter client was now available on iPad, I went out and bought it sight-unseen with an urgency unlike the way I approach many other things in my life.
Tweetbot, for the unengaged, is an app from design-conscious developer Tapbots for browsing and posting to Twitter. The iPhone/iPod version brought their design principles, along with a variety of advanced functions like gestures, user muting (be gone, banal check-in service tweets!), multiple account support, and notifications for just about everything involving the user.

Users of the iPhone/iPod touch Tweetbot will be happy to know that the app works in much the same way. Sliding right on a tweet for conversation view, sliding left to view replies to that tweet, and the user-configurable triple tap command are all here. All the configuration options are largely identical, buttons are placed in the same places, multiple account support is here. Even the new tweaks from Tweetbot’s 2.0 update for the iPhone/iPod touch have all been incorporated, and tapping on elements directly in tweets works fantastically. It just has all been designed to fit on the iPad. Timelines, lists, settings, and different accounts can all be quickly switched between on the app’s new left-side menu.
Being used to Twitter for iPad’s sliding card view, it is a little disappointing to see links take up the whole screen, along with the ‘compose new tweet’ view – with a screen that size, having a single view can feel kind of limited, though the conversation view when composing a reply is great. As well, I’m a big proponent of universal apps, and Tweetbot for iPad is not universal, but – paying for great software trumps that desire for universal support.
Having been fed up with the inadequacies of Twitter for iPad – particularly the unresolved bugs that the last update introduced and never fixed – having the Twitter client that I love to use on my iPod touch available for the iPad is something that I need. Users of the smaller version will love the experience on the iPad as it translates perfectly, and the layouts and settings feel immediately familiar. Those who haven’t used it need to check it out – it is the best designed Twitter client out there, and is a dramatic step up in the tweeting experience on iPad.


Tweetbot — A Twitter Client with Personality for iPadiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Buy Now: $2.99Released: 2012-02-08 :: Category: Social NetworkingApps mentioned in this post: Tweetbot — A Twitter Client with Personality for iPad

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Unique children’s stories are becoming more prevalent in the app store as the popularity of the iPad grows. A Recipe For a Perfect Day With Dad is unique, not only because of the interesting interactivity that each page offers, but also because of the subject matter. Spend an imaginative day with a “rock star, ninja fighter, crime buster, Jedi master” and his dad as they create a recipe for the perfect day.
The book offers an auto play feature and a “read to me” option. The auto play feature will flip the pages automatically, but can be paused at any time if the user wishes to spend more
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time exploring the hidden animations.
Each page is full of interactive illustrations that are discovered by tapping them. For example, tap on the makeshift oven to reveal a table with dishes that can then be uncovered for a secret surprise. Tap on a spaceship to make it travel across the sky.
  
There are a couple of extra special hidden gems. For example, tapping on the electric guitar will open a new page that shows our young protagonist rocking out to some heavy tunes.
The illustrated graphics are perfectly matched with this imaginative story. The street floods with water and the neighborhood slowly turns into a jungle. The colors are bright and the Seuss-like animals are a pleasant addition.
The app runs just a bit slow. When turning a page, kids have to wait for the animated arrow to bounce first. Instead of a tap-to-turn option, it would be nice to see the realistic page turning feature. That way, kids could easily and quickly flip to their favorite pages.
Although the story is different, this app reminds me of the interactive children’s book Little Frigglepants Builds a Ship. Both are about a child and his wild imagination and both offer full-featured interactive pages that can be played with for long periods of time. A Recipe For a Perfect Day With Dad will keep your young reader engaged and entertained.
  
What I liked: There are lots of interactive features on each and every page. The story is unique and interesting.
What I didn’t like: When the app is opened, it goes directly to a library of other books that can be purchased from the developer. That feature really belongs at the back of the book. It is kind of tacky for it to be the first thing your child sees.
To buy or not to buy: This is a great book with lots of interactive features. Children will enjoy exploring every page. The app is only $0.99, so it is a bargain too.

App Name: A Recipe For a Perfect Day With Dad- An Interactive Children’s Story Book HD
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Category: Books
Developer: TabTale
Price: $0.99
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The Bad Mouse app for iPhone and iPad from Jiguin is like whack a mole, but with a little more love put into it. It’s also a good way to introduce whack a mole into a younglings life. With more kids running around with iPads and less in arcades, these games are slowly dying in [...]

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Elicity is a new iPad app that has quite a simple purpose; it lets you browse and share YouTube videos via word clouds. Here’s its brief App Store intro:
Explore the millions of videos available on YouTube with the beautiful word clouds created by Elicity. Makes browsing YouTube a wonderfully tactile and intuitive experience. Share word clouds and discovered videos with friends, via Facebook, Twitter and Email. Gorgeous fonts, delicious color schemes – create something unique whilst browsing.

As you may have noticed, I’m finding myself drawn to a numbe
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r of video-focused apps for the iPad, as there are so few good things to watch on TV these days. Elicity’s word cloud concept is certainly different enough to be worth a look – so I’ve been trying it out last night and today.
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