Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 01/20/2018

January 20, 2018 by RSS Feed

Today's Stash , Cardinal Land - Jigsaw & Tangram Puzzle Blend , Duck Warfare and more


Today's Stash ( $0.99 → Free ) Martin Pucik Today’s Stash will push you to do better than the day before. It allows you to visually track your fitness progress by tapping into Apple’s HealthKit data. Just pick an activity and get to work. You’ll see your progress meter fill up and how it compares to the prior week. Supported activities include step count, walking and running distance, cycling distance, flights climbed, active calories burned, BPM, active minutes, basal calories burned, and swimming distance. You’re also able to quickly glance at your progress with Force Touch or use an Apple Watch complication.


Cardinal Land - Jigsaw & Tangram Puzzle Blend ( $1.99 → Free ) Petro Shmigelskyi Cardinal Land is not only fun, it’s informative. Your job is to fill in the animal silhouette using colorful pieces. Just drag and drop to place, and tap to rotate. If a piece is in its correct position, it will snap into place. Move quickly in order to earn a perfect rating. After each puzzle has been completed, you’ll receive a surprising fact about the animal. The game includes more than 80 puzzles.

Duck Warfare ( $0.99 → Free ) allen park These ducks mean business. The GÜSCO corporation is trying to force you out of your home, but the ducks aren’t going to stand for it. Tap to send your duck troops into battle. As your enemies fall, you’ll be able to collect duck bucks that can be used to purchase new, more powerful troops. The game includes five areas, 25 levels, 40 enemies, and 24 ducks to unlock. There’s also a Quacky Duck mini-game to enjoy in between the strategic action.

Sayings Builder Master ( $0.99 → Free ) MasterKey Games Sayings Builder Master allows you to improve your language skills in an entertaining way. In each level you’re presented with a collection of words that must be unscrambled. Tap on the words in the correct order before time expires to move on to the next. Each mistake will cost you precious seconds, so move quickly but efficiently. The game also includes an online multiplayer mode, and achievements and leaderboards.

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Moonshot, Workout Sessions, Portrait Mode Plus, and other apps to check out this weekend

January 20, 2018 by RSS Feed

This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features a new app for jotting down and following through with ideas, a workout tracker, and a Portrait Mode enhancer. And as always, we’ve selected two great new games for you to check out.


Moonshot is an app built by creators, for creators—it helps you start, plan and make your idea a reality. Create projects, jot down your ideas, track your progress, set and complete milestones, and more. The app was designed with iPhone X in mind, and it supports both 3D Touch and Spotlight Search. Moonshot is available for $2.99.

Workout Sessions

Workout Sessions lists and analyzes your workouts (From the Health App) and also allows you to check-in at your gym. It even combines your workouts that you executed at the gym to form a gym session. The app supports all types of workouts and running and cycling workouts are displayed on a map (if data is available). The UI looks incredible and if you’re someone who likes to keep track of their workouts, this app looks like it’s worth checking out. Workout Sessions is available for free.

Portrait Mode Plus

Portrait Mode Plus brings a new level of control to your existing Portrait Mode photos taken in iOS 11. The app allows you to adjust the focal point of existing photos, change the level of blur in an image, highlight select portions of an image, color and de-color parts of an image, and even blend new backgrounds or foregrounds into an image. I know there are already some similar apps out there, and yes the app does require an iOS 11 device that supports portrait mode, but if you meet the criteria, it’s worth checking out. Portrait Mode Plus is available for $1.99.

It’s Full of Sparks

When the spark of life is lit, the countdown begins. It’s Full of Sparks is a beautiful platforming experience about the life of a firecracker. Embark on a journey to find The Old One, a mythical firecracker whose fuse has never been lit. Explore over 80 unique, hand crafted levels, enjoy the lively original soundtrack, and master the ability to switch colors, jump, fly, climb, dodge and more. It’s Full of Sparks is available for free (with some IAPs).


Build your JYDGE. Enter Edenbyrg. Get out alive. JYDGE is a lawful but awful roguehate top-down shooter where you get to build your own cybernetic JYDGE and eradicate crime in the never-sleeping megacity of Edenbyrg. Create your own play-style by augmenting your JYDGE, modifying your Gavel rifle, and choosing fearless companions to suit the tasks at hand. You can of course unlock new equipment and other content, and there are over a billion possible combinations in customizing the game. JYDGE is available for $4.99.

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It's Full of Sparks is a Charming and Philosophical Platformer

January 19, 2018 by RSS Feed

It's Full of Sparks (Free) by Noodlecake Studios is a fast-paced platformer that will have you contemplating life by the end of it. If you enjoy games like Sonic Runners Adventure or FEZ, then you'll like what It's Full of Sparks has to offer.

Most of us enjoy fireworks, but have you ever wondered what the life of a firework is like? Yeah, me neither. Honestly, it's never occurred to me, but it's interesting enough to make a game about it, since It's Full of Sparks exists. I consider myself having quite an open mind to things, so It's Full of Sparks is one of those games that I had to check out for myself. What Noodlecake did was create something that's as fun as it is philosophical.


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Visually, It's Full of Sparks is gorgeous and a sight to see. The game's fully rendered in 3D with beautiful, crisp architectural structures. In a way, the graphics remind me a bit of Lara Croft GO, except cleaner because you're not dealing with ancient ruins. It's a modernized low-poly look that is rather trendy these days, and definitely eye catching. The colors in It's Full of Sparks are a nice mix of soft pastels and bold, vibrant hues that mesh together to create a lovely world of fireworks. Animations are smooth and fluid, with no issues of lag or frame rate choppiness on my iPhone 8 Plus. The music is rather whimsical and charming, and the sound effects are fun and quirky.

Since It's Full of Sparks is a platformer, it's level-based, which is pretty standard. The game starts off with a firecracker who's all fine and dandy, that is, until they realize that once the fuse (spark of life) is out, they explode and die. With that in mind, the goal of the game is simple: get these sentient firecrackers safely to the water to put out the fuse, and live a little longer. Ultimately, if you're successful on the journey, you'll meet The Old One, which is a mythical firecracker that's never had their fuse lit.

While you can enjoy the game at your own pace, there are also stars to earn depending on how fast you complete a stage. The faster you are, the more stars you get. From my experience so far, you'll need to replay a level multiple times to memorize what to do, and then do everything correctly on your speed run. This is great for competitive players.

Controls are simple and intuitive. In the bottom left are two buttons to move your firecracker left and right. On the right side, after you collect the corresponding artifacts, are colored buttons. When you obtain the colored glasses, you'll be able to see or unsee certain obstacles and objects that can help guide you safely across. You have to tap on these buttons at the right time to toggle them, and make sure you get the timing and positioning of your firecracker correct, otherwise, it may lead to untimely deaths.

It's Full of Sparks is a game where you're going to die a lot. Each time your firecracker dies, whether by exploding or falling, you'll have a chance to try again with a new firecracker. These firecrackers count as "lives." You start the game off with a handful of firecrackers, but once you're out, you'll have to get more lives.

Fortunately, the game can be fairly generous with giving you more lives for free. You can slowly get a few lives at a time as a free gift every so often, or watch a video ad to get 15 at a time. If you enable ads, you get 25 more. If the video ad system bothers you, unlimited lives can be bought via a $2.99 in-app purchase.

A beautifully rendered 3D platformer that lets you play as a firecracker.

The Good

It's Full of Sparks is definitely a gem in the App Store, as it's fun, challenging, and makes you ponder your own life (existential crisis, anyone). The game has stunning graphics that are pure eye candy, and the music is delightful to listen to. The levels start off easy enough, but the difficulty ramps up at a nice pace. It's also great that the game allows you to either play at your own pace or do speed runs, since you can move on to the next level without earning stars.

The Bad

While there's a lot of good about It's Full of Sparks, it's not perfect. During my testing, I experienced a handful of crashing right after "completing" the first stage. The game would just freeze up and become unresponsive, resulting in force quitting and trying again. It happened twice in a row before I was able to have it not crash and proceed with actually playing the game. I'm not sure what the cause is, but it should be ironed out in the next update.

I like the idea that each new life is a new firecracker, but I also think that you can burn through your lives too quickly since things get a bit twitchy. Though there are free ways to obtain more firecrackers, I feel like it's pushing you towards the in-app purchase.

The verdict

Despite the minor inconveniences, I'm enjoying It's Full of Sparks a lot. The game is downright beautiful on Retina HD and Super Retina displays. The whimsical music is great to relax to, and the controls are easy enough for anyone to learn. I always like challenging games, as it's incredibly satisfying when you manage to overcome a stage you're stuck on, and It's Full of Sparks provides just that. Hopefully the kinks get ironed out sooner rathe than later.

It's Full of Sparks is available on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone or iPad for free with in-app purchases.



Graphics 9

Replayability 8

Game Controls 8

Sound/Music 8

Gameplay 8.5


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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 01/19/2018

January 19, 2018 by RSS Feed

Videocraft - Best Video Editor Photo Slideshow , Activate Your Voice , RadioApp - A Simple Radio and more


RadioApp - A Simple Radio ( $1.99 → Free ) Tal Shrestha RadioApp operates like a classic radio, analog tuner and all. Just swipe across the tuner to change stations. RadioApp will display the name of the station and song as long as they’re available. You’re also able to favorite stations, search for something specific, and set a sleep timer. The app includes an AM tuner and international stations as well.


Videocraft - Best Video Editor Photo Slideshow ( $2.99 → Free ) Gamelarious Videocraft can turn your random collections of videos and photos into something you want to share. You’re able to import as many videos and photos from your library as you like, and you can create new content from within the app. Videos and photos can be arranged and clipped with simple gestures. You’re also able to add voiceovers, music, and custom text. Your final creations can be uploaded directly to YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram.

Activate Your Voice ( $0.99 → Free ) Elaine Clark Activate Your Voice will give you a stronger, clearer, and more authoritative speaking voice. You’ll gain your speaking voice by participating in professionally designed exercises that only take about five minutes. The clear and simple animated instructions will help quickly improve diction, breath support, projection, and pitch. Make it a daily routine.

CALC Swift ( $0.99 → Free ) QApps LLC CALC Swift is a multi-functional scientific calculator that’ll make your daily calculations a breeze. It features both standard basic and scientific calculation functions, which can be accessed with a horizontal swipe. It includes more than 50 advanced functions in all. A history log allows you to pull up numbers at any time and copy them for use in other apps. CALC Swift also includes a widget, Spotlight search, Apple Watch support, and colorful themes to choose from.

Color Dots - A Game For Infants ( $2.99 → Free ) Ellie's Games, LLC Color Dots is a visual tracking game for infants. At launch, your little one will see a single moving dot that can be popped with a tap. Each dot that’s popped will spawn a new one, resulting in endless entertainment. Color Dots will also help your young child work on their motor skills. Parents can adjust the dot size, speed, border, and max amount on the screen at once.

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FaceRig is the Animoji You Wish Apple Made

January 18, 2018 by RSS Feed

Animoji on the iPhone X is pretty cool, but with just a handful of emoji faces to choose from it feels a little limited—plus it works only in the Messages app. FaceRig is an app that fixes those problems by giving you loads of characters to choose from, and you can unlock more through credits you earn by using the app. It uses the iPhone X’s facial tracking feature to do its magic, plus you can record videos to share with friends. You can choose from characters that animate in sync with your movement, or masks that overlay your face. FaceRig is free, and it’s already eating up too much of my time.

Check It Out: FaceRig is the Animoji You Wish Apple Made

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