Best Apps of 2017

This is our last post before 2018, so we thought it was a good time to do a quick 2017 app round up. Our team reviews anywhere from 15 to 30 apps and mobile games per day before agreeing on the daily featured app or game.  In 2017 we have seen a lot, and these are our editors favorites based on categories.  Click on the picture or app name to see our full review.  Remember, for those new to Review This App. We don’t have any affiliates or sponsors from developers so you know our opinions are unbiased and based on our actual experience with the app.

Best Workout and Dieting Apps

Runtastic’s Balanced Food Tracker and Calorie Counter – This app does more than just count calories it helps with your dietary goals and keeps a daily journal of your diet.


Best Puzzle Game

The Guides Axiom – The Guides Axiom is a unique puzzle game that has a high level of difficulty. The puzzles and codes vary and require knowledge from the previous puzzles in the game.

Block Puzzle AR – There were so many great puzzle games this year we couldn’t get it down to one and with The Guides Axiom being so unique we chose Block Puzzle AR as our second best puzzle game. It is a very conventional puzzle game and basically combined Tetris with Jenga to create a challenging but very addicting puzzle game.


Best New Community App

Captioned, Say Show Share – Captioned allows user to create and share their own videos and pictures. We found some really great content and the app is awesome if you are just looking to burn some time with low stress fun material to watch.


Best Shopping App


Hitlist – Hitlist is strictly dedicated to finding you cheap airline tickets. It has many categories to choose from and even has last minute getaway deals.

Stadium Goods – I had to throw Stadium Goods a shout out as I have used it more than any other shopping app we have reviewed for the sole reason I became a sneaker head after reviewing the app. They deal with only dead stock sneakers and have just about everything at a reasonable price.


Best Game

Into The Dead 2 – We reviewed a lot of great games this year, but gave the nod to Into the Dead 2. They took Into the Dead One’s addictive style and added a storyline, a lot more weapons and many different levels.


Best App You Really Don’t Need But Love to Use

best app for hacksLife Hacks – Life hacks are fun, simple little tips and tricks that aren’t needed but help you with everyday tasks. Checkout the app for a few minutes and you are bound to find some new little tip that gets you to say “Huh? Never knew that before”.


We didn’t posts an app or game that we really didn’t like or enjoy, so take some time and to checkout our other reviews. We also want to thank all of our readers and especially those who provide feedback or email requests.  Have a Happy and Healthy 2018!

SPA – Suicide Prevention App

suicide prevention appDeveloper: ISD Innovations, Inc.

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free

Let me introduce this article by first stating that I am not an expert or educated in this field, and honestly, it is an unfortunate topic to even fathom, but it’s real. The whole point of this article and app is prevention and awareness so I feel it is my civic duty to at least address it where I am expert, reviewing apps. With this being said, I give you SPA – Suicide Prevention App.

What the App Offers

best suicide prevention appLuckily, the app format is not complicated for such a complicated matter. You must agree to the “User Agreement” to utilize it by just tapping the check box, and this will wrap up the registration process. It is anonymous. The home screen lists four categories: Information, Assess, Safety Plan, and Resources. The Information category gives an overview of the app, offers assessment recommendations, lays out step for safety planning, and helps identify the signs. The Assess feature actually helps you help someone else by listing questions to ask. The Safety Plan is a step-by-step guide to assist one in identifying things or triggers both good and bad. Finally, the Resource category lists phone numbers, hotlines, texting, online resources, and local mental health services and emergency rooms. The app also offers additional, external resources which is listed under the menu screen. These are basically sponsors and simply click on the icon and you will be redirected online to learn more. You may also notice a “Donate Here” button at the bottom of the same screen. This will also redirect you online where you can support the cause with a small donation via Amazon, PayPal, or Google.

Final Note

Suicide does not discriminate. It is saddening to think this is something which exists all over the world and even daily, however, it is important to address. Once you acknowledge a problem, you can find ways to solve it. In this case, you hope to not have to deal with suicide prevention, but in an instance you may be the person to assist someone else or you even are the person, this app is just another resource for the cause. Who would think an app may be a lifesaver?

Memrise – Half off Special

Memrise: Language Learning

Developer – Memrise

Price – Free for Basic Learning, Pro Version is $8.99 per month, $18.99 for three months, $59.99 for a year and $179.99

Memrise – Why Now?

With the New Year fast approaching, we all will have New Year resolutions that most likely will fail at some point (usually February for me). Regardless of the how long they last, they make us skinner, healthier, and generally better people for at least a short period of time.  We have nailed health apps which is usually the number one New Year’s resolution, so I chose to write about a huge app this year that gets minimal exposure, but would be great to assist in a difficult but useful New Year’s resolution, learning a new language.  I chose to learn Spanish, not because of travelling, or because I have Spanish relatives, but rather to show my support to the largest immigrant population in the United States.

Memrise – What it does and Who is it for?

Memrise is an easy to use, learn at your own pace, mobile language teaching tool. The app can teach different languages in many native languages including American Sign Language (this review and stats stated is based on learning in English only).  I reviewed the available language options and was amazed to see about very language available, including many Native American languages.  Even ancient Greek is available. The full list of languages can be found here.  The basic version of the app teaches you basic words and popular phases and uses repetition to reinforce the new found knowledge.  It basically teaches you a few words and quizzes you in both written and video format.  The app allows you to utilize your camera to identify different objects and their terminology in your target language.  Like a lot of new apps, they try to create a community where you can follow and challenge your friends or even add courses to the app.

Memrise Pro Version

The free features are fun and easy to use, but if you are serious about learning a language, you really need to buy the Pro Version. The pricing is reasonable and is listed above.  Order now and take 50 percent off of the pricing above.  The pro version has many features including an offline feature for the dreaded no WIFI plane or some crazy mountain hike that I haven’t done.  The best feature of the pro version is the chat bots where you can actually practice speaking in sentences with bots.  I have signed up for one month to see how much I learn.

What to Expect From Memrise and Our Recommendation

Expect to have fun with the free basic version and learn enough to entertain your friends but don’t expect much more. The pro version definitely has the potential to really teach you a new language, but as in everything, expect to get out what you put in.  The price point (especially now with the discount) is low enough you can give it a try and are only out a few bucks if it isn’t for you, or you decide English is enough for right now.  I would recommend at a minimum the free version for any one studying a language in high school or college as it is a fun and easy to use tool that will always be with if you find a few minutes to study.  The app has 16 million downloads, so it is by no means a new player in the app world.



Think! Think! – A Learning App for Kids

best learning appDeveloper: Hanamaru Lab

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free


In our world of smart devices, we often find ourselves staring down in the direction of our hands, hopefully, while not driving or even at work. Anyhow, we have to lump our children into that same population nowadays. Granted, while letting my son play games on my phone during dinner night out certainly keeps his attention, however, these are usually games conducive to an adult level of intelligence. I shall now segue into my recent discovery of the Think! Think! app. This is a great app for kids and is a learning app at the same time. BONUS!

best app for kidsThink! Think! is only available for Google Play users so we will just put that out there for starters. The best part of this app is the free price tag and no ads. Can you believe that?! I figure it’s probably so the kids don’t click on an ad and buy something inadvertently. Smart design by Hanamaru Lab, I assume. Anyway, after you download the app, the basic registration process simply consists of creating a username. No password or email is necessitated. There are a variety of games and challenges to conquer, and you will unlock more as you level up. Basically, you are dealing with puzzles, mazes, and other skilled games which put your brain power to use. I must admit I have actually been partaking in these games.  Even though the challenges are kid friendly, each stage game is best apps for kidstimed so quick, accurate thinking will only help the cause and creates some intensity for the challenge. You can pause the game at any time, ask for a hint, and even skip the board during the stage if you are simply stumped or have a brain fart. At the conclusion, you will be ranked and graded by which these points are accrued to enable you to level up.

In summation, there are many learning apps and apps for kids offered out there, but this app has definitely caught by eye and in my opinion, would fall into the one of the best apps for kids category. Some may feel it isn’t appropriate to encourage children to stare at a phone or tablet and play games, but at least Think! Think! offers the benefits of learning.

Earn Extra Income – The Work From Home App

money making apps for androidDeveloper:

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free


With the advent of the high speed internet, VPN, and other remote desktop software, working from home or remote from the office is very easy to accomplish these days whether you own a small business or website, and if you are looking for another source of income while sitting in your home office, the Earn Extra Income app may be your answer. We have all seen the signs stapled to telephone poles stating “Make $3000/mo Working From Home.”  Most of these are too good to be true and involve a get rich scheme of sorts. On the contrary, this app offers legitimate programs and sponsored websites to supplement your income.

How the App Works

apps to make moneyThe app is relatively straightforward to operate for those apps falling into the finance app category. There is no registration required for using the app, but I can guarantee you there will be for the programs offered and even a screening process is necessitated for some gigs which screams legit to me. The home page conveniently lists all the programs and websites offered. Currently, there are sixteen “sponsors” listed on the app. You can make money in a variety of ways, some more complex than others. In short, you are being paid for your services which range from freelance writing, designing t-shirts, tutoring, delivering groceries, hosting a meal, and more.

When clicking on a featured program or website, read the brief description and you will quickly understand what responsibilities and tasks are involved. Scroll down further of the selected money making appsscreen and the app offers useful parameters to help in your decision making process. These include “Availability” which identifies the geographical restrictions, if any. Most are offered worldwide. The “Mode of Payment” is/are listed. The other factors include “Ease of Use,” “Earning Potential,” and “Fun Factor” by which these are measured on a scale of one to five stars with five being the best or highest rating.  Better yet, the app offers advice with a “How to do it right” which is a very nice feature no matter how good you think you are. Consider it constructive criticism. And to cap it all off, you will notice a list of similar sites or programs listed at the bottom of the screen, if applicable. It is my job to mention there are some ad screens which pop up as you toggle back and forth between the home page and the featured site, but they are easily skipped so don’t let these stop you from utilizing this app.

Decision Time?

Find something to your liking and make some money while doing so. There many people who hate their jobs so if you discover a way to make some extra cash and you actually enjoy doing it, advantage you. Download this app and get your “side hustle” on.

Artcard by BeCasso – A Postcard App

Artcard by BeCasso – More Than a Cute Name

Developer – Digital Masterpieces GmbH

Price – Free with in app purchases

Don’t get fooled by the app name Artcard. This is not a greeting card app or manufacturer like Felt Card, but rather an app which allows you to turn your personal photos into what looks like etchings that can be shared on social media and stored as other images. The best part is the ability to change an image into a post card format easily and quickly. Plus, they even mail it for you!

The app is simple to use and doesn’t even require a login (haven’t seen that before). Pick a picture from your photo library, or take a picture with your phone.  Next, you will be provided with the ability to choose a theme (currently there are more than enough themes to use) to automatically transform you picture into genuine artwork (see the examples picture to the left).  Save your picture for free and share as you please, but note the picture will have a small watermark on the bottom left advertising the app.  For a one-time $1.99 fee you can have the water mark permanently removed on all images.  The postcards are $1.99 each and include shipping.

Overall, the app is enjoyable and easy to use. Definitely download it and mess around with it for a little bit.  Those that enjoy and appreciate the arts will get much more use out of it, but most will find value in it for one or two pictures.  It is really a nice free app and the watermark is not obnoxious if you choose not to fork out $1.99.  Being in the digital age and a grown adult, I don’t typically purchase stamps and mailing a letter has become a difficult task for me. Additionally, if you are traveling it is a really nice cheap and easy way to send a postcard to family and friends.  The app allows you also to just send the picture without the artwork if you prefer an unmodified picture.

Life Hacks – Hack Your Life

best app for hacksDeveloper: Crearo

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free

A hack by definition when used as a noun (informally) is a tip, trick, or efficient method for doing or managing something. I will always welcome a nice hack or workaround, but that requires me to think too much and by the time I think of it, I could have performed the task already. Well, this may not be an issue for me anymore at times thanks to the Life Hacks app.

life hacks appThe Life Hacks app is very simple to use and is very informative. There are currently over 2,500 hacks posted with an average of a 100 hacks added on a weekly basis. Sign in or register with a current Google account or just skip this part if so desired. You will then be greeted by a home page listing and picturing all of the hacks posted. I would encourage you to browse at your leisure, and I bet you will become amazed at some the hacks. Some just make sense, some are head scratchers, and some leave you saying “I had no idea!” For example, did you know the lines on a red solo cup are measurement marks? Check it out.

If you are searching for a particular hack, they are sorted in categories which include Everyday Tips, Food, Funny, General, Health, Life Tips, Money Savers, Relationship, Study, Technology, and Tipsy. Tipsy might be my favorite as these hacks utilize alcoholic beverages which are prevalent in my residence. I am confident you will find something to your liking and when you do, you have the option to add it to your favorites, download it, and/or share with others. If you have a hack or hacks of your own, you can submit it on the app itself under the menu where all of the categories are listed. Don’t be afraid to share a hack as we all could benefit from useful information. Think of it as good karma.

best app for daily hacksIn my opinion, this is the best app for daily hacks. You will receive notifications of new hacks too. Unfortunately, it is only available on the Google Play store and it does contain ads, but they aren’t in your face and are merely in the ribbon at the bottom of the screen. I know this is a bold statement, but hacks can be life changing, and you will see what I am talking about when you download the app so make it a priority. Happy Hacking!

Remembear – More Than a Cute Name

           Remembear:  Password Manager

Developer – Tunnelbear Inc.

Price – Free, with Premium Version pricing to be determined


Remembear – What is it?

Remembear is an automatic login and password program that automatically generates unique strong passwords for websites, apps, payment forms and banking accounts.  Each website, app or banking account can have a unique password and all you need to remember is your Remembear master password.  Now, you get the name as it is a play on words.  We have reviewed password apps like 1Password before, but to our knowledge this is currently first password manager that will offer free versions.  Please note, we tested the beta version of this app and hope some of the kinks will be worked out before launching the official app.   After the beta testing period, they will offer both a free version and a paid version. Currently, the exact features and cost is unknown (we will update this article when pricing and features are known).  The other thing we really like is the terms of service. We understand most people just hit accept and don’t read them which is why we read them for you.  The best part of the terms of use (pictured left), is the passwords you store are your intellectual property and Remembear can’t see or access your passwords.  Remembear also claims to be extremely safe and secure.  The program was engineered for you and only you are supposed to be capable of accessing the passwords. They use a strong end to end encryption and performed independent audits of the security.  You can sync the program with all your tablets, computers, and phones allowing access set up on one device to be shared with all your devices.  The app allows you to migrate passwords from other apps like 1Password to Remembear. I found adding credit cards to be rather easy and if you like shopping, this is a big time saver.  However, adding passwords for website was not so easy, and the app didn’t offer a tutorial of the help section.  I had to Google how to work it, and this being a new app, the Google results didn’t even really help too much. 

Remembear – Remember Our Recommendation

We completely understand the app is in the beta testing phase and have confidence the major issues we encounteted will be corrected.  Not being able to add programs is a major deal for a password program app, but after figuring it out, it was rather easy.  We would like to see a step by step walkthrough added to the app.  If you are currently paying for password management services, don’t switch during the beta testing period and check back in a few months with us after we can see what features the free version has or lacks.  If you aren’t using a password management program, go ahead and jump in now and give it a shot.  We do recommend before using Remembear, you review the security and decide for yourself if Remembear provides a level of security that meets your comfort level.


Apps for Words and Phrases


dictionary appReverse Dictionary

Developer: Mihca Ceylan

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free


You ever get stuck for a word that’s on the tip of your word apptongue? You can describe it, but you simply can’t put a name, person, or place to it. Reverse Dictionary is a very useful app to help you with this dilemma. It functions like a search bar and there are no tricks to it. The app screen is a search engine where as you can select from the following options: Reverse Dictionary, Sounds like, or Spelled like. The Reverse Dictionary option entails an input of a brief description. For example, I typed in “white whale” and about fifty different words populated the search. I guess a beluga is white whale of sorts. The “Sounds like” and “Spelled like” options are pretty self-explanatory. If you need help or suggestions, tap “Examples” from the menu button (three vertical dots), and you will be given some constructive criticism on how to refine your search.

For the simplicity of this app, it is actually pretty amazing and offers a useful app to people who already know English or even those learning the English language which can be very complex at that.


idiom appIdioms and Phrases App

Developer: Rishabh

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free


The English language is apparently a difficult language to learn compared to those of other major nationalities. I speak from the opinions and not experience, but even as a blog writer, I struggle with grammar at times.

idiom dictionaryThe Idioms and Phrases app helps identify the hidden meaning behind all the sayings and expressions we tend to speak and hear every day. For anyone who might not understand one of these idioms, this app will be nice resource. So before you start throwing around this phrase, look it up on this app and make sure you sound like you know what you are talking about before using it out of context. The home screen contains a lengthy list of idioms (and an advertisement every so often). You can use the search feature to find a specific phrase or simply scroll down. If there is a particular expression of interest, you will find an example used in a sentence below the phrase, and you can even hear it pronounced by pressing the speaker/volume icon. Save it to your clip board or “star” it as a favorite.

Make a game out of it and test your knowledge with the quiz option. It is a timed quiz consisting of fifteen questions. You can review your results thereafter by which you will also be greeted with an ad. You can purchase the pro upgrade for $2.49 to eliminate the ads and allow you access to pro features in the future.

Mini Golf King – Multiplayer Game

best mini golf appDeveloper: Bluehole PNIX

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free download and play with in-app purchases


When you think of mini golf app, you probably think putt putt app. Well, I would classify Mini Golf King as putt putt on steroids, in a good way. It is a multiplayer, online format where you can compete against others worldwide. If you think Golf Clash is awesome, well, this golf app is trending up!

Playing Mini Golf King

As with most games, you will be given a quick tutorial and unlike your typical putt-putt, your golf bag comes with a driver, iron, sand wedge, and putter. Slide your finger back, aim, and let go. The obvious objective is to sink the ball in less strokes than your opponent, but also try to aim for gems to collect along your ball’s travel path. If you “push” the hole, the tie breaker is your gem point total for the hole.

putt putt appThe game is structured in stages whereas you gain experience by outdueling your opponents allowing you to advance and play more courses. The courses are very unique and offer a lot to take in. As I mentioned before, make an effort to collect gems but be wary of the many obstacles. There are bunkers, water hazards, and even dynamite bombs to make the holes a bit more challenging. You can even hit or get hit by your opponent’s ball. If you prevail, you will awarded coins and trophies. You will need coins to play holes, and trophies will help work towards chests and advancement to higher stages. Chests will contain coins and equipment upgrades which will only elevate your game.

If you want to expedite your status from beginner to pro, take advantage of the in-app purchases in the form of currency offered which is gold bars. Gold bars range from a handful (80) to a vault (16,000) with a price tag of $.99 to $99.99, respectively. Some things come with a price so if you are serious about this game, break out your wallet. Much like real golf, this “sport” isn’t cheap. Don’t fret if you are as cheap as I am and don’t desire to fork out the funds, but your progression up the ranks will just be gradual and patience is encouraged.

best putt putt gameLast Hole

As you have probably already gathered, this app comes highly recommended, and it didn’t take long for me to become enamored with this great game. This game is absolute enjoyment and entertainment, and I have a feeling Mini Golf King will be a “hole-in-one” for the app world.

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