Hidden Folks – Best Hidden Pictures App

hidden folks app reviewDeveloper: Adriaan de Jongh

Rating: Everyone

Price: $2.99(Google Play), $3.99(App Store)

When I first came upon Hidden Folks, I couldn’t help but immediately reminisce to my childhood about the hidden pictures feature of Highlights magazine. I used to get extremely excited as a child when the magazine came as I would immediately turn to the hidden pictures page and greet the challenge as my priority. It truly was a highlight (punfully intended) of my younger years until my parents cancelled the subscription. As I thought this action was cruel and unusual punishment at the time, it was simply a subtle way of telling me to “grow up.” Well now, I have the developer of Hidden Folks to thank for creating such an awesome app which caters to everyone.

Playing Hidden Folks

You will have to pay to play, and as you have probably guessed by my introduction, it is well worth the price of admission. I don’t honestly understand why there is a price difference between Google and Apple stores, but it’s the simple reality.

hidden folks reviewPlaying Hidden Folks is very straightforward. You can choose from a variety of maps to include the forest, drylands, city, snow, and factory. Each map or venue has various stages, and as with most games, it gets harder as you progress. The object is to find the people, animals, and/or objects within the map which are shown and listed at the bottom of the screen. Some maps will require you to find everyone and everything while other maps will necessitate the uncovering of only the majority of the list in order to advance or unlock the next map. Finding people, animals, or things will require some thought and attention because they will truly be hidden. You may have to shake trees, dig up holes, open doors, unzip tents, and perform various other actions to uncover the “hidden.” You will notice quirky sound effects as you tap the screen to complete these actions and a general hidden folks appbackground noise associated with the map theme which only adds to the exhilarating experience of playing this game. Whether you are seeking out a person, animal, or object, there will be pertinent clues in the associated description relating to their location in the map. These hints are very helpful especially for the larger maps.

You will find yourself staring at the screen until you feel cross-eyed, and then you may start to aimlessly tap the screen in hope of finding someone or something. At this point, I would recommend you take a break. Your progress will be saved and you can come back and continue at any time or even try another map if you need a change of scenery. You will notice some maps will be locked, but these become unlocked as you progress through the game.

The graphics resemble artwork which is very unique and offer a black and white themed illustrations. You can change the color theme under the settings menu if you so desire. It is a very casual game play experience. Other than that, I am going to stop here and encourage you pay up and get on this app. It’s fun for everyone.

Notarize – Your Personal Notary App

notarize appDeveloper: Notarize, Inc

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free, in-app service fee.

Notarize Apple Download

Notarize APP Apple Download

The legality of documents is necessitated throughout almost all facets of our daily lives whether we encounter them or not. Depending on what business you are in or perhaps, a “situation” of sorts, the availability of a Notary Public could be crucial. Most banks and law offices have them staffed and is mandated for certain employment, but what happens when you find yourself in a predicament when a Notary is not at your disposal, after business hours, or even out of the country? The Notarize app is now your 24/7 solution.

How it Works

notary appIf you need a document legalized, this notary app makes your life much easier. You will need to register and verify a legit email address and establish a password. To get the process started, simply scan a document, or choose one from your email or cloud services. You will be required to verify your identity by scanning your license, for example, to ensure the notarization is secure. You will then be connected face-to-face with a registered notary whereas the notary will witness your signature and notarize your document. You can then issue your official document(s) as necessitated.

Last Words

Notarize is all about convenience and convenience can be extremely valuable. This is a very creative idea, and I sincerely appreciate the concept behind it which is only to help people, ultimately, and make a little profit.  It is $25 per notarization so don’t be alarmed when it comes time to pay. The way the app makes an experience convenient, personal, and secure is key to customer service when in reality, most times you will have to go out of your way for a Notary. I haven’t experienced any flaws in reviewing this app so it comes with a solid recommendation. Personally, I will keeping this app on standby. Note: It is not available in Iowa for some reason.

The Game of Life – Classic Board Game App

game of life appDeveloper: Marmalade Game Studio

Rating: Everyone

Price: $2.99

The Game of Life Apple Download

The Game of Life App Apple Download

Another classic board game has made its way into the mobile gaming and app world, and I am genuinely happy about it. I can easily reminisce about playing “Life” in the board game form, but that’s not what we at ReviewThisApp are about. The Game of Life is now available for download to your phone and/or your tablet, and I would recommend multiple devices because if you remember the board game, you will understand it is does involve time.

Getting Started with Life

game of life mobile appThere is no real registration process involved, but you can login to Facebook if you wish to establish an identity. You will be given the choice to play locally (versus computer players) or online. You will then be prompted to select “Full Mode” or “Fast Mode” which is a shorter version that sets a random victory condition. Your character can be customized prior to getting started and of course you are dealing with the original peg-like people. A minimum of four players are required for game play at least if you are playing local mode so you the other three players will be computer generated. The game starts in traditional fashion whereas each player spins the wheel and the player who scores the highest goes first. When it’s your turn to start choose “Career” or “Graduate” and you will be presented with four random cards by which you can pick two, and then pick the preference of the two selections. Spin the wheel and your life adventure has begun.

game of lifeAs you move along the game board, you may receive your salary, buy a house, get an Action Card, have a baby, or play a Minigame. Some events like getting married have you collecting money from other players while other events have you competing against other players for money or even paying out money to opponents based on their life occurrences. The object is to collect the most money through life events as we all wish to do in real life. The game will do the score keeping for you, and you can fast forward through other players’ turns. You can even pause the game, and don’t worry, you progress will be randomly saved so you can continue games or even start a new game at any time.

Final Take

There so much more to describe in the game and the developer did a fantastic job with the graphics to arouse my nostalgia of playing the actual board game as a kid. If I go into every detail, you will become so bored with this article, I fear my long-winded descriptions will bore you into not even playing this app. I just wanted to give you a quick intro in an attempt lure you into playing this classic game which I came to enjoy but with today’s technology.

Cash Show – Win Real Cash! Free Trivia App

best trivia appDeveloper: Zentertain

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free



 

Everyone loves free money, and it’s very seldom free money is offered to us unless we are picking it up off the ground. Alas! The Cash Show – Win Real Cash! App will pay you for to play trivia. You now have the opportunity to be rewarded for all the useless knowledge you have absorbed throughout your life.

trivia appThe cash show app is a live trivia game show with daily cash prizes. We are not talking about JEOPARDY!-type money here, but there is a pot of money up for grabs and everyone is a contestant. The prize pools I have seen offered are anywhere from $2000-$2500 (US), but I am confident the more people play, the more the prize offering or cash, in this case, will be. Shows are regularly scheduled daily so make sure your notifications are set to “on” and you join the contest in time or you will not be able to compete.

Playing is easy unless you are not a trivia buff. You will just need to register a valid phone number and screen name, and you are official and ready for the next show. Questions are multiple choice while you must answer the question correctly within ten seconds to advance. If you answer incorrectly your game show experience will cease, however, there are some strategically placed prize questions by which you will still be rewarded if answered precisely prior to elimination. Also, don’t feel like it’s “do or die.” For one, it’s a free trivia game for free money, and two, you have “boosters” to help you along the way. There is an “extra life” booster which is self-explanatory, and a “wrong gone” feature which removes one wrong option before answering a question. You can only use each of one booster once per show, and the “extra life” will be used automatically if you choose the incorrect answer. You can earn more lives by sending invitation codes to family and friends, and login to Facebook to get five more “wrong gones.”

cash show trivia appThe game is exciting while it lasts and really gets your heart pumping. There is a live chat feature at the bottom of the screen where you can express your frustrations and make excuses or chose not even view the chat dialogue. Keep in mind, you are playing amongst thousands of the people so the prize pool will diluted with multiple winners. However, the prize pool will rollover to the next show if no one wins.

Sound too good to be true? There is no need to challenge the legitimacy of this app because after you win $10 or more, you can PayPal your winnings to your bank account. So if you don’t want to earn free money, don’t waste your time with this app, but it’s a free investment for free money. You must give it a try!

Faceu – Fun Camera App

 

faceu app downloadDeveloper: Lemon, Inc

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free

 

Faceu is one of the latest apps out there that allows you to customize a photo in any way you want. You can take a selfie with the app and then you can modify the image as you see fit. It’s really fun, and the fact that it automatically recognizes your facial features is great too. This way you will have no problem adding in some cool new hats or glasses without any hassle.

faceu app storeMoreover, Faceu also has some beauty filters that are quite nice to be honest. The visuals in here are amazing, and you will always be quite impressed with the great value and quality. There’s also an expressions pack, which means you will have a lot of fun enjoying the addition of expressions if you so desire!

But the nicest thing about Faceu is that you get to add makeup to yourself and see how it looks. It’s quite amazing to be honest, and the entire host of features is designed to offer you a great experience as a whole.

The facial recognition tech used by Faceu is amazing and it’s very accurate. Plus, the filters and results you get from using them are very good too. It just goes to show that Faceu looks and feels genuine, and the results are a great testament of that.

face uAdding in visuals to your selfie may not seem like a stellar idea right off the bat. But the app looks great, feels really nice and it has exactly the stuff you need from a cool, pastime app. It’s really special and fun to go through, not to mention easy to customize.

As for enjoying the app, that’s up to you. There are only ads, so no in-app purchases are here. Which is great, although sometimes the ads can be a bit annoying. But still, if you want to enjoy an app that brings in filters and some cool stuff as well as nifty visuals, this may be the right one for you. Overall, I enjoyed using Faceu and I am sure you will like it too!

Knife Hit App Review

 

knife hit android appsDeveloper: Ketchapp

Rating:  Everyone

Price: Free. Remove ads for $2.99.

Knife Hit Apple Download

Knife Hit Apple App Download

 

Ketchapp strikes again with another addictive mobile app, Knife Hit. It is harder than it looks which makes it difficult to stop playing. Yes, it is challenging, but it is not like “brain teaser” hard where you just want to give up, but rather quite the opposite.

Game Play

knife hit on app storeThere aren’t many motor skills involved in actually playing Knife Hit, and it’s more of a timing thing. The object is to chop the circular tree section with a series of knives automatically allotted to you. You simply tap the screen to launch a knife to lodge it into the tree block until one of your knives splits it. Your impulse will be to finger swipe to throw the knife, but tapping is better and quicker as timing is crucial especially as you progress through stages. If you hit another knife or stake already in the tree section, it will be deflected and the stage will be over. However, don’t be discourage because it’s not a big deal to restart and I am betting you will be restarting a lot. It is desirable to knife the apples. Apples act as your currency for this app allowing you to upgrade you knife arsenal. You can also upgrade your knife inventory by beating “bosses.” Boss stages will appear at every five stages. I use the term “boss” lightly as they will appear as a cheese or tomato in lieu of tree section at least for the first ten stages. The object is the same for the bosses as it relates to the throwing knives. Knife to kill! Each stage is unique and the tree will rotate slow, fast, and in opposing directions to test your hand/eye coordination. It can be almost hypnotic at times.

Closing Thoughts

I can see why Knife Hit is a top trending app at this point and time. It is a positive mobile gaming experience for everyone. It is offered for both iOS and Android devices and is a free download to play. There are ads and if you wish to remove them, pay $2.99 for an ad free experience.

 

Politaire – Poker Solitaire App

politaire for itunesDeveloper: TOPEBOX(Android),  Pine Entertainment (iOS)

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free

Politarire Apple Downlogd

Politaire Apple Download

I must admit when I first read the title, Politaire, I figured a Polish version of solitaire. On the contrary, I am quite wrong, and its poker mixed with solitaire which makes absolutely perfect sense from a namesake perspective. I am a big fan of playing cards and finding playing card apps in right up my alley which is my next conquest is Politaire (as you might have probably figured out by now).

Playing Politaire

politaire for androidI would think this game is new to most who play card apps, but no worries….this app is equipped with a great tutorial to get you started. You are only playing against yourself and you have one deck to work with (in the free version). The game play is simple and so are the objectives, especially, if you are familiar with poker. Three cards will be visibly queued at the top of the screen which is where the solitaire blend is incorporated. Slide the cards from your hand to discard and create poker hands with the deck to score. The scoring is valued based on the odds of the hand so a royal flush will score the highest, for example. For a complete scoring list, tap the “Hand List” tab at the bottom of the screen. Consecutive scoring hands will be rewarded with a combo multiplier so it’s important to plan ahead. If you are good card counter, this will be beneficial to setting up and scoring winning hands. Complete challenges to level up in the game and inflate your ego.

Final Deal

I am going to give this app a couple more trial runs just because it is simple, yet strategy is also important. This playing card app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It’s a free card game app and if you don’t mind a few ads between hands, it can be enjoyed at your leisure. If you can’t stand the ads, upgrade to the premium version for $.99. You will also be rewarded the ability to play with two decks and decorative card backings.

Drag Sim 2018 – Fire Up Those Engines

 

Developer – Alexandru Marusac OviLex Software

Rating – 4+

Price – Free (with in app purchases)

Drag Sim 2018 Apple Download  Drag Sim 2018 Google Download

 

Drag Sim 2018 is a fun racing game created with drag lovers in mind. The idea here is simple. You enter the game and then you will race other drivers in order to become the champion. The more you win, the easier it will be to unlock the cars in the game, And there are a ton of cars here. In fact, you can find more than 70 different cars with each one characterized with its own customizations and performance upgrades just ready to be unleashed. The best part about Drag Sim 2018 is it features all of that, all while bringing in front outstanding benefits for the player too.

You have manual transmission, interior view, and other things which will immerse you into the game experience. And if that’s not enough, the title also comes with 7 different car tiers. This way you will find it easier to enjoy the game the way you want as you can easily access the exact car you always wanted without that much of a hassle. I also like the graphics in this game. Despite being an indie game at heart, Drag Sim 2018 is actually very impressive from a visual standpoint. Each car model looks great and you do have a whole bunch of amazing features added to each vehicle too.

In addition, there’s no need to worry about fuel. This is actually a good idea, and it’s great to finally see a racing game that doesn’t use fuel as a monetization gimmick. That being said, there are monetization options here, up to $100 in total. They are mostly fair, you can get some stuff fast, but the in-game upgrades don’t really get to be pay to win. Which is great, because Drag Sim 2018 is a very fun game and the last thing you want is to deal with is paid upgrades that are just a clear. Thankfully, Drag Sim 2018 does have all the features you want to keep you occupied for quite a long time.

It’s also important to note that Drag Sim 2018 also has multiple weather conditions. That may not matter at first, but as you play it does make a lot of sense. These weather conditions do affect your gameplay, and in many situations it can actually make things harder. It’s one of the greatest ways to spruce up a racing game, and the title does a very good job here.

Overall, I found the Drag Sim 2018 game to be really interesting and fun. While it can be a bit rough around the edges and it does have its own share of issues, it’s an interesting, unique and immersive racing experience that everyone will love. The addition of online leaderboards and achievements is great too, as this makes the game so much more attractive for players. And yes, the fact that you have so many unlocks just makes things a whole lot more interesting, so try to check it out if you can!

Patch – Your Local News App

best local news appDeveloper: Patch – Everything Local

Rating: Everyone 10+

Price: Free

There are plenty of news apps out there where we can read about the latest breaking news and world events, and it’s really a matter of personal preference whether you decide to download it to your mobile devices. For me, I like to concern myself with the local happenings which is where Patch is your resource. Make Patch your local news app for your iPhone or Android device.

More about Patch

patch news appThere is no personal information required to download and register the app but rather just your location or zip code will be necessitated to get started. Once your location is identified, the screen will be populated with your city and list of other local cities whereas you can choose cities and communities of your preference. Now, you have personalized your local news page…a nice feature. You are now free to browse and read any of the pertinent news articles of your choice. In addition to general news related items and events, the app will provide job listings and local weather forecasts and alerts as you will notice the current weather is displayed in the upper corner of the screen. Notifications will be sent to your device for important breaking news. Browsing is even easier. Scroll up and down to view article postings and swipe left and right to switch between your preferred cities and communities. You have the ability to always go back and add a city or cities of your preference by tapping the “+” sign in the upper corner.  And like most apps, there is the option to share and bookmark any favorite or worthwhile articles. You can even post an article of your own if you think you are Pulitzer worthy. However, you will be required to create an account to post your own article(s).

Patch Final Thoughts

patch appThere are couple of unique features which really sell this app for me. For starters, the streamlined format and personalization of this app is very appealing for me. I like the ability to be able to pick and choose articles I want to read whether it be good news or bad news. I often find myself cringing at some of the stories broadcast on my local news stations not because it’s bad TV, but it is genuinely something I would prefer to not even know about. Even when you aren’t trying to pay attention, sometimes you just can’t tune it out it in the background. Lastly, what I like about the Patch app is not being blasted with a collage of ads everywhere like your local TV news apps. The ads are present but well blended into the page so you can scroll past them easily. There are actually some ads which caught my eye for once so don’t forget to support the “sponsors.”

Twisty Tiles – Old School Puzzles With a Twist

twisty tiles for itunesTwisty Tiles Puzzling Art

Developer – Qneo

Price – $1.99

Twisty Tiles Mobile Game Download

Twisty Tiles Puzzling Art Game Overview

The past year brings an explosion of mobile puzzle games. We have seen everything from really good ones like Block Puzzle AR to abstract ones like Push and while I am not quite ready to label Twisty Tiles my favorite mobile puzzle game, I might be ready to distinguish it as my favorite if it continues to keep my undivided attention for another couple of weeks.   Twisty Tiles is essentially your grandmother’s cardboard puzzles with a twist (see how I worked that in).  Twisty Tiles follows the new trend in mobile puzzle games of providing no introduction, tutorial, or directions.  But don’t worry, just like Texas hold ’em, the game takes a day to learn (really only about a minute) but a life time to master.  You are provided puzzle pieces that are already placed into the final format but each piece is rotated jumbling the puzzle.  Just push the tile to rotate it until you complete the pattern.  Sounds easy right, well it is for the first few levels.  As the game proceeds so does the difficulty.  The quantity of pieces increase as do the options on moving the pieces.  In some levels you will be required to move pieces that are grouped, flip pieces, and even rotate 3D puzzles.  There is no score, time limit, or lives and the game is really just about self-satisfaction.  While the puzzles do increase in difficulty rapidly, you won’t find yourself getting too frustrated or your brain too twisted (I just won’t stop with these lame puns) as the light bulb in the corner acts as a hint button rotating one tile for you and following the theme of no pressure or scores. You are allowed unlimited hints.  The music is slow and redundant allowing you to get lost in the puzzles almost hypnotized in a way.  The home screen will always take you back to the level screen, where you can go back and play any level you have already completed.

Twisty Tiles Puzzling Art Final Thoughts

Those of you who are frequent ReviewThisApp readers, know that I genuinely enjoy puzzle games (I still play Block Puzzle AR) and continue playing them well past my due diligence phase and Twisty Tiles is no different. I am not even half way through the levels and find myself reaching for my phone every available minute I have.  The game doesn’t require Wi-Fi connectivity so it is perfect for plane rides or just playing when you exceed your data limits.  With approximately 75 levels, there is plenty of enjoyment packed into your $2 investment.  Twisty Tiles Puzzling Art is also a no gimmick game purchase as there are no ads or hidden in-app purchases in the game.

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