Etch A Sketch IT! App

drawing appDeveloper: Spin Master Studios

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free

Spin Master Studios has created another intriguing app based on an old school toy. The Etch A Sketch IT! app is just that. In your childhood days, before you discovered video games, there really weren’t many toys which required meticulous hand-eye coordination like the original Etch A Sketch. Even adults had their hand in the popularity of this classic so check out some Google images of the some crazy Etch A Sketch art if you get a minute.


etch a sketch appEtch A Sketch IT! in Action

This is one of those apps you can easily just mess around with, and it doesn’t require too much of a time commitment. Once the app is downloaded, the home screen will offer up some options: Take Picture, Use Picture, Classic Etch A Sketch, and Gallery. The “Take Picture” option is just as it sounds. Snap a picture, click the right arrow to keep the picture, crop your picture as desired, click the right arrow again, and watch the magic happen as the sketch is created.  You will have to keep tapping the right arrow to progress through the steps of the sketch creation.  After you deem your sketch is acceptable, you can replay the video of the creation of the sketch, share the sketch (in mp4 format), and/or save to your Gallery. Import a picture from your image gallery on your phone or tablet and run it through the same process. You can even add some sticker art to the sketch. Or if you get that nostalgic urge, go back to the home screen, and tap the “Classic Etch A Sketch,” and create a masterpiece of your own. Art is not my strong suit so I found utilizing this feature to be a little more challenging, plus, it’s a harder to manipulate the controls on a 5” screen versus the real thing. Once again, I am enamored how the developer takes a classic idea and makes it unique to the world of apps.

In general, I must say this is pretty wicked how this thing works. Take a couple pictures of things around the office and get an idea of how this thing really works. I took a quick pic of the minions who guard my desk, and Walla! Check out the video below. I like easy, no stress, and fun. This app is all of those. You can make it a simple form of entertainment or an art tool, whatever you choose. For those of you who have reminisced with me as I have wrote this narrative, give the app a try, and I bet you end up asking Santa for an Etch A Sketch this year.

Military News app by

best military appDeveloper: Monster Worldwide

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free

 The men and women who voluntarily enlist and serve in the military are automatically heroes in my book. As we approach Veterans Day, the emphasis of honoring those who have served his/her country should be on the forefront of our minds and not go unnoticed. It is not just a day where we complain about the banks not being open or not getting the mail, but rather a day of acknowledgement and gratitude for every member of every branch of the military. Since I am an outsider looking in from this perspective, the least I could do is review an app in honor of our service women and men.

Military News Highlights

military apps for iphoneMilitary News is exactly what its namesake suggests and more. Registration is as easy as using your email address and creating a password. You will then be prompted to select the branch of military by which you are a member of. To be clear, I am not a member of the military so my lame-self bypassed this option and landed on the app’s home page. The home page lists the top news stories and feature headlines, but there are many more specific pages one can view. There are news articles specific to each branch of the military for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The app goes even further with pages for “Gear & Equipment,” “Global Hot Spots,” “Terrorism,” “Finance,” “Pay & Benefits”, “Veteran Benefits,” “Fitness & Off Duty,” “Family & Spouse,” “Discounts,” “Veteran Jobs,” “Special Operations,” and “Military Videos.”  Based the plethora of choices offered, I am assuming you will find something of value and entertaining to read. However, as I not an expert on anything military, heed my advice cautiously, but I remain optimistic you will find an article(s) of interest. When you do come across an article(s) which grabs your attention and peaks your curiosity, pin it to your favorites by tapping the star in the upper right of the screen. Your favorite articles can then found under the star at the far left of the ribbon containing all the other aforementioned categories of pages.

military apps for androidThe simplistic format and ease of use of this app makes it a desirable download even if you are not military personnel. The topics and articles are definitely abundant, but if military specific content doesn’t strike your fancy, then this isn’t obviously for you. Regardless, let’s not forget about our military whether it’s Veterans Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, or any day for that matter. Thank a Vet and honor all service women and men who protect our freedom and allow us to wake up every day knowing this.

Sprocket – New Age Frogger Game

Developer – Pixonite LLC

Price – $1.99

Sprocket Gameplay Overview

Sprocket is a straightforward, yet intriguing mobile game that appears to take some inspiration from the 1980’s hit classic, Frogger.  Basic game play is to use your thumb to move your player, the dot, to jump from partial circles called ponds without jumping into the open space.  The ponds rotate and continue to get smaller as they move into the center, like a vortex.  The pond will disappear when it makes its way to the center of the vortex. The game ends if your player is on the pond as it disappears in the bottom of the vortex.  Each jump is rewarded with one point.  During game play, both stationary dots (in addition to your game piece) and moving dot will appear (pumping from ponds). Capturing the dots provides bonus points and will slow down the game play for short interval.

Sprocket Game Tips and required Intangibles

While extremely simple, a quick response reaction time is needed for success. I personally can’t move my oversized thumb quick enough to get a game lasting for more than a 15 or 20 seconds.  To be successful, you can’t just jump one pond per complete rotation, you will need to be able to jump consecutively two or three ponds in a single rotation (see the video below).  In the bottom right corner both your current scoring and historical scoring is displayed. My high score is six which is really quite embarrassing, and I played this game for some time. Fat fingers are my excuse. The best high score currently is 408 which is really impressive.  This fierce competitor probably has skinny fingers and had been texting since birth. I do like the idea displaying the all-time best scores as it is a great way add some goals and continued competition.  I would like a difficulty setting to give myself a better chance at of getting on a real good roll of 15 or 20.

Sprocket Recommendation

I really like the simplistic nature of Sprocket and can see how a lot of people will really enjoy the game or even find it very addictive.  The repetitive nature of the game will appeal to large audiences.  The low price and zero ads should encourage you to give it a shot.  Millennials who have grownup texting at ridiculous amazing speeds will probably be the most successful at the game.  If you like this game, try Lynk for another similar game or try Block Puzzle AR for free.



Moonlite Storytime Projector App

bedtime story projectorDeveloper: Spin Master Studios

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free download. Purchase projector and stories.

 As a follow up to our Black Friday app review, I find it appropriate to highlight a hot item for the upcoming holiday season. I present to you “Moonlite Storytime Projector”. For the record, this is by no means an advertisement for this product, but only a recommendation for a parenting app by which I hope you will be thanking me later.

How Projector App Works

moonlite bedtime story projectorThe app mimics a viewfinder which creatively utilizes your smarthphone flashlight as a projector. This is one of those ideas you wish you would have thought of first because I remain confident the developer will be successful with this invention. To be blunt, you will need to purchase the Moonlite gift pack at a measly $40 from their website or pick it up at Target in order to utilize this app to its full potential. Look for a deal on the Cartwheel Target app.

moonlite appWhether you had your Moonlite gift pack shipped or you physically purchased it, at some point, you will be equipped with a Moonlite, five story reels, an activation card, and a quick start guide. And if you made the commitment to this purchase, I assume will then have already downloaded the app. The app will require you to sign in with a registered email account, and then you are almost ready for a night time story. The app does a good job and gives a quick tutorial on how to install and set up for story time with your little one(s). The app is paired with the story reel and each story comes with sound effects and background music in harmony with story line. You can always purchase more story reels as necessitated.

Final Remarks

Story time has taken on a new meaning and the app world is once again making our phones even “smarter.” More so, bed time has now become a more rewarding experience and educational event for both parent and child. Yes, this app will require a supplemental purchase, but it is extremely useful and beneficial at a reasonable price. Even if you don’t have children, give as a gift to a family member or friend as this would make for a very thoughtful and unique offering. I only wish my child was still of the age to enjoy story time in lieu of being fixated with a PS4. I wonder if the developer has thought of an adult version of the Moonlite product…oh yeah, it’s called TV.

Stadium Goods– Collectible Sneakers Market Place

Developer – Stadium Goods

Price – Free (Shoe purchases up to $149.5K)

Stadium Goods – Your Sneaker Retailer

stadiuim goods locationStadium Goods doesn’t mess around. First thing you need to know about the collectible market is they aren’t shoes…they are sneakers. Shoes are what you wear to mow the lawn in. If you are looking for “shoes,” head to Foot Locker because Stadium Goods only showcases “sneakers” in all price ranges.  They showcase limited edition, high end sneakers mainly of the Adidas and Nike brands with a large focus on the iconic Air Jordan brand. While featuring these products, they also sell most other prominent brands including Reebok, Puma, Converse, and New Balance.  Don’t get overwhelmed by the terms collectible or high end.  As these options are definitely available for the big sneaker players, the average person will have plenty of options below $100.  There are even twenty-two Air Jordan styles available under fifty dollars. However, most of these are of the kids variety.

stadium goods promo codeStadium Goods – How it Works

The shopping experience is divided into seven categories “Nike”, “Jordan”, “Adidas”, “Deals”, “Footwear”, “Supreme”, “Apparel”, “Collectible” and “Trophy Case”. Within each category you are prompted to narrow your search by brand or line. After narrowing down the selection, you have the typical sort options buyers are accustom to (sort by price, newest, etc.).  You can also search for the exact item you are looking for to save time.  The Trophy case option is dedicated to the most sought after sneakers and those buyers with the wallet which can support the purchase.  These sneakers might even impress the likes of Kanye West and Spike Lee.  For myself and the other 99% of the population, we can buy shoes on a payment plan. For qualified buyers, they offer 3, 6, 9 and 12 month payment plans The interest rate varies between ten to thirty percent stadium goods mens(depending on your credit analysis) which is in the spectrum of most credit card companies.

Stadium Goods – Things to Know

rare pairStadium Goods only deals in new sneakers. So while you won’t find the original Air Jordan’s, they do offer replica retro versions of almost every popular past sneaker. Also, if you are “sitting” on a great pair of rare, unused sneakers, give them a shout as they do offer a consignment program. Stadium Goods provides a 100% authenticity guarantee.  Each sneaker goes under their 10 point verification system before even being listed.  They go one step further by reviewing any customer concerns about authenticity.  I got hooked on a pair of “low end” Jordan’s while doing my research, so I am happy with the experience.

Black Friday Ads 2017 – Best Deals App

best deals appDeveloper:

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free. In-app ads (Imagine that!)

Tis the season to be shopping, or at least, start thinking about it. Retailers are hyping Black Friday already, and the biggest and best deals are being advertised everywhere. As your app review specialist, I feel it is only fair to offer my two cents. In the app world, I have basically found the Black Friday promotion is simply an extension of existing shopping and couponing apps. Today, I will focus on Black Friday Ads 2017 developed by

black friday appThis app has some pretty nice features and in general, has a useful agenda. Make sure your GPS locator is enabled and start browsing for deals. The app prominently features the Black Friday tab at the top ribbon of the home screen which populates a current list of ads and sales from all of your favorite local and online retailers. Obviously, this app has a search option, but the unique feature I feel I must highlight is the scanning feature. You have the ability to scan a bar code or QR code right there in the store to find the best deals even if the particular item is located in another store. I am sure retailers don’t like this too much, but it only helps out us as the consumer in the long run.

shopping appWhether you like the rush of battling the crowds, or you are more comfortable with the online order process, this shopping app will provide you with the best deals around. I opt to let my wife handle the shopping so she now has this app on her phone now too. I showed her this app at dinner the other night, her eyes lit up, and she downloaded it immediately. If she can navigate this app successfully, it’s a no brainer. I say this in jest as she is very picky about her apps (for some reason).

As time and money are very important to the average consumer, shopping apps like this are great resources. Take the time to do your “homework,” and you will find great deals. Download this shopping app and get head start of the retail frenzy known as Black Friday.

Darts of Fury – Finally! A Great Dart App!

Drinking Game AppsDeveloper: Yakuto

Rating: Everyone

Price: Free download and play with in-app purchases


For starters, Darts of Fury needs to be downloaded ASAP. It’s compatible with the both iOS and Android based operating systems so don’t worry about that part. Secondly, I will initially advise you that your device is not be used as a dart, although, the intense competition may bring out the sore loser in you so I can’t guarantee you may not end up actually throwing your smartphone, since darts go great with a beer, this is really a drinking game app. I will explain the game play below if you haven’t already started playing the app prior to the end of this paragraph.

Playing Darts

The game play is simple, and you don’t necessarily have to be familiar with playing darts or even the types of dart games. Sign in with your Facebook or Google account and you are official. Complete the quick tutorial to get yourself acclimated with the game play which is basically just positioning your finger and flicking the dart. Tap the “Let’s Play Darts” in the middle of the screen whereas you can choose to play league (on-line) against other dart masters or complete the training modes to better prepare yourself for on-line play. I went straight into challenging the on-line opponents. Your opponent will be randomly chosen and will be based on your current skill level so don’t feel intimidated if you are a beginner. You will be greeted with an arena-like venue which even includes a jumbo Tron. Drinking Game AppsDrinking Game AppAnyway, each turn consists of three darts. Drag your finger across the screen to aim, flick your finger to throw the dart, and rally to beat your opponent. If you are successful, you will be awarded coins and points upon each victory. Points will help you level up and coins contribute to customizing your gear aka darts. I would recommend getting used to the “touch” of throwing the darts before spending any coins on new and improved darts. As you level up, you also being working towards another goal to “league up.”

Darts App

Throughout levels you will randomly win coin boxes and unlock achievements to obtain gems. Since coins and gems serve as the currency for this app, the purchase point lies in buying gems which are offered in quantities ranging from 200-7,000 gems from $.99-$29.99, respectively. Gems will allow you to purchase more coins, re-throw your game winning dart attempt, and buy more tokens. Tokens (blue arrow symbols) are key to playing as you need tokens to play a match. If you run out of tokens, you can wait for tokens to regenerate every ten minutes, watch a video containing ads, or add more with your stockpile of gems.

want to play this app with your friends? ... Tweet it! Click To Tweet

Final Thoughts

As you have probably already gathered, this gaming app comes highly recommended, and it didn’t take long for my addictive nature to set in. This game is hard to put down, and the only thing stopping me from continuous play is driving, work, and my time dedicated to reviewing other apps. Needless to say, Darts of Fury has left all the other dart playing apps in their dust and will have a nice home on my phone for a long time. Nice job Yakuto!

Untappd – Best Beer App

Beer AppDeveloper: Untappd

Rating: Mature 17+

Price: Free


If you are a beer lover or a craft beer snob like me, then Untappd  beer app is for you. Download the app, make sure you are of age, and get registered with your email and a “crafted” username. Untappd is rather user friendly and straightforward which is ideal especially when you have already put down a few brews. The beer app will need access to your GPS locator to be effective so keep that setting “on.”

Beer Tracker AppAfter you are officially registered by which you will have to verify via an automated email, you are greeted with a home screen in list format featuring categories like upcoming events, trending beers and locations, top rated beers and breweries, verified venues, global feed, and nearby local badges. The options for beers, breweries, and locations will default to either what’s local based on your location and global. You can always refine and filter your radius and distance of these categories and verified venues with the exception of the global setting and feed. However, the global feed and searches are generally nice to explore. You may be questioning “What’s nearby local badges?” Well, earn some clout amongst your fellow friends and beer aficionados by checking in at one of the listed verified venues and indulging in a tasty beverage which completes the check-in process. The search bar is also always available should you have a particular brew or brewery in mind. Note the recommendations tab at the bottom screen will populate a hot spot based on your beer “usage” and current location. Uber has also grabbed a prominent role on the home page with the “Need a Ride?” feature. A designated driver is always encouraged, but utilizing Uber or Lyft to get to your drinking destination would be a wise move. Nobody enjoys the “drive of shame” to pick up your car from the bar you partied at (if you remember) nor do your friends typically enjoy chauffeuring you. Call Uber or Lyft for this ride too if you don’t want to be this friend.

Love Beer and this app share it... Tweet it! Click To Tweet

Beer AppAside from the home screen, you can check out activity amongst nearby friends and groups, view a map of local venues and breweries, view you profile and activity (some of this may be a blur), and receive notifications of activity and venues which you will need to network some friends for. You can also peruse some beer news under the notifications tab.

Ultimately, the home screen is really where Untappd gets it right. To be perfectly clear, the home screen icon is pictured as a couple of beer bottles which I probably should have mentioned earlier and NO…I have not been drinking while composing this article. There is even a bar code scanning feature next to the search bar to obtain information on your beer of choice which is also connected to your smartphone flashlight if for some reason the venue is too dark or you can’t simply see straight. Please do not use this feature on pint glasses as then you know you are too drunk or simply an idiot.

Okay, okay…enough of the drunk jokes. I will keep it real. There are plenty of great beers out there to choose from, and I am always looking for a new favorite whether it can be found just around the corner or in another locale, it’s usually worth it. Download Untapped to your iPhone or Android, and let this beer app be your beer guide.  Beer is not part of any diet so don’t even think about tracking your consumption in your calorie counter app. Instead, patronize your local establishments and breweries, and do it responsibly.

Waze – Social Sharing of Road Conditions

Driving AppsDeveloper – Google

Price – Free

Waze – The Unknown Map App

You might not know Waze, but it is a seasoned app and has been around for over a decade internationally (Known as FreeMap Israel).  The app still is second fiddle in the United States to other options.  At ReviewThisApp, we generally write on new products but also like to provide awareness to apps we think are underutilized or provide a better service versus other available options. Waze does not get the recognition or awareness that it deserves and provides benefits beyond the two big boys in the industry (Google Maps and MapQuest).

Features You Should Know About

Best Driving Apps for AndroidWaze utilizes the data provided by its millions of users to analyze traffic conditions, accidents, and reviews the users’ alternative routes to offer you the instantaneous, best, and quickest path to your destination.  The technology and user base was so strong that Google acquired them in 2013.  Remember if the internet powerhouse, Google, is interested in an app, the app is the real deal.

If Google owns Waze, why not just use Google Maps? While intuition would dictate the two driving apps are redundant, user experience tells another story.  Google and Waze share user data to provide real time traffic reports and route recommendations, but Waze is a more intuitive platform and provides options not available on Google Maps. For starters, Waze will notify you of police in Safe Driving Appsyour area, speed traps, and red light cameras based on the user provided information.  Do you want to find the cheapest gas in your area? Simply hit the gas price icon on the user interface to ensure you are getting the best price in your area. Waze also allows users to easily notify the developers of new road ways or inaccurate road conditions, guaranteeing the most up to date map database.  As a user, you can add comments to map areas.  This is great for you to notify others that the next McDonalds or gas station is miles away.  The best feature of Waze is the user content upload policy. Waze requires you to use the app for a certain time period and travel distance covered before uploading data which essentially creates a community and ensures accuracy in the information provided.

Waze – Drive Away Thoughts

While for most people Google Maps App can provide the same travel recommendations as Waze by which they both share user data and the same GPS data, Waze really provides a much more user friendly experience for those traveling frequently for work or pleasure.  In conclusion, my favorite feature is the current gas price analyzer as a fulltime journalist doesn’t really break the bank.

Edo Agenda – Expect More from an Organizer

Developer –

Price – Free

Edo Agenda App

We see a lot of planner apps and recognize the market for planners is pretty much overpopulated. We have written about planner apps once or twice before and even though we don’t write reviews on all of the new planner and organizer apps, we checkout most of them just to see if they are unique or provide new value to users.  Immediately, I noticed the Edo Agenda can sync with your Google calendar and to my knowledge this is only one of a couple planner apps that has this feature and is also packed with additional features.  Organizational apps usually aren’t my strong point since I was diagnosed at birth with ADD, but here it goes anyway.

Edo Agenda App Overview

The Edo Agenda app allows you to make entries into different categories. The journal option resembles a planner except is displayed in a daily list format.  Within the journal app you can easily set reminders, add tasks or select a day in which you can write your daily schedule, write your tasks and even load pictures.  The pictures option is great for downloading images from your smart phones of a grocery list or your list of items needed to get packed for your vacation.  The planner displays the same information as the journal expect in a calendar format.  Selecting a day on the calendar within the planner allows you to enter the same options as the journal.  The floating task menu is a great place to store tasks and to do lists which you yet to assign to a particular day.  The note menu is a great place to just keep track of your day or scribble down some quick thoughts.  The app also allows you to archive and pin items.  The settings tab for the app really permits you to customize your displays by changing what day your week starts (great for those of us who don’t start the work week on Monday or calendar traditionalists who insist the week begins on Sunday).  Quickly change the date from the American utilized month-day-year format to day-month-year format (if you happen to be in Europe or just recognize that this format does seem to make more sense).  Export your calendar through the settings menu and text it or email it to others. The agenda app can be used from your laptop or desktop computer and information entered from either device will automatically sync with the other device. Additionally, the information will be backed up by the mighty cloud.

Why the Edo Agenda?

Overall the Edo Agenda app has all of the features you probably are accustomed with from an organizer app, but the ability to sync your Google calendar and the function to link the mobile app to the desktop version makes it a really attractive option for anyone using Google calendars. For those who haven’t selected a daily planner app, may I suggest the Edo Agenda as it is new and will be supported for in the future, and currently, has no ads or premium purchases.


Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑