For a long time, I was unconvinced when it came to ebooks. Having downloaded a couple, I found that trying to read them on my laptop screen was just a waste of time. I’d look at the words and my eyes would travel down the page, but I wouldn’t take a word of it in. So I gave up on ebooks and went back to my beloved physical ones. That is, until eBooks by Kobo came along. As you may have guessed from my previous comments, I don’t own an eBook reader, and previous experience was doing nothing to convince me I should part with my hard-earned cash in order to get one. This has all changed. This free app simply installs onto your device and makes it into your very own ereader! Granted, it’s considerably smaller than most available on the market, but it does the job. Feel free to discuss eBooks by Kobo in our forums.
Fishtropolis is a word game. You log in to the game (you can have five game slots in total, so if others in your household want to play, they can have their own account) and you’re then presented with a grid of letters, above which is a fish tank. The tank contains the fish corresponding to the particular level you’re on. They swim around as you match words – and that’s about it.
Just when you think you’ve seen enough match 3 titles, one comes along that’s different enough to attract – and keep – your interest. Virus Laboratory is one such game. The principle is simple: you must match up touching ‘viruses’ on the game board in order to clear them. All the while, more viruses are being pushed onto the screen from below. This process gets steadily quicker as the game progresses until you simply can’t keep up and it’s Game Over.
News Break should be an excellent app. Pulling all the popular sources together in one place and allowing you to read them even when you haven’t got an internet connection, it should make scouring the web for news a thing of the past. However, though it does do the job, it doesn’t do it particularly well. The sources from which you can grab news are all well and good, with a good selection from the UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. There’s even a function within the app where you can send an email directly to the developers to request additional news sources be added. Sadly, though, the rest of the features just aren’t up to scratch.
I’ll be honest, I probably never would have got EA’s Trivial Pursuit if I hadn’t downloaded it for free on a promotion. However, I have to say that having spent some time with this classic trivia game, it is a fantastic App Store offering that will be staying on my iPhone for a long time to come.
WhatsApp Messenger was one of the first apps I purchased when I got my iPhone. Given how my iPhone tariff doesn’t have as many text messages included as my previous one (500 as opposed to 1,000), I thought it would be a good idea to research ways to contact my friends and family without exceeding my SMS allowance. After digging around, looking at prices and reading reviews .WhatsApp Messenger seemed to be the best option. Costing just 59p in the UK App Store, WhatsApp Messenger is basically an IM program, but also works perfectly well in place of text messaging.