American Heritage Dictionary in Review: Can You Spell Best?

ahd4-review-img_0017This week’s dictionary review section will begin with American Heritage Dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus bundle. Pocket-able and pretty, Enfour‘s AHD4 is nothing short of astounding. For 29.99$, users are given many features that amount to the best dictionary in the App Store. After spending some lovey time with a couple of versions of the OED, Wordbook and a few others, I am convinced that AHD4 will remain on top for a long time.

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Space Trader in Review: Light Years of Potential

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Elite broke ground and Privateer sunk its teeth deep into the pockets of Space Trader fans around the world, but for the younger gamer, Freelancer and the X series will probably be familiar trader landmarks. Kechbs Software‘s Space Trader is the first of the genre to explore the App Store.

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Week in Review – Lite Apps Roundup

liteapps1In following Ethan Nicolas’ decision to release a free ‘lite’ version of his iShoot tank game (which coincided with the full paid version skyrocketing to #1 at the App Store), developers all over have now adopted this strategy, giving users the chance to ‘try before they buy’. This past week, we saw some big name titles go lite on us; Time Crisis Strike, Payback, Sentinel and even a Top 10 contender in Zombieville USA. Artificial Life (Amateur Surgeon and Shooter), has released the very neat BMW Z4 app that allows you to paint a canvas while test driving the bimmer. Sweet. Check out the list below for some worthwhile apps to try out free.

Simutrans now here and free for your iDevice

simutran891Simutrans, a free and popular transport simulation game (think SimCity and Transport Tycoon Deluxe) that has graced the PC, Linux and Mac has just made its way onto the iPhone/iPod Touch. Thanks to ZodTTD, the master homebrow dev responsible for bringing SNES and Playstation 1 emulators to jailbroken iDevices (among other projects), the port of Simutrans can now be enjoyed gratis at the palm of your hand:

Your goal is to establish a successful transport company. Transport passengers, mail and goods by rail, road, ship, and even air. Interconnect districts, cities, public buildings, industries and tourist attractions by buiding a transport network you always dreamed of.

Planes, ships, trains, trams, trucks, busses and monorails are at your disposal. You can control and watch your finances and the traffic of your vehicles and goods.

As this is essentially a direct port of the PC game and not built from the ground up for the iPhone, players will find Simutrans rather sluggish and an interface that can be difficult to nagivate. Still, free is free and fans of the genre should definitely be checking this out. [Simutrans, FREE]

Big2 Poker in Review – A Slightly Better Option

big2poker1A little over a week ago, I wrote a review on one of the two Big Two type games. As a matter of comparison, I thought it incumbent on me to check out the other one. This card game has been a source of enjoyment for me throughout the various milestones in my life. So, to be able to play it on one of my all-time favorite mobile platforms (iTouch) in all its versions and renditions was and is a must.

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FantaFootball in Review: Shigzeo FC Live and Kickin’

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There are relatively few places in the App Store to go if you want to help your betting game when considering the English Premier League and Italian Serie A. FantaFootball, designed by Andrea Zilio and Enrico Sartorello is a newcomer to Fantasy Football but already impresses in several areas.

Before we begin, what review would be complete without a personal anecdote? Okay, when I was a small lad till the time I was big enough to realise it was an impossibility, I dreamt of earning my cash by playing football. Yup, I thought I would be a talented player. It only took four years of league play and one more year to realise the only money I would be dealing with football would be if I became a bookie. Well, FantaFootball, may at least help me meet my betting goal as it immediately informs me how my my selected squad is doing. It is a Fantasy Football simulator which allows you to choose your lineup and watch how it competes against the established teams as well as other teams of your imagining.

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