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MORFO 3D FACE BOOTH – REVIEW (81%)

Morfo 3D Face Booth is a fun photo morphing tool released by SunSpark Labs 

This application allows you to select a photo from you library (needs to be a straight on photo of a face) and then effectively the photo is mapped onto a face and it can then be animated and manipulated.

While similar apps allow you morph and change a still image and then save the changed version back to the library, Morfo take a different track. The face you create can be animated and you can change the emotion of the face and save audio to go with it. This allows you to save off a video of the face with voice and effects.

There are dozens of effects that can be added to face, such as hair, make-up and face shape.

You can even make your face dance to rock, disco or toon music.

Once the filter is selected, you can edit it slightly with a slide that reduces or increases the effect.

Export wise you can export the video you create to facebook, email or take a still photo.

My kids got hold of this app and played with it none stop changing their own faces and some other family members.

The user interface is generally good, but could do with some improvement. Maybe a menu system with previews would have been better at places, then having to tap repeatly on a circle on the screen.

On the upside:

  • Lots of effects to try
  • A real wow factor the first time you see a still photo come to life.
  • You can create some very funny videos from the app.

On the downside:

  • Some User Interface improvements needed.
  • No way to save a current face for later use (only export)

Overall, I really enjoyed using this application. It was great fun for manipulating the photos. There is a wow factor the first time you show it to friends and family. Kids will love this one. You probably not be playing with it for too long, but it will stay on the device for the times you want to wow new friends. There is also a free version available that will allow you to try it out first if you are not sure if you want to spend the cash.

Rating: 81%

Size: 18 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.79

Link: Morfo 3D Face Booth – SunSpark Labs

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ONCE UPON A POTTY: BOY – REVIEW (83%)

Once upon a potty : Boy is an e-book / audio book and is published by Oceanhouse Media.

This book gives you the options of reading the book yourself, having the read to you (and you control the page turns) or the complete book read to you automatically. The application also adds extra interaction by touching something on the screen the name appears in spoken text.

The story is by Alona Frankel and is a tale is about a little boy Joshua, who is receives his first potty to help her to finish using his diaper / nappy.

There is even a potty song to listen to.

This book is fun for kids and a nice read for adults.

The books is nicely drawn and read.

On the upside:

  • Interactive with the book adds to the “re-readability” of the book.
  • Universal for iPad and iPhone.
  • Had my kids laughing and re-reading immediately.

On the downside:

  • No page selector to jump into the story to your favorite bit of the book.

Overall, my kids really liked this book, but I like more for the comedy of Joshua missing the potty the first time and the poo-poo in the diapers. However, it is a good book and explains a difficult to cover subject.

Rating: 83%

Size: 19.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.79

Link: Once Upon a Potty: Boy – Oceanhouse Media

 

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON HD [IPAD] – REVIEW (87%)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon HD is an arcade adventure released by Electronic Arts Nederland B.V.

This game allows you to play out the story of the Dark of the Moon over 13 levels of gameplay.

For each level you are give a set transformer to use, either Optimus Prime or Bubblebee. Sentinal Prime can be played, but only in the Tutorial, and is unable to transform.

Along the way you will encounter hundreds of nameless Decepticons, but you will see appears from Shockwave and Megatron.

You are able to collect Energon on the way, which can be used to upgrade your transformers and also to purchase and power up weapons. You selection of weapons can help or hinder in the game, with a few pf the weapons being excellent and really turning battles when powered up.

If you get stuck on a level you can go back and replay levels to power up further, but this is generally not needed.

Once the game is complete there is a bit of replayability as you try and get the achievements and replay some of excellent levels.

The game is controlled with a virtual joystick (which is a little small) and several buttons that activate when needed (fire weapon (also used for close combat by tapping), transform and switch weapons)

The graphics and sound are great and just what you would expect from a Transformers game.

On the upside:

  • Great arcade action
  • Upgradable Transformers and weapons.
  • Proper Dark of the Moon game including vehicle weapons and “shealth” mode.

On the downside:

  • Memory hungry so restart the iPad 1 before trying to play.
  • The game can be completed within about two to three hours.
  • Limited set of Transformers

Overall, this is good solid title and fans of Transformers will enjoy the game. It is a shame it is a bit short lived and you do not have a bigger selected of Transformers, but these are points are minor to the overall quality of the title. If you are a fan of Transformers then this is a must have.

Rating: 87%

Size: 116 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.99

Link: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON HD – Electronic Arts Nederland B.V.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Game - Arcade, iPad, Reviews

 

WILDFIRE (SBTRKT) – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – REVIEW (68%)

Wildfire by SBTRKT is this weeks free single of the week.

This song is an good release from iTunes.

Apple has this marked as an electronic track.

The music for the song is good with drum and bass with electronic effects.

The song is well sung by the female singer, although the lyrics are lost at times to the music.

Overall, I generally liked this track, but found some of the electronic effects were a little grating, but on the whole an easy listen. This is really one of those love it / hate it songs. Worth checking out to see if it is your cup of tea or not.

Rating: 68%

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Wildfire – Single – SBTRKT

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Music, Reviews, Single of the week

 

POWERSLIDE PENGUIN [IPHONE] – REVIEW (74%)

Powerslide Penguin is a physic based puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.

You are put into the role of Penn Gwynn, the power sliding penguin who needs to recover the money stolen from Chilly City Bank by the dastardly Pengros.

The game is designed with an area in which you slide around in, with several objects blocking your way from getting to the exit gem. Along the way you need to collect money and other power ups. There are complications added along the way with moving floors, bumpers and ememies that will kill you in one touch.

The gameplay is fun with of similarities to games like To-fu: the trials of chi, with you being able to take as long as you need and inifinate slides to complete the level. However, to get the maximum achievements you have limits to time and slides to do levels in.

The game is controlled by dragging the your finger back in a reverse direction of the direction you wish to travel.

The sound and graphics are good.

On a side point, there are two versions of this game, this one (non retina display and not universal , but £0.59 cheaper, which is nice if you have an older iPhone or iPod Touch.)

On the upside:

  • Well designed puzzles.
  • Fun gameplay.

On the downside:

  • Two versions of the game, you need to select before download.
  • Gameplay need a few tweaks.

Overall, I liked this puzzle game and it was fun to play in the early levels. However, as the game progress and enemies are added who can kill you in one touch the game became a little more annoying. You can quickly change direction during a slide, but the size of display does not always make this easy. I think the HD version of this game would be a better purchase if you have the devices to play them on.

Rating: 74%

Size: 17.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.59

Link: Powerslide Penguin – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Game - Arcade, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews