App Review: Postman by Freeverse, Inc.

July 1, 2009 by Dorothy  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Utility

postman1 150x150 App Review: Postman by Freeverse, Inc.There are many ways to keep in touch with friends and family.  You can send an email or a text, write in a blog, or even send a Tweet.  Postman by Freeverse, Inc. makes use of many of these avenues of communication under the guise of sending an old fashioned postcard.  Now you can make your own picture postcard with your iPhone camera and send it out to all your friends and family without having to find a Post Office.  Because these postcards are not sent through the mail system, your friends and family don’t have to wait for them to be delivered.

The Postman app is quick and easy to use.  The first step is to choose a photo.  You can use one from your Photo Library that you have taken, or you can use one of the 13 templates that are there in the app.  You cannot make any major changes to your photo, but you can make minor adjustments such as changing the photo to black and white or sepia.  You can also adjust the lighting in the picture up or down a notch.  Once you have your picture chosen, you can add a line of text to the cover of your postcard.  You can choose from 9 fonts in 9 colors.  However, you cannot adjust the position of the text.  The app automatically places it right in the middle of your picture.  This is one major complaint I have seen with this app.  If the placement of the text bothers you, you might try leaving the text blank and use the back of the postcard for text.  You can also tap on the circle at the top of the screen to attach your current location to the postcard.

On the back of the postcard, you can type in your message.  At the top, the app displays the weather so that you can let people know what the weather is where you are.  You can choose the weather from a pop-up list by tapping on the weather at the top.  Then, type your message for the back of the postcard.  When you are done entering your message, you can move on to the Share tab.

Postman allows you to share your postcard in many ways.  You can post it on your Facebook wall, post it to your blog using Tumblr, Tweet it to your friends, Upload it to a special URL on the Postman website, email it out, or save it to your Photo Library for later viewing.  I tried emailing it, saving it, and uploading it to the Postman website.  All three seemed to work very well.  The postcard was attractive and easy to read.  To me, it didn’t seem that much different from sending someone a picture message, but the app was fun to play with.  Postman would be a fun app to have on a summer vacation to provide instant updates on your trip.

Postman is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.

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App Review: Moto Chaser by Freeverse, Inc.

April 20, 2009 by Jeff  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Games, Staff Favorites

motochaser6 150x150 App Review: Moto Chaser by Freeverse, Inc.Moto Chaser by Freeverse, Inc. is a fun motorcycle racing game for the iPhone/iPod Touch.  Race through forests, cities, deserts, and even night levels.  To begin, select one of three riders.  Each of your rider’s fastest times can be viewed from the trophy button in the bottom right of the screen.  Next, select your level you want to play.  You begin on level one and have to beat it to unlock the next level.  There are a total of 10 levels to complete.

To accelerate, press the gas and tilt to steer.  While you ride, stay on the path to go faster.  To complete a level, you must get to the checkpoints and then to the finish line within the time limit.  Each time you pass through a check point, time is added to the clock. If you do not get to the check points within the time limits, you fail the race. Throughout the levels, there are speed boosters, tunnels, and awesome jumps.  While you are racing, enemy cyclists may come up.  When they get close, touch the fight button to hit them. You get bonus points for hitting enemies and passing through check points.  Your score for the race is displayed at the end of the race.

In the options menu you can change sound levels and even change the game difficulty.  If you make the difficulty harder, you get less time at each check point making it harder to win.  You can also toggle arcade steering on and off.  Moto Chaser is a great game with smooth graphics, and enhanced game play.  This is a great game worth more than just a dollar.

Moto Chaser is $0.99 in the iTunes Apps Store.

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App Review: Flick Fishing Helps You Catch a Whopper

March 20, 2009 by Bret  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Entertainment, Games

flickfishing1 150x150 App Review: Flick Fishing Helps You Catch a WhopperFlick Fishing is a very well done fishing game by Freeverse, Inc the makers of Days of Thunder, Slotz Racer and others. This game is amazing from the game play, all the way down to the graphics. The goal of the game is to complete tasks and fish for fun. The menu is composed of three options: New Game, Help & Options, and Photo Album. In the new game mode, there are three game play modes: Go Fishing, Big Catch, and Big Fish.

Go Fishing is the part of the game where you complete tasks given to you from your captain. These requirements are used to help fill your aquarium with things from treasure chests to really big fish. There are seven different fishing spots. You can choose to fish in a calm river, or even the rolling waves of the ocean. Other fishing spots include night fishing, ponds, and lakes. To see your mission in Go Fishing, click the exclamation point in the middle of the screen. The captain will give you hints on where to find the next fish and which bait to use. There are many different fish in this game ranging from Red Snappers and Pike, all the way over to Sword Fish and Tuna.

Once you have selected your level, you are ready to begin fishing. To cast the line, flick your iPod forward. The harder you flick, the further the line will go. Once you have thrown out the line, wait for a bite. Bites are signaled by sound and movement of the line. To reel in the fish, spin the reel clock-wise. But be careful, if you reel to fast, the line will snap. Be sure to watch your line tension meter and fish strength. When the fish is weak, the line will not tense as quickly. To loosen tension, release the reel for a moment until the meter goes down. If you release too much line, the fish will escape. On the right side of the screen there are two menus: Tackle Box, and a pause button. In the tackle box, you can choose your lures and various types of bait.

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In the Big Catch, you compete against a human, computer, or a network. In this mode your goal is to catch the biggest fish that you can within the three minute time limit.  Your fish is measured and compared against the others by weight.   All of the weights of the fishes you caught will be added together.

In the Help & Options, you will find audio options, game options, instructions on how to play, and a credits screen. With these various options, you can choose to be alerted to a fish by sound, turn the tutorial on or off, or change music and sound effects.

In the photo album option, view all of the types of fish you have caught and their weights. Also, you can view scores in the Big Fish, Big Catch tournaments scores and trophies. If you have caught a really big fish that you want to show off, send brag emails to your friends.

Whether you are a fishing fanatic or a novice, this game is great and fun for all ages.

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App Review: Days of Thunder by Freeverse, Inc. [Video]

February 5, 2009 by Rob  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Games

I have always been a fan of racing games so being a fan of Days of Thunder for the iPhone was easy.  If you like to race, this game is a fun one to add to your collection.  The game is pretty straight forward and the controls are quite simple, although they took a little getting used to.  You steer your car by tilting the iPhone and control your speed by touching the brake and gas pedals on the lower left and right corners of the screen.  You have indicators at the top of the screen for your current placement in the race, the lap that you are on and your “health.”  Each time you crash into another car, your health goes down.  So does the health of the other car, though.  As you approach each car their health indicator appears so that you can tell how much more damage they can take.  If you crash your opponent enough times, you can cause his car to explode.  One less person to race against, right?

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You can also beat your opponents by drafting off the cars ahead of you.  As you pull up behind another car, a bar on the right side of the screen begins growing.  Stay behind him long enough and it will start flashing a hammer.  This is your chance to drop the hammer, which makes your car invincible as it races ahead of the other cars.  This is by far the easiest way to pass other cars.  They take EVERY chance they get to inflict damage on you.  Drafting can be difficult, though.  You must keep pace with the car ahead of you for a few seconds without bumping or getting bumped hard enough to knock you too far away.

Once each lap, you have the opportunity to pit.  A button will pop on the left side of the screen just as you reach the pits.  A stop in the pits will refill your health and must be done before your health gets too low and you explode.  However, it will cost you time.  While you wait for your health to refill, you can watch your standings in the race diminish with each car that passes you.

As you perform well in races, different tracks, circuits, and cars are unlocked to your use.  The tracks and circuits get more and more difficult.  There are also achievements to earn as you progress through the game.  You can play a few quick races here or there or spend hours trying to unlock all of the possibilities.  Either way, it is good entertainment.  The graphics are good, the sound effects are fun, the music keeps you going and overall this app is great.

Days of Thunder was released in the iTunes App Store Feb. 5th for $0.99.  After the first 72 hours the price will increase to $4.99.

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