App Review: Turbo Subs by I-Play with Tips

August 10, 2009 by Dorothy  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Entertainment, Games, Kids

turbosubs1 150x150 App Review: Turbo Subs by I Play with TipsTurbo Subs is a fun and fast-paced task management app based on the PC game.  Rebecca and Robert set out to build a successful sub sandwich shop in an old subway car.  To make the shop successful, they must serve their clientele quickly and accurately.  Robert makes the sandwiches, and Rebecca serves the food.  Everyone is in a hurry these days.  If you fall behind, your tips are likely to be smaller and you may lose some of your business.

Your job is to help Rebecca serve the customers.  When a customer enters the sub shop, the first thing you must do is to bring them a menu.  This is done by tapping on the question mark on the counter in front of them.  When the customer decides what they want, the item will appear in a small bubble on the counter in front of them.  Tap on the item in the sub shop, and then tap on the bubble on the counter to deliver the item.  After you deliver the right food items to the customer, they will leave a tip on the counter.  The amount of money that you get in a tip is directly related to how quickly you served them.  Tap on the tip to pick it up.

For each level, there is a level goal.  To pass the level, you must earn at least that amount of money for that level.  There is also an expert goal for each level.  If you meet this goal you get a star for the level and bonus money.  The money that you earn can be used to upgrade your sandwich shop.  You can increase the aesthetics of the shop, increase its efficiency, or even prefill the turbo service meter a little, all of which will help you to meet the monetary goal for the level.

The turbo service meter is located in the bottom right of the screen.  To fill this meter, you have to complete combos.  Combos are performed when you complete a task successfully 2 or more times in a row.  For example, giving two customers a menu in a row or delivering two sandwiches correctly.  Once the turbo service meter is full, you are given 30 seconds of turbo service mode.  In this mode, Rebecca, Robert, and all the appliances in the sub shop work faster than normal, allowing you to serve more people in less time.  Also, combos of 3 or more tasks completed during this time add points to your score instead of filling the turbo service meter.  Used well, turbo service mode can really boost your score.

I found Turbo Subs to be an easy game to pick up, and a hard one to put down.  The game play is fun and addicting.  It seemed a little easier than other time management apps that I have played, possibly making it more friendly to a younger audience.  I did, however, have one problem with the app.  I had trouble sometimes figuring out which sandwich a customer wanted from the small picture on the screen.  Most of the items in the sub shop are easy to identify at a glance, but I had to really look hard at the sandwiches or I would get the orders wrong.  Overall, Turbo Subs is a great app that provides hours of entertainment.

Turbo Subs Tips:

  1. Rebecca can carry 2 items at a time and can deliver them to 2 different customers.  Take advantage of that and save yourself trips across the sub shop.
  2. Remember that you can dump unwanted items into the recycle bin without any point penalty.  This includes wrong orders.  If you try to deliver something to a customer and they won’t take it, it is probably the wrong thing.  Just drop it in the bin and try again.
  3. Robert only has so much room for sandwiches on the table in front of him.  If you ask him to make another, he will set it on the table pushing another sandwich off into the recycling bin.  Make sure you pick up sandwiches before they end up in the trash.
  4. When you correctly pick up an item that a customer has ordered, the bubble that their order is in will flash.  This flash, or lack thereof can be an early signal that you got an order right or wrong.
  5. If you don’t get an expert score on a level, you can immediately replay the level to get a higher score.  Levels that you replay appear to be exactly the same.  So, they should get easier with practice.

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App Review: Fast & Furious The Game by I-play

July 7, 2009 by Jeff  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Entertainment, Games

fastfuriousthegame16 copy2 150x100 App Review: Fast & Furious The Game by I playFast & Furious The Game by I-play is a great new, fast-paced racing game. There are several game modes that are available for play. The first game mode is Story Mode. Your goal in Story Mode is to become the best racer by earning the best car. To do this you need to complete each of the 9 sections. There are three parts in each section: a normal race, a special race, and a mission. There are many different types of special races. An example of a special race would be a Drag or Drift Race. These special races are different from other races because of the way your car acts. In Drag Races, you don’t need to steer, all you need to do is tap the screen to shift gears when it’s time. The Drift Races make it so that the back wheels on your car are very slick. This will force you to drift a lot, making it hard to steer.

The next mode is called Quick Play. This mode will allow you to pick which type of race you want to compete in. It will then pick a random car for you to use as well as a random opponent. The next game mode is Compete Online. This will allow you to compete against people online for the best times. You can challenge their “ghost” to a race, and if you win the race, their car will be added to your garage. If you lose, then nothing will happen. The last section is WiFi Multiplayer. This mode enables you to race against your friends on the same WiFi network. If you win the race against your friend, you will get their car. If you lose, they get your car.

Fast & Furious is an awesome racing game. The coolest feature to me is that you can compete online to win other people’s cars. The only thing that should be added is multiplayer over Bluetooth instead of over WiFi. That would make the game perfect. Fast & Furious is a great game for anybody.

Fast & Furious The Game is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.

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App Review: Fast and Furious: Pink Slip

March 14, 2009 by Jeff  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Games, Staff Favorites

photo 441 150x100 App Review: Fast and Furious: Pink SlipFast and furious: Pink Slip by i-Play is a great racing game.  The game begins with five menu options: quickplay, arcade, multiplayer, garage, and more games by the company.  The quickplay mode is simply a quick way to play a race. You automatically start with a car and off you go. In this game mode, there is no nitro. Without the nitro, the game is much harder and forces you to increase the skill of your play if you want to win.  The next mode is the arcade mode.  In this mode, there are four difficulty levels ranging from Rookie to Pro. Each of these difficulties must be unlocked by beating previous level.  The multiplayer game mode makes it possible to play against friends on your local Wi-Fi network. When you are racing on multiplayer mode, the winner of the race receives the other player’s car.  Your garage stores all of the cars you have won and lets you view their stats.

Each section consists of four types of races: Drift Race, Drag Race, Point 2 Point, and a Cop Chase.  In the drift races, the roads are slick and the car slides around a lot. In drift, not only do you need to win, but you also need to get a certain number of drift points. These are earned simply by drifting. In the point 2 point, you must get the necessary points and before you win the race. In the cop chase, you must evade a cop through the entire level. If you get busted by the cops, your car gets impounded. The drag race requires you to shift when the indicator turns red by pressing a button at the bottom of the screen. This is a short race that lasts no more that thirty seconds.  Before each race, you pick the car you want to use in the race and the car you want a pink slip for. The car that you choose a pink slip for is yours if you win. If you lose, you lose the car you were driving with.

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The controls to this game are easy to use and very well done. To turn, tilt your device. To get a quick boost, activate your nitro by tapping the nitro canister on the left side of the screen.

This app is a very well done racing game with smooth gameplay and good graphics. The app is very stable as well.  I did not have any trouble with the game crashing.

Fast and Furious: Pink Slip is available in the iTunes App Store for $2.99 for a limited time.

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