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FaceApp - despite the controversy there's a reason it is popular!

FaceApp is high in the ranks of then Google Play store at the moment, and despite the controversies of white-washing, there's a reason. In short, it's really fun, simple to use and an all round well-designed app that has some great filters and effects.
The purpose of the app is simple - simply load it up, take a photo, play with a few dials and then before you know it there's your desired outcome - whether it be a new gender, a younger self, an older self - etc. You name it - FaceApp can do it.
Check it out today, it's one of those apps well worth downloading and spending a few minutes with!

Classic Pong

Today's app of the day is Classic Pong.

Since the earliest days of video games, pong has been a classic staple of any gaming system. Originally released in 1972 by Atari, the game is still surprisingly satisfying, largely due to the simplistic gaming mechanisms, yet a real reliance on skill rather than luck.

40 years later, Genetix Studios have release Classic Pong for Android. If you are after a realistic rendition of the original Atari experience, then Classic Pong is well worth checking out, with the base game mode featuring only slightly stylised graphics that stay largely true to the look and feel of original game.

If Classic Pong is not your thing, the game also includes a Survival Mode. Survival Mode is a battle involving you and wall, with the objective to seeing how long you can last. If you are the type of gamer that likes beating your own high scores, then Survival Mode if for you.

Finally, if the plain black and white theme of classic pong is not to your liking, the game …

WhenDidI

Today's app of the day is WhenDidI.

If you are the type of person who likes keeping track of things in your life, then WhenDidI is the app for you. You can log pretty much anything you want with WhenDidI, whether it be the last time you had a haircut, when you walked the dog, how much you have been spending on lunch, Petrol expenditure, etc. If you can measure or track it, then it can be inserted and recorded in WhenDidI.

On a diet and keeping track of how many calories you have been eating? Want to keep track of how much you have been walking every Day? Want to keep track of your sleeping habits, check out WhenDidI!

WhenDidI is fully customisable, and include graphing functionality, a modern UI (ICS Style) and a number of handy widgets. All in all, if you are the type of person who likes keeping a good record of life, then WhenDidI is the app for you.




In the words of the developer:
Keep a log of all your important events with this fully customizable app.
WhenDidI is an application to h…

Break the Ice!

Today's app of the day is Break the Ice!

In the interests of full disclosure, it is necessary for me to admit that I am married, so my experience with this app (for the purposes of creating this review), is entirely theoretical! That aside, in my brief time using the app, whilst thinking back to my single years, it was easy to see that Break the Ice has lots of potential!



The premise of Break the Ice is to help you find single people close to you (preferably in the same bar, shop, restaurant, etc) using the location capabilities of your smartphone. Once the app is installed and 'close by' people are located, you can anonymously say 'Hi". If the other person is interested in chatting, they can also say 'Hi', at which point the profiles of each person will be fully revealed (and with it, the anonymity). This is known as a 'match' and from there, you can freely chat with your 'matched' friends.

As with any social based apps, the key to success is…

Hungry Slimes

Today's app of the day is Hungry Slimes.


Hungry Slimes is a unique new game from Annahid Games which offers something a bit different for fans of physics based puzzlers to experience. The game play is simple, yet challenging enough to keep you coming back for more.



Hungry Slimes sees you take control of a ball of "slime" which you have to stretch and launch (in a catapult style, reminiscent of Angry Birds) - the further you stretch back the slime, the further and faster it will travel. Once stretched, the slime is 'charged' and will sail through the air, exploding after a short period of time (1.25 seconds to be exact). On exploding, the ball of slime produces a visible shock wave which destroys other 'slime balls' within it's range, and pushes those out of range further away.

The goal of the game is to stop a variety of slime balls (arranged in various formations) from sliding down the screen by causing them to explode before they hit the bottom. The ty…

Maluuba - Do Engine

Today's app of the day is Maluuba - Do Engine.

I have recommend a number of apps in the past as Android alternatives to Siri. However, those recommendations were before 'Google Now'. I will imagine in the future, as Google Now enabled devices become more prevalent that Android users will begin to utilise voice recognition / virtual assistant software in a far more prominent manner.



Of course, Google Now isn't perfect, so there is plenty of room in the Android ecosystem for alternatives., In fact, I think for the immediate future, more Android users will rely on alternate virtual assistants, due largely to the fact that barely anyone currently has a Jelly Bean / Google Now device!

Enter Maluuba. Maluuba attempts (and largely succeeds) at taking and improving everything that Siri, Vlingo, Speaktoit Assistant, etc are capable of, claiming to be a 'next generation' personal assistant application. Does it succeed? In my opinion - Yes.

The most striking thing that people…

Turbo Kids

Today's app of the day is Turbo Kids.

Turbo Kids is a free game (though packed with micro-transactions), which sees you competing in a number of races against a group of 'turbo kids'. There are a variety of game modes, but the core premise sees all the kids starting in relatively the same position, then competing in a race to the finish line.



Along the way you can collect powerups, shoot your opponents to stun them, and jump (or double jump which is always satisfying) over obstacles. The goal is obviously to finish first, as you compete in a variety of tournaments and game modes.

Although the micro-transactions might be pushed a little too hard, this is still  a fun free game and worth checking out!






In the words of the developer:

Partake in the crazy Turbo Kids tournament and win the ultimate prizes!
An amazing journey full of fantasy and excitement! Turbo Kids are competing outdoors to win ultimate prize. Join in the tournament to see what Turbo Kids can bring you! # Tap to jump…

Swing Shot

Today's app of the day is Swing Shot.


I think the best way to describe Swing Shot would be as follows - A comnbination of Angry Birds and Worms, in that the basic game mechanic involves launching (sling shot style) projectiles at an opponent's 'fort', but that after every shot the opponent gets to launch back and attack your fort. The last 'fort' standing wins.

And that's pretty much all you need to know. Your shots can be powered up by launching through various power up boxes, and the types of opponents / forts you have to destroy increase in strength and difficulty as the game progresses. The gameplay is excellent, I suck a good hour or so into this immediately on purchase and will probably go back for another round next time i'm on the couch. 
The graphics and level progression are exactly what is to be expected in a game of this variety, and despite micro-transactions being available, they are not overbearing or incredibly necesary if you have the time…

Agent Dash

Today's app of the day is Agent Dash.

It is a reality of mobile gaming, that once a good idea exists, it will be replicated and improved on 100s of time within  a short space of the initial release. Agent Dash is one such 'copy' with the game being unabashedly copying many aspects of Temple Run.

Instead of swiping left and right to turn left or right, in Agent Dash you swipe left or right to change lanes, then the lanes determine the direction you turn as corners approach. There are a few 'power-ups' built in such as extra lives and jetpacks, but the basic gameplay is identical to what you would have already experienced with Temple Run.

This does not mean in is inferior. In fact, in almost every way the developer has taken Temple Run and tried to improve it. Want better graphics? Want a bit more 'character' in your, well, characters? Want some more variety in the landscapes through which you run? If the answer to these questions is 'Yes', then you will…