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Little Dots

Overview

Little Dots is the newest release from a well-established name in the casual puzzle category, ThinkCube. In the following guide, you’re going to find out if the new game rises to the fans’ expectations and whether or not it’s able to deliver all the elements users expect from a casual game.

Developer

After developing an incredible little game in November 2013, the highly addictive Hexic Flow: Bend, ThinkCube Inc. has recently released the newest app in the Entertainment & Family game category, Little Dots. ThinkCube Inc. has over 30 apps published so far, gaming apps that amassed over 3 million downloads and that propelled the Canadian-based developer to the top 100 iOS puzzle games publishers worldwide.

Gameplay

The gameplay is as simple as the app’s name suggests: you will need to find and connect at least two dots of the same color on board filled with numerous dots of various pastel shades. Connecting the dots is a matter of tracing a line with your finger over the touchscreen.

Similar to other games in the category, the more dots you manage to connect, the longer the chain and the more points you will earn. Once you linked 8 or more dots, you will create a color bomb that will detonate all the similarly colored dots on the board. If you want to earn more points and clear dots from your board faster, then it’s advisable to refrain from being hasty; wait until the chain is as long as possible.

Interface

The minimalistic and flat interface of Little Dots fits extremely well with the new design of the iOS 7. Users are particularly fond of the font used by the developers for the title screen as well as the beautiful and crisp pastel shades utilized for the dots. Although the design is rather simplistic, it works in the advantage of this little game, an element primarily noticed when the animations pop up.

A quick look at its main features

  • Little Dots’ gameplay is simple and straightforward: connect similarly colored dots to complete a level
  • The game features over 10,000 levels free of charge
  • Progress through the tremendous number of levels and test out each of the 40 different puzzle shapes
  • You can choose from a variety of modes, including timed, chain reaction, collection or high scores, to name a few
  • Because you have limited moves, you can take advantage of the numerous power-ups  to advance further in the game
  • Among the most popular power-ups, you can count reshuffle and bombs or pop-a-dot
  • Little dots guarantees a highly enjoyable game experience
  • It features sleek graphics and amazing sound effects that immerse you into the game’s atmosphere
  • If you want to compete against other players, you can do so by accessing the Game Center
  • Although the app is free, it doesn’t come with annoying pop-ups to other apps

Pros

Given the simple idea behind Little Dots, it’s clear that the developers put in an effort to keep things interesting. While the gameplay implies connecting dots of the same color, the levels are designed to be different from each other. For instance, to complete a certain level you might have to get to a predefined target score with a limited amount of moves or you could be required to create as many chain reactions as possible to clear the board.

Completing a level earns you points, which you can use to purchase various power-ups that will help you reach objectives a lot easier on the next levels. In the eventuality that you were reckless and ran out of the game’s currency, then you can get more via in-app purchases.

Cons

Some users have pointed out that the game tends to become repetitive and tedious after a while. Even though you have several objectives to meet when playing in Normal Mode, Little Dots grows rather monotonous after completing a few dozen levels.

In a nutshell

If you enjoy sitting back and playing on your iPhone to relax after a long and hard day, then Little Dots is the right app to help you melt the stress away. In spite of the fact that some boards are more difficult than others, it is necessary to mention that completing a level is not as stressful compared to other games in this category. Little Dots is definitely one of the games to consider for kicking back at the end of the day.

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VSCO Cam app review

Overview of  VSCO Cam 

Even though it was one of the most anticipated apps for Android, VSCO Cam had a disappointing debut. The good news is that most of the bugs and performance issues were addressed in a patch released at the beginning of January. To be more precise, users can now enjoy improved camera stability, will be able to export images easier and will no longer experience issues when loading the in-app store. However, that’s not all the VSCO Cam has to offer, as you are about to find out.

Developer

The developer of VSCO Cam is Visual Supply Co., a company well known for professional photo filter software such as Film, an app capable of reproducing the film photos. Their latest app benefits from the extensive expertise and experience in this niche of the developer. VSCO Cam has an intuitive and minimalistic interface that makes editing and photo shooting considerably easier. Even though it lacks the social features of better known apps like Flickr or Instagram, the app compensates via its amazing web photo galleries.

Interface

As previously mentioned the interface is intuitive and minimalistic. The main menu comes with six options, out of which three are offering a quick link to the developer’s website. The Camera submenu allows you to take the actual pictures. The Library submenu is the place where you can add photos for flagging, editing and sharing purposes.

Speaking of editing, VSCO Cam confers you a plethora of image adjustment tools, including saturation, contrast, exposure, so on and so forth. While the free version of the app only comes with ten filters and some effects, you can purchase additional ones for less than one dollar.

A quick look at VSCO Cam’s main features

  • Thanks to the wide variety of editing tools, you can fine tune your photos
  • You can define and improve your pics by adjusting their exposure, temperature, contrast, vignette, fade and numerous other filters
  • You can keep all your images neatly organized with the quick filter navigation
  • You decide which photos to upload on VSCO Cam’s online grid

Pros

VSCO Cam makes shooting sessions very easy, regardless of your knowhow on the subject. Not only are you able to switch between the front and back camera seamlessly, but the app also lets you know that it made the desired focus and exposure adjustments before you take the picture. Furthermore, by taping on the gear icon you will be able to activate the grid overlay option as well as the flash setting square shooting.

The trump card of VSCO Cam over similar apps like Instagram comes from the way it lets you adjust the settings. To be more precise, you can alter the strength of the VSCO Cam effects as you see fit. In addition, the app permits you to edit any image you have on your Android device, unlike most photo-editing apps that typically work solely with the pictures you shoot inside the app.

VSCO Cam offers you the possibility to create an account on the developer’s site. The account can be used to create your own online grid and it’s a new place to upload photos. After signing up, the app will include an additional submenu that will bear the name of your account. What users appreciated about the VSCO online grid is that it doesn’t upload all photos automatically, but instead it lets you pick your favorite ones from the library.

Cons

Unlike similar apps that have built their popularity on social interactions, VSCO Cam social features are minimal. You don’t have the possibility to like, comment or tag people in the photos you upload. On the other hand, don’t forget that the app includes the expected sharing options, namely you can share your masterpieces with your friends on the major social network. For some reasons, users can’t share on Flickr, an aspect that will surely be remedied in the near future.

In a nutshell

A newcomer in a rather crowded market, VSCO Cam has all the expertise and features to allow it to catch up with well-established apps like Instagram. Even though users report the Android version is rather buggy compared to its iPhone counterpart, VSCO Cam comes with an impressive bundle of filters, effects and web galleries. All in all, if you include photography among your hobbies or simply want to take better pictures, then you should give VSCO Cam a try.

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Cut the Rope 2

Overview

Deemed one of the most popular games on iPhone every year since its release, Cut The Rope needs no further introductions for iOS users. ZeptoLab has recently released a sequel of the popular game that promises the same cheery, exciting and wonderfully crafted puzzles, as well as a fresh and thrilling gameplay.

Developer

ZeptoLab, the developer of the Cut The Rope series, is a global gaming company that aims to redefine the mobile gaming industry. Given the titles released by the developer so far, it is safe to assume that they managed to achieve this goal. Despite the fact that the team has focused on developing semi-sequels for the already successful Cut The Rope, they made sure to introduce new gameplay mechanics and various cosmetic tweaks to keep the content interesting.

Gameplay

The adventure in Cut The Rope 2 takes places across five different locations. What is interesting is that in addition to the unique sound and feel, each location includes a new character with unique abilities that keeps the content fresh and exciting. Not only do Roto, Blue, Toss, Lick and Boo add a thrill to the game, but they also manage to make the gameplay more difficult. In fact, users claim that the difficulty of Cut The Rope 2 is actually challenging and appealing to the adult player. Although Om Nom’s journey onlt takes him to a lush forest, a junkyard, a sandy dam, the underground and the city park, the developers have promised to include several new places in the future updates.

Interface

As you would expect from a mobile game with 300 million downloads and counting, the interface is sleek, bright and well designed. Om Nom and the newly introduced Nommies are extremely well drawn and you can’t help feeling that the developers wanted to add some character to the new secondary heroes.

The highlight of the Cut The Rope sequel resides in the fact that now users can customize Om Nom. While it is true that the store provides plenty of hats and cosmetic upgrades for the main hero, some users claim the developer is twisting their arm into making these in-game purchases.

A quick look at its main features

  • Join Om Nom on an unexpected adventure through lush forests, junkyards, underground tunnels and busy cities, in pursuit of candy
  • Cut The Rope 2 features 120 completely new levels
  • Choose one of the 5 new Nommies to help you on your quest to find candy
  • Pick your Nommie carefully, as each one comes with a special ability such as tossing and throwing objects, making small bridges or lifting Om Nom
  • Didn’t like Om Nom’s original appearance? No problem, now you can customize the hero to your liking
  • The game comes with new sounds, new graphics and innovative gameplay elements, including the ability to move Om Nom
  • By collecting enough medals, you’ll be able to unlock amazing secret levels
  • Similar to the first game, Cut The Rope 2 includes a free daily gift

Pros

Cut The Rope 2 introduces a few new elements that definitely make the gameplay more exciting and exhilarating. First off, the new helping monsters ensure the gameplay remains fresh throughout the 180 levels. A further innovative element users appreciate in Cut The Rope 2 is the medal system that rewards users after accomplishing a set of objectives. If you manage to get all the medals in a level, then you will unlock four amazing new secret levels, so you have plenty incentives to try to get the medals.

Cons

Unlike the first Cut The Rope released in 2010, the sequel comes with a rather unpleasant major difference: the truly irritating in-app purchases. Without denying that in-game purchases are part of the mobile gaming, the truth is that in this game they interfere too much with the gameplay. The aggressiveness of the IAP comes as a surprise, especially when you’re looking at a game that can pay for itself and will surely gather a lot of profit from downloads alone.

In a nutshell

If you played the first Cut The Rope, then you will definitely enjoy playing this amazing sequel. The new worlds come with beautifully crafted graphics, accurate physics and logic puzzles that take the gameplay to a completely new level. Even though the new puzzles are slightly more difficult, they are also clever enough and satisfactory to figure out.

 

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