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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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If you are a RoboCop fan and love the Columbia Picture’s reboot film which is playing in the cinemas now, then we’ve got some good news: Glu Games has recently released RoboCop, a third-person shooter available for both iOS and Android. Did we forget to mention that this is the movie’s official game tie-in?

Developer

Glu Games stroke a bargain with Columbia Pictures and became the developer of the official mobile app for the movie. Unfortunately for them, RoboCop the mobile game is kind of a disappointment since it seems to be nothing more than a re-skin of the developer’s popular creation, Frontline Command. If we were to be mean, then we could say that the new game is actually Frontline Command without the action and the D-Day settings.

Gameplay

Even though users have high expectations when it comes to controlling one of all-times favorite cyborg, the sad truth is that the game is undemanding. In spite of the fact that the mere idea that you’re going to control the augmented cop is delightful and the game is satisfactory, the problem is that there’s nothing much to control. In fact, except for moving between covers and deciding when to pop up to shoot at the enemies, everything is automated.

Interface

Given the size of the app, the graphics and interface are truly magnificent. Not only are the graphic elements one of the strong points, but fans of the franchise will be happy to learn that the explosions in this game are superb.

A quick look at its main features

  • You get to play OmniCorp’s ultimate law enforcement officer, RoboCop
  • Your training is done in an amazing quality simulator
  • RoboCop can employ drones to destroy large groups of enemies
  • You will be able to capture informants and learn your enemies’ next moves
  • You’ll have a chance to face RoboCop’s arch nemesis from the movies, namely ED-209 and EM-208
  • You can upgrade RoboCop with OmniCorp’s latest robotic suits and weapons
  • Learn how to defeat your enemies by scanning their body with heat vision in order to identify their weak spots
  • RoboCop is a free to play app with in-game purchases

Pros

For a free game, RoboCop provides a lot of content. Even though the energy system limits how long you can play during a session, the game incorporates plenty of freemium elements, daily quests and story-based missions to keep you busy. Moreover, you can upgrade RoboCop to respectable levels without spending any real cash. As numerous users point out, you can completely ignore the in-game purchases and focus exclusively on your progress. This way, you’ll have a lot more fun.

A strong point of this shooter game is the cover system. Although you have very few places where you can duck, RoboCop can blast the cover of his enemies and keep them exposed. Simply focus fire on a vehicle or a barrel and you’ll experience one of the most glorious slow-motion explosions in the history of mobile shooter games.

RoboCop features a few useful RPG elements, such as the upgrade tree for the gear. While at first the new skills don’t seem to matter too much, later on they make all the difference in the world, as you meet tougher and faster enemies. The upgrade tree is relatively long and includes a series of nodes that grant unique enhancements for your cyborg. Obviously, the cooler the augment, the more in-game currency you need to spend. Note that sometimes you need to wait for certain upgrades to apply.

Cons

Unfortunately, RoboCop is filled with countdown timers and pay-gates that interfere with the entire experience.  A few users went as far as to state the game contains some of the most aggressive attempts of monetization they’ve ever seen. The problem here is that not only are the upgrades absurdly expensive, but it’s also very easy to spend all of your currency quickly.

In a nutshell

For the official game of a highly anticipated movie, RoboCop doesn’t rise up to the expectations. Despite the fact that the graphics look sharp, the gameplay is constantly fragmented by attempts of aggressive monetization. Nonetheless, if you manage to ignore the numerous requests for payment, then RoboCop can still be a nice shooter to pass time!

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Granted, at first Tapped Out seems like yet another rehash of the already widely available Sims games. Moreover, Simpsons’ fans might even see it as a licensed mobile game tied to an aging franchise filled with numerous in-game purchases. Then again, what is remarkable about this app is that it’s actually fun. Not only does it manage to overcome the typical problems associated with Sims copycats, but the heavy dose of self-aware sarcasm makes the game genuinely amusing and addictive.

Developer

The developer is EA, a multinational corporation that requires no further presentation. If you want to take advantage of all the features Tapped Out has to offer, then you should create an EA Origin account.

Gameplay

When you first enter the game, you’re treated to an animated cut scene showing Homer playing on his tablet. A few seconds later BOOM! Springfield is destroyed in a nuclear explosion. It’s up to you to take control of Homer and subsequently the other characters to rebuild the city.

Similar to other casual-social games, the gameplay implies performing time-based activities that grant experience and currency. While the first quests have the role of introducing you the concept, as you progress they gain a little more meaning. You will need to unlock buildings and characters; even though the gameplay is not deep, the witty interactions and familiar faces certainly make it more entertaining than other social-casual games. Furthermore, the original voice actors grant Tapped Out a feeling of authenticity.

Interface

The game features high quality animations. You’ll be happy to discover the buildings and characters are designed to match “the real deal”. The game uses real voice actors, an element that adds to the overall authenticity of The Simpsons universe.

A quick look at its main features

  • The goal of the game is to help Homer find Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and numerous other Springfield residents
  • Rebuild Springfield and make it just the way you’d like it to be
  • From making Apu work very long shifts to partying down with Duffman, you can do everything you ever wanted in your town

Pros

As many users can confirm, the colorful well-known setting and the cheerful yellow characters are two of the main reasons why you’ll keep on playing. Unlike other games in the genre, The Simpsons: Tapped Out offers a bundle of quests and frequent updates to keep the gameplay fresh. Speaking of fresh, the game challenges you to discovered and unlock new characters and buildings. Trust us, with a series that reaches its 25th anniversary, you have a lot of Springfield to rebuild.

Tapped Out also features very interesting in-game events, such as the Winter Holidays, Thanksgiving and Halloween to name a few. Each of these events comes with weather appropriate clothing, festive quests and different gameplay every year. In addition, the events include global challenges for all players that unlock new content when the community meets the enormous goals.

A further element users appreciated about Tapped Out is that they don’t need to worry about the energy system. That’s right, you can easily find something to do and keep yourself busy. If you feel you’re not in the mood to wait for hours to finish an objective, you can use donuts and speed up any task. Alternatively, you can unlock new content such as Hank Scorpio’s volcano lair for instance.

The latest update puts the game under the gaze of honorable Judge Snyder. The court is now in session and if you managed to reach level 38, you’ll have a chance to see for yourself that justice is blind, deaf and dumb at the Court House. Use the Blue-Haired lawyer to sue anyone and use decorations to increase your ratings with Lady Justice.

Cons

Although the game’s sense of humor makes you ignore numerous problems with the app, the fact that you can spend donuts accidently so easily is considered a major setback. This can constitute a major issue for players who don’t want to spend real cash for in-game purchases.

In a nutshell

Tapped Out is among the few casual-social games that walks a fine line between actual entertainment and a moneymaker app. In fact, you’re not forced to spend real cash, unless you’re willing to speed up timed events. All in all, it’s a relaxing and fun game that all Simpsons diehard fans should try out.

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