Axel’s Chain Reaction Storybook App for the iPad

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Axel’s Chain Reaction by Laura Allison Pomenta Badolato blew me away with its features, and it’s no surprise why. According to the iTunes Preview, the storybook app has won several awards such as The Parent’s Choice Golden Award and the App Circus Online Competition, and it is recommended by the National Science Teachers Association.

 

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The Love Book for iPad: Great Words on Love from Great Writers

The Love Book iPad app

The Love Book is an iPad app full of thoughts on love from some of the world’s great writers and thinkers. Perfect for a day like, say, February the 14th – or any other day when you want to enjoy great writing about a subject that touches us all.

The app is the creation of Allie Esiri, who also brought us the wonderful If Poems app. It features not just great words on love, but also some excellent readings by well-known actors including Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Damian Lewis, and Tom Hiddleston.

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Yahoo Weather: Truly Beautiful New iPad Weather App

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Yahoo’s beautiful weather app has arrived on the iPad, and it’s a lovely breath of fresh air on the iPad screen. As of yesterday, Yahoo Weather is now a universal app that runs on both the iPad and iPhone.

I’ve seen a number of handsome weather apps for the iPad, including long-time favorite Clear Day, but Yahoo Weather is a perfect storm of a great, clean UI and spectacular photos. The photos are pulled from Flickr and used as the full-screen background in the app.

The app also offers a wealth of good weather information. On the main page you get a quick overview of current conditions and today’s forecast by sections of the day.

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Asphalt 8 for iPad Review: Reach for the Stars

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I’m a huge fan of the Asphalt series. Many racing games have come and gone on the App Store, from the excellent Real Racing games, to a myriad of awful Mario Kart knockoffs, but the Asphalt games have enjoyed a vibrant life on the iPad that few series have attained. My investment in the series is high, and that’s why Asphalt 8: Airborne nearly broke my heart.

For those new to the series, the Asphalt games are highly polished speed racers. They incorporate many real world cars and locations while maintaing a loose relationship with real world physics. Since Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, this relationship was strained further with the introduction of a nitro boost system, allowing cars to surge at exhilarating speeds. Asphalt 8 shatters this relationship completely by introducing ramps that allow for jumps, twists, and barrel rolls that take cars soaring sky high.

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Pivvot for iPad Video Review – Stayin’ Alive

Surrounded by a groovy, neon-covered world pulsing with a rhythmic beat, there’s just one question on my mind: can I survive 100 seconds? This is one of the challenges that Pivvot presents. In this game, the controls are pretty simple: you are a circle moving along a twisting roller coaster track with the ability to rotate (or, if you will, pivot) around a smaller circle. The one rule: don’t touch anything.

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Pivvot is an everything-is-dangerous survival game with five increasingly difficult gameplay modes. The first mode is voyager, which serves as a sort of tutorial/adventure mode for teaching you about the different obstacles you will encounter in the second mode, endless. In endless, your goal is pretty straightforward: survive for 100 seconds, and you win. It’s a lot harder than you’d think. From there, you can unlock expert versions of both voyager and endless, and the unspeakably difficult berserk mode.

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