Readers’ App Reviews – January 2015

Check out some apps made by fellow readers in January – including a symmetric drawing app, realtime photo sharing for events, and a funny alarm! By Ryan Poolos.

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Check out some apps made by fellow readers in January – including a symmetric drawing app, realtime photo sharing for events, and a funny alarm!


2015: Year of Apps!

2015 has arrived and you are all off to a great start. It looks like its gonna be another great year of apps from readers like you!

I’ve got the first month of fantastic apps and games to share with you.

This month we’ve got:

  • A symmetric drawing app
  • Realtime photo sharing for events
  • An alarm that makes you work to turn it off
  • And of course, much more!

Keep reading to see what your fellow readers have come up with!

Temperature Alarms

Temperature Alarms is a unique app that lets you set alarms not based on time, but on temperature.

You can set an alarm to be triggered when the temperature is above or below a certain preset in a location. Great for if you want to know when it goes below freezing so you can drip water to save your pipes. Or in the summer if you want to know when it goes above 100 degrees so you can bring in your pets.

The app is dead simple to use. Simply add a new alarm, name it, give it a location to check the temperature for, then set up your temperature limit. The app supports both Fahrenheit and Celsius so its perfect for both sides of the pond.

Ripple – spread your thoughts

Ripple is a new social app designed to help you interact with people around you.

Each post is only visible by people around you. But when they see it they can expand the ripple or shut it down. If they expand it, anyone around them will see it as well. Its like a Twitter with a Pinterest feel. Your stream is filled with neat stuff or interesting facts.

Its great for posting about local events, life hacks, or just something cool. Its a new way to share that takes multiple people to make an impact. One good ripple is all it takes for something to spread across the world.

The app has metrics on how many and where the ripples came from. Its very cool to look at a popular ripple and see where it start and where its been shared from along the way.

Afterparty – Realtime Photo Sharing

Afterparty is a photo sharing app different from the others. Its goal is a help you collect pictures from tons of people at a single event, in real time.

Open the app, find an event or start one then start taking pictures. They’ll appear on the event wall for anyone at the event to see. Every member of the event can contribute their own photos as well.

Afterparty is a great way to experience an event the day after. You can remember the fun you had. See pictures of parts you missed out on. And best of all, after 24 hours they all just fade away. Don’t worry you can save your favorites.

Afterparty makes it easy to start an event or find one nearby by name. You can even password protect events to make sure only those invited can take part.

Dash Man

Dash Man is the latest from ATP Creative, the makers of Dash-Up. Its just as challenging but a whole new kind of fun.

Dash Man is a cute little guy you help on a never ending journey. He’s running as fast as he can, but he needs you to help him jump over obstacles. Luckily he’s wearing rocket boots!

As Dash Man runs he paints the ground beneath him to earth distance. So you’ll have to stay on the ground as much as possible if you want to win, so use your jumps sparingly.

How far can you run?


Nodality is a new way to edit your photos unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Nodality lets you build complex networks on nodes to manipulate your images. And the coolest part is getting to see the effects at each step of the way for each node.

You can create blur nodes, filter nodes, pattern generators, and more. Simply long press and a new node is born. You can use number and color nodes to adjust inputs on all the effect nodes.

Its a whole new way to explore you photos. You’ve never done anything like this on your iPad.

Smile Alarm

Smile Alarm is a game based alarm to make sure you’re awake!

Smile Alarm doesn’t just ring in the morning, it keeps ringing until you complete a series of simple, but challenging games. You’ll have to earn your right to snooze with this alarm.

It packs math questions, puzzles, matching, memory challenges, Tic-Tac-Toe, sequencing, pattern recognition, and more! You can set it to your favorite or get a random one each morning.

Smile Alarm also packs customizations. You can change colors, sounds, designs, and more. Its got a sleep timer for your music to put you to sleep.

The app handles multiple alarms, so you can set a different time for everyday if you need to.

Prototype Snow

Prototype Snow is a challenging 3D game.

The perspective is the challenging part. Its got simple controls to move left and right. And your objective is equally simple, make it through the gaps in the walls.

But there is nothing simple about winning. Its very challenging with the perspective to time your slides just right. You’ve definitely got to be on your A game.

Luckily it has GameCenter, Twitter, and Facebook integrations, so when you hit that magic number, you can brag to all your friends. >:]

Rain Shaman

“In a land not far away lives a mighty Shaman with the power of rainmaking.” But this shaman screwed up and has it raining frogs! You’ve got to help him sort it out, literally. Sort raindrops and frogs into piles with simple swipes.

Rain Shaman has beautiful retro style graphics and 15 uniquely styled characters and backgrounds to unlock.

Its a game as simple as it is addicting. I can’t tell you how many frogs and raindrops I’ve sorted so far.

No game would be complete without GameCenter integration making challenging your friends to beat your highscore easier than performing a rain dance.


Swirly is a symmetric drawing app that makes it easy to be creative on your iPad or iPhone.

Swirly gives you four symmetric quadrants to draw in with an array of colors and stroke sizes. You can swap the background if it suits you. Its very addictive and fun to create an endless number of unique creations, each as cool as a snowflake.

Of course Swirly wouldn’t be complete without the ability to share it with your friends over your favorite social networks.

Blocks for iPad

Blocks is a sort of Tetris style game that ignores everything you know about directions.

Blocks don’t just fall from the sky, they bombard you from every direction. You’ve got to match colors, shapes, and more as the pace quickens. There are three modes to choose from: Survival Mode, Match Mode, and Relax Mode.

Survival mode pits you against time, sending faster and faster blocks at you until you can’t handle it.
Match Mode gives you a specific shape to build which can be challenging as the blocks appear at random directions.
Relax mode is never ending like survival mode but without the speed increase so you can play for as long as you like.

And its got GameCenter leaderboards as you’d expect from a top notch iPad game.

Honorable Mentions

Every month I get more submissions than I can handle. I give every app a shot, but I can’t write about them all. These are still great apps made by readers like you. Its no a popularity contest or even a favorite picking contest. I just try to get a glimpse of what the community is working on through your submissions. Take a moment and checkout these other great apps I didn’t have time to showcase properly.

Premium BlackJack
Christmas Santa
Fall Down 100
Santa Run
Kids Tiles
Fishland Adventures
All In One Calculator
YAGOL – Yet Another Game Of Life
Spaces Races
Task Focus
Make The Match!
Rock Blasters

Where To Go From Here?

Each month, I really enjoy seeing what our community of readers comes up with. The apps you build are the reason we keep writing tutorials. Make sure you tell me about your next one, submit here!

If you saw an app your liked, hop to the App Store and leave a review! A good review always makes a dev’s day. And make sure you tell them you’re from Ray Wenderlich, this is a community of makers!

If you’ve never made an app, this is the month! Check out our free tutorials to become an iOS star. What are you waiting for – I want to see your app next month!

Ryan Poolos


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