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Since the release of The Sims back in 2000, the franchise has gone from strength to strength, becoming arguably the most successful simulation game of all time. However, with Electronic Arts’ latest offering, The Sims FreePlay, the usual format has been jettisoned in favor of a freemium revenue model.

For those who have been living under a rock for the past 13 years, The Sims is a popular life simulation video game series in which you, the player, must create and take care of virtual people throughout the duration of their lives, from birth until death. Let’s find out more, shall we? (more…)

Pat Lafrieda’s Big App For Meat is an App Store Best of 2012, and for good reason. Pat is a legend amongst foodies and chefs in the United States. The third-generation owner of LaFrieda Meat Purveyors supplies meat to 1,000 restaurants as well as consumers. Famous chefs go to him for menu consulting and to create custom burger blends. The man has a passion for meat and he wants to share it with the world.

Add Zero Point Zero Production, Inc., the folks behind the Emmy award winning TV show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and you’ve got the ingredients for a killer food app. If you love meat and want to learn more about meat from the grocery store to the kitchen to the restaurant menu, you need to keep reading. (more…)

Avid amateur chefs (read: yuppies with a spatula and foodie lexicon, myself included) have long been awaiting the culinary app that combines real chefs, killer recipes and the ability to make said recipes in their home kitchens. The Kickstarter-funded (hey, Kickstarter actually worked!) app Panna is basically an epicurean’s dream iPad app. Seriously.

Read on after the jump for the lip smackin’ low-down. (more…)

I love gaming on my iPads, but beyond writing reviews for it here, I don’t do it a lot. I find that even the games that I love playing through here are things I don’t end up sticking with — and I’ve reviewed some incredible games for this site. But I’m just not much of a hardcore gamer. I really belong in the casual gamer category. I love Letterpress, but that was the first iOS game that really grabbed me and didn’t let go. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of great games out there, but there are few I truly get addicted to.

Games really have to be built for a touch screen if I’m going to get hooked. Some are a ton of fun — great games — but others don’t feel like they’ve been made for a touch screen. A great iPad or iPhone game should be easy to pick up, be quick to play through and require lots of time to master without ever getting frustrating. It’s a really difficult balance, and few games ever achieve it. Hundreds is one of those rare games. (more…)

One of the merits of mobile technology is its ability to be used as a source of information, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. In the era of mobile technology we currently find ourselves in, there’s so much information to digest that it becomes rather overwhelming. Lucky for us then, that there are some very intelligent app developers that create methods in which to control the information overflow.

Between Reeder, Instapaper and Flipboard, it’s easy to find an content delivery app that’s best suited to your personality. Another option to consider is Google Currents, which was introduced in September 2011. The app has been a somewhat popular choice amongst iPad users (currently the 81st most popular free News app in the App Store), but a recent update to version 2.0 aims to bring Google Currents on par with the aforementioned apps. Hit to jump to learn if Google Currents is now in fact one of the best news consumption apps for the iPad. (more…)

There’s no doubt that I’m a big fan of puzzle games, but with roughly a bajillion puzzle games for iOS (that’s my estimate, but I think it’s a pretty reliable figure), it gets tougher and tougher for developers to reinvent the wheel. Pasting on gimmicky themes to an old standby can revive your interest, but it’s not going to hold your attention for long.

A game has to be truly different if it’s going to be special, and that’s what KooZac is. Similar to Tetris, in that you’re clearing blocks as they fall from a mystical, unseen block-dropper, you also have to make matches as you go, because just fitting the blocks together isn’t going to be enough. Is KooZac another gimmicky puzzle or does it have enough originality to hold the interest of even the most jaded puzzle gamer? (more…)

The way television is delivered to customers is slowly becoming archaic. Previously in my old apartment I was forced to use a small cable company to deliver my television entertainment. The company provided high definition but that was about all of the extra features it offered. They did not provide any extra features like viewing content on my iPad or scheduling digital video recordings(DVR) through a website. Recently I moved into a house and I decided to try satellite. After comparing services I decided on Dish Network and their Hopper DVR

While Dish Network may not be perfect, I have been happy with their service and the Dish Anywhere app. It allows Dish Network subscribers to view featured content, browse the guide to see what is on, schedule and maintain DVR events, and also view live TV and DVR events with the optional Sling Adapter. Keep reading past the break to see if the Dish Anywhere app has been a welcome addition to my change in TV providers. (more…)

As iOS devices grow more and more popular as a gaming platform, we have started to see developers crafting their old console games into new, touchscreen friendly softwares. Joe Danger is no exception.

Joe Danger, the “World’s Most Determined Stuntman,” is back and better than ever. After three years of gracing your favorite video game consoles, it is time for you to help Joe Danger ascend to fame by helping him dodge perilous obstacles and perform jaw-dropping tricks right on your iPad. Does Joe Danger prove to be victorious, or does he crash on the way? Read on to find out more. (more…)

If you don’t live in New York, chances are you might not be familiar with Sara Jenkins, renowned chef and cookbook author. Her Italian restaurants Porchetta and Porsena are filled with loyal followers, and though you won’t see her on TV, you will find her in the restaurant kitchen.

Sara Jenkins’ New Italian Pantry is a must-have app for food lovers. Sara shares her favorite ingredients that make up an Italian pantry, along with 80 mouth-watering recipes. If your weeknight suppers are getting a bit boring or you’re looking for something special to cook this weekend, keep reading to find out more. (more…)

Let’s play pretend. Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal announces that he’s got a game coming out. Despite a few forays outside the realm of sports (remember the magic of Kazaam and hard-hitting rhymes of “Biological Didn’t Bother”?), you assume this venture will have something to do rebounds, layups and fast breaks.

Well, that’s partially true of Shaqdown, but the complementing points of the plot are closer to The Walking Dead than SportsCenter. In the game, Shaq is the Justice Bringer, thwarting mutant zombies with slams, uppercuts and laser beams.

You’re clearly confused by this intro. But you’re also interested in what the heck is going on with this game and how exactly Shaq came to be fighting the supernatural. Read on after the jump to get the gist and to find out if Shaqdown is good for more than just a few laughs. (more…)

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