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The Simpsons: Tapped Out review

The Simpsons: Tapped Out tasks you with rebuilding Springfield after it's been wiped out by a nuclear meltdown. As you construct more buildings, you'll find more of your favorite characters, and you'll also discover some unexpected effects of the disaster on the space-time continuum.

Pros

Dialog and story: This game incorporates plenty of classic Simpsons-style dialog that pokes fun at the show, the characters, the game, and just about anything else you can think of. The loose storyline and constant jokes will be a plus for any Simpsons fan.

Play with friends: Since the nuclear meltdown seems … Read more

Google Earth review

Whether you want to view a lifelike rendering of your city or town, preview your next holiday destination, or explore a famous location, Google Maps brings you outstanding world maps with several layers of information that you can customize according to your needs. This is one of those great apps that you should definitely have on your device.

Pros

Many optional layers of information: Google Maps lets you customize which layers of information you want to see: Places, Businesses, Panoramic Photos, Wikipedia, Borders and Labels, Roads, 3D Buildings, and Ocean. The ability to customize them makes the app versatile and … Read more

Google Finance review

Google Finance fails to bring to your mobile device the essential functionality of Google's online finance app, suffering from broken features and an unpolished interface. Don't expect from it more than a basic market summary and mainstream market news.

Pros

Transparent: While most financial apps bombard you with charts and numbers, Google Finance manages to keep things basic by using a straightforward interface divided into three sections: Markets, Portfolios, and News.

Stock news under stock data: Tap on Nasdaq, DOW, S&P 500 in the Markets tab and you're given not only the essential numbers, but … Read more

Google Maps review

Google Maps brings you a wealth of features that can help you find your way in more than 220 countries, including Street View, voice search, and turn-by-turn navigation, which makes it a valuable addition to your smartphone no matter how you're traveling.

Pros

Comprehensive yet accessible: Google Maps' greatest virtue is that it remains easy to use, despite providing complete mapping features for most places in the world, with an excellent amount of detail that often goes beyond mere street names to include images and essential information about places. It recognizes your location and allows you to effortlessly search … Read more

VideoPad Video Editor for Mac review

Designed to make video editing quick and easy, VideoPad Video Editor for Mac offers a range of professional video editing functions that enable the creation of decent enough videos. It works with most Mac OS X versions in current use, including 10.4.4, and comes with great audio tools and optimization functions.

Pros

Drag-and-drop interface: Working with VideoPad Video Editor proves to be quick and easy, thanks to the intuitive drag-and-drop interface. It looks just like most other good video editors, with multiple panels in the middle and the timeline at the bottom. The interface is generally minimalistic, with … Read more

GO SMS Pro review

GO SMS Pro enables you to connect with friends through SMS texts via standard service or Internet connection. With tools not found in default messaging applications and a basic, streamlined design, GO SMS is a viable alternative and upgrade to your standard messaging application.

Pros

Plenty of tools: GO SMS Pro does more than basic messaging. You can lock the application for safety reasons and establish a privacy box to hide away secret messages. We found the SMS Blocker performed perfectly in our tests when blocking by keyword or phone number.

Good layout: The bright design and well-designed layout make … Read more

Sudoku review

Sudoku presents the classic game in a digital format that's accessible and attractive, making it easy to take your puzzles with you wherever you go. Through the app's intuitive interface, you can play as many puzzles as you want of various levels of difficulty, and you can see how you stack up against your friends and fellow players through Game Center.

Pros

Note mode: Since this app scores you based on how many mistakes you make in number placement, you can't randomly try numbers in game mode to see what fits. Fortunately, you can switch any time … Read more

Fifa 14 by EA Sports review

Fifa 14 by EA Sports gives you the chance to create your own dream team led by one of the game's current superstars. You can mix and match players to get the best possible team chemistry, and then start working your way up through the ranks until you reach the top level of competition.

Pros

Control options: When it comes to controlling your players in this game, you have several options to choose from. If you favor the pure touchscreen experience, there are various gestures you can use to get your players to pass, sprint, shoot, and tackle. Or … Read more

Into the Dead review

Into the Dead transports you to a world filled with the walking dead where you have to keep moving to stay out of their grasp. As the ghostly apparitions come at you, out of the fog, you have to dodge left and right to keep going or gun them down in their tracks before they can grab you and take you down with them.

Pros

Controller options: Surviving in this game is all about being quick as you dodge oncoming zombies, which is why it's so nice to have your choice of controller configuration to facilitate this movement. You … Read more

Jetpack Joyride review

Jetpack Joyride is an endless flying game that features a continuous stream of new obstacles to overcome while you collect better and better jetpacks. There's always a new surprise waiting just off the screen in this game, and you'll find it hard to put down if for no other reason than you want to see what's coming next.

Pros

Obstacle variation: The continuous variation in the layout of the levels in this game and the placement and nature of the obstacles you face set it apart from most other games in its category. The graphics also are … Read more