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Challenge and speed make “Downwell” a blast

Challenge and speed make “Downwell” a blast

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

February 7, 2018


Filed under Apps, Reviews, Showcase

Blasting through the depths of a well while surrounded by durable enemies, players will be pressed into split-second decisions and quick reactions to overcome the high-speed challenge of “Downwell.” With 2D graphics and ‘gunboots’ to support the player, the only way forward is down. Beginni...

Go Plane: Great concept, poor execution

Go Plane: Great concept, poor execution

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

January 26, 2018


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Set above a blue sky, the controllable plane in mobile app “Go Plane” can actively dodge incoming rockets through the swipes and movement of a player’s finger. The app features a variety of unlocks and is packed with possible challenges, unfortunately caused in part due to multiple technical issue...

Constant Track

Constant Track

By Adam Schwartz, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2018


Filed under Apps, Reviews

Rider is an app that tests a gamer’s reaction skills. This game makes users follow a constant path, with small obstacles arising during the game, which can make it hard for players to advance and increase their scores as they play more. One unique feature is the bike-flipping part of the game. The bi...

‘Assembly Line’ is simple, yet addictive

‘Assembly Line’ is simple, yet addictive

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

January 10, 2018


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Recently updated on Dec. 24 by its developer Olympus, the free app Assembly Line makes up for its lackluster, simplistic graphics in return for a game built around the creation of a variety of logic-based assembly-line processes. The major objective of the game is to create an efficient virtual assembly...

“Color Ballz” is challenging fun

“Color Ballz” is challenging fun

By Allison Lackner, Business Manager

October 16, 2017


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The player sits there wondering where the time went after playing Color Ballz. The new updated version of this game is highly addictive for all ages. The player just wants to keep playing in hopes of beating their previous score. This app is an updated version of Arkanoid with a colorful twist....

‘TBH’ app proves to be popularity contest

‘TBH’ app proves to be popularity contest

By Emily McCloskey, Intern

October 16, 2017


Filed under Apps, Reviews, Showcase

Only available in certain states including Michigan, TBH is an app used by many high schoolers to see who likes you and why. In the app, classmates can choose students for different polls based on what they think best fits one’s personality. When first opening the app, it generates through your ...

Super Mario Run shows potential

Super Mario Run shows potential

By Hannah Zalewski, Intern

September 29, 2017


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If an addicting game that requires little effort on the player's part is what people are looking for, then Super Mario Run could be the perfect match. Super Mario Run consists of four intertwined games: World tour, Toad Rally, Kingdom builder, and Remix Ten. Campaign mode, or World Tour, allows players t...

Aura, a mindfulness lifestyle organizer

Aura, a mindfulness lifestyle organizer

By Josie Bennett, Editor

March 1, 2017


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For consumers looking towards a new way to help them embrace the mindfulness lifestyle, “Aura” might just be the app to get them started. “Aura” is a personalized application that helps the user organize a happy zen-like lifestyle. It has designated “mindful moment” times for the user to parti...

∞ Loop serves as refreshing addition to puzzle game genre

∞ Loop serves as refreshing addition to puzzle game genre

By Ritika Sanikommu, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2017


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∞ Loop is a modern approach to the age-old puzzle game format. Inspired by the infinity symbol, it is deceptively easy to get entangled in this game, which tests players’ problem solving abilities and perception skills. The game is minimalistic in its design. Its graphics are unembellished, ran...

New app dies on the grapevine

New app dies on the grapevine

By Jacqueline Squillace, Staff Reporter

January 21, 2017


Filed under Apps, Reviews, Showcase

Vine, the popular social media network for shareable six-second videos, announced in October of 2016 that the app was closing its doors. Vine launched stars such as Shawn Mendes, Tori Kelly and Ruth B, the singer of the popular song “Lost Boy,” into their careers. Now that Vine is officially shu...

Britney Spears-based app is similar to other related games

Britney Spears-based app is similar to other related games

By Allison Lackner, Assistant Editor

May 25, 2016


Filed under Apps, Reviews, Showcase

If one is looking for a game to suck all their free time away, download Britney Spears: American Dream. The app seller, Glu Games Inc., stays true to their title. The games they produce are addicting. This company just released its newest game with Britney Spears, but it is essentially a replica of...

Sea Hero Quest helps Alzheimer research, is entertaining

Sea Hero Quest helps Alzheimer research, is entertaining

By Billy Moin, Managing Editor

May 19, 2016


Filed under Apps, Reviews, Video Games

Created by Glitchers in collaboration with several groups including Deutsche Telekom and Alzheimer’s Research, Sea Hero Quest is the result of an effort to devise a new way to collect dementia research. In the game, the character helps his father rediscover creatures he once found long ago. Playe...