Aug 14, 2010

Game Review: Parking Break

We have the board game version of Parking Break (called Traffic Jam) and it is a great thinking game for adults and kids a like. I am always impressed when my 5 year old son does well on this game! The object is to get clear the path for your car to get through the all traffic. Your score is determined by the number of moves and how long it takes you to rescue "Orz" the red car. You slide the other vehicles up/down and left/right to clear the path for Orz to advance to the next level. It can take a while to get in the zone and you can always start a level over again, if you've just messed it up too much!

This is a fun game that uses your deductive thinking skills!

Price: Free/$2.99
Developer: Orz
Phone Tested On: Nexus One

Aug 10, 2010

Pop Math - Educational Kids App Review

When you can combine a little fun with eduction and slap it on your smartphone, you have a winner in my opinion. My son is a math whiz, but even a math whiz needs a math app to be fun and Pop Math delivers. This is the kind of app I love to find and share with my children.

The Lite, or free, version you can only choose All Operators where all the math operators are thrown up on the screen as little bubbles. The four equations and four answers floating in different colored and sized bubbles that you must match up. The app keeps score and encourages you as you move through the levels, keeping track of errors and the time you finish each level.

In the paid version of Pop Math (for a mere .99) you can choose the operator you want to work on (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division) specifically. Or you can still choose All Operators to make it a little more difficult. This is a really great app that is a perfect challenge for elementary age kids.

Price: Free for Lite/.99
Phone Tested On: Nexus One
Developer: Laurent Denoue

Aug 5, 2010

Pkt (Pocket) Auctions Review

Ebay is a great tool to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle and smart Moms know that. Smart Mom + Smartphone = Pkt Auctions. Pocket Auctions is an Ebay app that is really professionally done and every useful.

Lots of apps out there are just the website rehashed, but Ebay's site is not easy to navigate on a phone. You an access you My Ebay page and see items you have save on your PC. The ability to scan an item and look it up on with the barcode is great! However many items are not store with that much information on them, so it isn't always useful. Books, DVDs, games are some items that the barcode *should* work well for, but didn't in my tests.

Price: Free
Phone Tested On: Nexus One
Developer: Bonfire Media