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Snap Lotto

Today we’re going to take a look at the Snap Lotto iOS app for iPhone and iPad. Snap Lotto is a brand new app released on May 7th, 2014, that is very similar to Snap Chat. The main difference between Snap Lotto and Snap Chat is that you don’t need an account to use Snap Lotto. This means that you can use Snap Lotto right away and take pictures, but it also means that you can’t have a contact list to share pictures with other people.

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Snap Lotto right now barely has anyone using it, so there were only six pictures shown and refreshing it by scrolling all the way up didn’t bring about any new pictures. Once the community grows I can imagine that refreshing Snap Lotto would bring about six or more new pictures, instead of simply showing the same pictures over and over again like it does right now.

It has a very simple interface and colorful interface with a few buttons. Pictures you haven’t seen yet appear blended in with one color, like the picture of the green man. If you tap and hold the picture, you can view it in its full and original color. Keep in mind though you can only view a picture once, so once you click and view it, the picture turns gray and that means you can no longer look at it. You can also ‘like’ a picture by tapping on the heart icon in the middle of the picture, or report it as inappropriate by tapping on the exclamation point in the bottom right corner.

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You can easily take a picture yourself to add to the Snap Lotto list by tapping on the camera button in the upper right hand corner. Once you take a picture it automatically adds it to your current list of pictures, and shows you a view count and heart count of your picture. The pictures are removed from public view within 24 hours.

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This is an awesome app idea where it brings random pictures from people all around the world and I definitely can’t wait when more people start using it and more pictures are shown. It’s just a great way to spend your time when you’re not doing anything else such as when you’re standing in line or when waiting for someone, you can view random pictures that people took online that same day or take some of your own pictures and show them to different people.

Overall it’s a great and creative app idea but at the moment it has a lack of users. It is quickly gaining momentum though with over 200+ downloads after the initial week of launch. 200+ downloads for an app may not seem like much, but it’s definitely a good start for a new up and coming social app.

You can download Snap Lotto at the iOS App Store.

Review Written on 5/17/2014
Last updated on 8/26/2016

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Hopping Bunny

Today we take a look a new game in the app store called Hopping Bunny. Hopping Bunny is a free to play fun and addicting arcade game where your goal is to score as many points as possible by tapping on green blocks one after another. We will review the game through the four basic gameplay criteria of: Gameplay, Features, Graphics, and Sounds.

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Gameplay:

There are three basic game modes of Survival, Time, and Distance. They are all very similar to one another. For Survival, your goal is to get as many points as you can without messing up. For Time, your goal is to hop 50 times in the shortest time possible, without messing up. Finally for the Distance game mode, your goal is to hop as many times as you can in 30 seconds without messing up.

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It’s all very fun and easy to do, however it does make the game limiting in the number of things you can do. It’s a really fun and addicting game where all you do is tap, and tap, and tap different blocks as they appear and try to complete the challenge of the game mode.

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This game is really addicting even though the gameplay concept is so simple. It’s basically tap as fast as you can, tapping each consecutive green block in the order that they appear, if you accidentally miss and tap on a blue block for example, you lose the round and your score is displayed. It’s a really addicting game, hard to stop. Very simple, yet addicting.

Gameplay Rating: 8/10

Features:

The main features of the game are that it has three game modes, and a high score system that works with Game Center. These are basic and nice features, what takes away from the app though are the excessive advertisements:

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The only reason the advertisements are here is for you to accidentally click on them. They pop up at the most unexpected moments such during the main menu screen of the game, and after every few rounds, an advertisement will randomly pop up. I honestly clicked on a few of these by mistake, the game is a tap-tap-tap kind of game, if you accidentally tap the water by mistake, and you tap the screen again, you’ll most likely click on an advertisement.

This advertisement method is brilliant in terms of earning revenue, but it’s very dishonest and a cheap method to have excessive advertisements and it’s generally frowned upon in the industry.

Only three game modes combined with excessive advertisements and the only good thing being Game Center high scores, makes for a low features rating.

Features Rating: 3/10

Graphics:

The game menu screens have good graphics, they are colorful, the buttons are centered, and the layouts are simple. These graphics make sense. The clouds are nice, the grass is nice, and the bunny mascot is very well rendered in the different screens.

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Step into playing the game itself however and the graphics become a different story. The main graphics of the gameplay are basically colored rectangular blocks with the only complicated drawing being the bunny feet. So for the different game menus, the graphics are excellent but for the gameplay itself, the graphics are horrible. It probably makes sense in a way though because the gameplay itself is very simple, but there’s too much a dramatic difference in the graphic qualities from screen to screen.

Graphics Rating: 5/10

Sounds:

The only sounds of the game are the spring noise from the jumping, the menu clicks, the gameover screen, and the winning screen. The sounds make sense though, and this game proves you don’t need music to have a good sounding game. Although it would probably be better with music, this game can definitely be played and enjoyed without it. There could also have been a much better selection of sounds used in the game too though.

Sounds Rating: 3/10

Overall Rating: 19/40

Overall it’s definitely an addicting game to play, that is why the gameplay reached such good scores. However, the limited game modes, excessive advertisements, inconsistent graphic quality, and lack of engaging sounds gives the game a lower score overall.

Come check out and download the game at: Hopping Bunny on iTunes

Review Written on: 5/20/2014
Last updated: 8/26/2016