iPad Most overrated and underrated applications

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  1. Vende

    Vende Well-Known Member

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    Most overrated app has got to be google earth, which really feels like an incomplete application. It's far slower than google maps (at least when running on edge for us first generationers) and this whole 3d tilt thing is pretty pointless, since, at least so far, the buildings themselves remain 2d and thus flat when angling the iphone. No street names hurts too. I'm sure it'll be better with the update, but still, what does it do that google maps doesn't, even after the updates. Does anyone really care about street view??

    Most underrated app is a tie between Super Monkey Ball and Stanza. Regarding the former, I have a lot (and I mean a LOT) of iphone games with seemingly impressive graphics. Some are lame (Kroll, Motoracer, Bugdom 2), some moderately fun (Cro Mag, Nanosaur 2, Flick Bowling), and some are truly a pleasure (Real Soccer 09, Asphalt, Trism). Super Monkey Ball seems to be the forgotten game, despite it probably being one of the biggest sellers and essentially the flagship for the apps store. I still find myself playing it a ton (still stuck on level 98) when I'm bored and the graphics still have that Dreamcast feel that really only Real Soccer and maybe Kroll come close to having

    The other underrated app is Stanza. You have literally thousands of free books at the tip of your fingers. Downloading time isn't too bad even on edge, and did I say the books are free free free. I've been reading The Great Gatsby on the way to work lately, and it really helps the time go. I don't understand why there isn't more talk of this app as it is a phenomenal e-reader. The other e-book app isn't bad, but I can't find that many free books on that site like I can with Stanza.
     
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    alextangweihao Active Member

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    I totally agree. Stanza is just one of the best apps. There r lots of really great books in it!:rolleyes:
     
  3. moopf

    moopf Well-Known Member

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    #3 moopf, Nov 11, 2008
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    Completely agree with this. I've never really got into the eBook reading thing (prefer dead trees) but I've found Stanza really easy to use and I haven't found it difficult or uncomfortable to read with. Reading Cory Doctorow's Eastern Standard Tribe at the moment (it's creative commons as is most of his stuff, so it's available in one of the Stanza libraries). I may sack off dead trees for anything other than our stove now :D

    As for overrated...hmmm...that's difficult. If I had to say one, I'd probably say Trism. The scoring is ridiculous and the game dynamics aren't elegant as it has to keep filling the gaps to allow you to keep going and it has artificial end points because of this (the bombs, primarily) otherwise there would be no end. When I think of the simplicity and elegance of something like Bejewelled (it's so simple and elegant in its actual game design), Trism doesn't really come close. Having said that, my wife loves it and still plays it far too much.
     
  4. polyplay

    polyplay Well-Known Member

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    I agree on Stanza. When I purchased my iPod a year ago, I never thought I'd be reading James Joyce on it a year later.

    But of the apps I have purchased,
    Overrated:
    Spore (although most think it's overrated, so it probably isn't)
    LineRider
    Imangi
    Virus


    Underrated:
    Nanosaur II
    PuzzleManiak (and all the individual puzzles)
    Aqua Forest
    Marple
    Stroll Garden
    Stanza
     
  5. super6ft7

    super6ft7 Well-Known Member

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    underated-
    hiqup
    puzzlemaniak
    can't think of them all right now

    overated-
    lots
     
  6. rootbeersoup

    rootbeersoup Well-Known Member

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    Overrated - Any mediocre app, as long as it's by an "indie" developer
     
  7. NotYou

    NotYou Well-Known Member

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    #7 NotYou, Nov 11, 2008
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    I think Starsmasher is way overrated. Overrated isn't even the word for. It was neat to see when the app store first came around, but now it either needs a major update or a price drop to $.99. I usually don't complain about games, but this one warrants it.

    MnemoSkinn is a good app that a lot of people rate low for being confusing. It's more than a simple to-do list. Most people don't seem to get that. It's a really great app for the right people. It could use a few fixes, but all in all it's very useful.

    Yellow Pages Mobile is pretty great too. People pay for apps that do the same thing and download other that aren't as good. They've updated it a lot and it works perfect now (at least in my area).

    Showtimes is the best "movie times" app I've seen and it's free. Anyone that gives it a bad review needs thrown in traffic.

    Edit: I just noticed that Evernote only has 3 1/2 stars. That officially makes it underrated. That's one of the best and most useful apps I've ever used. Why would you rate that lower than four or five stars. I just don't get it.
     
  8. Danillson

    Danillson Well-Known Member

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    I think Asphalt is way overrated. It's not a bad game but not as good as many guys praise it to be. Powerboot Challenge is also overrated. The graphics are ok but seriously not stunning. The same is Trism. The concept is complicate and it's not very smooth. But the graphics are really good and polished.

    The most underrated game is...mhh... actually I can't say.
     
  9. rootbeersoup

    rootbeersoup Well-Known Member

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    Evernote is a good app, and right up my alley, as I like to use services that I can access on the web as well (like Google Reader)

    But I don't use Evernote because I can't delete Apple's Notes app and I hate having duplicate-functioning apps :/
     
  10. jlake02

    jlake02 Well-Known Member

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    Most overrated by far: MonkeyBall.

    The controls are utter crap and ruin the game. The dev has proven it doesn't care and refuses to update it. Total waste of money.
     
  11. don_k

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    Most underrated: Dizzy Bee
     
  12. Vende

    Vende Well-Known Member

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    I'd say Super Monkey Bal is one of the most underrated games because it's gotten such a bad buzz from people. And the controls aren't that bad
     
  13. Finchypoo

    Finchypoo Well-Known Member

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    Overrated, definitely Monkeyball, although id throw Crash Bandicoot in there too. Maybe its just me but that game just isnt fun, the framerate is terrible, the graphics arent that good and I dont like the feel of the controls, I spent $10 on it when it came out and It probably only ever got 15 min of playtime.

    Underrated: Noise.io Ok, o its really new and probably people just havent discovered it, but I saw it on the appstore and looked at it and it didnt sell me in any way. I later had it recommended to me by a friend so i bought it and WOW, there is complexity and power to that app thats way beyond anything else out there in the music app scene, very impressive and confusing as hell.
     
  14. different

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    I wouldn't say Dizzy Bee is underrated - it has one of the best review scores on the store.

    I don't agree about Monkeyball - the controls are fine - the idea is to create the most realistic experience possible. It works best if you make small movements, remember the accelerometer does detect even the slightest change in tilt.
     
  15. Little White Bear Studios

    Little White Bear Studios Well-Known Member

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    I think Dizzy Bee should be a top 50 app, but it's been out of the top 100 for months. Subway Shuffle should also be in the top 50.
     
  16. Everydaynormalguy

    Everydaynormalguy Well-Known Member

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    U just answered ur own question there pal. To master SMBs controls u'd have to spent quite some time, maybe a half hour, maybe more. It definitely gets better with time, once ur able to beat the infamous level 7 with one hand u feel like u can take on the entire world, trust me...
     
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    Overrated: definitely Trism. It's an overdone Bejeweled, and you have to play it with your iPod tilted at a 45 degree angle. There are worse games, but Trism is the highest rated poor game by far.

    Underrated: Ms. Pac-Man. Yeah, it's overpriced, and there are probably other apps I like better, but it is was still worth it to me, and so I'd have to rate it as the most underrated given the terrible star rating it has received. It's a great game. It has always been a great game, and the kind of game you can always play and enjoy.
     
  18. don_k

    don_k Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but not the loudest hype. Compare it to Trism, Mazefinger, iFishing, or Venger. For me, Dizzy Bee is way better and more polished than those games, yet no one (not only in this forum) talked about it, yet it always excelled on reviews - both on iTMS and website reviews.
     
  19. nanokiwi

    nanokiwi Active Member

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    #19 nanokiwi, Nov 12, 2008
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    SMB & Trism

    Super Monkey Ball is way underrated at 3.63 stars iTunes worldwide
    It actually has the polish and feel of a console game, which can't be said for many other games
    I think people simply resented that it's a super difficult game
    I would love a speedier race version

    Trism seems overrated at an amazing 4.70 stars iTunes worldwide
    I just didn't find it appealing to play at all - like a tiltfest that may reward forward thinking but I just couldn't be bothered. . .

    Dizzy Bee is not underated - with an average 4.74 stars it is the highest rated paid game on the iphone! The reason people don't rave about it is probably because has a sweet, childlike quality to it - and we're MEN goddamit. Geeky, zombie hunting men. .
     
  20. 1337brian

    1337brian Well-Known Member

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    Wow, you sir just read my mind :eek: ... A multiplayer online monkeyball racer would kick butt!
     

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