Prisma: the free app that keeps on giving!

Prisma is a photo app that makes your pictures look sick if you do it right. Below: “Mosaic” filter used on a photo taken with Egg app. (Egg app is like snapchat without the hoopla.)

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Bloodmasque on iPhone/iPad

So I started this game a couple months back when Dad was going for surgery. Can I say, for a game for iPhone/iPad, that this is some cool shit.

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First, let me say that it is a vampire game… Now don’t groan. I know some of you have had your fill of vamp-ness but honestly, this game wasn’t as groan worthy as I thought.

So it’s story mode for the majority of the game, I won’t spoil it for you because that is part of the fun, where you show your prowess as a half human-vampire hybrid in service to the Hunter’s Guild of Paris, where our story takes place.

One of the best tidbits about this game is how you can either have a preset avatar, or an avatar with your own face (see above picture) which makes the story mode more interesting because you are actually seeing your game self defeating everything.

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You can choose a clan, and switch clans depending on the foe you are trying to vanquish. Get armour from your battles or from the shop. Yes, there is in-app purchases but you don’t need them to win, you can keep trying until you get it.

Now the downside (this wouldn’t be one of my reviews if I didn’t play devil’s advocate) iPad mini users will have either lag or crashing issues that have yet to be fully knocked out by fixes. Dodging in the game is not 100%, so you can find yourself getting hit despite constantly being in the dodge position. Oh, that goes for iPhone 4, too. And if you are going the non-purchasing route, you’ll have to keep killing monsters to get weapons strong enough to carry you to the next challenge. I spent a lot of hours trying to beat the Paris big-bad. Then another set of hours trying to get that trick to drop the armour I wanted.

All in all if they fix the bugs and how rigged the dodge is, it’s a pretty kick-ass game.

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Paper for iPad

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Welcome to the gorgeous, but oh-so-frustrating awesomeness that is Paper by Fifty-three.

While some features on this drawing app are just amazing, like blending colours and being able to print a book of your work, actually making work worth printing, on the other hand, is another matter.

While my drawing (see above) isn’t bad, I could have done a more exact job on ProCreate.

Also, with such a lacking selection of tools (and at $1.99 a pop per tool) I really think Paper needs to up their A game. Don’t get me wrong, it makes pretty pictures, and their way of mixing colours is unique, their drawing in a zoom window option is an innovative touch up idea, but that’s about it.

While the ad for turning your Paper projects into a real life book (Moleskin) shows detailed sketches, actually getting it to look anything that detailed will not be as easy as draw and print. The undo option (accurately named “rewind”) is an annoying two-finger circle motion that sometimes will make you scribble all over your drawing before you get it to activate and undo what you did.

I could go on, but really, you should try it for yourself and see if it’s worth the gimmicks.