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120 Sports Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 1st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VIDEO BASED SPORTS NEWS
Want to keep up-to-date with the latest sports news and enjoy some videos, too? This will be ideal.
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Showstopper Basketball Review

Posted by Marquice Johnson on May 30th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Mobage, Inc.
Price: Free
Version: 1.01
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
Graphics / Sound Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar


I’ve haven’t played many sports titles on iOS with good reason; like fighting games, the gameplay is all dependent on latency. For developer Mobage, Inc., the solution for translating fast-paced hoops to the non-buttoned platform is to remove the ability to play basketball all together. Instead, we are left with a situational analysis app, an almost coaching approach, where every player action is dictated by the statistical probability of its outcome. From passing to shooting to playing defense, each action is a timed decision where players must choose the best course of action to score a bucket.

The way Showstopper sets up this grand experiment is placing a 5-member squad against an opposing team in league play; the catch is that I didn't actually play but rather governed the team of stars. After the opening tip, it is up to me to decide the actions of the team ,as every two seconds the players pause and I am given five seconds to decide whether to dish the rock or shoot the pill. This may seem to be a lengthy process but as each game takes less than three minutes to complete, I am hungered, like looking for seconds on Thanksgiving with none to be found. Upon loading the first match-up, my first thought is, “this is different." However, by the tenth league game, I'm sure that I'm not enjoying the basketball portion nearly as much as the collectible card game (CCG) component.

Did I utter basketball and CCG in the same sentence? That I did. How Mobage came to the conclusion to unite the two is well beyond me but what I do know is that it feels compelling enough to stick with (even if basketball gameplay is non-existent). At the conclusion of every match-up, the standouts from my team level up and continue to gain xp that translates into new abilities on the court. So, instead of continually shooting jump shots right under the basket, new window options of “layup” or “dunk” appear at my coaching disposal. Customizations are also the rave, as new gear equates to in-game attribute bonuses. With the gamut of CCG depth for such a simplistic sport, I could not help but imagine what could have been if this type of CCG were layered onto a different genre.

Is Showstopper Basketball a great sporting experience with excellent b-ball gameplay? Absolutely not. Is it worth a glance to imagine what cool CCG and sports could possibly become on iOS? Absolutely.

Flick Champions Winter Sports Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on February 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLIP AND FALL
If you thought winter sports were boring before, boy do you have another thing coming.
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SportsPage Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on November 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SPORTS NEWS
Use SportsPage to create a custom sports themed news feed that tracks teams, locations, and sports.
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SportStream Review

Posted by Carter Dotson on October 5th, 2012

Developer: SportStream Inc.
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.3
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

iOS Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar


The beauty of this age of sports with social media is that we can connect with friends, celebrating our teams together. Who are we kidding, sports is a black hole of despair: everyone loses eventually and sadness fills our souls like darkness upon the earth as the sun sets.

Other than that, sports is great!

SportStream has an interesting way of approaching the sports app and social media. Users start by logging in with Facebook or Twitter, then selecting their favorite teams, which offers some selections based on likely choices. I’m not sure how the discovery algorithm works, but the app gave me the San Antonio Spurs, Texas Rangers, and Houston Rockets as suggested teams to follow. Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. It is possible to add teams manually as well. Then, users search for the games they want to follow, and can receive alerts about scores. As well, game scores, stats, even TV information is available for games. A social feed of relevant Twitter accounts is available for each game including official team accounts and analysts that can be favorited, retweeted, and replied to. I’ve already used the app to call out a beat writer on something stupid they said, because that’s the beauty of Twitter: we’re all on equal footing.

It’s possible to check-in to games, as much as one can check-in to a virtual construct than a physical location. Thankfully, it’s at least limited to checking-in on the day of the game, and it is used to also create a chat room between those who have checked-in. It serves a useful secondary purpose. It’s possible to get people to join in with the app via Facebook, Twitter, and email, and to post about the game with suggested hashtags and links where necessary.

The app supports logging in with Facebook or Twitter through the iOS native logins. Frankly, I’m impressed: too many apps have been not supporting iOS-native social networks. It is infuriating to say the least. So kudos to SportStream for taking some initiative on this.

Whether SportStream is making a comment on college football realignment or just using outdated info, it’s humorous to see the Texas A&M Aggies back in the Big 12 in the app. We kicked you and your creepy all-male cheerleaders out, now stay out! As a side note for those who don’t follow college football: The Big 12 has 10 teams and the Big 10 has 12 teams. Don’t try to make sense of it; college football never does.

What I think SportStream really succeeds at is that while social interaction is a core part of the app, it never forgets about the games. It works as a scoreboard app, along with being a way to sample the opinions floating out there on social media. Come gameday, this could prove to be extremely useful as a second-screen app.

It's also available for iPhone as a separate download, also free.

RotoWire Fantasy Football Draft Kit 2012

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on August 28th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FANTASY FOOTBALL COVERAGE
RotoWire Fantasy Football Draft Kit 2012 not only provides users with a cheat sheet but it also adjusts to league settings and helps users manage their drafts quickly and efficiently.
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NFL Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet 2012 for iPad Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Carter Dotson on August 27th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CHEATER CHEATER PUMPKIN EATER
Get a leg up in that upcoming fantasy football draft with NFL Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet 2012 for iPad.
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Kick-Off Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 15th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: INTERESTING
An enjoyable history of soccer but with limited interactivity.
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Topps Pennant Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on May 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROUND THE BASES
Topps Pennant is a baseball history app that brings box scores and historical information together in one stylish package.
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MLB At Bat 2012 Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Carter Dotson on April 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HOME RUN
MLB At Bat 2012 is the official app for following games live from any iOS device, including watching and listening to live games.
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NCAA March Madness Live Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Carter Dotson on March 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FEEL THE MADNESS
NCAA March Madness Live grants live access to all the games in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
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ESPN iScore Basketball Scorekeeper Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Keri Honea on January 10th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HARDCORE
Quite possibly the most hardcore scorekeeping app for basketball in existence.
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SuperBodies Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Monica Stevens on July 26th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BRONZE MEDAL
Nature vs. Nurture: Does dedication or DNA a superbody make?
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2011 Fantasy Football Calculator & Draft Kit HD

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Kevin Stout on June 8th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FOR SERIOUS PLAYERS
2011 Fantasy Football Calculator & Draft Kit HD is one of the first fantasy football apps available for the 2011-12 season.
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Par Out Golf Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on May 2nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: AWESOME DRIVE
A unique take on a aging genre that still manages to maintain the charm and appeal of the original subject matter.
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