Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 20: CS Product Reviews, AllClear ID, Rune Raiders, Battleloot Adventures

Mar 20, 2012
Tech

Next time you head out to do some shopping, you might want to bring today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, CS Product Review, along with you. It makes it easy to scan products and find out what other customers think of the products you’re considering for purchase. We’ve also got AllClear ID on today’s list, an […]

Next time you head out to do some shopping, you might want to bring today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, CS Product Review, along with you. It makes it easy to scan products and find out what other customers think of the products you’re considering for purchase. We’ve also got AllClear ID on today’s list, an app that allows users of the ID theft protection service to receive notifications and access all kinds of handy tools. Today’s games are a couple of turn-based strategy affairs: Rune Raiders has players moving characters across grid-like levels to fight off enemies and complete levels quickly and efficiently, and Battleloot Adventures puts players in turn-based role-playing game-style fights that require careful management of fighters to execute combos and defeat bad guys.

CS Product Reviews (iPhone, iPad) Free

Get all kinds of useful information about the products you’re thinking about purchasing before you buy them with CS Product Reviews. The app is filled with information about various products from actual consumers who have purchased them, allowing you to do on-the-fly research before committing your cash to something that might be a dud as soon as you get it home.

CS Product Reviews includes a bar code scanner to allow users to find products without having to type anything into the app, but it also includes text search capabilities as well. Users can also search for other stores to find different prices for the same products, using an iPhone or iPad’s GPS capabilities and with the results plotted on a map.

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AllClear ID (iPhone, iPad) Free

Fraud and ID theft detection service AllClear ID’s new iOS app allows users to tap into the subscription service, allowing them to receive notifications and reports on their service and to more quickly protect themselves and recover from identity theft and fraud. The app basically lets you tap into the full capabilities of AllClear ID, wherever you are.

AllClear ID packs fraud detection tools for things ranging from your banking info to login credentials, as well as things like free ID protection programs that you can activate and manage as you see fit. And if something happens, you can use the app to connect with an AllClear investigator to help you sort things out before identity theft turns into a life-altering problem.

Rune Raiders (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Turn-based strategy game Rune Raiders looks a little strange at first. Players hire characters to play through each level in the game, which is set up as a grid. When you have your troops, you’ll move vertically through each level, fighting off monsters as they appear. Each character has certain capabilities, like being able to shoot arrows at distant squares on the grid or attacking only enemies that come within one square of them.

The formation you place your characters in is key to your success as you move through each fight, and how well you keep your characters alive and how efficiently you move through each stage affects your score for each level. You’ll also earn more money to upgrade your characters and hire new ones. You can track how well you do on each stage on Rune Raiders’ Game Center leaderboards.

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Battleloot Adventures (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Another fantasy, turn-based strategy game, Battleloot Adventure is also about fighting monsters and using characters of different classes and abilities to be successful. In Battleloot, you basically go up against hordes of enemies, choosing which ones to attack with which of your characters, and tapping at the right time to defend yourself from counter-attacks. Choosing the right character for the job in each stage is key to winning battles.

Battleloot has more than 60 stages, and players will have to choose a city to fight for and a squad of characters to take into battle. Your formation, classes and special abilities will be key to victory, as will executing combos with different characters. Battleloot also packs Game Center, which supplies achievements to earn along the way.

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Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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