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Five For Friday: Week Of July 27

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 27th, 2012

We're deep into the middle of Summer now, so maybe that's why we haven't had the busiest of weeks when it comes to new releases. Never fear, though: we've still found five apps and games worthy of checking out over the weekend. Each offers something a little different and is bound to entertain or prove useful.

Muse 360
For many music fans, this will be an ideal app. Focusing on popular British indie rock band Muse, Muse 360 allows users to view concerts from 5 different camera angles and shifting focus just how they wish. It's possible to purchase and download many of the band's biggest hits such as Plug In Baby and Micro Cuts, and view performances from the 10th anniversary show at Reading Festival, through this interface.

Ticket To Ride Europe Pocket
Ticket To Ride has consistently provided an immensely enjoyable board game experience on the iPad and iPhone, so it's exciting to see a new version emerge in the form of the Europe edition. The game offers a new layout and challenges, as well as a new AI bot and achievements to gain.

The stock weather app, while useful, is far from pretty to look at. Solar is the kind of appearance that fits into the minimalist beauty of iOS perfectly. It's sleek and fast to use, giving all the important facts such as temperature, feels like temperature, general forecast and time.

5K To Marathon Runmeter GPS
Many running apps focus on getting beginners started on their journey to fitness. 5K To Marathon Runmeter GPS continues where those apps left off, offering training plans for those aiming to complete 10Ks, half marathons or full marathons. It'll also monitor numerous useful statistics, such as speed, elevation, distance, time and heart rate (with the right accessory).

The Bourne Legacy: Operation Intel
Continuing the trend of apps that tie into new movies, The Bourne Legacy: Operation Intel gives players the opportunity to participate in ten missions which unlock exclusive audio clips from The Bourne Legacy. Besides the missions, other features such as video and photo galleries, plus story details and showtimes are available for fans of the movie.

Five For Friday: Week Of July 20

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 20th, 2012

Another week has flown by and we're creeping near to the end of July already. So what better way than to spend a few minutes in your Friday before the weekend than by checking out our Five For Friday? It's the ideal source of apps and games you might have missed out on over the past seven days.

CRC Pro-Cycling
The Tour De France is capturing the attention of many a cycling fan and while many will be partaking in real life cycling, CRC Pro-Cycling offers the fun of racing in game form. Recognizing the importance of hydration, the game isn't just about cycling fast but also by keeping thirsty at bay, also. It's a pleasant change of pace from the usual racing titles.

NASA Science: A Journey of Discovery
Space is a fascinating part of science and what better source than NASA itself to inform you on latest developments? The app keeps users up to date on all the latest from NASA's Science Missions, such as the spacecraft, instruments used, data and various other things to be learnt. With a stylish user interface, it'll hook space fans.

Ripley's Believe It or Not!
On the lighter end of the educational scale, Ripley's Believe It or Not! teaches its users about some fascinating and often entertaining facts. The app hooks up with the Ripley's museums and books, unlocking further content, plus there's a guide to all the attractions across the world.

We've all been running late at some point and wanted to inform loved ones of the fact. Twist makes it all the simpler, accurately calculating your arrival time and privately sharing it with those who matter. It should mean that people will never need worry about how late someone's going to be again, providing they have this app, of course!

Popset is a new photo sharing app. Offering filters and an easy way to share with friends, it doesn't sound overly different from what's already out there. The crucial difference here is that it makes it possible to group photos easily, as well as share entire sets to Facebook with a single tap. It's a great idea for regular snappers.

Five For Friday: Week Of July 13

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 13th, 2012

It's been a very exciting week on the App Store, especially for games fans, with some great big releases emerging. However, they're not the only titles of interest. As usual, we take a look at five apps and games that offer exactly that.

Nearly everyone as a child wanted to be a firefighter, police officer, medic or some other heroic career path. Few of us turned out to be that courageous however, which is why games let us pretend to be those people. EMERGENCY is one such title with players controlling all the major emergency services across 13 different disaster scenarios.

We all need a touch of inspiration at some point in our lives, especially those of us who work in creative industries. Oflow provides the means in which to be inspired with 100 proven ways to cure creative block. Ideas such as creating stories for the people around you or figuring out a reverse mind map, will do wonders to getting the creative juices flowing.

Musicians will be intrigued by Notezart thanks to offering musical scores with a social element. Users can take photos of their paper based music scores then upload them to Notezart, thus being able to view them on their iPad. The public domain music library is available through the app, offering 190,000 scores for added benefit. Throughout, it's possible to share scores with friends easily.

I Woke Up
I Woke Up may solve arguments but it might also provide ammunition for another fight. The app tracks who's been taking care of the baby in the night. Splitting such duties is an understandably big thing for new parents and I Woke Up should prove definitive results as to who is doing what, and hopefully lead to equality.

Michael Johnson's Fun Run
One of a growing number of apps tapping into the pre-Olympic buzz is this game that promises to entertain and educate kids the benefit of eating healthily. A finger racing game at heart, Michael Johnson's Fun Run also offers plenty of fun food facts while conveying the important message that healthier food will keep you running faster.

Five For Friday: Week Of July 6

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 6th, 2012

It's been a relatively quiet time on the App Store this week, mostly due to many people being rather busy enjoying July 4th. That doesn't mean we haven't got a fun selection of apps and games to take a look at for this week's Five for Friday, however! Each app is worth checking out and all are $0.99 or less. Bonus!

PlayART is an ideal app for the family to participate in together. It's an art app that encourages kids to interact with some of the greatest paintings by playing with them. Art by Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, Rousseau and Klee are included here with kids able to create artwork with elements, taken from the original paintings. It's all fun yet educational in a way that they'll never notice.

Curly's Pocket Guide to Sports
There's a summer of sports ahead, courtesy of the Summer Olympics in London, but how many do you know all the rules for? Curly's Pocket Guide to Sports guides readers through the rules behind 74 different sports as well as offering illustrations, tips and tactics. Fun facts and a simple yet friendly interface ensures it won't intimidate even the biggest newbie.

Quick Fictions
Life is busy and sometimes it's preferable to read a story quickly rather than spend days or weeks on end poring over huge swathes of literature. Enter Quick Fictions, an app that provides plenty of stories, each under 300 words in length. It's the kind of bite sized literature that suits the daily commute perfectly, plus it's surprisingly interesting reading such minimal storytelling.

Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition
Reimagining the classic arcade game of Frogger comes Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition, just in time for its 30th anniversary. The same principle is there - dodge cars while leaping across the road - but new game modes have been added, along with better graphics and stages inspired by other Konami titles such as Contra and Castlevania. It should be ideal for new and old fans of the game.

Journal apps are common on the App Store but Journalized is still worth a look. It's particularly attractive to look at and interact with, with a full screen media browser making it easy to look at text, photos and videos all at once. For those who want to quickly keep track of their private thoughts, it's a great way of checking in.

Five For Friday: Week Of June 29

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 29th, 2012

How the heck is it the end of June, already? If you're UK based like myself, you won't have even experienced much of a summer yet, courtesy of our crazy wet weather at the moment. Still, whether we like it or not, this is the last Five For Friday of June and we've got a great bunch to look at.

Crabs and Penguins
A freebie from Coca-Cola, Crabs and Penguins is exclusively for the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and New iPad. Thanks to that, it's a casual platforming game that offers some stunning graphics. Players can explore a tropical paradise with the side effect of shark infested waters, as they discover sunken pirate ships. This should prove an ideal one to play with the family over the weekend.

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Besides his many fantastic plays, William Shakespeare also found the time to write 154 sonnets and love poems. This app offers every sonnet as performed to camera by an impressive cast. Thespians such as Sir Patrick Stewart, David Tennant, Stephen Fry and Dominic West all contribute to the collection which offers over two and a half hours of video footage.

Who doesn't like a burger? At least, when that burger is made out of great ingredients and cooked to perfection, that is. BurgerQuest should make finding such a burger easier. It's an app that enables users to share their favorite burgers with others around the world, thus serving as a recommendation service for great burger joints. There's also a world ranking of the top ten burgers for fast consultation.

The official Facebook app for iOS is far from the most attractive. Gabi should fill this requisite while we await iOS 6 and the introduction of Facebook integration. The app offers a beautiful way of interacting with the service, filtering content according to what's popular and relevant to the user. It shows the best of what the user's friends have to offer, rather than everything. The more you use it, the more Gabi figures out what the user's preference is.

Doodle Fit 2: Around The World
Doodle is a popular word on the App Store. Doodle Fit 2 doesn't have anything to do with Doodle Jump, however. Instead, it offers a series of different puzzles and brainteasers as the player explores the world. 200 levels are available with the tantalising proposition of level creation and online multiplayer. All for the minimal price of $0.99.

Five For Friday: Week Of June 22

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 22nd, 2012

There's a hefty focus on fun this week in our Five for Friday. We've got a cheerful selection with apps offering inspiration when it comes to travel destinations and meals out, to an interactive story for kids, arcade basketball and the return of an old classic. There's guaranteed to be something for everyone here.

Centipede: Origins
Atari has been updating many of its classic titles in recent months such as Breakout: Boost and Asteroids: Gunner. Latest to the selection is Centipede: Origins, updating classic arcade title Centipede with plenty of bug-blasting to be had. The title offers 3 upgradeable weapons with the same number of gadgets to use in order to stop the centipede onslaught. It should prove a highly entertaining reimagining.

Taking a vacation but not sure where to go? Be guided by Trippy, the app that shows off the splendour of many areas. Users can share their own experiences while checking out what friends and other visitors are exploring. Some beautiful sights are viewable here, all down to the imagery that others snap, as well as the ability to share opinions on the locations. Even if you're not travelling any time soon, take in some attractive views.

Rodman FT
Embracing the fun of flick mechanics, Rodman FT provides a 3D basketball free throw game connected to the one and only Dennis Rodman. Controls are simple with flicking and swiping dominant. The first level is free to play with others unlockable through in-app purchases so it'll prove an ideal distraction over the weekend. AirPlay connectivity and a special Augmented Reality level add to the experience.

Brave Interactive Comic
Recently released at the cinema, Brave is set to be a big hit amongst young adventurers and what better way of continuing such excitement than through the official app? The interactive comic gives fans the chance to relive the adventure of Merida as kids explore each of the 48 comic pages. Kids can get further involved through the drawing instructions within the app, which teach them how to draw their favorite characters from the movie.

It's not always easy to find somewhere tasty to dine out. While personal recommendations are the best source of inspiration, they're not always as simple to come by as you'd like. Dish.fm is a new app that offers a great way of crowd sourcing information and ideas by pulling together comments and constructive criticism on nearby restaurants as well as user photos and dish ratings. Users can liase with friends or strangers, hopefully getting a great cross section of views on an establishment.

Five For Friday: Week Of June 15

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 15th, 2012

There's a slight iPad bias in this week's Five for Friday. Never fear, iPhone and iPod touch owners, it's not personal! We've still found some great apps for all types of iOS owners and hopefully all interests, also.

Combine two of the biggest social networking phenomenons of the year, Instagram and Pinterest, and what do you get? Pinstagram! Admittedly, it's not quite as clear cut as that with the app mainly focused on providing an attractive way of viewing Instagram on the iPad. Users can also pin their photos to their Pinterest board from within the app. Together, it's an attractive way of viewing interesting images.

Myst is a hugely iconic game. Released over 20 years ago, the game has been seen on pretty much every device possible since. This version promises to be an improved release with the ability to explore anywhere without restriction while enjoying the full retina display support for the new iPad. It should prove the most advanced version yet.

Mutant Storm
Previously a successful title for Xbox Live Arcade and PC, Mutant Storm comes to iOS with a wealth of frantic fun and psychedelic 3D arenas to negotiate. Kill or be killed is the sole name of the game here with some stunning visuals backing up proceedings.

Color Splash Studio
MacPhun have a great reputation for photography apps and its latest release, Color Splash Studio, continues that trend. The app allows users to convert images to black and white, while keeping specific areas in color. It's the kind of tool that turns ordinary photos into something special with some extraordinary results. Even better, there's integration with Instagram for extra ease.

There's that constant quest to find the perfect RSS Reader app and Newsify wants to be the best of the pack. Requiring a Google Reader account, the app transforms lists of links into an attractive newspaper style layout. It's an attractive yet familiar look that ensures it's easy to consult. An offline mode and plentiful supply of sharing options rounds off the package.

Five For Friday: Week Of June 8

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 8th, 2012

Where did the last week go? I'm not sure. Probably because I spent as much of it doing as little as possible and enjoying a week off. That didn't stop me keeping an eye on the ever changing App Store for some worthy apps and games that are ideal for trying out over this weekend and beyond.

Soccer Rally: Euro 2012
There's a certain major soccer tournament starting today: namely the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. There's a plentiful supply of soccer games out there but how about one that combines the sport with racing cars? Now that's something a little different! Soccer Rally: Euro 2012 offers precisely that and it's a fun and quirky combination.

Flickd Movies
For the movie fan, Flickd Movies should be the ideal organizational tool. The app keeps users up to date on any film they happen to be interested in. Flick through the selection of movie posters within the app for inspiration or search for a specific title. However you find the title, it's easy to set the app up in order to be notified of its release or availability via Netflix.

Survival Run With Bear Grylls
Temple Run is fun, right? And Bear Grylls is a pretty cool adventurer to watch on TV. So, how about combining the two? That's kind of what Survival Run offers and all for free. Unlike Temple Run it offers mechanics such as sliding downhill and the need to rescue others along the way.

EURO Cookbook 2012
As previously mentioned, Euro 2012 begins today, which makes it the ideal time to cook up some recipes based on the countries involved. Sure, it's a bit of a leap but it's a fun twist on this time of year. The app offers 32 recipes all based around each of the participating countries. The instructions are detailed and the photos attractive, what more could you need?

Stories About Me
Stories About Me is all about encouraging kids to discuss how they spent their time and create stories of their own experiences. Particularly ideal for those kids who need a bit of extra help, the app enables parents to blend photos, text and audio recordings into a talking picture book, aimed at the child's specific needs. Users can even send their creations to others via Dropbox integration.

Five For Friday: Week Of June 1

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 1st, 2012

Another Friday which means another Five For Friday! This particular Friday is a special one for the Brits amongst us (including myself) as we get to enjoy a four day weekend courtesy of the Queen celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. There might not be any jubilee themed apps here, but hopefully there are a few that are fit for a Queen.

Quip is the latest Twitter app, set to offer something a little different from the norm. Quip places a strong focus on streamlining the user's timeline, particularly in the case of conversations. We've all seen Twitter conversations become so huge that it's confusing. Quip takes the confusion out of things by arranging conversations in the correct order rather than in reverse, and also offers the ability to attach other tweets to a conversation with the tap of the screen. For regular chatters, this could be an ideal way to save time.

The Naked Gun: I.C.U.P.
Many of us will remember the fun of spoof cop show Police Squad and its movie spin-offs The Naked Gun. Well, now there's the chance to enjoy a point and click adventure game based on the series. Spoofing modern crime dramas and video gaming culture, there's a full voice acting cast and the game was written by Naked Gun writer and producer Bob Locash.

Sidecar.me sets out to make calling people a little more modern. Users can call other Sidecar owners from anywhere in the world, thus seeing live videos of what's going on as well as photos and interactive maps of the user's location. For those calling non-Sidecar users, they still benefit from free calls in the US or Canada via Wi-Fi.

Swipe Type
Texting has evolved over the years but there's always room for improvement. Swipe Type uses a system that's similar to Swype on Android phones. The app involves not lifting your finger off the keypad, instead sliding across the screen to combine letters quickly and effectively. It might take a little time to master but it's an ideal time saving method.

Best Sandwiches NYC
Visiting New York City soon and in need of some tasty sustenance? Best Sandwiches NYC has you covered. The app provides a list of all the best places for sandwiches in the city. Users can look up sandwiches according to type such as vegetarian, fish or meat based, or they can check on the cheapest or nearest sandwich. The app even lists the top 20 best sandwiches according to New York Magazine and Grub Street.

Five For Friday: Week Of May 25

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 25th, 2012

This week's Five for Friday is pretty heavy on the apps front but that's not to say it's all seriousness here. We've got a fun selection of ways to entertain the kids, a powerful web development tool, a companion app for avid golfers and an intriguing travel based move from the one time ruler of search engines, Yahoo.

101 Ideas: Flying with kids
Anyone who's taken a flight with a child knows that it's tough to keep them entertained, especially on long trips. With Summer break nearly upon us, it's an ideal time to try out 101 Ideas: Flying with kids. The app offers exactly what the title states: 101 ideas to entertain the kids. Most only require a few simple tools such as paper, pencils and coins, many only involve the imagination. It could well keep many a family saner on a long haul journey.

Diet Coda
We've already mentioned its impending arrival but Diet Coda deserves further mention now that it's finally out. The app offers powerful web editing capabilities right from the iPad. Syntax highlighting is there along with FTP file management and a revolutionary new way of positioning the cursor. It'll even double up as a dedicated preview window for users of Coda 2 for the Mac.

Nike Golf 360°
Big golf fan? Then, this should be right at the top of your purchasing list. The app lets golf players track all their stats and download scores from more than 13,000 courses across the US. Sync it up with the website and it's possible to analyze all kinds of things about your performance. Essentially, it's the golfing equivalent of apps like RunKeeper.

Yahoo! TimeTraveler
Yahoo has had a turbulent time in recent years, losing its foothold as the most popular search engine to Google. Presumably with an aim to fight back, it has just released Yahoo! TimeTraveler amongst other apps in order to entice new users. The app allows users to create easy to follow trip plans for dozens of cities across the world. A custom itinerary is created according to the start and end point, hopefully providing a fun way of checking out things around the chosen city.

Subway Surfers
We couldn't have a Five For Friday without covering at least one game and this is it: a fun casual endless runner by the name of Subway Surfers. Reminiscient of Temple Run, gameplay is all about dashing fast and dodging oncoming trains. You can even grind along the trains and perform some great acrobatic tricks. It's simple yet addictive fun that should make a great change of gaming scenery over the weekend.

Five For Friday: Week Of May 18

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 18th, 2012

It's a varied selection for this week's Five for Friday. We're covering stuff like a convenient and quick-to-respond note-taking app, a fun music-making app for kids, and a Hidden Object game based on a classic piece of literature. Without further ado, let's take a look at what's on offer and get on with enjoying the weekend!

At first glance, Inkflow looks to be a pretty run-of-the-mill note-taking app. It very nearly is but its great benefit comes from its speed and precision. Writing or sketching with a finger is frequently a little sluggish, but with Inkflow, there's hardly any lag at all. Extra functionality comes from the ability to create numerous pages of notes for later reference.

Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Anthologies
A Hidden Object game based on Pride and Prejudice? Yup, that's exactly what we have here. Keeping closely to the plotline of the book, the game offers a great new take on the classic novel. It's quite delightful to look at and offers some fun, casual gaming.

Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter
Finger painting has provided hours of fun for kids over the years. Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter brings that idea to the iPad along with the ability to play musical notes, all at the touch of the screen. It's aimed at the younger end of the market and should provide a great introduction to the iPad.

Hiragana Pixel Party
Learning the many characters of Japanese Hiragana and Katakana is tough for those more used to English. Hiragana Pixel Party is a fun way of making a game out of it all with players progressing through numerous different worlds and tapping in time to the entertaining soundtrack. After all, the best form of education is the kind that doesn't feel like work.

Kids love to read books but they also love to use their imagination to create their own story. Storypanda offers the best of both worlds with the ability to read new stories through the service and create their own along with fun animations and pictures. It should be an ideal tool for families to use together.

Five For Friday: Week Of May 11

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 11th, 2012

Where did the week go? I'm not sure, either, but somehow we're already ever nearer to the halfway point of May and even better, we're at the weekend. So, what better way of spending the ed of the work week than with this selection of apps and games?

Drive and Jump: 8-bit retro racing action
The clue's in the name here. Drive and Jump: 8-bit retro racing action is going to be an enjoyable romp for fans of the NES era of gaming. Four different stages of racing fun are here with tilt based controls affecting driving, while tapping controls jumping. Sure, it's simple stuff but it's a fun walk down memory lane.

Red Bull X-Fighters 2012
Continuing the fun theme comes Red Bull X-Fighters 2012, a Freestyle Motocross game. The focus is placed squarely on performing increasingly impressive tricks by drawing gestures on screen at speed. There's a wealth of different tricks to learn, all accessible through the game's Trikipedia. A Tournament mode keeps things thrilling.

Portfolio Pro for iPad
Many photographers and designers love their iPads for the ability to always take their creations with them and with a high resolution screen to demonstrate their work on. Portfolio Pro for iPad takes that concept and makes it all the more impressive. Users can create and personalize their own portfolio, stylized to their needs along with more ffective folder layouts than just using the camera roll. AirPlay support further improves things.

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy
An educational departure, Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy offers a quite impressive collection of drawings of human anatomy, all drawn by Leonardo da Vinci. 268 drawings are available in all with numerous chapters explaining da Vinci's discoveries as well as interviews exploring the significance of his work. It's a fascinating piece of art history.

Zombie Nuke
Something about zombie games makes me want to sigh at the predictability, and yet I flock to them eagerly. Zombie Nuke is a little like that. It's an arcade shooter with a 16-bit style appearance and a fun ragdoll physics engine. Don't expect intelligence but do expect plenty of fun.

Five For Friday: Week Of May 4

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 4th, 2012

Another weekend is here and another Five For Friday to beckon those two days in. This week, we have a selection of apps that are focused on fun and life enrichment. They should provide an interesting way of spending the first weekend in May.

It might be an incredibly well populated genre but the endless runner/flying title is still a fun one to mess around with. MiniFlyer is one such example, offering jetpacking fun. Tilt based controls make it the ideal pick up and play game with a cutesy theme, adding to the family appropriate nature.

Regular users of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter will recognise the name Klout. It's a service that determines the influence of a user, according to how others interact with their material, such as via Facebook likes, comments and retweets. Klout also tracks what subjects the user is considered most influential about. Now in iOS form, it's the ideal time to give it a try.

I Heart Fruits and Veggies
Many people will readily admit that they need to eat more nutritious fruit and veg on a daily basis. This app helps encourage them by assigning points to each bite and forming a tracking system for extra motivation. Other information such as what to eat and why is included to help the decision process.

Adding to the ranks of memorable beat em up titles comes THE KING OF FIGHTERS-i 2012. Offering 32 playable characters, 6 different game modes including online multiplayer and 3vs3 battles, there's heaps of fun for beat em up fans all with the connection of The King of Fighters franchise.

Yoga with Janet Stone
Yoga is a calming yet hugely beneficial form of exercise. Offering 13 sessions of meditation, over 3 and a half hours of instructional videos and over 5 hours of audio, Yoga with Janet Stone provides some great foundations for those who want to learn more about the art of Yoga. Numerous programs exist, progressing in difficulty gradually, to provide further education.

Five For Friday: Week Of April 27

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 27th, 2012

Another week goes by and somehow we've made it to the end of April! This week in our Five for Friday roundup, we have a tool to help keen but disorganized gardeners, an app ideal for visitors to New York City, humor, spooky interactive storytelling and something for the bacon lovers.

Vegetable Planting Calendar
Released slightly too late for our look at the best apps for gardeners, Vegetable Planting Calendar is an inexpensive way of tracking when exactly certain vegetables and herbs should be planted. Over 90 different types of seeds are covered within the app, with information on how to sow them and whether they can handle light or hard frosts, as well as heat.

NYC Museum Guide
For those planning to travel to New York City for a visit around the many museums offered, this is an essential download. The app is a comprehensive catalog of all the museums the great city offers. Opening hours and map directions are provided with every museum, along with information from their Wikipedia pages and websites. The 100+ museums are divided according to their type, making it a breeze to navigate.

Frankenstein, for iPad and iPhone
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the greatest horror novels of all times. Frankenstein, for iPad and iPhone turns the memorable tale into an interactive, reimagining. The original text has been fully adapted into a choose your own style adventure, giving readers the opportunity to truly get involved with the classic. There's even a plethora of fascinating illustrations along with detailed 16th century anatomical engravings.

Python Bytes - Monty Python Series 1
Monty Python's Flying Circus has inspired many great comedy writers since its initial release in the 1970s. It's the kind of humor that's crossed borders without ever losing its comedic moments of surreal wonder. Python Bytes gives users the 22 best sketches from the first series of the TV show, as well as the option to create a personalized show from the sketches. It's guaranteed to cause many laughs.

Everybody Loves Bacon
The name says it all, everyone loves bacon, right? Except vegetarians and those with religious reasons. Everybody Loves Bacon. is a very silly game but it's a fun distraction. Players are tasked with the role of having to catch all the rebel pigs scattered throughout each level. Don't expect deep gameplay but do expect simple fun.

Five For Friday: Week Of April 20

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 20th, 2012

Easter is an increasingly distant memory and we're well and truly into Spring for the Northern Hemisphere. Hopefully, in turn, these five apps will keep a spring in readers' step across the weekend and beyond. It's a distinctly light hearted bunch.

MyCityWay Now
Arguably the most useful app in the line up, MyCityWay Now promises a personalized snapshot of the city of New York, instantly giving users information on everything from the best nightlife, restaurants and even the best places to park. Live traffic cameras and transit updates should stop users getting stuck in traffic, also. 72 more cities are set to be added to the app in future updates.

Saving Private Sheep 2
A sequel to fun physics puzzler, Saving Private Sheep, Saving Private Sheep 2 offers more sheep versus fox fun. Use the catapult to fling sheep at the foxes across 66 lvels of obstacles and fun. There's a level editor for creative types to spend extra time with.

Sid Meier's Pirates!
Originally an iPad only release, Sid Meier's Pirates! is now available for the iPhone. It's not an Universal app, unfortunately, but if the iPad version is anything to go by, this will be a great conversion of a fantastic action strategy game. Indulge the pirate in you and set sail on one of 27 ships.

Shark Dash
Shark Dash might look like yet another cute physics puzzler but it's a fun concept: taking control of bathtub toys. Yes, seriously. Sharkee and his group of toy sharks have to fend off the evil rubber duckies while saving Sally, Sharkee's girlfriend. For the player, this means a fun romp through 96 levels of simple yet addictive gameplay.

Marvel's The Avengers: Iron Man – MARK VII
Comic book and movie fans might have already noticed that there's the little matter of the new The Avengers film coming out very soon. So, what better way to get excited than with MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: IRON MAN – MARK VII? It's an interactive comic book telling the tale of Tony Stark/Iron Man's mission to upgrade his armor. 15+ pages explain all, alongside a memorable soundtrack and plenty of interactive touches.