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Block Rogue:
Dungeons are not always filled with big bad monsters. Sometimes they come filled with mind-bending puzzles. Block Rogue will pit your logic skills to the test with moving blocks, pressure plates, lasers, and switches. All you have to do is solve the simple puzzle and get out of the room. Randomly generated puzzles give you hours of entertainment. Leave the sword at home; this is a challenging thinking game to the end.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-01-04 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-01-04 :: Category: Games

Brutal Fantasy – The Orcs of Undermountain:
Time for a little bit of role-playing with your beat-em-up action. The orcs are rising up, and you need to squash this pathetic rebellion. Upgrade your stats like strength, intelligence, and constitution to improve your hero. Seven magic spells will come to your aid as you battle through 20 levels of action. The orcs are no pushover; do you have what it take to school them?

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-01-04 :: Category: Games

Ascendancy:
Space may be an infinite place, but so many alien races have giant aspirations of ruling over it. Pick from 21 species and take to the stars. Manage planets, research new technologies, build new ships, and expand your reign throughout the cosmos. This is a faithful port of the classic game of the same name, of which won the 1996 Codie Award for Best Strategy Software. Rule by force or peace, that choice is all yours.

$6.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-01-05 :: Category: Games

Contracts HD:
Lugging around contracts is such a pain, especially those lengthy property release contracts. Now you can easily carry 10 standard contract types everywhere you go. Fill in the details, sign on the dotted line, and email the contract out as a PDF, all from right within the app. Contracts include model release, resignation, non-compete, and commitment. If you deal with contracts, this could be a back saver.

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-13 :: Category: Productivity

$9.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-30 :: Category: Business

8mm Vintage Camera:
Turn your iOS device into and old school movie camera. You can mix films and lenses to turn your movies into retro works of art. Dust, scratches, washed out colors, light leaks, and even frame jitter will help you create movies that are far more enjoyable than the standard camera app. You can even share your work directly to your YouTube channel. Time to take your movies to new creative heights!

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-23 :: Category: Photography

Five For Friday: Week of December 31, 2010

Spherenoid:
Time to take destruction to a microscopic level. You control a tiny nano robot. Your mission is to destroy nasty viruses that are infecting healthy cells. Take your nanobot across four worlds in hopes of stopping the spread of horrid viruses in this 3D Arkanoid style game. Achievements will ensure those speedy completionists come back to better their times again and again.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-24 :: Category: Games

Dark Maze:
Wandering through brightly lit mazes is far too simple. Dark Maze will pit your navigational skills to the test. You will use flares to briefly light up your surroundings in hopes of finding your way out. No two mazes are ever the same thanks to randomly generated mazes. Mix things up by entering in words and numbers to complicate mazes even further. No amount of Google Maps will help you get to your destination here!

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-27 :: Category: Games

Terra:
Terra is quite possibly one of the more ambitious role-playing games to hit the App Store in recent days. This game goes well beyond character customization and great story lines. Start with a staggering 250 levels of play, 15 skills, and 300 different kinds of equipment to really add to your character. Then dive through 17 dungeons to battle 50 different enemies and bosses. By the time you finish the game, you may question if this is really a phone you are playing on.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-25 :: Category: Games

Scene Study:
Time to leave bulky paper scripts at home. Scene Study was designed by actors for actors. You can enter in a single scene, or an entire production. Record in your cue lines, actively participate in a scene, and easily repeat a troublesome scene with ease. Audio playback will even help you listen to yourself to help you produce the best possible delivery of your lines. An easy to navigate interface help keep you studying lines and not fighting cumbersome input methods. You may never look at paper scripts the same way again.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-23 :: Category: Productivity

Blogging Ideas:
Blogs have grown from simple journals of one-person ramblings to massive corporate productions. Even with the massive growth of blogs, there are some people who have yet to dip their toes into the blogosphere. If you are one such person, Blogging Ideas is here to help get you started. This app will help you with techniques, sales, ideas, and even answer the question of why to blog. Experienced bloggers may even find a little something to help give them the edge in a sea of ramblings.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-12-23 :: Category: Business

Five For Friday: Week of December 10, 2010

Dungeon Hunter 2:
Role-playing games are a great way to lose all track of time in a fantasy world. What makes that time even more enjoyable is when you can team up with friends to squash foes. Dungeon Hunter 2 brings four-player co-op into this mix of classic RPG gaming on iOS. This sequel is five times as large as its predecessor is. You will explore this vast word with your choice of three character classes and two specializations equating to a vast amount of character combinations. Dungeon diving just got a bit more interesting!

$6.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-09 :: Category: Games

Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Pandas:
That age-old question of who is more badass, Pirates or Ninjas just got a bit more complicated. While this debate may rage on for centuries, this physics puzzle game will only consume what little life you have left. You will be trashing worlds Angry Birds style and sacrificing your brave warriors all in the name of war and honor. Four campaigns, 45 levels, and eight unique characters will give you plenty to do as you take a break from reality.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-02 :: Category: Games

Eternal Legacy:
Role-playing games have just had the ante upped with Eternal Legacy. Not only is this a superb, rich, colorful, and jaw dropping gorgeous 3D world, but it blends sci-fi and fantasy together for an engrossing story. Freely explore regions that are rendered in 3D real-time. The combat takes queues from turn-based systems and includes up to three characters for you to control. Full voice acting, interactive environments, and you might be fighting to get your free time back. If RPGs are your calling, then jump all over this game.

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-08 :: Category: Games

Car Maintenance 101:
Basic car repair is more than just taking your vehicle to the oil change place down the street for that 3,000-mile oil refresh. This app will not only show you the correct way to jump start a car, but also gives you info on how to do more complicated tasks like putting chains on your tires so you can make it over those snow laden mountain passes. This app just may save you while you are battling an overheated car on the side of the road. Basic vehicle maintenance does not need to be as baffling as subatomic math anymore.

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-12-08 :: Category: Lifestyle

On Air Pro:
Teleprompters are useful for more people than just those gracing your television screen. If you record any kind of video or audio and share that to the world, a teleprompter can be a huge time and lifesaver. This simple teleprompter app does one thing – give you an easy way to see your script for reading. Choose from various font sizes, background colors, and scroll speeds to keep things flowing at a pace perfect for you. Why fight through long drawn out text documents during your recording anymore?

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-12-06 :: Category: Productivity

Queen’s Crown:
Sometimes a princess just needs to leave the crown in her room and kick some serious butt. You take on the role of one mad princess by the name of Ann. Guide her through this action packed role-playing game as she hopes to save Scarbelhold Kingdom from evil. Four weapons and six different spells are there to help keep the enemies shaking in fear. Just check your adulthood at the door as this is a comical story looking to make you laugh as you burn your foes to the ground.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-02 :: Category: Games

Aqua Panic Deluxe:
You may like destroying pigmies or leading lemmings to their deaths, but you will be shifting gears to that of a lifesaver with this game. It is up to you to save these poor helpless and defenseless fish from traps, sharks, and even starving seagulls. There are 80 challenging levels, and 8,000 pieces of sushi that need your saving. Sadly, you cannot enjoy those you have rescued with a side of pickled ginger and wasabi.

$3.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-12-01 :: Category: Games

Braveheart:
Those looking for a little action in their role-playing games need not look any further. You take the role of Knight Richard in his search for the Holy Grail. Finding this treasure never seems easy, no matter whom the hero is. Ten different weapons, magical spells, and your whits are all you get to aid you in your search. Careful though, evil bosses are looking to end your pathetic life the moment they see you. Some enemies are so anti-social.

$1.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-02 :: Category: Games

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-02 :: Category: Games

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-20 :: Category: Games

Djay:
Do you fantasize about being the master of the turntables? Maybe you already are, but are sick of explaining what they are to the TSA agents at your local airport. Djay will take your ordinary iPad and morph it into a full-fledged DJ system. Control tempo, EQ, and so much more with this heavily packed app. If you would rather leave the equipment at home and travel on the lighter side, this app just maybe the ticket to your freedom.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-01 :: Category: Music

SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad:
Ever wished you could watch current television shows right on your iPad? If you have a Slingbox SOLO or PRO-HD, you just found a way to complete the media experience. SlingPlayer Mobile allows you to connect to these devices over 3G or Wi-Fi to stream anything from your cable box to that new Apple TV you just purchased. Even better, if you have a home security system, you can stream that to your iPad as well. You may never leave your warm bed after installing this app.

$14.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-11-24 :: Category: Entertainment

$14.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-05-13 :: Category: Entertainment

Five For Friday: Week of November 26, 2010

Defence Hero:
If you like role-playing games mixed with side scrolling action topped off with some card collecting, boy have you gotten lucky. Defence Hero combines the strategy of a collectable card game with the fun of side scrolling castle defense. The easiest choice you may have is maybe picking one of the three heroes to play. So many fun genres blended into a sexy package for hours of blissful entertainment.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-23 :: Category: Games

League of Epic Heroes:
Dungeon crawling just found a new home on your iOS device. Start by choosing one of 12 different unlockable heroes that range from hunters to Death Knights. Then, jump into a dungeon and rid it of the monster hordes that hope to keep their treasures safe from your grubby hands. This is a pick up and play style game, so don’t worry if you get terribly addicted but only have a few minutes to play. Each dungeon is randomly generated to keep things fun and unique every time you play.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-11-23 :: Category: Games :: Role Playing

Rat On A Skateboard:
Tony Hawk has nothing on Ratty. You take the role of a rat with a skateboard. Your mission is to perform badass stunts while working through 30 different tracks. Power-ups, three game modes, and randomly generated tracks keep you coming back to improve your skills. When you think you are skilled enough, submit your top score online and see how you stack up against other players.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-11-23 :: Category: Games

Save2PDF for iPad:
There is no hiding from the dreaded PDF. Yet, the iPad has been lacking a good solution to convert your favorite notes, docs, and spreadsheets into a sendable PDF. That is until now. Save2PDF not only converts documents to PDF, but you can convert many file types and pull several files into one PDF. Once your PDF is created, just email or print it off. An intuitive interface will even keep those creation times to a minimum.

$3.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-23 :: Category: Productivity

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-11-22 :: Category: Productivity

DesignNote:
If you are a designer, this app is geared right for you. Designed by designers for designers, this app is great for anyone who needs visual feedback during client presentations. Place your designs on a virtual workspace, then take notes on potential changes, annotate, and email the desired feedback back to yourself and clients. Included support for Airprint and video out means you may never need to lug a bulky laptop into another client meeting again.

$3.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-11-21 :: Category: Productivity

Five For Friday: Week of November 19, 2010

Speedy Biker:
Strap on your helmets and kneepads, it is off to the races with you. Speedy Biker is a physics-based 2D motocross racing game of sheer awesomeness. When you think you have the skills, challenge friends in a head-to-head Bluetooth battle, or see if you can beat their best posted times. Ten track locations and three levels of play will keep you racing well into the night.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-11-15 :: Category: Games

They Need To Be Fed:
Get ready to haul ass through seven crazy worlds. Run and jump to moving platforms, rotating planes, all while avoiding the abundance of traps as you make your way through the level. You just have to make it from platform to platform, what is so hard about that! Do you have what it takes to perfectly conquer all 50 levels and not become snack food for the monsters?

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-11-17 :: Category: Games

$1.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-11-17 :: Category: Games

Mushihimesama BUG PANIC:
The insect kingdom has fallen under attack and only a mysterious girl is capable of defending it. This action game is based of the hugely popular arcade shooter “Mushihimesama.” Enjoy playing the story mode, or see how well you can do in the score trial mode. Three control schemes give you plenty of bomb-throwing options to achieve your bug destroying tasks. Game Center achievements will give you lots to work for this weekend.

$6.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-18 :: Category: Games

AVPlayer:
Nothing sucks harder than downloading video clips for use on your iOS device, only to be met with compatibility issues. Sure, you can go through the hassle of converting this media, or you can just download this app and save yourself all that time watching progress bars. The transfer of files is even allowed over Wi-Fi. Just about every movie format is viewable, complete with subtitles! Don’t be caught watching your favorite Disney movie when you should be photocopying progress reports at work.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-15 :: Category: Entertainment

ComicStrip – CS:
Have you ever wanted to make your very own comic strip from last weekend’s party photos? That want has finally been realized and filled with ComicStrip. Simply use photos from your camera roll, or take new ones right in the app. Then use the fun and creative collection of layouts to create your comic of hilarious memories. Slap on some caption bubbles, tag all your friends, and share with everyone on Twitter and Facebook. It’s your life, have fun with it.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-11-11 :: Category: Photography

Five For Friday: Week of November 12, 2010

Ash:
Ash just may go down as one of the best role-playing games nobody played on the iPhone. This classic turn-based RPG features great touch controls, a huge world, throwback 16-bit visuals, and a great story. When the guys from Penny-Arcade give away codes for the game, you know there has to be some magic and fun in this game. Grab it now and watch your weekend disappear.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-07-19 :: Category: Games

Strongholds: New Age:
Do you only have a few minutes and an insistent urge to throw around some cards in a strategy style game? Strongholds: New Age has your fix at the ready, complete with some 3G multiplayer goodness. There are over 100 cards to use for destroying your opponents. Every move ends with an auto save, so you can ride the elevator without fear of completely botching your game. If you like card flopping games like Orions, Magic the Gathering, or Arcomage, then there is something here for you to enjoy.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-11-11 :: Category: Games

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-04-29 :: Category: Games

Spirits for iPad:
Spirits is a crazy new puzzle game about wind and creativity. The goal here is to guide spirits towards a goal by manipulating wind, digging tunnels, and building bridges of leaves. There are 40 gorgeously hand-drawn levels that you can work though. Try to save as many spirits as you can, and come back to save even more. Relaxing, stunning, and simple will keep players coming back for more.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-11-11 :: Category: Games

DisplayPad:
Want a second monitor for your Mac, but you want to avoid digging through reviews on what works best? Why not keep your desk clutter free and use your iPad as a second monitor and save room for more coffee, or beer. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and just a few minutes. Once set up, you can seamlessly use your iPad as a touch sensitive second monitor. That’s right, according to the developers, you can even interact with Mac apps right on the iPad. So simple, yet so useful.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-11-05 :: Category: Utilities

KORG iMS-20:
Musicians prepare yourselves as the Korg MS-20 has been fully recreated on the iPad. Not content with just putting in a complete analog synth studio, this also features a drum machine, mixer, and even the Kaoss Pad technology finds a home here. This is damn near the whole studio, minus the egg carton foam lining the walls and spit covered mic. Once your audio symphony is put together, share it online via the SoundCloud network. Who says you need to get out of bed to go to work.

$29.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-11-09 :: Category: Music

Doodle Devil:
Creating the universe is so much work and effort. Once all that work is done, what is left to do? How about destroying everything down to the very ground you created. To aid in the destruction of the planet why not create 107 different items and concepts of sheer oddness. Complete the fun with a few hundred funny, and maybe even thought-provoking, quotes to keep even the most busy world destroyer questioning their decisions.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-04 :: Category: Games

Phoenix:
Shoot’em ups might be a plenty, but how many of them actually adapt to make the game harder as your skills increase? Phoenix will adapt the AI on the fly to provide a fun, challenging, and ever changing gaming experience. Completing the game package off are some sexy visuals, enemy formations that are created on the fly, and Game Center support for those looking to climb to the top spot on the leaderboard. Each play though promises a new experience and intense action.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-24 :: Category: Games

Revolt:
Time for some 3D dual stick shooter action! Take control of a resistance fighter and fend off hordes of machines that have risen up to take out all of humanity. Eight story levels, 20 survival arenas, and a destructible environment will keep you coming back to stop the rise of the machines. Do you have what it takes to turn the robot suppressors into mere scrap metal?

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-11-01 :: Category: Games

In the Kitchen:
What do Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, and Alton Brown all have in common, besides being on TV and having badass cooking skills? They can all be crammed into your pocket and called upon when you need them most. Maybe not literally, but their mouth watering recipes can now be easily found on your iOS device of choice. Find thousands of recipes, create shopping lists, and even setup a recipe box to easily find the meals you like most. With the holidays fast approaching, this just might be the best friend you have in the kitchen.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-11-02 :: Category:

CoBrowser:
There are times you want to surf the net, but the iPhone is just not big enough to enjoy the experience. CoBrowser allows that webpage to be saved and transmitted to the iPad for a nicer viewing experience. It does this all by Bluetooth, so the second device does not require an internet connection. This is perfect for sharing sites with friends while sitting around a table and socializing. Do note that one of the devices needs an internet connection of some sort. You know, so it can actually pull down the web page. Bonus: this is a universal app, so buy it once and enjoy it on all your devices!

$9.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-10-14 :: Category: Productivity

Bungee Ball – Pumpkin Smash:
Smashing pumpkins does not have to result in some poor kid in tears as they wake to find their hard work destroyed. In fact, it can be even more fun when you are slinging a spiked ball tethered to a bungee cord around. We reviewed Bungee Ball on our sister site ThePortableGamer, but now it looks like the developers have added a fun Halloween twist to the mix. Ninety levels will keep you destroying pumpkins all weekend!

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-14 :: Category: Games

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-03 :: Category: Games

MatchPOP:
Breakout those match three skills as you are going to need them for this fun Halloween inspired game of matching. Four game modes offer up plenty to do if you have just a minute to play, or you can dedicate an hour to this addiction. Match ghosts, pumpkins, candy, and more Halloween icons with twitch reactions as you do not even have to wait for cleared spaces to fill with new blocks. Bonus: for those of you that just cannot wait for the fat man in the red suit, there is even a Christmas theme to get you ready for sleigh bells.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-11 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-16 :: Category: Games

Paper Ninja Halloween:
Even Ninjas want to be gussied up in costumes to celebrate the Halloween festivities. To bad for them, you are here to hack and slash their paper asses back to the dark corners from which they spawned. Be quick though, as split second decisions have to be made in order to rack up high scores and killer combos. Simple fun everyone can enjoy while warming up in the car between ringing doorbells.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-10-23 :: Category: Games :: Action

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-07-22 :: Category: Games

Home Gene-Splicing Kit
Have you ever wondered what your mortal enemy would look like if you had the ability to mutate them into a sheep? Wonder no more as the Home Gene-Splicing Kit will allow you to combine your worst enemies’ genes with said sheep. Do all of this while you laugh in your best demonic voice. Well, maybe it is not that good, but you can take photos of just about anything with a face and mutate it in a million different ways. Then share your beloved gene-spliced creations with the world without fear of moral retort!

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-09 :: Category: Photography

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-10 :: Category: Entertainment

R.L. Stine’s Haunted House of Sound
Have you ever wondered what a good book would be like with some interesting sound clips? Maybe you even make your own sounds while you read. Those dreams are about to be answered with five R.L. Stine stories. You can choose from 150 preloaded sounds, or make your own if you cannot find just the right sound for the story. Add these sounds to the story of your choice to make it hilarious, goofy, or just downright frightening. Then share your work with friends and start making your next masterpiece.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-10-07 :: Category: Entertainment

Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition for iPad
Just because it is Halloween, why not throw in one extra app for you to enjoy? This is no rehashing of the same old Dracula story, just reprinted with new font and a pretty new cover. Over 600 illustrations and 300 pages of abridged text add to the reading experience. As your eyes devour the story, new images, audio, and films are revealed. Some of these goodies have never seen the light of day for the general public. Dracula fans will find plenty to salivate over this great app.

$3.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-20 :: Category: Books

Reckless Racing:
Missing the old days of top-down racing games, or just need a reason to play the Dukes of Hazzard theme song? EA’s Reckless Racing is all you need to get your fix of dirt track racing. The best part? You can test your driving skills in a truck painted with the obligatory flame paint job. Complete with five tracks, local Wi-Fi, online multiplayer, and leaderboards, this game will give you plenty to do while donning your bib overalls.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-21 :: Category: Games

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-21 :: Category: Games

Samurai II: Vengeance:
MADFINGER Games takes your hack and slash skills into a gorgeous anime inspired world. The goal, help Daisuke get the revenge he longs to serve to his archenemy. Crazy awesome visuals are just the starting point here. Tense battles, improved gameplay from the original, environmental puzzles, and Game Center support all add to a fun and engaging slashing experience. Throw in a new survival mode and you have hours of fun at a low price.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-10-21 :: Category: Games

Star Battalion:
Did you find that the space fight in Halo: Reach was just to darn short? Do you miss the days of Descent: Freespace? Gameloft has your fix with Star Battalion. This space combat game does not just stop with a simple single player experience though. Four ships, online co-op (thanks to local Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), and Game Center support all bring on the hours of fun and replayability of this title. It even looks fantastic to boot!

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-17 :: Category: Games

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-19 :: Category: Books

Ace Flashcards:
There was once a day where studying was done with index cards and long arduous hours under a desk lamp. Agile Partners is here to bring back those index cards for your iPhone. A built in dictionary will help you with word meanings. You can even create your own flash cards for just about any subject you can muster up. An easy to use interface keeps things simple so you can get to what is most important, studying!

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-01 :: Category: Education

Black Friday Survival Guide:
Halloween is just about to pass by, which means we will all soon be stuffing our faces with turkey, cranberries, and pies in preparation for one heck of a day. You know, Black Friday! Sazze has taken it upon themselves to assist you with all those early flyer leaks, deals, and shopping tasks during this maddening time. If your Friday after Thanksgiving plans include punching and kicking your way into stores at 4AM, this app just might help you in your attack plans.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-16 :: Category: Lifestyle

Scene It? Horror:
In celebration of the impending celebration of candy, cavities, ghosts, vampires, and other horrors, why not test your horror movie knowledge as well. Scene It? Horror pits your knowledge of great movies like 28 Days Later, American Psycho, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and a massive amount more. No cheating is allowed for you movie fanatics. That means no using IMDB or loading up the movie to get the answers.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-11 :: Category: Games

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-11 :: Category: Games

SpongeBob Marbles & Slides:
Head to Bikini Bottom to help the gang with their lack of slides. Use your fingers to draw slides to aid SpongeBob, and gang, reach the Krusty Krab in hopes of defeating Plankton. Bonuses come to those who can solve the puzzles quickly and skillfully. Hey, there is no shame in having fun with a squirrel in an astronaut suit.

$3.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-08 :: Category: Games

$3.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-07 :: Category: Games

Mad Office HD:
Mad Office HD is a game about a real life situation….sneaking out of work uncaught by the boss man. Those who perform combos and take greater risks are awarded more points, and the crown of super slacker. Simple controls, fun visuals, and an interesting concept are sure to add up for a good time of sneaking off to do some fishing.

$1.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-08 :: Category: Games

Instagram:
You have photos and you want to share them with the world. Instagram will now only allow you to easily share photos, but it will also allow you to add a bit of a personal touch to them as well. Apply over a dozen filters to your photos, post as many photos as you like, share with friends, check in to Foursquare, and connect to a variety of social networks. This just might be the easiest way of sharing photos created to date.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-06 :: Category: Photography

TED:
TED brings you engaging chats with remarkable people. Everyone from tech gurus to music legends are here waiting for your attention. You can even explore the entire TEDTalks library for that obscure clip you have long missed. TED now even includes more iPad love with the new iPad edition.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-10-14 :: Category: Education

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-02-11 :: Category: Education

Cut the Rope
Cut the Rope is a melding of ninja slicing skills, a bit of puzzler fun, and physics game-based game play. Chillingo is adding yet another wildly addicting game to their repertoire of games. This time, players will need to feed a hungry monster, appropriately named Om Nom, a piece of delicious candy that is precariously bound in some ropes. Intuitive game play, stunning visuals, and addicting entertainment will be the drugs that keep players tied to this game all weekend.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-05 :: Category: Games

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-07 :: Category: Games

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-07 :: Category: Games

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
Sega has brought the blue racer back to life, but this time in the classic form that so many gamers know and love. This rendition features four zones with four acts each, seven special stages, revamped Dr. Eggman (or Robotnik, as us old timers remember him) battles, and the Sonic Spin Dash ability. So many fans have been clamoring for this proper sequel. Sonic in all his original glory, what more needs be said?

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-07 :: Category: Games

Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus
Gameloft is looking to take players back to the field of battle with Black Pegasus. Refined controls, which include a gyro control scheme for you iPhone 4 owners and gyro-based QTEs, are just the starting point to this new FPS. Choose from one of three playable characters, 15 weapons, and 12 battlefields compose the single player fun. The multiplayer adds to the package with 10-player fights, four modes, 72 ranks, and XP progression. Can this really still be called a phone game with all this content?

$6.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-07 :: Category: Games

Corel Paint It! Show
The default photo app is lacking a bit when it comes to enjoyable ways to view picture slide shows. Corel has taken up the torch and developed an app to remedy this issue. Paint It! Show allows photos to be pulled in from the iPad photo library or right off Facebook. From there, watch as those photos are hand painted in beautiful and artistic fashions worthy of sitting down and enjoying.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-05 :: Category: Entertainment

TeacherPal
ITWorx has taken the iPad to the classroom and given teachers a new tool. TeacherPal allows educators to organize classes and students. A simple interface means teachers can track attendance, grades, and even the bad behavior of unruly kids. Guess those thumbtack antics are going to be easily remembered now, darn it.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-10-05 :: Category: Education

Blue Defense: Second Wave!
Cat in a Box Games is back at it with a sequel to their hugely poplar Blue Defense game from 2008. It is up to you to defend the Blue planet from those obnoxiously evil Red and Green enemies. Packed with a new Gauntlet mode, leaderboards, level select, 24 enemy types, and 64 levels will keep you busy for a long time. This pick-up and play Editor’s Choice game has been destroying free time for gamers all over; it is your time to see what the hype is all about.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-30 :: Category: Games

BIT.TRIP BEAT
Namco has decided it was high time to take the game of Pong, fuse it together with interactive beats, put a pretty coat of paint on it all, and push it out to iOS devices. You decide if tilt controls work best, or if you like touching the screen as you move a paddle up and down to bounce beats back to where they came from. Crazy scores, fun retro visuals, and four-player action make this a splendid addition to your gaming collection.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-30 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-30 :: Category: Games

Across Age HD
FDG Entertainment is taking gamers back to the 16-bit era with this 2D action adventure RPG style game. Not to be forgotten, real environmental puzzles bring on a bit of the nostalgia that took the SNES by storm. Choose from two switchable characters to fight off the enemies and solve puzzles in a game boasting a 15-hour playtime. If you have been missing your SNES, venture over to the App Store and check out this throwback to a classical era.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-30 :: Category: Games

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-02-11 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-03-25 :: Category: Games

FlightBoard – Live Flight Departure and Arrival Status
Turn your iDevice into a classic Arrival and Departure board reminiscent of the Charles de Gaulle Airport. This app covers 4,000 airports with 1,400 airlines worldwide. Instantly search for flights, easily switch between departure and arrival, and enjoy updates every 5 minutes. If you spend a lot of time doing the airport shuffle, this app just might be the time saver you need as you do the Gate Transfer Marathon.

$3.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-29 :: Category: Travel

PlainText – Dropbox text editing
Sometimes you just need a simple, distraction free, and uncomplicated text editor to get your work done. Hog Bay Software has a free app that will allow you to connect to your Dropbox account, and then edit, or create, simple .txt files. All that hard work saves in a UTF8 encoded file for easy sharing regardless of your OS or word processor of choice. Simplicity can be a good thing at times.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-28 :: Category: Productivity

Five For Friday: Week of September 24, 2010

Dark Void Zero:
Dark Void on the consoles may have bombed on the review charts, but the iPhone version is an utterly different story. 8-bit visuals, achievements, online leaderboards, and so much more make this side scrolling shooter a highly addictive game. Capcom, being the devilishly nice company they are, is even feeling a bit generous and letting you get it for a lousy $0.99 this weekend.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-04-12 :: Category: Games

Mega Man II:
The Blue Bomber is back and better than ever. Enjoy the original NES game without having to do any funny stuff with ROMs and emulators. Enjoy all 14 levels and 8 bosses in this side scrolling shooter. Even better, this game is rocking a sweet sale right now. Capcom, we thank you for giving us a reason to skip out on chores this weekend.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-03-27 :: Category: Games

Gangstar: Miami Vindication:
Gameloft is back at it with another edition of Gangstar. Hit the streets of Miami for over 75 missions of enemy sniping, car stealing, escorting, and car chasing entertainment. Of course, a criminal needs a sleek way of getting around town. Boost cars, motorcycles, boats, and helicopters to give those walking legs a break. Crime has never looked so good, or consumed so much time on the iPhone.

$6.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-23 :: Category: Games

iA Writer:
Sometimes you just need a distraction free writing zone. No noise, no auto correcting of grammar or words, not even toolbars bars stand in your way with this app. iA Writer will give you a distraction free writing area. Once that draft is completed, look at how long it will take to read with the included reading time feature. Sometimes you just need a minimalistic writing space to get your thoughts out. iA Writer is that place of writing Zen.

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-21 :: Category: Productivity

Numbers:
Numbers is not a new app by any means. What is new about it is a patch that now makes this app worth your money. Exporting to Excel files is FINALLY available after a long waiting period. All the complaining can finally be put to rest over this issue. If you need a good-looking, yet powerful, spreadsheet editor, this is worth your coin.

$9.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Productivity

Five For Friday: Week of September 17, 2010

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within HD:
That crazy Prince of Persia is back on the App Store. This time he is looking to conquer your iPad with some sexy HD goodness. Take on 12 chapters of fighting, platforming, and puzzle solving goodness. Gameloft has taken their successful iPhone game, beefed it up and brought it for all to enjoy on the iPad. See what console fans have enjoyed for months.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-16 :: Category: Games

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-03 :: Category: Games

SEED 2 – Vortex of War:
Chillingo brings on a grindtastic sequel to their RPG series SEED. SEED 2 is set five years after the first game. 200 battlefields, 160 different monsters, hours of leveling, and an engaging store lie in this action RPG. Setup your hero and tackle quests, monsters, and a world that is ever changing. Even compete to rock the leader boards thanks to Crystal integration.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-16 :: Category: Games

Time Crisis 2nd Strike
Namco is here to bring you another fun on-rails shooter just for the iPhone. Ten levels of shooting goodness are here to suck away hours of time. Players can even unlock achievements or see how well they can do in the Competition Modes. The only thing missing here is a lightgun and a slot to pump in a weeks allowance worth of quarters.

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-15 :: Category: Games

AppShopper:
AppShopper takes looking for new apps to the next level. This app brings the power of the AppShopper internet site directly to your iOS device. Look through popular apps, see what’s new, track apps you own in the My Apps section, and create an app wish list. This is a great addition to any App Store Junkies iDevice.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-06 :: Category: Utilities

CBS Sports Pro Football:
Football season is now in full swing. All this excitement and you have to work?! What ever will you do to monitor the games while you slave away? CBS Sports Pro Football is here to help. You get up to the minute NFL scores, streaming previews, reviews, and interviews, and the ability to watch all 32 teams dueling it out for the change at Super Bowl Glory. If you need your NFL fix in a pinch, grab this free app now.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-09-10 :: Category: Sports

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-09 :: Category: Sports

Five For Friday: Week of September 10, 2010

Every week, we endeavor to point the way to the games and apps that most made an impact in the App-o-sphere. Here’s this week’s picks:

Zombie Highway – Cars, guns, and zombies bring smiles to all the kids faces. What else do you really need to know to not already love this game? Steer the car to avoid obstacles that creep up in the way. Shoot zombies that are looking to get some juicy brain matter. Repeat until you are king of the Facebook rankings. Time to prove just how awesome those zombie survival skills are.

FREE!
$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-08-27 :: Category: Games


The Hero HD –
Those who don’t spend their days saving babies, putting out fires in a single breath, or stopping crime with a pinky finger can live vicariously through The Hero. Take up that iPad and enjoy the fun comic book style graphics. Prove those heroic deeds with online leader boards and achievements. Just leave the Superman costume in the closet, you are only playing an iPad game.
$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-09 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-03-08 :: Category: Games

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD – Time for iPad owners to rejoice and sing songs of praise. GTA: Chinatown Wars is finally getting the proper HD treatment. New controls specifically for the iPad are just the start here. Bigger, sweeter, and sexier visuals will grace your pupils. Game play will suck away hours of your time. Download this now…just do it!

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-09 :: Category: Games

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-01-18 :: Category: Games

GetGlue for iPad – GetGlue is a social network for entertainment buffs. Now iPad owners get to see what all this fuss is about. Check-in when you crack a new book or fire up that B-rated horror movie. Check out what friends are up to. Even find some new jingle that might become a new ring-tone. Round off all this fun with stickers for all those ratings your slapping down on those TV shows.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-08 :: Category: Entertainment

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-22 :: Category: Entertainment

PhotoArtista: Oil – Time to take those boring vacation photos and add some punch to them. PhotoArtista will take that photo and turn into and oil painting that even Van Gogh will be envious about. Choose from several oil styles, bush sizes, stroke variations, and effects. There is enough here to keep artists busy playing around for hours.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-30 :: Category: Photography

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-08-29 :: Category: Photography

Five For Friday: Week of September 3, 2010

Dodonpachi Resurrection – Dodonpachi might be hard to roll off the tongue, but the game play is very familiar. This is a flying shooter in the ever popular R-Type style. Your ship resides at the bottom of the screen and you blast everything reigning down on you from the top of the screen. Was R-Type to simple for your gaming masochistic pleasures? Try your hand at this sadistic bullet fest.
NOTE this app is designed for iPhone 3GS/iPhone 4/iPad/iTouch 3rd Gen.

$7.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-26 :: Category: Games

Epic Citadel – That’s right, Epic’s little tech demo has made the list of apps you need to put on your iPhone/iPod/iPad. We saw a bit of this at the Apple press conference this week. This app does away with the battles, but gives you the castle to freely roam around in. Why you need this app: IT IS FRICKING GORGEOUS. There is no other game on the App Store than will blow your mind like this.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-01 :: Category: Entertainment

The Settlers HD – The Settlers HD takes mid-evil strategy games and sexily throws it onto your iPad. Build a town, amass an army, and prove you have the bigger finger of doom. There is plenty to do and hours of play tucked away here. Any fan of strategy games should not pass this one by.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-02 :: Category: Games

Fly Delta – What could be easier than checking into your flight while on your way to the airport? Delta has kicked out an app that will allow you to check-in to your flight, check the flight status, store your parking location, and even access your boarding pass. It is great to see airlines making use of the iPhone. This headache saving app is free.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-01 :: Category: Travel

NASA App HD – The NASA app has finally made its way to the iPad. NASA App HD will allow you to see NASA videos, browse through thousands of images from NASA IOTD, APOD, and NASAImages.org. You can also have fun tracking the ISS and share your favorite stories on Facebook and Twitter. That iPad screen was destined to view these lovely images from space. The app is free for your enjoyment.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-01 :: Category: Education

Phantasy Star II – SEGA’s classic console RPG finally finds a home on the iPhone. Hundreds of items to find, dozens of places to explore, and countless hours of your life gone to this addictive RPG.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-26 :: Category: Games

R Type – That’s right, EA’s 80’s classic side scrolling shooter is finally available for play in the palms of your hands. Think you got the cojones to beat this abusively hard game?

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-26 :: Category: Games

Knight’s Rush – Knight’s Rush is the follow up to the immensely popular A Quest of Knights Onrush. Unlike Knights Onrush, you take control of one character and guide them through side scrolling beat ‘em up mayhem adventures. Think Castle Crashers meets the iPhone. Knights Rush will have you battling through eight worlds, fifty baddies, eight bosses, and the urge to curse Chillingo for their addictive gaming drugs.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-26 :: Category: Games

Photoburst – There are times when your fingers just can’t tap the camera button fast enough to capture all the action of a scene. Photoburst will do all that tapping for you, right down to the millisecond. Capture all the action without all the finger frustration.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-09 :: Category: Photography

Blancspot – Put a new spin on your music news with Blancspot. This image centric news app puts you right in the shoes of the photo journalist. Live Twitter feeds keep the news relevant and up to date. This is news you have to see to appreciate.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-08-19 :: Category: News

Top Gun 2 – With great graphics, a great score, and a seriously cool movie meme going on, this second iteration in the series is bound to give us more of what we liked from the first game and improve on what we didn’t.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-19 :: Category: Games

MonoRace – Pilot your monobike (honestly, it really looks like a marble) through ever increasing speeds and tracks in this challenging, mind-bending, and just downright fu-looking game from Craneball Studios.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-19 :: Category: Games

Zombie Escape – This one looks eerily familiar, but the iTunes App Store swears it was released this week. Add line drawing precision to real-time offensive tactics, and you have chaos with a rotting undead flavor, and who can resist that?

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-19 :: Category: Games

Elements – Dropbox Powered Text Editor – Oh, man is this gonna come in handy on stage. I keep all our disco band’s lyrics in dropbox, and another copy on my iPad for use with GoodReader. Now I can eliminate the dual app setup with Elements, allowing me to see — and change on the fly!!! — lyrics and setlists.

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-08-17 :: Category: Productivity

Chicago Tribune – We all wish we had network signal wherever we go, but sometimes that just ain’t happening. The Chicago Tribune app allows for offline access and saving favorite stories right to your device, regardless of connectivity.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-18 :: Category: News

Five For Friday: August 13, 2010

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! Make sure you keep your teenagers locked in tonight, and don’t let them talk to anyone named Jason. With that warning out of the way, here’s your weekly dose of what’s new and interesting in the App Store.

The Incident – A severely polished and classy take on the sky is falling genre. Dodge wave after crazy wave of falling cars and major appliances, only to use those same items to climb ever upward to your destination, the stars.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-08-10 :: Category: Games

Ninjump – Jump like a ninja (because that’s what you are) up through the levels, between buildings and over laundry. Attack various creatures in match three stealthiness for stupidly awesome score and height boosts. Brag to all your friends.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-12 :: Category: Games

Ghosts N Goblins Gold Knights II – Capcom brings the sequel to its hardest game ever from the 1980s direct to your iPhone. You think you have what it takes? Well, do ya?

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-12 :: Category: Games

Times for iPad – Takes your RSS feeds and turns them into a lovely newspaper-style layout. If you long for the simpler days of flimsy newsprint paper and fingers stained with ink, this may be the app for you.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-08-10 :: Category: News

Slate Magazine – In a world of iPad apps that continually ask you to pay more for their content (I’m looking at YOU, Wired), Slate asks you to read their magazine, for free, on your iPad. What more can you ask for from their asking of you? Wait, what?

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-08-10 :: Category: News

Five For Friday: Aug 6. 2010

Dang, it’s August already. Time for Back To School Specials and the slow waning of summertime, at least in the northern hemisphere. Here’s another weekly dose of new releases onto the App store from the past week. Enjoy!

Osmos – Apple’s App of the week. Our first look here.
The #1 hit iPad game, now available for the iPhone, with full Retina display support! Enter the ambient world that GameAndPlayer called “a work of genius,” and IGN called “a beautiful, absorbing experience.” Osmos features elegant, physics-based gameplay, dreamlike visuals, and a beautiful electronic soundtrack. Your objective is to grow by absorbing other motes; propel yourself by ejecting matter behind you; but be wise: ejecting matter also shrinks you. Progress from serenely ambient levels into varied and challenging worlds.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-05 :: Category: Games

Yertle The Turtle and The Big Brag – If you’re like me, you’ve grown up on Dr. Seuss books. They’re a cultural touchstone for many of us, reaching deep into our consciousness, ethics, and worldview. Now that I have kids of my own, it’s become important to me to pass along these treasures. I can do so, now, right on my iPad or iPhone. These apps will read to your child, either with a tap on each page to advance the story, or auto advancing through the whole book. They’ll also allow a more traditional book experience, with the “Read It Myself” option, for those big boys and girls in your life that are reading on their own.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-08-02 :: Category: Books

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-08-02 :: Category: Books

Feeddler RSS Reader Pro for iPhone – Big Google Reader user? RSS fan? Feedler has quickly become the cream of the crop with their Universal App for the iPhone and iPad. They’ve just released an iPhone-only version, which comes in at 2.8 Mb, as compared to the 5.0 Mb of the Universal App. They’re also selling it for $.99 as a launch special, so if you want just an iPhone version to help your device save a bit of space, this is the one to grab. The devs continue to add great features to the app, like unread list filters, mark as read synchronization and the like.

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-03 :: Category: News

Loopseque for iPad – As a musician, I’m always having fun with music in some way. This new app looks to be a cross between a music beat creator and a rhythm game. The developers have tried to make it as simple and intuitive as possible, which could lend itself to some great experiences for kids as well as adults. Two modes provide the interface for pattern creation, Big Wheel mode (for easy pattern creation) and Wheel Matrix mode for switching quickly between patterns. There’s even two team play modes, Tap and Sync. Save your patterns and load them for further editing or just listening.

$5.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-08-03 :: Category: Music

LIFE Wonders of the World Photography Book – Retailing for $22 in the dead tree edition, this truly breathtaking photography coffee table book from the amazing photojournalists at LIFE magazine is priced for launch at a much lower $4.99. It’s for your iPad, and wow won’t you love paging through this. Wait, I mean wow won’t you love showing your iPad off with a total of 100 images of 50 wonders of the world. While it doesn’t look like you can set it up as a slideshow (yet), there is a clickable Table of Contents and a filmstrip tool for easier navigation.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-08-05 :: Category: Books

Friday Five: July 16th, 2010

Where is the summer going? My apologies for last week’s lack of a Friday Five. We’re back this week, though, with five interesting apps from the past week, just like always. Enjoy!

Hellsing’s Fire
Hellsing’s Fire is a beautifully illustrated puzzle-adventure game from Clickgamer (Angry Birds, anyone?). Dr. Hellsing’s illuminating torch and his assistant Raffton’s tonics are both necessary to defeat the undead hordes. The puzzles are trumpeted as being “quick but rewarding”…sounds great for pick-up-and-play or, you know, losing hours of your life. With 90 monster-packed levels, Crystal integration for leaderboards and achievements, and wry dialogue, Hellsing’s Fire looks to be a great new App Store game.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-07-10 :: Category: Games

Audible
Audible.com is one of the biggest audiobook sites on the web. Subscribers to the website enjoy a market of digital audiobooks that’s hard to beat, and now with the Audible app, said users can download their Audible.com libraries to their iPhones. The Audible app runs in the background with iOS 4 on multitasking-enabled devices. It also support chapter navigation, Play as You Download, bookmarking, Button Free Mode, and Sleep Mode. It’s a great app if you want to listen to your Audible.com audiobooks, but unfortunately this app doesn’t yet allow you to buy them in-app.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-07-10 :: Category: Books

Wheel of Fortune Platinum Edition
This app brings the famous TV game show to the iPhone…finally! Test your wordly wit against the app or with others via multiplayer mode. The wheel and the sound effects are true to the show, and the puzzles are written by the producers themselves. You can customize your characters, too. Multiplayer comes in the form of pass-and-play, local multiplayer (Bluetooth / WiFi), or network mode (yes! online multiplayer!). “Theme Weeks” featuring custom puzzles and wedges will be introduced, too. The app itself looks pretty good, though some players have apparently experienced crashing…so proceed with caution. As famous as Wheel of Fortune is, though, I’d expect a bug-fixing update soon.

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-16 :: Category: Games

Mapquest 4 Mobile
Remember when MaqQuest was practically the king of online mapping? It’s no longer the undisputed champ, but MapQuest is still as solid a service as ever. MapQuest 4 Mobile finally brings it to the iOS platform, with awesome features such as turn-by-turn spoken directions, quick re-routing, backgrounding support on iOS 4, and even pedestrian directions. Best of all, however? It’s free! It might not be brand-new, but the latest version of Mapquest 4 Mobile is such a step forward that I felt justified in including it here.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-06-11 :: Category: Navigation

Fly Vs. Car
On the surface, Fly Vs. Car is simple. Playing as a small fly, you must tilt your iPhone to avoid being hit by oncoming traffic. Simple, simple, simple…even OpenFeint and Facebook / Twitter score posting can only add so much to such a basic premise. But what makes Fly Vs. Car unique is that the developers at Snow Day Games have pledged to donate half of all profits to Child’s Play Charity, a not-for-profit group that donates toys and games to sick children. Now that’s a mission we can get behind.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-07-15 :: Category: Games

Friday Five: July 2nd, 2010

Wow, is it July already? Fancy that. In just a couple of days (literally!) we’ll be celebrating July 4th…not that the App Store hasn’t already released a slew of sales in the name of Independence Day.

Here, though, we’re concerned with new releases from the past week. Without further ado, I present…our weekly Friday Five! Hope you find them interesting!

Diptic
Diptic is a simple little photo app that lets you combine two or three images, creating a diptych or triptych, respectively. It also includes brightness, saturation, and contrast tweaks, as well as custom border controls and five different layouts. The function is simple, but then, sometimes simple is what you need. Diptych and triptych creation is a rather popular means of making photos more “meaningful,” especially among teens, so I expect that Diptic will see some use.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-23 :: Category: Photography

Cineast
Cineast is a “movie companion app” that allows you to search for movies or people, watch trailers, find release date or cast info, and more. You can also mark movies and people as “Favorites,” to easily return to them later. It relies on the website themoviedb.org. Cineast is a universal app, so iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users alike can get in on the movie-info action.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-29 :: Category: Reference

The Twilight Saga – Memory Quest
Love it or hate it, the Twilight series is a hit. (Just look at the performance of Eclipse, which released this weekend.) The Twilight Saga – Memory Quest is a tile-flipping memory-match game featuring the stars of the series. You can play as Bella, Edward, or Jacob. Presumably this game is relying heavily on rabid fans…still, it looks like a decent tile-matching game.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-24 :: Category: Games

The Elements for iPhone 4
The Elements was one of the highlight apps for the iPad at launch, and now it’s got an iPhone incarnation..though only for the iPhone 4. Phooey. Still, if you’re the lucky owner of a brand-new iPhone, you can take advantage of The Elements and its highly visual, comprehensive periodic table. You can examine each pictorial representation of each element, and extensive information is pulled from Wolfram Alpha’s database.

$13.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-23 :: Category: Books

Tap Tap Revolution HD
…and this has nothing to do with Tapulous, or the other Tap Tap Revolution games, or even music games in general. Tap Tap Revolution HD is a rather amateurish-looking app for the iPad which features a large, red button. And guess what? The “game” is all about how quickly you can tap that button. Kudos to them for grabbing the Tap Tap Revolution HD moniker, though…looks like Tapulous missed the boat – for now.

$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-06-29 :: Category: Entertainment

Friday Five: June 25th, 2010

With iOS4 and the iPhone 4 hitting this week, it’s not so surprising that we’ve seen tons of new apps. This week’s Friday Five features a number of big-name efforts, many of which highlight the features of the iPhone 4 and iOS4. Let’s get started!

Farmville
The productivity-sucking, Facebook-spawned plague has been unleashed upon the App Store masses. Someone say a prayer for us all. The iOS version is supposed to sync with the Facebook version, so if you already have a farm, don’t worry about maintaining two! Just like on Facebook, you “grow” both plants and livestock and earn coins and XP for your troubles. This app also includes in-app purchase options for both coins and premium “Farm Cash.”

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-24 :: Category: Games

Eliminate:GunRange
I don’t know why Eliminate:GunRange is missing spaces in the title. I can tell you, however, that it’s ngmoco’s brand-new, iPhone 4-exclusive title. A spin-off of the popular Eliminate FPS series, GunRange is designed to take advantage of the iPhone 4′s gyroscope and Retina display. The game drops you into one of three shooting ranges and lets you blast away at targets using any of twelve weapons. Support for the iPhone 3GS and additional content are promised in the future.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-22 :: Category: Games

Windows Live Messenger
Despite the whole Apple/Microsoft battle, Microsoft has apparently seen fit to release a messenger client for its Windows Live service. It’s pretty much your typical IM app, with hooks in most major social networks (Flickr, Facebook, Youtube, MySpace, etc). In addition to chatting and sharing photos, you can access your Hotmail email account from within the app.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-21 :: Category: Social Networking

NPR Music
NPR is a wonderful, wonderful organization. It’s simply incredible how much they give away, for free. NPR Music follows their long-since-released NPR News app and gives you access to NPR’s musical selections. Listeners can choose from Classical, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and more. Live streams from over 75 public radio stations are available. Folks with new iPhones can take advantage of backgrounding, listening to music even when the app is closed.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-23 :: Category: Music

DC Comics
DC makes its iPhone debut with many familiar comics: Batman, Green Lantern, the Justice League, Sandman, and more. The app itself is something like a comic-store, from which you can download individual comics via in-app purchase. Most comics run $1.99 apiece. (A few freebies are available, too.) For viewing comics, there’s either a full-page view or a Guided Reading option; with the DC app, all of your comics are contained in one simple app. Comic lovers should at least download the free app and check out the full selection.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-23 :: Category: Books

Friday Five: June 18th, 2010

It’s Friday! Hurray! Of course, for me it’s summer vacation and Fridays aren’t quite as exciting. But, we’ve still got our traditional sampling of delightful new releases from the past week, so that’s something. Big names like ngmoco and Illusion Labs make an appearance this week, as well as a few more mainstream companies like ESPN. Enjoy!

Godfinger
Godfinger from ngmoco allows you to build up a little world of cartoony followers and exert your godly powers on them. In Godfinger, you can be a kind, caring deity—performing Wonders and helping your civilization prosper—or a wicked demagogue, leaving a path of destruction in your wake. You can control sun, rain, lightning, floods, and fire. As you play Godfinger, your actions shape the terrain and your populace’s opinion. It’s almost ngmoco’s answer to Pocket God. Go on, give it a try and test out your godly abilities…Godfinger, like many of ngmoco’s newer games, is free.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-17 :: Category: Games :: Action

Geometry Wars: Touch
Geometry Wars was already a classic Xbox game, but it made its iPad debut back in March. Now, it’s a universal app, meaning that iPhone and iPod owners can get in on the action! Geometry Wars is a simplistic arcade shooter with basic, geometric graphics and a strong retro theme. It also was one of the first major games to make good use of the dual-stick shooter system that’s so popular on the App Store today. The iPhone/iPad version also includes a brand-new mode, Titan, in which you gradually break giant foes apart into swarms of smaller pieces.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Games

ESPN Pinball
In honor of the World Cup, ESPN has a released a pinball app with some football-themed tables (ahem, soccer for us Americans). There’s also a Basketball table. The new pinball app is full of flashy graphics and boasts pass-and-play multiplayer, global and local leaderboards, and voice-overs from ESPN Sports Center host Jay Harris. It’s a marriage of a TV network, sports, and pinball…if that sounds a little strange, well, it is, but the game looks like some solid pinball fun nevertheless.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-14 :: Category: Sports

Onion News Network
Where would we be without the Onion? In case you haven’t heard of this magnificent publication, the Onion is a completely satirical news network with both an online and a print publication. (Yes, that’s right: you can get a real Onion newspaper.) Their stories are funny, witty, snide, and clever; you’d be crazy not to enjoy browsing them. The Onion’s new app gives you mobile access to the entire Onion archives, including both textual stories and videos. There’s not much more to say: it’s a typical newspaper app. The only difference is that the Onion is anything but a serious, esteemed publication. It’s here to make you grin, and, perhaps, think.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-11 :: Category: News

Foosball HD
Illusion Labs has long expressed an interest in touchscreen gaming on larger screens (think back to their tabletop demo of Touchgrind) and now they’ve released an impressive iPad-only title: Foosbal HD. Foosball HD takes full advantage of the iPad’s large screen, transforming it into a top-down view of a foosball table designed perfectly for “local multiplayer”: both you and your friend just play foosball! You can also play against the computer, of course, but multiplayer is the real draw. Foosball seems like a natural fit for the iPad, and it’s great to see Illusion Labs putting the iPad to good use. Sorry, iPhone users; this one isn’t for us.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-06-11 :: Category: Games

Friday Five: June 11th, 2010

Aaaand…we’re back! Phew. Is it Friday already? Well, here are our weekly five app selections, culled from recent App Store releases. We’ve got plenty of new stuff this week, from feed readers to music games, so let’s get started!

Guitar Hero
Guitar Hero was demo’d at the WWDC keynote earlier this week, and made its official App Store debut shortly afterwards. Talk about big-name apps. The game costs $2.99 and comes with six songs, allowing you to unlock others via in-app purchase. (The included songs include hits like “We Are the Champions” by Queen and “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer.) It looks a lot like the Tap Tap Revenge and Rock Band games on the surface, but Guitar Hero introduces some new “swipe” and “strum” mechanics that add some new spice to the somewhat-stale tapping games. To put it succinctly, the game looks awesome—we’ll have a full review up later, of course.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-07 :: Category: Games

Camera+
Camera+ comes from TapTapTap, makers of excellent, succinctly named apps like Convert and Voices. It includes tons of tools, ranging from digital zoom to an image stabilizer to a grid that helps you avoid crooked pictures. There are also plenty of scene modes (Beach, Night, Sunset, Backlit, etc) and filters (from a dirty Grunge effect to the more humorous So Emo). Toss in a digital flash effect, borders, and the ability to share photos across a variety of social networks, and Camera+ has just about every feature covered. The app itself is elegantly designed, and on the whole, Camera+ seems to be another worthy addition to the ranks of photo apps in the App Store.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-07 :: Category: Photography

HECTOR: Badge of Carnage
This is not your typical adventure game, folks. HECTOR proudly declares itself to be “half-decent,” but don’t let that fool you. This point-and-click adventure game stars Detective Inspector Hector and is cheekily irreverent. The dialogue is crude (not for the young’ins) and witty, and the game features genre mainstays like interactive locations and an expansive inventory. HECTOR certainly takes a different tack than most App Store games. Point-and-click fans should check it out.

$3.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-02 :: Category: Games

Sudoku 2 Pro
Sudoku 2 Pro is (you guessed it!) the pro version of the popular Sudoku port. This version strips out the ads, tracks your “runs” (uninterrupted win streaks), auto-deletes solved notes, and allows you to hide the timer if you so wish…among other things, of course. Naturally, the features that make Sudoku 2 loved by so many App Store customers are still intact: ease-of-use, graphics, etc. If you’re looking for a good Sudoku game and don’t want your screen cluttered with ads, check out Sudoku 2 Pro.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-03 :: Category: Games

Pulse News Reader
And finally, one for your iPad owners. Pulse News Reader was also demoed by Steve Jobs at the WWDC. Pulse is a clean and visual news reader for iPad. It imports up to 20 news sources and then creates an elegant mosaic of your news stories. Tapping on a block brings up the article in full. Just take a look at the picture…the app looks gorgeous, and even supports both landscape and portrait. Yum!

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-05-12 :: Category: News

Friday Five: May 21st, 2010

Fridays at 148apps mean a new Friday Five post, and here we are! Below are five apps that we’ve chosen to highlight from the past week’s releases. Some are silly, or functional, or simply fun, but we hope that all of them are interesting.

Color&Draw
Remember coloring books? Color&Draw takes that experience and attempts to translate it to the iPhone’s screen. You can draw on a blank screen and use it as a sketch app, or pick from the 50 included outlines, including various animals and cute things. Color&Draw even lets kids open up an existing photo and doodle on it. (Want to give Uncle Joe a mustache / wacky eyebrows / devil horns? No problem!) The limited color palette and the absence of a “paint bucket” filler option help bring Color&Draw even closer to the classic crayons-and-paper coloring books we all loved so. The app’s interface is clean and it appears well-designed, but naturally its best feature is the delight of the kids using it.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-03-21 :: Category: Education

Pocket Creatures
Pocket Creatures starts you with an egg and lets you raise your own adorable cartoon critter. In this 3D sim, you spend your time caring for and interacting with your creature. Don’t be fooled, however; your creature isn’t normal, as it can do things like summon lightning. How you interact impacts its personality: make it sweet or mischievous, devilish or gentle. The various achievements unlock costumes for your creature, from Ninja to Viking to Gladiator. In short? It’s a little 3D garden with you and your pet, and plenty of playthings to torment. (Exploding anteaters, anyone?)

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-05-15 :: Category: Games

Bistromath
Splitting a check in a restaurant isn’t easy—a seemingly endless litany of complications can turn a simple division problem into a mind-numbing headache. Bistromath is an app that aims to eliminate that exact problem. Normally I’m not a fan of “tip calculator” apps and the like, but Bistromath goes much further. You can enter each item individually, then specify who pays for it, even assigning an item to be split between multiple people. Bistromath also calculates the sales tax and tip, and takes care of tricky division (like dividing 10 by 3). Whether you need such a complex focus on fair paying in your life is your prerogative, of course, but if you do, Bistromath should be a great help.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-05-15 :: Category: Finance

Strike Knight
Backflip Studios’ other games have been met with acclaim—the hugely popular Paper Toss, Ragdoll Blaster, and Harbor Havoc 3D games among them—and now they’ve released a new game, this time for free. Strike Knight is a puck bowling game with some arcade flair. The scoring system is different and places a focus on timing, but if you’ve ever played shuffle-board bowling, Strike Knight’s setup should be familiar. The game is great for quick sessions and even supports pass-and-play for up to four players. Of course, Strike Knights is ad-supported, but that’s a small price to pay for a polished, free game.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-05-17 :: Category: Games

X2 Soccer 2010
X2 Soccer 2010 succeeds X2 Soccer 2009—a solid foundation by anyone’s reckoning—and adds plenty of improvements. The controls are sharp and snappy, the computer AI is well-tuned, and with over 150 club teams you’ll have plenty of variety. The included modes are Quick Match, Penalty Shootout, Training, Tournament, Dream Team, and Multiplayer; Multiplayer includes both local and online options. But while I could go on and on listing the game’s bullet-point features, perhaps the simplest one is this: it simply works. Fans of X2 Soccer swear by it as the App Store standard, and it’s certainly an excellent, realistic soccer game. Soccer fans should be very, very interested in this new release.

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-05-17 :: Category: Games

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