Five For Friday: Week Of March 22

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 23rd, 2012

Thanks to a little-known game called Angry Birds Space, it's not been the busiest of weeks for new game releases. That's not stopped us here at Five For Friday, though. We've rounded up a selection of apps and games with a hint of a focus on family use, but still perfectly relevant for many others.

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2
One aimed squarely at young families, Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2 brings five classic Dr. Seuss titles to life for young readers including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and others. All are available in three different forms. Readers can listen to the story and watch the highlighted words appear, they can read it to themselves or the story can play by itself like a movie.

Basil helps cookery fans discover and collect new recipes, while also offering the ability to add the user's own recipes within the app. Cooking timer functionality is thrown in there too for good measure. The ability to instantly save and import reviews works alongside major sites such as and amongst others.

We at 148apps can't resist a neat photo filtering app and AfterFocus offers a pretty cool DSLR-style effect. By simply selecting a relevant area on a photo, AfterFocus allows the user to create a more natural looking image via blurring and smart focussing.

Outline Pro
Ideal for students of all ages, Outline Pro aims to help them learn how to plan and structure their essay in an academic form. It's often the hardest part of learning to master but Outline Pro ensures that nothing goes amiss by getting the user to divide things up according to topic, introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion. Structured bullet points help organize ideas in a coherent form.

Crosswords for iPad
Crosswords have formed the basis of many a word fan's weekend morning. So what better way to do it this weekend than through an iPad? That's what Crosswords for iPad offers. 100 different crosswords are available through the app, with easy to use controls making for a very relaxing and wordy affair.