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.