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Six best new apps on the App Store this week

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 21st, 2016

Another week means another selection of Best New Apps to poke through. While Apple gives you almost too much choice when it comes to what new apps to highlight, we’ve narrowed that field down to six. Here’s our pick of the bunch.

MetalStorm: Aces Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on July 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TOP GUN
MetalStorm: Aces is one of the best flight simulators in the app store because of its look and the amount of content it packs in.
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RC Plane 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Bobby Gooding on July 22nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TOP NOTCH SIMULATION
A very realistic and well made flight simulation, albeit with model planes.
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Aera Is So Pretty

Posted by Chris Hall on July 7th, 2009

I did an app review a few weeks (months?) back about a game that I just didn't feel lived up to its potential primarily due to controls that I didn't feel were perfect for the iPhone. People bombarded me with flack about it because they said that the games controls were perfectly fine, but one comment stuck with me to this day. Someone told me at some point that they could spend a few hours with the game not even shooting bad guys, but just flying.

Now there are games that I have experienced this. Some of the old Microsoft Flight Simulator games, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter, and Midtown Madness (driving), all fit the bill as games that I just wanted to be left alone, but they all were displayed on a large screen and I usually had some kind of huge joystick or driving wheel on my computer desk. The size of the iPhone and the typical nature of playing on it just don't seem conducive to that type of playing style.

Well yesterday I got an e-mail about a new game called Aera. I thought, ok, here we go again, another iPhone flying game. I would certainly let someone else review the game because obviously the genre, on the iPhone, just isn't for me. On a recommendation, I watched the youtube video and was astounded.

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The flow of the game, along with the graphics are just beautiful. I have to say that Aera may be the first game of its kind that I think that I would want to fly around endlessly doing dogrolls and loops. According to the developers, there are mission modes, a free flight mode, and even some multiplayer that will include capture the flag and duel. I haven't done much investigating yet, but hopefully Aera will be out soon, because now I want to finally fly on my iPhone.

FlightTrack Pro

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Kyle Flanigan on May 8th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: Exceptional
FlightTrack is an application that allows you to track flights in real time and real location. Pulling data from FlightStats and FlightView, it elegantly compresses everything into a screen that is easy to understand and follow.
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