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This Week at 148Apps: August 13-17

Posted by Chris Kirby on August 19th, 2012

This week at 148Apps.com, we brought another amazing app into the Editor's Choice fold. This is what Kalle MacDonald had to say about Horn: "As a fan of both the Legend of Zelda series on Nintendo consoles and the Infinity Blade franchise on iOS, I welcomed HORN with open arms. Believe it or not it delivers on both counts.

HORN is hard to explain. In essence it is an action-adventure game, but the details make it so much more than that. When inn the “adventuring” portions of the story, the game is played in a third-person perspective and the titular Horn is controlled by tapping where the player wants him to go. To go along with this, there are action portions of the game. These portions are played similarly to Infinity Blade, with a swipe to attack, and various ways to evade the enemies."

Want to know more? Of course you do. Read the full review at 148Apps.

Over at GiggleApps.com, Amy Solomon gave us an art lesson in her review of PlayArt: "PlayART by Tapook is an interesting art app allowing children and adults to create their own images using the details found within famous works of art. Five artists are covered, specifically Van Gogh, Monet, Klee, Cezanne and Rousseau allowing children to be exposed to different styles of art, also learning about these artists from watching short videos and exploring a museum of these artists’ original paintings."

Read more at GiggleApps.com.

And finally, 148Apps.biz writer Carter Dotson contributed a piece about elblabs: "German studio elblabs is launching a new ad network, GameAdTrading. What elblabs is claiming that their network can do better than other networks is simple: adaptability to many different platforms.

This adaptability is largely because GameAdTrading is currently available as a plugin for Unity, the engine that’s primarily designed for 3D games, but often finds use simply as a cross-platform engine. For example, Cthulhu Saves the World, a 16-bit-inspired RPG that has pretty much nothing three-dimensional about it at all, was ported from XNA to Unity for the mobile versions. The ability to publish to iOS, Android, and PC/Mac makes it an attractive option for even simulation games that aren’t as graphically-demanding. elblabs is also taking requests via email for other engines, including Flash."

Read more about this move to cross-platform advertising on 148Apps.biz.

And.....we're done for this week. But that's the great thing - one week ends, and another's just right around the corner. Join us on Facebook and Twitter to get the news, reviews and contests you want, right when you want them, from app experts. Until next weekend, go plunge the depths of Horn.

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.