Editor’s Picks Apps
Ballz! Pro Adds Sporty Animations to Twisted Match-3 Puzzle
Ballz! Pro — If you've played a mobile game in the last 5 years, chances are you've played some variation of the match-3 puzzle popularized by games like Bejeweled. Easy and addicting, match-3 games are a dime a dozen in the App Store. Often, it's the same game with different icons.1
Innovative Dub Siren Mixes Reggae and Sound Effects
Dub Siren is one of the most innovative music apps I've seen to make it into the App Store in a long time.
Bouncing Around With Karuki is Simple Fun
You know how every now and then you run across a game for your iPhone or touch that makes you smile, curse, and drain your battery life all in the span of an hour or so? It has certainly happened to me a time or two and with Karuki, it's no exception.
The Kaloki Universe is Brought to iPhone With Kaloki Adventure
Now available in the App Store, Kaloki Adventure is the iPhone and touch version of Outpost Kaloki X that was first released for the Xbox 360 and given an award for Sim Game of the Year.
Lots of Bugs in iRoach
In reality, a bug problem of this magnitude would not require a tech genius, but rather professional pest control. On your iPhone or iTouch, iRoach simply requires a fast finger and a tolerance for nastiness.
PixPop FREE is a No-cost Taste of Puzzle Popper Games from Spinapse
PixPop FREE, from developer Spinapse, is a mash up of a matching game, jigsaw puzzle and "Where's Waldo?" Something for everyone, in other words.
Music iQ Tests Your Music Recognition
I smartly downloaded Music iQ before embarking on a four-hour car ride. Perfect timing! I entertained myself, the car trip went more quickly, and I discovered I am terrible at remembering the names of songs, even when I recognize a tune.
Sevens Comes Without Any Luck Involved
Sevens, from developer Nigel Hanbury, is a spin on the wildly popular Sudoku number puzzler, of which there are several variations in the App Store. Just in case you've never played Sudoku before: The playing field consists of a 3 x 3 grid of squares.
Create Dizzy Paintings with SpinArt
SpinArt will remind you of childhood art projects. Playing with SpinArt feels like a combination of blowing paint with a straw, tie-dying and that game (whose name I cannot remember) where you make geometric patterns by drawing with round plastic things that spin.
Shift Is a Fine Puzzler
Echochrome was one of my favorite games of 2008. It was a PSP downloadable puzzle game that was all about changing perspectives and using physics to solve puzzles to complete levels.
Create and Sync Notes with Evernote
The notebook-on-steroids service Evernote has been steadily growing stronger since its App Store debut. Version 3.0 is the best yet with some extra features that improve its usefulness and stability.
It's Not A Stick Up, It's Wild West Pinball
* Update: As noted in the comments below, Wild West Pinball is no longer free. The limited time promotion is over. In anticipation of their latest pinball game launch, OOO Gameprom has made Wild West Pinball available for free for a limited time.
Real Racing: The Review and 3G vs 3GS
Firemint's follow up iPhone offering goes a different route than the causally inclined Flight Control that has been a consistent occupant on the Top 25.
Jungle Bloxx is Digital Chocolate's Latest Puzzle Adventure
Jungle Bloxx - From their early titles like Chocolate Shop Frenzy to their most recent, Digital Chocolate is becoming somewhat of a giant in the way of App Store games. Many of their games, like Crazy Penguin Catapult and 3D Brick Breaker Revolution have become fast favorites of many users.
Brain Exercise Keeps You Thinking Young
I just finished working out with Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima and I think I might have overdone it because my head hurts. If you want to stay mentally sharp, you need to work your brain as though it were a muscle.