Editor’s Picks Apps

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.

Buy SpinArt on the App Store

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. 

Buy :Shift: on the App Store

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. So when a game brings back memories of spending hours playing through Echochrome, it’s a very good thing in my world.

Buy Evernote on the App Store

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.

Buy Wild West Pinball - Machine for angry oregon cowboys armed with flippers and revolvers! on the App Store

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.

Buy Real Racing on the App Store

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. For me, Real Racing is a surprise coming from Firemint as they’ve rolled out a powerhouse racing title that is determined to shock and awe gamers of all stripes.

Buy Jungle Bloxx™ on the App Store

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.

Buy Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima on the App Store

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.

Buy MapQuest: Free Navigation, GPS, Maps & Traffic on the App Store

MapQuest 4 Mobile Makes It Easy for You to Find Your Way

MapQuest 4 Mobile – I've always been a fan and user of MapQuest  but I don't think AOL's MapQuest 4 Mobile offers any more functionality than many other apps that use maps to help you find nearby eateries, hotels, discounts and so on.

Buy TapNext on the App Store

TapNext Puts Presentations in your Hand

TapNext joins the crowd of presentation apps by giving you a remote control for PowerPoint, Apple's Keynote or OpenOffice.org Impress. TapNext is nothing to shout about in terms of design, but this iPhone app gets the job done.

Buy Bento on the App Store

Bento Organizes Your Life From Desktop to iPhone

Bento is one of the most popular personal organizers for the Mac. Now a new iPhone version is available that syncs with the  popular desktop organizer-on-steroids so you can take all your essential information with you.

Buy 3 Numbers Traveler's Conversion App on the App Store

3 Numbers is a Travel Utility App that Provides Way More than 3 Functions

3 Numbers - Despite the influx of tip calculators, currency converters, note apps and other utilitarian applications for iPhone, the new releases keep coming. One of the latest, 3 Numbers by Politepix, is a traveler’s multi-tool, enabling conversion of currency and units combined with both standard and tip calculators and more.

Buy Micbytes on the App Store

Send Voice Tweets with TweetMic

TweetMic - If the same old method of typing your tweets through your favorite desktop or iPhone app is becoming mundane, then TweetMic may be the way to liven things up. TweetMic lets you record a voice message for all of your Twitter followers to hear.

Buy Knot Guide (100+ knots) on the App Store

Knot Guide Serves Well in a Hitch or Pinch

Knots are a lot like people: Some are stable; others are tight when everyone else is loose; and some always can be relied on in a hitch or a pinch. Some can even be handsome, although only a knot connoisseur probably thinks so.

Buy Bed Bugs on the App Store

Bed Bugs is a Sleepwalking Adventure

Sleeping should be a peaceful activity, but for the little guy in Bed Bugs, it can get pretty intense.  Igloo Games, the makers of Dizzy Bee, has developed another winner with this casual iPhone game.