Editor’s Picks Apps
The Oregon Trail + iPhone = Win!!!
The Oregon Trail - One of the fondest memories I have from my days in elementary school was playing a simple little game that was all about taking some settlers and their wagon on a 2000-mile voyage from one end of the country to the other.
Pop: Hate To Burst Your Bubble
Pop - Remember when playing with bubbles was maybe the most awesome thing ever? No? Just me? Well, at any rate, you probably liked it a little, at least. And the good news is that Pop by Nnooo allows you to relive that excitement in a stylish, action-packed new way.
Speedtest.net: Need for Speed is Relative When Network Testing
When it comes to bandwidth network speed testing apps like Ookla's Speedtest.net everything is relative. The results you get depend on your distance from the server you're running the test against, the number of people within proximity who are accessing the same network, your service provider and other variables. Two people, standing within feet of each other, running the same app, may not even come up with comparable results.
Aqua Moto Racing Makes a Huge Splash
Aqua Moto Racing - It’s starting to get a little bit crazy how the bar continually keeps getting raised with iPhone games. Right when a stellar game is starting to enjoy the limelight as the new hotness, in comes another new app that raises the stakes.
Mariner Calc Goes Head to head with MobileFiles Pro for Excel files
Mariner Software's Mariner Calc is the second app that I've looked at on the App Store's productivity shelf capable of viewing and editing Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xls) files. The first was Quickoffice's MobileFile's Pro, which I liked very much.
Wheel of Fortune: Take It For a Spin
Fellow word nerds, rejoice! The Wheel of Fortune app for iPhone by Sony Pictures Television is a near-perfect replication of the popular TV game show. You spin the wheel, buy vowels and attempt to guess the word or phrase hidden behind the blank squares.
iSynth: Stroll Through Virtual Worlds
iSynth, developed by Brown University student, Greg Pascale, puts Microsoft's stunning Photosynth 3-D photo viewer in your hands. Whether you're holding and iPhone or an iPod touch, you can stroll through three-dimensional views of scenes that have been photographed from several different angles, giving you a panoramic, "you-are-there" view of your virtual surroundings.
Eliss is Spectacular and Addictive But Requires Practice
What makes Eliss so addictive? Since I cannot put this game down, I have spent countless hours trying to figure this question out, and I plan to spend many more. My obsession with playing Eliss is for research purposes only.
Sentinel Ups the Ante for Tower Defense Games
Sentinel - Tower defense (TD) games have proven to be a genre that can be done extremely well on the iPhone. The cream of the crop in this genre currently includes titles such as Fieldrunners, 7 Cities, The Creeps, and they all have their own quirks that make them unique.
Blue Attack! Takes the Battle for Space to the Enemy
Blue Attack, from dev John Kooistra, is a retro space shooter that draws on the 2-D graphics and traditions of some of the great arcade games of the past.
Blue Attack is the sequel to Blue Defense ($1.99), a much simpler game, in which you defend your turf.
File Sharing and Viewing Easy with Memory Stick
Available in the App Store from Softalk Ltd., Memory Stick turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a portable drive for file sharing between computers. Functioning entirely on WiFi connectivity, Memory Stick is only going to work on WiFi networks — an aspect that could be misleading based upon Memory Stick’s icon and name.
iShout Pro: Popular Phrases Game For Portable Fun
For those who enjoy around-the-table word guessing games like Password, Taboo, and Catchphrase, iShout Pro is an app that will turn your iPhone into a mechanism that facilitates the same type of game.
Mental Maths Gives Your Brain a Solid Workout
Forget about buying those $1.99 flash cards from Wal-Mart if you or your child are in need of some mutliplication facts work. Mental Maths by Trilliarden has a fun and exciting system for exercising your brain and improving mental math ability.
"Draw" Your Own Conclusion With Crayon Physics Deluxe
A 2008 Independent Games Festival Grand Prize winner, Crayon Physics Deluxe is now available in the App Store, brought to us by Hudson Games. Crayon Physics Deluxe is a combination puzzle and drawing game, in which players “draw” solutions to various stages.
Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook Heats it up
Do you feel like chicken tonight? Are you at the grocery store and don’t have a recipe? Well, life just got a little bit easier. The folks over at General Mills introduced The Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook to make finding recipes to make breakfast, lunch and dinner a little bit easier.