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Wow, what a crazy week! There were a lot of interesting looking releases, and it was hard choosing just 10. Honey Tribe Studios released a new puzzle game called Yam Yam: Puzzle Guardians. Whereas their last release was quite cerebral and somewhat dark in tone, Yam Yam is action oriented and good for the whole family. Crescent Moon Games released their latest offering in the form of Dig!, a Qix clone involving a washed up archeologist and a mummy named Nigel. Cool graphics, a good sense of humor and magical hats makes this a variant worth digging into. If you’re not completely sick of infinite running games yet, you’ll definitely want to give Running with Friends a try. No bull about it, this competitive runner could breathe new life into the genre for those that have given up on such games.
Last week MirrorCase announced its iPad case on Kickstarter with a splash, raising about 75 percent of their goal in the project’s first week. Already available for iPhone 4, the MirrorCase case design uses a high-quality mirror to reflect back any image that is in front of the device, allowing users to capture images and video from a more natural angle.
Write for Dropbox, an intuitive writing app with a slick interface, is now free for the iPhone after the release of its iPad version. Using Dropbox to sync all your work, the app opens to a blank note so you can quickly jot down your ideas or notes quickly. You’ll also find an extra row of convenient keys above the keyboard that provides shortcuts to popular Markdown syntax. And aside from the host of sharing options available, one of my favorite little features is the cursor trackpad that lets you easily move the cursor around the screen and select desired text.
A little over a week after Apple announced that the 45 billion App Store downloads mark had been passed (which took just over 4 months to get from 40 to 45 billion), the count down for 50 Billion downloads has begun. As with the previous grand giveaways, the lucky person who downloads the 50 billionth app will win a $10,000 App Store Gift Card. But as an added twist, the next 50 iOS users to download an app will also score a $500 Gift Card. In other words, the contest will end after the 50,000,000,050th app has been downloaded. For the complete details, head over to the 50 Billion Downloads page on iTunes, where you’ll also find the Top 25 Paid/Free iPhone and iPad apps of all time.
GAMEVIL, best known for their RPGs and having just released the anticipated Diablo-like dungeon crawler Dark Avenger, is now offering a handful of their “Retro” iOS games for $0. From the fun and casual titles like Air Penguin and KAMI RETRO, to the popular JRPG series ZENONIA (parts 1 through 3), a good selection GAMEVIL games can now be downloaded completely free – for a limited time. Check out the complete freebie links after the break.
Just when you thought you’d wasted enough time slinging your way through all those Angry Birds games, Rovio has just released the next instalment in the popular franchise. Aptly named Angry Birds Friends, you play against your Facebook friends in this free to play game, and weekly tournaments will be held (the first being May 6th), where power-ups such as the King Sling, Super Seeds and Birdquake can be employed to your advantage.
Whether you’re a student, writer or just someone who likes using big words, the Thesaurus is undoubtedly one of the best tools to have around. The largest resource on the web is Thesaurus.com (owned by Dictionary.com), and they’ve recently released Thesaurus Rex, a universal iOS app that has 550,000 synonyms & antonyms and features several handy functions, like sorting by relevance or A-Z, filtering results in real time by complexity, and more.
Infuse is the latest play-it-all video player app to hit the App Store. Long gone are the days when you first need to convert non-MP4 files before importing them for viewing on the iDevice. Infuse doesn’t just play 14 different video file formats, it’s also hands down the best looking app of its kind on iOS, it syncs with your trakt.tv account, and importing subtitles for TV shows or movies is an absolute breeze.
It’s kind of funny that some of my favorite games this week were ones that I either thought I wouldn’t like or had no intention of trying in the first place. Smile Plants is a match 3 game from Gamevil, so it’s already new territory for them. The object of the game is to build up a diverse and thriving garden, which personally sounded like a lot less fun then the game actually ended up being. If you’re still not ready to trust me on that one, how about Madman Drop? This is an infinite faller which once I decided to try it managed to capture my attention right away thanks to its unique control scheme. You simply hold the screen to stretch the main character and let go to have him curl up. Not only does it make for some amusing movements, but when timed correctly can be quite a boost in your descent.
8 Ball Pool, arguably the best Pool game on iOS and the rare online-only title that’s monopolized much of my free time over the past 2 months, has been updated and in the process, given what most of its players have been yearning for since its release – an offline mode. Previously only available for play when online, Miniclip has added the option to “Practice Offline”, thus allowing ball-stroking addicts to get their fill while Wifi or 3/4G data isn’t readily available.