Whew! Another busy week done here at The iPhone App Review. We were pretty busy celebrating May the Fourth be With You (not to mention Revenge of the Fifth) but we didn’t slack off on our app reviewing duties, no sir! We’ll get to our Top 5 for May 6 in just a second, but before we hit the main course, here’s a sneak peek at some of the fantastic apps we reviewed this week!
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
We kept our gaming thumbs busy this week, offering up a stream of quality game reviews for iOS. One of our favorites was Notebook Ninja, a new up-and-comer in the AppStore that offers unique (and papery) gameplay for both the iPhone and iPad. We fawned all over New Sokoban, too, which offers one of the deepest puzzle mechanics in the business. For a change of pace, check out Plane Rush, a game that’s one parts Speed Racer and two parts spelunking.
Rounding out the week, we also showed you how cool CCGs can be on iOS with Shadow Era (no game board or card-protectors included) as well as how easy it is to keep a live-tweet style record of your day using Koodja.
There’s your sneak peek as promised, but I’m sure you hungry minions want some real tucker now, right mates? Orders heeded, Captain: Skip below to see what our Top 5 Apps for May 6 were.
Top 5 Apps of the Week
Magic Piano – Free
We’re coming out of the chute classical this week by taking a look at Magic Piano for iPhone. This app has been around for a while on the iPad, and is brought to you by Smule, the same people responsible for I Am T-Pain, Ocarina, and Leaf Trombone. Magic Piano is just now making its way to the iPad’s older brother, and is one-hundred percent free in the AppStore.
Magic Piano offers all the musical trappings you’d expect from Smule, including the ability to play freestyle on a number of keyboards, or tap beams of light to produce some of your favorite tunes. We say your favorites, but you’ll actually be limited to what’s in Magic Piano’s store: There’s a lot of free classical music here, as well as some popular titles, but we’d still like to bop along to our entire Cher collection.
Hitpad – Free
If you’re like us, you’ve often logged on to Twitter or Facebook only to find yourself befuddled by the trending topics. If you’ve ever asked, “Who/what/why the heck is that?” in regard to trends, Hitpad for the iPad has got your back.
The app uses Google News’ feeds to provide you with the latest information on trending topics. Discovering what a trend is all about couldn’t be simpler: Just click on any topic from the menu on the left, and the app produces relevant news, tweets, pictures, and video. We loved Hitpad when it worked, but there are still some bugs—including the fact that it’s sometimes just wrong. However, this app won’t cost you a dime, and will alleviate your modern-age confusion.
On the Way to Woodstock – $6.99
If you’re looking to trend a little more old-school, On the Way to Woodstock offers one of the most comprehensive looks at the popularly mythologized concert. The app will set you back a pretty $6.99, but the wealth of information it offers makes paying to learn about a free concert all the better.
On the Way to Woodstock offers a scrapbook-style pastiche of video, pictures, and text concerning the festival. All of the artists present are accounted for and described in detail, making this a bible for aging hippies and interested youths alike. The app is a bit hard to navigate, making reading cover-to-cover difficult, but you’d be hard pressed to find a better trove of Woodstock information anywhere.
Bowl Em Hoops – $.99
We fawned all over the carnival fun of Bowl Em Hoops this week, a $ .99 offering in the AppStore for the iPhone. The game features expansive and rich carnival style fun that will have you throwing basketballs at hoops until the cows come home.
Bowel Em Hoops is loaded with unlockable content and delightful gameplay, making it a steal at a mere dollar. And thankfully, this carnival is a sans-clown affair.
Exhaust Thing – $.99
We also found Exhaust Thing’s gameplay very absorbing (see what I did there?) and its $ .99 iPhone price is always appreciated.
The app has you spinning around the globe, zapping wayward clouds as they try to eat your atmosphere—a truly uncomfortable feeling, to be sure. Exhaust Thing’s fantastic art style and mad, finger-flicking gameplay work wonders on the iPhone, and at a bargain price, you owe it to yourself to give it a spin and a tap.