It’s been another scorching summer week here at the iPhone App Review! But we haven’t been kicking back and sipping lemonade all week: We’ve been hard at work bringing you iPhone app reviews, iPad app reviews, video app reviews, and more! We’ve got your Top 5 Apps of the Week coming up, but first have a sneak peek at some of the great iOS apps we covered recently!
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
The week brought us two animal-themed games, with the hard-nosed zombie blasting of Lamebo VS Zombies and the backyard puzzling of Marty Mongoose. We also took a look at two great iPhone utilities, Meteoric Download Manager for your internet content and TwitStar for your Twitter needs.
That’s all for our sneak peek, but don’t touch that dial! Our Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the week is after the break.
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
TNR-i – £11.99
Yamaha’s TNR-i universal app has been rocking our socks off. This offering for the iPhone and iPad is a faithful reproduction of the Tenori-On synthesizer that brought digital music to the masses a few years back. The app features a sixteen-by-sixteen grid of buttons that can be plugged at will. Using this, the synthesizer produces sounds to match the buttons pressed. Vertical directionality maps to pitch, while horizontal corresponds to timing. Combined with multiple layers of music, the end result is an easy-to-use but difficult-to-master music production tool for the iPhone.
It’s a bit complicated—not to mention expensive—but TNR-i brings heaps of musical features to the table. Offering wireless play with others, as well as an iOS optimized reproduction of a music classic, this app is well worth the money, for fans of music and the Tenori-On device alike.
Penguin Classic – Free
Are you a total book nerd for the classics? Do you spend hours analyzing the complexities of the Greats, and wish there were some kind of outlet for your book lust? If so, then you’re in luck: Penguin Books released this week their annotated classics guide, Penguin Classics.
The app has everything you need to know about timeless literature. Penguin Classics allows you to search for books by title and author, then supplies you with discussions, quizzes, and information once you’ve landed. The app does not allow you to download eBooks—which is a shame—but it will point you toward the Penguin Store for a hardcopy. There’s even a nifty cover flow feature that has you spinning through novels like vinyl records.
Tiny Towers – Free
We fell in love with Tiny Towers’ Sim-City-esque gameplay here at the iPhone App Review. The app, which came with a new updated to 1.0.1 this week, allows you to live out your landlord fantasies, managing your apartment complex and the denizens there in. You’ll have to manage morale, shops, income, and expansions, creating a fun and rewarding experience on the iPhone and iPad. The game is notorious for crashes, however, and though the new update has gone a long way toward improving this, you’re festivities may still be cut short when you least expect it.
RadioSoulwax – Free
RadioSoulwax is our music feature of the week, and a darn hard one to peg, too. The app is the first iOS offering by Belgian deejays 2manydjs. Contained within RadioSoulwax’ walls are 24 one-hour music mixes, accompanied by illustrations and video. The two combine to form one trippy experience that can be hit-or-miss as far as enjoyment goes, but is certainly innovative nonetheless.
The 24 included mixes rotate in a continuous loop, creating a fresh day-long experience every time. The developers promise more content is on the way, meaning RadioSoulwax is set up to explode into the artsy monster it’s waiting to be. The app’s a strange one, but one to watch in the future: This universal offering is pushing the boundaries of music presentation for iOS.
Play Dead – Free
Are you tired of every Tom, Dick and Harry asking for some quality time with your precious iPhone? Do you wish there was a subtle way to get those bothersome digital squatters to bugger off? Thankfully, you aren’t alone, as developer TapRadius has provided an answer with Play Dead.
This free utility mimics the screen presented when your iPhone runs out of battery power or crashes. Everything goes black, and the spinning wheel of death takes the place of whatever was running. Combined with a bit of patter— “Ah, damn: It looks like my phone died!” — a smattering of convenient technical failure can be conjured whenever it’s needed. Whether its your neighbors, friends, or strangers on the street harassing you, Play Dead has your selfish tuckus covered.