Shark week might have had us pretty distracted this week, but that doesn’t mean we were glued to the tele doing nothing but eating crisps! No, we’ve been hard at work as always, keeping you informed about the latest and greatest in the App Store. With that in mind, we’ve got your Top 5 iPhone and iPad apps of the week coming up, but before diving into the meat and potatoes, have a sneak peek at some of the awesome apps we covered this week:
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
As usual, it was a good week for games, as we looked at Magic Puzzle’s killer jigsaw action, the jumping fun of Gorilla Jump, and the for-kids app Puzzingo. We also had the chance to look at the numbers-based gameplay of beanNcounters.
We didn’t just twiddle our D-Pads, though: It was a great week for art-based iPhone apps, as we detailed exactly what Animation Desk has to offer the animator in us all. Not to mention the slick personal finance manager that is Back in Black. To top it all off, we even had a gander at Futurama’s Head in a Jar.
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t touch that dial! Your Top 5 iPhone and iPad apps of the week are coming up next!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Ultimate Sharks – $4.99
To coincide with their much-appreciated “Shark Week” marathon, Discovery has released Ultimate Sharks, an iPad guide to all things toothy, big, and white.
The app serves as an encyclopedia for everything shark related, sporting information about the world’s most dangerous sharks, 3D models of each, 3 hours of custom-created video, and even attack stories. The app also comes with AirPlay support, which means you can stream video straight to your tele for easy viewing. If you’re mad about sharks, the five dollar price tag will win you more than enough fishy action to last you through those Shark Week withdrawals.
Flick Rocket – $ .99
Flick Rocket is an homage to the golden days of arcade gaming, offering stellar gameplay that’s a perfect blend of Missile Command, Asteroids, and Space Invaders. The graphics are neon-studded and brilliant, while the action is hot and heavy.
If you’ve been itching for an iPhone app that recreates the retro joy of an intense five minute arcade session, Flick Rocket will itch your gaming pickle. With heaps of finger-flicking gameplay and more arcade action than one can shake a stick at, the app’s dollar pricing makes it a steal.
Snoozerr – $ .99
Have you been looking for a really fantastic lecture companion for your iPhone? If so, then Snoozerr, a one dollar productivity gem in the App Store, will be your new best mate.
The app is more or less the same as any other audio recorder, only it comes with some additions that are positively on steroids. Snoozerr not only records lectures, but serves as a camera, too. Users can snap photos or make scratch work wherever they please. Snoozerr tracks activity as it goes along, creating timestamped notes for easy viewing later. It’s quick, intuitive, and best of all cheap.
Thought not a new app in the App Store, Rdio, the longstanding iPhone music streaming service, finally released an iPad edition of their mobile app, letting users enjoy the music service on a larger screen.
The revamped interface still brings the same trove of 10+ million songs and one of the best media players available in the App Store. Like Spotify, Rdio lets users troll a massive list of on-demand music for free listening. Users can also create their own playlists and share them with one of the largest music-based social networking groups around.
With Bing and Google Maps filling all your cartography-shaped holes in the App Store, there simply isn’t much of a need for another map app on an iDevice. That’s the thought, anyway, but what if you’re in the middle of nowhere and need hiking directions, trail guides, or survival tips without a data connection? Don’t fret it, Bear Grylls: Trail Maps by National Geographic has your woodsy butt covered.
The app uses a combination of Bing data and USGS topographical quads to create high-resolution maps that can be downloaded to your device for viewing later. There’s no need for a data connection this way, meaning you can wander as far as you want, Forest Gump style, and still know where you are. For backpackers and heavy travelers alike, the app is well worth the three dollar price of entry.