Thursday may have done its worst to leave us in a tryptophan-induced coma, but that doesn’t mean we were left sleeping on the job! Three course meals and left-overs aside, we still managed to pump out a productive week here at the iPhone App Review. In fact, we’ve got your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week ready to roll, but before diving into the desserts, why not have a sneak peek at some of our killer reviews?
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
This week brought us the AR fun of Chromian Wars for the iPhone, as well as the arrow-blasting action of Crossbow-3D. Not to mention, of course, the bouncing bundle that is Hero Up, or the scrapbooking delight of Buncee Pro.
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t despair just yet! Our Top 5 Roundup is just beyond the break!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Burn and Turn – $1.99
We’re pretty huge suckers for tower defense and castle defense games on the iPhone and iPad. There’s just something about keeping all those enemies at bay with a squat force of measly companions that gets our gaming juices flowing. As of this week, our new indulgence has been an excellent addition to the genre by name of Burn and Turn.
The app has you playing a dragon, defending your loot from the advancing hordes. You’re also free to capture the occasional princess and store power-ups like a big, scaly Scrooge. The game has a very definite arcade feel that we love, not to mention the wonderfully retro graphics. And with full support for devastating combos and general smash-em-up mayhem, this one’s a solid winner in our book.
Cosmonauts – Free
We also dig any game that comes with an alternate timeline. What if Hitler had won World War II, and the resistance had continued for decades more? What if computers had been invented a decade earlier? What if the Russians had won the space race, and must now defend Mother Earth from an alien invasion? The latter is the plot of Cosmonauts, a killer turn-based combat game for the iPhone and iPad.
Cosmonauts isn’t just great for its storyline, though. The turn-based action is completely engaging, as are the cartoony graphics. The app is filled with a certain whimsy that we adore, and considering there’s no cost of entry, this one is an absolute steal for the dedicated iOS gamer. And best of all, there’s no need for a basic understanding of conversation Russian!
Google Search – Free
For the uninitiated, it appears as if the Big-G will absolutely never, totally ever get their wonderful Desktop PC browser Google Chrome into the App Store. This is due to a number of reasons, most notably Apple’s stubborn resistance. However, that doesn’t mean the California company hasn’t been getting creative. And with the latest Google Search update, you might just be able to have the Web experience you’ve always wanted on the iPad.
Sure, Google Search is really an app for searching the Web, but considering it’s also got a built-in browser, speech-to-text functionality, and everything but tabbed browsing, we’re going to jump the gun and call it Chrome. At the least, it’s the best you’ll come across, and considering there’s no charge to try it, you’ve got nothing to lose. It won’t kill Safari, but it’s better than nothing!
Timelines for Facebook – Free
One of these days Facebook has promised to resurrect its long-lost timelines functionality. This was the special pane that let you look at your Facebook activity as if peeping your personal timeline. You could see your status changes, your picture flows, and even your friendships over time. But until that’s fully implemented with the native iOS offering, the best you can do is use Timelines for Facebook.
The app, which is produced by the MyPad folks, does exactly what we’d like it to: It allows us to see our activity in terms of personal changes over time. It’s not a totally flawless experience, but considering it’s free and functional, we won’t be complaining.
Martha Stewart Cocktails – $2.99
Considering she’s an ex-con, we sort of always knew Martha Stewart could drink. However, what we didn’t expect was for her app to be so goshdarn good! This three dollar gem comes with three drink packs built-in, allowing you to peep all sorts of fun cocktail recipes on your iPhone. It’s a classier version of Mixology, and with such a prestigious name attached, you’ll really be the life of the (bar tending) party.
Should you become bored with the stock offerings, there’s also a wealth of additional drink packs for sale in-app. All in all, we have a feeling you’ll be mixing Holiday nightcaps from here to Easter, and for one cheap price, to boot!