My oh my, does Christmas ever come fast! We barely feel like we had time to put away the turkey before the tree was being dug out of the attic. However, just because we’re fortifying the home for yuletide festivities doesn’t mean we’ve slacked off on our apps! We’ve got the Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week lined up, but before hitting the presents, why not have a sneak peek at some of the stellar apps we covered this week?
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
This week brought us some holiday greetings in the form of A Christmas Calendar, XIMAD’s three-pack Christmas bundle. We also showed you how to get healthy with Health Tracker Lite, and even rev up the engines with Tires of Fury.
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t touch that dial! Your weekly iPhone and iPad Roundup is just around the corner!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Pat LaFreida’s Big App for Meat – $6.99
Sure, the title is a bit pricy as far as applications go, but with so much meat on its bones (we had to crack the pun) it’s easily worth its weight in raw steak and bliss! If you’ve been looking for the definitive guide to meat cuts, preparation, and other assorted paraphernalia, Pat LaFreida’s Big App for Meat is your new best mate. The title comes loaded to the gills with literally hundreds of pictures to keep your glands salivating.
Sporting an obscene amount of material, the app will please even the most hardened of meat fanatics in your home: The title includes some 200 cuts of beef, lamb, pork, vealer, chicken, turkey and duck, each coming with a detailed description and diagram to match. There’s also 50 minutes of video content aimed at those that want an even closer inspection of their butcher’s cuts. All in all, if you’re into meat, Pat LaFreida is into your iPad app money.
We have a feeling this is an app that will appeal most to King of Pop devotees and general rhythm game masses. That being said, the game does come stock with four of the Master’s greatest hits, including gorgeous cinematic sequences, digital versions of some of his most popular music videos, and a wholly engaging, rhythm based gameplay aspect. In fact, the game really does bring a lot of innovation to a well-worn genre.
Instead of tapping colored bubbles to the beat, instead Michael Jackson the Experience HD asks players to direct Michael’s movements with their fingers, simulating the moves themselves. This is infinitely more entertaining to play, and holds up better over long periods of time. The price is a tad higher than we’d like, but if you’re a fan, this is a must-have app.
Poshmark – Free
We won’t lie to you: Craigslist and Ebay give us the willies. There’s just nothing satisfactory about buying fancy clothing off of either site, as we never know when a Gucci item has been soiled by the home cat, or a luxurious mink coat run over by a lawnmower. Thankfully, we never have to worry about these things again, as Poshmark makes it possible for us to splurge from our armchairs with total security.
The app is like a clothing swap or sales party, only you don’t have to move to attend. Rather, simply snap a picture of something that’s been dusting away in your closet, and then post it to the app. Your friends and shopping acquaintances are then free to bid on it in an auction style set-up. The winner gets the loot, you get the cash, and the joy of untarnished clothing bought over the Internet is finally yours!
Dark Fury – Free
Okay, so maybe this app really came out back in October, and for whatever reason, we happened to overlook it at the time. That being said, we feel Dark Fury is worth mentioning this time around, as it’s now been dropped from the previous price of $6 down to nothing: That’s right, you can enjoy the full, evil-tainted splendor of the app for absolutely no cost to you.
Not to sound too infomercial-esque, but we really do dig what this game has to offer. Rather than saddling you with the paladin protagonist, you’re finally allowed to role-play as the bad guy. Summon hordes of minions, slaughter humans by the hundreds, and just generally wallow in your own evil. It’s great fun, and as a free app for a limited time only, this one is a must have.
Risk – $3.99
We suppose we’ll have to own up here, too: No, Risk isn’t the freshest title to hit the App Store this week, but like Dark Fury, the incredible price drop down to a solid four dollars is what makes this worth pursuing. The app has all the same tabletop action you miss from your childhood, completely with long-ass game times, an infinite amount of conquest, and no extraneous plastic pieces to set-up. It’s a bargain and a half, especially at a low four dollars.