Sure, it’s a bright and exceptionally warm day out there, but are we wasting time enjoying the sunshine? Heck no! We’ve been cranking away at the app reviews with the best of them. And as usual, your Top 5 Roundup is below waiting. But before we dive in, why not take a sneak peek at some of the cool apps we covered this week?
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t touch that dial! That Top 5 App Roundup is right around the bend!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
TurboTax 2011 – Free
We don’t meant to drag you down by mentioning it, but it is that time of the year, after all. If you haven’t done your taxes, or aren’t even thinking about doing your taxes yet, we’ve got yet another incentive to do so—besides the IRS being one of the most impatient and nastiest organizations on the planet. That incentive is TurboTax 2011 for the iPad, a quick and (mostly) painless way to file your taxes with the best of them.
The software is fully optimized for the extra screen real estate, making it a click-and-proceed process to file both your Federal and state taxes. Sure, the pricing of the in-app options is a bit ridiculous (expect to spend about $60) but to be able to file your income tax from your iPad is easily worth the price of entry: Unless, of course, you live outside the US and couldn’t care less.
iBooks 2 – Free(ish)
Okay, so the link above isn’t for iBooks 2, but hey! Cut us some slack. The software was only announced in the last week, and despite the fact that we aren’t exactly sure how much a textbook will cost, nor exactly when we can expect to see iBooks 2 live, we’re still totally stoked about the functionality at work here. Apple’s finally expanding into the educational market with a force to be reckoned with, and to us, that’s worth mentioning.
Pretty soon, you’ll be able to download and use textbooks on a variety of subjects using nothing but your iPad. These aren’t your typical tomes, though. Instead of flat, static numbers, you’ll instead be granted access to lush, lively and endlessly animated books capable of true touch-optimization. We can’t wait, and hell, if it’s really as cool as we think, we might go back to college!
Pocket League Story – $2.99
Do you like a bit of football (that’s soccer for all you Yanks)? What if you could mix in just a dash of team management and RPG elements, smashing it all onto the iPhone with retro graphics and a bit of grace? If any of that sounds like a match made in heaven, we’ve got a game that will have you winning matches in no time. The latest offering from Kairosoft, Pocket League Story, is a genius mix of both sporting and roleplaying, creating an engaging and endlessly entertaining combination for the iPhone.
In-app, players can pick their players, train them well, and then pit them against some of the baddest teams in the league. All along the way, stats are upgraded, games are won, and upgrades achieved. It’s simple, brilliant, and comes with the typical charm we’ve come to expect of Kairosoft.
Soul Calibur – $11.99
Need we say more? We’d rather not, as the fanboy inside of us is just about going ape crazy, but then again, we suppose it’s our job to at least expose a tad more. If you’ve ever played a fighting game in your life, we’re willing to be it was Soul Calibur. If you’re a fan of the series, we’re also willing to bet you’re just as excited as we are right now. Yes, you saw the title correctly: Soul Calibur has finally landed into the App Store, bringing along 19 characters and gorgeous graphics.
All of the fighting, ripping, smashing fun you’d expect has been faithfully ported from the various console editions of the franchise. You can expect to pit your favorite characters against each other with unabated joy, exactly as it was back in the day. Granted, the price is certainly high, but to experience graphics this good, we’d pay a lot more.
We don’t mean to brag, but we did actually skate professionally back in the day—before the hip replacement, so to speak. As such, we’ve got a pretty good handle on what a skateboarding app should look like, which is why we’re so stoked about Know Skateboarding Street Fundamentals, an app fully supported by the Element skate team.
If you have ever wanted to learn to skateboard, but weren’t sure how, here’s your last stop. The app details every trick in the book with an endless array of photos, text, and video, making it a breeze to pick-up, provided you practice. We can’t speak highly enough of the app—nor of their impressive ollies!