Knock on wood, but it’s beginning to look as if the early year lull in app production is finally drawing to a close! We’re tickled pink about it, but just because we’ve had our hawk eyes glued to the New and Noteworthy section doesn’t mean we haven’t been working: We’ve got your Top 5 Weekly App Roundup just beyond the break, but first have a sneak peek at some of the cool apps we covered this week!
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
This week brought us a bony education thanks to OrthoCare, as well as a beefier amount of gameplay with Angry Boo. We also reviewed the slick bridge building action of Link! before wrapping up the week with Max’s Mole Mash.
That’s all for our sneak peek, but don’t leave just yet—Your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week is just beyond the break!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Steam Mobile – Free
If you don’t know what Steam is, we’re guessing you aren’t much into video games. For those already in the know, you’ll recognize the platform as the community-oriented game distribution system from noted video game developer Valve—that’s the company responsible for Half Life 2, Portal, etc. And though you won’t be able to play your favorite Steam-powered games on your iPhone just yet, at least you can now take Steam with you wherever you go.
The app allows users to comment on their favorite titles, chat with friends, research upcoming titles, and generally geek out over what’s hot and new. You can also manage your wish lists, as well as your game lists to match your tastes. It’s a brilliant offering, and if you’re knee-deep in the service already, the free price tag is a tremendous boon.
Band of the Day – Free with Monthly Subscription
Out of personal preference, we’ve been following Band of the Day for some time now. The app takes a stance somewhere between music magazine and Shazam, allowing users to log-in daily and discover tracks from a different artist with each passing jour. There’s also a full compliment of photos and bios per-day, allowing for a lot of new discoveries. With 365 new entries every year, it’s a solid concept, and one we’re happy to finally see arrive on the iPad.
The app’s latest 2.0 update brings along support for the iPhone’s slightly larger brother. It’s a slick move, as the app’s exquisite design and breathtaking media make it an ideal candidate for the bigger device. Users are required to have either a $0.99 per-monthly subscription to use the service, or they can pony up $10 for the year. Either way, it’s an incredible bargain for the iPad-owning music enthusiast.
Fliks – $2.99
We’ve been pining after Fliks for some time now, just hoping this day would arrive: You see, true-blue Netflix management offerings for the iPhone and iPad are few and far between—especially as Netflix itself isn’t taking up the slack—and we sincerely hoped Fliks might one day become the queue manager we want it to be. Thankfully, we weren’t far off. The latest 2.0 update brings a long a world of new functionality, and we’re just dying to tell you about.
Now, users can drag movies directly from the home screen to their queue for simple management. Additionally, there’s support for instant DVD searches, trailer watching through YouTube, title rating, Rotten Tomatoes content, and even iOS 5 Twitter integration. It’s an unbelievably rich offering, and we’re tickled pink at the $3 price tag, to boot.
AssistantExtensions – Free
Typically we shy away from bringing you the latest in Jailbreak wizardry, but today’s offering is simply too cool to pass up. If you’ve been looking for a way to beef Siri up, and have jailbroken your iOS device, AssistantExtensions is by far the best way to do it. The tweak allows Siri additional administrative privileges, including the right to search YouTube, launch third-party applications, and—thank God—tweet. Yes, with this tweak you an now finally say, “Siri, tweet I’m friggin’ tired of not being able to tweet from Siri!” and the app will take care of things. We’re stoked about that functionality, and now that we’ve got AssistantExtensions, we can tweet it hands-free.
Tiny Invaders – $0.99
If you haven’t already been playing the wildly popular germ-ridden puzzle game Tiny Invaders, now is perhaps the best time to jump on the bandwagon. The app was recently updated with a mountain of new content, and we’re pleased to see the app expanding Angry Birds style. The latest run-up comes loaded with additional puzzles and levels, as well as a free version, should you like to test out the now classic gameplay before buying in. All in all, the latest update is solid proof that a successful app can improve with time, and for the one dollar asking price, you just can’t go wrong with Tiny Invaders.