So here we are, with a New Year just waiting to spring us with even more applications! We’re looking forward to the coming barrage, but just because we’re transitioning out of the old year and into the new doesn’t mean we’ve been slacking off! Check below for our Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week, as well as a sneak peek at some of the killer apps reviewed this week.
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
This week brought us some quality educational tools in the form of PlayScience, an accessible science primer for your small children. It also slung us some motorcycle madness in the form of Moto-Sike-O for the iPhone. And lastly, we got a good look at some incredible Korean food thanks to Korean Food Ma:tt 02.
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t touch that dial! Your Top 5 Apps of the Week are just after the break!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Monkey Quest: Thunderbow – $0.99
In our time here at the iPhone App Review we’ve seen more than our fair share of Angry Birds clones. In fact, we feel like we’ve seen more than just about anyone ever should. Griping aside, though Monkey Quest: Thunderbow, a new physics puzzler by Nickelodeon, is pretty darn good, and potentially the best pissed-off avians look-alike we’ve ever come across.
The app has players acting as one irritated little monkey with a taste for destruction. You blow up enemies and structures using your Boom Bow, which comes with a bevy of different armaments, all of which produce some truly satisfying explosions. Add to this a fist full of attitude and one heavy metal soundtrack, and you’re looking at a first-rate addition to the genre.
Scramble With Friends – $2.99
Honestly, we haven’t got a clue when app developer heavyweight Zynga is going to stop producing knock-offs of boardgames, Facebook applications, and other assorted hot items, but to be fair, we don’t quite care. Their latest addition to the realm of social iPhone gaming is Scramble with Friends, a more or less Boggle-like experience that’s been stretched across the insanely popular Words with Friends framework.
Unlike Words With Friends, Scramble With Friends will set you back a cool three bucks to play. That being said, we much prefer Boggle to Scrabble, and as the social aspect of Zynga’s flagship title has had so much time to incubate, the end result is a truly engaging and addictive experience. Now if only they’d consider a Battleship Your Friends clone . . .
Google Translate – Free
Google’s translation services application may not be the newest face in the App Store, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still kicking out innovations. Just this week the Big-G finally added support for the iPad, as well as a few minor improvements that keep our homework-cheating friend running even smoother.
The new iPad-oriented interface is rather slick, supporting a wider field of vision than the smaller iPhone. Overall, we greatly appreciated the added real-estate, as it makes reading and producing translated text ten times easier. We’d still like to see some kind of verbal translation, but until that day comes along, we’re just happy to finally have Google Translate running natively on our iPad.
Ninjatown Ninja Builder – Free
A while back, Google released a small application for the Android platform called Androidify. This app allowed users to create their own Androids from their Google-powered devices, forging digital analogs of themselves, complete with fancy clothing and souped-up appearances. In much the same way, Ninjatown Ninja Builder allows iPhone and iPad users to create their own, cuter-than-all-get-out ninjas.
The app is admittedly nothing more than a novelty, but at the same time, we had a blast creating and decking out our own little ninjas. With an abundance of decorations, add-ons, and even mustaches, Shawnimals newest addition to the App Store really is quite the blast. Best of all, your creations are instantly ready for exporting to Facebook or Twitter once finished. However, as the app is typically aimed at little kids, we might double check your privacy settings, lest you be made fun of for your childish proclivities.
Bricksaber – Free
Our next app of the week is definitively the most blatant example of product placement we have ever seen—and yet we don’t care! Bricksaber is a free collaboration between Lucasfilm and Brisk tea: Yes, this is one huge advertisement for a little-downed variety of iced tea. That being said, if you’ve ever wanted to play Fruit Ninja with lightsabers, Bricksaber is the only way we know to do it.
The app has you playing as either a Sith or a Jedi, slashing your way through enemies and obstacles in a directly Fruit-ish way. As the game progresses, you meet cartoonized characters from the films, and trust us, there’s nothing more satisfying than giving Jar Jar a good whack on the head with a lightsaber. Mm, savor that tea-sponsored glory!