Sure, we’re just as worried as anyone about the so called 2012 apocalypse. But does that mean we’ve been slacking off on our app reviewing duties? Heck no! Your Top 5 iPhone and iPad App Roundup is below as always, but before diving into the goodies, why not have a slight appetizer course of this weeks’ best applications?
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
This week brought us the meta offering that is AppSketcher, an app for making apps, as well as the wish-list that is Taggle. Not to mention the face recognizing NoseBall for the iPhone, or the smoothly functional EasyMeasure.
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t touch that dial! Your Weekly Apps Roundup is below as promised!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Penultimate – $0.99
If you aren’t already using this incredible note taking application, we’d highly suggest you get on it, especially as the price has dropped three times as much as when we first paid for it—It’s possible we’re slightly embittered about it. Either way, the app provides a unique and powerful, journal-based platform on which you can take as many notes as your heart desires, and in the absolute best quality. It’s a fantastic way to ditch paper during class or that next boring meeting, and the latest update has only sweetened the pot.
With version 3.3 hitting the ropes, Penultimate now finally supports both DropBox and Evernote. No longer do you have to work around complicated emails, photo galleries, etc. Instead, both services can be used directly in-app, making Penultimate an unbelievable bargain at only $0.99 in the App Store.
Planet Buster – $1.99
Looking for a stellar way to swashbuckle your way into the new year? How about adding some interplanetary puzzle matching to the mix? Better yet, what if we said you can have the same package mentioned on both your iPad and iPhone for only $1.99? If any of that sounds like a bargain, may we humbly introduce you to Planet Buster, one of the latest and greatest match three games to waltz across our desk here at the iPhone App Review.
The app comes loaded with pirate metaphors, complex graphics, and a never-ending chain of planetary matching. It’s easily one of the most gorgeous matching games we’ve ever seen for iOS, and best of all, it can be darn hard at times. There’s a wealth of levels to pick through, and with a quirk that’s spot-on, we can’t recommend Planet Buster enough.
Woody Woodpecker – $0.99
You saw that correctly, folks. Woody Woodpecker has finally landed in the App Store, bringing along the whole gang, to boot. Chillingo’s adaptation of the classic series has taken the form of a racing game that reminds us a heck of a lot of Tiny Wings. But whether an homage or a rip-off, the app has players tapping lightly to launch Woody and his friends around a bevy of slopes, racing towards the finish line at the end of the level.
It’s a whole barrel of fun, and if we hadn’t seen this gem appear in the App Store, we might have completely forgotten about Woody Woodpecker. We’re stoked to see the series has been revived, and at only a dollar in the App Store, it’s a nostalgic blast from the past that won’t cut the bank to give it a test drive.
Grubwithus – Free
We’ll be upfront about this: We’re just plain tired of seeing social media applications appear in the App Store. In a world where Facebook and Twitter have done just about everything worth doing, we’re tired of all the constant rehashes and remakes. However, Grubwithus recently took us by storm, with its smooth offline functionality and brilliant social angle. The app is a foody’s dream come true, and if you have an iPhone and a desire to eat, it’s easily worth a look.
The app, in essence, acts as a liaison between you and other foodies in the area. Grubwithus makes it simple to create one-tap reservations at local restaurants, as well as invite your friends and other Grubwithus strangers. In essence, it’s a drive to get out, meet new people, and eat some great food. And that’s a platform will get behind any day, election year or not!
Cut the Rope – Free!
Okay, so this one isn’t quite new, nor is it even on the iPhone or iPad: What gives you might be asking? Well, our concerned readers, we’re happy to announce that Microsoft and Chillingo have paired up over at CES, revealing that during 2012 they will release an entirely browser-based edition of the famous iOS classic for users to enjoy, sans cost! That’s right—later this year you can play Cut the Rope from your computer using your favorite browser. So no, it’s not an iPhone app worth looking at, but if you’re ever bored at work (And we know we sure are!) we have a feeling you’re every bit as excited as we are.