Sure, the Super Bowl is coming up, but don’t think for a minute we’ve been too busy planning parties and buying booze to focus on our apps! In fact, we’ve got your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week lined up and ready to go. Cleverly, we’ve hidden them just behind a look at some of the top apps we’ve covered this week.
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
This week brought us a world of photographic joy in the form of TinyWorld, as well as the instructional application Tie Assistant. Add the elf-ridden madness of Elf Defense, and you’re looking at one crowded week here at the iPhone App Review!
That’s it for our sneak peek, but we don’t plan to keep you waiting: Your Top 5 App Roundup is just after the break, so don’t touch that dial!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Infinity Blade – $5.99
If you haven’t already been playing Chair’s interactive iOS wonder, Infinity Blade, you’re really starting to run out of excuses. The game made a huge splash when it appeared alongside the launch of the iPad 2, and it’s only been carving up a warpath ever since. Even better, the six dollar gem recently underwent a fresh content update, bringing along even more items, quests, skills, etc. for the gamer to slog through.
The title is known for its monumentally great graphics, as well as its rich, Skyrim-esque gameplay. If you’ve been looking for a sandbox title with a fantasy twist, but have been holding off on Infinity Blade for whatever reason, now is the time to drop your concerns. It’s a certified classic, what with the latest update.
NHL Hardest Shot – $1.99
We know with some of you this app may be barking up the wrong tree, but with where we live in snowy Colorado, NHL Hardest Shot hits pretty close to home. The app allows users to test the speed of their slap shot, determining if they can—in fact—hit a hockey puck worthy enough of the National Hockey League.
In our experience, the app works quite well. The user positions the phone halfway between the goal and the puck, and the resulting audio of the shot itself is what’s used to measure velocity. Best of all, if you really hit a winning shot, you can immediately post your results to Facebook, or compare your hits to your friends’. For the rink-enabled, it’s really quite a fun novelty.
Do you remember the old Phoenix Wright games for Nintendo DS? Even if you don’t, you might still have had a chance to play Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, another DS title with a similar appearance and style to the classic lawyering games from a few years back. If you were a fan of the Ghost Trick series, you’ll be tickled pink to know the titles have finally landed on your iPhone and iPad, bringing along all the same mystery, puzzle solving and talking animations from before.
The app is free in the App Store, but unlocking new chapters will actually cost quite the bundle. Still, for fans of the series, or just dedicated iOS gamers, we suppose the hefty sum of all the content pricing is still worth investing in. Either way, the gameplay has been ported superbly, and won’t disappoint, no matter who the gamer is.
Puzzle Juice – $1.99
Here at the iPhone App Review, we really dig puzzle games. No, we mean we really dig the sort of game that would drive the average human batty, up a wall, and cross-eyed. Maybe that’s why we like Puzzle Juice so much, as its the perfect combination of Boggle, Scrabble, and Tetris, whipping all three into one, tasty package.
If you’re looking for an easy way to spend the afternoon, though, you’d best look elsewhere. The game’s block-destroying mechanic is unbelievably difficult, and will tax all but the most obscure of your braincells. Don’t believe us? Then spend the two bucks to give the app a try. We double dog dare you.
Foster’s Fitness – $1.99
Feeling guilty about all the carbs you’re going to consume this week-end? Make a pre-emptive strike and spend the two dollars to download Arian Foster’s workout program for the iPhone. The app is as close as you’re likely to get to working out with an NFL star, and at the very least, it will make you feel guiltier about drinking all those beers after slogging away all those cheese puffs.
The app serves as a workout guide, allowing you to follow Arian Foster’s customized workout from start to finish. We can’t say it isn’t grueling, but if you stick to the regime, we have a feeling you’ll be fit in no time.