We’ll be honest with you guys: Between stuffing our faces on Sunday while the pigskin got tossed around, we found it darn hard to get our app reviews done. However, that doesn’t mean we slacked off! In fact, we’re as strong as ever. Below, you’ll find the full Top 5 iPhone and iPad apps of the week, but before diving into the meat and potatoes, start with our sneak peek appetizer.
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
That’s it for our sneak peek, but check just below the jump for the full Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Tweetbot – $2.99
Fresh out the box, we’ve got a brand spanking new update from Tweetbot that will absolutely knock your socks off. We aren’t kidding. Do you remember the whole Twitter fiasco from a few months back, in which Apple basically shut down the third-party business? Yeah, that’s blown over, and what remains now is Tweetbot, the literal Twitter app we’ve all been waiting for.
The app has been rebuilt from the ground up, and it now looks gorgeous. There’s an unbelievable ease of use factor, not to mention one of the best designs we’ve ever seen in an app ever. Add to this all of the Twitter functionality you could ever want on the iPhone or iPad, and the three bucks Tweetbot is asking for itself starts to look like a serious bargain. If you don’t believe us, we dare you to give it a go.
Raid Leader – $0.99
We don’t know if you knew this, but there was a game what came out a few years ago called World of Warcraft. It essentially took the gaming community by storm with its incredible “raids”—organized monster hunts—creating an addictive nature that was all Phantasy Star mixed with Lord of the Rings. Now, you can enjoy similar gameplay on your iPhone or iPad, thanks to Raid Leader.
The app is all instanced monster sticking, without any of the grinding quests that tended to bog World of Warcraft down. The end result is a fun, socially-oriented title for your iPhone that’s guaranteed to soak up more of your time than you might like. Best of all, the app is only a dollar in the App Store, making it an incredible value for the RPG, MMO, or casual gamer alike.
Luster – Free
We aren’t on top of it ourselves, but we’re told shopping is a big deal. If Luster is any indication, it is in fact an even bigger deal than we’ve been told. The app is like Instagram for your shopping finds, allowing you to send short photos and messages about stellar deals and cute dresses to the Web, complete with geo-tagged locations. If you’ve been looking for the absolute best way to trade shop talk with your friends, there’s no better way than with Luster. The app really is quite inventive, and between you and us, we’re surprised a title like it wasn’t already in the App Store. It’s social shopping at its finest, and best of all, it comes with a free price tag. And to us, that’s a deal you can take all the way home to your closet!
DoDanPachi Blissful Death – $4.99
Do you like arcade games. We mean, do you really like arcade games, especially ones on the iPhone? Well, then settle down, Pilgrim! Boy have we ever got an app for you. DoDanPachi Blissful Death makes bullet hell arcade style shooting a reality on the iPhone, complete with all the trappings you’d expect.
First of all, there’s wicked combo shooting, as well as retro-grade graphics designed to snooker in the fan of box-arcade days gone by. The player is granted full access to a multitude of weapons and strategy options, as well as a storyline that’s really not that bad. The price is certainly a bit high—we’re thinking about two dollars off would be great—but you’ll at least get your money’s worth. For the dedicated arcade fan, it’s a definite must-have.
Sara – Jailbreak
Here at the iPhone App Review, we tend to avoid jailbreak-only applications. However, this one is simply too good to pass up. You see, Sara is a full-fledged replacement for Siri, that fancy-dancy talking wonder that came with the latest iPhones. Sara is intended for all the older model iPhones that missed out on Siri, and as best we can tell, it really works wonders. If you’ve been holding back on jailbreaking your iPhone, perhaps we’ve finally found the incentive that will work. Want to dial your friends by shouting at your phone? How about functionality missing from Siri, like tweeting with your lips rather than your thumbs? It’s all here, and we couldn’t be happier about it.