We don’t know if you noticed or not, but Valentine’s Day came and went this week. Sure, it was a nightmare for some—and a rather nice day for others—but no matter how you view it, we hardly had time to watch it go by at all! We’ve been hard at work on these here apps, and the end result is your weekly Top 5 Roundup below. But first, have a sneak peek at some of our labor of love!
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t touch that dial! Your Weekly Top 5 iPhone and iPad App Roundup is just around the corner.
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Beat Sneak Bandit – $2.99
If you’re at all like us—God forbid—then you’ve likely got quite the obsession with rhythm games. There’s just something about tapping along to a beat that gets our goat like none other. However, if you’re even more like us, you also like a fair splash of retro action. Throw a little stealth into the mix, and you’re looking at Beat Sneak Bandit, one of the coolest, and most graphically stunning apps to appear in the last few months.
Beat Sneak Bandit is a perfect blend of funky, rhythm based controls and expert stealth mechanisms. You must guide the character through each level by tapping along precisely, and all with a 1960s appeal to boot. It’s a brilliant creation, and though the price is a bit high, it’s rock-solid.
If you’ve never heard of SpongeBob, we’re not exactly sure what planet you’ve been living on. However, if you really haven’t ever had the pleasure of experiencing the runaway hit show, now is the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon. Nickelodeon has released a new app starring the little square dude, and it’s every bit as much fun as we might have hoped.
The app will most likely please the children more than the adults in this mix, but either way, 100 levels of platforming fun with all your favorite characters is not to be avoided. It’s quite the graphical powerhouse, and with name-brand recognition like none other, we guarantee you’ll be seeing more of this one.
Pizza Vs. Skeletons – $2.99
o be honest with you, we’re not exactly sure how to describe this one. Either way, you can go ahead and forget Plants Vs. Zombies, or any of those hundred other titles you may have been thinking of. Instead, hop right onto a bandwagon that features one mean, ten-gallon hat wearing pizza who’s hell-bent on smashing up some skeletons.
That’s the basic premise of the app, and though it may sound bizarre, the 2D platforming fun that’s to be had here is really quite spectacular. The hand-drawn graphics are breathtaking, and with three tiers of difficulty per level, this is not a title for the casual gamer. Expect to spend many hard, long hours chugging away at these mind-melting puzzles, and in the meantime, expect to be quite hungry with so much pepperoni lying around.
Whale Trail – $0.99
Is your day feeling a little too . . . normal? Yeah, we thought it might. If you’re starting to feel the mundane pull of things just before the week-end hits, may we in turn suggest one of the strangest, coolest, and most invigorating apps we’ve looked at all week: Whale Trail, the psychedelic masterpiece that it is, is back with even more content, ensuring a solid run on your iPhone.
The app has players flying Willow the Whale through the sky in the mystical realm of Rainbow Land. And no, that’s about as normal as the app gets. The rest of the high-flying action is pretty trippy, but we promise you’ll enjoy it from head to tail.
Little Acorns – $0.99
We have to admit, Chillingo seems to pump out more games than Ryan Adams does albums. They’ve got a new title out just about every month, and this month’s offering is no different than the stream of exceptional titles to come before it. If you’ve been looking for a spot of rock-solid platforming action, look no further than Little Acorns, a brilliantly simple and gorgeous app by a reputable developer.
Little Acorns has players guiding Mr. Nibbles the squirrel through a variety of platforming levels, gathering acorns, avoiding obstacles, and just generally doing what squirrels do best. It’s a tail and an half of fun, and if you’re into block graphics, a retro feel, and mountains of quality content, you might have just found your new best friend.