Sadly, this week marked a milestone we’re quite impassioned about: Steve Jobs would have been 57 as of this week, and though we’re utterly depressed about it, we did manage to find the time to review an entire slew of apps. You can check out our Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps roundup below, but in the interim, also enjoy a sneak peek at some of the apps we covered this week. Starting with:
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
Firstly, we showed you how to dive into the learning potential of Phonics and Reading Lite. Then, we took a look at Picture Hangman, a unique take on a party classic. And finally, we offered up Omachi, one of the hardest puzzle apps we’ve ever seen on the platform.
That’s all for our sneak peek, but don’t despair yet! Your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps Roundup is ready to roll below!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
.QuickOffice Pro HD – $19.99
If you didn’t notice, the price listed up there is certainly higher than average for the apps we look at during our Top 5 Roundups. However, it’s likely justified, especially with this week’s boom of an update for QuickOffice Pro HD. The app now fully supports Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files all the way up to 2010, opening a multitude of doors where before there were only brick walls.
It’s great stuff, and it’s tacked onto an already incredible app. If you haven’t been using QuickOffice Pro HD to open your business files, we’re just going to assume you don’t have any in the first place. The app is single-handedly the best way to view your docs on the go, and it’s now even better.
Zombie Granny: Origins HD – Free
Are you sick and tired of Plants vs. Zombies? How about Angry Birds, or any of the hundred other physics based puzzle games available for the iPhone? If you answered yes to either of those, then boy have we ever got an app for you! Zombie Granny: Origins HD is the near perfect combination of physics-based puzzling, zombie blasting, and cutesy new-world graphics that we love in a solid iPhone game.
The app has you beating back whippersnapper rag dolls with a taste for brains. It’s great fun, and the physics-oriented levels have been very well thought out for a game with so much whimsy. All in all, a solid difficulty with lots of gameplay is a winner in our book.
Munch Time – $0.99
So, tell us: Exactly how much cute do you think you can handle? If you’re like us, we’re betting it’s quite a lot. Still, we have a feeling that Munch Time will give you a run for your money. The app’s brilliant graphics and casual player gameplay is incredibly engaging, and comes with enough cutesy animations to choke a horse—in a good way of course.
This app is a great choice for the iPhone owner looking to spend some time with their kids, or even just kill a few hours on the commute. It’s a bit like Cut the Rope, as the player swings from item to item collection power-ups. However, there’s no cutting involved, as its been largely replaced by one of the cutest chameleons we’ve seen anywhere: iPhone or not.
Modern Combat 3 – $6.99
If you’re into first person shooters on the iPhone or iPad, we’re willing to bet you’ve heard of Modern Combat 3. The app brings along all the same killer gameplay we’ve come to expect from the console titles of a similar bent, only in a more portable format. And if you’ve been holding off on purchasing the game, now’s the best time to jump on board! A recent update brought a massive amount of updates and additional content, fleshing out weak areas and improving performance across the board. For instance, online play has been stabilized, as has the game been balanced. Also, you’ll now find the option to disable “auto center camera”—thank God.
TapGeoHunt – $0.99
We had high hopes for this app going in, and though we now think it might be best suited for small children, it’s still one heck of an idea. The basics behind TapGeoHunt are simple: A user takes the app for a walk, tagging pins every so often which can then be hunted by other users. When they’re within ten feet of the things, they can click the points to receive points and other such awards. It’s clever usage of augmented reality, and one of the most original ideas we’ve seen all month.
Sadly, the graphics are somewhat lackluster, as is the presentation. Still, if a digitized game of hunt and catch using your iPhone sounds like a good night out with the mates, the price is right for the material. And remember: X always marks the spot!