What a week it’s been! We’ve seen the release of a new iPad 3 (our wallets hurt already) and some gorgeous weather to boot! However, that doesn’t mean we’ve been slacking off on your App Roundup! Head on down below the break to peep it, but first have a sneak peek at some of our top reviews this week!
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
That’s it for our in-house reviews, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with your Weekly Top 5 iPhone and iPad Roundup!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Avengers Origins: Hulk – $1.99
Do you like Marvel comics? Do you like to read them on your iPad? Better yet, can you just not get enough background, history, and information about your favorite super heroes? If so, then pony up, Geek Boy! Avengers Origins: Hulk is the perfect compliment to that new iPad 3 you forked so much money out for.
The app serves as the ultimate compendium of factoids and data about the Big Green Smashing Machine. In fact, the app covers everything from his banal life as Bruce Banner right up to his inception as the verdant and lovable angry management patient we all know him as. It’s a beautiful piece of comic history, and at only $1.99 in the App Store, it’s really quite the steal for the dedicated fan. Even better, it’s read by Stan Lee—winning!
Flight Control Rocket – $0.99
Do you remember that semi-famous game produced by Firemint near the initial release of the first iPhone? Yeah, a little nothing puzzler called Flight Control. Well, if you somehow managed to miss out on that fad, or are looking for an excuse to experience it anew in its latest edition, may we now present to you Flight Control Rocket. The app is the continuation of the original game concept, and between you, us, and the walls, we absolutely cannot get enough of it!
The app retains the same guiding mechanic, but now introduces galaxies, rockets, spaceships, robots, and other collectibles. Flight Control Rockets is the best example of a sequel we’ve seen in one, long time, and we couldn’t be more pleased with Firemint for their progress. If you’re a fan, this is a must-have. Barre none.
Dreamy Goat – $0.99
Taking this week’s award for trippiest game we’ve run across in a while, Dreamy Goat is perhaps the most exploratory new release we’ve seen in quite some time now. The app first and foremost features a goat named Goat, who also thinks he’s a unicorn. As such, the goat travels throughout the universe experiencing interstellar whales, brilliant artwork, a plethora of trance-like soundtracks, and the occasionally pointless point or two.
If that sounds at all confusing, we promise we did our best with it. Dreamy Goat really is the sort of app you have to see or play to get an handle on. It’s more an example of apps as art than anything we’ve seen before, and as such, it can be a bit hard to describe: Or even recommend. Still, it’s easily worth the dollar it costs.
Amazon Kindle – Free
If you were previously unaware, the Amazon Kindle app for iPad and iPhone has never quite been what we’d call a “work of art.” In fact, in our eyes, it’s always been a bit of a vicious sore. We love our Kindle, and we love the selection Amazon offers with its eBook service, but with such an atrocious app, our appetite for Amazon books has always been somewhat subdued.
Thankfully, all of that is about to change! Amazon Kindle has been updated from the ground up with improved graphics and an infinitely better library viewer. To be fair with you, the improvements look one hell of a lot like the Nook app, but hey, who are we to complain? Seeing as we love the B&N option’s appearance, we think it’s a marked improvement. Best of all, the app is still free in the App Store!
MotoHeroz – $1.29
Currently this gem is only available to our New Zealand mates (Aussies, you’re still out of luck) but that doesn’t make it any less engaging. In fact, we can’t even remember the last time we were this excited about a side-scrolling racer: Maybe when we were kids with a Gameboy in hand. Either way, this gem from the now Ubisoft-run house RedLynx looks to be a real grace on our iPhones.
It’s got gorgeous environments, wicked obstacle-based side-scrolling racing, and of course, enough levels to choke a horse. Expect to see this one hit the international scene soon—though likely not soon enough!