It has been one heck of a week here at the iPhone App Review. We’ve had more apps floating across our desk than we know what to do with, but that doesn’t mean we let the sink! No, we’ve got your Top 5 iPhone and iPad app roundup ready to go below. But before we do that, have a sneak peek at some of our best reviews this week!
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
That’s it for our sneak peek, and now onto the meat and potatoes!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Shazam Player – Free
If you don’t know what Shazam Player is, we’re not exactly sure what hole you’ve been hiding out in since the iPhone’s incredible release. The app has been helping most of us peg that annoyingly familiar song at the pub for a few years now, and finally—yes, at long last—the app has arrived on the iPad in a universal app format. What’s new? Oh, boy, were we hoping you’d ask that question!
With the iPad edition of the app you’ll get all the same song-snagging functionality you’d hoped for, only with a bigger screen real estate. The interface is top notch, and we absolutely cannot think of a way to improve it. All in all, we dig it, and the price is still spot on: For free, you can’t do too much better than the new Shazam Player for iPad.
Bloody Western – Free
Do you like Red Dead Redemption? Do you wish you could take it with you on your iPhone? What would you say if we told you you could via Bloody Western? The Brits inside us—and we’re assuming amongst our readership, too—might want to make a lot of jokes, but the game is really quite fantastic. Offering quest-based story lines, gritty graphics, and enough cowboys to choke an horse (no pun intended) we really dig it.
Best of all, the price is spot-on. For free, you can enjoy all of the dirty-strewn action of the wild west, carving out your own character and play style online. It’s a bushel and a half of hay-flinging fun, and we highly recommend it.
Night Ride – $0.99
Here at the iPhone App Review, we’re quite fond of lane swapping motorcycle racing games. You know, the type where you’re required to dodge obstacles, beat the times, and gain power-ups? It’s a classic mix, and in Night Ride you’ll get all of that and more: Most importantly, you’ll be getting one incredible art style and some of the slickest physics we’ve ever seen in the genre.
All in all, we like the game a lot, and the price is spot-on. For only a dollar you’ll get one heap of racing content, a gorgeous set of graphics, and enough commute-killing action to last a lifetime. Okay, so maybe not that long, but long story short, you’ll certainly get your dollar’s worth out of the mix. If that’s not a reason to go for it, then we don’t know what is!
Burger Cat – $0.99
Do you like platforming games? Do you like platforming games that have to do with cats? How about cats that really, really want a bloody cheeseburger? If you answered yes, then boy have we got a game for you! Burger Cat is the crown jewel of modern platforming on the iPhone, and the app costs only a buck in the App Store.
The game’s graphics are cute, endearing and everything in between. The puzzling levels provide exactly the sort of difficulty we need, but in a package that’s not Abe’s Odyssey hard. Overall, we can’t think of a better way to spend a buck on the iPhone at the moment, and that’s saying something. The app is cute, challenging, and more fun than actually feeding a cat a cheeseburger.
Tentacle Wars HD – $2.99
A few years back a game came out for the Nintendo DS that had the player entering the body of sick patients and tackling all those pesky illnesses one on one. We can’t for the life of us remember what the game was called (leave it in the comments, fan boys) but we remember it was bloody fun, as is Tentacle Wars Hd.
This incredible, line-drawing app has the player entering the body of an alien life form to deal with parasites and illnesses on the ground, so to speak. It’s a lot of fun, and the inventive neon art style does a lot to flesh out the gameplay. If you’re into this sort of thing, or just want a new action puzzler to play through on the iPad, the three dollar price tag is easily worth the effort.