Here at the iPhone App Review, spring just keeps getting springier! However, we haven’t been slacking off on our reviewing duties. We’ve got the Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the week ready to roll, but before we get there, have a sneak peek at some of the apps we covered this week!
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
This week brought us the hell-bent God of Defence, as well as the simple editing power of Wood Camera. We also took a look at Frequency, which is a quick and simple way to view all of your favorite Internet videos in one place.
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t touch that dial! Your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week is just around the bend:
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Echoer – Free
Well, here we are again, taking yet another look at a location-based social networking option for the iPhone. However, this one’s got some real kick to it, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the free Echoer appearing more and more frequently at the top of the iTunes Store lists. So what exactly is this app, anyway?
Essentially, Echoer allows you to announce what you’re thinking, feeling or otherwise experiencing in your local area. You can then browse a map of your location to see what others are up to as well. No badges, no Facebook: Just pure information created by real users in your exact neck of the woods. It’s cool stuff, and it’s offset by a beautiful interface to boot. Best of all, it’s completely free in the App Store!
Tango Chase – Free
Here at the iPhone App Review, we’re sort of fanatics for any arcade apps that float our way. We’re not nuts, crackers and bananas about them, but Tango Chase is at least the latter. This free app that comes packed with 72 unique levels is one humdinger of an offering. It arrives with excellent tilt controls, fun tilt-based gameplay, and a wealth of backgrounds, enemies, obstacles, and other obstructions to make it fun.
Our eye is mainly on this one because we feel it has a lot of potential to expand Angry Birds style. Don’t be surprised to see new updates adding even more content. All in all, it’s a promising start, and we have a lot of high expectations for this wee little Tango Chase.
Rusty Orb – $1.99
Here at the iPhone App Review, we’re also huge suckers for any app that throws us a decent art style. In this case, Rusty Orb is a knock out. The app has you vying for control over a mining vehicle which you can then use to collect minerals and gain points. However, you’ll also have to avoid bad guys, solve puzzles, and generally fight for your life and right to mine. It’s a brilliant little arcade title, but there are a few key things that make it so stellar.
Firstly, the two bucks it costs buys you Universal support. And secondly, the app’s retro-style graphics really are fun to behold, especially on the iPad.
Aby Escape – Free
It’s really just been one arcade-y kind of week here at the iPhone App Review! We’ve got yet another entry into the genre to give you here in this Top 5, and it’s a delightful running-style game called Aby Escape. This one is also free, which is a tremendous boon for the cheapskates in our readership. Either way, though, the app is a blast to play, offering gorgeous cell-shaded graphics and incredible running action.
The app is most similar to a lot of lane-swapping motorcycle games we’ve looked at in the past. However, you instead play a raccoon running through the woods and away from danger. As stated, the artwork is gorgeous, and with a free price tag attached, there’s really no reason in the world not to give it a go. This one is also Universal, allowing for iPad support (and fun).
Gifture – Free
Breaking away from our game-oriented trend this week, we’d like to introduce you now to Gifture. The app is a lot like Instagram—in fact, sometimes too much so—but it offers something completely different. Rather than letting you upload static photos for others to see, the app instead allows you to quickly create a .GIF or animated short to send to the Web. The end result is a tiny little work of art that can be filtered, sent, and enjoyed by your friends and relatives. You can even link to your masterpiece within iMessage, a text, or e-Mail. In other words, it’s a lot like Instagram expanded, offering up videos instead of photos—but with all the same killer and simple photography tricks you’ve come to expect! The interface is nice, as well.