Summer is coming, and we could’t be sweatier about it! Still, that doesn’t mean we’ve been relaxing in the shade and ignoring all our app reviewing duties. No, we’ve been hard at work. You’ll find the Top 5 Roundup ready to roll below, but first, have a sneak peek at some of the apps we covered this week.
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
That’s it for our sneak peek, but you’ll find the Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week ready to go below!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomy – $13.99
If you’re into coffee book style applications for the iPad (and PBS, Doctor Who, and education) then boy have we got an app for you! This one is called Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomy, and it delivers exactly everything that you’re expecting it to. The app is a literal translation and reformation of Leo’s original notebooks, including all of his most famous sketches and art pieces. You’ll get a really good, in-depth look at the human body, but what you’ll also get is the cooler part: You’ll get a window into the mind of one of the most brilliant men to ever walk the face of the Earth. And to us, that’s easily worth something. Maybe not $13.99, but it’s still one heck of app if you’re interested.
Qello – Free
If you’re the sort of person that loves live shows — and we mean loves them — then you might want to take a second to have a good hard look at Qello. The app isn’t new to the scene, but recent updates have brought a whole boatload of new features, a prettier interface, and a lot more music listening potential. Also, the app is completely free in the App Store, which makes it a bargain no matter how you slice it up.
The app allows you to listen to Qello TV’s collection of live music concerts. There’s everything from Jay Z to the Doors and back again, and all of it is available for free streaming directly to your iPad or iPhone. It’s one heck of an opportunity, and if you’re a dedicated music fan, you really don’t want to miss out on this one. We promise.
Zombie Fleet – $0.99
Every week we try to bring you at least one app out of the “quirky but cool” bin. This week’s offering is the delightful Zombie Fleet, an app all about zero gravity, zombies, and hard-ass puzzling on the iPhone. The game has players directing a marine about some 90 puzzling levels using nothing but magnets and a will to live. Along the way he’ll smash into zombies, avoid crates, and otherwise live it up in space without dying. The app’s levels have been brilliantly designed, the character animations are gorgeous, and with even more content on the way, there’s no reason not to get on the Zombie Fleet bandwagon.
Oh, and the app is only a dollar, if you were worried about the price: Making it a bargain in just about anyone’s book.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7– $4.99
We’ve been big fans of the LEGO series video games for some time now. It started with that Star Wars number way back in the day, and ever since we’ve been eagerly gobbling up the Harry Potter and Batman series like candy. Now, we’re quite happy (and tickled pink) to say that the latest and final installment of the LEGO Harry Potter series has landed on the iPhone and iPad. Yes, the app we’ve all been waiting for is finally here.
The game brings all the same classic LEGO video game action, including brick collecting, puzzle solving, and general bit-spraying mayhem. If you’ve never played one of the entries into the IP before, this is a perfect place to start. The app costs only $4.99 and comes as a Universal offering. Of course it looks best on the iPad, but take it with you where ever you go, and we promise you’ll quickly find yourself attached. These games are seriously good.
Mini Motor Racing – $1.99
We’ve been tracking this title for a while. It offers a fun mix of top-down racing and general mayhem that we like to see in an iPhone title. However, the reason we’re mentioning it today is not because of the gameplay, but because of the update the app recently endured.
This patch brought enough cool new features to choke an horse. For instance, there’s now multiplayer support both locally and online, which is a tremendous boon. In addition, you’ll also get Retina Display graphics that are simply gorgeous. And at $1.99, there’s just about no reason not to give it a go!