What a week it’s been here at the iPhone App Review! We’ve had more than our fair share of apps to review, but that doesn’t mean we’ve fallen behind! No, you’ll find the Weekly Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week below, but first have a sneak peek at some of the killer apps we reviewed this week.
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
First, we showed you how to get educated about motorcycles with Harley-Davidson Encyclopedia.Then, we took you to culinary school with Cook Lebanese. And lastly, we brought you the test-reviewing joy of AP Calculus for the iPhone.
That’s it for our sneak peek, but you’ll find the Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps Roundup waiting below!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Monster Shooter: The Lost Levels – $0.99
Here at the iPhone App Review, we really like us some classic shoot-em-ups. Anything that has us flicking around a pair of joysticks like candy beans and blasting more enemy troops than is logically sane is bound to get a good review coming off our desks. As such, may we introduce to you now one of our favorite new dual-stick shooters: Monster Shooter: The Lost Levels.
This one dollar gem is an extended take on the first Monster Shooter game, which featured much the same gameplay. You play as a single, blob-like critter hell-bent on blasting some enemies into bits. You’ll get to use rocket launchers, guns, ammunition of various types, and even explosives. It’s a fun blast, and at the solid price of only a dollar in the App Store, you haven’t got much to lose!
Squrl – Free
When it comes to online videos, we’re rather the picky type. We only want to watch what we enjoy, and we hate having to spend the time to comb through the Net and find those golden goodies. Thankfully, though, we have apps like Squrl that help us out. The app’s most recent update brings along a host of new features, make the app they’re calling the “Instapaper of Video” even better.
Use Squrl’s gorgeous interface to discover new videos, rematch the ones you love, and even talk with others about what you’re enjoying. It’s an unbelievably simple app to use, and with universal support, you can take it with you on either the iPad or the iPhone. All in all, this is one you’re really not going to want to miss out on: And it’s free, to boot!
Bills – $1.99
When we talk about financial applications on the iPad and iPhone, one of the first ones we love to mention is the always stellar Bills. The app offers one of the slickest and most reassuring interfaces we’ve seen in any financial app, which goes a long way toward making you feel safe with your money and your transactions.
Both the iPhone and the iPad editions of the app recently enjoyed a full upgrade to Retina display capability, making the sick interface even more the better. The app uses a thick office metaphor to lay out its features, and once you get the hang of using Bills, we promise you’ll never want to use anything else. And best of all, the app costs only two bucks!
Adobe Photoshop Touch – $9.99
We won’t like: We’re actually so excited about this that we’re salivating. You see, when we’re not writing app reviews we work full-time as graphic designers. As such, we spend a whole lot of our time digging around in the full desktop version of the software this app is based on. Understandably, you could see why we’d love to spend even more, touch-happy time with one of the best drawing softwares on the planet.
And that’s exactly what you’ll find here: One of the best drawing softwares on the planet transported to your iPad’s lovely screen. There’s no Retina support, which is troubling, but you’ll get a full bevy of excellent controls, beautiful brushes, and all the same functionality you’d expect from Photoshop. If you’re in the business, spend the ten bucks now—you won’t regret it!
Every now and then we get to recommend a game that’s absolutely fantastic: Made by one of the best companies in the business, and sporting some of the best gameplay around. Today, that game is Lost Winds 2, the follow up to one of the most successful iOS games ever.
This second edition comes with even better graphics, a killer story, and enough cute platforming to choke an horse. If you’re a fan of the original, or just want something new to sling around as you head to work, there’s no better game to give a whirl than Lost Winds 2. Best of all, it will only cost you four bucks!