It’s been a busy and hot week here at the iPhone App Review, but don’t think for a second that we’ve been slacking off on our app reviewing duties! For your Weekly Roundup, head on down below the break. But first, this message:
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Funny Wood – $0.99
Chillingo is known for doing a few things in the realm of iOS development. But most important out of all of them, they’re known for producing truly impressive iPhone applications, especially within the game genre. Their latest (or one of, we suppose) is a title called Funny Wood, and it’s a lot of fun if you’re in the mood.
The app is a dollar-cost hidden object game that offers more than enough cuteness to wipe the grimace of a hardened convict. It comes with a ton of levels, and as mentioned, an entire world of brightly colored and sprightly animations. If that sounds like a fun ride, the app will only cost $0.99 making it a steal. Need we say more about it? Good, because here’s Round Two from Chillingo.
Commando Jack – $0.99
Their second new release for the week is a brand spanking new tower defense game with some interesting twists. For instance, you’ll be protecting the world from invading martians, which means you’ll be skipping about the whore planet: Fight your way through England, the United States, China, and a slew of other places, but remember to bring the big guns.
On that note, the app is one of the first we know of to introduce the concept of a first-person shooter tower defense. You can lay out your units as you typically do, but if you’d like to jump into one of those pesky turrets yourself, you have free license to do so. That’s a brilliant twist, and one that makes the one dollar price tag all the better. In our eyes, this is a solid number, and one of the best to emerge in a while.
Advarkaa – $0.99
Our third one-dollar iPhone app of the day is a brilliant and rather good looking application called Advarkaa. The app is good at one thing, and one thing only: Playing well with every social media and photo sharing service you have ever bloody heard of. The basic concept goes something like this:
Pull out your iPhone and load up the app. Then, take a photo. From here, you can be done if you’d like. Shove the phone back into your pocket and Advarkaa will send your photos to all of the social media venus you’ve selected. That’s bewilderingly simple. So if you’d like to cock it all up with a bit more complexity, there’s a full-on photo editing suite for you to mess about with. If you ask us, though, this app is worth its weight in gold because of its simplicity.
Flight! – $0.99
We have always maintained that the simplest way to make a game truly additive is to include some sort of basic gameplay mechanic, and then to load it all up with a ton of upgrades. As if to prove us right, enter Flight! from stage left. The game is simple, bloody fun, and offers more than enough extra content to keep us glued to the screen.
The idea is that you play as a little girl with a paper plane. There’s more complexity to the story line, but we’ll leave that for you to discover. You throw her plane with a flick, and then maneuver to grab as many of the stars scattered about the levels as you can. These in turn net you cash, which you can use to purchase additional plane upgrades. From there, you keep going until you’ve either run out of hydration, or you’ve beaten the game. In our experience, though, the former is much more likely.
ArtStudio for iPad – $4.99
Ending our one dollar price tag sweep for the week is the no-big-deal iPad drawing application ArtStudio. This app has been kicking it for some time now, and during that time, we’ve had more than a few hours spent at its wheels. However, with the latest update everything has changed. The title has a brand spanking new user experience, and with a new graphics engine under the hood, things have heated up.
The app is now supposedly faster (we certainly think so) and better looking in the end-results. We think the latter is also true, but overall, we’re floored by the slick interface additions that Lucky Clan have put into this thing. It’s an absolute beast, and if you’re not sold on a specific drawing app for your stylus and iPad yet, you might aught to give this one a go.