Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. This week is marked by notable releases like the console-esque stealth-action affair, Deus Ex: The Fall, as well as Rovio Stars' latest release, Tiny Thief. We've also got a brand new episode in the brilliant The Walking Dead adventure series, a fighter based on the film Pacific Rim, and fresh titles in the Zumba, Ravenmark, and Call of Mini franchises, among other new releases.
When it comes to Google Reader replacements, can there be only one? The folks behind Feedly seem to believe there’s room for everyone, and have engineered a cloud sync solution that extends its reach across rival apps and onto competing platforms. Feedly’s own free, universal app is a spectacularly polished effort capable of turning websites into beautiful, swipe-ready cards. If that’s not your cup of tea, content can also be viewed in title-only, list, or even Flipboard-style magazine views, making it one of the most customizable news readers we’ve ever used.
Building a new kind of obsessive virtual pursuit out of the various parts of two real-life ones, Super Paper Pool combines elements from billiards and miniature golf, challenging you to hit colorful pieces into their rightful spots with a cue ball. It starts simply enough, with early holes featuring just one piece to maneuver around a winding path, but hazards and multiple pieces quickly turn each round of tables into a sometimes-brutal gauntlet. Engaging as it can be, however, the requirements for progression begin to feel too intimidating far too quickly.
Thor Polysonic Synthesizer is a highly-programmable monster, and it doesn’t take much scrolling through the 1000 included presets to get a great taste of what it’s capable of – which is truly rich, thick sound, even when played polyphonically. From subtle bass and pad sounds all the way to animated, pulsing soundscapes, Thor packs a powerful punch. Listening to it through headphones or decent speakers is a must, as the tiny iPad speaker really can’t do it justice.
G.I. Joe fans no doubt remember their collection of action figures and the fun times they spent going on imaginary missions against Cobra’s army of evil. It's no surprise, then, that the action card game G.I. Joe: Battleground rekindles some of those memories as you assemble your squad and recruit your favorite soldiers for combat. It may not always be the most exciting experience, but it’s a quality card game that doesn’t require much effort to enjoy.
It’s not clear, at this point, exactly what the second season of The Walking Dead will bring to the unassumingly brilliant adventure series. If the new add-on episode 400 Days is any indication, however, it’s going to be riveting — and possibly very different from Lee and Clementine's adventure in Season One.
Upon launching a Kickstarter campaign to drum up funding for Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, Replay Games promised a faithful high-definition remaster of the 1987 Sierra On-Line original. Reloaded thankfully opts for a modern point-and-click interface over the text-based original but otherwise sticks to classic, adults-only Leisure Suit Larry, warts and all.
Depending on your feelings about the company's distinct brand of entertainment, Wake Up With Disney either takes a bit of the pain out of dragging yourself out of slumberland or ensures you’ll never want to sleep again. You’ll have to love Donald Duck and his propensity for tantrums to stand it for more than a few minutes, as he’s the one and only choice of companion in this playful interactive alarm clock. He’ll huff and he’ll puff, and he’ll either drive you insane or delight you with his wake-up-time antics.
Although it can’t reproduce the sounds or smells of classic developer, stop bath, and fixer chemicals used for processing photographic prints, Koloid is a mostly faithful interpretation of the 19th century collodion procedure where a flammable liquid was used to create wet-plate images within minutes of being taken. Think of it as the precursor to Polaroid, but a whole lot messier. Like making prints in the darkroom, Koloid offers the user complete control over the final black-and-white image.
Gaming and television seem to be where the smart money hangs out these days, plus it just happens to be the focus of more than a couple of the hottest stories this week. As Apple TV owners, we just wish Cupertino could move a little faster on some much needed app integration. Meanwhile, what else is going on?