Halfbrick has a knack for creating cheap, quick-hit apps that immediately devour any remaining free time you thought you had -- see Fruit Ninja, above all -- and new universal app Jetpack Joyride may be its finest work to date. Like precursor Monster Dash, Jetpack Joyride thrusts everyman-turned-badass Barry Steakfries in a frantic side-scrolling adventure, but as indicated in the title (originally Machine Gun Jetpack), you're no longer stuck on the ground.
Spy Mouse has been on the horizon for some time due to the pedigree of creator Firemint, who developed previous iOS smash hits Real Racing and Flight Control. And as expected, this rodent romp takes after the latter favorite by translating its familiar line-drawing mechanic to a stealth-based, cheese-snatching adventure. It works right out of the gate and holds up pretty well across the sizable campaign, plus Spy Mouse's sleek production values are right up there with the best seen on iPhone to date.
If you regularly run interval workouts, chances are good you’ve already got a Timex or Garmin wrist watch that’ll not only remind you to change pace but also monitor your heart rate, the distances you cover via GPS, and a host of other relevant bells and whistles.
But for people who are only just discovering the joys (and pains) of interval training, the Runners Interval Timer app, priced at just $1.99, is an awesome alternative to the aforementioned gizmos, which typically run between $50 and $350.
Groove Coaster is a rhythm game boiled down to its essence. Where Guitar Hero had multiple buttons and Rez married its interactive soundtrack to hardcore shooting mechanics, Groove Coaster is concerned entirely with keeping a beat using its simple one-touch controls to its advantage.
Zombie Gunship may be the first zombie-themed game where I'm not entirely sure the enemies are undead. Ostensibly they are, but that might be what the game wants you to think. Strapped to the gunner seat of an airplane flying over a survivor's bunker, you're tasked with murdering hordes of zombies while trying your best to avoid innocent casualties.
It's only fitting that a creature with the word "squirm" in its name would lead such a miserable existence. A gelatinous orange blob tasked with rescuing his sister trapped at the peak of a mysterious tree, poor Squirmee spends approximately every 10 seconds of his life dying again.
EA Sports' Madden NFL series has been around since the Apple IIGS was the apex of home computing, and the seemingly indestructible franchise found its way to the iPad last summer with Madden NFL 11, which delivered a pretty capable pro football simulation. With a fairly complete version of the sport on the tablet for the first time, it was easy to overlook the jagged play models and janky animations, as well as the lack of a true franchise mode and online play.
But another year has passed, and while Madden's still the only real football option for iPad owners, we expected more than a visual bump and updated rosters.
Rotating rings of sweet little cartoon animals close in around your catapult with a shuffle of furry paws. What's an animal lover to do? Why, launch their own feral pals back at them before they tan your hide, of course. That's the game in the Zuma-like Riot Rings, a match-three action-puzzler for iPhone.
Your business has developed a workflow around FileMaker Pro. With the proliferation of iPads and iPhones, your employees now have more need than ever to be able to access that FileMaker Pro data on their portable devices. Enter FileMaker Go, a portable, flexible product to add to your road warriors' arsenal.
Most apps about apps are obsessed with freebies. Rather than cater to an obsessive's notion of thrift, Discovr Apps takes a more organic approach to broadening your handheld horizons. It won't tell you what's on sale, what's brand new, or what became of the missing e in its own title. Nor will it examine past purchases and fashion a list of tailored recommendations. What it does do, and with elegant simplicity, is use any application as the starting point for an elaborate spider web of interrelated App Store offerings.