Best iPhone apps and games

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  1. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    So which apps are good? I tried the Flash light one but it didn't load :(

    Shazam is amazing... we tested it today and it works perfect. Very impressive.
    Yelp is really cool. It's like Yelp anyway, but adds the functionality of the "find my location", so like a GPS it can find anything on Yelp that's near your current location.

    I downloaded Pandora, AOL music, and some others but haven't tried them yet.

    Check out http://toucharcade.com/ for more reviews/recommendations.
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    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    Have you tried Remote, thats pretty cool, it still has some bugs for me though. Sometimes my songs don't always show up and/or dissappear when I scroll down. I also have bofa, myspace, facebook, google and movie.app and AIM. But even though I'm signed into aim on my phone, I get messages forward to my Phone as an SMS which shouldn't happen....
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    Isn't that an oxymoron. Best + iPhone? Not possible.

    :p
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    Will let you know my favorites in 6-9 days. :-(
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    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    i dunno, but my freind last night was talking about some webcam monitoring software
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    Hubcap Holla

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    i installed pandora and the ny times. Light saber is a fun neat program to mess around with at a party.
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    Yeah I got Lightsaber - it's pretty cool / geeky.
    Pandora's amazing. It works even with the iphone in my glovebox, over 2G while driving. So I can stream Pandora anywhere now for free. Well maybe not anywhere but most places I drive. :D

    It doesn't work too well in my area, but someone try out Urbanspoon and let me know how it goes. You can randomly pick restaurants based on certain criteria -- probably great when you have a group of indecisive friends.

    Aurora Feint looks neat (puzzle game that has competitive MMO statistics).

    The best free game I've tried so far was Moonlight Mahjong. It's 3D and really well done.

    Oh, myLite is a better flashlight that includes strobe and stuff. Check it out.
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    i enjoyed our light sabre duel yesterday! They need to add a multi-player version tho:(
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    Tried a few more yesterday...

    Bloomberg is good for financial news.
    New York Times is okay for general news.
    Scribble is a pretty neat drawing program, but would be much better if you could use an eraser instead of shaking to erase the whole image.
    iPint is a neat demonstration of the accelerometer stuff.
    iWant is like Yelp but faster. I haven't decided how much I like it yet, but definitely check it out if you live in a city or travel.

    The gem of the pack was definitely Cube Runner. This game is awesome for killing a few minutes (or longer) and gives a good demonstration of what the iPhone is capable of for gaming.

    You cut my arm off!
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    Some good games:
    PegJump - great classic game with the pyramid/triangle and pegs to jump... best game for killing a few minutes yet.

    Labryinth LE - classic maze game where you move around the phone to direct a steel ball through a maze of wooden edges and holes.
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    Sudoku Free - Guess...
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    I wonder when "DoomRPG" and "Orcs & Elves" will make it to the iphone....
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    This is the first part of Juballharshaw’s mega iPhone app/game review. I’ll post these as I get time to sit and type them out.

    Cydia-

    First off, this is not found in the app store, but rather installed through the process of jailbreaking via Pwnage or Winpwn. Like with the original iPhone and 1.xxx firmware this absolutely makes the phone. The package list is sparse at the moment because the packages need to rewrapped for the 2.0 firmware but they’re adding new stuff everyday. The ability to customize your background, add the ability to read proprietary format documents and most importantly SSH access are essential in my opinion to make the iPhone more than just a “iPod Phone”.

    Now onto apps from the App Store.

    AIM- This does exactly what you’d expect it to do, connects to the AIM network. However, unlike Adium/Trillian/Gaim that’s all you can do is connect to the AIM network.

    Pros: No ads like the desktop version. Actually works unlike Palringo, it actually works. Free.

    Cons: No landscape mode. Doesn’t support other networks (though you can’t expect it to really).

    NetNewsWire- An RSS reader similar to the desktop version.

    Pros: Free. Syncs with your desktop version via their webserver and a login/pass including download feeds and marking posts already read on the desktop client. Has mark all as read function.

    Cons: No landscape mode. Desktop client version sucks.

    MobileNews- Free news app from the Associated Press.

    Pros: Easy to read. Contains tons of sections that can be easily added and removed from your homescreen.

    Cons: None!

    Weatherbug: Free weather app for the iPhone.

    Pros: More info than Apple’s Weather app. Gives a 3day forecast etc.

    Cons: No 5 day, no almanac. Cluttered layout. Weather alerts aren’t well displayed nor are they actively announced. (IE, if I don’t open the app I don’t know about the tornado in my area.) Shares a name/background with a company with a semi-shady desktop app.

    Last.fm- Head to last.fm to find out what this app is about.

    Pros: Awesome tie-in to the website and integration into the phone. If you’ve used the desktop client, this is a very similar port.

    Cons: Random crashes, still kind of buggy.

    1Password- Password storage app.

    Pros: Works like the desktop app and remembers logins so you don’t have to. VERY secure password/pin that is NOT recoverable.

    Cons: Need a license to the Mac only software. Lack of right-click in MobileSafari makes this app a bit less useful than it’s OS X counterpart.

    Bookshelf- eBook reader.

    Pros: Autoscroll. Access to public domain library.

    Cons: Needs a java app on your desktop to transfer books to the phone. App could be prettied up. A bit pricey.

    Enigmo- Puzzle game requiring the user to get water and other elements from one spot to another using gutters, drums, sponges, etc.

    Pros: Gorgeous graphics. Fun and challenging.

    Cons: If you don’t complete a puzzle within a timeframe you don’t get points and some of the puzzles can be pretty challenging. I guess the complaint here is that unless you’ve done the puzzle before, the point system is pointless at best.

    Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3d- Think Mario Kart Wii for the iPhone

    Pros: Pretty, involved powerups, great soundtrack, lots of levels, Crash.

    Cons: Battery hog, I found it drains about 1% of battery per 30 seconds of gameplay which doesn’t sound like a lot but each course is about 2-3 minutes and it all adds up quick.

    Texas Hold ‘Em- Poker

    Pros: Full motion movies in portrait, quick rendering in landscape.

    Cons: Makes you think you can actually play poker well.

    Monkey Ball- Google if you’ve never heard of the series.

    Pros: Pretty, imaginative gameplay. Lots of levels.

    Cons: If you’re even slightly prone to motion/car sickness you might be able to tolerate 2-3 minutes of this game.

    South Park Imagination Land- Again, Google is your friend.

    Pros: Butters! Entertaining and creative. Forgiving when you fail a level. (No game over, no setbacks)

    Cons: Unskippable and annoying tutorial in the beginning. Short.

    de Blob- Entertaining game in which you’re a blob charged with bringing color back to a colorless city.

    Pros: Unique game idea and design. Fun to play once you figure things out.

    Cons: Missions are difficult to a) figure out what to do b) find out resources needed to succeed in said missions and c) actually accomplish. Gameplay is not completely intuitive.

    Chopper- Old school side-scrolling helicopter rescue and shoot-em-up fun.

    Pros: Fun and unique use of the accelerometer.

    Cons: Could use weapon diversity, bombs and machine gun gets old after a while.

    Dizzy Bee- You’re a bee, you tilt/turn the phone to get pollen and fruit before the bad guys smash you.

    Pros: Another unique game design built around the accelerometer. Kind of cute actually.

    Cons: Because you have to turn the phone around to move the character sometimes fine control is not possible.

    Motion X Poker- 6 Sided Dice with 9-A on them.

    Pros: Uses all aspects of the iPhone, touch, shake, etc.

    Cons: Limited gameplay due to restrictions of a 6 sided dice, wish there was an option to add 14 sided die.

    Bejeweled- Yes, that Bejeweled.

    Pros: It looks and works like the original.

    Cons: It’s Bejeweled which was awesome, like, 10 years ago.

    Cro-Mag Racing- Another Mario Kart Wii style racer.

    Pros: Cheaper than CBNK3D has unique powerups.

    Cons: Not as inclusive as Crash Kart and not as polished in my opinion.

    iDrink- Have alcohol and mixers and don’t know what to make?

    Pros: Way more convenient than a pocketbook of martinis.

    Cons: Limited drink selection with no internet database to update from or add to.


    So there you have it, the first Juballharshaw iPhone App review. Oh and a bonus, a screenshot of my home screen.

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    CanonGame - like Gorillas in Q-Basic, good sounds and lots of fun but pretty short game.
    PapiJump - bouncing ball using the tilt sensor to keep it on platforms.
    Tris - Tetris for iPhone
    Brain Tuner - timed quiz for simple math problems. Pretty fun.
    reMovem free - I love this game. Find combos of colored orbs and pick the biggest combos for higher scores
    Break Classic - Breakout clone. Really good.
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    The Wikipedia application is amazing. It's basically the same as the web site, but there's no zooming required really: it's just scaled and perfect for iphone. It also doesn't require net access to load until you actually search, so it's really fast. It's just nice having the answer to every question/topic ever, right at your fingertips.

    Also, the Myspace application is really good. I hate Myspace, and the application completely replaces the site. You can take photos straight from your phone or camera straight to the Internet. There's no ads/crashes etc.

    Hanoi is my latest favorite puzzle game. It's the classic tower of hanoi puzzle in mobile form.
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    Spore Origins sucks. :-(

    Koi Pond is totally worth the 99 cents.

    Does anyone know any good places to start learning to code for the iPhone? The SDK info isn't too helpful.
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    pocketdyno - like a free gtech
    Fs5 hockey - awesome air hockey game. Multiplayer!
    Jellycar - best game I've played on iPhone yet. Try it out for sure.
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    Lux Touch
    OMG great game. It's "Risk" in your pocket. I'm already tempted to buy the full version because the AI is too easy now. You can play vs. mode too, but hvaen't tried it yet.
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    Trace

    This game is incredible! It has that magic feeling from the NES or Atari 2600 days. Cool music, neat art concept, and it's actually pretty fun and challenging. Also a free game.
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    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    just thought I'd type up some reviews of the apps I've been using, I'll split them up intot appstore and jailbreak sections. I'll try to review every app I use (that is if anyone is really interested...also I'll add screencaps soon.)

    App store:

    Asphalt 4

    Asphalt 4 is an arcade/simulator racing game. You start with either a mini or a 350z, with the option to buy several licensed cars as you earn money. You also have the ability to purchase suspension and engine upgrades a la Gran Turismo. The races are challenging especially in the beginning, when your car has no upgrades. The game is in the 3rd person perspective with no option yet for first person. The opening cutscene (very well done, I might add) and the game itself are in landscape, while the upgrade menus are in portrait. This contant switching of views can be annoying. Car controls are simple, with the tilting axis controlling your direction, and two touch buttons for brakes and "turbo boost". You are able to "turbo boost" your car up to three times at once for some serious speed. While boosted, you are also able to take out your opponents giving you a boost in your turbo meter. Your turbo meter can also be replenished by drifting, near misses, or by overtaking. All in all, it's a fun game, and takes the standard iPhone racing games to another level.

    Four IDB's out of five.

    Tap Tap: Revenge

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    Tap Tap: revenge is a very obvious DDR/Guitar Hero clone with a twist. Not only do you have to manage to tap the spheres at the right time, but the game also takes advantage of the iPhone's accelerometer to add left, right, and up and down arrows. As you play the song, your combo meter fills up. Once you get past 4x combo, REVENGE will flash across the screen. If you move your iphone vertically, then your combo meter will sky rocket to 8x, giving a skilled player tons of points for a short amount of time. The only gripe i have is sometimes the accelerometer won't register your up and down movements. The number of songs is pretty decent, with more being added everyday. There are also licensed bands making tracks for you to play for free. This is a great game if you love music/beat based games. The difficulty ranges from Easy to Extreme (which is insanely hard) It's entertaining, has some good songs, and will improve your dexterity. What more could you want in a free game?

    Four and a half IDB's out of Five

    Battleship2Go

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    This is classic Battleship for your iPhone. This version of battleship adds mines that you can lay before the match starts. If your opponent places a ship on one of your mines, you score an instant hit when the match starts. You have the option to disable mines. Playing against the computer is usually challenging, and there is no difficulty option in the menu. You aren't forced to play against the computer, however. You also have the option to play against a friend over WiFi. The graphics are about as good as you could hope for in this classic, and the sound effects are also well done. My only real gripe with the game is the price. Unless you are really feeling nostalgia, I would say skip it, for the retail price.

    Three IDB's out of Five

    iPedia+

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    This is the best wikipedia viewer I have used for the iPhone. It has a simple to use, intuitive interface, and it is quicker to load than others I have used. At the top there is a bar with search bar, home, and "go to bookmark" buttons. Using a majority of the screen is the wikipedia article. This app will show the main article, but will keep individual sections hidden to keep things speedy, and to maximise screen space and scrolling. If you were only interested in one section, click on it, and it will expand. I really like this feature, as I don't want to have to scroll through an entire articel just to get one piece of information. At the bottom of the screen there are buttons to bookmark a page, send it to a friend, get help, or to go back. This app is perfect, does everything it sets out to do, and does it well.

    Five IDB's out of Five

    I have more reviews on the way...
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    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    Part 2

    RjDj Album

    Now this is an interesting little app. When I first tried the free version (only comes with one "album") in my apartment, I though it was a bit gimmicky. Basically you plug your headphones in, the app records ambient noises and turns them into music by changing pitch, tone, repeat, etc. Needless to say I was unimpressed. However, things quickly changed when I went for a walk. Sounds you always take for granted were suddenly making a symphony in my ear. It was a really cool experience walking down the street jamming out to the sounds of the world. I would almost say this is a must have for musicians who are always looking for inspiration, or those who love looking at the world around them in a different way. The app itself is simple, with RjDj albums coming with several different scenes to transform the ambience in different ways. The app also lets you record what you are hearing, so you can play back your favorites whenever you want. If you are interested, i would check out the free version first. If it fits your taste, the Album version will not disapoint.

    Three IDB's out of Five

    WootWatch

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    WootWatch is a pretty standard Woot! viewer. It shows the daily woot at the top in a split screen fashion, with the picture at the top, and the description at the bottom. You can double tap on the picture for a larger version (takes up the whole screen) or you can do the same for the description. The bottom also has a bar which lets you switch between Woot!, sellout.Woot, shirt.woot, and wine.woot. If you are a daily woot addict like me, then this app is a must have. Even if you aren't, it may be worth checking out what it's all about.

    Five IDB's out of Five

    MazeFinger

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    This is another free time wasting game. You guide a shiny ball through a maze by dragging your finger across the screen. The levels are divided up into sets of 5, with a single timer lasting each level. The farther you get, the more complicated the mazes get, and the more obstacles you run into. The game starts off pretty easy, but the difficulty ramps up pretty quick. It can get pretty frustrating around level 10, and just gets nightmarish past that. One nice thing this game has is unlockable achievements. The further along you get the more achievemnts you can unlock. These don't really serve a purpose, but they are nice for bragging rights. It's fun, it's free, but it's frustraing as hell.

    Three IDB's out of Five.
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    Continued...

    Stanza

    Stanza is a free eBook reader. You can download your own books, or it also connects to public domain archives. There is a pretty wide selection of free books to choose from, however mostly are classics (naturally). The app has a wide variety of options for font colors and sizes. Stanza also supports lanscape or portrait mode, with the option to lock your preference. I haven't tried any other ebook reader, but this one has fulfilled all of my needs.

    Four IDB's out of Five.


    Vay

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    Vay is a classic RPG that has been ported to the iPhone. I rally haven't gotten too far into it, but I like what I've played so far. The graphics are typical classic sprite RPG, with anime style cutscenes. The game does have spoken dialogue, which is nice for the people who are tired of reading, but the voice acting leaves something to be desired. Th touch screen controls are very nicely done. You simply tap where you want to go and you go there. You also have a character menu on the sidebar to manage your character's equipment and items. I haven't played it enough to give it a good rating, but for now I'll tentatively give it four IDB's out of Five.

    Threads

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    Threads was created by the same people who created the hanoi puzzle game, so you can expect quality. This app allows you to browse the latest Threadless T-shirt designs. You swipe left or right to go to the next or previous design. The app gives you the option, if you find a design you like to jump straight to the purchase site, or to save the image to your iPhone for use as a wallpaper, or just to show to friends. The app has a nice design, with very minimal icons, all featuring a stitching theme. If Threadless T-Shirts are something you dig, then this is a pretty good app. If you don't see yourself buying many shirts from them, just skip this one.

    Three IDB's out of Five


    LOLCats

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    I'M IN YUR IFONE STEELIN YER APPZ! This is a pretty simple app, lets you browse through several LOLcats pics, as well as select favorites or save them to your iPhone. The app updates pretty frequently, so there won't be any shortage of kitteh lulz. There is a free version as well as a paid version. I would say go with the free version on this one.

    Three kittehs IDB's out of Five