These iPhone apps have previously been featured iPhone apps of the week in the MacMost weekly newsletter.
Explore a meticulously designed world with light puzzles, platforming sequences, and skill-based challenges.
Rotate abstract objects to find silhouettes in the shadows.
Expert advice for everyday emergencies from the American Red Cross.
Bubble Blocks Puzzle
A simple fun and free puzzle game from CleverMedia (Gary from MacMost)
An adventure game with storytelling and light puzzle platforming.
Hyper Light Drifter
Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with dangers and lost technologies.
Construct a wide range of apartments and businesses for your Minifigure residents to live, work and play in.
Total Party Kill
Use the unique abilities of 3 characters to solve puzzles.
A super-quick area control game requiring tough decisions.
A challenging puzzle game about a magnet that's also a box.
A single-player adventure game with more than 500 puzzles.
A puzzle game set in a mysterious world.
Classic 90's puzzle game re-imagined for mobile.
TerraGenesis - Space Settlers
Colonize and terraform desolate planets.
Alter the sequence of events to changing the outcome of each level.
A challenging chess-like strategy game.
Survive an obstacle course by teleporting between nodes.
A story-driven comedy game set in Shakespeare’s London.
Galaxy on Fire 3
Defeat the galaxy’s most wanted criminals in spectacular dogfights.
Dark Sky Weather
Accurate, hyperlocal weather.
The infamous roguelike narrative card game comes to iOS.
Compete in a massive high speed water race.
Check to see where you can watch a movie online without having to check each service individually.
A card game where you manage a pirate expedition.
Choices: Stories You Play
Control what happens next in immersive visual stories
Easily find a place to eat and make a reservation.
An advanced writing and note-taking app with organization tools, editing tools, and export options.
Knights of the Card Table
A dungeon crawler card game where tactics are everything.
An open-world action role playing game with dungeons, forts, monsters and loot.
Baseball Highlights 2045
Build your team as they play, combining both front-office strategy and baseball tactics.
Infinite West - Puzzle Chess
Strategically navigate grids to avoid attacks, take out enemies, and gather resources.
Fight for your life on a strange world, discover its secrets and find your way back home.
Find the right balance between caution and greed to come out as the richest outlaw of the far west.
A single-player tactical RPG with a battle system based on Reversi.
Bendy and the Ink Machine
A twisted cartoon nightmare puzzle adventure.
Cube Escape: Paradox
An escape room puzzle adventure.
Listen to the audio of a TV station playing in a public place.
An open-ended farming RPG.
Balance military and civilian priorities to win the hearts and minds of the people.
A sci-fi 3D puzzle adventure game set in post-alien invasion Earth.
Through the Ages
Beginning with a small tribe, expand your civilization to greatness.
A 2D puzzle-platformer where electromagnetic powers are the key
Chop, impale and crush your character in pursuit of the last coin of every level.
Old School RuneScape
The intricate mechanics of modern MMOs plus the nostalgic point-and-click gameplay of early role-playing games.
Element - RTS
A quick realtime strategy space game.
Exercises to gain confidence in your speaking ability.
EarForge: 30-day Ear Training
Achieve the perfect ears and improve your sense of pitch.
Draw paths to guide the flocking spirits to their home planets.
An open world game where you can build whatever you like.
Fly around, burn everything in your path and collect treasure.
A classic city building simulation.
An alternative camera app that deals exclusively with video instead of photos.
A retro text based puzzler.
Dungeons of Chaos
A retro-style 2D RPG.
Lead your troops in 14 campaign missions across two different worlds.
Dere Evil Exe
Jump, run, and manipulate environments to survive the heart-racing journey through a pixel art world.
Build words with cards to beat the computer player.
Istanbul: Digital Edition
Trade goods in the bazaar and collect rubies.
Bounce the ball through the helix tower labyrinth.
Search and hunt down dreadful sea monsters and explore the post-apocalyptic underwater world.
Fill bubbles with colorful air and push nearby bubbles around.
Life Is Strange
A five-part story-based choice and consequence game that allows you to rewind time and affect the past, present, and future.
Ever wonder what that mountain is you can see off in the distance? Point your iPhone at it and this app will tell you. A cool 3D overlay will give you all sorts of details about the landscape.
Play solitaire to complete scenic pictures. From Gary of MacMost.
Push the bombs out of the house in this puzzle game.
A word/trading/strategy/adventure game from Gary at MacMost.
Inflate, mix, match, and pop bubbles in the level-based puzzle game.
Cribbage vs Robots
A free play-against-the-computer Cribbage app from CleverMedia, MacMost's parent.
Journey through 24 hand-crafted Viking-themed levels of physics-based puzzles and platforming challenges.
Guide Ava through a journey across a beautiful yet hazardous skyline.
Escape & Avenge
A text-based interactive fiction game with some mini games and puzzles.
A post-apocalyptic disaster management game.
A challenging logic puzzle game in the same genre as Sudoku. Also known a Picross or Griddlers. From MacMost's parent, CleverMedia.
Read Only Memories: Type-M
A retro-style adventure game where you explore a colorful future metropolis, meet fascinating characters, and uncover a deadly conspiracy.
An epic adventure through video games history filled with classical games references.
Soar above dunes, canyons, and temples to uncover the desert's many mysteries.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI
The iOS version of the much-loved turn-based strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time.
A retro-arcade golf game from the host and producer of MacMost.
Man Vs. Missiles
Avoid the missiles and collect coins and power-ups.
A prison escape game with lots of items to craft and combine.
Build the most powerful thieves� guild in this gas-lit Victorian underworld board game.
A super-simple side-scrollimng endless golf game.
Bridge Constructor Portal
A challenging bridge construction game set in the Portal game world.
A fun sequencer/synthesizer/sampler to create music.
Arrange and combine illustrated panels in imaginative ways to solve puzzles.
This classic 80s computer game can now be played on your iPhone or iPad.
The easiest and most full-featured way to listen to your Amazon Audible audio books.
Be My Eyes
Visually impaired users take pictures, others help by describing those pictures.
Kings of Pool
3D Pool app with an AR mode that plays well.
A blend of classic RPG with 8-bit golf.
Solve tricky puzzles to prepare all of the campfire food.
I just made my own free Scrabble-like single-player word game ad-free. Give it a try!
Love You To Bits
A puzzle-filled, point-and-click, sci-fi adventure.
Augmented reality app where you can place 3D text, emoji or drawings to appear in your videos.
Lake: Artists Coloring Books
Adult coloring book app with nice tools and features.
Stranger Things: The Game
An action-adventure game in retro 1980s style.
Shift and rotate the world to change perspective and solve tricky puzzles.
Challenging puzzles where you split the world with a swipe to allow critters to move around.
Help a group of stranded astronauts find a route to safety in this puzzle game with time travel.
NOAA Radar Pro
Real-time animated weather radar images on an interactive map.
Take a colorful journey down through the spiral tower.
Launch your rocket as high in to the orbit as possible and beyond to Mars.
An open world role playing game with old school grid-based movement and turn based combat
A free iOS keyboard with Glide Typing and emoji and GIF search.
Check out the new version with adventures, info cards, street view and more.
Full Throttle Remastered
A classic graphic adventure game telling the story of the leader of biker gang who gets caught up in a tale of motorcycles, mayhem and murder.
The Robot Factory
An open-ended building app that let kids of all ages create, test, play with robots.
Hooked - Chat Stories
Read short stories told through short text messages.
An interactive adventure game that is written as you make choices.
A quick, replayable action-adventure game.
Sequel to the popular noir puzzle game where you re-arrange panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome of the story.
Rearrange the world to save puzzles.
Tilt, shout, click, snap, wait, reflect, and hike your way through puzzles.
A pretty music game where you tap each note as the line passes through.
Solve puzzles as you uncover stories of the old man's life told through vignettes of his memories.
To the Moon
A story-driven RPG with pixel graphics.
Break as many bricks as possible before they move down to the bottom.
Control unbreakable twins as they navigate ever increasing challenges.
Convert burst photos taken with the built-in Camera app into videos or GIFs.
Flood each puzzle with a single color in as few moves as possible to claim a perfect sticker.
Kingdom: New Lands
Work to get your loyal subjects to build, attack, and defend your kingdom.
Death Road to Canada
A randomly-generated road trip action-RPG, with zombies.
Find the best path to reach the top of a mountain.
Move through a deck of cards as a stealthy thief, sneaking in the shadows, extinguishing torches, pickpocketing guards and stealing valuable treasures without getting caught.
A puzzle game that blends isometric architecture and turn-based movement into a medieval game world.
A prison escape sandbox game with lots of items to craft and combine in your daring quest for freedom.
Shape a line that collects all colored circles avoiding black holes on its route.
Create paths and add other instructions to move blocks to their designated positions.
The Wolf: Online RPG Simulator
Play a wolf exploring your environment and upgrading your skills to become the Alpha.
Fire Emblem Heroes
Summon characters from across the Fire Emblem universe, develop their skills and fight battles.
A new quick action/puzzle game from CleverMedia (MacMost parent).
Craft, battle, and quest your way through an outlandish, story-driven Crafting RPG.
The Quest HD
A hand-drawn open world role playing game with old-school grid-based movement and turn based combat.
Combine the numbered tiles and find the best way to achieve the highest score possible.
Atomic Super Lander
A unique combination of classic lander and platformer.
Exploding Kittens is a multiplayer card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.
Cribbage With Grandpas
Play the classic card game of cribbage against an AI opponent that will teach you if you don't know how.
A challenging turn-based strategy game that takes 5 minutes or less to play.
A relaxing game where you connect different types of lines together.
iPad game where roguelike turn-based strategy meets RPG on a hexagonal battlefield.
An exploration adventure and puzzle game where you play a curious space gnome who uses the powers of a magic flute to travel across the cosmos in search of its mysterious origins.
Rome: Total War
A strategy game offering seamless integration of strategy and tactics.
Take control of Invisible's agents in the field and infiltrate the world's most dangerous corporations.
Search for answers in a desolate, ruined world inhabited only by robots.
Til Morning's Light
Escape by dawn, or become the next ghost in a mansion.
Design a subway map for a growing city.
Age of Empires: Castle Siege
Finally a mobile multiplayer strategy game from the Age of Empires brand.
NOAA Radar Pro
A powerful yet easy-to-use weather station.
Banner Saga 2
The original game is considered one of the best iOS games of all time.
An intense speed run platformer where you jump from platform to platform in 100s of hand-crafted levels.
Out There: Ω Edition
In Out There, you are an astronaut awaking from cryonics trying to survive.
A powerful sketching, painting and illustration app with an advanced layer system.
There are a lot of offline topo maps apps. This good one lets you download offline maps and will track your hike with minimal battery drain.
A minimalist, endless puzzle game where you unfold shapes to reach your goal.
Rule by swiping your royal fingers left or right to impose your will upon the kingdom.
Free Mahjong Tiles Solitaire
Check out the latest free casual game from CleverMedia (MacMost parent).
Guild of Dungeoneering
A unique turn-based RPG where instead of controlling the hero, you build the dungeon around him.
The Quest Keeper
Dodge spikes, knives, spiders, skeletons, lasers, saws, and more on your journey to collect rare coins and artifacts.
R.B.I. Baseball 16
Play your favorite MLB team and try to go all the way to the World Series.
My Wonderful Days : Daily Journal/Diary
A journaling app with photos, stickers, iCloud sync, passcode and more.
Command an army of fearless minions to attack the enemy base and defend your own.
An action adventure game that takes you on a journey through the history of classic adventure and RPG gaming.
INKS combines the joy of pinball with skilful tactical challenges, and allows you to create wondrous works of art as the ball smashes around the canvas.
Human Resource Machine
A puzzle game where you program little office workers to perform jobs so you get can promoted.
Halo: Spartan Assault
Battle through 30 missions as you explore the origin of the Spartan Ops program featured in Halo 4.
The hit PC game of wilderness survival comes to iOS.
A filter-free manual-control camera app with tons of settings and controls.
The Infinite Arcade
A video game construction kit where you build your own platformer games, adventure games, pinball games, ball and paddle games, text puzzlers, and mazes.
A turn-based war strategy game you can play against the computer or online versus friends.
Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator
It is a little buggy, but when it works it is all worth it as you and some friends can sit around a TV with your iPhones and iPads and play a game where you control a Star Trek-like ship going on missions.
Endless dungeons, epic boss battles, and unique heroes with special abilities.
A puzzle game in which the player activates portals in order to carry walking buckets of paint through numerous, increasingly-complex levels.
Discover secrets with a mix of puzzle and action levels.
Build bridges over deep valleys, canals, and rivers.
Look through a police database with hundreds of video clips in which a woman is interviewed about her missing husband and piece together her story.
A side scroller with innovative physics-based gameplay combined with stunning, atmospheric graphics and audio.
Explore the colorful and electrifying world of science and meet all 118 of the elements from the periodic table.
An action game of ancient martial arts.
Tomb of the Mask
Face a variety of traps, enemies, game mechanics and powerups in this fast-paced arcade game.
Bubble Witch 2 Saga
Burst as many bubbles as you can.
Here's a simple quick game you can play during breaks in the action on Sunday.
Explore a magical world in a cardboard box using easy-to-learn touch controls.
An 8-bit retro action platformer with excellent level design, highly entertaining action levels and a great variety of bosses.
Raise eggs until they hatch into one of the more than 100 different animals you can collect.
Read, listen and peek into three-dimensional photographs to solve bizarre mysteries.
Lara Croft GO
Explore the ruins of an ancient civilization and face deadly challenges in this turn-based game.
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
A puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen.
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Collect your favorite Star Wars characters from every era then conquer your opponents in RPG-style combat.
IBM Watson Trend
Choose inspired gifts by knowing what products are trending.
Fallout Shelter puts you in control of an underground shelter. keep your dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the wasteland.
Test your knowledge with thousands of clues collected from the show�s very own writers.
The Room Three
The next installment in the popular puzzle game series.
Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise
A spy themed puzzle game.
Tim Morning's Light
Explore the huge, creepy, and not exactly empty mansion, revealing its darkest secrets and hopefully a way out.
Make your way down into the darkness filled with nasty creatures and mysterious secrets to collect the red gems.
Raid the local dungeon for treasure and upgrade your tavern.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition
Explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles.
Jump from platform to platform avoiding death, exploiting shortcuts and ripping through 100s of hand-crafted levels.
You are a miner in the Klondike gold rush with a map and 100 mines to explore in this new game by CleverMedia (MacMost parent).
Analyzes a song in iTunes and then displays the chords so you can play along.
Lara Croft GO
A turn based puzzle-adventure where you explore ruins, discover secrets and face challenges.
The Everything Machine
Use a simple visual programming language to combine your device's camera, microphone, speakers, gyroscope, and screen to make a light, a stop-motion camera, a kaleidoscope, a voice disguiser, a cookie thief catcher, or anything else you can think of.
Reunite your shipmates and hurtle toward the end in 50+ distinctly dangerous gravity puzzles.
A new action arcade game from a friend of MacMost. Beavers are on the march to take down forests throughout the world and only you can stop them!
Rocket Lander G-8: Beyond the Moons of Saturn
The highly-reviewed Rocket Lander by CleverMedia (MacMost parent) isn't a new game, but it gets a re-launch this week as an ad-free game with a cheap $2 price tag.
Solve crafty physics puzzles and triumph in frenetic melee battles.
Explore a world filled with many dangers, puzzles and secrets.
Plot, shoot, stab, and loot your way across the land to reclaim treasure
A well-done transit trip planning app with lots of features.
Move through the maze without hitting the walls. Collect points to grow your tail.
Brain Games: Memory
A set of simple, quick games designed to help you exercise your memory. By CleverMedia (MacMost parent).
Turn your old iPhone into a webcam or do-it-yourself security system.
You Must Build A Boat
Travel the world in your boat, from the top of the Mage Tower to the bottom of Hell.
Kingdom Rush Origins
The third installment of the Kingdom Rush saga, the essential tower defense game.
Journey across the beautiful alpine hills on a snowboarding odyssey.
Starship Captain: Adventure In Alpha Sector
This is a reboot of a CleverMedia (MacMost parent) game from earlier. This time it is completely free to play! Explore the galaxy in this sci-fi adventure game.
Try this just-for-fun and completely free casino app from MacMost's parent, CleverMedia. Play blackjack, slots, video poker and roulette. Try to beat your best daily score.
Bloons TD 5
Build towers, choose your upgrades, hire new special agents, and pop every last invading Bloon.
A playable, branching story of survival against all odds.
Green the Planet
Touching down upon a wasted planet, you must now bring back life to this lonely rock for the sake of the future.
Turn your words into beautiful photo text designs.
Choose your Nation from among the greatest civilizations of the world, and lead it to ultimate victory throughout all of human history.
Challenge friends and strangers by answering millions of crowd-sourced questions from all around the world.
A solitaire-style Dungeon crawler played with a modified deck of standard cards.
Play the popular Fluxx card game on your iOS device against an AI or up to four friends.
A free app from YouTube/Google with age-appropriate videos, channels and playlists.
Just Jigsaw Puzzles
CleverMedia (MacMost parent) is relaunching its iPad jigsaw puzzle app with a new design, as well as new features such as a daily puzzle and the ability to use a picture from your photo library and turn it into a jigsaw puzzle.
Try the latest free game from CleverMedia (MacMost parent). This is a single-player against-the-computer version of classic board games like Scrabble and Words With Friends.
Starship Captain: Adventure In Alpha Sector
Starship Captain is an epic role-playing strategy game from CleverMedia (MacMost parent) where you travel from between star systems in search of adventure.
Swim, dig and fight your way through the ocean depths to discover lost ruins and plunder hidden treasures.
Bicolor is a beautiful and minimalist puzzle game featuring 240 handmade levels. Each of them is made of only two colors! Are you ready for this new challenge?
Tales From the Borderlands
Interactive examples put the beautiful concepts behind mathematics at your fingertips.
A noir-puzzle game where you re-arrange panels of animated comic book to change the outcome of the story.
God of Light
Heroes of Loot
Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure
Word Swipe 2
The latest free game from MacMost's parent, CleverMedia, is a sequel to the popular Word Swipe. This new version features a new design, bonus multipliers and points, and a longer round time.
The popular Mac image editing tool now has an iOS counterpart. Not only does it have advanced drawing and editing tools, but the interface makes it fit right in with Apple's iWork apps.
If you are a Reddit user, you may want to check out Alien Blue, which is now the official Reddit app for iOS.
A new feature of iOS 8 is the ability to allow apps to install new keyboards that you can use in all other apps. Swype has been around for a while on other phones and now we can finally play with it on our iPhones and iPad. You can tap once and drag your finger to the letters on the keyboard to spell words rather than tapping out each letter.
Star Wars: Commander
The latest free game from CleverMedia (MacMost parent) is a simple action game that takes only a minute or less to play. You have to see how far you can pilot a flying submarine while avoiding icebergs both below and above the water.
The Bard's Tale
Check out CleverMedia's (MacMost parent) latest word game. You've got 90 seconds to find words in a 4x4 grid. Swipe to connect the letters. Compare your scores against others.
La Belle Lucie Solitaire
Here's the latest in CleverMedia's (MacMost parent) solitaire games. La Bell Lucie is a popular game, but there weren't any free apps until now. Give it a try. Works best on the larger screen of the iPad.
Deep Dungeons of Doom
Dream Leaguer Soccer
The latest game from CleverMedia, MacMost's parent, is a strategy game where you try to build a fortune by mining asteroids. It is super-simple to play. Give it a try!
Thomas Was Alone
Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet
Here's another free arcade game from MacMost's parent, CleverMedia. Shoot bubbles to form groups and clear the screen.
Chicken And Eggs
Here's a new version of CleverMedia's classic game Chicken And Eggs. This new app is free and features never-ending gameplay. See how far you can get.
Gold Strike Free
We've added a new free version of our top game, Gold Strike to the app store. If you haven't checked out Gold Strike yet, this is your chance.
FTL: Faster Than Light
This is a major update to CleverMedia's old Pieces of Eight game, now renamed Pirate Treasure.
Home Run Challenge
Here's a free baseball app from MacMost's parent company, CleverMedia, just in time for the start of the season. See how many home runs you can hit over the fence. Quick and easy to play.
Check out the iOS game by Gary from MacMost. Flitter Flutter is a free game, quick to play. You just move around the screen and avoid other objects as the zip by. Fun for all ages.
The Word Machine
A unique word game from CleverMedia. Spin the wheels of the machine to form words.
Doctor Who: Legacy
The Silent Age
Kingdom Rush Frontiers
12 Days Of Gifts
Angry Birds Go!
Santa's Christmas Ride
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star
CleverMedia (MacMost parent) has just re-launched its popular Free Games app. Originally published in 2009 based on the 2007 iPhone games found at MacMost, this new version is a complete reboot of the app written from the ground up. Included are 15 complete games all in one app including many of CleverMedia's hit games from GameScene.com. They can be played on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad all at native screen resolutions and in both vertical and horizontal orientations. Check out the list of games and give it a try. After all, it's free!
Made by MacMost's parent company, Sudoku by CleverMedia aims to be the most elegant Sudoku game for the iPad. The screen can be no more cluttered than a Sudoku game in a book, yet you can tap to access advanced features like marks, hints, undo and mistake checking. Best of all it is free and unlimited.
Santa's Christmas Ride
Santa's Christmas Ride is a free game holiday offering from MacMost's parent company, CleverMedia. You play Santa trying to deliver gifts to children. No time to actually land and go down the fireplace, though. You have to toss the packages and hit the chimneys. It is a quick, fun play for all ages.
How about something a little scary for Halloween? Slender Rising is a simple game with excellent 3D graphics. You move around looking for signs in creepy environments. At any time the Slender Man can appear and you must look away and run away before he kills you. You know the scare is coming -- it is always coming -- but the tension builds up to just the right amount to cause a fright.
The 7th Guest
Here's another game that is getting a second life on the iPad. The 7th Guest was one of the best games of the 90s, and is perfect for someone looking for a Halloween scare. Solve puzzles and enjoy the mystery.
I like games that teach you something while you play. Type:Rider is a fairly basic side-scrolling roller with some puzzle solving. But the backdrop to this game is the history of fonts and printing. You can skip the text, or read it and learn something. Plus, it looks beautiful.
Here's another free game from CleverMedia, the parent company of MacMost. Hangman Deluxe is the classic hangman game, but with a ton of features. You can play a random word, or choose from a list of topics. You can also use news headlines or humorous quotations, then trivia question answers. There's even a daily challenge set of 10 words you can try.
Doors & Rooms
A new sub-genre of puzzle games that is becoming popular is the "escape the room" game. Doors & Rooms may be one of the best examples out there. Basically, you are shown a picture of a room and must interact with objects in the room to open the door. The game starts simply, and quickly gets to the point where you need to pick up and use objects in various ways to open the door. You feel compelled to keep going to the next level to solve another.
Finally there is a good way to edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents on your iOS devices. And, believe it or not, it is from Google. Quickoffice is an app that works with Google's cloud file sharing service, Google Drive. You store the Microsoft office documents on your free Google Drive, and then you can open, view and edit them with this free app.
Sky Guide is a simple, but deep, app that allows you to explore the night sky. You can simply hold up your iPhone or iPad to the sky and what you see on your screen will match the stars. Then you can tap on objects to find out what they are and read more about them.
Terraria is a deep exploration and building game. You move around a side-view 2D environment, both on the surface and below ground. You build your home and create objects from raw materials. You can even build a town. The graphics are retro pixel images that sometimes make it hard to see what is happening, and the controls are far from perfect. But this game is worth every penny as it looks like you can play for days, months or even years.
The best apps are the ones that make life simpler and easier. GrubHub lets you order takeout from nearby restaurants right from your iPhone. You can see what places are in their system that deliver, browse the menus, and build your order. Then you pay through the app and wait for the delivery.
Knights of Pen & Paper
Here's another role-playing game app, but this time with a refreshing new style of gameplay. Well, actually, it is an old style of gameplay, just new to apps. Knights of Pen & Paper is a simulation of a role-playing game, complete with character sheets, a table, and a dungeon master. You don't just role-play the adventure game, you also role-play the person playing the adventure game. Add to that an environment where you travel around and go where you wish instead of following a strict storyline, and this game is a nice break from other RPGs.
If you played any of the original Ultima games, then the existence of a completely new game is very exciting. But add the fact that it is an iOS game and it becomes a must-try. Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar is kind of a sequel to Ultima IV, drawing from that early storyline. The graphics try to look good while remaining simple enough for enjoyable gameplay. It is basically a large RPG adventure with some multiplayer aspects. And it is free. Well, there are in-app purchases, but you can get enjoyment out of the game either way.
Rymdkapsel is an addictive strategy game were you build a platform in space while defending it against attacks. It is part city-builder: you need to create quarters and food to attract a population. It is part puzzle: you need to build platforms to extend to other parts of the play area. Don't expect amazing graphics, as it is all pixels and shapes, but that doesn't seem to matter as it is a much more interesting game than most of the stuff with cute characters and scenery.
Ever wish that in Angry Birds you could control the flight of the birds by dragging them around after they launch? Ever wish that the piggies were vampires instead, that can be killed by light? Ever wish that some of the birds could travel through glass or cause boards and rocks to become weightless? Well, that's quite a coincidence because it pretty much describes Lums, a fun puzzler.
Here's an interesting take on a calculator app. Instead of tapping out numbers on a keypad, you write them with your finger. But what is really interesting about MyScript Calculator is that you don't have to write out straight forward formulas like 1+2=. You can write things like 7x?+10=115 and it will fill in the ? with the correct number.
Tiny Thief is a cute little platform game that presents you with very small puzzle levels instead of one massive world. You move a funny little Robin Hood-like character around to steal food and things while avoiding the gaze of guards and others.
The idea behind TripIt is that it organizes your travel information: flights, hotels, etc. But usually you would have to enter all of that data in first, which can be time-consuming and there is plenty of potential for error. Instead, all you need to do with TripIt is to forward your travel confirmation emails to the service. It then figures it out for you and puts all of the data into the app.
Here's the problem: you want to watch a movie and you have iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, your cable provider and probably a few more choices. Which one has your movie? Maybe all of them do, but which offers the best price? Fan is the solution. You can search for the movie or television series and it will find it for you. Certainly beats look at each one individually.
Ever wanted to be Captain Kirk? In Star Command you play the captain of a starship. You build it out, hire crew, run missions, and fight battles. The retro-style graphics work well, and you use simple controls in battle rather than confusing 3D simulations. The story is fairly straight-forward, but it is well worth the price.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out
The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a variation on the long-term city-building game. But it is made especially for Simpsons fans with lots of sarcasm and references to characters and places. You are building your own Springfield, starting with the Simpsons' house and street. Like other games of this genre, building takes time so you have to either play a bit each day or buy in-app purchases to speed things up.
The iPhone and iPad are wonderful devices for using maps. But almost all map apps require a constant and strong data connection. What if you are using your wi-fi iPad out of range, or traveling away from your data provider, or simply sitting on a plane or in an area without coverage? ForeverMap is a simple map app that has one great feature: you can download and store street-level maps and access them offline. The downloads do take up a bit of space on your device, but that's to be expected.
Just Word Search
The latest app from CleverMedia (MacMost parent) is Just Word Search for the iPad. You can choose a set of random words from the dictionary, a preset word list based on a theme, or enter your own list of words. You can also alter the puzzle size, colors and background. You can even decide whether words can be diagonal and backwards. Like most of CleverMedia's games, this one is free.
Here's a fun way to enjoy your music. The game Synesthetic takes any song from your Music app and builds game level around it. You simply tilt your devices left and right to avoid obstacles on a track as the song plays. It's very colorful, even psychedelic.
Apple's Cards app is a handy and fairly inexpensive way to send customized real-world cards to family and friends. You select a template and add your own photos and text. It only costs $3 to send a card inside the U.S., cheaper than many store-bought cards. And there are some nifty features like GPS location integration and the ability to send cards to multiple recipients, even after the original has been sent.
Here's yet another game by MacMost's parent, CleverMedia. Push Around is a puzzle game for those that want a tougher challenge than what is offered by most iOS puzzle games today. It could literally take weeks or months to play through the 100 levels in the game. However, learning how to play is simple: you move a robot around and push boxes into place. No complex controls to learn, no huge list of rules and complicated move combinations to master. Just push.