This week in the App Store it may as well've been 1991: We've got Lollapalooza! Monkey Island! Novel self-help strategies! Glittery-clothed strippers! And last but not nearly least, everyone's favourite defunct supermarket tabloid! The Golden Age of culture, people.
Weekly World News: Now is neither the time nor place to get into my deep appreciation of the WWN, and I feel their blurb says enough:
For over 30 years, the Weekly World News has been the World's ONLY Reliable News Source. The Weekly World News bares the TRUTH about UFOs, aliens, monsters, Elvis' whereabouts, cryptids, popular celebrities, and the mutant freaks that live among us.
Considering you can get basically the entire archives of the paper for free on Google Books, it seems dumb that this $US1 app only gives you access to covers, though the add-your-own-face feature is pretty neat. Granted, this could have been a content ratings thing, because half of the dead magazine's columnists were basically insane, or sexist, or some other terrible kind of "ist". It's part of the charm! [via Gawker]
Pocket Dancer: A 3D lady will dance a sad little dance while you spin her around with your finger and occasionally change the floor lighting. Fact: There is absolutely no way to use this without looking ad feeling like a creep. One dollar!
Booyah Society : Pulling ourselves out of the slime, here's the high concept app for the week: Booyah Society assigns arbitrary point values to day-to-day achievements, creatings a sort of WoW-ish self-help game, integrates with Twitter and Facebook. Despite how it sounds, it's not at all pathetic or annoying; I can easily see how someone who already broadcasts their every action on social networks could get hooked on this. Free.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition: Diehard fans see Monkey Island titles as the zenith of 2D adventure gaming, while most people who grew up in the early 90s just remember them as being pretty fun. I'm guessing only one of those two groups will be willing to drop the full $US8 on this, but to be fair to LucasArts, the game translates well to the iPhone and it's truly massive.
Lollapalooza: Sharing its concept and design with the excellent Coachella app from last year, this free download helps you find your way around the only legendary music festival ever to be ruined by the advent of txt speak.
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This list is in no way definitive. If you've spotted a great app that hit the store this week, give us a heads up or, better yet, your firsthand impressions in the comments. Have a good weekend everybody.