The Week's Best iPhone Apps

In this week's mildly paranoid iPhone app roundup: Prices, slashed for the holidays! iPhones, recklessly tilted! Amazing classic games, handily ported! A decent camera app, sold for nothing! Cheap tickets, booked! Dictations, taken! Movies trivia, two ways! And much, much more...

Labyrinth 2: Labyrinth games are the first titles any tilt-enabled gaming device gets. The earliest jailbreak games were little put-the-ball-in-the-hole gimmicks, and looking back even further when the first accelerometer-enhanced Gameboy title shipped back in 2001, it was basically a big Kirby labyrinth game. That said, this dead-simple gameplay metaphor is really addictive, and Labyrinth 2, with unnecessarily great graphics, dozens of creative little twists on the core concept, and effectively infinite gameplay time, is well worth the six dollars for anyone who's ever enjoyed an iPhone marble game.

Scene It?: If you think you're fluent in movie trivia (and who doesn't?) then Scene It, from the people who make those trivia DVDs for people who are a little too cool to play charades with their coupley friends but not cool enough to actually go out, is a fairly faithful iPhone translation of their popular trivia games. It's a lot more fun in the multiplayer modes, for sure. $1.19.

Gorilla Cam: A shot timer, time lapse, rapid-shot mode and a bubble level: these are the things that you'd normally find in a paid camera app, but that you'll find for free in GorillaCam, presumably because it's good advertising for the company's flexible tripods.

Driver: I don't care to tell you guys how many hours I wasted drifting around San Francisco in Driver for the PSX. And I don't care to tell you how many hours I plan to waste on the iPhone version, which manages to replicate the gameplay experience almost perfectly, and looks much, much better than the old version. On top of the impressive production, this game is unusually huge for an iPhone title: it's about a half a gigabyte, and as deep and rich as the original in terms of gameplay possibilities. Nine bucks.

Kayak: A reliable travel-planning site converted handily into an app, Kayak deserves a place in the lineup of apps you check before you commit to a given flight or hotel deal. It's free, and a hell of a lot easier than wrestling with airlines' mobile sites, which are uniformly less than awesome.

Honourable Mentions

Google Mobile: This update keeps the app from launching into Safari as much as it used to, and widens its voice capabilities. A minor but useful upgrade.

My Name and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: I suspect most of you don't read these roundups to find ways to entertain your children. But if you do, My Name, which will teach your tot how to spell whatever is on his birth certificate, and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, which makes a simple touch game out of the children's song, will distract them long enough for you to gobble up enough Zoloft to keep the gears moving without anyone noticing.

Wolfram Alpha: Once a comical $US50, this mega calculator app is now a slightly less comical $US20 ($24 in the Australian app store).

iClassic: Replaces your music interface with a faux-clickwheel. Jailbreak-only.

Voltron: A name and a concept worth getting excited about, let down by mediocre execution.

Aqua Forest 2: Same deal as above: A game with a pedigree and a solid concept, but on which the developers didn't quite follow through well enough.

This Week's iPhone News On Giz

Mega-iPhone Dorks Who Idolise Rambo, Strap This On For Size

Apple Countersues Nokia

Analyst Claims iPhone Users Are Suffering From "Stockholm Syndrome"

Apple Patent Shows Dock Made From 'Elastic Sponge-Like Substance' That Conforms To Shape of iPod/iPhone

In Which a Telco Executive Makes Taking Sound Like Giving

This list is in no way definitive. If you've spotted a great app that hit the store this week, give us your firsthand impressions in the comments. And for even more apps: see our previous weekly roundups here, and check out our Favourite iPhone Apps Directory.

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