This Week's Best Apps

In this week's hallowed app round up: Zombies, taken back into time to be killed; videos, easily watchable on your iPhone; Johnny Cash, in black and white on your iPad; your food, beautifully photographed; and so much more!


Age of Zombies: Age of Zombies was a game on the PSP and it's bringing its 16-bit zombie killing awesomeness to the iPhone. You play as Barry Steakfries and travel through time to prevent the bad guy from releasing zombies that want to kill the world. It's a twin-stick shooter that looks really good and is perfectly retro to be a hit. At only $3.99, it's a pretty good deal for a great game.

Mental Killer: It makes your iPhone the key component of the magic trick. The classic "guess the card" trick is technologified by dialling out on your iPhone and having it stun your audience when your iPhone magically tells you what card you pick. The trick is really effective (though sorta simple), I've already got my friends thinking I should join up the Ministry of Magic. Who knew the iPhone made for such a great magician's assistant? $23.99.

Foodspotting: Foodspotting doesn't just tell you where to eat, it literally shows you, with user uploaded pictures, what you'll be eating. Actually seeing how fatty that pork belly is going to be makes you never want to read a menu again. The app is pretty slick and very easy to use (though a teensy bit gaudy). You can easily take pictures and upload them to Foodspotting straight from the app and even follow specific guides for the most deliciousness around you. Now you know why everyone's always taking pictures of their food.

AMNH Cosmic Discoveries: Kyle says:

Cosmic Discoveries, the latest app from the American Museum of Natural History, lets you explore nearly a thousand space-related images and blurbs, arranged neatly in a galaxy swirl-mosaic. Think of it as getting your mind blown, fun-sized.

I nod my head in agreement.

Sex Offender Tracker: Antoine Dodson! Yup, he of hide yo wife, hide yo kids fame is selling an iPhone app. As silly as that may be, the app is semi-serious: it's a sex offender tracker. It'll scan your neighbourhood and pop up red dots if there are known sex offenders around you. Five per cent of the app goes to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National network (RAINN) so there's a good cause in supporting the ridiculous Antoine Dodson.

ARstreets: When you tag up walls in augmented reality it's completely legal and you don't even have to get paint on your fingers! Kat, the notorious street artist says:

The free app is only available in the US, where graffiti artists can daub their insignia on the sides of restaurants or other retail outlets, and then share them on Foursquare or even Facebook and Twitter. Users can fire up the augmented reality app to check for tags wherever they go, and even steal other people's tags (which awards the creator extra points).

VLC: If you have a ton of videos with crazy codecs and are too lazy to convert them into a format fit for your iPhone. VLC is your best friend. Download it now. As Matty B explains the other features in VLC:

VLC's now a universal app. It got a speed boost in the process, and you can delete videos directly off your iPad or iPhone.

Finally. So awesome.


Headspin: Storybook: It's a pop-up styled storybook game that's gorgeously illustrated and surprisingly fun. The premise of the game is to make each illustration symmetrical - basically, make it so that the right page mirror the left page. When you find items that don't match up, give it a tap to reorient it. There's multiple objects in later stages and "moving people" to throw a wrench in your concentration. All you do is race against the clock but it feels good to play the man upstairs. Really, the amazing graphics actually make you feel like you're looking down on a different world. Kids will surely love it.

Reckless Racing HD : The rather popular top-down racing game gets bigger, badder and beautifuler on the iPad. You get eight incredibly detailed levels (three more than the iPhone version) and three game modes that's all about going fast, making fast turns and braking fast. The physics and lighting of the game are almost jaw dropping. If you're into competing with real people, there's also a multiplayer mode to get 4-players in a race. It's like a PlayStation game on your iPad, yo.

Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness HD: Kat in black says:

Already available for iPhones, the Johnny Cash graphic novel biography I See A Darkness has arrived on the iPad for $6. If you already own his music, it will be used at relevant points in the story.

It looks gorgeously black and white on the iPad. Six bucks.


pvz: pvz is a Plants vs Zombies clone, which is to say it's a rip-job of the ridiculously fun and popular tower defence game. It's made (or I guess stolen) from some Chinese developer, but the gameplay is still just as addictive as the iPhone version, even though it's considerably less polished. There's only a few gameplay modes and some buttons in Chinese, but for the most part it's pretty much the same deal. The game is probably going to be pulled for copyright issues but it's as close to Plants vs Zombies on Android as you'll get right now.

Music WithMe: WithMe lets you wirelessly sync your iTunes music to your Android phone. You'll need WithMe's companion desktop software (which allows you to select iTunes playlists to put on your phone) and Wi-Fi (or regular data connection) to wirelessly download music to your phone but that's a helluva lot better than a stupid USB cable. The downloads happens automatically too! It's so awesome. Only thing though, WithMe is sorta expensive at $15.43 but there's a 30-day free trial to see if it's something you can get into.

PBA Bowling 2: I was really into real bowling in the beginning of the year but that kind of fell off. But with PBA Bowling 2 on Android, I can pretend I never missed a strike! Because the game has an official PBA license, PBA Bowling 2 lets you bowl it out with professionals like Walter Ray Williams Jr. What's sort of snazzy is that you can create your own ball with its own design and give it some sorta arcade-y special feature. Other than that it's your basic 3D bowling game. $3.08.

Impossible Level Game: The name tells you everything you need to know about the game: it's pretty damn hard. It's one of those crazy logic/puzzle/brain type games that's terribly addictive (because it's challenging) and maddeningly frustrating (because it's challenging). It's really a lot of fun and only $1.61. So not bad!

Pocket Informant: Pocket Informant is the calendar for the insanely organised folks who love insanely organised calendars. Think of it as a task manager plus a full featured calendar, with as many options and notifications as you can imagine. It's in beta right now so if you've been itching to get your life organised, give it a try.

Google Maps 4.6: Another update! This time the latest Google Maps gives a new design for Place page reviews, more filters for Search and real-time updates for Google Latitude.

Dolphin Browser HD 4.0: The pretty awesome web browser has been updated to 4.0, which is a great thing since Dolphin 3.0 wasn't so hot. It's mostly bug fixes (swipe action issue, drag down window, etc), but if you had a bad experience in 3.0, this Dolphin Browser HD is a good one so it might deserve another look.

We are so crazy about apps right now you wouldn't believe it. If you have recommendations, tips, or just want to let us know about your own app, drop a note in the comments.

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