This Week's Best Apps

In this week's app roundup: Infinity Blade, unsheathed; zombies, murked creatively; all the frustrations of Jenga; miniaturised; the great songs of ABBA, sung splendidly; planes, safely directed to landing strips with other air traffic control people and more!

iPhone

Infinity Blade: Infinity Blade, the iOS game to end all iOS games, is finally out. It looks hotter than any iOS game we've ever seen. And while some have deemed the gameplay repetitive, the fantasy world in which it takes place is so beautifully rendered that I'm glad to repeat whatever the hell they tell me to. $8.

Dead Mobile Rising: The most fun you can have smashing zombies on your iPhone, Dead Rising Mobile, like the console versions before it, taps into the lighter side of zombie killing-smashing them with objects that you'd never ordinarily consider weapons (though there are, of course, the requisite butchers knives and chainsaws, too.) The missions and gameplay are pretty straightforward, but they help push you along to find new ways to dispense with the bumbling masses. If you're in trouble, you can shout out to your friends for help via Twitter or Facebook, and if the zombies infect you before your friends make it there you can reanimate as a special zombie in their game. $6.

Flight Control: Flight Control, the iOS game that achieves the difficult task of making landing safety fun, now has online multiplayer through game center. And voice chat. Excellent! $1.19.

Jenga: All the frustration of the classic board game, now made virtual, on your iPhone. $4.

ABBA Singbox: If you change your mind, you can take a chance on me, Jesus:

ABBA Singbox: An iPhone game that lets you sing ABBA songs alongside Frida and Agnetha, while Björn and Benny do their thing. The only way life could get any better than this is if actual Swedes were singing besides you.

Because, trust me on this one, nobody-yes, nobody-sings like drunk Swedes. The $4 official ABBA app comes with Dancing Queen, and you can buy three other classic-Mamma Mia, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) and The Winner Takes It All - for $3 each.

Expensive, you said? Shut up. It's fucking ABBA! My Swedish meatballs predict that this application will be number one at the App Store this Holiday Season.

Yeah! $2.49.

FLUD Mobile: A cleanly designed feed reader that serves up bits of news not as a list of text headlines but rather as a grid of attractive, picture-bearing squares. Navigating with horizontal and vertical swipes is a piece of cake, and new feeds can be added from a list of featured sites or simply by searching for a site's name. Free.

iPad

TuneIn Radio: A fantastic radio app an unfathomable amount of stations, both local and global, that you can jump in on whenever you want. If browsing is too daunting, you can search for songs or artists and zero in on the stations currently playing them. The app supports backgrounding in iOS 4.2 and can be controlled with iOS's built-in playback controls. Best of all, it basically works like a DVR for radio - you can pause a live stream, rewind back to catch a song you liked, record a station, etc. $2.49.

Carcassone: Here's what Frucci had to say about the iPhone version of this excellent board game:

The game is basically perfectly suited to make the transition from tabletop to touchscreen. It consists of a bunch of square tiles, each with features of a map on it. Elements include parts of roads, parts of cities and cloisters. You take turns placing the tiles down to create a finished map.

The actual competition comes in while you're making the map, as you're trying to complete various elements without letting your competitors complete theirs. So you're trying to build a big city or long road, while your opponents are trying to keep you from completing it or to hop on board to steal its points for themselves.

The iPhone version is a perfect translation of the game, one that improves upon the original with a solitary mode, very good computer opponents and the ability to see just what tiles are left and what moves are and aren't possible.

You can play either locally or online against friends or strangers, and a game can be banged out in about 10 minutes if you're playing against the computer or speedy opponents. It is incredibly fun.

Now it's embiggened for the iPad, and it's $13.

CNBC Real Time: A well-stocked stocks app with real time quotes, interactive charts, currencies, commodities, a customizable and flickable ticker, news, video, and, perhaps most impressively, a slick design that makes it all somewhat manageable. Free.

Android

Gingerbread Launcher: Gingerbread is awesome, making Android waaay faster. But it's going to take a little bit of time for it to get to your phone. If you want just a tease of Gingerbread, as in the launcher, just download this app.

Image Credit: Geeky Gadgets

Loky: If you need some privacy on your phone, you know for your sexts, scandalous pics or mistresses, Loky promises to keep all those secrets hidden. It basically locks away information from the contacts you set. You can even add files to a "file locker" for extra defence. $4.72.

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 or shoot me an email.

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