We’ve back after a hiatus with our app picks of the week!

This week, we’ve got an awesome iOS game, unique Twitter app, and innovative podcast app that works with iCloud. We hope you enjoy this week’s picks!

ShadowGun

ShadowGun is probably the most robust third-person shooter in the App Store right now. If you haven’t downloaded ShadowGun already and you enjoy serious games on the iPhone or iPad, ShadowGun is a must-have.

The graphics in ShadowGun are absolutely stunning. The developers at Madfinger did a fantastic job at creating a game that looks like it belongs on a TV console. Try playing ShadowGun via AirPlay mirroring on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S and you’ll see the attention to detail. ShadowGun is truly an achievement for the iOS platform.

In ShadowGun, you play as bounty hunter John Slade in the apocalyptic world of 2350. Gameplay itself is pretty fun — ShadowGun uses virtual joysticks to let you control your character and gun. The levels in the game are enjoyable to play and you’re sure to have a good time with this shooter.

ShadowGun isn’t cheap, but it’s awesome. You can buy it for $4.99 as a universal app for the iPhone and iPad.

Twittelator Neue

It’s always refreshing to come across a new and unique Twitter app for the iPhone. Twittelator Neue offers a very different experience than most Twitter clients out there. While the app retains many of the features and interface standards you would expect from a Twitter iOS client, Twittelator Neue breaks the mold with interesting graphics and a fresh take on navigation.

The app’s developer calls Twittelator Neue a “faster, fresher experience” for Twitter on the iPhone. You can swipe through your timeline, mentions, direct messages, etc. in a card-like way that almost feels like TweetDeck. There are also some elements of the app that feel like Tweetbot, while many design touches take cues from the official Twitter client.

Twittelator Neue presents photos in your timeline uniquely. The app works well with multiple accounts and services like ReadItLater, OmniFocus, Instapaper, and CloudApp. It’s a different type of app, and you may find it enchanting.

Twittelator Neue. Tweet Different. from Ollie Wagner on Vimeo.

Twittelator Neue is available in the App Store for an introductory price of $1.99.

Instacast

We’ve already talked about Instacast already on iDB, but it’s worth mentioning that the app was recently updated with support for iOS 5 and iCloud sync.

In case you didn’t know, Instacast is like Netflix for podcasts. Instead of downloading all of your shows the old fashioned way in iTunes, Instacast uses its own backend (and now iCloud) to download, steam, and sync your podcast collection between your iDevices. For a podcast addict, Instacast is an app that should really be considered.

With iCloud, Instacast syncs your playback position and podcast collection between iDevices. iCloud helps make sure that the episodes you’re currently listening to are buffered and made available based on where you left off on the last used iDevice. It’s really slick.

Introduction to Instacast from Vemedio on Vimeo.

Instacast is available for $1.99 in the App Store.

That’s it for this week’s picks! Let us know what you think of these apps in the comments.

  • Anyone have a list of podcasts that are must to listen to?

    • @Max_Kas

      Car Talk every Sunday… (hilarious and manly) and Diggnation

    • Daniel

      AppSlappy and The Instance

    • Tannerozzy

      buzz out loud
      this is my next podcast
      my brother my brother and me (MBMBAM)
      this week in tech
      macbreak weekly
      stuff you should know

      my favorites, in that order

    • QuarterSwede

      Hypercritical is great is you’re tired of Apple praise or any praise for a company or product in general. The show is all about picking apart things and being super critical.

    • Sean

      Reach around Radio

  • andrutto

    Ricky gervais, you can’t go wrong.

  • angelo

    too bad Twittelator Neue dont have push notif option.. its a great apps nonetheless

  • QuarterSwede

    Instacast is so good and so stock looking that Apple just ought to buy them out. Fantastic app.

  • Jeff

    Personally for podcasts at least musicwise, there is hoodhype.com(underground hip-hop and talk),the hip hop project, dj mike rizzy mixshow,dope joints hip hop show just to name a few of my favorites

  • Brandon

    The problem with Twittelator Neue is that it loads only a small amount of tweets. So if you have a large amount of folks you follow and you only check twitter every few hours you miss a lot. For example Tweetbot can load 200 tweets – Neue only loads about 50.

    Unfortunately the folks at Twittelator seem to ignore any requests sent to them over twitter to see if they intend to improve that. It’s a great app, and I love the inline images, but until they fix this it won’t be my primary twitter app.

    • angelo

      +1, yeah the Twittelator Neue UI is good but it lacks many features that the other twitter client have. and i really think the push notification is a main feature that every twitter client should have. im not gonna open my twitter client everytime waiting for someone to reply my tweets or any new mentions.. just my opinion..

      and the option to load more tweets is important too..

  • ddn2003

    As far as I can tell, twittelator neue doesn’t have mute filters like Tweetbot. I couldn’t live without them!

  • Kormirluk

    Shadowgun has a great graphic, but the story is really crap and much too short…..

  • Matt

    Who the hell are you kidding. Podcasts? Ricky Gervais and the Rooster Teeth Podcast.