7 apps to check out this weekend

By , May 4, 2013

iPhone 5 apps

As the workweek shuts down and the weekend begins, we prepare for the sweet respite that is a lazy Saturday afternoon. If you don’t have plans this weekend that involve climbing a mountain or drinking cervezas with family, you may be looking for a little entertainment.

When you know you will have a lot of free time on your hands, you may want to check out some apps we think are great from this past week. Whether you want to fortify yourself in the closet with an epic space battle, or settle in with a good book, here are some apps we think you’ll like…

Vendetta Online IconVendetta Online

This space-based adventure is the perfect game to settle in for a long weekend of doing absolutely nothing. Based on the desktop version, this “twitch-based” battle adventure will make you feel like the captain of the Starship Enterprise. Well, maybe if the Enterprise were a shuttlecraft. Fly through outer space in this fully functioning MMO where your neighbor is your enemy and your prey is your neighbor. Control your ship using the iPad’s accelerometer or test your mettle with the virtual joystick. Pick up missions that take you to the far reaches of the galaxy and fight in epic wars against opposing factions. Yeah, it’s on. This app is available for $0.99.

Photopedia Reporter IconFotopedia Reporter

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a photojournalist, you can have your chance with this user-based photography app from Fotonauts. Upload your own images and either add text from Wikipedia, or write your own story, like a real reporter, and share it with the rest of the Fotopedia Reporter community. You can rate and comment on other reporters’ stories and follow your favorites. If your friends are using the app, add them too. The more you explore, the more you will discover. Adding your own Fotopedia story is as easy as taking a picture. This app is available for free.

Sorcery IconSorcery!

When someone tells you that you choose your own path in life, you can be sure that they are correct when you play this epic gamebook adventure. Don’t be fooled by its book-like appearance. This may have a lot of words, but it is definitely a game. You will battle enemies in stats-based fights, explore vast lands, earn untold riches, and even cast spells that may save your life. Based on the gamebook story of the same name from the Fighting Fantasy series of the early 1980s, this revolutionary choose-your-own-adventure game is nothing short of perfection. If you were thinking of settling in with a good book this weekend, make it this one. Your adventure awaits. This app is available for $4.99.

Star Command IconStar Command

This app dropped into the App Store on May 2, and made it big as Apple’s App Store Editor’s Choice on the same day. This space adventure is a strategy-based simulation game full of pixelated perfection. You start off building your ship’s crew in a SIMs style gameplay, but you will also be battling against your foes as you fight to protect what you have just built. Hire crewmembers, assign them tasks, watch as your craft becomes a well-oiled machine and then go out and fight the enemy on his turf. If Vendetta Online is too much game for you, Star Command will keep you busy without overwhelming you. This app is available for $2.99.

Emilly in Darkness IconEmilly in Darkness

Some of my favorite types of games to play are atmospheric ones. Much of the time, the basic gameplay isn’t much different than a traditional platformer, or a physics-base game. They just look cooler. This game is definitely atmospheric. You follow the path of a young girl who is murdered in a dark forest for unknown reasons and ends up in a surreal world full of demons. To kill the oncoming enemies, you shoot your own blood at them. For the most part, this is a basic action adventure game. You use a virtual control pad to move and an attack button to shoot. If you are looking for a good haunting this weekend, let Emilly take you for a ride. This app is available for $1.99.

Evomail IconEvomail

Mail clients are the new hotness right now and Evomail is on fire. This Gmail-specific application lets users interact with their mail in a more useful way. It takes the things you love about Apple’s Mail app and smashes it together with the things you love about Gmail’s web-based mail service. Label messages, read threads, and even tweet your conversations to the world. You can have multiple accounts, as long as they are Gmail accounts. Responding to emails is as easy as swiping to the right. With Evomail, you get the best of two email clients, rolled into one. This app is available for $2.99.

Angry Birds Friends IconAngry Birds Friends

Just when you thought you’d had your fill of those fat little fowls, they are back and friendlier than ever in this multiplayer tournament for the Angry Bird masses. Meet up with Facebook friends in weekly challenges to see who is the best pig poker around. You can also collect bird coins and daily rewards. Rub your winnings in your buddies’ faces, or send them a heartfelt consolation prize. If you’ve already been tearing it up in the ABF arena on Facebook, don’t worry. You won’t have to start over. Your stats will sync with your iOS device. This app is available for free.

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  • Mohammed Sahib

    I love the ‘app to check this weekend’ articles, but I wish they had more free apps on the list.

    • lorygil

      I’ll keep that in mind in my future lists. Thanks for the comment.

  • http://twitter.com/Jonthe838 Jonathan Lindberg

    Would you consider EvoMail to be superior to Mailbox?

    • lorygil

      In it’s current state, no. It has a lot of bugs to work out. However, I preferred Evomail to Mailbox for its design.

  • http://twitter.com/timgillie94 tim

    Everyone, check out super hexagon. It’s an amazing game. $3 but worth every cent.

    • http://twitter.com/dpbiscuit D1M

      Beat me too it. Very addictive game. Love the 8bit sounds too. Definitely recommended.

      • Blip dude

        Thanks for the Recommendation, will be checking it out.

  • chepeloni

    I wish there were more useful apps than so many games

    • lorygil

      I’ll keep that in mind for my next list. Maybe I’ll find some free productivity apps for you all.

  • Dmaez

    I have been playing the metal slug games along with bluetroll and a duo controller man is it fun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Clashboi Jay Malhotra

    Forgot “fields of battle” :(

  • f1ght3r

    Also try Lego dc batman

  • Tony Klapatch

    Grand theft auto vice city is on sale for $2 (regularly $5) well worth the $2 IMO.