The weekend is upon us. While things have gotten much cooler in my humble hometown and I’ll be spending more time outdoors, I still like to take it slow in the mornings. Drink a cup of joe, read the news on my iPad, build a castle or two, you know, the usual.
Whether you want to catch up on music festival news, defend your battle station from robot enemies, or browse the Internet in style, we have a list of apps that are sure to keep you occupied while waiting in line at the theater to see the new Superman movie…
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival started this past Thursday in Tennessee. The epic four-day adventure features bands from around the globe. This app lets attendees create their own schedule of events to cover the marathon of music. You can use the app to find your friends if you get separated, liveblog your daily antics, and listen to radio broadcasts of the music from around the farm. If you didn’t make it to Bonnaroo this year, you can watch behind the scenes videos, check out live performances, and more with the Bonnaroo Livestream feature. This app is available for free.
If you are tired of browsing the Internet the boring, flat, featureless way, step into a whole new experience with Rockmelt. You can follow your favorite topics to get up-to-date feeds of articles from around the web. Throw out things you’ve read, save some for offline reading. If you like an article, post a reaction. All of your followers will see what you thought of it. You can also get notifications when other users react to the same story you did. Sync your account with your desktop browser and take Rockmelt with you anywhere your iPhone or iPad goes. This app is available for free.
Tower Defense just got robotic. If you want to be the ultimate defender of your battle station, you’d better get to building. This sci-fi app lets you add towers to specific locations so you can defend against the waves of enemy forces. Upgrade towers to fight off stronger enemies and collect resources when they are destroyed. This game lets you collect and combine tower cards to create new and powerful weapons that are sure to protect your precious possessions. With robo-enemies like these, who needs friends? This game is available for $0.99.
Are you looking forward to the new Superman movie as much as I am? I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with the 2006 “Superman Returns” film. I’m hoping that Zack Snyder can make everything better for me. In the mean time, play this iPhone game while waiting for the fun to begin. As the Man of Steel, you will fight enemy forces in head-to-head combat. Unlock six different suits, fight with direction-based combos, and play through an in-depth story mode that will reveal events of the Warner Bros. movie. This game is available for $2.99.
The 2007 Meeple’s Choice Award board game has made its way to the App Store. Players are in charge of taking care of a family who has fallen on tough times. In this worker placement strategy game, you’ll be collecting resources, rebuilding your farm, and maintaining your crops. Build a player deck that is used to help your farm grow into the most productive one in the game. At the end of the game, player’s scores are determined by number of fields, crops, and animals. Play solo, against Game Center opponents, or with friends in pass-and-play mode. This game is available for $6.99.
If you are a fan of multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, but don’t have the time to sit down in front of your computer all day waiting for your turn to play, check out this mobile game of arena fighting. Zynga is touting this action-packed game as the first “Speed MOBA.” You can form alliances and fight in three-against-three group battles, play against enemies from around the world, or go solo against in-game bots. Customize your fighter by selecting his or her discipline and then creating the ultimate armor. This game is available for free.
Comic book geeks will be happy to know that they can collect their very own Marvel heroes in this battle game. This is actually a port of the popular Facebook game of the same name. Unfortunately, you can’t transfer your account to iOS. If you are new to the game, though, you’ll be able to team up with 28 different marvel heroes to fight against minions and bosses in three chapters worth of story and missions. Train your heroes, fight epic bad guys, and save the world from super villains like Hydra and Viper. This game is available for free.