Ten awesome apps you will only find in the App Store

By , Aug 19, 2013

Only on the App Store BannerApple has bragging rights. The App Store is home to more than 900,000 apps (and counting) with 375,000 optimized for the iPad. App developers know that there is money to be made through the iOS ecosystem. That is why there are so many apps that are only available for iOS.

Apple has their list and we have ours. Apple has compiled a list of apps that are only available in the App Store. We’ve gone through their list and hand-picked our favorite top 10 for your reading pleasure…

Mikey Hooks

Mikey Hooks

From the same guys that brought you the popular side scrolling adventure Mikey Shorts. This exciting platformer gives you all the rope swinging action that is lacking in the updated version Pitfall. With six new worlds and 36 new levels, you can continue the adventure of a young boy and his hook. This game is available for $1.99.

Worms 3

Worms 3

Everyone’s favorite army of fish food is back. The follow-up to the popular Worms 2: Armageddon is exclusive to the App Store and offers hours of strategy turn-based military style gaming. Only, instead of blowing up your rival with boring old rifles and bazookas, you’ll be taking down your enemy with old ladies that blow up on contact and homing pigeons that don’t miss. This game is available for $4.99.

Cal

Cal

The creators of the popular productivity app Any.do have launched a calendar app that is just as efficient at keeping you on task. Plus, you can connect your Any.do account to your calendar and have complete control over you daily schedule without having to jump around between apps. This app is available for free.

IFTTT

IFTTT

We love this productivity app. Since it first launched, IFTTT has become the darling of the tech world. The service allows users to create triggers for certain actions and make it possible for you to quickly set up automatic procedures, like uploading all of your images to Facebook when you take them without having to manually do so. This app is available for free.

VSCO Cam

VCSO Cam

This photography app makes it easy for you to get the most out of your images. It is more than just a photo filter app. The effects are subtle enough to barely be noticed in the final edit so it doesn’t look like you are layering a perfectly good shot with a bunch of silly effects. This app is available for free.

Mextures

Mextures

Another image effects app that turns mundane photos into professional grade works of art. The app offers hundreds of layering options to let you create “formulas” that are based on effects that happen in real life when photographers mix chemicals. There are even formula packs that were designed by well-known iPhone photographers to help get you started. This app is available for $1.99.

Star Walk

Star Walk

Star Walk might be my most favorite app in the App Store. I use it every time I go camping. During the summer, it is my go-to app for finding the comets that are populating the night sky on a regular basis. It offers an unprecedented amount of astronomical information at your fingertips. Use augmented reality to identify the stars in the sky, even when you can’t see them with your own eyes. This app is available for $2.99.

Tweetbot

Tweetbot for Twitter

Much of the nation loves to tweet and loves to see what others are tweeting about. This app takes your Twitter feed and makes it look fabulous. You can access multiple timelines, mute users without unfollowing them, and more. You can also sync your activity across the iPad app and the Mac app, so you’ll never be out of date when checking in on Twitter. This app is available for $2.99.

Reeder

Reeder

Since Google decided to nix their RSS reader service, the world was turned upside down. In the scramble to make the appropriate adjustments, Reeder was one of the RSS feed apps that made it out alive. This app is an RSS client that allows you to sync with Feedly, Feed Wrangle, Readability, and more. This app is available for free.

Year Walk

Year Walk

This beautifully bizarre adventure game mesmerized iOS users when it first launched. Its atmospheric graphics and mysterious storyline had us all on the edge of our seats as we sought to discover the secrets of the dark forest. In order to get the full experience, it is a good idea to download the free companion app. It is full of clues you will need to help you find the answers you are looking for. This game is available for $3.99.

What are some of your favorite apps and games that are exclusive to the App Store?

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  • Adam Bowman

    Badlands! At least I think it is exclusive to the App Store. If it’s not, sorry.

    • seyss

      great game. finished it

    • Jonathan

      Drains your battery like no tomorrow though.

      • Falk M.

        So what, plug in the charger. It’s not like it’s impossible to game and charge at the same time. I do that every day.

        Gaming on the go should be limited to bus stops either way if you like your battery life.

  • Avery Massenburg

    Cal isn’t 100% iOS exclusive, they’re working on the Android version along with a Memo and Mail app.

  • Adam Bowman

    Oh, and Digg. Great news stories. And I love how it saved my Google Reader feeds.

    The Google Play Store has a Digg app, but it’s unofficial, so I think I can mention it here.

  • Danuel Carr

    Not gonna lie, Year Walk scared me shitless….

  • Burge

    IFTTT
    iDownloadblog email notifications by Winterz ..now I don’t miss a thing..

  • leart za jmi

    Mextures is 1.99 not 0.99 ;P

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Oopsy! I fixed it. Thank you

  • smellysnatch

    Man I wish foursaken media would port to android

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    Lovely article and glad you listed Year Walk as I have it on my list and was thinking to get it earlier until I resized you ‘needed’ a companion app to make the game ‘easier’.
    Nice job again, Lory.

    • http://www.sacramaniacs.com/ Lory Gil

      The companion app is free. It helps you feel like you are more immersed in the story while offering subtle hints about how to find clues. You should get it. It’s amazing.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        I will in a few weeks or a month from now once I’m done with the others. :D
        This one’s one of the three or four more obscure games available in the AppStore, like Past Memories, Emily in Darkness, Odd Planet and Limbo.

  • Joseph

    Oh yeah? Well, we have Candy Cru- wait, that’s on iOS too? Erm…

    Just kidding. Android has some great exclusives too, but they aren’t immediately evident. Quite unfortunate.

    • CPVideoMaker101

      As an android user too, there is barely any good apps. If I had mailbox and Tweetbot, that would be great. Also Tablet UI for facebook ._.

      • Joseph

        I prefer Plume on Android.

      • CPVideoMaker101

        android is just not doing it for me. I was happy that I would receive a better system and I didn’t. I’m going to keep my nexus, but’ll return to iOS when I can. How are you liking android?

      • Joseph

        I’m liking Android just fine, although the lack of games I could play on iOS is a tiny bit discouraging. I’m planning on getting an iPad 4 this October to accompany my Nexus 7 so I have access to both ecosystems and in ideal sizes for travel. I’ve found alternative apps to make up for what I lost, and the Play Store has some cool stuff you probably wouldn’t see on Cydia (right now) or the App Store (ever, probably).

      • CPVideoMaker101

        Yes, but most apps I’ll ever need don’t have a well made alternative. Like mailbox or the lack of a good office client. Google drive is fine, but I dislike the layout. Feels more like a notepad. Also, the lack of a tablet UI on the Nexus 7 I use is just disappointing. I made the tablet UI forced by using a custom firmware. I would prefer using iOS any day. Apps don’t feel as polished :/ It’s odd.

      • Joseph

        Depends on how you use it, I suppose.

  • Sugar-boy

    Reeder is best i wonder why it’s not compatible with ipad

    • Damian W

      because iPad version is not working with feedly and other services yet.

      NEWSIFY and MR Reader are better than Reeder imo

  • Gerardo Castro

    Not any of the DJ apps? considering DJay 2, DJ Player, and Traktor DJ can all hook up to external hardware and route audio through multiple channels (which Android cannot do), I dont see why the DJ apps were excluded

    • http://www.sacramaniacs.com/ Lory Gil

      You’re right. An unfortunate oversight. I love DJay 2 and Traktor DJ.

  • sachin

    what about infinity blade?

  • DеvSк0re

    Mextures and Tweetbot are my favourites apps :)

  • Guest

    Awesome Notes anyone?

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    I’m surprised that 1Password did not make the list. They have an Android version but it’s little more than a reader as opposed to the password creation software and browser that I am typing this comment from…

  • Sanjay

    Badlands and Vscocam are out for android

  • John

    If anyone likes simple, addicting games, Ballz to the Wall is the one.