Apps of the week

Around this time of the year, I tend to hide out in my nice warm house. Even if a cool band is playing right up the street from me, there has to be something more to convince me that suffering through the cold is worth it. I know I live in California and really don’t know the meaning of the word “cold.” But, I always argue that the reason I can’t stand the cold is because I live in California.

This weekend, I’ll be staying inside where I can play games on my iPad, watch cheesy holiday movies, and drink eggnog until I’m sick. If you are looking for apps and games to keep you inside this weekend, we’ve got a list of some of our favorites this week…

Double Dragon Trilogy

Double Dragon Trilogy 3As our own Sebastien Page pointed out recently, this game series was personally responsible for many hours of lost time in our childhood. Helping Billy and Jimmy save the girl was more important than washing. Now, you can take the fighting duo with you wherever you go with the iOS port of the first three classic games. Battle the forces of evil in Double Dragon, Double Dragon 2: The Revenge, and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone. Just like in the original, players can punch, kick, knee, elbow and head-butt the bad guys into oblivion. Play alone or with a friend in co-op mode. This game is available for $2.99.

The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among UsComic book fans will know the story of Fables. A lone werewolf is in charge of keeping the peace for a town full of fairy tale creatures. Everyone walks around in disguises to keep the fantasy a secret. But Bigby Wolf is in charge of keeping them from killing each other, or someone else. This game is based on Fables, and features the same unique choice and consequence game mechanics as the TellTale Inc.’s The Walking Dead: The Game. Players interact with other characters and the outcome of their decisions affect the way the game plays out to the end. This first episode is available for $4.99.

PDF Expert 5

Readdle PDF Expert 5.0.1 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)This week, Readdle launched a major update to their iPad PDF reader. This completely rewritten version has a plethora of enhancements, making it a brand new app. File organization is better than ever with color tags, access Windows Shares, stackable PDFs or folders, and more. Now, you can share your PDFs seamlessly between PDF Expert and Documents. Plus, the app runs in the background so you can view and edit your PDFs while adding files to Dropbox.  Of course, you can also highlight text, fill forms, create notes, make bookmarks, and more. This app is available for the iPad for $9.99.

DashPlus

DashPlusAround the holidays, list making becomes a major daily task in itself. You may have lists for gift ideas, party attendees, food shopping, household chores, trip packing. The list goes on (pardon the pun). DashPlus is a Getting Things Done (GTD) app that features actionable items so you can change, lock, unlock, and alter items as needed. Add an item to your inbox, mark the length of time it needs to be done by adding corresponding symbols, and move it from one list to another to keep organized. Tag lists, search titles, and use templates for recurring lists. This app is available for $2.99.

OKDOTHIS

OKDOTHIS 1If you are a photography hobbyist, or even a professional artist, and sometimes find yourself in a slump, trying to think of the best way to capture your subject. Maybe you’ve just run out of ideas for a good subject to begin with. This app gives you ideas to “DO” a specific photography task. Complete tasks and upload your pictures to share with the rest of the OKDOTHIS community. Follow your favorite photographers, and build a name for yourself with this social networking alternative to Instagram. Find the right Do at the right time to come up with new and interesting inspirations for photos that are unique. This app is available for $1.99.

Space Hulk

Space HulkFans of the Warhammer 40,000 franchise will be excited to know that the hard-to-find board game is now available as an iPad app. Finally, fans of the space epic adventure can bash out their sci-fi fantasies as Terminators and Geanstealers without having to pay $500 for the game. In the iPad version, players can game solo in campaign mode, or against a friend in cross-platform multiplayer mode. There are 12 missions directly from the original board game with three brand new “prequel” missions. Direct your squad to an all-out assault on the alien enemy to avenge your people. This game is available for $9.99.

Amount

AmountBecause I’m always baking, cooking, and crafting around this time of the year, I regularly find myself trying to figure out how many ounces are in a cup, or how many inches are in a yard. Doing math on the fly is not my specialty. That’s why a good conversion app is a necessity when I’m shopping for material and ingredients. Amount is a simple, easy to use conversion app that lets you access more than 500 units across 30 categories. From cooking units to radiation, you’ll find what you are looking for with this app. Just type in a number and select the unit to convert from the list of options. You can also easily search for a specific unit of measurement for fast conversion. This app is available for $0.99.

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  • The Term

    I was going to call you out for not mentioning The Wolf Among Us. But…

  • omrishtam

    finished the first episode of the wolf among us (on PC)…..another GREAT game by TellTale

  • Mr 5abi

    No free ones this week! 🙁