The final edition of App Recap this week features an interesting selection of new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to try this weekend. iOS gamers have even more titles to test out, while important updates were made to apps like TuneIn Radio and HealthyOut. App Recap is a roundup of the latest App Store developments, extending upon the in-depth app coverage provided by Lory, Christian, Cody and our other writers. Here are 10 apps to give a test drive this weekend…
Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars tasks you with driving different cars and trucks as you explore two cities. You can choose from taking control of a fire truck, driving in a police car and more in this interactive game for kids. Key features include driving around in up to eight different vehicles, driving multiple cars at once and exploring two cities as you wish. Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars is $1.99 on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
Three Cents is a new app for building interactive polls and gauging the opinions of friends and others. You can build polls based on content from iTunes, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Rotten Tomatoes and more, monitor the results as they roll in and then share them on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms. You can set your polls to be private or public and explore polls created by other users. Three Cents is free on the App Store for iPhone.
dEXTRIS is a new puzzle game that promises to be difficult, requiring you to avoid spikes that move at high speeds based on a magnetic control scheme. You can scrape along the sides, hover through the middle, or do whatever it takes to avoid the spikes in the mere milliseconds that you have to react. If you are a fan of high speed twitch gaming, dEXTRIS is a free download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
TuneIn Radio was updated recently with a new design, suggested stations based on your interests, a personalized feed of live updates, an Explore page for discovering new stations, TuneIn Echo for sharing stations, personal profiles and more. The app now sits at version 6.1. TuneIn Radio, a leading streaming radio app with over 100,000 stations, is a free download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
HealthyOut, an app for finding and ordering meals from healthy restaurants, has been updated with nationwide online ordering, new design and revamped filtering experience. The app, which was pushed to version 2.0.0, now has over 20,000 restaurants to choose from across over 500 cities in the United States. HealthyOut, which caters to both delivery and takeout, is free on the App Store for iPhone.
Heroes of Order & Chaos, a multiplayer online battle arena game, has been updated with three new heroes, improved events, new customizable tablets, new power up items for every class, new hero balance adjustments and direct registration through Game Center or Facebook accounts. The popular Gameloft melee title now stands at version 1.6.0. Heroes of Order & Chaos is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
Lionheart Tactics, a tactical RPG game that features hundreds of battles and multiplayer competition, has been updated with a new area called Whisper Weald, the addition of The Rose Knight, visual map updates, menu fixes and updates, bug fixes, general gameplay improvements and much more. The app was pushed to version 1.0.9. Lionheart Tactics is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
On Sale Apps
StackReader brings the Stack Exchange network to the iPad with a native reading client, and the app is now free of charge on the App Store. It is important to note that StackExchange will soon shut down the core API that is used to power StackReader, rendering the app unusable in the near future. But if you are a user of Stack Exchange, get the app for free while you can. StackReader 2 for iPad is coming soon.
Bardbarian is another app that is now free on the App Store for the first time ever. In the game, which is regularly 99 cents, you play as Brad the Barbarian, using your magical axe-lute to summon followers to fight for you in a town under siege. Brad, the town and his followers can be upgraded through the in-app shop, with over 75 upgrades and 12 unlockable units available. Bardbarian is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
Float is the latest app to go free as game studio Elevate Entertainment celebrates the launch of its new game Lumena. In Float, which has been downloaded over 2 million times, players must try to keep balloons in the air while avoiding the spikes. There are multiple game modes and achievements to be earned, plus leaderboards for competing with friends. The arcade game is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
If you know any other new, updated or discounted apps that aren’t listed above, share them in the comments section below. We’ll keep this post updated throughout the day if any other major changes happen on the App Store. Have a great weekend everyone.