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Thursday is always an extremely busy day on the App Store, and this week is no different. There are dozens of new apps and games that just hit the storefront, and we’ve rounded up all of the noteworthy ones in this column. App Recap promotes new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, extending upon the thorough app coverage provided by Christian, Cody, Lory and our team of writers throughout the week. Join us ahead as we run through 20 new must-have apps… 

New Apps

Haunted HouseHaunted House is a new game, based on the classic Atari hit of the same name, where you must run, jump and outmaneuver treacherous traps and monsters to help a lost boy find his way home. Evade deadly traps and avoid scary spiders, scorpions, bats, vampires and more in the action-packed endless runner. Haunted House is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

Atom RunAtom Run is an action-packed retro-futuristic platform game set in the year 2264. In a mechanical-dynamic world in which only robots have survived, you must control Elgo as he jumps, pushes and runs to avoid the dangers of this new environment. Atom Run, which has Game Center and iOS joystick support, is $2.99 on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

Record of Agarest WarThe tactical roleplaying console game Record of Agarest War has been ported for iOS devices. The story behind the game, a popular title for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, revolves around a young man named Leonhardt on the continent Lucrellia that sacrifices everything to protect an elven girl. Record of Agarest War is $14.99 for iPhone and iPad.

Ghost ArchivesG5 Games is out with a new game called The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shady Valley for iPhone. In the game, test your paranormal abilities in a spine-chilling adventure through a mining town named Shady Valley. Features include over 100 eerie locations, five spellbinding chapters and 20 mini-games. The Ghost Archives is free for iPhone.

44444444 is an action puzzle game with simple gameplay: four squares of the same colour and size merge to form a bigger square. The game starts out easy, but gets increasingly challenging as you progress throughout the levels. If you’re looking for a simple pick-up-and-play game, 4444 will set you back $1.99 on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

Demons vs FairylandsDemons vs Fairyland is a tower defense game that tasks you with protecting babies at all costs. Raise undead armies, construct towers and use dark energies to protect the children. You can play as the villain, controlling troops of skeletons and monsters, and become stronger as you upgrade your skills and unlock achievements. Demons vs Fairyland is 99 cents for iPhone.

Modal ProModal Pro is a new app for building synthesizers and effects on iPad by connecting various modules. The app has several features: flexible and intuitive patching, easy-to-use touch controls, analog modelled oscillators, two workspaces, a preset slider, optimized keyboard, comprehensive help and more. Modal Pro is $4.99 on the App Store for iPad.

FarentiaFarentia is a tactical turn-based strategy game centered upon fights involving magic and summons. There are 14 types of elements that lead to several combinations, over 50 spells, refinable equipment and stages that can be finished to unlock new abilities. Use your best tactics in Farentia, which goes for 99 cents on the App Store for iPhone.

Benji Bananas AdventuresBenji Bananas Adventures is just like the classic swinging monkey game, but with the addition of over 100 new levels. Benji returns to swing through gorgeous jungle landscapes, including waterfalls and hills, based on unique one-button gameplay. Unlock different game modes and upgrades throughout. Benji Bananas Adventures is free for iPhone and iPad.

Table Tennis TouchTable Tennis Touch is, as you would expect, a table tennis game with several arenas, career modes and mini-games. You can play a quick game, get involved in a more elaborate tournament, go through classic career mode and more. Can you beat the Chinese king of spin Kao Jianjun? Try for yourself in Table Tennis Touch, which costs $3.99 for iPhone and iPad.

Also new: Thomas Was Alone ($3.99), JoyJoy ($1.99), Swarm (Free) and 9/11 Memorial Museum (Free)

Updated Apps

PriceRadarPriceRadar is an app that helps you save money on Amazon, and just recently it received an update with new diagnostic tools and bug fixes. The app can be setup to deliver push notifications to your device when an Amazon product drops in price, alongside price trends and monitoring. PriceRadar will set you back 99 cents on the App Store for iPhone.

FoursquareFoursquare received an update today just prior to the release of its new app Swarm on the App Store. Foursquare, which now sits at version 7.0.8, now offers a sneak peek of some of the upcoming changes coming to the app later this summer. It’s unknown exactly what changes were made, but give the app a test run. Foursquare is free for iPhone.

PodcastsApple has updated its official Podcasts app with Siri integration, CarPlay support, AirDrop link sharing, improved episode browsing and the ability to play stations directly from the stations list. The update also resolves playback issues and improves stability while downloading podcasts. The app now sits at version 2.1. Podcasts is free for iPhone and iPad.

iTunes ConnectiTunes Connect also received an update from Apple today, at last receiving a new design for iOS 7 and providing developers with access to the music, movies and TV shows they have made available on the iTunes Store. iTunes Connect, which was pushed to version 3.0, is a free download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

On Sale Apps

The Descent HDThe Descent HD has gone free for the first time since its March release. The game, which regularly carries a $3.99 price tag, immerses you into a mysterious story involving the Amazon jungle, deserts, caves, Akat afterworld, Europe and more. Your soul is trapped between worlds of the living and the dead in The Descent HD, free for iPad while on sale.

StackablesStackables for iPad is free today as part of an AppGratis promotion. The photo filtering app features over 150 effects, 18 blend modes, unlimited layers, filters, preset and user-created formulas and other professional adjustment tools for transforming pictures on your iPad. Stackables for iPad, down from 99 cents, is free for iPad for a limited time.

KayakKayak Pro has gone free as Apple’s App of the Week. The app is a smart travel search engine for searching and booking hotels, flights and rental cars. Other features include a flight tracker, itinerary management and price alerts. If you’re a frequent traveller or leisurely vacationer, this app is for you. Kayak Pro is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad this week.

There were actually so many apps and games released today, that we’re holding off on promoting some of them until tomorrow. So check back for Friday’s edition of App Recap, because it promises to be an action-packed column just like this one. As always, we encourage you to share any new, updated or discounted apps that you come across yourself. App Store developers can share an iTunes link in the comments section or on our social platforms for coverage consideration. See you tomorrow.

  • onesimpleclickk

    the icon for ‘The Descent HD’ looks a bit rapey.

    • Matt

      Right ?

  • Adel Ali

    Hi Joe!

  • Miika Haaranen

    Do you think you could mention if the games you include in these reviews are MFi controller supported?:)

  • love the foursquare & swarm apps !