The first edition of App Recap this week kicks things off on a high note, with a number of new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone and iPad. Whether you’re looking to test your luck at TC Blackjack or play Canada’s national summer sport in Lacrosse Shot, this roundup is full of noteworthy apps and games to kickstart your week. Here are 12 apps to eliminate the Monday blues…
Lacrosse Shot is a fast-paced flick lacrosse game with four unique game modes, four difficulty levels, lacrosse goalies and defenders, character creation and online leaderboards. Lacrosse might not be as popular as football or basketball, but it’s Canada’s national summer sport and this game promises good replay value. Lacrosse Shot is $1.99 for iPhone and iPad.
Happy Doggie is a new puzzle game where you try to find items for a Shiba Inu dog, hidden within the corners of rooms. There are several items to find across 24 challenging missions, with cartoon graphics and free video walkthroughs. Riding the wave of the popular online meme Doge, Happy Doggie is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
FNotes is a minimalistic note-taking app that supports the third-party Fleksy keyboard, which holds a Guinness World Record for the fastest texting. The productivity app also features TextExpander and Dropbox integration, making it a lot more useful than several other note-taking apps. FNotes is 99 cents on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
TC Blackjack is the latest title in a series of popular casino games by developer Toochill. The blackjack game lets you bet up to three hands at a time, testing both your luck and strategy card playing ability. Sharpen your skills before hitting the casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Macau in TC Blackjack, free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
Amount is a unit and currency converter that has been updated with the ability to add custom units for each category, new acceleration and clothing categories, a new paste feature, improved smoothness on iPad, bug fixes and more. A conversion error for cooking was also fixed. The app now sits at version 3.1. Amount is 99 cents on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
The leading third-party mail app Mailbox for Gmail and iCloud accounts has picked up support for Facebook app links in a recent update that we previously told you about. Version 2.0.2 also fixes iPad reply and forwarding issues, alongside other bug fixes. The app is now at version 2.0.2. Mailbox is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
The news summary app Gist, which turns long articles into five-sentence summaries with just one tap, has been updated to version 2.1. The app now attaches a picture of your summary when sharing on Twitter, fixes custom text summaries and has minor user interface changes and bug fixes. Gist is $1.99 on the App Store for iPhone.
King.com has updated its insanely popular and addictive puzzle game Candy Crush Saga with new levels about Dreamworld. Now you can continue your so-called delicious journey with Odus at your side. You can also visit Funny Farm for an “a-moo-zing time” as part of the latest levels. Candy Crush Saga is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
WordPress makes it easy to manage your blog or website directly from your iOS device, and a few days ago the app was bumped to version 4.0.3 with an adjusted user interface for faster insertion of images, improved accessibility of the stats interface, live chat support on a limited rollout and other miscellaneous bug fixes. WordPress is free for iPhone and iPad.
On Sale Apps
Tap Tap Monsters has been discounted from 99 cents to free today, marking the first time the game has not cost anything since last November. Tap Tap Monsters revolves around tapping the screen to collect all the monsters possible, and watching them grow bigger and bigger as they level up. Tap for hatch, level up, evolution and battle features. The game is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad while discounted.
Over the weekend, we told you that the smart calendar and task manager app Calendars 5 has gone free for 48 hours as part of an App of the Day promotion. The good news is that sale is still ongoing for just hours longer, so get downloading quick. Calendars 5 is regularly $6.99 on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, but is free during the sale. Developer Readdle calls the app the best calendar for iOS. Let us know if you agree.
MLB Big Stars Baseball is giving away free unlimited energy worth $9.99 as an in-app purchase for a limited time. MLB Big Stars places you in the big leagues, allowing you to build your fantasy baseball team based on the ultimate lineup of MLB superstars. You can go head to head against the world or challenge your friends, while collecting over 750 players and choosing from over 100 uniforms. MLB Big Stars Baseball is free for iPhone and iPad.
That concludes today’s edition of App Recap, setting you up with a dozen unique games and apps to give a spin on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you know of any other new, updated or discounted apps not mentioned in this roundup, you can share in the comments section below. We’ll update this post if there any major App Store happenings over the next few hours.