Apps of the week

This was another great week for apps and games. Not only have there been some pretty awesome new titles landing in the App Store over the past seven days, but the updates to some of our favorite apps are nothing to sneeze at. If you haven’t gotten your fill of stuff to cram onto your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, check out this weekend’s list of even more apps and games.

Odd Bot Out

Odd Bot Out

This funny little puzzle platformer makes me smile. The square robot guy has a tough job of maneuvering through complex obstacles that no square should have to go through. Using random objects lying around players create steps and bridges to help him get around. Because of his small stature, the Odd Bot has to find ways to climb up high cliffs and cross mechanical platforms. The minimalist theme just makes the whole thing even better. This app is available for $1.99.

Clicker X

Clicker X

This simple utility app is perfect for people who need to keep track of how many times they’ve done something. For example, you could use it to count how many people walk through the door of an event (to count attendance). I am a knitter and this is great for keeping track of the rows I’ve completed so far. You can have multiple clicker counters at once, so you don’t have to worry about starting a new project. It also has the ability to count backward for decreasing numbers. This app is available for $0.99.

Evoland

Evoland

This retro role-playing game has been on Steam for a while now. This week, it was ported to iOS. Players start out in a chromatic environment with limited graphics. As you progress, the game will evolve and you will unlock new elements, such as increasing from 8-bit to 18-bit graphics. Eventually, you’ll be playing the game with 3-D graphics. Players will also unlock things like turn-based battles and will add party members that show up during fights. Like typical RPGs, you’ll be fighting, looting, and exploring a huge map as you save the world. This game is available for $4.99.

Earth Primer

Earth Primer

This unique title is billed as an educational app, but it really acts more like a sandbox game with Earth as they building environment. Users learn about such things as erosion, volcanoes, and other natural events. Instead of reading text and watching clips, you can interact with the environment by creating your own landscape. Add mountain ranges, forests, hot springs, and whatever you want. The world will react to whatever environment you build for it. It is a science experiment, textbook, and sandbox game, all rolled into one. This app is available for $9.99.

Dreamdays: Count Down to the Days that Matter

Dreamdays

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker for countdown apps. Right now, on my Mac, I’m counting down to my best friend’s wedding. On my iPhone, I’m counting down to my next vacation. On my iPad, I’m counting down to the release of Star Wars Ep. VII. I’m also a sucker for Notification Center widgets and this app has got both. You can set multiple events, and toggle between times. There are six default categories, or you can create your own. Push notification will remind you of the looming event on your countdown. It also has an attractive blur theme so it looks good, too. This app is available for $0.99.

Ammo Pigs

Ammo Pigs

This action-packed platformer reminds me a lot of games I have played on my GameBoy Advance. Players control a well-equipped porker with a rifle. Using on-screen arrows for movement and A/B/Y buttons for action, players run though platform style courses, shooting everything that moves. In this game, the bad guys are machine parts used for turning pigs into bacon. When you destroy a baddie, you’ll get coins, which you can use at the vending machine to purchase healing kits, ammo, and more. This game is available for $1.99.

Midnight Star

Midnight Star

Last week, I reviewed an interactive comic book called “Midnight Rises” about a research team headed into the danger zone. The book is a tie-in for Midnight Star. This first-person shooter features bugs, bullets, and blasters. Players move from one environment to another on missions that will help the team figure out what happened. Players shoot their way through wave after wave of alien attacks, gaining experience points and picking up new, awesome weapons. You’ll even be able to compete against other players around the world in multiplayer challenges and in-game events. This game is available for free.

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  • Jamessmooth

    Evoland sounds like an awesome idea.