I don’t know about you, but I decided to take a long weekend. I’ll be record shopping and eating fancy ice cream in San Francisco. The weather in my town is just too dang hot. I need a break.
Whether you are hoping to relive your youth with games from the past, need some help with a foreign language, or need to keep track of time, we have a list of apps that you may find worthwhile…
This atmospheric side-scrolling platformer has been anticipated by gamers for a long time. It made its name on Steam in 2011 and fans of the eerie adventure game can now enjoy it anywhere they take their iPad or iPhone. Players take control of a wide-eyed young boy as he searches for his missing sister. You’ll be faced with the perils of a black and white world of the unknown. Your biggest enemy is the terrain around you. That, and the giant spiders that live in the forest. This game is available for $4.99.
If you are over the age of 30, you will probably remember playing Contra. The game originally launched in arcades across America in 1987. It was later released on NES, which is where it grew in popularity. Players control Mad Dog and Scorpion as they fight off an alien invasion. In this “evolved” version, you can also play as the female fighters Flame Rose and Moonshadow. There is also a new way to get guns. Players can now buy them with money they earn in the game. Unfortunately up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A doesn’t work in the iOS version. This game is available for $2.99.
Random Heroes 2
Fans of old school side-scrolling action arcade games will love this retro throwback. Not only is it presented in pixelated glory, but it takes all of the traditional gameplay controls and actions you remember from the games of your youth. Players take on the invading aliens (I’m starting to see a theme here) with nothing more than a 9mm pistol. Earn some coins and buy some weapons or grab a different hero to help take down those pesky green guys. This game is available for free for a limited time. It is regularly priced at $0.99.
Are you planning on traveling abroad any time soon? Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on Rosetta Stone to try to learn a new language, why not let your iPhone translate for you. This app translates 42 different language and even features voice-to-voice conversation and device link ups so you can have smooth conversations with someone who speaks a different language. You can also look up specific words and phrases. This app is available for $0.99.
It’s Saturday night and you are looking for something to eat. How many times have you been in the situation where you know there was a restaurant you wanted to try, but can’t think of at the moment. Matchbook lets you keep track of places you love and places you’d love to try. So, when your friends ask, “Where should we eat?” you can check out local bites to see what you’ve put on your wish list. This app is available for free.
If you are in the business of working for yourself, every second counts. Every moment you are not making money, you are losing it. If you want to keep track of how long a project takes and compare it with how much money you made on it, this is the ideal app for you. Tap the clock to start and it will run in the background. Tap it again when you are done. You can also set a notification to let you know when it is time to take a break. This app is available for $1.99.
This sweet little game offers hours of entertainment. It looks great and features more than 40 challenges to keep you coming back for more. Players control an adorable hedgehog as he flies through the air collecting stars and crashing orbs. This physics-based adventure is in this week’s app round up because it is Apple’s App of the week. It is regularly priced at $0.99 but will be free for a week. Download it quick, before it goes back to full price.