Here in California, the State Fair has started. I am a huge fan of fried foods and farm animals, so I’ll be spending much of my weekend eating blooming onions and watching cows give birth.
Whatever your plans are for this weekend, be sure to make a little time for your iPhone or iPad because we’ve got a list of games and apps that are sure to keep you busy…
This epic adventure game takes place in the land of the popular comic-turned-TV show, but focuses on a whole different set of characters. It has been hugely popular since its launch in April of 2012. The first episode is free and additional episodes can be downloaded for $4.99 each or in sets at a discounted price. What puts the game on this weekend’s list is the fact that a new one-shot episode, 400 Days, is available now as an in-app purchase. So, if you’ve been waiting for the second season to come out, you can seek some relief with this special single-episode. The game can be downloaded for free. The 400 Days episode is available through an in-app purchase for $4.99.
The Weather Underground just recently launched its first iPad-optimized weather app. The interactive data map allows users to track storms in real time, see weather conditions right in their neighborhood, view the radar signals in satellite mode, and much more. If you are a weather junky, you need this app. Not only can you watch the climate change in your area, but you can search for a specific location and see real time activity, including hurricanes, fires, and more. This app is available on the iPad for free.
I’m not sure if I’m more excited about the epic giant monster/robot movie by Guillermo del Toro or the game that is based on it. In this battle game, players suit up in their giant robot suit and train to become the ultimate fighter against the enormous underwater alien invasion. As your experience grows, so does your gear. You can unlock new weapons, armor, and fight moves. You can even unlock new mechs to take into battle. Follow the storyline by fighting 30 levels in the campaign mode, or play survival mode to see how long you last against wave after wave of aliens. This game is available for $4.99.
Lines of Fire
If you’ve been looking for a new World War II era tactical combat board game, you are in luck because this scenario-based game is now available in the App Store. You can either play as the Americans or the Germans with seven different characteristics. Players must try to take control over territories before the enemy gets there first. You’ll have to be careful to balance between resources and strategic movements as you take turns fighting for power on the battlefield. You can even choose from 11 different battle maps that depict actual WWII West Front locations. This game is available for the iPad for $7.99.
If you are a regular user of Instagram, you will be happy to know that there is a whole new way to view your feed and share photos. This feature-rich app lets users edit photos using a multitude of filters, text overlays, and more. You can make collages with up to 10 different images, add the current weather conditions, and include cute stickers. You can also see your Instagram account activity. See who “likes” your photos the most often, check out new followers and recent un-followers, and more. This app is available for $0.99.
This minimalist Flickr client lets you view your photos in an iOS 7-like atmosphere. You can view your photo feed, see activity from around the photo service, and check out popular trending images. The photos show up in a blogroll like feed so you can scroll down to view images and pick one out for a full screen view. The app’s main goal is to remove excess control clutter so you can focus on the picture. After all, Flicker is a photography-base website. This app is available for $0.99.
This innovative sound app is more than just a nature or white noise sleep aid. It uses stereoscopic 3-D audio to bring you the most realistic sounds of a thunderstorm possible. Not only that, but this app features convincing lightning flashes to really help you experience the comfort and relaxation of a summer’s night in the Midwest. Emmy-award winning nature sound recordist Gordon Hempton recorded the audio clips so you can be assured that the sound of rainfall won’t be just like the sound of the ocean or city traffic. This app is available for $0.99.