I love discovering awesome apps that I haven’t seen or heard anybody else talking about. Here’s a delightful gem that’s part game, part “experience,” and all fun. It’s perfect for kids and adults alike, and I guarantee it’s like nothing else on your iPad.
There are so many apps out there, and iTunes does a terrible job of showing us all of the can’t-miss stuff. Today I’ve got a $.99 app you’ve probably never heard of, but which you every iOS user should own. Because it’s without a doubt one of the coolest apps I’ve ever seen.
Developer Touch Press might just be who Apple was thinking of when they invented the iPad. Their remarkable, acclaimed apps — which include The Elements, Solar System, and March of the Dinosaurs — specialize in making virtual objects tangible, letting you touch and interact with all sorts of fascinating things.
From the popular (Sears, JC Penney) to the obscure (Spy Museum Store), there’s truly something for everyone in the attractive app Catalog Spree for iPad. You’ll find catalogs for clothes, electronics, gadgets, toys, gifts, tchotchkes, and even foodstuffs like the Popcorn Factory and Omaha Steaks.
There’s something charmingly retro about the new Mac adventure game Age of Enigma. It doesn’t have state-of-the-art graphics or cutting edge game play. What it does have is a great story, terrific puzzles, and an engrossing whole package that’s much greater than the sum of its parts.
Selective focus — pictures that have areas blurred out — with is all the rage with photographers. Focus is a neat little app for the Mac that makes it quick and easy to apply selective focus effects to any picture, along with a few other photography tweaks.
Each level starts with disjointed lines like these… Deceptively simple Blueprint 3D represents an entirely new kind of game: one specifically made for the touchscreen format of the iPad and iPhone, that wouldn’t work on any other kind of device.
Combining grammar with strategy, word puzzle fanatics are in for an addictive treat with the terrific W.E.L.D.E.R., from Ayopa Games.
Giving you the power to conjure anything you can imagine is Scribblenauts Remix, a wildly creative game that’s perfectly suited for iOS.
Like its namesake game, Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots is a simple game with a simple objective, yet wickedly addictive gameplay that will have you slice and dicing for hours, thanks to a terrific new mode of play.
Confession time: I’m a serious space junkie. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved everything about the space program. So try as I might to keep my review of this interactive book objective, I can’t deny that this is a subject very near to my heart.
Part creative tool, part game, Let’s Create Pottery is a sublime, fascinating app for iPad and iPhone that simulates the art of pottery creation.
National Geographic’s The World app for iPad is an interactive globe onto which dozens of flat, paper maps can be overlaid for more detailed views. Like a real-world spinning globe, it’s designed as a cool way to learn about the Earth’s geography.
From the creators of Fruit Ninja comes this non-traditional side-scroller. There’s just one level to master in Jetpack Joyride, but that’s okay, because the point isn’t to move through level after level, it’s to keep upgrading your character and equipment.
Have you ever used an ink brush? The kind used so often in Japanese art and character writing? Whether you have or haven’t, you’re going to find that Psoft Mobile’s Zen Brush simulates the feel of using one with staggering realism.