Eliminate Pro, iMac, Apple TV 3.0, Touch Pets Dogs, Trip Cubby, Astonishing X-Men - TiPb Picks of the Week

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Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

Chad's Pick: Eliminate Pro

This week's has to be Eliminate Pro by ngmoco:) The iPhone community has been yearning for a solid FPS for a while and ngmoco:) delivers. There is debate as to how the energy system works, but at the end of the day, Eliminate is free and you can frag with your friends over 3G and Wi-Fi. What more could you want? [Free + in-app purchase - iTunes link]

Eliminate Pro

Chris' Pick: iMac (Late 2009)

My pick of the week is the new iMac. We just got one for my wife, and the added functionality combined with the iPhone is great. Adding in the MobileMe account, my wife is ecstatic with the iMac/iPhone combo, and I have to admit I am more than a little jealous. [$1,999.00+ - Web link]

[I got one as well. Phenomenal. - RR]

iMac (Late 2009)

James' Pick: AppleTV 3.0

When Apple announced the iTunes LP and movies extras, I hoped the functionality would be rolled out to AppleTV and the iPhone. With AppleTV 3.0, it has. The previous 2.0 OS was getting a little long in the tooth, so having a fresh UI and some new features has breathed some new life in Apple's "hobby".

Apple TV 3.0

Leanna's Pick: Touch Pets Dogs

Touch Pets Dogs is absolutely adorable and my new addiction. The idea behind this game is that you have one or more virtual puppies that you must take care of by feeding, playing, training, etc. Touch Pets Dogs is very creatively made and your puppies respond great to your gestures. Want to pet your puppy? No problem, just rub your finger on his little body and he'll respond by pushing his neck toward you just like a real dog would. This game has a similar feel to The Sims in that your puppies have various attributes you must keep up or else your puppy will get sad. Touch Pets Dogs also runs live, so if you go too long without playing with your puppy, you will receive a push notification telling you that you have a sad puppy! Touch Pets Dogs also uses the Plus+ network to meet other puppies, go on play dates, and possibly find a love interest for you puppy! If you pick this one up, look up llofte and meet my puppies! [Free/1 bowl of food - iTunes link, $0.99/10 - iTunes link, $1.99/20 - iTunes link, $9.99/120 - iTunes link, $29.99/400 - iTunes links]

Touch Pets Dogs

Matt's Pick: Trip Cubby

I recently began a new job for a production company and found myself driving all over Texas for commercial shoots. I soon realized that I needed an app to keep track of my trips. While I sifted through several apps, I finally came across Trip Cubby and haven't looked back. Trip Cubby has a nice and easy workflow for entering data. It remembers recent locations, your last mileage entry, displays graphs, exports as CSV attachment and even has an online sync. If you are one of those people that need to keep track of mileage for deduction reasons, then this app is for you! [$6.99 - iTunes link]

Trip Cubby

Rene's Pick: Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic

Joss Whedon didn't bring his A game to Dollhouse, not the way he did with Buffy, Angel, or Firefly. For Astonishing X-Men, assisted by the amazing art of John Cassaday and the gorgeous (and uncredited!) colors of Laura Martin, he brought the A+. It was simply the best X-Men I've read since the original Phoenix Saga (yes, I'm that old). If you didn't catch the comics, trades, or omnibus, Neil Adams' company and Marvel Studios have brought it -- at least the first chapter of it, Gifted -- to Motion Comics life. 2 episodes of 6 are available now. I hope they do all 24 + the Giant Sized conclusion. Grab it from iTunes, sync it to your iPhone. Watch it now. With beer. [$10.99 Season Pass - iTunes link]

Astonishing X-Men

Your Pick?

You're part of team TiPb too, so what's your pick? What app was your absolute fav last week? Let us -- and everyone -- know in the comments!

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Eliminate Pro, iMac, Apple TV 3.0, Touch Pets Dogs, Trip Cubby, Astonishing X-Men - TiPb Picks of the Week

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I'm digging the touchpets too =) I've only messed with it for a little bit but I'm definitely liking it. Very cute.
I also downloaded eliminate, I suck at it, but it's pretty sweet.

My pick this week: Louvre
Take a look at classic artwork in the Louvre in France...on your iPhone. Oh, and it's FREE!

Eliminate is my pick. Controls were tough at first, but now I'm a pro. I like the energy thing - it keeps me from wasting more than 10 minutes in a sitting.

I have eliminate pro and it's really fun. How come in the pic of above the player is holding two guns?

Touch Pets has received a wealth of criticism from users over energy usage. Food for your virtual pet will inevitably require additional purchases. The pets require food within five to ten minutes making gameplay expensive.
Ngmoco has set food regeneration to 1/10 of a bowl of doggie food every 15 minutes only after you have less than one bowl of food remaining. Simple math will show that additional purchases are required to continue play.
This game is not a good value and users should be warned. This is probably the first example I have seen of developer abuses related to the changes in the free app/ in-app purchase policy.

@reptar I think that is another player coming up beside him with a plasma cannon, not one player holding two weapons.

TouchPets Dogs is one of the best values on my iPhone. Why, you may ask? Because it has entertained both myself and my girlfriend steadily since we first downloaded it by creating a Canadian iTunes account and we have yet to spend a dime on it. My girlfriend has progressd our little Labrador quite far playing with it only after I get home from work or when it's been long enough for a bowl of food to recharge while we are relaxing at home. It's easily one of the most fleshed out concepts for a game on the app store yet and I have no qualms about the purchasing of additional food since, and here's the key part, it is NOT REQUIRED. 

Galcon Labs is a fun game. It's simple and it's perfect for passing 5 - 10 minutes. It's like real-time risk and you can it play online.

@Leanna
yes. Thanks. Touch Pets even contacted me about the Premium food update. Lol
Gameplay is still somewhat hampered by food consumption, despite the changes. As a poster stated above, for limited play, this works for some. If you have kids, (nephews, in my case) this can be expensive. Food regeneration and consumption need work. For now, the nephews are sticking with Nintendogs.

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