Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and 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, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.
To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!
Ally and George's pick: Tiny Wings
Ally: I tend to lean towards games that have a simple concept but keep you entertained for hours. Tiny Wings fits right into that category. It has beautiful graphics and backgrounds but the controls and game play are dead simple. You are a bird and you have one dream, to fly. But your wings are tiny.
You use the hills in order to make your bird propel himself high into the sky. You'll tap and hold the screen to tuck his wings and make him dive down hills. If done properly, he'll peak high into the sky after using hills to propel himself. The goal is to fly (glide) as far as you can before night falls.
It's an incredibly simple game but the graphics alone are worth the $0.99 it costs. Check it out and let us know what you think!
George: This is by far the most addicting game I have played on my iPhone! Its so simple, yet quite difficult at the same time.
Gorgeous yet basic retina graphics, extremely easy, one button controls, and amazing original background music, makes this an even more fun game to play.
Simply race against the clock, and get as far as you can, but avoid ‘night fall’ as you’ll fall asleep, and see the end of your trip.
If you think this game looks too simple, you’d be wrong, as its packed full of bonuses, like ‘fever mode’ and speedboosts, and objectives, like, getting a certain number of coins, or having to play the whole game upside down!
Pick up this game, and watch time go by, but watch out for night fall!
[0.99 - iTunes link]
Alli's pick: Soundrop
Totally free, totally mindless, totally entertaining.
The idea is to drop little balls onto tubes to make... well, sound. When the balls hit the tubes, they make a pinging sound. The pitch changes depending on the distance between the "drop" and where the ball strikes the tube.
You can change the length of the tubes to make a higher or lower pitched ping, and you can change the angle so that the balls will bounce up at a new angle where you can create new tubes for the balls to hit, thus creating more pings. If you're good, you can get the right angles, distances, and number of tubes to create simple melodies. Or you can just make annoying pinging noises.
Either way it's a nice break from anything productive!
[Free - iTunes link]
Andrew's pick: Color Splash
Color Splash is a photo app that lets you turn any picture into a black and white photo so you can touch it up with some color, making your photos unique and artistic. The effect is really quite dramatic and can turn any old photo into an inspiring piece with a 'splash' of color, redirecting the viewers' attention to the portion of your photo with color. The app also supports all of the bells and whistles of iOS 4 and the iPhone 4's Retina Display with fast app switching and high-resolution graphics.
If you want a full rundown of how the app works then check our Chris V's forum review to get a better idea of how fun it is to use. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to give your photos a new and dramatic look then head over to the App Store and check out Color Splash now!
[$0.99 - iTunes link]
Chris O’s pick: Movie Player
This app offers one thing that I find really useful, the ability to create video playlists. I do not understand why the built in video player for the iPhone and iPad fail to offer this simple feature.
My 20 month old daughter uses the iPad in the car to keep her entertained on long journeys. With the built in video app, I have to stop and reach over, take the iPad out of the holder, start the next video and off I go again. Using Movie Player I can create a playlist and it automatically plays the videos one after the other. Stress free driving!
Movie Player also supports lots of formats like divx, avi, flv, mov, wmv, mpg, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, mp4, m4v , mpv, vob, ts, ogv, ogm, mkv and a few others without the need for conversion. It can be a little buggy and fussy sometimes but it is worth it for the playlist feature.
The app is a universal binary, so you only have to buy it once and it runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad
[$2.00 -iTunes Link]
Chris V's pick: Weather Doodle
I am always on the hunt for nice weather apps. I don't really know why, weather is weather, but I am always looking for apps that either have a really nice user interface/display or contain all the weather data that I want available too me.
Recently, I came across Weather Doodle, which fits nicely into the former category. Weather Doodle does not display pages and pages of weather information, severe weather alerts, weather maps, etc. Instead, it has focused on graphics, and really only shows you the basic current weather (temperature, humidity, etc) as well as a five day forecast. The graphical design is reminiscent of a child's doodle (thus, the name), but it is not sloppy or poorly done. Simple but pleasing is the best way to describe it. The graphics are animated as well, so you see the rain and snow falling, the clouds moving, the sun shining. In addition, they have in app purchases available to buy other graphical schemes. If you want a simple weather app to replace the basic weather app on the iPhone, Weather Doodle is one that might be worth looking at.
[$0.99 - iTunes link]
Rene's pick: TouchPad
No not the terribly iPad-looking new tablet announced earlier this month by
Palm HP and set to ship sometime between now and the end of the Mayan calendar (or Summer, whichever comes first), but the wonderful iOS app by Edovia that predates it by... a lot. This TouchPad turns your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into pretty much the best remote ever. It's more functional than Apple's, Boxee's, VLC's, and XBMC's combined and far better looking than anything ever produced by the company formerly known as Sony. Seriously.
If you have a Mac Mini media center or a MythBuntu box you don't even need any extra software. It just works. If you have a Windows Media PC then... well, you need to grab a VNC service but then it also just works. Well, works as in the opposite -- being lazy. One crack at TouchPad and your butt will seldom if ever need to leave the comforts of your couch again.
It's got full on gesture support, so iOS and Mac OS users will feel especially well at home. I've often asked-as-in-begged Apple for a Magic Mouse app for the iPhone. Embarrassingly, there was no need to. Edovia had already made it.
Good luck with your TouchPad HP. iOS already has a great one.
[$4.99 - iTunes link]
You’re part of the team as well, so jump into the comments and let us know your pick of the week!