One of the first high quality car racing games for iOS devices is, without question, Asphalt, by Gameloft.
They’ve managed to keep the franchise going for all these years, and now you can check for FREE the latest release.
Asphalt 8: Airborne brings us the old formula (race race race) with a new attitude. Or should I say “altitude”?
Get behind the wheels of 47 cars (most of them brand new) and face the challenges of 180 events (in career mode).
This one is really worth checking out as you can see by the producer’s description below:
LUXURY DREAM CARS
• 47 high-performance cars (80% NEW!)
• Top licensed manufacturers and models like the Lamborghini Veneno, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FXX and Pagani Zonda R
• Newly recorded high-fidelity motor sounds for realistic audio immersion.
• Hit the ramps and take the race upward
• Perform barrel rolls and wild 360º jumps
• Maneuver through the air while pulling off stunts
NEW EXOTIC LOCATIONS
• 9 different settings, such as Venice, French Guiana, Iceland, the Nevada Desert & other exciting locations!
• All tracks available in original and mirror variations in Career mode
• Discover plenty of hidden shortcuts
NEW FEATURES FOR SPEED FREAKS
• 8 seasons & 180 events in the Career mode
• Stunning visuals thanks to next-gen shaders, real-time geometry reflection & other amazing effects
• Check out the new Infected and Drift Gate modes
• A detailed damage system
SIMULTANEOUS MULTIPLAYER & GHOST CHALLENGES
• Simultaneous multiplayer action for up to 8 opponents (not available for iPod touch 4th generation and iPhone 4)
• Dare friends to asynchronous races
• Compare scores on the new leaderboards with friends and drivers around the world
• Share your racing achievements and prove that you’re the ultimate speed machine
MUSIC TO REV YOUR SOUL
• A heart-thumping mix of amazing licensed music
• Featuring tracks from Bloc Party, Mutemath & The Crystal Method!
This game is Universal and FREE. Godspeed.
Ready to cause some havoc? To release the plague, literally speaking?
Then this fantastic Plague Inc by Ndemic Creations is for you!
You are the mastermind behind a plague and you just succeeded to infect patient zero, and now he is loose on a country of your choice.
While he spreads the disease, you get to modify the main properties of the plague, such as symptoms, abilities and ways of contracting it.
The game includes an amazing simulator engine that will makes the wheels turn in such a depth that it will take you some time to master it.
Your objective, of course, is to kill everyone. Everyone must die. In the whole world. Get rid of the human race. Kill them all. Make no prisoners. Show no mercy. Exterminate. You get the gist of it.
Fighting you is The Cure. The Cure is… the cure for your disease. Duh. so you must kill everyone before a cure is developed.
So if you go on the easy mode, it’s easy enough. Took me a few minutes and the planet succumbed to my Vomititis plague. It was nasty and people were dropping like ripe coconuts left and right.
Then I tried Normal mode. And so far I couldn’t make it kill everyone. I actually made it to 98% of population, and then a cure was found. Damned 2%, I guess they were all scientists!
In order to evolve your plague, you’ll have to earn (and spend) DNA points. You’ll spend them by evolving your virus/bacteria/whatever, making it harder for a cure discovery, making it more contagious, and enhancing its resilience properties.
This app is really awesome, and it can be really easy or ultimately insane, depending on the difficulty level you choose.
This one won’t go away from my devices for a long time.
Plague Inc. is universal, and cheap as bananas! Definitely worth it!
By now, we are all acquainted with the Angry Birds family. We just got to a position where we cannot imagine touch gaming without those guys.
And sometimes the Rovio fellas feel benevolent and will drop the price of a single edition to zero, null, zilch, nada. Well, guess what.
The formula stays the same; get those pigs down to the ground, and do it in the most messy way you can.
In this edition, however, you get confronted with a different set of physics. After all, it’s in space. So you have space, and you have planets. You have orbits and you have gravity. Mix it all together, throw in a few angry birds, a cup of pigs, some eggs, and voila! Awesomeness in an app!
This is another hit from Rovio and you will
waste spend hours playing it!
Take my word for it.
Both versions are currently FREE, so grab grab grab!
Oh boy, another one from runtastic! It’s no secret that we’ve become avid followers of their apps, and in the process we’ve lost weight! Hah! Who said technology is for fat people? Lies, I tell you!
Runtastic Push-Ups PRO is their latest app to go FREE for a limited time, and we are thankful indeed.
To use it is quite simple. Put your device on the floor, facing up or, if needed, put it over a box or something so you won’t have to go all the way down. Then, position yourself above it and start pushing up. Every time you go down, make sure to touch the device with your nose or chin. It will then count your push-ups for you.
It will also keep your records and will cheer you on with advises, healthy thoughts, and reminders of how many left until you break your personal record.
The idea behind it is to gradually increase the amount of push-ups you do every session. As usual, it will allow you to connect and exchange data between all other runtastic applications that you have installed.
If you’re into bragging, you can also post your training details on your favorite social networks.
The app provides detailed reports and sessions history, so you can keep track of your progress.
This amazing app is Universal and FREE for a limited time, so install it and start pushing. Up.
Hold on to your capes, this could be the best looking game out there so far!
If you’re a comics lover, this one will be a no-brainer.
Injustice: Gods Among Us by Warner Bros is a great looking game that puts you in the shoes of a super hero. Who do you like the most? Batman? Green Lantern? Wonder Woman? Super Man? Well, you have it.
Pick three heroes, and get into tag fights against other heroes.
The controls are simple enough. Taps and swipes will do the trick.
Here’s how it goes. Single taps will attack with basic kicks and punches. Swipes to left or right will take longer, but will deal more damage.
Sometimes, when you’re using basic attacks (usually after 3 basic attacks), a swipe indicator will appear on your screen. If you do it in time, a combo will happen.
As you fight, a “special hit” meter will start to fill up on the bottom of your screen. For each level filled, you can tap it to unleash a special power hit, usually with amazing graphics and animations. You will forget that you are playing it in a mobile device.
This awesome game is FREE and Universal, so start installing it.
Ahoy there, cyclers! After we introduced here the awesome Road Bike Pro Cycling Computer, I’d like you to meet another cool cycling app that has just dropped to zero moneys!
Map My Ride+ is a great app that will track your exercises, and help you keep fit.
On top of that, it will help you with your diet, your workouts, and still provide accurate reports from the gathered data.
The formula is the same as usual:
Turn it on, start pedaling, watch your progress and various details about your run in real-time, share it with friends, get reports, profit.
From the developer:
All the features of the award-winning MapMyRide basic app PLUS:
⊕ Ad-free experience (on mobile)
⊕ Integrated GPS Camera
⊕ iPod controls built in
Basic and advanced ride tracking capabilities for novices thru competitive cyclists.
Track cycling, running and over 600 types of other activities with:
⊕ Speed (Avg, Max, Current)
⊕ GPS Route Mapping
⊕ Calorie counting
⊕ Elevation profile
⊕ Route navigation
⊕ Nutrition, food, diet, and weight tracking
⊕ Real-time Stats (avg, min, max) during workout
⊕ Voice prompts that give you updates on your progress as you go!
⊕ Sync with heart rate, speed, cadence and power sensors from CycleOps, Wahoo, Polar, Garmin and others (Bluetooth Smart™ and ANT+™)
⊕ Compete on local Courses: receive automatic achievements and overall rank on Leaderboards for popular local runs and rides.
⊕ Tracks in the background so you can listen to music, take calls, and use any other feature of your phone, while still tracking
⊕ Post your workouts to Facebook and Twitter, or keep every thing completely private
Upgrade to MVP and get:
⊕ Live friend tracking
⊕ Audio coaching
⊕ Interval training
⊕ Ad free experience
⊕ Advanced analytics
⊕ Much more
Keep in mind, this app will be FREE for a limited time, so just click the link below and grab it! Enjoy the sun outside!
People say RSS Feeds are dying. Lies. RSS is still the best way to keep up with the latest news, your favorite websites, job offers, or whatever other functionality you can think of.
Nevertheless, Google recently announced that their RSS reader, Google Reader, is going down July 1st 2013. Bad news to an incredible amount of avid feeds readers, me included.
So we all started looking for replacements, and after a few weeks of experimenting, here is the one that will be taking Google Reader’s place:
Also, Feedly staff already came out after Google’s announcement and said that whoever is using Feedly to read their connected Google feeds will be automatically migrated to their system. No work required. Score!
For both iPhone and iPad, this app will cover all your RSS needs. You can also (as I said before) use it in magazine mode, where it will try to sort out and organize your feeds into a magazine look, making it that much more appealing. However, if that’s too much fuss for you, there is a classic view mode, and a few others that you can explore.
Particularly I use the classic mode for news and the magazine mode for my photography category. It does work, believe you in me.
So if you want a highly customizable application for RSS Feeds, I believe you did find it. Also, they have their own web platform, so you can continue using it over your PC, as well on your iOS devices. Can’t go wrong here.
This awesome app is Universal, FREE and ready to use. Get it before July 1st to have your account migrated and don’t skip a beat!
If you’re having doubts, check the video below.
From time to time, Runtastic gets up and gives us a gift.
This time, the chosen app is runtastic SitUps Pro, and it’s FREE for a very limited time!
This awesome app will keep runtastic’s tradition of trying to make you healthy, and this time sit-ups are in order.
Just start it, login, select your training program and lay down on the floor. Now sit. Down. Sit. Down. Rinse, repeat.
To use it properly just hold your device in landscape mode close to your chest and start your sit-ups. The device will recognize the movement and will start counting your series, providing a beep for every sit-up.
The app provides great reports and is visually appealing. And since it’a free (for a limited time), why not give it a try?
So, how are you? How about that weather, huh? Kindda chilly, huh?
Say what? You like cold weather? Then this is for you, my dear friend.
Ski Jumping Pro brings you all the emotion and adrenaline of the professional ski jump sport, and if you hurry, you can try it for free!
Awesome! But this (lack of) price will endure for a day only, so get it!
With realistic 3D graphics, this game will immerse you in a snowy ramp, strapped on to a nice pair of skis. Need a push?
As you play, you ear money and become able to buy new gear (gloves, boots, clothing, skis).
In the controlling department you can choose to use the “one tap” mode, for beginners, or the Pro mode, with detailed options of controls, if you really want to try rad moves and epic faceplants.
Jump through all the 60 events this game has to offer, then just go out for an ice cream.
So, this game is Universal and FREE for a limited time. If you have doubts, check the video below.
Babies are awesome (when they are yours, at least). Their honest love, their smiles and first words will melt your loins like hot butter.
I should know, I have a 2 y/o little bugger, and I am loinsless. Yes, I make up words, that’s called “parenting”.
But a parent’s life is not always cuddly puppies and colorful unicorns. There are, at times, tantrums, no eating determination, air guitar laying down on the mall’s floor, destroying every expensive fragile item in your house… in a nutshell, you’ll love it.
So to help out on these not-so-merry-situations, I decided to include technology in his life. I know, there is a debate going on. Is it healthy Is it harmful? How much is enough? I won’t pretend to answer that question for you, as I believe each child has its own pace, and limits. You be the judge of that. I like to believe that I balance his technological intake up to healthy amounts. He also plays with “real” toys, books, watches TV, and I suspect he’ll be messing around with an old laptop soon enough, so the apple won’t fall too apart from the tree.
So when do I give him access to the iPad/iPhone?
Mostly during dinner, and specially when we’re eating out. It works like a miracle in restaurants and hotels. Keep in mind you should always be aware of what he is doing, and preferably you should be using it with him, teaching him names, sounds, colors, and interacting.
With that out of the way, let’s get a top list of the apps he likes the most.
This is not a list of most popular apps, or free apps, or anything like that. It’s just a list of apps that my son, the GDude, loves.
This was probably one of the first apps I installed on the iPad to
keep him quiet entertain him.
When it starts, it presents you a little train with 3 cars. The first car will be about symbols and weird sounds, the second will be about numbers, and the third is a mix of the previous two.
Once you select one of them, a blank screen will be presented. Touch it anywhere and a random symbol/number will appear, along with a sound. If it’s a number, the sound will be the name of that number. If it’s a symbol, the sound is completely random (watchout for fart sounds!!) and they usually love it.
Whenever he plays with this app, GDude tries to reproduce the sounds, and he expects me to do it as well, so my house sometimes turns into a loony bin. Just the way I like it.
This one was a great finding. The TV channel Baby First developed an awesome app made in a way that babies are able to choose their videos, without the risk of stopping or exiting the video once it is started.
Also, it has a pack with several languages, which makes it even more awesome.
Just start the app (needs an internet connection), and let your little one take care of the choosing and viewing. The video menu is very graphic and in no time he/she will be more than happy to teach you that this particular screenshot is about a bunny showing off his toys.
To watch videos, a monthly fee is expected. The price depends on the device you are using.
Hint: iPad pays more than iPhone.
Prepare to have dinner with a musical background. And it may even sound nice, if you know how to play your cards the right way.
A piano keyboard with a few animals and you’re set. There are a few modes to use this app. The most basic is the one you would expect. Just hammer those virtual keys and shake it like Beethoven.
The other way, if you’re into it, is to record yourself playing something nice, and then activate one of two modes, that I named as follows:
1 – Look mommy, I’m playing with my eyes closed!
In this mode the keys will play the recorded song, no matter what keys you press. Just start tapping and the song will come out as Chopin intended it to be.
2 – Look daddy, I can play faster than you!
This is for the older kids. Your kid will still have to play the right keys, but the right keys will be lit, one by one. Can’t miss it. Just tap on the highlighted key and the music will sound perfect (if you recorded it perfect, for starters)
There are free versions of this app, with less features, but as I said previously, this is about my very own GDude preferences, so here it is.
As my little Tasmanian Devil starts to understand the concept of colors, this app has been used more and more.
Of course he still paints a frog of orange, but at least he is starting to grasp the “orange” idea.
This app is all about painting without making a mess in your house’s walls. You can paint by area (tap an area and it will be filled with the selected color) or using a brush (drag your finger over the drawing to paint it).
There is a large amount of drawings to choose from, and you can always start over. Never a dull moment, I tell you. GDude took a liking to the black color, so sometimes when he is painting I think he turned off the iPad. Upon closer inspection, I notice he just painted the whole drawing black. An artist, I tell you.
This must be one of his favorites. He just spend a whole lot of time playing each and every game on this app.
Your kid will have a variety of games to play with, from the most basic, like tapping the animals to hear their sounds, to the most advanced, like matching shapes, memory cards, pinballs.
Just start the app and put it in front of him. Let him explore and discover his favorites. Mine loves to do the memory cards one, and he claps *every time* he gets a card right. And you better clap too, or he’ll be giving you the look. You don’t want that.
Numbers. Counting, sums, subtractions, all mixed up with cute animations, interaction and visual aids.
I’ll let you in a secret. Our main language is not English, and because of this app my son is able to say the numbers in English better than in our own language. That’s fine by me. Make daddy proud, little rascal.
This app is surely fit for a youngling, and it’s worth its price. Great stuff.
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