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The 5 Best iPhone Apps You Should Download This Week

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An icon for the Google Maps app is seen on an Apple iPhone 4S on December 13, 2012 in Fairfax, California. Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

SurgeProtector keeps you clear of Uber's surge pricing

It seems like hundreds of new iPhone apps pop up every week, but which ones should you bother trying? We explored the App Store and found five apps actually worth downloading.

Weather or Not

Few weather apps address the solipsism of smartphone users. In short, we are left to wonder how the weather directly affects our plans. Weather or Not combines your calendar with a forecast, so all we have to do is ask ourselves the important questions: should I wear my suede shoes today, or will it rain? Can I take my date to that outdoor cafe? Was it a terrible mistake to leave my umbrella at home today?

Weather or Not is available for $2.99 in the App Store.

Cleen

If you’re anything like the millions of other iPhone users, you have an enormous stash of completely useless photos clogging up your phone’s memory. Cleen is like Tinder for your photos—swipe to keep the ones you want, and swipe in another direction to make peace with the idea that you’ll never look at a particular photo again. Unlike Tinder, however, you can choose to revisit certain images. Gone are the days when 80% of your phone’s memory is taken up by photos your children and grandchildren would delete without thinking twice about.

Cleen is available free in the App Store.

Goldbely

The highly-praised food-ordering website finally has its own app. Goldbely is like Seamless for the greatest hits of American dining. The app’s developers have researched and conglomerated the most impressive food in the country and have offered it for delivery, now on your phone. The genius of Goldbely is perhaps most evident in those moments of profound cravings when you’re far from home, which is to say that Goldbely will ship you a pastrami sandwich from Katz’s Deli on Houston Street.

Goldbely is available free in the App Store.

SurgeProtector

For those accustomed to using Uber over street taxis, it’s obvious how vulnerable a user experience is to price surging. This happens during certain times of the year of during important events. However, SurgeProtector does an excellent job at highlighting to Uber users no-surge and low-surge areas nearby to help you get home without getting fleeced.

SurgeProtector is available free in the App Store.

Next Glass

An excellent app that allows you to discover new craft beers and wines, Next Glass uses an algorithm to predict which new beverages you might enjoy. Users take photos of bottles and enter their scores. Next Glass takes a look at the beers on a molecular level to perceive what you liked about it in order to effectively make recommendations.

Next Glass is available free in the App Store.

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5 Awesome iPhone Apps On Sale This Weekend

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Get Final Fantasy for cheap!

Looking to download a few great iPhone apps while saving some money this weekend? Check out these five, all on sale or free for the new few days.

Final Fantasy Series

The much-loved game series is going through a series of sales on the App Store store at the moment. I-VI of the series are currently on sale at prices between $3.99 and $10.99. Usually $16.00, the series is a long narrative adventure from the 1990s, taking players through a remarkable trans-galactic universe, from the earliest versions to the newer, 3D re-releases.

Final Fantasy is on sale in the App Store.

7 Minute Workout Pro

This app has become a best-seller for good reason. With a simple interface, it takes users through a short, no-frills workout based on 12 carefully chosen exercises. Some professional athletes believe that seven- or eight-minute bursts of intense workouts through the day can be a much more effective way of keeping in shape than hitting the gym during the 6 p.m. rush a few times a week. This app does all the planning for you.

7 Minutes Workout Pro is on sale $0.99 in the App Store.

Osmos

One of the iPhone’s most popular games, Osmos is a brilliantly designed evolution game in which players must absorb smaller organisms and avoid being absorbed by predators. The aim is to grow as large as possible, but in order to move your organism, you must expel some of your internal matter and shrink. It’s as much a game of strategy as it is of survival.

Osmos is on sale for $0.99 in the App Store.

Resume Mobile Pro

For those who decided not to visit career services at their universities and now are looking for jobs with unruly three-page resumes, this app creates a template and reminds you to fill out essential components of a professional resume. The most important feature may be that it allows you to send a PDF of your resume directly from the app to your potential employer.

Resume Mobile Pro is temporarily free in the App Store.

Things

Things is one of the most effective task manager developed for the iPhone. With separate spaces for your various commitments—from hobbies to work obligations—Things helps organize your life. Keep yourself on track with checklists and reminders and lists of goals for long-term projects. But above all, it displays what you will need to do today and allows you to manage an overwhelming schedule one day at a time.

Things is temporarily free in the App Store.

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The 5 Best iPhone Apps You Just Can’t Miss This Week

Check out Slated, an on-the-fly translation app

It seems like hundreds of new iPhone apps pop up every week, but which ones should you bother trying? We explored the App Store and found five apps actually worth downloading.

  • Wildcard

    Wildcard Wildcard

    For those who have grown impatient with iPhone’s finicky Safari app, Wildcard is a new, easy-to-use web browsing app. Not only does it give info on breaking news and allow users to shop online, but its layout is visually appealing and streamlined for mobile use. The content itself is processed through Wildcard’s interface, which means Wildcard doesn’t simply deliver links, but reformats them.

    Wildcard is available free in the App Store.

  • The Economist Espresso

    The Economist Espresso The Economist Espresso

    Fans of NPR’s morning news briefing may like The Economist’s Espresso. It comes with a daily update from the magazine’s editors, as well as new content every weekday. Non-subscribers can access one article per day, but subscriptions to Espresso are affordable at $3.99/month. The app will give you updates on world news in the style of The Economist, but in an easily-digestible briefing to thumb through during breakfast.

    The Economist Espresso is available free in the App Store.

  • Slated

    Slated Slated

    Although translation programs have long been problematic, gaffe-prone pieces of technology, Slated has proven itself useful for simple tasks. It offers on-the-fly translations as you type out a text message by allowing you to write in English and choose from alternate text displayed in another language. It’s perfect for faking your way through cutesy text messages or when you’re trying to impress someone, but equally useful in high-stress moments when language barriers have started to feel insurmountable.

    Slated is available for $4.99 in the App Store.

  • Code School

    Code School Code School

    Perhaps one of the most useful skills one can have today is the ability to put together something on the Internet. Whether it’s struggling through a programming project for your office or developing a website of your own, programming is the final useful frontier of tech-literacy. Code School streams videos on Java, CSS, and even iOS, which means Code School may be your key to a multi-million dollar app project. In short, we all have good ideas, but Code School can help you learn how to make them a reality.

    Code School is available free in the App Store.

  • Deadline

    Deadline Deadline

    Over the last few months there have been apps, programs, and even watches trying to tell you when you’re going to die. It’s not clear what the fascination is, but for the first time we have basic technology that can make estimations like that. Deadline is particularly interesting because it isn’t as random as the other apps; it takes data from your iPhone healthkit app—yes, that newfangled health app that helps you revolutionize your physical activity and turn your health around—in order to get an estimate. Deadline may just be dark enough to get you motivated in ways Healthkit can’t.

    Deadline is available for $2.99 in the App Store.

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Our Favorite iPhone Games to Play This Week

Word Trivia is your new addiction

Had enough Candy Crush and looking for something new to play on your iPhone? We rounded up some favorites worth a download this week. Have fun!

  • Framed

    Framed Framed

    A nod at choose-your-own-adventure children’s books, Framed is a game in which players can shift panels of a graphic novel in order to manipulate the arch of this very film noir-style story. It sounds at first one dimensional, but Framed doesn’t disappoint, and the permutations actually feel endless. Not only is the comic itself a lot of fun to look at, but the game allows you to play both author and detective.

    Framed is available for $4.99 in the App Store.

  • Endless Doves

    Endless Doves Endless Doves

    Endless Doves looks remarkably like something designed for the Game Boy Classic, but plays like so many of our favorite iPhone games. In this monochrome world with charming, drone-like sound as music, guide your player and collect doves to use as currency. Keep your player from crashing into walls and rack up points by tapping the character through different levels. Endless Doves will probably have you digging through your parents’ apartment looking for your old Pokémon Red game.

    Endless Doves is available free in the App Store.

  • Word Trivia

    Word Trivia Word Trivia

    If you’re ever feeling needlessly competitive, Word Trivia is the perfect game to settle scores with friends. It’s like a mix of Boggle and Apples to Apples, where players must search a scrambled field of letters in order to piece together words about a certain topic. On occasion, you may even learn a few new words. There’s little doubt that in a few months a celebrity will be forced off a plane for refusing to turn off their phone during a game of Word Trivia.

    Word Trivia is available free in the App Store.

  • XCOM: Enemy Within

    XCOM XCOM

    XCOM: Enemy Within is part of the same family of celebrated computer games from the past few decades, some of which were so overwhelming that their instruction booklets suggested limiting play time to hour-long chunks. The premise of Enemy Within is largely the same: run around a series of well-designed levels blasting enemy forces with advanced space-age weapon technology. But killing aliens never gets old, and XCOM always finds a way to keep it fresh and addicting.

    XCOM: Enemy Within is available for $12.99 in the App Store and Google Play store.

     

  • Civilization Revolution 2

    Civilization Revolution 2 Civilization Revolution 2

    The aim of Civilization Revolution 2 is simple: build an empire that can survive through the ages. The first of the Civ family of games released for mobile devices, Civilization Revolution 2 allows players to develop territories, complete with infrastructure like hospitals, and put together armed forces in order to defend and conquer. This game also allows players to go back in time and fight their way through historical battles.

    Civilization Revolution 2 is available for $14.99 in the App Store and Google Play store.

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5 Can’t-Miss Apps and Games Free This Weekend

Remember Tamagotchi? It's back!

Looking to download a few great premium apps while saving some money? Check out these five apps and games, all free or on sale for the next few days.

  • Hatchi

    Hatchi Hatchi

    Children whose parents wouldn’t buy them a Tamagotchi back in the 90s can finally live the thrill on their iPhones with Hatchi, the digital pet that can plays games with you. Help build their stats, feed them and keep them alive. Hatchi also comes with a variety of eggs so players can pick between several kinds of Hatchi and let your second-grade self live vicariously through your adult mobile device.

    Hatchi is temporarily free in the App Store.

  • Few

    Few Few

    Few is a camera app unlike the mess of filter-only programs built for pre-Instagram touch-ups. Instead, Few allows users to take advantage of iPhone’s increasingly complicated and extensive photo technology by manipulating the camera’s manual settings. Toy around with settings like white balance and exposure to perfect your digital photos and videos.

    Few is temporarily free in the App Store.

  • FlightTrack 5

    FlightTrack 5 FlightTrack 5

    Just in time for the long holiday travel season, FlightTrack keeps you up-to-date on the status of your flights and provides you with realistic time estimates. Most importantly, it will give you push notifications about incoming flights to make sure you don’t end up leaving grandma stranded at the airport on Thanksgiving.

    FlightTrack 5 is on sale for $0.99 in the Google Play store.

  • Barback

    Barback Barback

    A simple recipe app, Barback has an extensive cocktail database that is easy to read and navigate. Search by cocktail name, or, search for cocktails based on what you have in your liquor cabinet. Barback also comes with a drink dictionary, explaining what certain liquors are and giving recommendations on how to mix them.

    Barback is on sale for $0.99 in the App Store.

  • BIT.TRIP RUN!

    BIT.TRIP RUN! BIT.TRIP RUN!

    BIT.TRIP RUN! is a remarkably highly-ranked iPhone game, and for good reason. Usually $3.99, the app is an endless runner game that has been a hit on Nintendo systems like Wii and 3DS for years. Navigate your character through dozens of worlds and against several bosses in this polished arcade-style world. The game comes equipped with powerups, costume changes, and even the opportunity to play through retro, 8-bit levels in order to keep things fresh.

    BIT.TRIP RUN! is temporarily free in the App Store.

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The Best Smartphone Apps You Can’t Miss This Week

Try 'Today,' a to-do app that helps you keep track of your hectic life

It seems like hundreds of new smartphone apps pop up every day, but which ones should you bother trying? Here, TIME offers a look at five apps for iPhone, iPad and Android that stand out and are worth a shot.

  • iCukoo Charity Alarm Clock

    iCukoo Charity Alarm Clock iCukoo Charity Alarm Clock

    For the last few years, developers have been trying to come up with foolproof alarm clocks. Users have already found ways to beat the apps that only deactivate after a phone is carried for ten steps. Instead, iCuckoo takes a moral and financial approach to the black hole of snooze button-pressing: with every snooze, the app sends a set amount of money to a charity of your choice. In short, you can sleep in and tell your boss that you were actually “volunteering,” and you’ll also feel just awful about yourself if you manage to get around the app’s parameters.

    iCuckoo is available free in the App Store.

  • Neato

    Neato Neato

    Part of the reason Apple’s Notes app has been so underused is that it makes note-taking a tedious task — better to forget the idea than to fumble through your phone and wait for a yellow pad app to open. Neato takes this into consideration by inserting itself into iPhone’s notification center, allowing users to access it with one quick swipe. Even better, Neato can save notes to a Dropbox or Evernote account, and can be used to quickly send notes as an email or tweet.

    Neato is temporarily available free in the App Store.

  • Yummly

    Yummly Yummly

    Many of us find it difficult to fully commit to culinary endeavors because good recipes are hard to find, and even harder to keep track of. Yummly—once only for iPhone users—allows you to browse a series of beautifully photographed and easy-to-follow recipes on your phone or tablet, and save them to your own digital cookbook. But like any great online service, Yummly can also recommend recipes based on the ones you’ve used. The app also takes into consideration personal preferences and needs, like allergies and special diets.

    Yummly is now available free in the App Store and Google Play store.

  • Sleep Better

    Sleep Better Sleep Better

    By placing your phone on your pillow and activating Sleep Better, the app will be able to track how long you sleep, the time you spent awake in bed and track your sleep cycles. Users can enter variables like alcohol intake, exercise, or caffeine intake to see how they affect sleep patterns. Also equipped with an alarm clock, the app will track your sleep over time, showing you how miserably and self-destructively sleep-deprived you’ve been after picking up those bad habits in college.

    Sleep Better is available free in the App Store and Google Play store.

  • Today

    Today Today

    Today is a calendar app that takes a variety of commitments into consideration. Not only does it allow you to track work schedules, but it has spaces for habits, hobbies, and down time. Today will remind you that 2 p.m. is Twix time at the office, for example, or that you’re supposed to go for a run at 7 a.m. Today will also help you set goals and keep track of them through the day, such as remembering to drink enough water to avoid 4 p.m. dehydration headaches. The app shows up in iPhone’s notification center as a clock with bars for different activities.

    Today is available for $2.99 in the App Store.

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5 iPhone and Android Games You Can’t Miss This Week

Give 1-Bit Hero a shot

Sick of Temple Run and looking for something new to play on your iPhone? TIME rounded up some favorites worth a download this week.

  • 1-Bit Hero

    1 Bit Hero 1 Bit Hero

    Although many developers have been designing retro 8-bit games for a few years now, it takes a lot of courage to go back to square one and put out a game that evokes an entire lost generation of entertainment. 1-Bit Hero is a true, 1-bit game in which players guide a hero through increasingly challenging obstacles with the simple goal of keeping the character alive. In the style of traditional 1-bit games, this one also overstates itself in its cover art.

    1-Bit Hero is available free in the App Store.

  • Doodle Jump DC

    Doodle Jump Doodle Jump

    Although Angry Birds: Star Wars will forever be the ultimate crossover iPhone game, Doodle Jump DC comes close. Play as Batman and jump through different levels of Gotham city, fighting villains from both the comic book and film Batman universes. Half the fun is toying around with Batman’s gadgets. Overall, a very well designed iPhone game and a lot of fun to look at.

    Doodle Jump DC is available free in the App Store.

  • South Park Pinball

    South Park Pinball South Park Pinball

    A close second to Stick of Truth, this may be one of the best games to come out of the South Park universe. The game brings together an entire cast of beloved characters just in time for the show’s newest season, letting players zoom through familiar spots around town, looping in countless jokes from the show. South Park’s cut-out animation has found a perfect marriage with an equally simple and no-frills kind of game.

    South Park Pinball is available for $3.99 in the Google Play store.

  • The Sailor’s Dream

    Sailor's Dream Sailor's Dream

    Similar to Myst, The Sailor’s Dream allows players to explore a long-abandoned fantasy universe in order to piece together a narrative. It’s less a game played for entertainment than it is a storyline to be explored by gamers who enjoy puzzles and plot-driven entertainment. However, The Sailor’s Dream is just as much a visual game, offering striking digital seascapes and glimpses into this strange, almost-haunting world.

    The Sailor’s Dream is available for $3.99 in the App Store.

  • Haunt the House: Terrortown

    Haunt the House Haunt the House

    For those still mourning the end of the all-too-short Halloween season, or for the crowd already planning their costumes for next year, Haunt The House is a fast-paced, charmingly designed game in which players take the form of a ghost. The object is to float from level-to-level until the entire town has been successful spooked and haunted. The game also has a puzzle component, which must be solved before the night is over in order for the ghostly character to reclaim possession of the town.

    Haunt the House is available for $.99 in the Google Play store.

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5 Can’t-Miss iPhone and Android Apps on Sale This Weekend

Get 'em while they're free

Looking to download a few great premium apps while saving some money this weekend? Check out these five apps and games, all on sale or free for the new few days.

  • Swype

    Swype Swype

    Aside from looking brilliantly sleek, Swype is perhaps one of the most practical apps available. Instead of typing one letter at a time, users drag fingers across a keyboard to put words together. Swype, whose prediction algorithm is very intuitive, is meant to help you avoid those auto-correct blunders that are either a pain to fix, or if you didn’t manage to catch it, an embarrassing mistake.

    Swype is temporarily available free in the App Store.

  • Ettetetta

    Ettetetta Ettetetta

    An endearingly designed game (with a needlessly long palindrome of a title), Ettetetta is a very barebones puzzle game. The goal is simple: align two rows of blocks in the same color to advance to the next level. It’s the sort of game one can spend hours playing in order to beat a high score, and then continue playing anyway. Not to mention Ettetta is easy on the eyes.

    Ettetetta is temporarily available free in the App Store.

  • Best Full Jane Austen Collection

    Jane Austen Collection
    Jane Austen Collection Jane Austen Collection

    Despite the pandering in the title, this is one of those apps that is simply better to have than to be without; all of Austen’s books are crammed into one app that allows users to search specific passages. In short, with the answer at your fingertips, you’ll never be left to wonder ‘What Would Darcy Do?’

    Best Full Jane Austen Collection is temporarily available free in the App Store.

  • Galaxy Storm: Galaxian Invader

    Galaxian Invader Galaxian Invader

    Galaxian Invader is perfect for those old enough to remember Galaxian, the 80s arcade game meant to compete with Space Invaders. There are many apps dedicated to recreating the arcade version Space Invaders that many gamers have come to know so well, but it’s a rare thing to find an app inspired by the idiosyncrasies Galaxian introduced to the arcade world. A charming game in its own right, Galaxian is a fun way to blast alien ships into space.

    Galaxy Storm: Galaxian Invader is temporarily available free in the Google Play Store.

  • Chirp

    Chirp Chirp

    The worst part of a trip to Costco isn’t the line, nor the amount of unnecessary bulk product you walk away with; inevitably trouble happens when you try to find your group. Are they standing listlessly in front of the Vitamix demonstration, or canvassing the cheese aisle? Chirp is basically a keyfinder for human beings, allowing you to triangulate someone’s position. And for concerned parents, Chirp is a fantastic way to keep tabs on your children.

    Chirp is temporarily available free in the App Store.

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The 5 Best Smartphone Apps You Can’t Miss This Week

Check out this new photo app for Civil War-style portraits

It seems like hundreds of new smartphone apps pop up every day, but which ones should you bother trying? Here, TIME offers a look at five apps for iPhone, iPad and Android that stand out and are worth a shot.

  • Blloon

    Blloon Blloon

    For those without a Kindle or e-reader, Blloon allows users to read popular books on their mobile devices. It’s free, but the the app’s platform comes with a social component: after a certain point, users earn the ability to read more books by inviting friends to join the program or by sharing books. It works at once like the BitTorrent platforms of yesteryear and Spotify. Unlike many mobile readers, however, Blloon’s interface is both simple to navigate and easy to look at for hours on end.

    Blloon is available free in the App Store.

  • Google Fit

    Google Fit Google Fit

    Although Google announced Google Fit a while ago, it only recently became available for download. Much like Apple’s iOS 8 health kit, Google Fit is a clean, accurate way to measure activity. Not only does it calculate every step you take, but it also allows you to chart different levels of exercise on a graph so that you can see everything side-by-side. And like everything Google develops, Fit is so sleek and trimmed to the bare essentials that you might actually find yourself un-intimidated and completely willing to use it. In short, unlike most fitness apps, Google’s might actually be able to to help you get fit.

    Google Fit is available free in the Google Play store.

  • TIDAL

    Tidal Tidal

    The difference between Spotify and TIDAL is the same as the difference between Apple’s standard white ear buds and high-quality headphones: After hearing the difference, it’s impossible to overlook how deficient and how dull basic audio technology truly is. TIDAL is the first program that offers high fidelity streaming. Although TIDAL’s lossless music streaming costs $19.99 a month, the service blows away Spotify’s standard MP3s and offers a variety of other services, including reverse music search, offline use of the program and playlists by journalists.

    TIDAL is available free in the App Store and Google Play.

  • TinType

    TinType TinType

    This summer, when my friends and I took a trip to visit several Civil War battlegrounds, there were tintype stands all over the nearby towns. Last year, after Philip Seymour Hoffman passed, a tintype photo he posed for at Sundance floated around the Internet. For too long, tintype has played second fiddle to easily-applied sepia filters—but no longer. Now there’s an app for creating tintype prints that allows you to adjust everything from eye intensity to grain until you’ve reached the perfectly level of haunting antiquity so that your selfies can look like mugshots from 1864.

    TinType is available for $0.99 in the App Store.

  • Omnistat

    Omnistat Omnistat

    There is perhaps nothing as terrifying as receiving a low battery alert during a long night out. Knowing our phone has failed us, whether by dying when it’s completely inopportune or announcing a shortage of memory space when we are trying to record Jeter’s last at bat, makes us hate the very technology that, in theory, is meant to streamline our lives. Omnistat aims to help circumnavigate moments such as these by giving you complete information on your phone from your notification center, from IP address to memory usage.

    It may seem like overkill, but to know exactly how many hours of browsing, talking, or music-listening we can do on our phones could help avoid the most dreaded moments of smartphone ownership.

    Omnistat is available free in the App Store.

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5 iPhone Games You Just Can’t Miss This Week

Had enough Temple Run? Try these instead

Sick of Temple Run and looking for something new to play on your iPhone? TIME rounded up some favorites from this week that are worth a download.

 

  • Woah Dave!

    Woah Dave Woah Dave

    Woah Dave! may be one of the finest iPhone games released in the recent months. It has at once an overtly retro feel and a decidedly modern sensibility. Players guide Dave Lonuts through a world on the brink of alien invasion, and launch eggs and bombs at aliens in order to stay alive and earn coins. Woah Dave! is as simple as it is charming, and reminds plays of an arcade era of simpler times.

    Woah Dave is available for $1.99 in the App Store.

  • Loopy Messenger

    Loopy Messenger Loopy Messenger

    Although Loopy Messenger isn’t a game, it’s the sort of app that can provide just as many hours of distraction. It’s Snapchat meets MS Paint—an app that allows users to send drawn messages between each other that disappear forever. In the style of the late lamented Facebook Graffiti app, Loopy allows you to see how your friend drew the image they sent you.

    Loopy Messenger is available free in the App Store.

  • Star Wars: Galactic Defense

    Star Wars: Galactic Defense Star Wars: Galactic Defense

    Galactic Defense is a fascinatingly interactive tower defense game in which players can choose between the light and dark sides of the force and engage in battle against invading enemy attack waves. Heroes from the films (including Obi-Wan and Yoda) can be summoned to lead your troops against enemy units as you defend and upgrade your tower defenses in countless battle scenarios, like Tatooine and Hoth. Players can also compete online against other users.

    Star Wars: Galactic Defense is available free in the App Store.

  • The Survivor: Rusty Fortress

    The Survivor: Rusty Fortress The Survivor: Rusty Fortress

    This game begins after the planet’s population has been wiped out by a virus. As one of the few remaining survivors, you need to fight off disease-ridden mobs. Just in time for Halloween, The Survivor is part Walking Dead, part Minecraft; players must build and upgrade their weapons, build increasingly bigger shelters as well as hunt for food. Days are for foraging and exploring, nights are when the masses attack.

    The Survivor: Rusty Fortress is available for $0.99 in the App Store.

  • Jet Run: City Defender

    Jet Run Jet Run

    Jet Run is what would have happened if Space Invaders had been released 35 years after it actually came out. Players zoom through city streets in a modern-looking game blasting retro 8-bit aliens, and upgrade their weapons as they collect coins and shoot down invaders. Jet Run probably plays a bit better on an iPad—the game is packed with intricate backdrops and moves very quickly. It’s also endearingly reminiscent of Futurama’s opening title sequence.

    Jet Run: City Defender is available free in the App Store.

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