The AppAdvice iPad App Of The Week – Playboy for iPad
Webapp Released May 19 (http://i.playboy.com); original article

It’s official: Playboy has arrived on the iPad. The venerable magazine, first published in 1953, is now available on the tablet for the first time.

First announced by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in January, Playboy for iPad has bypassed Apple’s app approval process and therefore isn’t available as a native app. Rather, it is a web app located at http://i.playboy.com via Mobile Safari.

For $8 per month, Playboy for iPad subscribers receive full access to every edition of the magazine going back to its first issue in December 1953, which featured Marylyn Monroe on the cover.

New Releases

Island Tribe – HD
Released May 17 ($2.99); original article

Island Tribe – HD has been ported to the iPad and offers the same type of addictive gameplay found in the PC original. The game aims to combine time management, strategy, and adventure in terms of gameplay. It also offers a tropical island setting with many levels to play through.

The game’s story revolves around you, an unknown traveler, who has mysteriously landed on an island that is inhabited by a forgotten tribe. The tribe is composed of a carefree group of people that live peacefully. However, the tribe also happens to be in a crisis because a volcano has erupted. Your goal is to help these villagers reach the ocean and escape the volcano’s wrath.

NYPL Biblion: World’s Fair
Released May 17 (free); original article

New York’s famed Public Library is trying to appeal to a new generation of readers with the introduction of a new iPad app. NYPL Biblion: World’s Fair offers readers a visual journey through some of its collection of books, photos, and videos. Best of all, like entrance to the library itself, the app is free.

Most interestingly, the app is presented as if you are actually entering the library’s legendary stacks, which is difficult to explain, except to say it looks magical on Apple’s tablet.

Sand Pictures
Released May 18 ($.99); original article

Remember sand picture frames? Those executive toys that you used to mess around with as a kid? Well, Majic Jungle Software, the developer behind Chopper 2, has recreated the popular interactive toy in digital form, allowing you to play around with bubbles and sand in a whole new way on your iPad.

Sand Pictures is an interactive entertainment app that provides a realistic simulation of sand falling through liquid. It features nearly 100,000 individual particles that respond to your finger, bubbles, and gravity.

Ticket to Ride
Released May 18 ($6.99); original article

The best selling board game – Ticket to Ride – has recently hit the iPad App Store, where it is available to download for $6.99. Besides offering a digital version of the popular game, Ticket to Ride also features an online multiplayer mode and Game Center support.

As outlined in the app’s release notes, features of Ticket to Ride include:

  • Alan R. Moon’s official Ticket to Ride maps with original artwork
  • Game Center and Days of Wonder Online support for Online Play against other iPad, Mac and PC gamers
  • An unparalleled online player community with tens of thousands of live opponents willing and ready to play 24/7!
  • Solo play against up to 4 AI players
  • Additional maps of Europe, Switzerland and USA 1910 available as in-game purchases
  • Terrific iPad video tutorial with voice acting for quick and easy learning
  • Detailed, interactive turn-by-turn, in-game tutorial
  • Contextual in-game Conductor’s Notes (web-based rules) to help you master all the maps
  • Grand Central Station, a fully-animated and colorful experience to discover the world of Ticket to Ride
  • Online and offline Hall of Fame

Updates

djay
Updated May 17 ($19.99); original article

DJs who own an iPad 2 should rejoice! Algorridim’s djay for iPad app is now fully optimized for the iPad 2, taking advantage of the iDevice’s high-performance dual-core processor thanks to an update.

Version 1.2 of djay for iPad is the first update that offers improvements only available for iPad 2 users.

These include the introduction of supreme quality Time-Stretching (Key Lock) and an improved higher precision audio analysis.

Carcassonne
Updated May 19 ($9.99, universal); original article

Way back in December, The Coding Monkeys informed dedicated Carcassonne fans that work had started on adding Game Center support and those really, really long-awaited expansion packs. Now, around five months later, at least one of those two things are finally available for you to enjoy.

Today’s update to Carcassonne adds Game Center support, complete with a bunch of different leaderboards and achievements. The game includes a total of eight leaderboards, ranging from total wins to max ELO amongst friends. It also includes a healthy 43 achievements, rewarding you for completing the solitaire tutorial, collecting over 100,000 total points, and everything in between.

Plizy
Updated May 20 (free); original article

What happens when you combine Flipboard with Pandora Radio? You’ll get Plizy, an invitation-only video companion app for iPad.

Created by Milestone Project Inc., Plizy is described on its iTunes page as a new way to discover and enjoy videos shared by your friends.  At its launch, videos from Revision 3, YouTube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo are onboard. In addition, users can share videos posted via Twitter and Facebook.

Users can also add “channels,” which includes sites such as Wired, O’Reilly Media and NASA.

 

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The Best iPad Apps Of The Week is published each weekend; a companion piece, The Best iPhone Apps Of The Week, is published separately.