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Bryan M. Wolfe
| September 17, 2011
The Top iPhone Apps Of The Week, September 11-17, 2011
The AppAdvice iPhone App Of The Week: Flight Card, $4.99, Released September 14 Flight Card Beautifully Organizes Your Flight Info Flight Card by Sylion is a beautiful way to track your flight. If you’re the type to do a lot of traveling (lucky you), then this could be your best bet for keeping up with various flight schedules. The thing about Flight Card that caught my attention is the simplicity and elegance in design. The moment you open the app, this becomes very apparent. The Settings of Flight Card allow you to toggle 24-hour format and have the app remove completed flights for you automatically. No more features – just the bare necessities. New Releases Chicken Frenzy, $.99, Released September 14 Rope Chicken Eggs In Mandelform Studios' Debut Title, Chicken Frenzy Chicken Frenzy, the debut iOS title from Mandelform Studios, is now available in the App Store. It's a physics-based casual game for iPhone and iPod touch designed by Anders Mårtensson, former Illusion Labs Software Engineer, and industry veteran Jesper Willumsen. Chicken Frenzy tells the story of a sheriff named Badger who is tasked with the nearly impossible deed of collecting all of the eggs dropping from various chickens. You see, these aren't just regular chickens, they are egg laying machines! Something got into their chicken food and now they are laying eggs faster than any other chickens known to man. Thankfully, Badger isn't just a regular sheriff either, he's an all out rope-slinger. Updated Black Friday, Free, Updated September 12 Is Black Friday Already Right Around The Corner? Fat Wallet Will Help You Prepare Early The modern Black Friday is a big day on every retail calendar, it's when stores hope to cash in on consumers looking for a great bargain the day after Thanksgiving. Get your iPhone ready; we are learning about iOS tools that will help make your shopping experience a success. Introducing one of this year’s first app releases, Black Friday from Fatwallet.com. Black Friday will help you sort your deals by store and category, along with the ability to search for different products. You can compare prices on items and check to see if they are a doorbuster, have a rebate, are available online, and if they have free shipping. The best feature of the app are the push notifications each time a store ad is released! You can create lists, flag certain deals as favorites, and go back to fatwallet.com to review your list. This app also comes preloaded with all of the 2010 content, but will refresh with this years information as soon as it is released. Jetpack Joyride, $.99 & Universal, Updated September 13 Jetpack Joyride Update Adds A New Vehicle And New Unlockable Content Halfbrick Studios announced that Jetpack Joyride officially surpassed the 350,000 downloads mark in its first week of availability. To celebrate this lofty achievement, the developer down under has released the very first update to Jetpack Joyride, which adds all kinds of new content. In Jetpack Joyride v1.1, Barry Steakfries is now able to ride a giant fire-breathing robot named Mr. Cuddles. Mr. Cuddles rises to the top of the screen by default, but tapping and holding on the screen will cause him to descend while breathing out a constant stream of fire. The other two new pieces of content can only be unlocked by spending hard earned coins. The new Fruit Jetpack sends fruit flying everywhere just as you would expect, with juicy goodness covering all of the lab. It will set you back a whopping 20,000 coins. Scribabble, $.99, Updated September 13 Scribabble Encourages Childhood Education With Scrabble-Based Learning Scribabble by Beaver Creek Group is a game for children that’s designed to teach literacy while keeping them engaged. This is accomplished by the game’s deceptively simple, Scrabble-based concept, a format that will appeal to small children by making them feel “adult.” Scribabble is essentially everyone’s favorite crossword board game (Scrabble), only rewritten with simpler rules and a touch-based interface. The title is based on threes, offering three letters to choose from, as well as a simple crossword composed of three letter words. Each word has a space for two available letters. Children must choose between the options, clicking the appropriate letter, and then the correct spot to spell whole words. If the child is especially perceptive, there’s a fair amount of process of elimination involved, too. Turntable.fm, Free, Updated September 13 Turntable.fm Hits The App Store As announced last week, the fresh and growingly popular music streaming service, Turntable.fm, is now available on the iPhone. The concept of turntable.fm, is to allow users to listen to music selected for them by others, in real time. More precisely, it's like a big virtual nightclub with many rooms and each has its own DJ. You can join a room and listen to what the current DJ is playing, vote on his selection (and have bad songs skipped), or even make a room of your own and become a DJ yourself. Turntable.fm is a great service, given that you can find a room that plays music that fits your taste. The biggest problem Turntable.fm is facing at the moment, however, is its own popularity, and tends to be slow and buggy at peak hours. Further, you'll notice that while you're free to create new rooms from iOS, the app doesn't allow you to stream your own music on the go, as far as we can tell. That means if you're more of a DJ, you'll still have to depend on a desktop browser. Cover Orange, $.99, Updated September 15 Cover Orange And Cover Orange HD v1.8 Add Another Set Of Levels To The Fruity Fun There are many, many fans of FDG's physics puzzler, Cover Orange. If you're reading this, you're very likely one of those millions. We've heard comments from some of you that FDG isn't adding content as quickly as you'd prefer. In case you haven't gotten around to your updates, we'd like to remind you that Cover Orange and Cover Orange HD v1.8 are out, and include new levels. That's right, it's time to fire up the App Store and do some updating. In this latest version comes 20 new levels, new Game Center achievements to coincide with those new levels, and a quicker way to spread the joy with a new "Gift this app" option easily available within the game. This addition brings the total to 240 levels and 12 sets to unlock and conquer. The Best iPhone Apps Of The Week is published each weekend; a companion piece, The Best iPad Apps Of The Week, is published separately. Attention developers: If you would like your app to be considered for one of our “Best Of” lists, please me know by sending me a tweet @bryanmwolfe. Note: Your app must have been new or updated in the last week to make the current list.