The AppAdvice iPad App Of The Week:
A Charlie Brown Christmas, Released November 17, $6.99 & Universal
The classic 1965 show, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” had many of us gathering in our living rooms once a year to watch one of the most famous holiday shows ever. Now, experience this classic in a modern way on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
A Charlie Brown Christmas is an interactive story app, which has narrations by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown. Every page is an adventure as you interact with the story in a new and exciting way. Play Schroeder’s piano, finger paint with the Peanuts gang, sing with the choir and participate in contests that will unlock decorations to use on your own virtual Christmas tree.
Also included in the app is original dialog and music from the 1965 animation that will delight both kids and adults.
Orb Zone , Released November 14, Free & Universal
Orb Zone by schütze lorth interactive media is an arcade tilt-based game that has a ball, with a smiling face, that you must move over shiny blue orbs and cones, while avoiding all the red hazards.
There are three kinds of red hazards. They may look similar, but there are some differences in their appearance and the dangers they present.
The first has what looks like a round LED light shining out the top of his head. It will just sit there looking miserable. If your ball touches it in any way, it will explode.
SpellTower, Released November 17, $1.99
Are you a person hopelessly addicted to word puzzles? SpellTower is a brand new game by Zach Gage that offers both a casual-paced gameplay and three others that will test your lexicon to the very limits.
To start things off, you’re forced to make it through the tutorial. Don’t get concerned, it’s short. Your basic goal is to create words out of contiguous letters, drawing a line with a single finger from each letter to the next until finished. As long as they touch, even just the corner, letters can be connected in anyway necessary to create the word: vertically, horizontally, diagonally, crisscross, and a combination of the former.
Adding a little extra challenge to the gameplay, there are two special letter squares that will be randomly mixed amongst the normal. If you happen to create a word using a blue square letter, it will eliminate an entire row. The other special square is one that houses a number in the top-right. This number indicates the minimum amount of letters the word must contain. If you use more than one of these special letter squares to create a word, you will need to satisfy the requirements of all.
Sting 25, Updated November 14, Free
To coincide with the release of his new “Sting 25” album, the British singer has released a companion app for iPad. According to The Wall Street Journal, the free Sting 25 app, cost one million dollars to produce.
Created by New York-based @radical.media, the app combines music, concert footage, photographs and videos. In addition, the app includes raw footage from Sting’s performance in October at New York’s Beacon Theatre, which included duets Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder.
Flipboard, Updated November 19, Free
Flipboard, the popular news app for iPad, today announced big changes as part of its Version 1.6 update. The free app now includes Tumblr and 500px integration as well as new syncing tools.
Like the Zite Personalized Magazine did last month, Flipboard now lets families and friends who share an iPad get their own personalized news information using separate app logins. To do so, users must signup for a free Flipboard account using a link on the first page of the app. This login will also soon be used with the Flipboard for iPhone app, which is expected in the App Store soon. As such, users will be able to sync their account across both iDevices.
Meanwhile, Tumblr and 500px users are now able to access their respective accounts directly from Flipboard. For Tumblr customers, this means opening Your Dashboard and Posts You Like. In addition, your blogs, people you follow and people following you are also available. With 500px, the new photo-sharing service, users may access their photo streams as well as photos from other 500px users.
The Best iPad Apps Of The Week is published each weekend; a companion piece, The Best iPhone Apps Of The Week, is published separately.
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