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Today's Best Apps: Mextures, Marbly, World War Z And More

The App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable productivity suite, etc. However, we have a solution. Today’s Best Apps tackles this problem by providing you with a handpicked and tested list of apps that are truly worth your consideration each and everyday. Remember: Even though in-app purchases typically require your iTunes Store password for processing, you can further prevent them and other unauthorized actions by enabling local restrictions using the passcode locked iOS parental controls.

iPhone:

Mextures by MEREK DAVIS COM, LLC ($0.99, 45.1 MB): Beautify your photos like never before using this multi-layer effects camera and image editing app. Not only is it possible to combine any number of vintage filters, color gradient overlays, light leak effects, and other enhancements, you're able to adjust the, opacities, overlay order, and even blending method until the result is just right. With so many possibilities, there's no telling what marvelous mixtures will occur, and that's the point. However, if a certain formula of combinations and attribute adjustments seems applicable to many photos, such as portraits, then feel free to make it available later through the export options actions menu. The app features capture via camera and image import, more than 70 textures across seven categories, 12 blending modes, full layer control, export to iOS camera roll as well as sharing via email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Universal:

Marbly by ANDREY NOVIKOV (Free, 8.9 MB): Russian computer engineer Alexey Pajitnov, developer of hit titles such as Tetris and Hexic, has helped create yet another simple and fantastic puzzler. Marbly is a extra challenging match-3 game that requires you to clear the board of marbles via a single solution, which most times involves a specific order of actions. Taking a single page from the Checkers handbook, marbles may move any length of cells along a straight path vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. However, a move will not be accepted unless the destination is a group of three or more same-colored marbles. The game features colorful 2.5-D graphics, charming and upbeat music, more than 160 puzzles spanning three volumes, special challenges, and a Game Center leaderboard.

World War Z by Paramount Digital Entertainment ($4.99, 726.0 MB): Step into the role of United Nations employee Gerry Lane as he embarks on a dangerous mission to save his family in this official game of the upcoming horror / thriller movie. Along with surviving, which will require learning greater skills and finding additional resources, the journey will involve uncovering clues to what has and is happening around the world. The story-driven play includes rail shooter, point-and-click adventure, and hidden objects game elements for an interactive movie kind of feel. The game features Unreal Engine powered 3-D graphics, story mode and objective-based challenge play, multiple weapons and skills to unlock and upgrade, dual-thumb control, and Challenge mode Game Center leaderboards.

Warhammer Quest by Rodeo Games ($4.99, 697.3 MB): Warhammer Fantasy Battle comes to iOS as an epic turn-based strategy game. After being left for dead in the depths of the dungeon, you awaken to an echoing evil and must press on alone. Even though you're a fierce warrior who can initially survive on his own, it's clear that you will need an army to completely destroy the menacing creatures. Carefully travel through the dreary corridors of the dungeon in hopes of finding other allies and creating a team of heroes to defeat your enemies and save the Warhammer World once and for all. Pick your battles and make your moves wisely, including weapons and skills, as the adventure will only become more difficult. The game features Retina display optimized 3-D graphics, top-down board game-style play, innovative orientation-based user interface navigation for stash access, 25-hour campaign, three additional characters available via in-app purchase, iCloud integration for game data backup and synchronization, as well as Game Center achievements.

Chock A Block by Claymore Games ($0.99, 26.3 MB): Have fun and exercise your brain with this significantly difficult match-3 sliding puzzle game. As the overall objective, you're faced with the task of clearing the board of gemlike blocks through an evolving matching system. Specifically, three yellows become an orange, three orange turn into a red, three reds morph into a stationary black, and three blacks change into diamonds. If you can group four or more green, green multiplier cubes may form, but do eventually dissipate completely. Similar to other sliding puzzles, one of the challenging aspects is that blocks cannot be stopped manually once in motion, they will move until striking a wall or another cube. These general rules apply to five exciting play modes. During Classic mode, every unusable block that remains removes one of the 10 provided lives. Beat the Clock is an rewarding and addictive blitz-style experience. Survival mode also involves fast-paced thinking, but that's because you'll be flooded with continuous waves of new blocks. Choose Zen mode for practice and limitless casual enjoyment. And finally, compete against other players via the Challenge mode. An ad-supported trial version is available.

iPad:

Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™ by Aspyr Media, Inc. ($9.99, 1.8 GB): The award-winning Star Wars RPG is now available to experience on your iPad. Can you or even will you help save the Republic in the war against the Sith? The game features 3-D graphics, a dynamic story with thousands of decisions to change the outcome as you desire, eight worlds including iconic locations, dual-thumb control, 40 different powers of the Force to utilize, nine customizable playable characters, as well as other unique characters and story elements. NOTE: The game requires up to 4.5 GB of free storage space to install, less if you download it through iTunes then synchronize to the iPad.

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