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Today's Best Apps: Breach & Clear, Pac-Man Dash, Walk Up Alarm Clock 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:

The Guardian of Imagination by Play Creatividad (Free, 262.4 MB): In this wonderfully crafted storybook app, you're granted access to a fictional warehouse of dreams and other inspirational tales that come alive through interactive pages, mini-games, and more. For example, the first crate contains the story about a girl who was born into a time of gloom, a period where the color has faded and so has hope. However, this special child doesn't give up and a magical adventure of coloring, marble shooting, and a talking cat unfolds to bring about a bright new world. As you progress through each tale, interact with the story elements integrated on the pages and locate hidden objects to unlock wallpapers, the soundtrack, character cards, and free play of the mini-games. Once you finish, the key to another crate and, therefore, story is revealed. The app features beautiful hand-drawn graphics, powerful accompanying soundtrack, several dozen tales, numerous interactive elements and mini-games, as well as a hidden item collection bin and achievement indicators. The first three stories are unlockable for free with the remaining at $0.99 each or the bargain priced package deal of $3.99.

Timely - Time Teller by nongeeks ($0.99, 8.3 MB): This clock companion app brings back the on the hour chimes of classic clocks and old school digital watches. While not always useful, such a reminder is very beneficial when focused on big projects or otherwise very busy, creating a situation in which we realize hours have gone by rather than minutes. For meetings and other specific event, Timely does offer the standard specific time alarm option, although, are you really going to set a reminder for things like dinner? Instead, just allow the on the hour, half hour, or quarter hour chimes to be just a friendly nudge that keeps you apprised at how fast time is passing. If you prefer, the chime-type sound may be replaced with a specific time announcement in a female, male, or toddler voice. A couple further tools include a global on and off switch as well as the ability to configure the silent periods.

Walk Up! Alarm Clock by Ricky Ho ($0.99, 32.9 MB): If apps like Wake Alarm's aggressive methods of shake to disable aren't enough to get you out of bed, then you need to move onto this alarm clock. Rather than allowing you to disable the alarm from the comfort of bed, you'll be annoyed by the sound of a man or women yelling and screaming until you physically get up, get out from under those sheets, and walk. It's certainly not a pleasant wake-up call, which is the point, but absolutely effective in getting a person's adrenaline going. As a bonus, the app also includes a neat visual effect to indicate when the alarm is about to sound, default being a planetary meteor strike. Other features consist of a step amount selector from 10 to 100, optional automatic alarm repeat, non-snooze Evil Mode, and two content expansion packs for $0.99 each. The sound package adds several emergency sirens, sounds of gunshots, and more. The visual package contains a shark attack and bomb detonation scenes.

Universal:

PAC-MAN DASH! by NamcoBandai Games Inc. (Free, 144.5 MB): The legendary pixel muncher moves from the traditional maze into a puzzling path of pipes and platforms. Still action-packed and tricky, this side-scrolling auto-runner does contain many of the original game's elements. However, instead of zig-zagging around walls, you'll be running, leaping, and dashing in and around pipes to chomp on cookies as well as the famous ghosts and fruits to complete missions and ultimately go the distance. The game features colorful 3-D graphics, intense chiptunes-style soundtrack, 70 progressively difficult stages, purchasable power-ups, unlockable bonus characters with unique skills, and dual-thumb control.

Breach & Clear by Gun. ($1.99, 329.9 MB): This challenging and visually impressive tactical turn-based strategy game puts you in command of North America's greatest military teams. Each with their own skills, select from the Navy SEALs, U.S. Army Rangers, U.S. Army Special Forces, or Canada's Joint Task Force Two to complete precision assaults. From the squad leader to the medical officer, you decide on movement, placement, and gear. During each of the 15 missions, you're provided a 3-D model of the enemy location that can be panned and zoomed for planning and execution. For every attack phase, carefully place waypoints to guide your soldiers into position, utilizing cover points and line-of-sight. The game also features more than 30 weapons and other gear with customizable loadouts as well as Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

Tunnel Town by Smart Bomb Interactive, Inc. (Free, 35.4 MB): Construct a marvelous new underground home for unfortunately displaced rabbits and bunnies in this charming simulation game. It all began after the phantoms tricked one of the long-eared creatures into leaping through a strange portal. The situation left the adorable vegetable muncher homeless and hungry. So, now the time has come to start a new life, one that will be tough going but, hopefully, amazing in the end. You'll start by digging a new bunny burrow, when a female friend happens to fall prey to the same fate. Together, work on expanding the residence, add plenty of amazing furnishings and upgrades, grow a luscious garden for essential nutrients, and populate to create the most beautiful new home and rabbit family. The game features cartoony graphics, calmly upbeat soundtrack, dozens of items to utilize, level-up system, and single finger control.

iPad:

The Guardian of Imagination HD by Play Creatividad (Free, 440.9 MB): In this wonderfully crafted storybook app, you're granted access to a fictional warehouse of dreams and other inspirational tales that come alive through interactive pages, mini-games, and more. For example, the first crate contains the story about a girl who was born into a time of gloom, a period where the color has faded and so has hope. However, this special child doesn't give up and a magical adventure of coloring, marble shooting, and a talking cat unfolds to bring about a bright new world. As you progress through each tale, interact with the story elements integrated on the pages and locate hidden objects to unlock wallpapers, the soundtrack, character cards, and free play of the mini-games. Once you finish, the key to another crate and, therefore, story is revealed. The app features beautiful hand-drawn graphics, powerful accompanying soundtrack, several dozen tales, numerous interactive elements and mini-games, as well as a hidden item collection bin and achievement indicators. The first three stories are unlockable for free with the remaining at $0.99 each or the bargain priced package deal of $3.99.

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