he 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

NOTE: Yesterday’s, August 15, list was not published due to technical issues. Therefore, today’s does include a couple of highlights beyond the 24-hour period.

Universal:

CARROT Alarm by Grailr LLC ($0.99, 8.8 MB): Put GLaDOS in charge of an app such as Wake Alarm and the result would appear to be this effective sleep interruption system. In fact, just like Portal‘s infamous AI, CARROT Alarm’s processing and interaction unit is witty and even a bit tactlessly offensive. However, the intelligence does have its usefulness. Setting the alarm requires only a few quick swipes and everything else is handled dynamically from that point forward. As for the morning, following a varied awakening tone, the computer will request input of whether you’re ready to get out of bed or prefer a little more sleep. If you do choose to end the resting period, there’ll be three random chores involving a wide range of actions to complete at the request of the digital being. Success not only allows peaceful progression into your day, it also provides some reward points. Each time a new level is reached, access to new capabilities is awarded, such as additional settings, reminders, audio, configuration precision, and so on.

iPad:

Editorial by omz:software ($4.99, 24.7 MB): Complete your writing work more efficiently using this enhanced plain text and Markdown editor. Behind the apps clean and simple main input user interface lies several impressive and handy tools. Foremost, and quite obvious is the Markdown language processor for previewing the final output without ever switching apps. Speaking of not switching apps, Editorial also includes a basic Web browser for research and more. Those two things aside, there are still two additional instruments for streamlining input. One is an extended keyboard with common character buttons, such as the pound sign. The second is a programming-style automation system, which contains built-in workflow actions, allows custom creations, plus offers Python support to code even more greatly customized actions. As for further benefits, Editorial also features quick stats just by tapping on the document title, Dropbox connectivity for backup and synchronization, spell checking and auto-correction, 10 font choices, search functionality, and lots of feature assistance documentation.

Lionel Battle Train by Lionel, LLC (Free, 156.2 MB): This fast-paced and action-packed train-themed strategy defense game will have you woo-wooing after every victory. While at first the idea seems very similar to Jet Trains, you’ll soon discover there’s a lot more going on here than speeding ahead with a full head of steam. Sure, your favorite Lionel locomotive can take down enemies, fierce rail riding bots and more courtesy of Dr. DeRaille, by plowing through them or performing a sideswiping derailment. However, the most effective, enjoyable, and challenging means of offense and defense involve high-powered turret-type systems placed atop the boxcars, some automated, others requiring targeting commands. If that weren’t enough to keep your mind occupied, there’s still the need to collect coins for upgrades and maintenance tokens for repairs, which repair a separate swiping action. The game features 3-D graphics, country-style soundtrack, 19 missions spanning three environments, four locomotives, 27 weapons, Game Center achievements, as well as single and two finger tap and swipe controls.