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Today's Best Apps: 2K Drive, 2013: Infected Wars, Giant Boulder Of Death 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


Giant Boulder of Death by [adult swim] (Free, 33.4 MB): Jump into this quirky endless rolling game and discover what happens when a boulder gets revenge. Before the incident, the giant rock rested peacefully atop the mountain overlooking a vast and beautiful kingdom. However, now there's a fight between man and nature. Rushing down from its peaked perched, the angry boulder picks up speed, effortlessly crushing cattle, buildings, trees, and more, that is, until the spikes. Deployed sparsely in a seemingly desperate manner, the simple wooden and metal barriers have proven effective, shattering the giant rock upon impact. Therefore, you must help the boulder avoid the manmade danger as well as any chasms by weaving and hopping the wavy terrain. As you and the rock succeed, coins and other awards will be provided, which in this fantasy world allows upgrading the boulder's size, speed, jumping capability, etc. The game features pixelated-style 3-D graphics, wild and whacky soundtrack, single finger control, Facebook integration, plus Game Center achievements and leaderboard.

2K DRIVE by 2K Sports ($6.99, 538.7 MB): Optimized for super skilled drivers, this impressive racing game has awesome cars and a realistic feel throughout a contest of both standard and wildly strange events. In terms of graphics and physics, including a performance and visually effecting damage system, the experience is very comparable to top quality simulators on video gaming consoles. Admittedly, that would be enough for most, and why not? However, there's plenty more. Alongside, you can compete against real rivals in various challenges via asynchronous single race battles and climb to victory throughout 30 tournament-style Championships. Placed among the typical rank-based races are the aforementioned wildly strange events. How strange? The maneuverability test involves you driving within an obstacle ridden arena to avoid being targeted by an attack helicopter. Another example would be jet-propelled vehicle drag race-type encounters. Well, you get the idea. Of course, expect plenty of other content goodies: 27 licensed cars, automotive upgrades, dozens of paved and off-road courses, in-game trophies plus Game Center achievements and leaderboard.

2013: Infected Wars by Action Mobile Games ($6.99, 583.3 MB): Set in present day and based on fairly recent events, this third-person shooter provides a console-like RPG experience not found in most mobile apps. Playing off the worries of massive terrorist attacks, the story places you in a fictitious scenario where Al-Qaeda has unreleased a biological weapon that turns people into cannibalistic monsters. Specifically, you're one of the, well, mostly, good guys, mercenary teams helping to gather supplies and offer protection for settlements of those who aren't infected. Properly diverse in skills, the squad consists of a well-rounded Marine, the close and personal Field Support, explosives expert Sapper, and Sniper for long range support. For the most part, gameplay is quite identical to other shooters, including both action-packed running and gunning as well as corner turning caution throughout the cutscene-enhanced story. However, there is one thing which makes this title stand out. As I said earlier, this is a unique console-style experience, and includes an iOS first third-person shooter campaign co-op. Put simply, you can invite a friend to work through the horror together, simultaneously, which would a favorable situation during the later, more challenging missions. Overall, the game features 3-D graphics, lively soundtrack, eight mission solo or two-player co-op campaign, dual-thumb controls, four character classes with level-up ranking system, three weapon classes, and Game Center leaderboards.

Zombie Highway: Driver's Ed by Auxbrain, Inc. ($0.99, 133.5 MB): This official spinoff of the acclaimed apocalypse survival-style driving simulation game properly tests your level of aggressive motor vehicle handling skills. For the assessment, everything goes back to the basics, i.e., a standard SUV and no guns. Not only is the vehicle slow, it also has poor maneuverability and balance, offering an easy target and takedowns for zombies. Basically, you'll want to correct those, and as quickly as possible, through upgrades. The necessary funds will be earned by completing objectives, including the longest distance plus various side goals. In regard to the course, there are a few new hazards, such as actual roadway turns and slowly lit tunnels. The game features improved 3-D graphics and physics, four vehicle component upgrades, level-based ranking system, overall statistics report, along with Game Center leaderbaords and achievements.

First Touch Soccer 2014 by First Touch (Free, 137.2 MB): It seems everyone can join in on the football excitement, whether here or across the pond. Show those coaching skills as you manage your home or otherwise favorite team. In fact, every piece of the victory is up to you, from assisting in the control of players to the sideline duties, such as substitutions to keep your squad at top efficiency. If you're looking for a further immersion into the excitement, step into Star Player mode and prove your usefulness as a single component of the team. The game features 3-D graphics, realistic commentary, four game modes, 180 club choices, Game Center leaderboards and achievements, as well as two control modes: standard virtual gamepad and an innovative single finger gesture-based system. Quick Match, Star Player, and Tournament modes require a VIP pass for 4,000 credits ($4.99). Credits are available via in-app purchase packages priced from $2.99 to $36.99 or by watching advertisement videos. The game does contain other ads on occasion.

Call of Duty®: Strike Team by Activision Publishing, Inc. ($6.99, 1.2 GB): Prepare for another intense action deployment in this latest mobile entry of the hit first and third-person shooter. While much of the pistol-packing fun remains quite similar to previous mission executions, there are a couple of new tools available for your enemy eliminating pleasure. First off, loadouts, which are custom equipment setups that make it easier to switch weapon and other gear configurations for different situations. Speaking of switching, the second beneficial item is the easy access viewpoint change. During most moments of play, you can choose between the more accurate target acquiring first-person perspective or the better environment and team overview third-person camera. Overall, the game features 3-D graphics, cinematic campaign and extra challenging survival play modes, plus Game Center achievements.

NOTE: Officially compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, fifth generation iPod touch, iPad mini, as well as iPad 2 and newer.

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