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.
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JamCam by Matt Loszak (Free, 3.5 MB): If you’re a fan of more unique social networks such as Vine, then this music-based clip-style video recording app is definitely worth checking out. Similar to the aforementioned service and app, the JamCam allows capturing shorts of up to 15 seconds with whatever pauses you desire or need. However, the intent isn’t about short stories, skits, stunts, etc. Rather as the name clearly implies, JamCam only wants to see someone rock out, get a groove on, shake their booty, or whatever you do when dance fever strikes. Normally, such captures are ruined by camera apps pausing the music to record external audio, but that won’t happen now. In fact, the song data is directly copied to the video file, not looped through the mic, for best quality. Either leave the current song playing, start it from within JamCam, or via the iOS Music player. Once that body movin’ mood begins, just tap and hold the record button during whatever moments you want. The music automatically pauses when recording does. Go until the time limit is reached or things look otherwise perfect. As a bonus, the song starting position can be changed by tapping the song name on JamCam’s viewfinder or using the iOS Music app. When finished, videos are automatically saved to the in-app gallery, then capable of being exported to the iOS camera roll (Photos) as well as shared through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Pocket Trains by NimbleBit LLC (Free, 44.9 MB): The buzz of the friendly skies becomes the clickety-clack of the open tracks in this sequel to the hit retro-style airline simulator. At first, it may seem like you’re simply trading airports for train yards and airplanes for locomotives, however, the execution has plenty of new challenges to overcome. For example, every railroad claims specific sections of track and there’s only room for one train. Of course, the more restricted network requires even better route planning, time management, and other resource utilization. The game still features 8-bit graphics, zoomable overview map including dozens of locations across the planet, quickly scrollable active routes with ETA, new equipment crafting and upgrading, achievements, and statistics.
Trouserheart by 10tons Ltd ($2.99, 140.2 MB): Someone has stolen the king’s gold and trousers while he was asleep, and the only course of action is to unleash wild payback in this fun hack and slash side-scrolling RPG. With shield and sword at the ready, but no pants, you set out into the wilderness and other realms to reclaim what has been plundered. Each environment contains many small areas where you’ll engage in brief, action-packed battles against creatures both big and small, additionally regaining bits of treasure and health before moving forward. The game features polygon-style 3-D graphics, aerial view, dozens of stages spanning 10 environments, boss battles concluding every area, two levels of difficulty, four upgradeable character attributes, dual-thumb controls, and Game Center achievements
Fading Fairytales by Crescent Moon Games (Free, 43.8 MB): In this quirky turn-based strategy RPG, you are tasked with restoring peace and harmony to the world of fairytale characters. The chaos started after the fantasy realm, where Robin Hood, Pinocchio, Aladdin and others reside, was invaded by an evil force, turning some of the them against one another. Unfortunately, the only way to reach the source of evil is to first destroy the deserting fairytale beings by commanding a small army of good through an undisclosed length of story involving numerous battles. Before traveling through the next leg, team members may be swapped, if available, and positions resorted. The game features cartoony 2-D graphics and humorous dialog with mildly mature content, charmingly diverse soundtrack, dozens of stages spanning 11 regions, dynamic combat and defense system based upon action choices, single finger control, star rating system, and Game Center achievements.