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Today's Best Apps: Darklings, Burn The Rope 3D, Icycle: On Thin Ice And Skateboard Slam

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

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Darklings by MildMania ($0.99, 81.9 MB): Help Lum survive the darkness in this unique drawing-based action game. The darlings have taken the stars, leaving only a frightening, faintly lit world and Lum as the only target left. However, not all is lost. Lum has a magical power to overtake the creatures. Sadly, it's a bit tricky to execute, especially when under so much pressure. Anyway, encompassing the evil entities requires mimicking their symbol, such as a heart or note-like shape, drawing it in the sky using your finger, which emits a bead of light. Once captured, the imprisoned stars are released. Before they float beyond view, once again utilize the light from your finger to snag and return them to Lum. Stay alive and collect as many stars as possible. The game features noire-style 2-D graphics, bouncy instrumental soundtrack, increasingly difficult endless waves, single finger gesture control, plus Game Center achievements and leaderboard.

Icycle: On Thin Ice by Chillingo Ltd ($0.99, 27.0 MB): In this quirky puzzle-platformer, you must help Dennis pedal through a place of wonder and danger to survive and escape solitude. To find his sweetheart, the courageous character will traverse frozen hillsides, outrun boulder-sized snowballs, avoid packs of piercing icicles, quickly zip by ice sheet avalanches, jump ravines, and much more with just a bicycle, and I mean only the two-wheeled vehicle. No tools, no weapons, and not even clothes. So, stay on the bike or the poor guy will freeze to death. Also, attempt to collect every ice cube and succeed in the many challenges. The game features pastel 2-D as well as 3-D graphics, subtle soundtrack, dozens of stages and secret areas, mini-goals, power-ups and upgrades, dual-thumb controls, and Game Center achievements.

Burn the Rope 3D by Big Blue Bubble ($2.99, 76.6 MB): The difficulty has risen in the sensationally sizzling puzzler, sparked by a new dimension of play. As the flame flickers back to life something seems different. The cartoony 2.5-D world has transformed into a beautiful, fully three-dimensional scene, one where the rope can twist, turn, and cross into actual shapes rather than just hang like a web. Which means, there's more to consider when setting things ablaze. Thankfully, manipulation remains easy enough. Just use a single finger drag to swirl the object on the center axis and two to spin it. Remember, fire only climbs, so don't shy away from rolling the rope into place, and those crazy colored ants must be used to change the flame's intensity for burning different colored strands. The game features 3-D graphics, humorous soundtrack and character noises, more than 70 puzzles placed among five environments, Facebook integration, trophy-style rating system, plus Game Center achievements and leaderboard.

Skateboard Slam by Zynga Inc. ($0.99, 45.3 MB): The only way to one-up your opponents in this arcade-type side-scrolling skateboard simulator will be by pushing those street skills to the limit. Whether tackling the sprint-style tracks solo or taking on an opponent, you'll need your finger flicking A-game to squeeze in enough leaps off ramps, shots from launchers, grinding on rails, and mid-air tricks without succumbing to a time and speed destroying wipeout. The game features cartoony 3-D graphics, cheery soundtrack, solo campaign of 40 stages spanning four environments, turn-based online multiplayer, 12 unlockable and upgradeable fun and crazy characters, mini-goals, single finger gesture control, and Facebook integration.

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