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Today's Best Apps: Gym Tuck And VLAD: Heavy Strike

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


Gym Tuck by Joshua Lipsey (Free, 45.0 MB): This fitness app by former professional athlete Joshua Lipsey will drive away any pendulous pounds and make toned muscle through hundreds of "core tucks," i.e. exercises. Like any other respectable workout assistant, all activity is demonstrated via brief videos. However, there are no predefine routines. Instead, it's about self motivation and personally defined progress. Before performing each task, you'll input a goal number of reps based upon your current estimated capability. Afterwards, you'll enter the actual amount. If achieved, one point will be awarded for every rep, otherwise, nothing. Either way, you can freely retry to improve the performance. Earned points are accumulated and go towards your score as well as the in-game money pool used to unlock more tucks. The app features an elegantly flat user interface, more than 500 total exercises spanning nine muscle categories, looping videos, history log, and a Game Center leaderboard. NOTE: A video is only downloaded during the first viewing, thus an Internet connection and suitable storage space are required at that time.

VLAD: Heavy Strike by Amine Rehioui ($1.99, 46.8 MB): Enjoy a blast from the past as you pilot this retro-style vertical-scrolling space shooter. On the surface, play is quite simple and standard for the nostalgic genre, maneuver the auto-firing fighter-type spacecraft to avoid and destroy enemies using a single finger. However, there's a nice mixture here, influenced by multiple classics. So, you'll begin dodging and shooting waves of swooping enemies, then need to navigate a cannon-filled or laser protected corridor, pass through an asteroid field, resume vaporizing attackers, and so on. The game features 2-D and 3-D graphics, rock music soundtrack, five large levels with checkpoints, and online leaderboard.

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