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Today's Best Apps: Band Stars, Assassin's Creed Pirates, Nightmare: Malaria 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


KingHunt - The Next Generation Slicing Game by Mountain Sheep ($0.99, 56.6 MB): Fans of challenges such as that found in Fruit Ninja will definitely want to consider at least a piece of this "next generation slicing game." Nothing against the dojo's sword swinging training area, but there's quite a view to marvel at here. Immersed on a shattered island paradise, your mission is to slash the now demonized leaders and their armies, who've been turned by the colossal and dismayed pastry chef Evil Kingmaker. Mince the minions, treats, etc, but don't swipe the bombs and other hazardous objects. Afterwards, fierce bosses emerge, pitting you against the Muffin King and other aggressive enemies in a blade slinging battle to the end. It's three strikes and you're out, unless the performance is promising enough to regain lives. Succeed, then move onto the next area of land to save and so forth. The game features console quality fluid 3-D graphics, dramatic instrumental soundtrack, 12 stages, 200 enemy types, 110 mini-goals, 100 trinkets to collect, plus Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

Clash of Puppets by Crescent Moon Games ($2.99, 186.6 MB): Live your horror flick hero dream in this shoot 'em up 3-D puzzle-platformer. After a man arrives at a late night drive-in movie marathon and later dozes off, he imagines the apocalypse scenario, but with enough skills and firepower, at least eventually, to make a legendary push for survival. At first, it'll be hack and slash battles, then move into mass bullet shootouts, and so on, all ending in an epic slowed motion takedown. The game features 3-D graphics, dynamic camera, humorously scary soundtrack, 30 stage triple-theme story mode, endless survival-type mode, dual-thumb controls, as well as Game Center achievements and leaderboard.

Nightmare: Malaria by Psyop Games (Free, 60.2 MB): Brought in part by the Against Malaria Foundation, this edutaining physics-based platformer takes a clever approach on raising awareness of the mosquito-borne disease and encouraging donations to fight it. The adventure begins with a happy child full of dreams. Unfortunately, those fun fantasies turn into a fluidic nightmare, one where the young girl must traverse blood vessels to save innocent teddy bears from the infection while avoiding pools of poison, mosquitoes, and other scary elements. The game features beautiful 3-D graphics, chilling soundtrack, sound effects, movie-type intro narrated by Susan Sarandon, 18 stages spanning two biological worlds, star-style level rating system, dual-thumb controls, a fact after every fail, and an easy method of donating real money, which goes in full towards real nets.

Assassin's Creed Pirates by Ubisoft ($4.99, 512.2 MB): The latest installment of the hit open world action-adventure stealth game arrives on iOS as a mobile-optimized spin-off. You'll be heading to the high seas as a young captain given his chance to team up with an acclaimed pirate to find a legendary treasure. Command your new crew, direct your vessel, and do whatever it takes to succeed every step of the way. The game features beautiful 3-D graphics, story cutscenes, 50 mini-missions, single and dual-thumb controls, as well as Game Center achievements and leaderboard.

Band Stars by Halfbrick Studios (Free, 50.5 MB): Prove that you're a master music artist manager by starting and guiding a successful band in this slowly strategic simulation game. Start off on the ground floor by selecting four initial members, a group name, as well as the first song details, such as genre and lyrics focus. Once written, head to the recording studio, where you'll need to choose the player positions, preferably based upon skill. Following the track's release, you can simply wait for the results or carefully monitor the chart position, sales, profit, etc. Obviously, the next step would be to compose more songs. As the success, again, hopefully, rises, you may hire more members, up to six total, add equipment for higher performance and efficiency, train, conquer challenges, and more. The game features retro 2.5-D graphics, several genres, deep simulation play, including level-up system and various purchasable expansions and upgrades, integrated mini-games, plus Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

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