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The Best iPad Apps Of The Week, October 9-15, 2011

The Best iPad Apps Of The Week, October 9-15, 2011

October 16, 2011
The AppAdvice iPad App Of The Week: Scribblenauts Remix, $4.99 & Universal, Released October 12 Scribblenauts Arrives On Your iDevice, Complete With iCloud Scribblenauts Remix by Warner Bros. is the iOS port of the popular Nintendo DS video game. For those who are unfamiliar with the franchise, Scribblenauts has you play as a protagonist named Maxwell. Your goal is to solve puzzles by summoning any object from your magical notebook, as suggested by the compelling slogan of “THINK IT! CREATE IT! SOLVE IT!” Completing a puzzle will earn you a “starite.” Personally, I have heard of Scribblenauts before, however, I have never actually bought the game for my DS system. So, as I have heard that it is lots of fun, I am very glad that they have now brought it over to the convenience of the iPhone and iPad (it’s a universal app) for the low price of $4.99, compared to about $20 for the DS version. New Releases The Oregon Trail, $.99, Released October 10 Bring Your iPad Back To Apple’s Gaming Roots With The Oregon Trail The Oregon Trail, a classic decision making pioneer adventure game that many Apple techies grew up playing in the 1980s on an Apple II, is now available for the iPad. The old monochrome game with uppercase letters and bare graphics has been transformed into a refreshing graphical experience for the iPad. iTunes Movie Trailers, Free & Universal, Released October 12 Apple's New iTunes Movie Trailers App Arrives Apple has just released a new universal app called iTunes Movie Trailers. The app provides new and and exclusive movie previews all in HD. In addition, the app shows what movies are playing – and when – nearest to you. The free app is divided into five main sections. These include Trailers, Calendar, Top 25, In Theaters, and Favorites. Updated OmniFocus for iPad, $39.99, Updated October 10 OmniFocus For iPhone And iPad Updated: Adds Support For iOS 5 Great news, OmniFocus fans: The popular applications for the iPhone and iPad have recently received updates, adding support for iOS 5 (which launched yesterday), along with a variety of other new features. Now, users of the application can take advantage of location-based reminders, Map enhancements and an improved Forecast when running OmniFocus under iOS 5. Furthermore, it's now easier than ever to edit from within the app, and The Omni Group (the app's developer) has also tweaked syncing. However, one of the best features added in this update is undoubtedly iOS 5 compatibility. Since iOS 5 hit Gold Master status, iOS apps have been receiving updates to ensure that they run perfectly with the new mobile operating system. Now iOS 5 is available, iOS developers are going to be pushing out compatibility updates (if they're needed) as quickly as possible. Cut The Rope HD, $1.99, Updated October 12 Cut The Rope Just Got A Little More Manly With The Addition Of The Tool Box After a few month break, On Nom is back. Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope HD v1.5 arrived in the App Store yesterday adding more puzzling levels and another instrument to feed our favorite candy muncher. As always, the new items are delivered via a well packaged box. The Tool Box contains a couple dozen levels to complete, another On Nom drawing, and an additional gameplay element. The included tool is a saw, which may seem obvious. Tap on the saw(s) to spin them when needed. Of course, older items like sliders, bubbles, air guns, magic hats, and so on continue to be part of the action. Real Racing 2 HD, $6.99, Updated October 12 The Real Racing 2 Wireless HD And Party Play Update Is Now Available In The App Store Earlier this year, Firemint excited iOS gamers with the release of Real Racing 2 HD v1.1, which added full high-definition video out when used with an iPad 2. Only a couple months later, Firemint announced they'd be taking the feature wireless, thanks to iOS 5's enhanced AirPlay capabilities. Today, iOS 5 is available and so is Real Racing 2 v1.12. So, if you own some of Apple's latest iDevice gizmos, it's time to take part in some very cool racing action. Real Racing 2 HD's video-out features:
  • Full-screen, gorgeous 1080p (1920 x 1080) visuals
- No black borders
- No scaling – full HD
  • Silky smooth 30 frames per second
  • Dual-screen racing – real time telemetry on your iPad 2
  SoundHound, Free & Universal, Updated October 12 SoundHound Goes To The Clouds Beginning today, SoundHound is going to the clouds! The music recognition service is now utilizing Apple’s new iCloud service to keep track of a user’s history and bookmarks.  This new feature and more arrived with the app’s Version 4.1 update. Available exclusively through iOS 5, SoundHound’s new iCloud capability automatically syncs a user’s search history and bookmarks across all iDevices. For example, when you search for “The Black Eyed Peas” on your iPad, that same search is remembered and posted on your iPhone/iPod touch. Incredibly, this process is entirely seemless and requires no setup. As long as your iDevice is set up to use iCloud, you’re good to go. Other Notables Mixr, $19.99, Released October 14 MetalStorm: Wingman, Free & Universal, Updated October 12 Sky Gamblers: Rise Of Glory, $4.99 & Universal, Updated October 11 The Best iPad Apps Of The Week is published each weekend; a companion piece, The Best iPhone Apps Of The Week, is published separately. Attention developers: If you would like your app to be considered for one of our “Best Of” lists, please me know by sending me a tweet @bryanmwolfe. Note: Your app must have been new or updated in the last week to make the current list.  

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