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Today's Best Apps: GolfStar, Status Board, JezzBall 3D And Garden of Fear

April 11, 2013
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.


JezzBall 3D by Applidium (Free, 6.9 MB): Enjoy a fast-paced challenge of your dexterity and reflexes in this modernized version of JezzBall. Very similar to iSlash, the objective is to reduce the storage area containing the spheres as quickly as possible and without striking anything but the green ball. Unlike the aforementioned slashing puzzler, JezzBall allows creation of separating walls to work on the reduction in sections or groups if you're able. The game features beautiful 3-D graphics, progressively difficult play, and a three fault safety system.


GolfStar™ by Com2us USA, Inc. (Free, 399.3 MB): Even if you're stuck inside, it's still possible to enjoy a few rounds with this lifelike golf simulation game. Step into a casual single player career or join in on the action-packed and fast-paced difficulty of the three multiplayer modes. The game features stunning graphics, realistic physics, customizable and accessorizable characters, power-ups, weekly tournaments and rankings as well as Game Center achievements. Some features require a Com2Us Hub account and may require in-app purchase.

Garden of Fear by smuttlewerk interactive ($0.99, 32.2 MB): This dungeon crawler-style puzzler immerses you in a heart pounding horror movie type of role. As you walk and run through the labyrinth of dark hallways, all you have is a flashlight and piece of charcoal to help you locate the single exit. Unfortunately, it's not just about being lost. You'll soon realize someone or something else is also lurking the corridors, plus the fact that the flashlight power and charcoal aren't infinite. Earphones and a dark play environment are recommended for the best experience. The game does include some flashing light scenarios, therefore, it is not recommended for those who suffer from photosensitive epilepsy or similar medical issues. An ad-supported trial version is available.


StatusBoard by Panic, Inc. ($9.99, 636.2 KB): Fairly similar to the OS X Dashboard, this productivity app offers a quick overview of things you likely prefer to frequently monitor: time, weather, news, tweets, email, events, and more. Each individual panel has a default view and size, however, that can be changed to suit your preference. For example, news headlines and tweets can be displayed as a space saving scrolling stock ticker, in a multi-item list, or in activity comparison graphs. Along with the six pre-defined panels, it's also possible to construct custom screens using HTML, CSV files, and so on. If desired, you can share Status Board configurations and purchase a $0.99 upgrade to display the content on an external display through AirPlay.

There have been reports of app stability problems on some devices, although, I have not yet experienced any on my iPad 2 running iOS 6.1.3.

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