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Today's Best Apps: Ring Run Circus, Type:Rider, Harmony And More

Today's Best Apps: Ring Run Circus, Type:Rider, Harmony And More

October 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. 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


The Mansion: A Puzzle of Rooms by Com2uS USA, Inc. (Free, 116.1 MB): Replicating a Tim Burton movie feel, this sliding platform puzzler takes you on a strange and eerie, yet fascinating journey through a mysterious mansion to discover a deeply hidden secret. Once the residence of an acclaimed toymaker who enjoyed making playthings, the manor is actually a maze-like complex of moving rooms. However, that's not going to stop an adventurous girl from unwrapping the craftsman's dream. Your task is to help the young lady progress along the puzzling array of sections by shifting each horizontally and vertically in the proper order. The game features 3-D graphics with animated film-style cutscene, vivid and charming soundtrack, 96 side viewed stages, single finger control, triple golden cog component star-type rating system, Game Center achievements, and Facebook leaderboards.

Ring Run Circus by Kalio Ltda. ($3.99, 81.2 MB): A wonderful combination of new and old elements, this action-puzzler asks you to step up and join the team of loop running acrobats in their high-flying fun. WIth their blameless balance and climatic control, these artistic athletes literally run rings around the competition area. They can sprint outside or inside, and even leap over obstacles without a stumble, well, as long as the new ringmaster, you, doesn't slip up. Even though simply navigating the treacherous hoops would be a great feat, truly breathtaking performances include collecting all of the stars and the magic key in record time. If you do happen to cause a fault, e.g. crashing into a gravity defying elephant, not all is completely lost. After the stars scatter about, nod to the awesome Sonic homage, you may recollect them, however, trading away seconds or minutes for the recovery. The game features cartoony 2.5-D graphics, bouncy soundtrack, more than 50 challenging stages, three uniquely skilled characters, effective dual-thumb controls, star rating system, plus Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

Type:Rider by Bulkypix ($2.99, 215.0 MB): How did humans arrive at the written word? Find out with this edutaining side-scrolling physics-based puzzler. Simple and mysterious, you're placed in a monochrome realm with the command of two dots, or what you could possibly think of as a sentient colon. While navigating the dots across the polygon-formed rough terrain, hazards and obstacles will impede your progress. So, figure out how to overcome them. Once victorious, move ahead, but pay attention to the top of the screen as you'll have revealed a new page in the history of typography. The elegantly rendered book briefly but sufficiently explains caveman paintings, hieroglyphic engravings, the major advancements credible to the Chinese, and much more. The game features 2-D and 3-D graphics, nature and atmospheric soundtrack, 10 chapters highlighting pivotal periods, three control options, and Game Center achievements.

Duet Game by Kumobius ($2.99, 28.0 MB): Deceptively easy, this action-arcade game will thoroughly test your reflexes and problem solving skills in hypnotizing focused play. Similar to Pivvot, your simple objective is to avoid smashing either of the two colored balls against the white blocks using spin maneuvers. Along with following an invisible median line, the large dots move in a circular motion directly opposite one another. Something of a "double trouble" Pivvot, the difficulty involves planning and executing the path of both pixelated paintball-like objects, because they create splatter spots that remain after collision. To ease your suffering, the game includes checkpoints, only forcing the redo of a failed section rather than an entire stage. The game features 3-bit 2-D graphics, chiptunes-style soundtrack, nine stage campaign with 54 total sections, endless survival mode, dual-thumb control, iCloud sync support, as well as Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

Steampunk Tower by Chillingo Ltd ($0.99, 53.5 MB): Help Lord Bingham protect his etherium mining operation in this unique tower defense game. Rather than deploying several simple automated structures across a wide area, you'll be commanding a single complex one at a time. Slowly expanding in elevation, towers comprise multiple levels, each including platforms on opposite sides for strategically placing machine guns, cannons, and other weapons. However, that's not the best part. Not only will you have the opportunity of stacking firepower, weapons can be freely arranged and even moved mid-fight, if necessary, to adapt to stronger than anticipated force. In addition, weapons are upgradeable during and between battles, plus there's the backup option of an all powerful laser "eye." The game features hand drawn 2.5-D graphics, jazz and ragtime-style soundtrack, seven stages spanning 15 battlefields, dozens of weapons and upgrades, Game Center achievements, and Facebook integration.

Rakoo's Adventure by NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. ($1.99, 43.7 MB): Help the awkwardly adorable Rakoo rejoin his departed lost love in this automated side-scrolling runner. Fueled by lust, the quirky red raccoon sprints into the forest, disregarding the dangers that lie ahead. Therefore, it's up to you to ensure the little fella succeeds. Using a single finger or thumb, navigate Rakoo around harmful obstacles and onslaughts of animals while trying to collect as many flowers as possible for his, hopefully, soon to be mate. The game features cartoony 2.5-D graphics, pleasantly upbeat soundtrack, 30 standard as well as more than a dozen unlockable bonus stages spanning three chapters, various discoverable power-ups, fun and special hats to earn, mini-objectives, and Game Center achievements.

harmony by BorderLeap, LLC ($0.99, 27.2 MB): This sliding tile puzzler will challenge you to recreate order after it has been shattered into chaos. Fixing the layered, or striped, color layouts requires swapping tiles in compliance of three rules. First, tiles may travel any distance to replace one another, but can only shift horizontally or vertically. Next, every allotted move must be utilized, which is designated by the number of dots displayed on each tile. Last and certainly not least, the final layout needs to reflect the harmoniously grouped color goal image. The game features vibrant 2-D graphics, calming atmospheric soundtrack, more than 1,000 stages spanning eight levels of difficulty, and single finger control.

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