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Today's Best Apps: Rayman Fiesta Run, QuizUp, Pathogen And More

Today's Best Apps: Rayman Fiesta Run, QuizUp, Pathogen And More

November 8, 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


QuizUp: The biggest trivia game in the world! by Plain Vanilla Corp (Free, 29.8 MB): Take a brief seat in this real-time blitz-style trivia game and show the world just how much knowledge you have. Pick one of the many categories, or tackle the all inclusive "General," and wait for the system to pair you with a seemingly equal level opponent. Every match is a live competition consisting of seven multiple choice questions scored not only by correct answer, but how quickly. Of course, that also means additional psychological pressure if the contender performs well. Once finished, statistics are provided as a nice reward breakdown and simple learning tool. The game features 2-D and 3-D graphics, chiptunes, ranking system, Facebook integration, plus Game Center achievements and leaderboard. Access requires a free email-based account or Facebook link.


Photofon HD by Ubermedia, Inc. (Free, 2.6 MB): This easy and elegant Twitter client helps you focus on those fabulous photos. Of course, you'll need to be following people who post visuals of their antics, food, families, pets, pastas, and other picturesque items for the tool to be useful. However, if you do, it's a great instrument. Basically, the app goes through your feed and filters out all of those non-image-based posts. The result is a nice and neat blog-like lineup of images and captions that can be enjoyed and shared. Functionality is simple, swipe to scroll, double tap on an image for a closer look, start a save with a tap and hold, plus mark as favorite or retweet via the buttons at the top-right of each tweet.

Pathogen by Gameblyr, LLC ($2.99, 55.4 MB): Inject this deeply immersive turn-based strategy game into your entertainment routine to give your and even a few friends' brains a fun challenge. Think of the board as an organic host and your task to infect the most area. For every turn, you can do one of three actions: implant a new cell, evolve one of your own, which may include capturing or blocking surrounding cells, or eradicate everything in a section using a virus. Even though it's the most effective and frequent move, evolving cells is very tricky. Foremost, there are three stages, which could be thought of as ranks. That means, higher cells can overtake lesser ones, including enemy cells, but not vice-versa. In addition, the effect is cascading, capturing large groups with a single sweep, making it potent positively and negatively. The game features neon-filled 2-D graphics, calm instrumental soundtrack, single player campaign, local and online multiplayer for up to four people, single finger control, and Game Center achievements.

Rayman Fiesta Run by Ubisoft ($2.99, 84.0 MB): Rayman has emerged from the jungle and is off on an exciting new adventure in this successor to the acclaimed side-scrolling auto-runner. It's a party of pleasure and pain as you work to collect the coins and adorable luminescent lums. The fast-paced missions involve swing from cocktail umbrellas, bounce off of light emitting limes, punch problematic and fun piñatas, smash through walls, swim and spout from beautiful oceans, slide down slippery slopes, maneuver around frequently in motion rocks, and much more. In fact, there's so much going on that one time won't be enough, and big rewards await strong efforts. Overall, it'll get your body grooving and your fingers moving. The game features charming 3-D graphics, Mexican music with humorous additions, over 75 standard and special stages spanning four festive worlds, boss battles, multiple moves and power-ups, as well as Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

Dwice - new puzzle arcade game from Tetris inventor by ANDREY NOVIKOV ($1.99, 9.4 MB): From the developer of Tetris comes another simple to learn, tough to master action-arcade game. Luminescent shapes are falling towards Earth, and your task is to eliminate them before the cities are destroyed. For whatever reason, these hollow squares, triangles, and circles can be obliterated by crashing them together. So, just use your finger and drag one into another, then poof! All gone! As a tip, alternatively, you can simply tap two adjacent objects. Unfortunately, smashing different shapes results in total annihilation. Basically, don't collide a square and circle, circle and triangle, triangle and square, etc. The game features neon-filled 2-D graphics, upbeat techno tunes, two play modes, 18 randomly generated levels, as well as Game Center leaderboards and achievements. Handy multi-touch, challenging Blitz mode, helpful shields and bonus Fever state are unlockable via in-app purchases.

Blocky Roads by Dogbyte Games Kft. ($1.99, 41.6 MB): It's you versus tough terrain in this kind of quirky side-scrolling, physics-based racer. A catastrophic weather event has torn the farm apart, but you're determine to put things back together. Obviously, that'll require traveling far and wide to gather what survived plus new resources and items. However, don't you worry, some genuine effort and capable truck goes a long way. Despite your off-roader's capabilities, there are a few things requiring attention. One is fuel. Basically, don't run out by performing unnecessary traveling. Problem two would certainly be rollovers. Like a turtle, if you flip over, it's game over. Last but not least, money management. Those treks for goods, which are locked in mystery treasure chests, also offer financial rewards, coins. Just remember, some of those funds must go towards upgrades and others to unlocking levels. The game features voxel graphics, country soundtrack, four challenges spanning 12 tracks, nine vehicles, car and character customization, four vehicle attribute upgrades, dual thumb controls, as well as Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

Octagon - A Minimal Arcade Game with Maximum Challenge by Lukas Korba ($1.99, 11.5 MB): If you're hankering for a simple, old school challenge, then look no further than this reflex-based, survival-type action-arcade game. The deceptively easy task is to navigate a pixelated ball down an octagon-shaped tunnel. However, many of the walls are missing, therefore, it's going to require a lot of quick maneuvering in order not to plummet into oblivion. One uniqueness compared to other titles is this ends but doesn't. Every track has a finish line, though that only leads to another section, one traveled faster and thus more difficult until things become too much. The game features vector and polygon 2-D and 3-D graphics, intense metal-style soundtrack, randomly generated courses, tap and swipe controls, as well as a Game Center leaderboard.

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