Abraham Lincoln, sentient cheeseburger hunter
This week’s roundup of apps includes a game that features world historical figures facing off against zombies, werewolves, and fast food. There are also offerings for music lovers, nature admirers, and people who just want to get someplace else on time.
Brian Cox's Wonders of Life
This is actually a sequel app to Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe. The newer, $2 offering for iPhone and iPad offers a 3D tour of nature, featuring more than 30 creatures and habitats, two hours of HD video, and 1000 images with commentary—all accompanied by a great soundtrack. This week’s update includes more videos, more content overall, and some minor adjustments.
This free app encourages musicians to practice and get better by offering a free tune, every day, that features sheet music “for every major instrument and genre.” Users can play charts, record practice sessions, and share their performances. This week’s update—in addition to adding the tune of the day—also features the addition of a metronome.
CMT Artists is essentially a pocket encyclopedia to the modern country music scene. The free iPhone app features bios of top artists, as well as thousands of photos and videos of favorite songs. Users can buy songs directly from iTunes, or purchase tickets to see their favorite singers in concert.
iPhone users who want to know how long it will take to get from their current location to their best friend’s house will have a buddy in ETA, a $2 app that bookmarks a user’s favorite destinations, then offers an estimate of how long it will take to drive—in current traffic—to that destination.
Second Chance Heroes
Remember Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? This $1 game is a lot like that, only with more world historical figures, and they’re facing off against werewolves, zombies, and sentient cheeseburgers. It’s all set in an arcade layout that’s more fun than scary.
This goes way beyond paper cranes. Tengami is a $5 iOS game set inside an origami-style pop-up book. The world flip, folds, and slides to help the hero on his journey, set to a score by composer David Wise.
Folks who need to get moving a little more, but find plain old walking boring, might be intrigued by The Walk, a $3 iPhone app that’s a fitness tracker and a game. “A 500-mile thriller where every step counts,” The Walk is a The Fugitive-type story, in which the user evades investigators while trying to solve the mystery of who set a life-threatening bomb. It’s an “epic adventure” that covers 65 episodes, 800 minutes of audio, and hundreds of miles.
This $1 app doesn’t just let users schedule appointments and reminders—it crunches data to offer insights about a user’s habits to help them get better at performing and completing tasks: How many tasks created, how often deadlines met, the typical length of time to complete a task, and more.