This Week’s Best Apps #14

Get ready for our biggest, most comprehensive list of new apps ever! It’s almost Christmas, and accordingly, iOS developers are trotting out their big titles, including a ton of console game ports…

Adaptu Wallet

for iPhone
Price: FREE
Finances on-the-go.

Biography – A Journey With History’s Most Influential People

for iPad
Price: $4.99
Walk through history with 70 of its most influential individuals, such as Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Marco Polo, and more.

Broadway.com

for iPad
Price: FREE
The popular web destination for all things theater brings its content to a slick iPad app.

Caboodle Doodle

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $.99
Use stencils and splatter paint to create your own original works of art.

A Christmas Carol Bookstrack

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $1.99
Synchronizes a musical soundtrack to Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story.

City Guides

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $3.99
Goop.com presents its first app, a guide to New York City.

College Bowl Guide

for iPad
Price: FREE
An interactive guide to the 2011-2012 college football season, from the folks at The Daily.

DailyBurn

for iPhone & iPad
Price: FREE (in-app subscription required)
A personalized fitness program that delivers daily workout videos to your iDevice.

Forestville

for iPhone & iPad
Price: FREE
Another “-ville” game from the makers of Cityville and Farmville, this one puts you in charge of a community of animals and their woodland home.

Fotopedia Wild Friends

for iPhone & iPad
Price: FREE
As long as you have wifi, this terrific app will teach you all about animals with vivid photos and loads of data about each critter.

Frontline Commando

for iPhone & iPad
Price: FREE
Great-looking first-person shooter where you take it to the villains, Die Hard style.

Grand Theft Auto III

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $4.99
The console classic comes to iOS for its 10th anniversary. Reviews have been very positive across the board.

History of Rock

for iPad
Price: $7.99
App version of an exhaustive print book by Mark Paytress, telling the complete story of the history of rock & roll.

Ice Rage

 

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $.99
Foosball style 2-player ice hockey game with terrific graphics.

IndieBound

for iPhone & iPad
Price: FREE
An ereader app your local independent bookstore can use to sell you ebooks.

Kinectimals

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $2.99
The popular animal sim for kids is ported to iOS with Kinect’s motion controls turned to multitouch gestures.

Life 75

for iPad
Price: $12.99
A 75-year retrospective on the famous photography magazine. Portrait mode shows you hundreds of Life‘s greatest photos, while portrait mode shows you its finest magazine covers.

The Logo Maker

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $2.99
Smart and easy to use, it helps you create an appropriate, stylish logo for your company or organization. Specializes in Web 2.0 style logos.

Magic Guitar

for iPhone
Price: FREE (w/ in-app purchases)
From the makers of Magic Piano comes this app that lets you shred like a pro. Has a nice catalog of hit songs you can rock out to on a variety of guitars.

The “No” Kid

for iPad
Price: FREE
Interactive storybook for kids with tons of activities and vocabulary learning.

Pad & Quill

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $.99
Really lovely note-taking app that organizes your thoughts, ideas, and lists in virtual notebooks.

Real Soccer 2012

for iPhone & iPad
Price: FREE
The latest edition of this annual title comes with triple-A production values and tons of features. A must-have.

Rockmate

for iPad
Price: $.99
An all-in-one rock music studio that can support up to 4 players at once. Record your own tracks, create loops, mix your music, and much more.

The Sims FreePlay

for iPhone & iPad
Price: FREE
Completely free to play is this full-featured new version of Maxis’ wildly popular The Sims, made for iOS.

Sin or Win

for iPad
Price: $1.99
A very original “god” game where you have the choice of saving the cavemen who sacrifice themselves to you, or send them into a fiery pit. Great graphics by a Hollywood animator.

Skulls

for iPad
Price: $13.99
Incomparable nonfiction author Simon Winchester wrote the text for this incredible app that features over 300 animal skulls you can rotate a full 360º. From the uncompromising folks at Touch Press, creators of The Elements and Solar System.

Sleepy Jack

for iPhone
Price: $.99
Stunning 3D graphics complement this flying game where you play as a little boy flying-and-fighting his way through his favorite toys while dreaming.

Sonic CD

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $1.99
The fan-favorite Sonic classic comes to iOS with tremendous attention to detail.

Stunt Bug

for iPhone & iPad
Price: FREE (w/ in-app purchases)
48 missions take you through a series of death-defying obstacle courses. Oh, and you’re a bug.

SummitX Snowboarding

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $4.99
Carve up that mountain, pull killer tricks, and upgrade your gear in a realistic snowboarding game.

Tiny Places

for iPad
Price: $1.99
Cute puzzle game where you help a chameleon escape from small spaces using a variety of puzzle types.

Tongue Tied

for iPhone & iPad
Price: $1.99
Slapstick hijinks ensue when two cartoon dogs get their tongues tied together. Use physics-based gameplay to help them find the “WinterBone.”

Trenches II

for iPad
Price: $2.99
Sequel to the popular side-scrolling WWII-style combat game.

Windosill

for iPad
Price: $2.99
Part adventure game, part exploration experience, you can touch anything you see and watch it react in ways surprising and sublime.

About Robin Parrish

Unathletic, uncoordinated tall man with endless creativity stampeding through his overactive brain. Comes with beard, wife, and two miniature humans. Novelist. General blogger and main Gaming Geek for ForeverGeek. Lead Blogger, Apple Gazette.

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