It's been another week, and another batch of awesome apps and games are ready for the downloading. We've got apps from big names like Google, Jawbone, and Facebook, as well as a smattering of games ranging from sports to rhythm-based surgery.
Grab your iPhone or iPad and dive into our top ten favorite new iOS apps.
Retry features the one-touch controls and sensitive impact areas of the insanely difficult physics game Flappy Bird, but lathers on retro graphics, an old-school aviation theme, and a much wider variety of levels. Very simply, try to land your plan at the end of the stage without crashing on any obstacles in between. Easier said than done. Gluttons of punishment will want to get started with Retry now.
NBA 2K15 offers substantially improved graphics while playing on the basketball court, and a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline by doing stuff like answering questions at press conferences and training their custom-made character. The soundtrack is curated by Pharrell Williams, which should keep gameplay moving nicely. NHL 2K also came out this week, if you're into that kind of thing.
Doctor Bop is a fun little rhythm game where players conduct surgery by popping little legions growing inside patients in time with the music of the stage. Make sure to hit the extra bright dots early so all of the others on the board multiply in score value. Best of all, half of all ad revenue generated from this game is going towards Extra Life, which we're big fans of.
Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge, is the latest iteration in an excellent action game series. Instead of being stuck in a static arena and having to tilt your device around incoming enemies and towards power-ups, you have to work through a continually scrolling stage, similar to an endless runner. Gather blue cubes as best you can without getting hit. Take too many hits, and it's game over. The finely tuned gyro controls make for a really tense and fast-paced game.
Sleep Attack is an interesting new tower defense game where player spin the entire battlefield to alter the route of incoming waves of enemies, while still building and upgrading towers as before. You'll face 17 different enemy types across six surreal dreamscapes and face off against some fearsome bosses. If you've had your fill of the traditional tower defense formula, Sleep Attack really does add a new dimension.
Pixelmator is a hugely popular photo editing and art app for Mac that has found its way to iPad this week. As you might expect, you can work seamlessly between the two devices, so you can keep working on your projects while on the go or at your desk. Correct colors, set white balance, blur, sharpen, distort, add text, and do just about everything else you could need to do with a big boy image editor.
Inbox is Google's reimagining of handling e-mail, that bundles in reminders, and collapses similar messages together. Particularly important messages will bubble up to the top, and Google will go ahead and pull in useful information from outside sources for certain messages. You can also snooze e-mails and reminders, so you can tune out from threads you aren't directly involved in, or tasks you can get to right now. For now, you need an invite to use Inbox, but Google seems to be giving those out pretty liberally.
Rooms is an app from Facebook that brings back the old days of chat rooms. Join live discussion groups about any number of topics without having to register an account or anything. Photos, videos, and text can be shared with the room. Rooms is a fresh and promising way of staying anonymous while still connecting with like-minded people.
Photomath is a next generation calculator where all you have to do to find a solution is take a picture of a math problem. After taking your shot, the app will run through some basic text recognition and give you a fast, accurate answer. Every step to the solution is shown so you know how it got where it did, and new math types are supported on a release-by-release basis.
Drop by Jawbone is a collaborative new way to build a playlist. Once connected to your social and music streaming accounts, friends can tweet at you to add songs to whatever's playing at your event. Drop ties in with Spotify or Rdio, for which you need a premium subscription, but if you do, you'll find your setlists becoming much more interesting.