Best of the App Store

Written by Ben Wagner on . Posted in Tech

It’s spring time again, that wonderful time when I waste money on fun, quirky little iPhone games in order to procrastinate from studying for finals. With the recent arrival of the iPad, not a whole lot of attention is being paid to just regular iPhone apps. Lucky for you, I’m still here to let you know what good apps I’ve found lately in the iTunes App Store.

Fandango (Free) — I’ve been using Fandango for a number of years now (literally, since the *gasp* dial-up days). However when it comes to finding movie times on my iPhone, I’ve been using the Flixster app. I recently tried out the Fandango app and, while I’m not sure if I like it as much when it comes to looking up movie times, it has an excellent feature for buying movie tickets. It easily integrates the ability to buy movie tickets just like the full Fandango website. So if you’re on the go and need to buy tickets for a show you think might be sold out, this is an excellent app.

Angry Birds ($0.99) — I tend to really like “quirky” and quick iPhone games. Angry Birds really fits that bill. It’s a game you can just open and get right into fast, play for two minutes, hit the home button and be done. Word’s can’t really do it justice, but the game involves shooting various breeds of birds at green pigs, who begin constructing various ways of defending themselves as the game progresses. The game is quick, addictive, and crazy fun. For 99 cents, this is really a must buy.

Digg (Free) — I’m a huge fan of news aggregator For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Digg is a Web site where people submit stories they find from across the internet. People can “digg” a story and when a story has sufficient “diggs” it makes it to the front page of It’s one of the best places to find the day’s best online news, jokes, pictures, videos, etc. The iPhone app incorporates all the features of the regular website into a native app allowing you to get all the day’s best content while mobile.

Tetris ($4.99) — Tetris… for iPhone. I would write more about it, but I don’t have any time as I’m too busy playing it.

BlogPress ($2.99) — This past semester I’ve been assigned to maintain a blog for one of my English classes. Not soon after I created the blog and had a couple of posts up, I started looking for a way to manage and add new blog posts on the go. After reading and listening to several recommendations, I settled on trying BlogPress and I haven’t been dissapointed. BlogPress is very easy to use and allows you to create blog posts right from your iPhone. It’s extremely simple while still allowing you to maintain multiple blogs and upload text, photo, or video posts to them. I would highly recommend this one for the avid bloggers out there.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 ($9.99) — If you’re my age, this game was probably an important part of your adolescence. I spent a good chunk of my formative teenage years playing this game on the original PlayStation. I had all the best tricks perfected. I knew the location of every secret tape. I was once challenged to beat the entire game in under an hour — and I did it in less then 45 minutes. I’ve never been beaten in a head-to-head game. I own this game.

So imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning and saw that Mr. Tony Hawk himself had tweeted that the game had finally arrived for the iPhone. Never has getting an app been more of a no-brainer for me. What I found upon launching it is that the game is a surprisingly good port from the original PlayStation version. The on-screen touch controls were actually much better then I anticipated and all the same levels, goals, and tricks are still there. If you’re as big a fan of the Tony Hawk series as I am, you should pick this one up.


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