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Monday, June 18, 2012

Top 10 Free iPhone Apps [8th-15th June]

Welcome to WhatCulture’s weekly run down of the top ten free apps for iPhone, as listed by the App Store. Here you’ll find a quick summary of each app, what it’s about and whether it’s worth your precious time. We’re charitable like that…

10. Pocket Plane 

Don’t bother wasting your time or effort on this game: aside from the graphics, which are like something from an arcade game from a time gone by, there is pretty much nothing enjoyable about it. Unless that is, you like having your life slowly slip away from you while watching the most mundane plane journey possible. Basically, the aim of the game is to load your passengers on board with their luggage, then have them disembark at the other end. Sound interesting to anyone? No.

 Maybe if they threw in a complimentary vodka it might be a little more bearable.

9. PipeRoll 

Race the clock to try and beat the score for supplying properties with their water and other essentials – doesn’t exactly sound fantastic but don’t write it off before you try it. This is a free version of the popular Pipes game, and having tried both we’d definitely recommend saving your 69p and downloading this app instead because there’s not actually that much difference between the two. After the initial few rounds of finding your feet you are then introduced to other coloured pipes and you have to keep the two (or three or four) separate. It should be easy but it is quite a challenge, and a fun one at that!

8. New Star Soccer 

Have you ever wanted to be a premiership footballer? Me neither. However, this app has opened our eyes to the wonder of the beautiful game. Ok, so that was sarcasm too but we do think this is a fantastic app: you have the arcade mode that is free where you can practice your shooting skills, and with each passing goal comes an added difficulty, could be a defending wall or a goal keeper, to keep it interesting. The other mode is career mode which is basically try before you buy: you have the opportunity to play 10 matches in a Football Manager-esque style. You also have to manage your life outside of the game, from keeping your boss and the fans happy, to trying to stop your girlfriend selling your sex stories to gossip mags.

All this while improving your football skills and trying to save money to buy yourself the fancy things a football star should never be seen without. After the 10 matches it does cost 69p to unlock the full career mode but in our opinion that is money well spent as we’ve been playing on it all day and there’s no sign of us getting bored anytime soon.

7. Parking Frenzy 

While this is in the top ten, it is another app whose inclusion here defies explantion: I find it hard to understand what the fun is of trying to get a red car into a parking space . There’s no charisma or character to it, and all we have is a non-specific car in a car park. No fun graphics, no fun music, no fun… anything, sadly. The only thing to say about this is that it’s boring: maybe we’re missing something that makes it worthy of its place in the top ten, but if we are, they’ve hidden it pretty well.
6. Million Pound Drop 

When watching the Million Pound Drop have you ever thought, I wish I could do that!? Well, now you can. Every Friday and Saturday at 9pm you can play along with the lovely Davina and bet lots of cash on the answers you think are right. Fake cash of course, unfortunately. Granted, it may be a little limiting to have an app on your phone that you can only play on for a couple of hours a week, but for £1.49 you can carry on the fun in between. Spiffing eh?
5. Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing 

In All-Stars Racing, you get to race with and against your favourite SEGA characters across 15 tracks in a game that obviously has had effort put into the development of it, which is something that is sadly quite rare in a lot of the free apps on the market. Refreshingly, additional purchase of anything isn’t necessary for the enjoyment of the game, and this app is a must have for anyone that enjoys the company of Sonic and friends. The controls are a little difficult to get used to at the beginning, but once you’ve got over this you can start to have fun with this great free app.

4. Bag It! 

How much fun can you have packing groceries? Lots if this app is anything to go by. Food items run across the top of the screen on a conveyor belt and the objective is to have to fit them all in your bag without breaking anything. Because we all know the harrowing feeling when you get home and you got crushed eggs in the box! The animation is fun and quirky: all of the products have eyes and faces to let us know whether they’re scared of being crushing by the massive melons ready to bounce on them. All in all, a very good, charming little game.

3. Finger Olympics 

Obviously with the Olympics just around the corner there was going to be apps developed to take advantage of that, and this one has done it well, as the development team have decided to go against the realism of sports and have you guide finger and hand shaped men through different athletic and sporting events by tapping on the screen. It’s a simple enough concept and it seems to work: the free version is only a taster and you have to put your hand in your pocket (or password on the screen) and pay £1.49 to unlock the full potential of this game, but it is a rewarding one.

2. Top Gear 

Inspired by the highly popular, and sometimes controversial, programme Top Gear, the BBC have brought to us a free app that allows the player to undertake some of the crazy challenges that the show’s presenters and The Stig have set out for us. You have the options to buy different cars and upgrade components to enable you to complete the quests within the given time. Not only do you get to do this with cars, you also get to have fun with strangely constructed vehicles that you would have to have a death wish to get behind the wheel of in real life. Throughout this you have to try and get the show as many viewers as possible by performing these tricks. Something to pass the time with at the very least.

1. Song Pop 

And now to the number one free app currently sweeping the nation. In Song Pop the object is to guess what the name of a song or artist is from a snippet of the song played. Not only that, you have to beat another player to it, and believe me when I say that the pressure makes guessing even a song you know well very difficult when you’re on the spot. A nice feature of this is that you get the choice of 3 different categories so if you have absolutely no idea about 80’s pop music, then you don’t have to go through answering questions on it. This game is no doubt going to stay near the top of the chart for a while, and so it should: it is a fantastic game and deserves its number one spot.
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