iPad App of the Week: Star Walk 2 – Guide to the Sky Day and Night

Star Walk 2 for iPad

Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week.

This week’s pick is Star Walk 2 – Guide to the Sky Day and Night. This is the next generation of the excellent and Apple award winning Star Walk app from Vito Technology. I’ve been a fan of the original for years, so it’s great to see this brand new version released.

Here’s a little bit of the App Store description for Star Walk 2:

Star Walk 2 is an exquisite stargazing tool that combines astronomical data with premium technology to deliver an effortless journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations. All you have to do is point your iPhone or iPad at the sky.
Universal app that works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
NEW IN STAR WALK 2
All-new stunning design
- New simpler and cleaner interface in vibrant colors for retina displays
- Atmospheric visual and sound effects, stirring soundtrack
- Exclusive handcrafted artwork for constellations, inspired by minimalist low-poly art
Incredible 3D models of celestial bodies
- Planetary nebulae*
- Constellations*
- Dwarf planets, comets, and asteroids*
- Man-made satellites*
*Available through In-App Purchase. Constellations are available for free for limited time.

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iPad App of the Week: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies

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Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week.

I was surprised and delighted to find Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies available on the App Store yesterday. I really loved the series of Phoenix Wright games on the Nintendo DS and 3DS. Yes, the series is a bit formulaic and the basic gameplay of questioning witnesses and finding evidence at crime scenes hasn’t changed much, but the dialogue is always spot-on and the storyline would usually keep me up for hours.

The game feels like it snuck onto the front page carousel, and the iTunes reviews say that it’s the very best port yet. The older Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD is a functional set of games, but they feel like literal cut-and-paste jobs of the Nintendo DS versions. Dual Destinies, on the other hand, looks right at home on the iPad.

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iPad App of the Week: NFL Now

NFL Now iPad App

Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week.

This week’s pick is NFL Now, an official NFL app that offers a video stream of great current and historical NFL content – from current news and features to NFL Films material and video archives of the league’s greatest games and players.

Here’s a little slice of its App Store description:

NFL Now delivers a personalized video stream of your favorite NFL teams, players and coaches right to your iPad or iPhone. Get exclusive interviews and stories about your team, breaking news on your fantasy players, and unlimited access to your favorites in the NFL Films Archives.

FEATURES
-Hundreds of new videos daily
-Personalized stream for you, by you
-Deepest NFL video library anywhere
-Airplay from your iOS device to your Apple TV

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iPad App of the Week: 80 Days

80 Days iPad app

Great apps are a big part of what makes for a great mobile (or even desktop) device. As iPad users, we’ve been fortunate that right from the start there have been rich pickings when it comes to great iPad apps – and we continue to be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding excellent apps for just about any purpose. Our weekly picks for iPad App of the Week celebrate some of these, and appear here every Saturday.

This week’s pick is 80 Days, an incredibly entertaining interactive fiction game where you play as world traveler Phileas Fogg’s faithful valet. It offers 150 cities to explore and a wealth of decisions to make in order to carve your own path around the globe.

Here’s a little more background on the game via its App Store page:

Playing as Phileas Fogg’s loyal valet, Passepartout, you must balance your master’s health, your finances, and the time, as you choose your own path from city to city all the way around the world. Bribe your way onto early departures, but don’t let yourself go bankrupt or you’ll be sleeping rough and begging for aid! Trade items for profit, and collect the equipment for the conditions you’ll face: but too much luggage will slow you down…

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iPad App of the Week: Madefire Motion Books & Comics

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Great apps are a big part of what makes for a great mobile (or even desktop) device. As iPad users, we’ve been fortunate that right from the start there have been rich pickings when it comes to great iPad apps – and we continue to be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding excellent apps for just about any purpose. Our weekly picks for iPad App of the Week celebrate some of these, and appear here every Saturday.

This week’s pick is Madefire Motion Books & Comics, an exciting app that offers a powerful combination of traditional comics and a new digital format that promises ‘to take visual storytelling to the next level’.

The app has got a number of rave reviews already and looks well worthy of those. Here’s one way I can tell that’s true: I am not a comics fan at all. Never have been. After spending a good amount of time with Madefire last night and this morning, I just might be a convert now. It’s that good.

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iPad App of the Week: Alphabeats

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iPad App of the Week: WatchESPN

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iPad App of the Week: FIFA Official App

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