Get to know the latest and greatest bands and artists in music with MTV Music Meter, a newly updated service that puts you in touch with the trendiest recording artists each day. The app lets you sample music, read news and even find nearby concerts in its latest version. Following that, we’ve got a mess of new game titles hitting the App Store. First is Beat Sneak Bandit, a rhythm/puzzle/stealth game with a great art style and fresh-feeling gameplay. After that is League of Evil 2, the sequel to one of the best platformers iOS has to offer. Finally, Spongebob’s Super Bouncy Fun Time gives the Bikini Bottom treatment to Angry Birds-style physics games.
MTV Music Meter update (iPhone, iPad) Free
Keep up with what’s hot in music with MTV Music Meter, a link to bands that are trending each day. The app is updated daily, bringing a new list of the hottest musical groups to your iOS device, along with sample tracks you can listen to and then access in iTunes to purchase immediately, should you find some you like.
In addition to hearing what artists play, Music Meter’s big new update brings a partnership with Songkick, providing concert and tour information so you can quickly grab tickets to see new artists. You can also watch music videos, get Twitter feeds and read news stories about all the feature musicians in the app. You can now also search through Music Meter for new acts by genre, making it possible to discover even more great new music.
Beat Sneak Bandit $2.99
Developer Simogo has successfully married a rhythm game with a stealth and puzzle title, creating something very interesting a lot of fun with Beat Sneak Bandit. The game requires only one control: you tap along with the beat of each level’s soundtrack, and each time you tap with the beat, the titular bandit takes a sneaky step. Your goal is to steal back all the clocks in your town that have been hoarded by a local mansion owner, but in order to snag them all and avoid his security, you’ll need to watch the rhythm of guards, search lights and other obstacles and tap along to the beat.
Mixing elements of stealth gameplay with puzzle-solving in order to navigate each level, you’ll need to keep the beat through each of Beat Sneak Bandit’s many stages. Gather enough clocks for successfully moving in time with the music and you’ll unlock bonus “shadow stages” to work through as well. The game also includes Game Center support for achievements.
League of Evil 2 (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Ravenous Games’ sequel to its absolutely stellar platforming title League of Evil has just hit the App Store, bringing another 100 levels of brutally difficult, super-fast platforming gameplay to your iOS devices. Instead of an 8-bit experience, League of Evil packs upgraded graphics and a bunch of new environments.
At its core, League of Evil 2 is more of the same tough platforming gameplay that made the first game such a success, and Ravenous has done well to mimic its award-winning, super-responsive touch controls from its last outing. League of Evil 2 also throws in a storyline with hand-illustrated graphics, user-selectable costumes and even a few boss fights.
SpongeBob’s Super Bouncy Fun Time (iPhone, iPad) $1.99
Nickelodeon Games has taken a page from Angry Birds, but with a SpongeBob motif, to create SpongeBob’s Super Bouncy Fun Time. The physics puzzler puts you in the role of the titular sponge as he and his starfish friend Patrick go in pursuit of jellyfish to catch. In order to nab them, you’ll have to hit them with SpongeBob’s special cannon, bouncing the bullets around in each level to knock out the jellyfish in as few shots as possible so that Patrick can capture them.
There are more than 100 levels to play through in Super Bouncy Fun Time, and as you capture jellyfish, you’ll also have the opportunity to gather coins that can be used to purchase power-ups to make future levels easier. The game also includes the voice of SpongeBob from the popular cartoon show, as well as Game Center support to provide players with achievements to chase and leaderboards to climb.