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Find your way around town with lots plenty of useful information – and fully 3-D maps – with the help of UpNext Maps. Today’s Fresh Apps leader brings city maps to your iOS device that let you access buildings and venues and find out what’s inside them. Education app Word Dynamo comes next and helps make expanding your vocabulary fun. Kotomon starts off today’s game selection, giving players a 3-D world to play through as they gather friendly monsters and fire them at enemies, while Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering brings players into a role-playing world with lots of bad guys to thrash.
UpNext Maps (iPhone, iPad) Free
Your iOS device’s Maps app might be handy, but it won’t give you a real idea of what an area or a city looks like. UpNext Maps, on the other hand, might. It provides 3-D maps that can be manipulated and rotated, showing users cityscapes and venues as they really look, in full three-dimensional glory. You can also see buildings up close or inside.
All of UpNext’s maps are fully searchable to find whatever it is you’re looking for in each city, and you can tap on buildings to get further details about what businesses and venues are inside. Users can also get navigation and driving directions through cities. Right now, UpNext doesn’t cover every city, so you’ll want to check to make sure the cities you want mapped are included.
Word Dynamo by Dictionary.com (iPhone, iPad) Free
Educational game Word Dynamo is designed to help students master the English language by putting the huge database of words and definitions of Dictionary.com at students’ disposal. The game presents a word and various definitions, requiring players to choose the correct ones. You can also pick through categories to get questions on different words and boost your vocabulary in those areas.
Word Dynamo lets you browse through Dictionary.com’s massive word database to help you teach yourself and expand your vocabulary, and you can track your progress learning and how well you score in games from a personalized dashboard within the app. You can even use the app to prepare for standardized tests, such as the GRE and SAT.
Kotomon (iPhone, iPad) $2.99
Action-adventure title Kotomon is about befriending and capturing monsters and using them to fight off enemies. Each level of the game has players cracking open eggs and freeing different monsters, which they can then pick up and throw to combat other enemies. Every monster has different abilities for smashing enemies, so you’ll need to use each one in the right context to pound through bad guys and get the best score possible.
Your score is based on taking out enemies, and the best way to really rack up the highest scores is to take down slews of enemies at once to gather combos and snag bonus points. You’ll control your character, Kotomon, but dragging your finger around the bottom of the screen, and fire your monsters by tapping the screen with some really simple touch controls.
Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering (iPhone, iPad) Free
A classic turn-based role-playing title, Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering puts players in the role of an adventuring hero to fight off monsters and take down a world-threatening demon. Each level has players slicing past monsters, gathering money and items to buy purchase better and better gear and increase your abilities to make yourself more powerful.
Juggernaut includes five characters to choose from and more than 100 enemies to fight off. The developers boast more than 30 hours of gameplay, great 3-D graphics and 12 different armor classes to use to customize your characters and strengthen them. Juggernaut also includes Game Center support for achievements, and some huge boss battles to deal with along the way.