The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are just about 10 days away, and you might want to start preparing for them if you haven’t already. Fortunately, we’ve got a pair of apps for just that purpose, bringing you all kinds of Olympics info and videos from NBC’s coverage of the games, in the form of NBC Olympics and NBC Olympics Live Extra. We’ve also got a pair of games for you to play rather than watch: Knights of the Round Cable, a high-scoring title in which you use a rope to spin around different pegs and collect gems, and Professor Pym and the Secret of Steam, a vertical scroller in which you’ll need to use expert timing to get the fastest times in each level.
NBC Olympics and NBC Olympics Live Extra (iPhone, iPad) Free
NBC has not one, but two apps for covering the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, this month. The first, NBC Olympics, includes a wide range of basic Olympics coverage and information to help keep you informed. It packs rundowns and the state of all the events in the Games, plus news, athlete profiles, photo galleries and more. You can even use Twitter and Facebook to link up with other fans.
NBC Olympics Live Extra, on the other hand, focuses on live videos that can be streamed to your iOS devices, and will include video from every event in the Games for free. That means you can watch events live, catch replays and video recaps of the day’s developments, and even see alternate camera views from events that might not have been shown on TV.
Knights of the Round Cable (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Simple physics and high-scoring action make Knights of the Round Cable so compelling. You play a knight in each level of the game, who is tasked with grabbing gems that appear around several pegs. For some reason, you’re an especially bouncy knight, which allows you to spring around each stage to grab the gems. To navigate, you can throw a rope to each peg, allowing you to swing around it to grab gems or rocket yourself in a different direction.
Grabbing gems, saving princesses locked in cages and knocking out evil gem-stealing chickens all result in higher scores in Knights of the Round Cable. You’ll also need to dodge various bad guys who fly around each stage, hoping to get in your way, and try to build combos by snagging whole sets of gems from around a particular peg. Knights also includes Game Center achievements and leaderboards on which to track your progress.
Professor Pym and the Secret of Steam (iPhone, iPad) Free
Another casual arcade title that involves spinning, Professor Pym plays a little like Knights of the Round Cable, except that it’s more of a vertical scrolling title. Playing as Professor Pym, you have to escape from an ever-rising cloud of toxic steam by launching from spinning cog to spinning cog as you go upward, collecting coins along the way.
The goal in each level of Professor Pym is to grab as many coins as possible and get to the finish line at the top of the stage in as little time as possible. You’re scored based on those two criteria, and each level has goals to meet; beating them earns you stars. Professor Pym include Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards, too, which means you can compare your score in each level against those of players from around the world.