Film enthusiasts are likely to get a lot of use out of Full Metal Jacket Diary, a diary written on-set by actor Matthew Modine during the filming of Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War film. It packs a whole lot of new features that never made it into the print version of the book. Next, The New Yorker Magazine has brought its app down from iPad exclusivity to make it iOS Universal. Last but not least, we’ve got Commando Jack, a tower defense game that throws in a little first-person action for good measure.
Full Metal Jacket Diary (iPad) $14.99
Fans of Full Metal Jacket should take a look at Full Metal Jacket Diary, which is exactly what it sounds like. It's a diary, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production. Written and narrated by lead actor Matthew Modine, who played Pvt. J.T. “Joker” Davis in the film, Full Metal Jacket Diary is his actual diary from the set, complete with personal photos.
The app consists of the entire original book written by Modine from his experiences on the film, plus a four-hour audiobook of Modine’s reading of his work and hundreds of high-resolution photos taken on the set. There’s social networking capability that allows you to share photos on Facebook and Twitter, as well as links to related articles to get even more information and perspective on the film.
The New Yorker Magazine (iPhone, iPad) Free (with in-app purchases of $5.99 per issue or $59.99 yearly subscription)
The New Yorker has finally abandoned its iPad-exclusive digital format to including iPhone users as well. The New Yorker allows you to download the app for free and purchase issues piecemeal for $5.99 each if you prefer, or snag all of them for a yearly subscription of $59.99.
The app version of The New Yorker features cool exclusives. If you already have a subscription to the magazine, you get access to the digital versions. Those versions included multimedia offerings like audio, video, infographics and slide shows to augment the reading experience, and you can share articles through Facebook, Twitter and email. Links featured in articles can take you to updated web content for on-going stories, amongst other fantastic features.
Commando Jack (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Chillingo's Commando Jack sets itself apart from other tower defense games with a cool art style and a first-person turret defense addition to the formula, which comes up much more rarely. In each level, you have to buy and place turrets to protect the titular Commando Jack, who mans a turret at the far end of the level. The aliens want to take him down, so you have to protect him by turning his guns on the enemy yourself.
Commando Jack is an iOS Universal game. You can play through its levels on any of three difficulty modes. Money you earn as you go through each level allows you to purchase new towers and upgrades to power your campaign against evil aliens. There’s also Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.