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New iPhone apps worth downloading: StubHub update, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Ben 10 Slammers

by Phil Hornshaw

Get ready for basketball and football seasons with StubHub, our first app worth downloading today. It allows you to buy and sell ticket to concerts and sporting events (among other things), and now pack interactive maps that make finding your preferred seats even easier. Over on the game front are two great titles for your attention today: Asphalt 8: Airborne, the latest in the arcade racer series, and Ben 10 Slammers, a collectible card game based on the popular cartoon show.

StubHub update (Free)

StubHubWhat’s it about? Buy or sell tickets to lots of different events, from concerts to basketball games, wherever you are with StubHub.

What’s cool? Ever have one of those moments when you suddenly realize you can’t go to a concert you bought tickets to months ago? Unloading them is never easy, but StubHub has created a marketplace where users can sell tickets to and buy from one another. The app lets you see the available tickets for lots of different events, and you can filter your search results by the seats you want and the price you’re looking to pay. You can view the section you’ll be in on venue maps before you buy, invite friends to join in via Facebook, and more. StubHub’s new update brings interactive maps that make it easier to purchase tickets for the upcoming sports seasons.

Who’s it for? Anyone looking to buy tickets (or sell some) should check out StubHub.

What’s it like? Get more options for purchasing tickets with Applauze and SeatGeek.

Asphalt 8: Airborne ($0.99)

Asphalt 8: AirborneWhat’s it about? Blast through arcade racer Asphalt 8’s huge number of events using any one of 47 different cars.

What’s cool? Arcade racer Asphalt 8 puts players behind the wheel and sends them into races across nine different locations from around the world. With a brand new physics engine and lots of new additions, Asphalt 8 provides players with a huge racing experience and lets them hit jumps and get airborne in races along the way. The game includes 180 different racing events to play through in a career mode that spans eight seasons, and also lets players take on one another in live multiplayer matches and asynchronous races that you can play at your own pace.

Who’s it for? Racing fans won’t want to miss the huge amount of new stuff available in Asphalt 8.

What’s it like? You might also want to check out the older Asphalt titles, such as Asphalt 7: Heat, and Real Racing 3.

Ben 10 Slammers ($0.99)

Ben 10 SlammersWhat’s it about? Based in the world of cartoon show “Ben 10” comes Ben 10 Slammers, a collectible card game in which you’ll do battle with characters from the show.

What’s cool? You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of “Ben 10” to enjoy Ben 10 Slammers. The collectible card game pits two players against each other in a head-to-head battle in which each player employs three “slammer” characters in duels. Your goal is to defeat the other player’s slammers before he defeats yours by using a combination of attacks from your slammers and support cards you can play during each turn. Strategy in the game is based on which cards you play when, in order to take down your opponents before they beat your team. Over time, you’ll be able to upgrade your slammers to make them more powerful, and you can also face off against other players in the game’s multiplayer mode.

Who’s it for? Whether you’re into “Ben 10” or just like collectible card games, Ben 10 Slammers is a title you should try.

What’s it like? For some more great collectible card games, try Heroes of Order & Chaos and Rage of Bahamut.

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