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Levi Roots – Sunshine Food (iPhone), $6.99
The app includes ingredients lists (and even shopping lists that can be ticked off), various measurement types and conversions between them, and scale-able serving sizes so you don’t end up cooking more than you can eat. And to really make sure you get your money’s worth, it even includes some original music to cook by.
We City (iPhone, iPad), Free
If you like SimCity or any of the other “We” games from ngmoco, you’ll like this one.
The basics are the same as with most city simulator games, with the player directing the construction of various buildings around the city to meet the needs of its people and expand. You gain more experience points by conducting business and shipping items, and those points go toward new buildings that make your city better. If you played We Rule, this is more or less the same game.
What sounds like We City’s best feature is its ability to connect to other players. You don’t need Internet connectivity to play, but if you have it, you can browse through friends’ cities and even interact with their businesses, earning both of you money and experience points.
Portaball (iPhone), $0.99
One of the most interesting video games, and among the biggest hits, of the last two years is Portal, a first-person puzzle game in which the player uses connected portals to get around obstacles. Put a portal on one wall and another on a second, and when you enter the first, you come out the second. It’s trippy and really entertaining.
Portaball uses the same logic. Tap a wall once to create a blue portal; tap another spot to create white portal. When the titular ball goes through one, it comes out the other. The player uses portals to direct the ball to a goal, as well as dodge obstacles and solve puzzles.
TooLoud? (iPhone), $0.99
TooLoud? works a little like Shazam by using the iPhone’s microphone to “listen” to a sound. In TooLoud’s case, it tracks the volume of the noise and gives a decibel readout. It’ll also give you a warning if the sound you’re hearing is too loud.
It might be a little specialized, but my doctor always warned me as a teenager about how easy it was to damage my hearing. Maybe if he’d gotten my iPhone to tell me, I would have listened.