Celebrate some presidents with a few free additions to your iPhone today. We’re starting with US Presidents in honor of the holiday, a game that will educate you a little bit about presidents of the past using matching games, memory and trivia. There’s also Mobile Mouse Pro, an extremely useful tool for letting your iPhone or iPad control your computer. Finally, read up on Explosive Love, a tilt-based game that’s simple to the point of being addictive.
US Presidents (Match’Em Up History and Geography) (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $0.99)
It’s Presidents Day, so you might be wondering, “Could I pick Dwight D. Eisenhower out of a lineup if I was under the gun?” US Presidents is a game to help you answer that question by providing you with several simple matching games that test your presidents knowledge, or at least work their pictures into a game of Memory.
US Presidents is filled with small-scale portraits of presidents. You can choose what kind of game you want to play with them -- a simple game of flipping over cards trying to match the images (Memory), or more complex things like matching names to faces. Several different modes name-matching games are available, including a two-player head-to-head mode and a timed pop quiz mode. OpenFeint support allows you to see how your presidential knowledge compares to players everywhere.
Mobile Mouse Pro (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $2.99)
There’s a whole lot of functionality to be found in Mobile Mouse, whose key feature is to turn your iPhone or iPad’s touch screen into a mouse trackpad. Download a PC program from the Mobile Mouse website, and the software connects your computer and iPhone using your local Wi-Fi network, allowing you to manipulate your mouse and even type on your iDevice and have it be recognized by your computer.
But Mobile Mouse does a whole lot more -- it’s basically a remote for your computer. You can switch applications, control media, web browsing and presentations, and even program hotkeys on your iPhone for quick controls on your PC. Mobile Mouse even can wake up your computer when it’s asleep and shut it down, as well.
Explosive Love (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $0.99)
A simple tilting game, Explosive Love is about robots and aliens: specifically, a whole lot of robots, who are violently in love with a single alien -- which is you. Tilting your iPhone guides your alien around the screen as robots crowd in (both as missiles and as walking automatons) and try to hug you to death. Your goal is to get them to collide and explode by standing in between them, then fleeing when they get close. Picking the hearts left over in the cartoon wreckage lets you rack up points.
Explosive Love never gets more complex, but it doesn’t need to in order to give users a little bit of mindless fun. It also includes Game Center and OpenFeint support so serious players can compare themselves to others and rack up achievements.