New iPhone apps worth downloading: Office Mobile, Avengers Alliance, Bucketz Ride

Jun 19, 2013

Microsoft has finally brought some semblance of its Office software to iOS users with Office Mobile, today’s leading app worth downloading. You’ll need a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 to use it, though, so keep that in mind. Following that is Avengers Alliance, a role-playing title based on some of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes. Finally, we’ve got Bucketz Ride, a casual game in which players have to fill buckets with falling debris in order to keep a seesaw balanced.

Office Mobile (Free)

What’s it about? Office Mobile provides access to a number of handy features for users who subscribe to Microsoft’s Office 365.

What’s cool? Finally, Microsoft has brought true support for its Office suite of programs to Apple’s iOS devices, in the form of Office Mobile. The app lets you access documents from Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more, and you can edit, make comments and share them with other users, as well. You can also create documents wherever you are, and the app keeps track of where you are when you’re reading things to bring you back to the location you were at when you last accessed them.

Who’s it for? Microsoft Office users who need mobile access to documents – and are willing to subscribe to Office 365 – Mobile Office can increase your productivity and access.

What’s it like? Get more access to documents with Quickoffice Pro and Documents Free.

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Avengers Alliance (Free)

What’s it about? A turn-based role-playing take on the superhero team known as The Avengers, Avengers Alliance has players gathering together Marvel superheroes to fight enemies.

What’s cool? The Avengers – Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow – face a new threat in Avengers Alliance, and you have to team up with the squad as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., leading a party of superheroes into battle. Avengers Alliance is a turn-based RPG, which means that each character on your team and your enemies make their moves in order based on their stats. You can use items and various weapons to give yourself an edge in battle, as well as various heroes that you recruit along the way. You can also face off against other players in an online multiplayer mode. Just note that Avengers Alliance is a free-to-play game, and uses that “energy” mechanic to make you wait to play if you’re unwilling to pay.

Who’s it for? Fans of The Avengers and role-playing titles might have some fun with Avengers Alliance.

What’s it like? Check out Solarian Tactics and Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering for more RPG action.

Bucketz Ride (Free)

What’s it about? The sequel to Bucketz, players’ job in Bucketz Ride is to drop objects into a set of three buckets in order to keep them balanced.

What’s cool? Bucketz Ride is all about balance. The game presents players with a seesaw beam on which sit three bucket characters, and the goal of the title is to allow the seesaw to fly up as high as it can go. The trouble is, all kinds of objects go flying through the air over the buckets, often falling into them. Your job is to keep the seesaw balanced by catching the objects and dropping them into the proper bucket. There are a ton of hazards to deal with of different sizes, and power-ups that can help give you an edge or save you from disaster. You can also score tons of points by keeping an eye out for special items that you can snag and drop into your buckets along the way.

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Who’s it for? Casual game fans will find Bucketz Ride’s mix of fast-pace and easy gameplay to be good for killing a few minutes with fun.

What’s it like? Bucketz is also a fun take on the same material, but with different challenges.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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