New iPhone apps worth downloading: Rich Dad Poor Dad Clutch Learning, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies

Nov 7, 2013

Head into the weekend with a little bit of learning and some great games to kill some time. Rich Dad Poor Dad Clutch Learning is up first, an interactive book of an iPad app that’s meant to help users learn about money and success in ways they were never taught in school. Over in the games department comes Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, an addictive management simulator in which users run the residential side of the Death Star in order to make money for the military aspects. Finally comes Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, an aerial combat strategy game set during World War II.

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Rich Dad Poor Dad Clutch Learning (iPad) ($14.99)

What’s it about? Rich Dad Poor Dad is an interactive book that looks to teach readers the secrets of success, beyond what they learned in school.

What’s cool? Meeting your financial goals and being successful in life is more about finding a high-paying job or saving 10 percent of every paycheck. There are lessons about how money works and the ins and outs of the financial world that most people aren’t taught in school, and those are the lessons that Rich Dad Poor Dad works to teach its users. The app includes videos, simulated experiences, animations and lots of other tools to help users learn what it takes to be successful financially, and also provides opportunities to share the things you learn or that you find especially interesting across social networks.

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Who’s it for? Users looking to learn more about how to save money and find success might want to check out Rich Dad Poor Dad.

What’s it like? You can get more help with money management from Personal Finance and Quicken 2014 Money Management.

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Star Wars: Tiny Death Star (Free)

What’s it about? Create your own Death Star in the follow up to Tiny Tower, in which you manage the residential side of the Imperial space station in order to fund its more sinister side.

What’s cool? The Emperor has “designs” for the fate of the galaxy, but in order for he and Darth Vader to execute his plans, they need money. And those two guys are definitely not getting jobs of their own. Instead, they turn the Death Star into a residential paradise, filled with levels where people can live, work, relax, and most of all, spend and earn money. As in Tiny Tower before it, players construct the Death Star level by level, filling it with people who live and work there, all the while using the funds to expand “Imperial” levels like “Interrogation.” Filled with Star Wars characters and wry humor, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is all about management and goofiness.

Who’s it for? If you’re into management simulators with a Star Wars twist, you’ll have a great time with Tiny Death Star.

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What’s it like? Star Wars fans will also want to check out Angry Birds Star Wars II, as well as Tiny Death Star developer NimbleBit’s other title, Tiny Tower.

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Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies ($4.99)

What’s it about? The follow-up to air force warfare strategy title Ace Patrol, Pacific Skies takes place in World War II and challenges players to turn the tides as one of several nations.

What’s cool? The Pacific campaign is heating up in Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, and you can take on the role of either the Axis or Allies as you engage in a series of battles across islands and oceans. Ace Patrol is a turn-based strategy title, in which players move units around a hexagonal game board in order to engage in dog aerial fights. You’ll choose whether you want to represent the army or navy in the game’s more than 180 levels, and you can also engage in multiplayer battles with other players across your Internet connection.

Who’s it for? This one’s for strategy game fans, especially those who already enjoy Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol.

What’s it like? Don’t forget to check out the original Ace Patrol, which is set during World War I.

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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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