New iPhone apps worth downloading: SoundTracking and Angry Birds Space updates, The Blockheads

Jan 11, 2013

Kicking off this week’s haul of fresh apps is SoundTracking, a social music app that helps identify tracks and share them with your friends. Next is a big update to Angry Birds Space that adds 30 new levels and gameplay elements. Finally, we’ve got The Blockheads, a Minecraft inspired game in which players attempt to survive in a randomly generated world.

SoundTracking update (Free)

What’s it about? Music app SoundTracking lets you tag the songs you’re listening to and share them with your friends.

What’s cool? SoundTracking is great for things like music discovery and social sharing, allowing you to see what songs your friends are listening to and algorithmically finding new music that you might love. The app can identify songs you’re listening to with the your device’s Internet connection. You can add photos and captions to go with your songs or dedicate them to friends and followers. SoundTracking’s new update adds the ability to see your songs plotted on a timeline, the ability to like and favorite tracks, and additional social features.

Who’s it for? If you like sharing your music with friends and catching up on what they’re listening to, SoundTracking is your jam.

What’s it like? Apps like SoundHound and Shazam share similar capabilities with SoundTracking.

Angry Birds Space update ($0.99)

What’s it about? The first version of Rovio Mobile’s bird-flinging super franchise to break atmosphere, Angry Birds Space’s update adds 30 new out-of-this-world levels.

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What’s cool? Angry Birds Space was already a very impressive game because it brought gravity physics, inertia, weightlessness and other cool features to the tried-and-true Angry Birds formula. The game’s new update adds the “Pig Dipper” episode, which adds water the mix ; you’ll send Angry Birds flying around planets that also have their own personal bodies of water, too.

Who’s it for? Angry Birds fans, you’ll want to grab this update and see what Rovio has in store for you.

What’s it like? For more space-themed Angry Birds action, grab Angry Birds Star Wars.

The Blockheads (Free)

What’s it about? The Blockheads is about survival. Players take control of characters in a randomly generated world and have to find key items–like food, shelter and fuel–to stay alive.

What’s cool? Your only real goal in The Blockheads is to stay alive and explore. As you wander through the game world, you’ll need to gather materials to build tools, then use those tools to gather more materials like firewood for warmth and meat for food. You can craft a number of items you might need through the course of the game, and more items and elements become available over time. There are also a number of terrains over which to venture, like oceans and deserts, and you’ll even explore caves as well.

Who’s it for? If exploring, surviving, and making stuff is your bag, The Blockheads is for you.

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What’s it like? Sharing a lot of similarities with The Blockheads is Minecraft – Pocket Edition.

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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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