Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 25: MyCityWay Now, National Parks, Marvel vs. Capcom, Cubis Creatures

Apr 25, 2012
Games

It’s Wednesday, and for many of us, that means it’s high time to forget about the rest of the work week and start planning for the weekend. MyCityWay Now can help you do just that by highlighting all kinds of points of interest in a city, searching for things like restaurants, nightlife and other highlights. […]

It’s Wednesday, and for many of us, that means it’s high time to forget about the rest of the work week and start planning for the weekend. MyCityWay Now can help you do just that by highlighting all kinds of points of interest in a city, searching for things like restaurants, nightlife and other highlights. If a more nature-centric setting is more your style, grab National Parks by National Geographic, a guide to the nation’s parks that’s filled with photos, maps and other info. The well-loved fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom 2 kicks off today’s games offerings by making the leap to iOS, followed by match-three puzzler Cubis Creatures, which adds a third dimension to the usual Bejeweled-style rules.

MyCityWay Now (iPhone, iPad) Free

Find everything you’d like to know about a city – including what to do and where to go – with the help of MyCityWay Now. The app lets you search for things like nightlife spots, restaurants, events, stores and all kinds of other things, all arranged by category, wherever you are. You can even find out the weather and search for different hotspots within the app.

MyCityWay Now isn’t just filled with information about what to do or where to go, though: it will also tell you what the best route is to take when you head out to avoid traffic with a live stream of information. When you arrive at your destination, you can use the app to find a place to park. You can also use the app to find the lowest local gas prices. It currently only works for New York City, with 72 more due soon.

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National Parks by National Geographic (iPhone, iPad) Free

National Geographic’s interactive guide to the United States’ parks is now available for iOS devices, and it’s a handy free app to have whether you’re out on the trails or just keen to look at photos from the comfort of your couch. National Parks by National Geographic is filled with maps, coordinates, points of interest and more to help you get around the parks when you visit, plus National Geographic photos.

If you do happen to visit the parks, National Geographic has you covered with lots of cool tidbits within the app. You can receive photo tips from National Geographic photographers when you visit in order to snap some great nature shots of your own, and you can even collect virtual stamps from each park you visit to keep track of where you’ve been and where you still have yet to travel. Plus, everything can be shared with others via Facebook and Twitter.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

A classic of the fighting game world from way back in the time of the Sega Dreamcast, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is now available as an iOS title and even has a low price in celebration of The Avengers hitting theaters. The game pits classic Capcom video game characters such as Mega Man and Street Fighter’s Ryu against the likes of Wolverine, Magneto and others from the world of Marvel Comics.

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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 packs some 56 characters with which to do battle, and players can add characters to a tag-team fight in which they can switch between them at a moment’s notice. The game also has touch controls optimized for iOS devices and packs Bluetooth multiplayer right out of the gate, so you can take on your friends. Just note that you’ll need an iPad 2 or newer, an iPhone 4 or newer, and iOS 5 to play.

Cubis Creatures (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Match-three title Cubis Creatures isn’t just about putting objects of the same color together on a grid, it actually has you working through its puzzles in three dimensions, stacking cubes as well as putting them in rows and columns. In each stage of Cubis Creatures, your job is to launch and position cubes as quickly as you can to make the requisite number of combinations before the timer runs out.

Each stage also contains special star blocks that help you to attain the best score possible; clearing them adds a multiplier to your point total and lets you earn more as you clear other blocks. Knocking out three or more such blocks ups your star rank in each stage as well. Cubis Creatures also packs Game Center support, so you can see how your abilities rank against players from all over the world.

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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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