Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 11: MintMarket, CloudOn update, Amoebattle, Monster Words

Apr 11, 2012
Games

Clear out some of the gifts you’ve received recently that you didn’t really want, or stuff you bought and found soon after you didn’t need, with MintMarket. The online market app allows users to sell mint-condition items they bought within the last 60 days with their community of Facebook friends. A big update to CloudOn […]

Clear out some of the gifts you’ve received recently that you didn’t really want, or stuff you bought and found soon after you didn’t need, with MintMarket. The online market app allows users to sell mint-condition items they bought within the last 60 days with their community of Facebook friends. A big update to CloudOn is our second app of the day, which adds even more versatility to the iPad-enabled remote desktop app. Amoebattle is a the real-time strategy game that has a great cartoonish art style and lots of strategy-intensive gameplay, followed by Monster Words, a word game that’s both simple and challenging.

MintMarket (iPhone, iPad) Free

It’s springtime, and that means cleaning up and moving out lots of old junk to make room for new junk. If you’re a person who is finding him or herself with lots of things you don’t want, you might want to check out MintMarket. The app is the portal to a free online marketplace in which users buy and sell used mint-condition items that they purchased within the previous 60 days, allowing them to deal with buyer’s remorse by selling the items they thought they wanted but really don’t.

MintMarket integrates with Facebook and protects users from lemons by requiring that items be pretty close to new before they can be sold on the market. And because you’re using Facebook, you’re getting listings from people you already know and trust, rather than whoever might be using the service in general. MintMarket will keep you up-to-date on the items you purchase, as well, by sending you push notifications and allowing you to save items as your “favorites.”

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CloudOn update (iPad) Free

Stream your Windows desktop to your iPad in a perfectly legal way with CloudOn. The app makes it easy to access the programs and documents found on your computer remotely using your iPad, and integration with Dropbox makes it possible to pass files between both devices quickly and easily for maximum efficiency. With its latest update, CloudOn has added even more features.

CloudOn’s 2.0 update adds support for Box for even more storage, and now users can use email to send documents to colleagues and collaborators using their iPads. The app also supports more file formats beyond those offered by Microsoft Office, including PDF files and various image file types.

Amoebattle (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

Amoebas and other single-celled organisms make up your army of forces in Amoebattle, a real-time strategy game in which you’ll command forces as you move through levels, defeating other amoebas and using their DNA to bolster your forces. As you gather new amoebas, you’ll use them and their different abilities to fight off an infection that threatens all life, utilizing simple tap and touch controls to rally troops, issue orders and move around the battlefield.

Amoebattle features a pretty, cartoonish art style and supports the new iPad’s Retina display. It also includes Game Center support to supply leaderboards and achievements to players, allowing you to see just how good you are with your amoebarmy. It also has iCloud functionality to save your game files to the cloud.

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Monster Words (iPhone, iPad) Free

Word games seem to have created a special niche in the App Store. Monster Words fits in that niche nicely, adding a little personality to a word game that’s fun and challenging without being overly difficult. Each level give you a series of words, the number of letters in each, and a description of what word you’re after, then lets you loose with a bunch of monsters in a cage, each of which has a piece of a word written on it. Your job is to flick the monsters in order to the top of the screen to form words and score points.

They start out simple and grow more difficult, and Monster Words is at its best when you have lots of fragments all together that make it tough to see what words the game is looking for you to find. Each level has a theme to which all the words are related, and you can switch between all the words you need to form in each level so you can skip one that might be stumping you and return when it’s easier. The freemium title lets you buy hints if you get stuck, or you can connect to Facebook and ask friends for help.

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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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