Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 26: Ice Land Adventures HD, Spellsword, Escape from Age of Monsters, Texas Poker

Apr 26, 2012
Games

We’ve got game offerings of all kinds and for all ages in today’s Fresh iPhone Apps haul, starting with I Learn With Boing – Ice Land Adventures, an educational game that helps teach children how to read. Action title Spellsword combines role-playing elements with survival gameplay and lots of magic spells, while Escape from Age […]

We’ve got game offerings of all kinds and for all ages in today’s Fresh iPhone Apps haul, starting with I Learn With Boing – Ice Land Adventures, an educational game that helps teach children how to read. Action title Spellsword combines role-playing elements with survival gameplay and lots of magic spells, while Escape from Age of Monsters uses high-quality graphics and sound to put a fresh spin on the endless runner genre. Finally, Texas Poker brings free-to-play poker action to your iOS device, along with a celebrity endorsement from Carmen Electra.

i Learn With Boing – Ice Land Adventures HD (iPad) $2.99

If you’re a parent with a young child just about ready to learn to read, you might want to give i Learn with Boing – Ice Land Adventures a shot. Aimed at teaching literacy in 3- to 6-year-olds, Boing makes use of the iPad’s big screen and touch capabilities, and marries them with educational games in order to help kids learn to read.

Boing comes with three games that self-adjust in difficulty based on how well children do when playing them. The app is also designed to be cross-curriculum, so while it’ll primarily teach kids how to read, it also includes information about other important topics, such as math and science. Boing also includes in-game rewards to encourage kids in their learning and a self-tracker for parents to see how kids are progressing.

Spellsword (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Grab your magic sword and start taking down waves of monsters in Spellsword, an action arcade title in which your primary goal is to survive, and use a ton of magic. Each level is an enclosed arena with traps and dangers, as well as floods of enemies, and you’ll need to bash through them in order to meet goals and win rewards. On your side is a powerful sword that absorbs magic from cards that appear around the level, allowing you to blast lots of enemies all at once – if you can stay alive.

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Spellsword packs 60 levels to fight through as you gather new armor and accessories to make yourself stronger. Money you gather in each level allows you to upgrade the powers of your cards and buy new accessories, and the game also packs nine “endless mode” arenas, where you can really test your skills. Spellsword also includes Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Escape from Age of Monsters (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Endless running title Escape from Age of Monsters isn’t too much different from a lot of other entries in the genre, but it’s still a pretty fun and addictive arcade title. Players have to break down walls in order to stay one step ahead of the monsters pursuing them. The walls come either in red or blue, and players have to time their punches through those walls with the corresponding button. The idea is to get as far as you can while leading a group of children to safety; screw up, and the kids get grabbed by monsters.

Escape from Age of Monsters’ most notable feature is its awesome-looking art style. It looks great on iOS devices, and also has heavy metal soundtrack to go along with the experience. The game also includes boss levels to fight through and Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Texas Poker (iPhone, iPad) Free

Card sharks and Carmen Electra fans will find a lot to like in Texas Poker, a free-to-play Texas Hold’em app endorsed by the model/actress. Developer Kamagames boasts “thousands” of players for you to take on in online poker action, and the game also includes plenty of social media integration so you can invite and play with your friends via Twitter and Facebook.

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As you play your games, you can chat with other players and buy them gifts. You’ll also earn achievements as you play games and become a better player. Even if you’re new to the game, Texas Poker can teach you the ropes of Texas Hold’em with through an in-app tutorial.

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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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