Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 3: Bookslinger, Fitocracy, City of Secrets Skyline, Trial Xtreme 2 Winter Edition

Apr 3, 2012
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Find some new stuff to read with today’s leading Fresh App, Bookslinger. The curated app brings you free short stories from lots of indie authors every week. Following that, we’ve got Fitocracy, a fitness-tracking app that uses video game elements to help you keep up with your goals. Puzzle game City of Secrets Skyline, is […]

Find some new stuff to read with today’s leading Fresh App, Bookslinger. The curated app brings you free short stories from lots of indie authors every week. Following that, we’ve got Fitocracy, a fitness-tracking app that uses video game elements to help you keep up with your goals. Puzzle game City of Secrets Skyline, is a Sudoku-like logic game, leads our games selections, followed by Trial Xtreme 2 Winter Edition, a motocross game with solid tilt controls.

Bookslinger (iPhone, iPad) Free

Get your indie book fix with Bookslinger, an app filled with curated stories that you might not find on your local bookstore’s shelf. The app comes pre-loaded with short stories from new and “underappreciated” authors, and each week, the app publishers push new content that readers can enjoy free of charge.

Stories are divided by author, as well as by genre and other categories, making it easy to find new literature that’s right up your alley. The app keeps track of where you are when you stop reading, and you can share stories you like with your friends through Facebook and Twitter.

Fitocracy (iPhone, iPad) Free

A little bit in the same way that EpicWin added video game elements to to-do lists, Fitocracy adds video game elements to fitness. The app is about making a fitness your fitness goals easier to reach by helping you track milestones and set goals, using the visual language of role-playing games.

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You’ll unlock achievements and “level up” as you accomplish your fitness goals, embarking on and completing “quests” tied to your workout goals. The app also links users to each other, so you’ll be able to read about others’ progress for motivation and interact with other people on their own quests, allowing you to support each other.

Reiner Knizia’s City of Secrets Skyline (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Puzzler City of Secrets Skyline feels a bit like a fresh spin on Sudoku. Each level presents players with a grid and a pile of buildings they have to place on that grid in a specific order. Each building is a different height, and your goal is to fill the grid without having two buildings of the same size in either the same row or column as one another, much like Sudoku. But there are other rules, as well. Numbers along the edges of certain rows or columns indicate how many buildings must be visible in a straight line from that position, requiring you to think about which buildings you place where to solve the level.

It’s a little confusing at first, but once you start playing City of Secrets Skyline, it’s tough to put down. The game includes 56 levels that get more and more difficult as time goes on, testing your logical puzzle solving skills in all the right ways. You can also increase the difficulty across four different settings.

Trial Xtreme 2 Winter Edition (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

It’s time for another side-scrolling motocross game, and while that has quickly become a genre with a few too many entries, they’re almost always a good exercise in fun but frustratingly challenging gameplay. In Trial Xtreme 2 Winter Edition, this is the case, as you race across various tracks trying to finish as quickly as possible while doing tricks to earn yourself points along the way.

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Trial Xtreme 2 includes both touch controls and a tilt control mode for dealing with your bike’s level as it flies through the air, and packs 30 levels to play through. It also includes Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards, allowing you to see how you stack up 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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