Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 30: Catchbook, nēvus, Polymer, Knights Arena

Apr 30, 2012
Games

Spring’s upon us, and so many of us are getting ready to start planning fishing trips. You’ll want to check out Catchbook: Photo Fishing Reports on today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list if you planning on doing some fishing this year. It lets you take and share photos of your catches and track patterns in your […]

Spring’s upon us, and so many of us are getting ready to start planning fishing trips. You’ll want to check out Catchbook: Photo Fishing Reports on today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list if you planning on doing some fishing this year. It lets you take and share photos of your catches and track patterns in your favorite spots to predict where fish are biting. But you shouldn’t spend too much time in the sun, which is where nevus, a skin-care app, can come in handy. It helps you track your sun exposure and keep an eye on worrisome moles. Puzzler Polymer kicks off the week’s game selections, followed by medieval tournament title Knights Arena, in which you’ll learn to shoot arrows from horseback and hone swordsmanship skills.

Catchbook: Photo Fishing Reports (iPhone, iPad) Free

Fishing fans can share their exploits with social app Catcbook: Photo Fishing Reports. The basis of the app is mapping the places you fish in an effort to find patterns in fish movements to maximize your catches. It can also help you to determine what lures and flies work best for the kinds of fish you’re hoping to catch, and you can share that information with your fishing buddies so everyone benefits.

Catchbook makes it easy to post photos of the fish you catch for all to see, and to find and make friends through the app with whom to share photos and information. You can filter maps of fishing locations to find specific kinds of fish to go after, determine where is best to go during different times of year and day, and to find other information such as wind speed, water temperature and more.

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nēvus (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Skin care app nēvus works to help users take care of their skin and prevent skin cancer. Its name is derived from the technical term for moles, and the app works by helping you avoid things like sunburns, providing useful tips on skin care products, and helping you keep an eye on moles before they become problematic.

The sunburn alarm feature in nēvus works by interacting with the GPS capabilities of your iOS device to determine where you are, and uses information gathered about the weather and the strength of sunlight in your location to help you set an alarm so you don’t spend too much time being exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. You can also use the app to monitor moles and other marks on your skin by taking sequential photographs with its Skin Record feature, allowing you to gather data on moles that might be worrisome so you have information for your doctor.

Polymer (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Puzzle title Polymer is about making groups of objects and scoring points by clearing them, similar to a match-three title. Each game of Polymer presents players with a grid of pictures of bits of the titular polymers that can be matched to form a complete group. Each of your polymers needs to have a beginning and an end to be complete, but they can be as long as you make them. Sliding different pieces together allow you to create huge polymers and score big points.

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You’ll form polymers in each puzzle by sliding an entire row or column of images around the screen, so careful planning of how you build your polymers is a must. Scoring in Polymer is determined by how many pieces you can fit together to make one complete group, and you’ll get multipliers if you can make several polymers in succession without the need to slide more objects. The more points you score, the more different polymer pieces and game modes you can unlock. Plus, you can track your scores on Polymer’s Game Center leaderboards.

Knights Arena (iPhone, iPad) Free

Free-to-play title Knights Arena is all about gaining skills to take into battle in a medieval tournament. You’ll gather money, experience points and honor points as you complete tasks and make yourself a better knight, which you can then take into duels and other battles in order to become even stronger and better equipped. You’ll also earn Honor and Trophies to mark your progress, and practice using tilt and swipe controls for accuracy and timing.

Because it’s a freemium title, Knights Arena limits how much you can do in a certain period of time based on how much “energy” you have, so you’ll have to budget carefully or buy more resources through in-app purchases. The more you play, the higher you’ll climb in Knights Arena’s Game Center leaderboard ranks. Lose too many duels, and you’ll lose honor and fall, so you’ll need to train yourself and practice things like sword-fighting and horseback archery.

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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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