Fresh iPhone Apps for Aug. 13: Burner, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut, Video Game Walkthroughs

Aug 13, 2012
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Today’s Fresh iPhone Apps starts with Burner, an app that lets you create and use phone numbers that exist only for a limited amount of time, and at any point you can “burn” them – effectively deleting the number altogether. Following that is a helpful app for PC and console gamers called Video Walkthroughs by […]

Today’s Fresh iPhone Apps starts with Burner, an app that lets you create and use phone numbers that exist only for a limited amount of time, and at any point you can “burn” them – effectively deleting the number altogether. Following that is a helpful app for PC and console gamers called Video Walkthroughs by Game Front, an app that provides all kinds of tips and tricks for when you’re stuck in your favorite games. Finally, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut is a riff on the classic Oregon Trail, set during a zombie apocalypse.

Burner – Disposable Phone Numbers (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

It can be tough out there for people trying to meet other people. Burner is an app that can help. The app lets users generate single-use phone numbers – the kind you can give out to someone you just met who you might want to communicate with later. The idea is that the app gives you an added layer of security for people you don’t know, allowing you to “burn” the number later should you find the need cut ties.

Burner allows you to get “credits” through in-app purchases that allow you to generate numbers, and those numbers offer a preset number of messages or voice time to go along with them. You can keep the numbers in service if you want, burn or let them expire. SMS messages through Burner also don’t count toward your phone’s text message plan.

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Organ Trail: Director’s Cut (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Riffing on the old-school adventure game classic Oregon Trail comes Organ Trail, a similar but decidedly darker take on the overland voyage to the western United States. The game places players in the midst of a zombie apocalypse with the goal of driving cross-country to escape the outbreak. Along the way, members of your party can get attacked by zombies and even contract dysentery.

As you move across the country, you’ll stop at various cities and settlements along the way where you can replenish supplies and trade with other travelers. The game throws a number of obstacles your way like bandit attacks, stampeding animals, zombie hordes and car breakdowns. How you deal with those issues and prepare determines how long you’ll survive.

Video Game Walkthroughs by GameFront update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Gamers looking for hints, tips, tricks and help for their favorite games should take a look at the recent update to GameFront.com’s iOS app designed to deliver its massive library of video game walkthroughs. The site houses detailed journeys through games by experts – and (full disclosure), maybe one or two penned by me, as I also write for them as well.

More than 3,000 walkthrough videos are available with the app, and the big 2.0 update that just came through has totally redesigned the app’s user interface to make it easier to use. You can also customize your experience, focusing on different platforms such as Playstation 3 or Xbox 360, or zeroing in on specific games like the epica and  popular Skyrim. All of the information on-hand in the app is free and available for streaming.

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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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