Fresh iPhone Apps for Aug. 15: TuneWiki, Bad Hotel, Bingo Blingo

Aug 15, 2012
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Today’s Fresh iPhone Apps starts with TuneWiki, a music service that pairs lyrics with your favorite songs. It’s followed up by a pair of games that might be worth your attention. The first is the off-beat, music strategy title Bad Hotel, in which you must construct a hotel in order to defend it from attackers. […]

Today’s Fresh iPhone Apps starts with TuneWiki, a music service that pairs lyrics with your favorite songs. It’s followed up by a pair of games that might be worth your attention. The first is the off-beat, music strategy title Bad Hotel, in which you must construct a hotel in order to defend it from attackers. The second is Bingo Blingo, a riff on the classic number-calling game that you can play cross-platform with your Facebook friends.

TuneWiki (iPhone) Free

The core function of TuneWiki is to play music for you on your iOS device, but it brings additional elements that might make it a more useful choice than the functionality of your device’s standard iPod. TuneWiki also provides lyrics  that simultaneously scroll for the song to which you’re listening. There is also a strong social component, as you can share lyrics with friends and follow other users.

TuneWiki just re-released with a new, overhauled interface, so it’s easier to use. The social aspects of TuneWiki allow you to not only listen to music, but have conversations with other users about the music and lyrics you love. You can also read artist bios as you listen, all of which is made possible with either a 3G or Wi-Fi Internet connection.

Bad Hotel (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Strategy title Bad Hotel is a bit hard to understand at first. Your job is to protect a hotel from attackers that come in from all sides. You add rooms to the base of the hotel to protect it by dragging those rooms onto the central column. You can place rooms anywhere as long as they’re touching another room, and the add-ons can be destroyed without consequence. If your central base takes too much damage, you lose.

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Bad Hotel heaps on the strategy as you start to decide what rooms to add where. Some rooms earn you money to put toward buying more rooms while others contain guns or mines, or are capable of repairing other rooms. Placement of the rooms is key, as is acting quickly, because enemies come in waves at certain points in each level. The higher you build your hotel and the more rooms you protect through the course of each level, the more points you earn.

Bingo Blingo (iPhone, iPad) Free

You can challenge Facebook friends to rounds of bingo in Bingo Blingo, but the game’s a little more involved than your standard weekly church game. Bingo Blingo has players earning items and utilizing power-ups in order to get the most out of each call. The core game is the same as bingo– numbers are called and you mark your bingo card until you make a row, a column, a diagonal or four corners. However, certain squares have extra attributes.

Daub the right squares when they’re called and you’ll earn experience points, coins or energy that go toward power-ups. You can also purchase power-ups in between bingo rounds to give you an edge in game by switching your numbers or racking up extra points. The more friends you pull into the game, the more points you earn as well. You can also play against Facebook friends even if they don’t have the app, so long as they install Bingo Blingo on their Facebook profiles.

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