Fresh iPhone Apps for Aug. 21: Ecoute, Sunshine, SuperCock

Aug 21, 2012
Games

Ecoute offers a fresh way to access and play your music on your iOS devices. It’s today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, and it offers a slick interface as well as all the cool iOS features you’ve come to expect, like Airplay, iTunes Match and Genius. You can kill some time with the rest of the […]

Ecoute offers a fresh way to access and play your music on your iOS devices. It’s today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, and it offers a slick interface as well as all the cool iOS features you’ve come to expect, like Airplay, iTunes Match and Genius. You can kill some time with the rest of the apps on this list as well. We’ve got Sunshine, a gravity-based arcade title in which you jump from orbit to orbit as you play through each level, and SuperCock, a side-scrolling brawler in which you play a giant chicken-guy.

Ecoute (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Music app Ecoute may well replace your iOS device’s onboard music player. It taps into your iTunes library and presents all your music, podcasts and the like in a simple and clean interface. Ecoute doesn’t necessarily bring more features to the fore than you’re used to seeing in your device’s iPod player, but it does pack a nice-looking way to find and play all your tracks.

Ecoute includes all the handy iOS functionality you’ve come to expect, however. It brings iOS 5 features such as Airplay and iTunes Match, so you can access all your tracks and use them on other devices as well. The app also supports iTunes’ Genius functionality and search functions, so you can easily track down anything you’re interested in listening to as quickly as ever.

Sunshine (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

A lot of arcade titles lately have focused on the physics of orbiting objects. Sunshine has players taking on the role of a photon in various orbits around planets, working to avoid black holes and reach goals in each level. It’s a pretty game with a great art style and simple but interesting gameplay – touch the screen to make your photon jump from its orbit to another object, collecting particles along the way.

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You’re scored in each level by how fast you can clear the stage by collecting light particles. Grabbing three particles opens the exit of each level; five nets you a maximum score. Sunshine packs 60 levels to work through, plus boss fights and power-ups you can collect to make your way a little easier. There’s also Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

SuperCock (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Side-scrolling brawler SuperCock is a weird game with a weird name. You play as the titular superhero, a giant chicken guy, tasked with wailing on some zombies. Simple controls mean that hacking your way through huge numbers of the undead is pretty easy – you just tap anywhere on the screen to go there, and SuperCock pounds his way through any opposition he encounters.

Each stage gives players different goals for all the zombie mayhem. In one you might just need to kill a set number of the undead; in others, you have to protect an egg from damage, for example. As you clear levels, you’ll earn experience points you can apply to upgrading your character.

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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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