Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 22: WinZip, Skyrim Map, Hyper Snake, Starfighter Overkill

Feb 22, 2012
Games

Make your iPhone or iPad a little more of a work device with today’s leading Fresh App, WinZip. The zip-file reader is much the same as its well-known PC counterpart and allows you to manipulate, unzip and use files just as you might on your computer. It’s followed by an official map app for the […]

Make your iPhone or iPad a little more of a work device with today’s leading Fresh App, WinZip. The zip-file reader is much the same as its well-known PC counterpart and allows you to manipulate, unzip and use files just as you might on your computer. It’s followed by an official map app for the popular role-playing title The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is just packed with information that’s useful for players. Hyper Snake, a modern reimagining of the classic cell phone game about a snake eating food without eating his own tail, leads off our games selections, followed by the bullet hell shooter Starfighter Overkill.

WinZip (iPhone, iPad) Free

The well-known .zip file reader and extractor that has been available on PCs for ages has finally made its way to iOS with a WinZip app. Like its PC counterpart, WinZip makes it easy to download, open and unzip compressed .zip files on your mobile devices, making it possible to share and access large sets of files on your iPhone or iPad.

WinZip gives much of the functionality available in the standard version of the software, as well. Users can open password-protected .zip files and copy their contents to their devices’ clipboards. It also allows you to see what is included in .zip files that are attached to emails, making it easy to know what you’re downloading before you download it.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Official World Interactive Map (iPhone, iPad) Free

Skyrim remains one of the most popular video games on the market since its November release. It’s an incredibly huge world, so large that players often find themselves lost in its vast cities and dungeons. In order to help, video game guide maker Prima has released an official version of the game map as an app, which can help players navigate across the world and through all the game’s most important towns.

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The Skyrim map is interactive, which means you can pan it around, zoom in and leave yourself markers so you can find important locations again later. It also includes a lot of additional information that’s available through in-app purchases, showing players where to find the game’s spectacular and dangerous dragons, where dungeons are located, and much more.

Hyper Snake (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Pretty much the first game ever put on a cell phone was Snake, the game in which players move a snake around the grid-covered screen in an attempt to eat apples and avoid running into its own tail. The longer you could keep the snake alive without crashing into itself, the higher the score the player takes down. Hyper Snake takes that idea into the modern gaming era, adding tilt controls and spiffy graphics.

Hyper Snake includes six game modes, including a classic mode in which your only goal is avoid accidentally eating yourself, a war mode in which you’ll use your tail to fight off enemies, and eat, in which you’ll try to eat as many objects as you can while fighting off bad guys in a Pac-Man style game. For fans of the classic game, Hyper Snake offers a whole lot of great gameplay.

Starfighter Overkill (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Side-scrolling shooter Starfighter Overkill doesn’t go nuts with its premise (lots of things that shoot at you, requiring you to shoot back), but it does do a good job of keeping things interesting. As you fight through wave after wave of enemies, you’ll need to guide your ship around bullets by using touch controls, while effectively making use of powerful weapons like a laser cannon, a giant fireball launcher and a nuclear missile. They have limited uses, however, so how you deploy them is key to your survival.

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Starfighter Overkill requires you to carefully move around the screen to avoid getting blown up, while also snagging power-ups that increase the power of your guns, raise your shields and do other important things to keep you alive. It also includes Game Center support, so you can compare your shoot-‘em-up skills and scores with players all over the world on its leaderboards.

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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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