Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 7: Hotels by Orbitz, TripLingo Romance Edition, The Hacker, Dream Pethouse

Feb 7, 2012
Games

Get ready for your next trip with today’s leading fresh app, Hotels by Orbitz, which leverages the popular travel service to help you find hotel accommodations. If you happen to be planning a trip overseas, then our next app, TripLingo Romance Edition, which can teach you flirty phrases in 10 languages, might come in handy […]

Get ready for your next trip with today’s leading fresh app, Hotels by Orbitz, which leverages the popular travel service to help you find hotel accommodations. If you happen to be planning a trip overseas, then our next app, TripLingo Romance Edition, which can teach you flirty phrases in 10 languages, might come in handy as well. In games, The Hacker will give you something of the experience of hacking into a 1980s-style computer, while Dream Pethouse brings you a casual game experience where you’ll raise pets and build them a giant tree house.

Hotels by Orbitz (iPhone, iPad) Free

You might already be using Orbitz to help you prep for trips by booking your flights through the service, but now you can also use Orbitz to help you book your accommodations. The app makes it easy to search through your destination city and find hotel rooms listed by price and location, then book them from wherever you are.

In addition to just being able to conveniently book your hotel rooms with the app, Hotels by Orbitz also allows users to access exclusive deals and discounts other Orbitz users can’t get ahold of. You can also see customer reviews and compare hotels on an interactive map, as well as share itineraries with friends so they’ll see when you’re coming to town.

TripLingo Romance Edition (iPhone, iPad) Free

Since it’s nearly Valentine’s Day and you’ve now got an app to help you find hotels when traveling, you might want to think about TripLingo Romance Edition. The app is filled with romantic and flirty phrases in 10 different languages that might come in handy, given the season. Each phrase provides information about context and audio pronunciations so you can heard it said before you try it yourself.

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TripLingo also has other features to help you make sure you get what you’re trying to say right. Each phrase has a “slang slider” that allows you to adjust how formal or informal the translation is. The app also helps to make sure you’ve got the phrase down and makes it easy to customize what you want to learn along the way.

The Hacker (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Remember the days when using a computer was a lot more like typing and analyzing lines of code in green type on a black screen? The Hacker does, and brings you into the world of hacking through a clever interface. But in order to hack your way through various computers in the game, you’ll have to solve various logic puzzles and mini-games to knock out the systems’ defenses.

The Hacker also includes a number of unlockable games you can find through the course of playing, which you earn by completing the puzzles and hacking computers in the main campaign. You can play old-school arcade titles and even unlock secrets as you go along. There’s also Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Dream Pethouse (iPhone, iPad) Free

The latest casual game from FarmVille maker Zynga is Dream Pethouse, a game in which you collect and feed animals as you build a larger and larger tree house for them over time. You’ll care for animals from baby to fully grown, breed more animals and build them places to live in your tree house in order to gain more coins that you can use to buy more structures and animals.

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Like other Zynga games, timing is important: you’ll be able to complete certain actions once and then wait a while before you can perform them again, or purchase items through in-app purchases to speed up the process. You’ll also work to complete goals along the way, like adding specific structures or breeding particular animals, which reward you with points and coins along the way.

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