Fresh iPhone Apps for Jan. 10: Hipmunk update, Call of Duty ELITE, Space Kiwi, Kingdom Rush

Jan 10, 2012
Games

Planning a trip in the new year? Hipmunk can help – it’s latest update adds finding hotels to its repertoire of travel powers. The app was already great for finding flights, and now it’s great for use when you get to where you’re going, too. Following that is one for the gamers out there: Call […]

Planning a trip in the new year? Hipmunk can help – it’s latest update adds finding hotels to its repertoire of travel powers. The app was already great for finding flights, and now it’s great for use when you get to where you’re going, too. Following that is one for the gamers out there: Call of Duty ELITE, an app that ties in with the incredibly popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 video game. In our mobile game offerings, we’ve got Space Kiwi, an arcade game with tilt controls, and Kingdom Rush, an iPad tower defense title with an epic fantasy inspiration and some really tough battles to fight.

Hipmunk Flight & Hotel Search update (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Travel app Hipmunk was already a pretty great thing to have on your iPhone or iPad. It’s designed to help you find the travel options to get you where you’re going with the least amount of grief, by checking for the right pricing options, the fewest stop-overs and other criteria. It’s minimalist design also makes it extremely easy to use.

Now Hipmunk has applied what worked really well with finding flights to finding hotels, too. You can search through your destination city for hotels by where they’re located and what they cost, in order to find the best fit for your travel needs. Hipmunk will also show you where all the hotels in an area are located by laying them out on a map, making the decision easy.

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Call of Duty ELITE (iPhone, iPad) Free

The biggest video game franchise on the planet recently got a new feature called Call of Duty ELITE. It allows players of the insanely popular first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to track tons of statistics in the game to help them play better, and to connect with other players through lots of social networking features.

By accessing your free ELITE account through the app, you can see where you get killed most in each of the game’s levels, and where you do the most killing, to help you improve. You’ll see your best weapons, other players’ weapon choices, and learn all kinds of new things to make yourself better in multiplayer. You can also interact with other players through groups, clans, messaging and lots more. It’s the entire Call of Duty ELITE service, available on the go.

Space Kiwi (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Cartoony action game Space Kiwi is a bit like lots of other running-type titles in the iTunes App Store. The game has you controlling the titular Space Kiwi as it flies over the landscape, collecting coins and fighting enemies along the way. Tilt controls get you around obstacles and keep you collecting what you need, while you’ll need to be quick on the draw to shoot down things the Kiwi can crash into and stop his flight.

Space Kiwi packs 60 levels to play through, with arcade-style difficulty that ramps up to keep providing lots of challenge. It also packs a cool, cartoonish art style and lots of enemies to fight off along the way.

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Kingdom Rush (iPad) $2.99

Kingdom Rush joins the App Store’s tower defense offerings with a cartoony, epic fantasy-inspired style and lots of strategy to go around. Like other tower defense titles, the game is all about setting up defenses to take out enemies before they can get into your base.

The game is packed with challenge, dishing out various different tower types that all have different upgrades and abilities to use in your strategies. There are also some 30 different types of enemies that will test your battle acumen and 50 achievements to earn to really stretch your skills.

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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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