Fresh iPhone Apps for Jan. 23: Wordy: The Logophile’s Primer, Earth-Now, Triple Town, Niko

Jan 23, 2012
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-Start the week by expanding your vocabulary and learning a bit about climatology with today’s Fresh iPhone Apps. Wordy brings a fresh word of the day your way each day, with all kinds of dictionary and thesaurus information from multiple sources, and Earth-Now uses NASA data to show the state of various types of information […]

-Start the week by expanding your vocabulary and learning a bit about climatology with today’s Fresh iPhone Apps. Wordy brings a fresh word of the day your way each day, with all kinds of dictionary and thesaurus information from multiple sources, and Earth-Now uses NASA data to show the state of various types of information about the planet on a touch-controlled globe. In games, freemium title Triple Town combines match-3 and city-building gameplay, while platformer Niko uses physics-based controls and tricky levels to challenge players.

Wordy: The Logophile’s Primer (iPhone, iPad) Free

For the word-loving iOS user, Wordy is a nice addition to your app library. Every day, the app provides you with a new word of the day, providing the definition, thesaurus entries, synonyms and other information.

You’ll get lots of vocabulary words out of Wordy, and the app is specially designed just for the iPhone. It packs information from lots of different sources, including Websters, The American Heritage Dictionary and The Century Dictionary, and is great for users who want to expand their knowledge of the English language.

Earth-Now (iPhone, iPad) Free

Education app Earth-Now brings all kinds of data about the planet to one place, casting it as a touch-sensitive globe that you can spin and zoom-in on. Earth-Now presents various bits of information laid out over the globe that show the state of the planet like carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere, global temperature, ozone density and “vital signs.”

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Earth-Now is full of climatology information and gets its information from science compiled by the Earth Science Communications and Visualization Technology Applications and Development Teams at NASA. It’s easy to get a space-eye view of the planet and see all the app’s information in just a few seconds.

Triple Town (iPhone, iPad) Free

Part match-3 game, part city builder, Triple Town is quite an addictive freemium title. The premise is similar to other games in the match-3 genre, such as Bejeweled. You place three objects of the same type next to each other to score points, but in Triple Town, each group you make of an object creates a new, better object: grass groups make bushes, bush groups make trees, tree groups make houses.

The goal is to keep adding to your settlement for as long as possible by making groups, filling the grid with objects. If you get into a bind, you can use coins you accumulate through each round of the game to purchase objects you need, like extra trees or houses. Once you run out of moves, you can start all over again and see how big your city can become.

Niko (iPhone, iPad) Free

Niko is a platformer with some interesting physics-based gameplay mixed in. You play Niko, a cat-like character working to save his friends. You do that by heading through the game’s levels, leaping and sticking to walls and other platformers in order to reach things you can collect throughout the game. Your goal is to flip switches and collect as many coins as you can in order to track up a high score in each level.

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A freemium title, Niko comes with its first six levels for free, with more available through an in-app purchase of $1.99. Each side-scrolling level has multiple paths through it, and you’ll need to explore thoroughly to discover each one’s secrets and get the best score you can on each stage.

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