Fresh iPhone Apps for Jan. 24: Oscars, Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life, Time of Heroes, Puzzlejuice

Jan 24, 2012
Games

Oscar season kicks of this week, so be ready with Oscars, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App and a great way to get info on all things Academy Awards. Following that is Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life, an app for those recovering from alcoholism that can help them stay on the path to recovery. Time […]

Oscar season kicks of this week, so be ready with Oscars, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App and a great way to get info on all things Academy Awards. Following that is Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life, an app for those recovering from alcoholism that can help them stay on the path to recovery. Time of Heroes, a turn-based strategy game, heads up our games offering, followed by puzzler hybrid Puzzlejuice, which combines elements of Tetris, word searches and match-3 titles.

Oscars (iPhone, iPad) Free

The nominees for the 84th Academy Awards are due out today, and if you’re a movie fanatic you’re going to want to be at the ready with the official app of the awards show, Oscars. The app makes it easy to keep up to speed on all that’s going on with the famed award show, from the nominees this week to seeing Academy Awards through the last 100 years of cinema.

Oscars gives you the ability to watch trailers of nominated films, view specials on the people who have received nominations, learn about stars’ fashion and more. And during the actual show on Feb. 26, you’ll get a unique perspective on the proceedings by choosing which camera angle you want to see as the awards are taking place and getting exclusive footage from the Governor’s ball after the show.

Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life (iPhone, iPad) $6.99

There are a lot of apps in the iTunes App Store that can help you when drinking by teaching you to recognize when you’ve had too many or stopping you from making a bad decision with your text-messaging powers, but there are a lot fewer for those trying to recover from alcoholism. But there is the Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life, which helps those in recovery stay on their path with tools and inspiration on the go.

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The Field Guide to Life provides quite a few useful features to help with recovery, including a sober counter, a daily inspirational message and sobriety challenges to help get you through small increments of time like days and weeks. There are also social features like a 12-Step Meeting Finder and a community support system that lets you program important people into your app like a sponsor, who can be instantly notified with the app’s “Get Help Now” button.

Time of Heroes (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Turn-based strategy title Time of Heroes gives you an army and sends you into battle. As you work through the game’s story, you’ll command two kinds of forces, heroes and units. While units can be any kind of soldier, like melee, infantry, flying and mounted (each with their own strengths and weaknesses), heroes command those groups and give them special abilities. They also are highly powerful and give you an advantage on the battlefield.

In each Time of Heroes fight, you’ll move your forces around the field, taking into account terrain, unit type and other factors to win your victories. It’s a slow and deliberate game, perfect for classic strategy fans, and it has a solid art style and interesting story as well.

Puzzlejuice (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Puzzler Puzzlejuice combines multiple puzzle games to create a title with a slick look and a lot of interesting ideas. Part of it is similar to Tetris, in which you arrange falling blocks to form rows. Part of it has you matching colors to make larger groups, and part of it is a word search – because forming words out of the letters that appear on your falling blocks is the only way to clear them and score points.

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Puzzlejuice contains three game modes. An easy mode, a “core” mode that has you surviving as long as possible, and an “extreme” mode that amps up the difficulty. It’s also a great game to play with a friend because it allows you to separate the tasks, with one person handling blocks and the other letters. Puzzlejuice includes Game Center support to bring online leaderboards and achievements to the title, and it has an on-board dictionary to help you with the word portions.

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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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