Fresh iPhone Apps for Jan. 3: NBA Game Time 2011-2012, Commit, Zenonia 4, Gravitarium2 update

Jan 3, 2012
Games

Start 2012 off with a couple of solid apps: one to get into the newly kicked-up 2012 NBA basketball season and one to get a handle on your New Year’s resolutions. NBA Game Time 2011-2012 brings the season to you, and Commit allows you to set reminders and try to form habits with its simple […]

Start 2012 off with a couple of solid apps: one to get into the newly kicked-up 2012 NBA basketball season and one to get a handle on your New Year’s resolutions. NBA Game Time 2011-2012 brings the season to you, and Commit allows you to set reminders and try to form habits with its simple app interface. In games, Zenonia 4 takes the popular iOS role-playing series freemium, and Gravitarium2 just received a big update to make it universal.

NBA Game Time 2011-2012 (iPhone, iPad) Free

NBA basketball is finally upon us, and NBA Game Time has been updated for the new season as well. The app is free to download and includes a number of features, like the ability to watch highlights from around the league, get box scores and follow your favorite teams. The app will also give you push notifications about your teams.

With an upgrade to NBA Game Time Plus for $7.99, you get the ability to listen to live game radio broadcasts, get full game recaps and watch in-progress game highlights. Opt for the $39.99 NBA League Pass and you can even watch live games with the app all season. And right now, you can preview the League Pass for the rest of the week to see if it’s something you want.

Commit (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Productivity app Commit is designed to help users commit to accomplishing goals and creating good habits, so it’s great if you’ve got New Year’s resolutions to keep. It’s easy to use, too. All you do is enter your goals into the app and set a time for when you want to be reminded each day to complete them. The app gives you the reminder as an alarm, and when you’ve accomplished the goal, you hit a touchscreen button to tick it off for the day.

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Commit helps motivate you by showing you with a ticker how committed you’ve been to your goal. Gaps in the hash mark-filled bar show you when you’ve fallen off the wagon and each time you miss a day, the app resets your “days in a row” count to 0. The longer you keep the count going, the more motivating it becomes, and the whole app is simple and easy to use for maximum effectiveness.

Zenonia 4 (iPhone, iPad) Free

The latest installment of Gamevil’s long-running App Store role-playing series again brings users into a fantasy world in which they can create a hero of their own from one of four classes and adventure through tons of quests along the way. The action-RPG title is all about effective combos, powerful skills and abilities, and mastering combat.

Zenonia 4 takes a freemium model, unlike its predecessors, which means it’s free to download and users can purchase in-game items to make themselves advance faster. It also includes a player-vs-player mode for online play, allowing you to take on other Zenonia 4 fans from all over the world using a Wi-Fi connection.

Gravitarium2 update (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Gravitarium2 isn’t as much a game as it is a touch-based toy for your iPhone or iPad, but it’s still a very cool one. The screen is covered in particles that change colors over time, and as you touch your iPhone or iPad’s screen, you can manipulate them. The changes you can create from the depend on how many fingers you place on the screen at once and how you move them. Gravitarium also includes a menu that lets you set how the particles react and even snap photos of the animations you create.

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The app just went through a pretty big update that makes it universal. The best part is that you can actually combine your device with a friend’s and make even cooler animations with Gravitarium2’s multiplayer mode. And because the app is now universal, you can combine two iPhones, two iPads, or an iPhone and an iPad, allowing you to create even more animations.

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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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