Fresh iPhone Apps for Jan. 31: VIPOrbit update, Evi, Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land, Robo Ring

Jan 31, 2012
Games

Manage the relationships you have with your contacts list, and keep track of when you interact with important people both professionally and personally, with VIPOrbit, today’s top Fresh iPhone app. The app just got a big update and now even supports Siri. If you don’t happen to have Siri, that’s okay – Evi, a low-cost […]

Manage the relationships you have with your contacts list, and keep track of when you interact with important people both professionally and personally, with VIPOrbit, today’s top Fresh iPhone app. The app just got a big update and now even supports Siri. If you don’t happen to have Siri, that’s okay – Evi, a low-cost alternative to Apple’s new app, has your back, at least for a few things like searching the web. Lovecraftian turn-based strategy title Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land kicks off today’s games offerings, followed by the simple but well-made runner title, Robo Ring.

VIPOrbit update (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

If you’re a heavy iOS user in your professional life, you might want to invest $5 in VIPOrbit, a contacts manager that keeps lots of data on the people you meet so it’s always on-hand. The app links your contacts and calendars, allowing you not only to keep all a person’s contact information, but also a timeline of when you’ve talked, had meetings, made notes and ticked off items on your to-do list related to that person. You can also set VIPOrbit to keep track of that information automatically.

VIPOrbit just got a big interface update, making it easier and quicker to use. It also now includes group emailing and task management capabilities within your “orbits,” and it even supports Siri for all you savvy iPhone 4S users out there.

Evi (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

You’ll need an iPhone 4S to get access to Apple’s new Siri voice-activated personal assistant app, but if you’re one of the millions of people who hasn’t upgraded to the latest and greatest iPhone, there are alternatives. One of them is Evi, a low-cost Siri-like app that doesn’t have all the capabilities of the Apple-made voice-activated software, but which is pretty robust nonetheless.

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Evi is designed to search the Internet and answer questions you ask it, using plain English. It’s pretty good at getting your meaning, too. If you ask where the nearest Mexican restaurant is, for example, the app can find it for you and return an audible answer, just like Siri. It can’t take dictation, but Evi offers a low-cost alternative to the popular Apple app, and it has definitely helped me fake like I was a super-cool iPhone 4S owner.

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

A turn-based strategy game based on the role-playing game series of the same name and the classic H.P. Lovecraft novella, Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land puts you in control of a team of British soldiers and investigators tasked with stopping a German cult from summoning an ancient evil during World War I. In each round of the game, you’ll move your troops around grid-covered levels, fighting enemy soldiers and completing objectives as you build out the game’s story.

Call of Cthulhu features fully 3-D graphics with Retina display support, as well as an original Lovecraft-inspired story set in the world of the well-loved game franchise. There’s also Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Robo Ring (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Robo Ring is something of an endless runner title, in which you play a ring-shaped robot moving from left to right on the screen over a track. The game works pretty well because of its simplicity: A slider control on the right side of the screen allows you to make your robot larger or smaller. You’ll need to snag stars by expanding or contracting the ring to make them hit your robot, while avoiding obstacles that stick to the track or hang from the ceiling.

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Smack too many of the obstacles and your game ends, but every star you snag restores a little bit of your life bar. Robo Ring works because it actually requires quick reflexes and a deft touch, despite being pretty easy to grasp. The more stars you rack up, the higher your score gets, and Robo Ring keeps track of your progress on its Game Center and OpenFeint leaderboards.

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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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