Fresh iPhone Apps for July 11: The CW Full Episodes, Summify, Burn The CIty, Flip Them All

Jul 11, 2011
Games

We know, we know – it’s Monday, and the weekend went way too fast. Don’t tell your boss, but if you download today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, The CW Full Episodes, you can actually watch TV on your iPhone at your desk. We’ve also got Summify to help you save some time – it streamlines […]

We know, we know – it’s Monday, and the weekend went way too fast. Don’t tell your boss, but if you download today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, The CW Full Episodes, you can actually watch TV on your iPhone at your desk. We’ve also got Summify to help you save some time – it streamlines your content streams from Google Reader, Twitter and Facebook and summarizes the most relevant articles and info from them. Over in the games department, you can ravage some cities as a cartoon fire-breathing monster in Burn The City, or challenge your brain to a Lights Out! style puzzler with Flip Them All.

The CW Full Episodes (iPhone, iPad) Free

Much like Crackle and HBO Go before it, The CW Full Episodes brings complete TV episodes to iOS devices. The episodes from the network available through the app are the same ones that can be watched for free on The CW’s website, and they stream for free to your device using a Wi-Fi or 3G Internet connection.

I’m not much one for CW shows on the whole, but The CW Full Episodes includes the latest episodes of Supernatural, and for that, it’s already worth downloading. It also packs clips, behind-the-scenes interviews, photos and a show schedule so you can catch CW shows on TV when they’re aired.

Summify (iPhone, iPad) Free

Summify is designed to pour through all the articles and information streaming to you from all the different sources in your technology laden life – sources like Google Reader, news websites, Facebook and Twitter, to name a few. The app does the busy job of reading and determining what’s worth your time and what isn’t by filtering those streams against what’s popular and what’s most relevant to you, and presents it in a simplified, easy-to-skim package so you can pick out articles you want to read from the overall noise.

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You get periodic updates from Summify as it looks for relevant articles for you, and content can be read right through the app when it comes from RSS sources like Google Reader. You can also check through Summify summary even when you’re not connected to the Internet, and you can share interesting content with friends through social networking and email when you are.

Burn The City (iPhone, iPad)

Angry Birds and games like it are fun because of the physics involved – with Angry Birds’ sling shot, you set the angle and the power behind the bird being flung, and then you watch as that bird wreaks havoc on structures located somewhere else on the screen. But while Angry Birds might be at the top of the App Store, there’s one thing it doesn’t have: a dinosaur setting cities on fire.

Enter Burn the City, which is a lot like other physics puzzlers in the same genre and feels highly influenced by Angry Birds and its kin. But it has a great look and style because instead of squashing pigs with birds, you’re using a Godzilla-like cartoon dinosaur to destroy cities by setting them aflame. In each puzzle, your goal is to take to take out the city as quickly and efficiently as possible, using your monster’s fireball breath. Nuclear reactor, collapsing buildings and other additives mix up the formula and challenge players to find the best way to rack up a high score.

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Flip Them All (iPhone, iPad) Free (with in-app purchase of $0.99)

Based on the old puzzle game Lights Out!, Flip Them All is a deceptively challenging puzzler that’s all about tapping tiles on a grid to change their colors. In each puzzle, you have nine squares that are blue, with various symbols on them. The symbols refer to how the tiles affect one another – tap one with a horizontal diamond, for example, and that tile will turn orange, but so will the tiles to the left and right of it. The goal is to turn all the tiles orange as quickly as possible.

Flip Them All comes with a contingent of free levels to get you used to playing it, but the full game and its more than 150 levels will run you $0.99. That’s not a bad price, though, and the game features leaderboards from OpenFeint and Game Center, as well as achievements.

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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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