Fresh iPhone Apps for July 20: TED Books, Great Big War Game, Follow the Rabbit

Jul 20, 2012
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Make yourself a little smarter this weekend with the help of today’s leading fresh app, TED Books. The app brings short-form books based on ideas discussed in TED conference talks to your iOS device for download, either individually or on a subscription basis. We’ve also got a few games to help you unwind, but which […]

Make yourself a little smarter this weekend with the help of today’s leading fresh app, TED Books. The app brings short-form books based on ideas discussed in TED conference talks to your iOS device for download, either individually or on a subscription basis. We’ve also got a few games to help you unwind, but which will also exercise your brain: Great Big War Game, a turn-based strategy title, and Follow the Rabbit, a puzzle game in which speed and efficient moves boost your score.

TED Books (iPhone, iPad) Free

Taking on the tone and style of TED conference talks, TED Books are compiled from the big ideas that drive the conferences to create short-form e-books that can be read quickly and easily. Each new set of books is produced in two weeks and based on content from the conferences, but the books are kept short – under 20,000 words – which means they generally can be read in one sitting.

The app is free, but the TED books themselves carry a sticker price of $2.99. You can also get them through a subscription, which will run you $14.99 and includes six books. If you join with a subscription within six months of the app’s launch, you can also download the “back catalog,” or old TED books, for free. The app has also been updated since its launch two weeks ago to add Retina support for the new iPad, and tune up some bugs, as well.

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Great Big War Game (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Turn-based strategy title Great Big War Game (the follow-up to predecessor Great Little War Game) puts you in the shoes of a commander ordering troops around a grid-based battlefield. Your goal is to take down your enemy, either by assassinating their generals or destroying their bases. To do that, you’ll need to capture buildings of your own, deploy forces of different classes, and use them effectively against your enemies to take down their vehicles, snipers and soldiers and win the day.

You get 50 levels to play through on your own in Great Big War Game’s single-player campaign, plus asynchronous multiplayer that means you can play against your friends (or random opponents) and take your turns at your leisure. There’s also Game Center support, which allows you to see how your scores stack up against other players on the game’s leaderboards.

Follow the Rabbit (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

You’ve got four directions you can move in grid-based puzzler Follow the Rabbit – up, left, right and down. In each of the game’s levels, your character, who is trying to pursue a rabbit through a series of doors, has to move around platforms in order to pick up coins before reaching the level’s exit. But because you can only move in four directions, and you’re scored on how fast you solve the puzzle and how many moves you use, you’ll want to move quickly and efficiently to get to the goal each time.

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The puzzles in Follow the Rabbit use swipe controls to move your character around, and you can slide side to side or jump upward to new platforms, but you can only drop down when you find a gap. You’ll need to manipulate platforms, dodge enemies and ride balloons and clouds to get through each puzzle, and you can unlock more stages with the coins you earn along the way, to play through a total of more than 100 puzzles.

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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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