Fresh iPhone Apps for July 23: PlaySquare, The Dark Knight Rises, Electric City The Revolt

Jul 23, 2012
Games

Give your kids a way to learn without them even knowing they’re being taught with the help of PlaySquare. The app makes children’s television shows interactive, so kids can play along with the story and influence it, all while learning about words, reading and spelling. We’ve also got some big games to start the week. […]

Give your kids a way to learn without them even knowing they’re being taught with the help of PlaySquare. The app makes children’s television shows interactive, so kids can play along with the story and influence it, all while learning about words, reading and spelling. We’ve also got some big games to start the week. First up is The Dark Knight Rises, the official game of the latest Batman film; second is Electric City The Revolt, a game based on Tom Hanks’ animated series.

PlaySquare presents WordWorld’s Happy Birthday Dog (iPad) Free

PlaySquare lets you use your iPad to turn television shows interactive. The app’s first episode is the children’s show WordWorld’s episode “Happy Birthday Dog,” and it makes the show touchable, adding interactive elements that kids can touch to alter the story. The goal is to help create a surprise party by gathering up elements throughout the story, allowing kids to take part in the show as it unfolds.

WordWorld is all about reading, spelling and word comprehension, though, so as kids watch and play with PlaySquare, they’ll also be learning about different words. The app is designed for kids aged 3 to 6, and is also designed to be replayable again and again to help children continue to learn.

The Dark Knight Rises (iPhone, iPad) $6.99

Gameloft’s latest iOS release ties in with the last entry in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Like The Amazing Spider-Man from earlier this summer, The Dark Knight Rises put players into a game that follows the events of the film, with the capability to fly around an open-world Gotham City completing missions and beating down bad guys.

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TDKR gives players lots of Batman’s abilities, like that of gliding from building to building and using his grapnel gun to zip up to rooftops. You can also fight of multiple enemies at a time by countering their moves with expert timing. The game also features Game Center support that provides achievements to earn through the course of the story.

Electric City The Revolt (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Electric City is an animated series from the mind of actor Tom Hanks, and The Revolt is a tie-in game that brings players into the richly detailed world of the show. You take on the role of Frank Deetleman, a man working to help the resistance against Wire Central, a totalitarian entity that controls all communication in the post-apocalyptic Electric City.

Your job in each of Electric City’s levels is to gather certain resources while avoiding detection. The entire game is set up on a grid, with patrolling guards everywhere who can only see on the grid rows or columns directly ahead of them, so it’s your job to stay clear of their detection by ducking around corners and losing them by putting obstructions like buildings between you and them. There’s also Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

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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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