Fresh iPhone Apps for July 24: HISTORY Here, Office Politics, STRUCT

Jul 24, 2012
Games

Learn a little something about your hometown or wherever you might head for vacation around the U.S. with the help of HISTORY Here. The app pings points of interest around you and shows you historic information about those places. Following that are a couple of game entries for your entertainment: Office Politics, a high-scoring game […]

Learn a little something about your hometown or wherever you might head for vacation around the U.S. with the help of HISTORY Here. The app pings points of interest around you and shows you historic information about those places. Following that are a couple of game entries for your entertainment: Office Politics, a high-scoring game in which you need to tap to stab your coworkers in the back, and STRUCT, a building title that will also teach you a little something about financial investments.

HISTORY Here (iPhone, iPad) Free

HISTORY Here helps you find the history in the world around you by using your iOS device’s GPS capabilities to ping important places nearby, and connects to the Internet to find information about them. The app includes photos and information written by History Channel experts, and can bring you info from the city around you or from any place you specify through the app’s search function.

The app can provide points of interest by adding them to the map as you’re looking at it, and it can also stream History Channel video over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. You can customize your local points of interest and share the things you learn and the locations that interest you with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Office Politics (iPhone, iPad) Free (normally $1.99)

There’s only one way to climb the corporate ladder in arcade title Office Politics – you need to stab your coworkers in the back. You do that by quickly tapping them when they appear on the screen, or by swiping to spin them around if they happen to be facing you, and then hitting them when their backs are turned. The more stabs you rack up in a row without missing one or messing up, the more points you earn.

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Office Politics includes seven different characters you can unlock, each one with a different set of special abilities. Those abilities can be used to quickly clear out colleagues you need to stab, or nab other bonuses along the way. The game also packs 18 different levels and four difficulty modes for players to work through.

STRUCT (iPhone, iPad) Free

STRUCT is a bit of a weird building title – it’s something like Tetris, but it’s also a game meant to teach users something about financial investing. There’s a lot of handy information in the app, but the gist of the game is about dropping various bricks into the right locations to complete a structure. In order to do that, you need to recruit different crew members, who carry bricks across the screen and will drop them in place when you tap.

How you build your team determines how fast the characters carrying bricks move across the screen, but it also has an effect on your score and the timer as you build your structure. Putting blocks in place in the correct spots is key to building a combo and completing a level, so you’ll want to be careful, but your higher risks are rewarded with better scores. STRUCT also includes 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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