Fresh iPhone Apps for July 30: PlayUp update, 10000000, TheEndApp update

Jul 30, 2012
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Get all the info you need from the 2012 Summer Olympics with an update to social sports app PlayUp. It brings you all the stats you need from the games, customized to your country, and it even lets you use the app to interact with your friends as they watch events and matches as well. […]

Get all the info you need from the 2012 Summer Olympics with an update to social sports app PlayUp. It brings you all the stats you need from the games, customized to your country, and it even lets you use the app to interact with your friends as they watch events and matches as well. If you’re interested in playing something yourself, we’ve got a couple of games for your attention: 10000000, a hybrid RPG/match-three title, and a big update to the Temple Run-like TheEndApp.

PlayUp – Where Sports Get Social update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Just in time for the Olympics, social sports tracking app PlayUp has gotten an update that packs new content into the app, bringing you all the news you need from the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. If you’re unfamiliar with the app, PlayUp allows you to track your favorite sports, athletes and events and get scores and stats from all of them. For the Olympic Games, that means you can track your country’s team, your favorite events, or even your favorite athletes, and share with your friends along the way.

The app allows you to send instant messages around any game for free, so you can talk about what you’re watching with others while you’re watching it. PlayUp includes stats across 36,000 games and brings you up-to-the-minute scores. For the Olympics, it allows you to personalize the app for the country you want to track. The update also brings user interface improvements as well.

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10000000 (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Occasionally, a developer will take a tried-and-true gaming formula and mash it together with another formula that doesn’t seem like it would work with the first. 10000000 is a game like that – it combines RPG elements with match-three gameplay. It’s not the first to do it, but it does mix two strangely disparate elements in such a way as to make a great, addictive experience in which you’ll need to match the right items in a grid in order to progress through dungeons.

Matches are made on the grid by sliding rows or columns with your thumb to make three or more of a single kind. But what you match matters, because while you’re matching, your character is running through a dungeon. If he hits a door, you’ll need to match keys to unlock it; if he comes across an enemy, you’ll need magic or swords in order to attack it. It’s a great way to mix up the standard match-three gameplay, and money and resources you earn in each dungeon run can be used to make your character stronger and last longer in the dungeon as you go through each timed run.

TheEndApp update (iPhone, iPad) Free (with $1.99 in-app purchase)

Temple Run-alike TheEndApp is free when you download it, but if you’re willing to pay $2, you can unlock the premium version of the game. Previously, that premium version was a little lackluster, but a big update to the game added a lot of new features that make it worth a second look and maybe a little money. In TheEndApp, players run through a post-apocalyptic city, jumping gaps and sliding under obstacles to see how far they can get.

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TheEndApp’s update fixes a lot of bugs and other issues, and throws in new game modes. It includes extra challenges to add more goals to your runs and give you something for which to strive. There’s also the addition of new characters and music you can unlock through playing, and you can compete with your friends across Game Center leaderboards as well.

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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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