Fresh iPhone Apps for June 1: Etsy & dealBoard updates, Inferno+, The Inversion Project

Jun 1, 2012
Games

Spend the weekend finding cool things to buy with big updates to today’s leading Fresh iPhone Apps. First up is Etsy, the craft website in which users sell the things they create, which has new organization capabilities and seller options. Second is an update to dealBoard, an app that brings deals to users without the […]

Spend the weekend finding cool things to buy with big updates to today’s leading Fresh iPhone Apps. First up is Etsy, the craft website in which users sell the things they create, which has new organization capabilities and seller options. Second is an update to dealBoard, an app that brings deals to users without the need to email them to you. Twin stick shooter Inferno+ will keep you busy this weekend with its top-down perspective and tight stages, and if that’s not enough, check out the gravity-bending third-person shooter The Inversion Project.

Etsy update (iPhone, iPad) Free

The official app of the handmade item sales website, Etsy, makes it easy to browse what’s available on the site and to make purchases, but the app has gotten even better with its most recent update. Already users can search through stores and offers, have conversations with sellers and see your past purchases.

In the new update, users can create customized “Channels” that aggregate certain kinds of items and look up particular users and shops. You can also follow other Etsy users and view your previous browsing history. The update includes improvements for sellers, too, such as the “Shop Stats” dashboard that shows orders, views and most of all, revenue.

dealBoard update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Deal-finding app dealBoard brings coupons and deals to users that are a custom fit for you. The app lets you choose things you like and makes predictions about things you’ll enjoy, making the deals available to you without clogging up your email inbox. Deals are also brought in based on what’s near you and what your friends recommend, as well.

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DealBoard’s recent update brings in a new feature that helps you track down deals that are even more relevant. It now includes a “brand picker” feature that allows users to sort brands into different groups – one full of brands that are of interest to you, the other into brands the app should ignore. You can also share deals on Facebook, and the app has been packed with more deals than ever before.

Inferno+ (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Lots of games in the App Store take on the popular motif of a minimalist wireframe presentation in the twin-stick shooter genre, but those games all tend to have similar premises in which players guide a ship around an arena, blasting away at enemies for as long as they can survive. The difference with Inferno+ is that instead of just flying around in an empty space, players have to navigate levels with tighter corridors and entrenched enemies, forcing them to think about strategy and exploration.

Inferno+ includes 40 different levels to play through, and as you go through each one you’ll collect points and items that can be used to upgrade your ship and make it a more powerful killing machine. There’s also Game Center support, which provides online leaderboards on which to track your high scores, and achievements to earn.

The Inversion Project (iPhone, iPad) Free

Third-person shooter The Inversion Project ties into Namco Bandai’s upcoming console shooter Inversion, and both games are about manipulating gravity and shooting bad guys. The Inversion Project is meant to serve as (something of) a training course for the larger game. In it, you play a soldier who has to fight off various robots and other enemies by running from position to position, taking cover before popping up and blasting bad guys or hitting them with either high or low gravity.

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Your gravity-adjusting tools allow you to create new cover in different locations or to move objects out of your way, and you can also send bad guys crashing into things by zapping them as well. Your scores depend on how well you dispatch enemies, and they’re tracked on Game Center 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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