Fresh iPhone Apps for June 14: BiteHunter, Dragon Remote Mic, Marvel KAPOW!, Lettrixx

Jun 14, 2011
Games

Looking for something to eat for cheap? Snag BiteHunter, today’s leading iPhone app, which scours the Internet for deals at restaurants in your area and shows them to you on a map. If you’re a voice recognition software fan who also uses Dragon’s voice software, you’ll want to snag the freebie Dragon Remote Microphone, which […]

Looking for something to eat for cheap? Snag BiteHunter, today’s leading iPhone app, which scours the Internet for deals at restaurants in your area and shows them to you on a map. If you’re a voice recognition software fan who also uses Dragon’s voice software, you’ll want to snag the freebie Dragon Remote Microphone, which makes your iPhone into a wireless mic for your PC. We’ve also got some fresh games that are worth a look: Marvel KAPOW!, a game that mixes popular touch games similar to shooters and slicers like Fruit Ninja, and Lettrixx, a Boggle-like game with an art style similar to The Matrix.

BiteHunter (iPhone, iPad) Free

BiteHunter isn’t just about finding restaurants, although it is good about doing that in the area around you and your iOS device. But what it’s really good for is finding restaurants that have deals and specials going on in your neighborhood – think Groupon but for food. BiteHunter finds all kinds of information about tons of restaurants, including Happy Hours and Lunch Specials, as well as daily deals and other promotions.

The app works by pulling from restaurants’ Twitter feeds and offers through other services, including Groupon, to find you a good deal. Once you’ve run a search, BiteHunter puts all the results on a Google Map for you, providing you with icons to show you what kind of deal it is you’re dealing with. It also allows you to read reviews on restaurants from multiple sources and share deals with friends using social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Dragon Remote Microphone (iPhone) Free

Okay, bear with us, because this gets a little complicated. Dragon Remote Microphone turns your iPhone – into a microphone. For your computer. The remote part refers to the fact that there’s distance between the devices, not some kind of remote control. Get all that? Good, because that’s all there is to it.

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Okay, it’s not quite that simple – Dragon Remote Microphone is an app that works with Dragon’s suite of voice recognition programs available on its site. Dragon Remote is specifically designed for Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which will run you $99 for the home edition. If you’re a fan of Dragon’s software, however – they have a pretty solid dictation app, Dragon Dictation, available in the App Store already – then this is one you’ll want to pick up.

Marvel KAPOW! (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

You get access to the superpowers of four Marvel Comics heroes in Marvel KAPOW!, with the aim to use each of them in mini-games that will test your speed and reflexes. Each superhero you can invoke has a different ability: you get Wolverine’s claws, Captain America’s shield, Thor’s hammer and Spider-Man’s webs. Each character’s level throws a different kind of enemy your way, requiring you to use your finger to slash Fruit Ninja style, shoot webs, reflect beams with the shield or just smash them with the hammer.

You get 23 arcade-style levels in KAPOW!, in which enemies that look like the heads and shoulders of recognizable villains sort of float in your direction and do damage to your screen. As you progress through the game, you’ll gain more characters’ powers and start to mix them, requiring you to quickly switch to deal with each enemy type. KAPOW! gets tough to say the least, and will have you returning to fight for higher scores in its two game modes.

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Lettrixx (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Word game Lettrixx borrows liberally from the film The Matrix for its visual style, which adds a bit of a challenge to this Boggle-like puzzler. Your job is to make words from the characters that appear on each of Lettrixx’s screens, and that’s it. They can be as long or as short as you want, but there’s a catch: on each screen, you’ll need to use one particular letter, which is marked with a bug. And you’ll score points for using a second letter, marked with a little stick figure. A third adds time to your ticking clock, which winds down and stops the game for you.

These marked letters allow you to choose just how good you are on a word-by-word basis. Catch three good letters on a screen full of them and you can snag full bonuses (and possibly more for using more letters). The game will switch to another screen full of letters and ask you to go again, forcing you to quickly come up with new words to use. Your score is tallied when you finally run out of time, so the key is to flex your brain muscles to pull big words and score high to keep Lettrixx going.

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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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