Fresh iPhone Apps for June 6: Planet Money, Plague Inc., Love Me Not

Jun 6, 2012
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Get access to all the financial news drummed up by National Public Radio with today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, Planet Money. The app is packed with written articles and audio episodes that you can stream over your iOS device. We’ve also got a couple of quality game titles for your consideration: Plague Inc., a game […]

Get access to all the financial news drummed up by National Public Radio with today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, Planet Money. The app is packed with written articles and audio episodes that you can stream over your iOS device. We’ve also got a couple of quality game titles for your consideration: Plague Inc., a game in which you design a disease and continually mutate it to have it infect the world, and Love Me Not, a tilt-based game in which you must defend a flower from bugs, using the flower’s razor-sharp petals.

Planet Money (iPhone, iPad) Free

The official app for the National Public Radio show Planet Money brings full episodes straight to your iOS devices, allowing you to listen to the show’s in-depth financial reporting wherever you’ve got an Internet connection. It includes all kinds of financially-geared news from the Planet Money team, including articles and even segments from other shows on which they appear.

The Planet Money app allows you to browse through all the show’s content, and you can also search for specific things that you want to hear or read. Once you find stories and articles you like, you can easily share them with others through email, Facebook and Twitter.

Plague Inc. (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

It might be a little gross to think about, but Plague Inc. challenges players to create a pathogen that can annihilate the human race. You choose a country in which to start, infecting your first patient, and then start mutating your disease to make it more resilient, more infectious, and more deadly. But you’ll need to work carefully and quickly, because humans will actively try to stop your spread with cures and closed borders.

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You advance your disease by gathering “DNA points,” which you can grab by tapping orange bubbles that appear on the screen and by infecting more people. Those points allow you to mutate more rapidly and be more effective. Plague Inc. includes about 10 disease types and three difficulty modes, and Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Love Me Not (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Love Me Not combines tilt-based gameplay with the need for perfect timing. The game presents you with a flower covered with petals, and invading bugs trying to get to the center of it. But the petals are your line of defense, and by tapping them, you can launch them at the insects to destroy them. Moving petals into position to be fired is done by tilting, which rotates your flower left or right.

Love Me Not is a fairly simple game, and yet it’s addictive and difficult to master. You’ll need to be careful about your aiming to be effective, as well as quick with your timing and spot-on with your ability to gauge the angles at which your petals will fly. Love Me Not scores you for how long you survive and how many bugs you take down, and tracks your scores on its Game Center leaderboards.

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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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