Fresh iPhone Apps for June 7: Roaming Hunger Food Truck Finder, Project 83113, Catapult King

Jun 7, 2012
Games

This week is the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, the biggest event of the year in video games, and so the weekly pull of new game titles in the iTunes App Store is a little thin. But that’s okay, because two great games were launched this week: swipe-based platformer Project 83113 and 3-D Angry […]

This week is the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, the biggest event of the year in video games, and so the weekly pull of new game titles in the iTunes App Store is a little thin. But that’s okay, because two great games were launched this week: swipe-based platformer Project 83113 and 3-D Angry Birds-style arcade game Catapult Kings. And if you’re hungry, you’ll do well to check out the huge update to Roaming Hunger Food Truck Finder, which adds a number of new features to make tracking down food in your city even easier.

Roaming Hunger Food Truck Finder update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Finding food trucks in your city just got a little easier with a big update to Roaming Hunger Food Truck Finder. The app’s newly-released version 2.0 throws in a new user interface to make navigation easier, augmenting its central focus: making it easy to find the location of nearby food trucks using your iOS device’s built-in maps capabilities. The app searches for info for trucks using resources like Twitter, narrows down their locations, and makes them easy to spot and get directions to when you’re hungry.

The update now makes vendors sortable, so you can seek out the kind of food you like and mark trucks as your favorites to find them easily in the future. You can also make use of new social interaction features, allowing you to leave comments and ratings on food trucks and even upload photos of your meals. The app provides lots of information and profiles on each vendor, too, so you know exactly what you’ll be getting when you finally track your mobile lunch down.

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Project 83113 (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Part platformer, part endless runner, Project 83113 successfully blends a number of mechanics to make a great side-scrolling action title. You control your character with swipe commands, triggering running either left or right, as well as leaping over obstacles or sliding beneath danger. In each level, you can search for hidden objects, execute wall jumps, and fight off enemies with gunplay, too.

Most of the combat in Project 83113 is automatic: Your character zeroes in and fires and you’re responsible for avoiding incoming fire, as well as other hazards. You can also trigger special weapons as you fight and gather extra health to keep yourself alive, plus you can upgrade your guns to make them more effective. Project 83113 also includes Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Catapult King (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Think Angry Birds from a first-person perspective and you have Catapult King. It’s a lot like other titles in the genre, except that the castles you must destroy and the soldiers you must take out are presented in 3-D. That makes for a unique challenge as you attempt to destroy everything with your catapult, because not only do you have to think about the structures in terms of left and right, like in Angry Birds, but also their depth when you want to dismantle them and trigger big destruction.

Catapult King scores you on the destruction you cause, the time it takes you to do it, how much ammo you use and whether you find a special hidden coin in each level. You can track your progress and how well you stack up against other players using the Catapult King’s Game Center leaderboards and achievements. You can also earn upgrades for your catapult and use magical abilities to power yourself up in each level.

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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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