Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 13: Hudld, Mass Effect 3 Datapad, Sir Benfro’s Brilliant Balloon, Storm Strikers

Mar 13, 2012
Games

Filter all your social networking to a single spot with Hudld, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, which is designed to take on the burdens of interacting with both Facebook and Twitter and give you full control of both. Second on our list is an item that’ll please fans of Electronic Arts’ game Mass Effect 3: […]

Filter all your social networking to a single spot with Hudld, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, which is designed to take on the burdens of interacting with both Facebook and Twitter and give you full control of both. Second on our list is an item that’ll please fans of Electronic Arts’ game Mass Effect 3: it’s the Mass Effect 3 Datapad, a free and fully-functional encyclopedia from the game, as well as a meta-game that affects what happens in its console counterpart. Side-scroller Sir Benfro’s Brilliant Balloon kicks off today’s look at mobile games, followed by Storm Strikers, a vertical shooter with lots of fast-paced action to offer fans.

Hudld (iPhone, iPad) Free

Social networking hub Hudld may well be the new app you use to connect to your friends’ updates. Hudld allows you to filter in all your updates from Facebook and Twitter into one place, allowing you to update both social networks from the same app at the same time. Hudld also allows you to see updates from your friends from both networks, as well as access things like photos and other features from both Facebook and Twitter.

Hudld allows you to lots of the things you can do on both Twitter and Facebook from one place, like upload photos and video, view requests, replies and notifications, and approve friends or follow or unfollow other users. The app also streamlines everything into one place so it’s easy to read, making it simple to keep up with everything that’s going on.

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Mass Effect 3 Datapad (iPhone, iPad) Free

Electronic Arts’ second tie-in app for Mass Effect 3, its huge sci-fi epic that just hit Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC last week, Mass Effect 3 Datapad is a pretty interesting addition for people who enjoy the huge Mass Effect universe. The free Datapad app packs a meta-game of its own in the vein of social games seen on Facebook, but it’s also packed with information fans will get a kick out of.

The primary feature of Datapad is the huge Mass Effect codex that brings all kinds of information about the universe right to players. It’s the same encyclopedia that players can access in-game, supplying information about the galaxy of the game, much of which is fully narrated. Datapad also ties into the console or PC title to bring you messages from characters you meet that relate to the story you choose as you play, and lets you tap into the Mass Effect Twitter feed. Best of all is the game, which lets you deploy forces to take on missions and earn you rewards you can use in Mass Effect 3. Fans will want to check this app out.

Sir Benfro’s Brilliant Balloon (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Like lots of other titles in the App Store, Sir Benfro’s Brilliant Balloon is, in many ways, a running title. It’s a 2-D side-scroller in which you manipulate Sir Benfro and his titular balloon by touching the screen. Hold your finger on the screen and Sir Benfro rises; let go and he falls. You’ll need to navigate each level, avoiding obstacles and adjusting your speed through rapid taps and long touches in order to reach the end and pull down good scores.

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Along the way, Sir Benfro needs to collect fireflies to power his balloon, and crashing or taking too long costs him fireflies and, eventually, all the lift the balloon carries. The game packs a great art style and some phenomenal musical selections, as well as four different levels to work through and three difficulty modes for each one.

Storm Strikers (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Shoot-’em-up Storm Striker is a pretty archetypal vertical shooter. Players control a space ship by dragging a thumb over the screen, steering the ship clear of a whole lot of incoming fire while leveling enemy ships with lasers of your own. The key is to stay alive through quick reflexes as you take down waves of ships and destroy huge bosses along the way.

Storm Strikes includes seven different levels to work through, each requiring players to snag power-ups to upgrade their weapons and take down as many alien fighters as possible. Storm Strikers also packs four difficulty modes to make sure players constantly have a challenge to deal with, and Game Center support so they can track their progress on achievements and 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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