Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 19: TastemakerX, Met Opera on Demand, Toble & Friends Hookshot Escape, Kale In Dinoland

Mar 19, 2012
Games

Turn your hunt for new music into a social stock market game with TastemakerX, today’s leading fresh app. It turns finding and sharing new music into something akin to economics, but also packs lots of information and samples to make sharing and finding new stuff easy. And if popular music isn’t really your speed, you […]

Turn your hunt for new music into a social stock market game with TastemakerX, today’s leading fresh app. It turns finding and sharing new music into something akin to economics, but also packs lots of information and samples to make sharing and finding new stuff easy. And if popular music isn’t really your speed, you might be interested in Met Opera On Demand, a new iPad app from the Metropolitan Opera, filled with operatic videos and performances. Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape, a vertical jumping game, leads our games selections for the day, followed by Game Boy-like platformer Kale In Dinoland.

TastemakerX (iPhone, iPad) Free

Social media music app TastemakerX is a strange experience. It’s something of a game, designed around “buying stock” in music you enjoy. The idea is that you can “buy” and “sell” shares in different bands, allowing people to see what you most enjoy and what you to see what they most enjoy. Then you can trade stocks in order to learn about new bands and spread your musical influence to others.

The game portion of TastemakerX is only part of the experience, however. You can also sample different songs and bands you find within the app to learn more about bands you might enjoy, and read news about various bands to stay up to date with what’s going on with them. Users can also share photos of their experiences with bands as well, and even geo-tag the entries.

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Met Opera On Demand (iPad) Free

Opera fans can now get their fill streaming right to their iPads from the Metropolitan Opera’s subscription service with Met Opera On Demand. The app allows users to watch streaming video from the Met Opera’s “Live in HD” series, which are performances from opera stars transmitted to movie theaters. It also includes Met Opera telecasts of classic performances, stretching from 2001 all the way back to 1977.

Met Opera also packs tons of radio performances of operatic works by singers going back more than 70 years. Videos included in the app include English subtitles and many support lots of other languages, as well, helping users to get the most out of every performance.

Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Climbing title Hookshot Escape provides you with an iconic item from the Legend of Zelda universe – the hookshot. It’s a vertical jumping game in which players need to climb as high as they can, using the grappling Hookshot to grab onto ledges and spring themselves up higher and higher. Along the way, you’ll fight off enemies, grab treasures and try to put combos together of several hookshot ascents in a row, in order to earn more money.

Hookshot Escape allows you to use the money you earn through your playthroughs to unlock different characters, which will alter the way you play with their various abilities. There are also power-ups you can find and different pieces of equipment that can change up the experience as well. And Game Center support allows you to track how well you do on Hookshot Escape’s online leaderboards.

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Kale In Dinoland (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Modeled after old handheld side-scrolling platformers of the Game Boy era, Kale in Dinoland puts players in the role of Kale as he adventures through a land infested by dinosaurs in search of his missing girlfriend. You’ll carry weapons to throw at enemies, like magic stars and what appear to be coconuts, but most of the bad guys you encounter can be ridden in order to reach new areas, as well.

Kale in Dinoland includes six different areas to play through, which comprise a total of more than 50 levels. There are eight varieties of enemies that can be ridden, and all have different capabilities and attributes once you’re aboard. Kale in Dinoland also includes Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards, plus a Game Boy-like retro art and music style.

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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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