Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 27: Madonna update, Oyster.com update, Bitter Sam, Sliced Bread

Mar 27, 2012
Games

Get excited for the latest album from Madonna with her updated iOS app, which now packs iPad support and provides news, music, photos, videos and more. It leads today’s Fresh Apps offerings, followed by an update to Oyster.com’s hotel review-filled iPad that brings it up to par with the new iPad’s Retina display capability. Tilt-based […]

Get excited for the latest album from Madonna with her updated iOS app, which now packs iPad support and provides news, music, photos, videos and more. It leads today’s Fresh Apps offerings, followed by an update to Oyster.com’s hotel review-filled iPad that brings it up to par with the new iPad’s Retina display capability. Tilt-based casual falling game Bitter Sam starts today’s game offerings, followed by Sliced Bread, a slashing game not unlike Fruit Ninja with two game modes and a lot of pastries to annihilate.

Madonna update (iPhone, iPad) Free

In celebration of her latest album, MDNA, Madonna has released an iPad version of her iOS app, which allows users to stay tapped in to the latest news of what’s going on with the singer. The app also packs a new theme inspired by the album, as well as a Madonna news feed that brings up-to-the-minute information about the pop star.

In addition to the new iPad version, the Madonna app packs a lot of the usual fare seen in apps for musicians. It includes photos from live appearances and concerts, music tracks from MDNA and Madonna’s other works, videos from concerts and a “wall” where listeners can leave their comments and share Madonna media.

Oyster.com Hotel Reviews and Photos update (iPad) Free

Check out the details – and reviews – of more than 2,500 hotels with Oyster.com’s iPad app. With the release of Apple’s new iPad, the app has been updated to take advantage of Retina capabilities and packed with big, glossy photos from hotels found in more than 100 places. All the hotels are reviewed by Oyster.com’s experts, not by regular users.

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Oyster.com allows users to search by hotel and check through more than 700,000 photos from the various hotels reviewed within the app. It also includes lots of different indicators to let you know what each hotel will allow and won’t, and which amenities each one offers. It’s a great way to figure out where you should be staying next time you travel.

Bitter Sam (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Tilt-based casual game Bitter Sam starts with somebody lowering a tiny creature called Sam down a drain. In each level of the game, your goal is to direct Sam around hazards that can kill him by tilting your iOS device, as if you really were lowering him down a drain. Along the way, you’ll need to grab diamonds and other objects to increase your score in each stage.

Bitter Sam includes 100 levels to play through spread across five different worlds. You’ll find power-ups along the way that make Sam move faster or protect him from obstacles, and earn points as you go by keeping clear of walls and other obstructions to earn points. Bitter Sam also packs Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Sliced Bread (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Swipe-based Sliced Bread is a lot like titles such as Fruit Ninja. The game is all about slashing through food. Various baked goods go flying through the air, and players need to slash through them as fast as possible, cutting them into small pieces and hitting multiple items to create combos. The more you slash and the faster you cut the bread apart, the more points you score.

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Sliced Bread includes two different game modes, one in which you’ll need to slash through lots of food as fast as you can before the timer runs out, and one in which you’ll need to get as many points scored as you can while avoiding angry fruit that trigger a game over if you hit them. Your scores are tracked on leaderboards provided by Game Center and OpenFeint.

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