Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 30: timeRAZOR, Comedy Central’s Indecision Election Companion, Cordy Sky, Universal Movie Tycoon

Mar 30, 2012
Games

The weekend’s just about here, which is the perfect time to check out timeRAZOR, an app that’s designed to help you get the most out of your time. Input your schedule and appointments, and timeRAZOR searches the areas around where you’ll be when you’ll be there to find events you might want to attend. We’ve […]

The weekend’s just about here, which is the perfect time to check out timeRAZOR, an app that’s designed to help you get the most out of your time. Input your schedule and appointments, and timeRAZOR searches the areas around where you’ll be when you’ll be there to find events you might want to attend. We’ve followed that up with an app to help get you prepared (kind of) for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election: Comedy Central’s Indecision Election Companion. You can probably guess what it’s like. A great take on the vertical scrolling genre, Cordy Sky, leads the weekend’s game offerings, mixing platforming elements with nice visuals and addictive jumping gameplay. And finally, there’s the freemium Universal Movie Tycoon, a city-building management game that puts you in charge of a movie studio.

timeRAZOR (iPhone, iPad) Free

Part to-do list app and part local events tracker, timeRAZOR is designed to help users optimize their time by using the events you already have planned to help you find new ones of which you can become a part. Inputting your plans for the day, such as a planned dinner with a friend at a certain restaurant at a certain time, allows timeRAZOR to search the area around the restaurant and near that same time, and then suggest other events you might want to attend.

TimeRAZOR allows you to track your appointments and their locations within the app to help stay on task with the things you’ve got planned, but in addition to finding out what’s going on around you at any given time, it’ll also deliver traffic reports for your area, so you can plan even better. The app also keeps track of things near where you live and work, so it can find events you might want to attend that aren’t necessarily tied to another event or appointment.

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Comedy Central’s Indecision Election Companion (iPhone, iPad) Free

With the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election drawing ever closer and Republican candidates still duking it out against one another, there’s a lot of political comedy to be had. That’s where Comedy Central’s Indecision Election Companion comes in. Taking a page from the Indecision election coverage spearheaded by The Daily Show, the app is packed with blog posts, news items and hilarious photos, all with a political slant.

The Indecision Election Companion doesn’t contain any video, as the description explains, but it does include lots of things to read and check out. It includes real-time reactions from the politics-infused comedy team behind the app, as well as lots of blog posts each day dealing with the latest events in the election. There’s also a 2012 election calendar, and an ever-growing election photo gallery.

Cordy Sky (iPhone, iPad) Free

Fans of delightfully cute but engaging 3-D platformer Cordy will appreciate Cordy Sky, developer Silvertree Media’s take on the vertical scrolling jumping genre. The game bares its similarities to mainstays such as Doodle Jump and Megajump, but defines itself with some mostly tight gameplay and great graphics. Plus, Silvertree has mixed some of its platforming controls and level design in with the jumping genre, creating a hybrid that’s more engaging than your typical entry in the genre.

In each of the five stages, you control the robotic Cordy as he tries to climb as high as possible by bouncing off springs and other objects. Directional buttons or tilt controls allow you to direct Cordy left and right around the screen, and he also has the capability to jump (and even double-jump) in order to take more control of his ascent. You’ll also collect gears along the way, which can be used to purchase power-ups and other collectible stuff from the Cordy Sky’s in-game store.

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Universal Movie Tycoon (iPhone, iPad) Free

Another in the growing genre of free-to-play management titles, Universal Movie Tycoon is tied to the iconic film studio, allowing you to construct your own from the ground up, and then to buy real movie scripts, sign directors and stars, and get them made on your backlot sets. When your movies are finished, you’ll earn money from the box office, allowing you to buy more sets and increase the value of your studio.

You can make as many as 35 different films through the course of the game, as well as purchase multiple buildings that make your set pull down more money, ranging from warehouses to flowers. It’s also the kind of freemium title in which you’ll put up your buildings and characters on tasks and then be able to leave while they complete them, which makes it addicting without being time consuming.

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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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