Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 5: Readability, Zombies, Run!, BlockHopper, Gluddle

Mar 5, 2012
Games

Read clearly or turn everyday stuff into games with today’s crop of Fresh iPhone Apps. Readability offers a great way to read the content of any web page by making it clear of clutter. Zombies, Run! tracks your running workouts while throwing in a fictional gameplay narrative about the zombie apocalypse along with it. We […]

Read clearly or turn everyday stuff into games with today’s crop of Fresh iPhone Apps. Readability offers a great way to read the content of any web page by making it clear of clutter. Zombies, Run! tracks your running workouts while throwing in a fictional gameplay narrative about the zombie apocalypse along with it. We also have a couple of actual games to throw into the mix: BlockHopper, a side-scrolling platformer in which players have to add their own platforms to solve each stage, and Gluddle, a platformer about bouncing balls around a stage to knock out other balls.

Readability (iPhone, iPad) Free

Ever come across a great website article at work but don’t have the time to read it? Or, discover a page so full of clutter and ads it’s practically impossible to enjoy its content? Here’s where Readability can help. It allows you to save pages to your iOS device which you can read later, but more importantly, it clears them of clutter and presents them in a simple, clean format that’s easy on the eyes.

The typography is elegant and all articles are synced so they can be read on any of your iOS devices, even if you’re offline. You can customize the font size, adjust contrast to avoid eye strain and Readability also offers a straightforward way to share what you’re reading with your friends on Facebook and Twitter or via email.

Zombies, Run! (iPhone, iPad) $7.99

Need a little motivation to get up for that morning jog? Give Zombies, Run! a try. The app turns working-out into something of a narrative gaming experience, putting runners into a story of the zombie apocalypse. It provides some pretty good (fictional) reasons to put in a couple of miles: because the hungry undead are chasing you.

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Zombies, Run! has a story co-written by award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman, which is piped into your headphones as you go for a run or walk. The game part of Zombies, Run! is played just by running, but it includes 30 missions that use your iPhone’s GPS tracking capabilities to play. Think of it as a fitness trainer and run-tracking app that also has a story to tell.

BlockHopper (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

BlockHopper is one of those side-scrolling platformers where your job is to do more than just leap from platform to platform. You also have to create the platforms before you jump to them, and that brings a degree of puzzle solving to BlockHopper’s gameplay. Each level has you finding the best way to traverse it and find your way to a specific location, avoiding spikes and clearing some big gaps both by skill and good planning.

There are 35 levels to playthrough in the retro-inspired BlockHopper, across six themes that each have their own style and music. The game also features an 8-bit art style to complete the nostalgic motif. There’s also Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Gluddle (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

A bit of a weird puzzle title is Gluddle, which has you trying to bounce colored eyeballs around a stage in order to take out oppressive white “Supervision” eyes and free the cute colored eyes from their scrutiny. The goal is to use as few “gluddles” as possible in each stage, launching them in any direction from their starting location and knocking out the Supervision eyes by hitting them. The puzzle part of the game requires you to choose your shots carefully and to freeze gluddles in mid-air and use them as bouncing pads.

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More and more challenges arise as you work your way through Gluddle’s 55 levels. Each stage tracks your stats to allow you to complete challenges as you go and see how your skills stack up in comparison to players all over the world.

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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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