Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 7: Square Register, Monty Python: The Holy Book of Days, Mass Effect Infiltrator, Draw Something by OMGPOP

Mar 7, 2012
Games

We’re celebrating today’s imminent iPad announcement with a Fresh Apps list that includes a couple of standout iPad offerings. Up first is Square Register, an app that turns your tablet into a retail cash register, complete with the capability of scanning credit cards to complete transactions. Following that is Monty Python: The Holy Book of […]

We’re celebrating today’s imminent iPad announcement with a Fresh Apps list that includes a couple of standout iPad offerings. Up first is Square Register, an app that turns your tablet into a retail cash register, complete with the capability of scanning credit cards to complete transactions. Following that is Monty Python: The Holy Book of Days, an app filled with behind-the-scenes information about the masterful British comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. With the last entry in the very popular Mass Effect video game series launching this week, we’ve got the tie-in game Mass Effect Infiltrator kicking off today’s game offerings, followed by Draw Something, a turn-based Pictionary style game you can play with your Facebook and Twitter pals.

Square Register (iPad) Free

Mobile payment service Square has used the iPhone to allow lots of people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to easily sell their products on the go to instantly create retail locations. The app, along with its headphone jack credit card reader hardware, let’s just about anybody take credit cards as payment, instead of just cash. After huge success with the iPhone app, Square has rolled out an iPad counterpart that turns tablets into cash registers, instantly and easily.

Square Register lets you swipe credit cards to take payments for goods and services, and also has the capability to track cash transactions and keep records of your business’s inventory. Like Square’s iPhone app, it also has the ability to issue print or email receipts to users, and gives businesses that use it access to web analytics so they can track their sales without a lot of hassle.

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Monty Python: The Holy Book of Days (iPad) $4.99

Monty Python fans shouldn’t be without this iPad offering. Titled “The Holy Book of Days,” the app is an interactive book created by the famed British comedy troop, detailing the creation of their film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It details each day of the movie’s 28-day shoot and is packed with information and content that was created or pitched for the movie but which never made it into the final product.

Released to correspond with the Blu-Ray version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Holy Book of Days acts like a “second screen” if you happen to buy the film, allowing you to follow along with the movie as you watch it to get extra insights into each scene. Even if you don’t watch along with the film, though, there’s a ton of content created by Monty Python members for the app – it’s a look at this comedy classic from an angle no one has ever seen before.

Mass Effect Infiltrator (iPhone, iPad) $6.99

From the developer behind the 2011 iOS hit Dead Space comes Mass Effect Infiltrator, another mobile tie-in title for one of publisher Electronic Arts’ biggest video game franchises. Mass Effect Infiltrator gives players a rifle and sends them out to fight robotic enemies called the Geth, creating a cover-based shooter that uses a combination of touch controls and swipes.

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Instead of just being about gunning down bad guys, Infiltrator is about gunning down bad guys well. Players can earn “style points” for being especially quick, creative and effective in dispatching enemies. Drop a bad guy and then take out his friend in rapid succession, for example, and get a bonus. Switch weapons in the middle and get even more. Each level is scored at the end based on how fast players completed it, how hurt they got and how stylishly they killed. The game also links to the newly released game Mass Effect 3 to give players bonuses in their console or PC titles.

Draw Something by OMGPOP (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Taking a page from other asynchronous, turn-based online games found in the iTunes App Store, Draw Something lets players take turns competing in a Pictionary-like competition. As in that game, players take turn drawing pictures based on a single-word prompt, and other players have to guess what the drawing is. Since the app is turn-based, games proceed as quickly or as slowly as players want.

Draw Something lets you play against your friends from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, but it will also match you into games with strangers if you’re just looking to find someone to play with. It also includes leaderboards to track how well players do against the competition and provides Push notifications for you when it’s your turn.

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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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