Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 9: NCAA March Madness Live, LookTel Recognizer, Adventure Bar Story, Plants War

Mar 9, 2012
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Get ready for March Madness next week with today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, NCAA March Madness Live. The app provides a bracket and allows streaming of all 67 games with an in-app purchase, plus lots more to keep you up to speed with the tournament. Up next is LookTel Recognizer, an app designed to make […]

Get ready for March Madness next week with today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, NCAA March Madness Live. The app provides a bracket and allows streaming of all 67 games with an in-app purchase, plus lots more to keep you up to speed with the tournament. Up next is LookTel Recognizer, an app designed to make it easier for visually impaired people to identify objects with the help of their iPhone’s built-in cameras. Adventure Bar Story, a combination role-playing game and management simulator, leads the weekend’s game selections, along with Plants War, a real-time tactical strategy game.

NCAA March Madness Live (iPhone, iPad) Free

Get everything you need to prep for March Madness with NCAA March Madness Live. The app provides you with a tournament bracket to fill out and provides alerts so you always know when the next game is about to be played. You can keep track of how your bracket is doing as games are played and follow stats for all the players and teams as they play.

You can also make an in-app purchase to watch streaming games, practices and highlights from throughout the playoffs. You can also post updates straight to Facebook and Twitter from the app as you watch games and track your bracket.

LookTel Recognizer (iPhone, iPad) $9.99

Designed to help users with visual impairments, LookTel is an app designed to use iOS device’s cameras to identify common objects like cans of food and other products. The app can quickly and easily identify objects which have been saved into the app’s memory. By snapping a photo of an object and recording a name or description, LookTel can recognize it later, playing the name back to the person utilizing the app.

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It’s important to note that LookTel requires a sighted person to set it up, snapping photos of objects and recording their descriptions to be used later. Once you’ve saved all the objects you need, you can backup your database by email, so that if you switch iPhones or lose your data, you can quickly reload your catalog of objects without having to re-record them.

Adventure Bar Story (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Role-playing game fans will be familiar with the taverns of games in that genre. It seems that whenever you go adventuring in a fantasy world, you head back to town and to a tavern to buy food and heal up. The bar is also where you sell off all the junk you’ve collected in dungeons. In Adventure Bar Story, you run just such an establishment for adventurers, but in order to keep it running, you have to go clean out some dungeons yourself.

Adventure Bar Story melds a management simulation game, in which you’ll need to make food to serve to customers, and an RPG in which you’ll fight off monsters to gather new ingredients for cooking. The game includes 400 recipes to find and make and the more you find, the higher you can rank up your bar.

Plants War (iPhone, iPad) Free

PC gamers who enjoy online games such as League of Legends will get a kick out of Plants War. It’s much like LoL, in that players command “hero” units and send them into battle. The goal is to destroy your enemy’s stronghold while protecting your own, being careful to keep your units alive and strong as they battle against the heroes of the enemy side.

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You’ll unlock more characters as the game goes on, each with its own special abilities to take into battle. Plants War packs more than 30 stages to fight through and packs three different difficulty modes with which to challenge yourself. It also includes 24 achievements to unlock as you play.

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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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