Fresh iPhone Apps for May 14: MusicBunk!, LaLa Lunchbox, Wawa Land, Casino by Zeniz

May 14, 2012
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Find some new music this week with the help of social networking app MusicBunk!, an app that lets you share playlists with others and find users who have similar tastes to you, so you can help each other find new music. Parents might find lunch-planning app LaLa Lunchbox helpful, as it allows kids to plan […]

Find some new music this week with the help of social networking app MusicBunk!, an app that lets you share playlists with others and find users who have similar tastes to you, so you can help each other find new music. Parents might find lunch-planning app LaLa Lunchbox helpful, as it allows kids to plan a week’s worth of school lunches, while encouraging them to make balanced, nutritious choices and making shopping easier. Wawa Land, a side-scrolling platformer in the classic Nintendo style, is a game you’ll want to check out to start the week, followed by Casino by Zeniz, which offers free-to-play poker and slots action.

MusicBunk! (iPhone, iPad) Free

Social music app MusicBunk! is for people who want to know what their friends are listening to and hope to learn about new artists and songs by doing so. The app lets you see the playlists created by friends and the songs they’re listening to, and allows you to post comments, send them to Facebook and Twitter, and check out new music straight from the app.

MusicBunk! also helps you to find people who have similar tastes in music to you – called your Music Match – with the idea that those are people you’ll with whom you’ll be able to talk, connect, and share music insight. That way, you can learn about new things from people who like the same things as you. Facebook integration also allows you to quickly find people on MusicBunk! and connect with them.

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LaLa Lunchbox (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

LaLa Lunchbox aims to make a parent’s job of planning and packing lunches for kids a bit easier. The app lets kids choose what they want in their lunches, choosing from a preset selection, and gives them the ability to plan those lunches for the whole week. The choices available include lots of different fruits, vegetables and proteins, and the app is meant to teach kids about the importance of balanced meals while making the lunch planning process fun for them.

Virtual lunchboxes can be customized by kids to include things like monsters and other goofy additions to add to the fun factor, and parents have the ability to set which foods are available choices for each lunch each day. LaLa Lunchbox also makes grocery shopping for lunches easier and, in theory, helps save money because with kids choosing what they want to eat, there’s less chance that they’ll be wasting food when they get lunch items they don’t like.

Wawa Land (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Nintendo’s famous side-scrolling platformers like the Game Boy’s Super Wario Land are likely never going to see a mobile release, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t similar titles that are just as good already in the iTunes App Store. Wawa Land will remind gamers of the aforementioned Wario adventure with its similar mechanics, but it also is a fun and competent platformer in the vein of old-school Mario games and manages to capture the fun of those titles.

As Wawa, players adventure through levels collecting coins, jumping on enemies and grabbing different hats that give them special powers. The developers promise four hours of gameplay for your buck right now, and content updates are planned for the future that will increase that to as many as 12 hours of stuff to do. Levels are full of hidden objectives to find, and your progress and scores are tracked through Game Center.

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Casino by Zeniz (iPhone, iPad) Free

Created by the United States Playing Card Company, the company behind such brands as Bicycle playing cards, comes Casino by Zeniz, a free-to-play casino game that includes the ever-popular Texas Hold’em and a mode that lets you team up with your friends to go up against the One-Armed Bandit. The game puts you in a virtual casino and hands you some chips, allowing you to sit down at a poker table against other players from all over the world. Games are divided by skill level and allow players to choose if they want larger or smaller games to compete in against others.

There’s also a cooperative multiplayer slots mode, in which as many as five players can team up to unlock bonuses as they play the virtual slot machines. There are also slot tournaments you can play in competitively through Casino by Zeniz as well, and the game features a number of different tournament styles depending on what you want to play and how much time you have to commit.

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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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