Fresh iPhone Apps for May 1: Tweetbot update, Dictionary!!, Hambo, Saving Private Sheep 2

May 1, 2012
Games

Start May off right with more Twitter, a better vocabulary and barnyard animals fighting each other using the power of physics. Today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list is kicked off by a big update to Twitter client Tweetbot, and followed by a new premium version of The Free Dictionary that makes lots of the app’s features […]

Start May off right with more Twitter, a better vocabulary and barnyard animals fighting each other using the power of physics. Today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list is kicked off by a big update to Twitter client Tweetbot, and followed by a new premium version of The Free Dictionary that makes lots of the app’s features available offline. Hambo pits pig against pig as players use angles to shoot their enemies in a Fragger-style physics game, and Saving Private Sheep 2 uses a similar setup to create some more elaborate, multi-step puzzles.

Tweetbot update (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

One of the slicker Twitter apps available in the iTunes App Store, Tweetbot makes it easy for users to keep up-to-date with their Twitter accounts, even if they have more than one. It’s optimized for touch controls to make it easy to use with commands like swipes and taps, and supports all the sort of updating abilities you’d expect from Twitter on your web browser.

New improvements to Tweetbot include the ability to see in-line conversations when you and others reply to tweets, a function that Twitter on the web affords but the app has been lacking. You can email tweets now and the app supports other services, such as Droplr. The user interface has been tweaked and lots of the controls have also been tightened, so it’s easier to get back to your timeline from other areas of the app, and see more of your Twitter feed faster.

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Dictionary!! (iPhone, iPad) $3.99

Dictionary!! (The Free Dictionary PRO) provides a huge dictionary that users can access through the Internet to find words and definitions. This Pro version of the app affords lots of features that users can’t get with the free version. Probably the most notable is full offline support for the dictionary, allowing users full use of the resource without the need for a Wi-Fi or 3G Internet connection.

Thirteen foreign language dictionaries are also included in Dictionary!! as well as the ability to translate words from English into 40 different languages, and vice versa, all without needing to connect to the Internet. If you can connect to the Internet, Dictionary!! will also give you access to encyclopedias, audio translations for different words, special dictionaries such as medical, legal and financial, and a few word-related games.

Hambo (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Taking a page from Angry Birds and Fragger is Hambo, a game in which you play a pig rather than quest to destroy them, although you still take down enemy pigs. Like Angry Birds, you’ll need to use physics to take out enemy soldiers, taking careful aim with various weapons to take the pigs out either with direct shots or ricochets. The goal is to use as few shots as possible by paying attention to each level’s setup and figuring out how best to take down your foes for maximum points.

Hambo includes more than 200 levels, and in each one you’ll earn coins you can spend on things such as different costumes for your pig supersoldier. The game also includes iPod support, so you can play it with your own music, and Game Center support for leaderboards and achievements.

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Saving Private Sheep 2 (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Another physics puzzler of a barnyard persuasion is Saving Private Sheep 2, although where Hambo adjusts the rules of similar games by changing players’ weapons, Saving Private Sheep 2 adds multiple steps to each animal-flinging puzzle. Your goal in each level is to fire a spiky hedgehog at an offending wolf to force him to cough up a sheep he has swallowed, and to do so, you need to pass each hedgehog carefully between sheep soldiers so they can line up a clear shot.

Scattered through each level are coins and stars that you can snag with your hedgehog with several careful shots, so Saving Private Sheep 2 takes on an air of exploration if you want to get the best scores. The game includes 66 levels players can work through, plus a level editor that allows you to make your own stages and share them with others, and vice versa.

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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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