Fresh iPhone Apps for May 23: Facebook Pages Manager, ZipList update, Sheep Up!, Rocka Bowling 3D

May 23, 2012
Games

Facebook has released another app to make interacting with the social network easier for mobile users. It’s called Facebook Pages Manager, and it makes it easy to manage the Facebook pages you’ve created on the network. It’s followed by an update to ZipList, a mobile app and service that makes keeping track of your grocery […]

Facebook has released another app to make interacting with the social network easier for mobile users. It’s called Facebook Pages Manager, and it makes it easy to manage the Facebook pages you’ve created on the network. It’s followed by an update to ZipList, a mobile app and service that makes keeping track of your grocery lists and sharing them among family members extremely easy. Sheep Up! brings tilt-based puzzle gameplay, followed by Rocka Bowling, a 3-D, touch-based bowling game that supports local multiplayer.

Facebook Pages Manager (iPhone, iPad) Free

Facebook’s latest app has finally hit the iTunes App Store for wide release, making it easy to manage the pages you create on Facebook from wherever you are. Pages Manager provides all the info you’re able to get when logging-in to Facebook from a web browser, including the metrics and analytics Facebook provides that help you see how the outreach of your page is doing.

The thing that makes Pages Manager so handy is that it makes it possible to work with multiple Facebook pages at once. You can easily switch between your pages, check the metrics of all of them, and post on any of them. The app also offers push notifications for when someone posts on your pages.

ZipList update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Grocery shopping app ZipList makes it quick and easy to determine what you need from your next grocery store trip by using the cloud to make it possible for anyone in your family to add items to your list. You can add or remove items from your list with an Internet connection or by text message, in order to make sure you have the most up-to-date list when you hit the store.

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Ziplist also includes a web portal with which users can interact and send information to mobile apps, and the developer has just added new features to the web page. Ziplist’s site now includes a meal planner feature, so you can map out your meals for a whole week. Then, you can automatically send lists of ingredients you need for your planned meals to the mobile app to use when build shopping lists.

Sheep Up! (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

You’ll need to hone your tilting skills to work through all the puzzles in Sheep Up! Each level has you playing as a bouncing sheep, directing him from a top-down perspective using accelerometer controls to bounce around grid-based levels to reach a goal in each one. You’ll need to be careful to avoid falling off the side of each stage’s edges, while you also grab keys and use other elements to find your way to the end.

Sheep Up! includes 20 different levels for you to move through, which will test your puzzle-solving skills as well as your reflexes and steady-handedness. You’re scored by the speed with which you solve each level, and you can earn trophies along the way based on how well you do. The game also includes two game modes, the standard puzzle gameplay and a time-attack version.

Rocka Bowling 3D Games (iPhone, iPad) Free

Fans of the popular Wii Bowling game on Nintendo’s motion-controlled game console will get a kick out of Rocka Bowling, because it manages to capture a similar feel in a touchscreen title. The game is simply bowling, allowing you to play alone or with other people, and is controlled by swiping back to lift the ball and forward to throw it. How you move your thumb during the throw determines your aim and whether you can put spin on the throw, hook it, and so on.

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Rocka Bowling can be played alone, but it supports up to six players in pass-and-play style. Bowling well also earns you coins that are awarded whenever you score. Rack them up and you can use them to purchase premium items, like better bowling balls, to use in your games.

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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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