Fresh iPhone Apps for May 8: YP Local Search update, Personal Capital, Ballistic SE, Gram Legends

May 8, 2012
Games

Find anything you might want to eat with the latest update to leading Fresh iPhone App YP Local Search & Gas Prices. New features allow users to search restaurants’ menus to find exactly what they’re looking for. And speaking of updates, financial app Personal Capital just got updated to allow users to write and send […]

Find anything you might want to eat with the latest update to leading Fresh iPhone App YP Local Search & Gas Prices. New features allow users to search restaurants’ menus to find exactly what they’re looking for. And speaking of updates, financial app Personal Capital just got updated to allow users to write and send checks to just about anyone digitally. Twin-stick shooter Ballistic SE and its Tilt To Live-style presentation leads today’s gaming apps, followed by Grem Legends, a high-fantasy take on games similar to Missile Command.

YP Local Search & Gas Prices update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Find local businesses of all kinds in your area with YP Local Search & Gas Prices, an app that users your iOS device’s GPS capabilities to search the area around you for exactly that for which you’re looking. The app leverages the power of Yellow Pages to find all kinds of businesses by allowing you to search by name, category, location and more. It also has a ratings system, helping you to see the quality of an establishment as judged by other users before you patronize it.

The latest update to YP Local Search throws in a handy new feature if you’re trying to decide which restaurant to which you want to go. The app can now search through the menus of thousands of restaurants – allowing you to determine precisely if the restaurant you’re considering has what you want, or where to head to find exactly what you’re craving.

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Personal Capital update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Financial app Personal Capital is a one-stop location for all your financial information, no matter how many accounts of various types you might have. By integrating all your accounts and information into the app, you can easily set budgets, see where your bank accounts are, keep track of transactions in order to prevent fraud, and keep an eye on your investments to see how they’re performing at any given time.

Personal Capital’s latest update adds a new capability for iPhone users that allows them to send checks from within the app, which means you can actually pay people electronically from any account linked to Personal Capital. All you have to do is write a physical check and snap a photo of it, and you can send the check digitally to whomever you need to pay. You can also use the app to talk with an investment advisor about what you should do with your money.

Ballistic SE (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Shooter Ballistic SE takes a page from a lot of similar games such as Tilt to Live and the popular Geometry Wars. It’s based on a grid, where players move around an object that serves as their ship, which fires endlessly into crowds of evil geometric shapes that hurtle endlessly toward them in an attempt to destroy the players. Shooting is the only way to stay alive, and ratcheting up a high score means deftly dodging the enemies as they fly at you in huge numbers and various patterns.

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Ballistic SE includes five different gameplay modes to work through, and has multiple enhancements and power-ups you can earn as you continue to grab higher and higher scores. It also includes iCloud support, allowing you to take your game with you on whatever device you choose, and Game Center support so you can compare your skills to other players over international leaderboards.

Grem Legends (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Grem Legends is a lot like the old classic Missile Command, a game in which players took on the role of a stationary gun that fired rounds into the air to stop falling missiles. Instead of a futuristic military feel, Grem Legends goes for a high-fantasy setting and gives players a bow and arrows to take down falling gremlins bent on destroying human villages. Tapping around the screen allows players to take out advancing enemies with one of two heroes, an archer and a wizard, each with a different style of attack.

There are six story chapters to play through in Grem Legends, and managing your limited amount of magic and arrows is key to making your way through all of them and keeping the gremlins from chomping on villagers’ huts. The game also includes an endless mode for each chapter that allows players to see how long they can last against wave after wave of gremlins.

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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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