Fresh iPhone Apps for May 9: Carnac the Magnificent, Decide Shopping, Pandemic 2.5, Tower of Fortune

May 9, 2012
Games

Get a taste of The Tonight Show’s Johnny Carson and his classic character, Carnac the Magnificent, with today’s leading Fresh iPhone App. Carnac the Magnificent (the app) lets you play along with Carnac the Magnificent (the psychic) as he discovers the secrets hidden in envelopes with only his mind. If you’re an iPad user, you’ll […]

Get a taste of The Tonight Show’s Johnny Carson and his classic character, Carnac the Magnificent, with today’s leading Fresh iPhone App. Carnac the Magnificent (the app) lets you play along with Carnac the Magnificent (the psychic) as he discovers the secrets hidden in envelopes with only his mind. If you’re an iPad user, you’ll want to check out the newly optimized and updated Decide Shopping & Price Predictor, an app that keeps an eye on prices and recommends when you should buy products like electronics. Strategy title Pandemic 2.5, our first game for the day, puts players in control of a disease with the mandate of mutating it in order to infect the whole world. Finally, Tower of Fortune brings a simple but addictive role-playing experience.

Carnac the Magnificent (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

See if you’re as good as Johnny Carson’s famous psychic character Carnac the Magnificent with an app that features The Tonight Show host doing the classic bit. You can play along with Carnac has he attempts to divine the messages hidden in “hermetically sealed” envelopes based on clues included with them.

Carnac the Magnificent is filled with vintage Tonight Show footage for users to enjoy that feature Carson’s performances as Carnac. You can also share jokes and other elements included in the app with users through social networking interactivity.

Decide Shopping & Price Predictor update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Figure out what to buy and when with Decide Shopping & Price Predictor, an app that monitors pricing in things such as electronics and advises you on whether you should spend your money or wait. Decide Shopping includes price predictions on a number of products and allows you to set trackers on different products so that when a price drops, you’re notified.

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A recent big update optimizes Decide Shopping for use with the iPad. If you’re an iPad user, Decide Shopping also includes a feature called Got Your Back, which uses a huge number of price points to bring you deals for when products are seeing big discounts, and provides a guarantee to refund users the difference of a price should it provide faulty information.

Pandemic 2.5 (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

The world sits in peace and ignorance at the beginning of strategy title Pandemic 2.5, and that’s when you’re called in to destroy it. You play a super-deadly pathogen and it’s your job to mutate in such a way as to infect the entire world. It’s no easy task, because the governments of humanity will do everything in their power to stop you, from working on vaccines to closing their boarders, airports and ports to prevent infection.

As Pandemic goes on, you’ll earn more and more EvoPoints that you can apply to mutating your disease to make it more effective. If a country closes its borders, you can mutate to make your disease infect animals or take to water. You’ll also have to balance your disease’s effectiveness with how visible – and thus easy to avoid – it is. Game Center support lets you track your scores on worldwide leaderboards.

Tower of Fortune (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Tower of Fortune is part old-school role-playing title, part Tiger Electronics-style handheld. It’s a highly simplified RPG experience, but at the same time, manages to be interesting and engaging in a five-minutes-at-a-time sort of way. As a hero trying to rescue his daughter, you’ll need to scale the Tower of Fortune and defeat monsters along the way, using a specialized slot-machine style of gameplay.

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Advancing up the tower requires you to defeat monsters and earn money to unlock new areas. You’ll also earn new equipment to help you along the way and increase your character’s abilities. The game contains multiple randomized “quests” to complete, and you can unlock three different endings through the course of the game as well.

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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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