Fresh iPhone Apps for Nov. 21: Green Square, Chow Thanksgiving, Crimson: Steam Pirates, Battle Nations

Nov 21, 2011
Games

Marrying the green movement with location-based check-in apps is today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, Green Square. The app is all about checking-in to your favorite green businesses in order to share them with others. It’s followed up by a great app for getting ready for Thursday’s big Thanksgiving dinner, especially if you have to prepare […]

Marrying the green movement with location-based check-in apps is today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, Green Square. The app is all about checking-in to your favorite green businesses in order to share them with others. It’s followed up by a great app for getting ready for Thursday’s big Thanksgiving dinner, especially if you have to prepare it. Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Guide helps you every step of the way, from creating shopping lists to actually cooking as many as nine dishes. You’ll want to check out our fresh games as well: Crimson: Steam Pirates is a port of a turn-based game in which you play a pirate battling enemies on the high seas, and Battle Nations is a strategy game containing 130 missions and online multiplayer support.

Green Square (iPhone, iPad) Free

Spending time committing to trying to live a “greener” lifestyle and wish you had a little bit of help? Snag Green Square, an app that combines a green lifestyle with a Foursquare-style location-based check-in service. The app lets you “check-in” to all your favorite green establishments, allowing you to share them with friends, and vice versa.

Green Square features social networking support, allowing you to tie it in to Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, and you can use the app to see what establishments your friends and other users are visiting. You can also leave tips about the places you check-in to for others to read, or read those left by others.

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Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Guide (iPhone, iPad) Free

Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Guide is a bit of an older app, but what it lacks in freshness it makes up for in festive usefulness. The app does just what it purports to – it helps the cooking-impaired among us through the intense preparation process of Thanksgiving dinner, providing a step-by-step plans and covering everything from shopping to cooking.

Chow includes nine classic Thanksgiving recipes, as well as the ability to choose from several dishes and create your own personal Thanksgiving plan. Once you choose the dishes you want to make, the app will walk you through shopping for all the necessary ingredients, preparation and cooking. It’s everything you need to make Thanksgiving dinner, especially if you’re not accustomed to the job.

Crimson: Steam Pirates for iPhone $0.99

Turn-based nautical strategy title Crimson: Steam Pirates has been a pretty big hit on the iPad, and now an iPhone version is available for those of us who prefer our games on the small screen. The game centers on you, a newly minted pirate, as you go on missions in your steam-powered ship attacking ports and enemy vessels and looting and pillaging everything you find.

Steam Pirates comes with 32 missions when you download it, with another eight available through in-app purchase. It also has a pass-and-play multiplayer mode that includes two scenarios you can attack with a friend. Just keep in mind you’ll need an iPhone 3GS or newer device in order to play.

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Battle Nations (iPhone, iPad) Free

Another turn-based strategy offering, Battle Nations is about commanding an army of various units in battles that take place on a battlefield consisting of a grid. That grid shows you where your units can move and where they can attack with each turn. You’ll also gather resources and train your troops to become a dominant military force across 130 missions.

In addition to its single-player campaign, Battle Nations also includes online multiplayer modes that allow you to attack friends and attempt to take over their empires, or help them repel the attacks of others. There’s also a straight player-versus-player tournament mode through which developer Z2Live also distributes prizes.

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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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