Fresh iPhone Apps for Oct. 17: iTunes Movie Trailers, BiteHunter update, Corona Indie Bundle, Get the Flock Out

Oct 17, 2011
Games

Check out the latest in new releases and upcoming theater fodder with iTunes Movie Trailers, one of Apple’s new free apps that allows you to stream HD movie trailers and purchase tickets when you want to go out. Use iTunes Movie Trailers to figure out the movie portion of your next date, and BiteHunter’s updated […]

Check out the latest in new releases and upcoming theater fodder with iTunes Movie Trailers, one of Apple’s new free apps that allows you to stream HD movie trailers and purchase tickets when you want to go out. Use iTunes Movie Trailers to figure out the movie portion of your next date, and BiteHunter’s updated app to handle the “dinner” part. It aggregates meal deals in your area by drawing on tons of sources, which now include services such as Groupon. In games, you can continue to save money with the help of the Corona Indie Bundle, an app that includes five games for the price of one. And finally, you can practice dealing with stupidity in Get the Flock Out, a game that’s about herding “artificially stupid” sheep as you take on the role of a sheepdog.

iTunes Movie Trailers (iPhone, iPad) Free

Check out all the latest movie trailers on your iOS device with iTunes Movie Trailers, a new app from Apple released along with its upgraded iOS 5. The app lets you stream HD video trailers for all kinds of upcoming films, just as you can do at Apple.com. There are also hundreds of other videos, including behind-the-scenes featurettes and clips from films ranging from indies at festivals to the next blockbuster.

There’s more than just watching trailers on offer in iTunes Movie Trailers, though. The app also allows you to check out a calendar of new movie releases, buy tickets for local theaters and see a list called “Top 25,” showing the most popular trailers and films in theaters. You can mark trailers as your favorites to watch them again and share them using email and Twitter as well.

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BiteHunter update (iPhone, iPad) Free

BiteHunter scours your area for restaurants offering deals on meals, then brings you a list of what’s on offer (and where) so you can always find a cheap lunch or something that sounds appetizing. The app includes information on more than 50,000 deals, located by monitoring lots of sources, including restaurants’ Twitter feeds, deal sites and more. You can search by restaurant, then see a list of all its available deals, and you can even share those deals with others using social network integration.

A big update to the app brings in deals from more than 200 new sources, including Groupon and Yelp, to help make sure you’re getting the cheapest meals possible. A new “BiteNow” feature has been added that lets you make use of limited-time deals from Groupon and Living Social, great for finding deals when you’re looking for a meal right away. The app has also been redesigned to be more accessible, and you can create and set up a profile that lets you customize the experience.

Corona Indie Bundle (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Not one but five popular mobile indie games are yours for just a buck in Corona Indie Bundle, and that alone makes it worth picking up. The games themselves are each worth at least a single dollar, and you can quickly switch between the experience from the app’s main menu.

Corona Indie Bundle offers a point-and-click item search game in The Secret of Grisly Manor and casual titles like Float, in which you have to keep balloons in the air and from popping. There’s Robot 99, a game that’s all about saving falling robots from destruction; a top-down puzzler called Walkabout; and Chicken’s Quest, in which you’ll make a path for chickens to keep them out of danger until they reach a goal in each level.

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Get the Flock Out (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

It’s time to herd some sheep in Get the Flock Out, a top-down puzzle game in which you control a sheepdog tasked with keeping a flock of sheep from danger. You control the dog by drawing a line from him to where you want him to go, creating a path so you can approach the sheep from one side or the other to drive them where you want. You’re scored on the speed and efficiency you use to get the sheep to the goal in each level.

Get the Flock Out! includes 38 levels and, as developer Wooji Juice Ltd. puts it, “artificial stupidity,” in that the sheep are designed to act, well, like sheep. The game also includes all kinds of obstacles and puzzle solutions you’ll use to get sheep where they’re going – including cannons to fire them.

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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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