Grand Theft Auto HD highlights iPad Apps of the Week

Sep 13, 2010
Tech

Several great games hit the iTunes App Store this week, including a fantastic app for keeping track of football scores (as well as your fantasy football teams!).  For Basecamp-using iPad owners, it’s a whole new ball game after the release of Basecamp’s iPad app. GREAT ADVENTURES ($2.99) I like action-packed games as much as the […]

Several great games hit the iTunes App Store this week, including a fantastic app for keeping track of football scores (as well as your fantasy football teams!).  For Basecamp-using iPad owners, it’s a whole new ball game after the release of Basecamp’s iPad app.

GREAT ADVENTURES ($2.99)

I like action-packed games as much as the next gal, but sometimes it’s nice to just sit back, relax, and puzzle through. In Great Adventures ($2.99), you pick two characters (a male, who can do all of the heavy lifting, and a female, who’s smart and can fit in small spaces—let’s not dwell on the stereotypical role assignments), who get stranded in a snowstorm. They find a hotel, stumble upon a mystery, and guess who has to help them solve it? A friendly dog which provides hints, solves puzzles, collects items, and solves each challenge as it’s presented. Don’t forget to give your two mystery-solvers a chance to rest, have fun and eat; otherwise, they’re going to start moving very slowly.

CBS SPORTS PRO FOOTBALL for iPAD (Free)

NFL football fans and Fantasy Football players will love the free CBS Sports Pro Football for iPad app. Breaking news, updated scores, videos, previews and recaps ensure that you don’t miss a second of NFL action. Since I can’t be watching the Bears play the Lions at the moment, I have the game opened on the screen. A running account of the game is continually refreshed and I know exactly what’s happening without having to be in front of the television. A must-have app for any football fanatic.

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OUTPOST 2 BASECAMP ($19.99)

I’ve used Basecamp  a few times to manage projects I’ve worked on with a whole bunch of people at once. I sure wish I’d had Outpost 2—Basecamp for the iPhone and iPad ($19.99) then. You can manage multiple Basecamp accounts, receive and send messages and attachments, view the entire project in calendar view, and more. The app works offline, too, so you don’t have to be connected to update.

KID MODE by ZOODLES (Free)

Kids these days seem to have been born knowing exactly how to use a computer or device, as well as how to navigate the Internet. That’s pretty cool — except when they accidentally navigate their way toward something inappropriate. With a slew of educational videos for kids to watch via YouTube, plus a drawing pad, Kid Mode by Zoodles (free) for the iPad can keep a child occupied (and hoarding your iPad) for hours. List all of your children and their ages, and Kid Mode by Zoodles will present age-appropriate content for whichever kid is using your iPad.

GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS HD ($9.99)

You know what I was saying before about how it’s sometimes nice to relax with a game? That’s fine — until Grant Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD ($9.99). Standard GTA stuff, you’ll be up to no good — getting stopped by the cops, dealing drugs and hanging out with unsavory characters, and cursing like a truck driver. It’s a bit like an interactive movie; an interactive movie that sucked up a ton of my time this week.

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Viki Gonia

Viki Gonia writes a column for her local paper, teaches writing at Columbia College of Chicago, and has had her iPhone surgically attached to her hand.

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