New iPhone apps worth downloading: 31Squares, Sports Jeopardy!, LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters

Feb 2, 2014
Tech

Start the week with a new way to find cool things to do with your days with today’s first app worth downloading, 31Squares. The calendar app not only lets you see your schedules, it also helps you find cool things to do around you to fill out your calendar. We’ve also got Sports Jeopardy!, a […]

Start the week with a new way to find cool things to do with your days with today’s first app worth downloading, 31Squares. The calendar app not only lets you see your schedules, it also helps you find cool things to do around you to fill out your calendar. We’ve also got Sports Jeopardy!, a trivia game in the style of the TV game show that’s great for sports fanatics, and LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters, a top-down space shooter with ships to pilot from both sides of the Force.

31Squares (Free)

What’s it about? Calendar app 31Squares doesn’t just provide users with a look at what they’ve got going on, it actually provides suggestions for events, destinations, performances and more.

What’s cool? 31Squares combines your calendar with an event search engine. The app provides users with a look at what’s going on around them through the frame of a calendar, allowing them to figure out what’s happening where and when. You can see events in your area laid out on the calendar and decide what you want to do on any given day, and 31Squares keeps itself full of potential ideas by interacting with businesses various areas to find out what they have going on. Users can also create an unlimited number of separate characters for different things like work or kids’ schedules, and you can import your calendars from Google, Outlook and iCal as well.

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Who’s it for? If you’re looking for a calendar app that doesn’t just let you see what you’re doing, but also helps you figure out what to do, try 31Squares.

What’s it like? You’ll find more useful calendar apps in Cal and PocketLife Calendar.

Sports Jeopardy! ($0.99)

What’s it about? Test your sports trivia knowledge in Sports Jeopardy!, a trivia game modeled after the long-running game show.

What’s cool? There’s quite a bit of challenge available in Sports Jeopardy!, much like its TV show namesake. Just as in the show, players choose questions from various categories and of different prize amounts; a correct answer wins the money, an incorrect answer loses it. Sports Jeopardy! includes thousands of clues and prompts, and as you play you’ll “level up” and progress to tougher questions and unlock new achievements. You can also challenge friends in a turn-based online mode that lets you compete at your own pace, or play in person with the game’s Party Mode. Sports Jeopardy! also provides players with online leaderboards that show just how well you rank against others.

Who’s it for? Sports trivia buffs and super fans, this game was made with you in mind. Just remember to answer in the form of a question.

What’s it like? Get more Jeopardy! action out of Jeopardy! HD, and more sports trivia fun from QuizUp.

LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters ($0.99)

What’s it about? Top-down shooter LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters puts players in the cockpits of six iconic Star Wars spacecraft as they fight either for the Rebellion or the Galactic Empire.

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What’s cool? Players of LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters will recognize the simple but intense gameplay of similar top-down space shooters. Like those games, Microfighters puts players in a vertically scrolling gauntlet of enemy ships, turrets and bullets, and tasks you with blasting away at them while avoiding as much fire as you can. You’ll use one finger to move your vehicle around the screen while it fires constantly, and your goal is to destroy enemies and gather the LEGO studs they drop as they blow apart. Power-ups and health are also sometimes dropped to make your vehicle more powerful, and you can spend studs in between battles to upgrade your ship as well.

Who’s it for? Fans of the LEGO Star Wars games will have a good time with Microfighters’ arcade-style action.

What’s it like? For more LEGO battles in a galaxy far, far away, grab LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga and LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles.

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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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