New iPhone apps worth downloading: appoLearning (iPad), Nerd Trivia, Ski Safari update

Sep 4, 2013
Tech

Appolicious’ new app, appoLearning, kicks off today’s Apps Worth Downloading column. The education-geared app is a great way to find educational offerings for kids all the way through high school, and includes tons of curated, reviewed offerings. We’ve also got two great games in tow. First is Nerd Trivia, game of crowd-sourced trivia questions concerning […]

Appolicious’ new app, appoLearning, kicks off today’s Apps Worth Downloading column. The education-geared app is a great way to find educational offerings for kids all the way through high school, and includes tons of curated, reviewed offerings. We’ve also got two great games in tow. First is Nerd Trivia, game of crowd-sourced trivia questions concerning all things nerdy. And finally, there’s Ski Safari, an endless side-scrolling game in which players ski down a mountain doing tricks to gain speed and avoid an avalanche.

appoLearning (iPad) ($4.99)

What’s it about? Find the best educational apps for kids with Appolicious’ appoLearning, which is packed full of suggestions specifically aimed at iPads.

What’s cool? Tablets and smartphones can be great tools for a lot of different jobs, but they can be particularly effective for helping kids learn. Appolicious’ appoLearning app is geared toward making discovering those apps easy. It contains information on hundreds of educational apps, along with curated recommendations from experts that include teachers and school administrators. Apps get a “Report Card” rating from 0 to 100 that measures a number of criteria, and more than 150 different categories are covered in the app to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Who’s it for? appoLearning is a great tool for teachers and parents, and the apps found within are all geared at kids and high school students.

What’s it like? Students who are a bit older might check out iTunes U for college-age courses and learning materials.

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Nerd Trivia (Free)

What’s it about? Formerly a trivia game played exclusively on Twitter, Nerd Trivia uses community sourced questions to challenge you on your nerdiest of knowledge.

What’s cool? Nerd Trivia was a fun and popular trivia game when it was just played on the social network Twitter, and it’s even better as an app. The game challenges players to answer questions from a variety of categories, ranging from popular culture like Harry Potter and Star Trek to questions about math and science. The game runs during set “seasons,” with new questions popping up every hour between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. PDT. Push notifications let you know when a new question is up, and you’ll receive bonus points for quick answers. You can also track your scores on the game’s leaderboards and see how your Twitter friends fare, too.

Who’s it for? If you’ve got a lot of nerd knowledge (and your friends do, too), check out Nerd Trivia.

What’s it like? You Don’t Know Jack is another great trivia game with often-nerdy questions, as is Game of Nerds.

Ski Safari update ($0.99)

What’s it about? Race an avalanche down a mountain and score points for doing tricks in the endless side-scroller Ski Safari.

What’s cool? Snow is coming in Ski Safari, and your only chance to avoid getting buried alive under an avalanche is to ski like crazy. The game has players racing down hill and avoiding obstacles like rocks and ski lodges, while picking up speed by performing jumps and backflips. You’ll also score big points as you pick up animals and vehicles to go with you and make you faster. Ski Safari’s big new update adds a new area called Panda Pass, plus new animals to snag and more objectives to complete and achievements to earn.

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Who’s it for? If you like endless games that mix up mechanics from the usual, check out Ski Safari.

What’s it like? Other great endless titles include Jetpack Joyride and Time Surfer.

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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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