New iPhone apps worth downloading: Black Jack: A Moving Novel, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Ski Safari: Adventure Time

Dec 14, 2013
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Start your week with a dose of fantasy storytelling in Black Jack: A Moving Novel. The book leverages the power of the iPad to combine text with audio cues, animation and interaction to make the story more than just words on a page. Following that is LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, a game that […]

Start your week with a dose of fantasy storytelling in Black Jack: A Moving Novel. The book leverages the power of the iPad to combine text with audio cues, animation and interaction to make the story more than just words on a page. Following that is LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, a game that spans the entire Star Wars set of films and includes tons of LEGO versions of characters as which you can play. Wrapping things up is Ski Safari: Adventure Time, a take on the popular endless runner Ski Safari that adds in characters and humor from the cartoon show “Adventure Time.”

Black Jack: A Moving Novel (iPad) (Free)

What’s it about? Presenting a story from Emmy award-winning writer A.R. Williams, Black Jack is a novel filled with animations, sound cues and more.

What’s cool? Black Jack is a novel in the traditional sense – it’s a story delivered in textual form over the course of more than 600 pages – but it leverages the power of the iPad to make the book into something more. An epic fantasy story, Black Jack includes more than 350 animations and illustrations to go with its text, and includes lots of other interactive elements, including a map that lets you track your progress through the story and its world, and the ability to chat with the author and other readers. You can also share Black Jack with others to unlock bonus art not included with the story.

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Who’s it for? Fantasy fans and readers who like the idea of a novel being more than just text on a page should try check out Black Jack.

What’s it like? Find another great piece of interactive iPad fiction in Anomaly, an interactive graphic novel.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Free)

What’s it about? Fight through all six Star Wars films – in LEGO form – in LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which includes tons of characters and a humorous, lighthearted take on the saga.

What’s cool? Like the other games in the LEGO Star Wars universe, The Complete Saga turns the classic characters from the six Star Wars films into their LEGO block counterparts. Players take on the roles of tons of different characters from the saga to work through various levels, pulled from the stories of all the movies. The game includes 36 levels to work through and more than 120 characters players can unlock and utilize – including a few that have the power of the Force at their disposal. You can also play as both Light Side and Dark Side characters, and create mash-up characters by combining pieces from multiple characters.

Who’s it for? Fans of Star Wars and the LEGO take on various franchises, as well as kids in general, will have a good time with LEGO Star Wars.

What’s it like? You’ll find LEGO games from several other franchises in the iTunes App Store as well, including LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 and LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes.

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Ski Safari: Adventure Time ($0.99)

What’s it about? Ski Safari: Adventure Time mixes the popular and hilarious cartoon with the solid gameplay mechanics of Ski Safari to create a funny take on the popular arcade game.

What’s cool? Mixing a new brand of humor and art work into the ever-fun downhill skiing arcade game Ski Safari, Ski Safari: Adventure Time adds new challenges, new levels and new characters to the game’s premise. Your job is to help Finn fly down the hills of Ooo, riding catching a ride with Jake, Princess Bubblegum and others, while also performing stunts to earn points. Ski Safari: Adventure Time is at heart an endless runner, so your goal is to get as far as possible, while also completing quests and optional objectives along the way.

Who’s it for? Fans of “Adventure Time,” Ski Safari and endless runners should snag this mashup title.

What’s it like? Check out the original Ski Safari for more downhill fun, and catch Jumping Finn Turbo for another game take on “Adventure Time.”

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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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