New iPhone apps worth downloading: MetroLyrics, Digg, Final Fantasy Dimensions

Aug 31, 2012
Games

Here are three great iPhone apps to enjoy. MetroLyrics from CBS Mobile helps you find the words to more than 1 million songs and adds a few social features to boot. Digg is back. The once-popular trending news service folded a few months ago but was recently revived with a more streamlined look and feel […]

Here are three great iPhone apps to enjoy. MetroLyrics from CBS Mobile helps you find the words to more than 1 million songs and adds a few social features to boot. Digg is back. The once-popular trending news service folded a few months ago but was recently revived with a more streamlined look and feel and a refreshed app. Finally, we’ve got Final Fantasy Dimensions, a retro-style, episodic RPG which should keep gamers pretty busy, and their wallets (potentially) $28.99 lighter.

MetroLyrics (Free)

What’s it about? From CBS Mobile, the MetroLyrics iPhone app accompanies the popular lyrics website of the same name.

What’s cool? It’s easy to search and find lyrics to your favorite songs with this app. Their database is pretty extensive, containing over 1 million songs. You can synchronize the lyrics, view galleries and info about the artists or even watch videos of them perform. In addition, map charts show the popular songs in your city or around the globe so you can discover what others are listening to.

Who is it for? Users of the MetroLyrics site will appreciate that there is now a mobile offering they can take with them anywhere. MetroLyric’s social features are also a nice touch, making the experience of searching for lyrics a little more interesting. According to CBS Mobile, 40 million people visit the site every month, so they must be doing something right.

What’s it like? There are numerous other lyrics apps like the community-powered LyricWiki, boasting 1.5 million songs. It’s worth noting that music recognition apps like Shazam and SoundHound are both capable of finding lyrics to the songs you tag, too.

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Digg (Free)

What’s it about? Once the darling of Web 2.0, the original Digg ended up failing quite spectacularly. Now it’s got a new lease on life and it’s better and more focused than ever.

What’s cool? The new Digg doesn’t steer too far from its original mission, delivering the most interesting and talked about stories currently happening on the web. However, it’s far more streamlined and simple now. The app lets you read stories in a clean, mobile-friendly format, and allows for offline reading so you can stay up on what’s trending even if you’re not connected

Who is it for? Digg is a good way to keep up with what’s going on in an easily digestible format, say if you’ve been out of the loop for a few hours. Fans of the original Digg will probably find the new format a little sparse. It offers fewer stories and no way to comment – one of old Digg’s most popular features.

What’s it like? The new HTML5 mobile website of Digg is pretty nice too, if you don’t need another app. Other great sources for trending and interesting stories include apps like NextDraft, iReddit and Buzzfeed.

Final Fantasy Dimensions (Free)

What’s it about? Square Enix latest iOS offering draws on the roots of the Final Fantasy series with its retro, pixelated 2-D art.

What’s cool? It’s free? Well, not really. The entire prologue is available for everyone to play without forking out a penny, so that’s nice. But after that, the following four chapters require in-app purchases. Fortunately, the rather big bug not allowing these chapters to be purchased has been fixed with version 1.01. FFD is very text-heavy, contains numerous random battles, uses the job change system and offers a fairly leisurely pace.

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Who is it for? Chapter 1 will cost $2.99, while Chapters 2-4 will be $8.99 each. Or, you can download all chapters at once for $28.99. That sounds a lot, but there’s plenty of gameplay here, and RPG fans will no doubt relish the opportunity to play this epic title on their mobile devices.

What’s it like? Square Enix have been busy. We featured their game The World Ends With You just last week. Other RPGs from the series include Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy III.

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Marty Gabel

Marty is the former Associate Editor for Appolicious and AndroidApps.com. He lives with his wife and infant daughter in Chicago, via London, England, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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