New iPhone apps worth downloading: MTV Artists, NinJump Rooftops, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers update

Oct 31, 2013
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Find new music and learn about the people who make it with today’s first app worth downloading, MTV Artists. It lets you identify songs you hear and learn more about the artists, watch videos, see photos, and share your new discoveries with others. We’ve also got NinJump Rooftops, an intense endless runner that requires players […]

Find new music and learn about the people who make it with today’s first app worth downloading, MTV Artists. It lets you identify songs you hear and learn more about the artists, watch videos, see photos, and share your new discoveries with others. We’ve also got NinJump Rooftops, an intense endless runner that requires players not only to dodge enemies, but also to cut them down as a super-fast ninja. Finally, the tower defense game Kingdom Rush: Frontiers has received a big Halloween update, just in time for a frightening weekend.

MTV Artists (Free)

What’s it about? Find new music you’ll like and learn about the artists making it with MTV Artist.

What’s cool? Want to know more about that track you keep hearing on the radio, but you’re not sure who made it? Grab MTV Artists and use the app’s music ID capabilities to instantly get information about the song, and perhaps more importantly, the artists behind it. The app is all about learning about the musicians – finding out who they are, what they’re like, and what else they’ve done. MTV Artists supplies tons of info about and photos of artists, plus it allows you to quickly follow artists on social networks like Twitter and Facebook, buy MP3s from iTunes, and share your favorites with your friends.

Who’s it for? If you’re a music fan looking to connect more with the people creating what you like, check out MTV Artists.

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What’s it like? Do more song identification work with Shazam.

 

NinJump Rooftops (Free)

What’s it about? Run, jump, dodge and fight in NinJump Rooftops, an endless runner that’s all about ninja skills and quick reflexes.

What’s cool? NinJump Rooftops has a pretty simple premise – as in other endless runners, you’re racing across rooftops, trying not to hit obstacles or miss jumps, for as long as possible. Where NinJump stands apart is in the fact that you’re a ninja, and need to not just avoid, but defeat the deadly animal martial artists standing in your way. Pandas, humming birds, squirrels and star-throwing ninjas all want to stop you, but you can take them out by jumping into or onto them, which triggers your ninja attack skills. Taking out three enemies of the same type in a row triggers a boost, alongside all the other kinds of power-ups you’ll find along the way, NinJump rewards players with quick reflexes with lots of different ways to excel.

Who’s it for? Fans of casual games and other NinJump titles will have a great time with NinJump Rooftops.

What’s it like? Be sure to give the original NinJump a shot, along with some of developer Backflip Studios’ other games, like Army of Darkness Defense.

Kingdom Rush: Frontiers update ($2.99)

What’s it about? Tower defense title Kingdom Rush: Frontiers brings new heroes, new towers, and new enemies to bear against players as they flex their strategy muscles and reflexes to defeat oncoming hordes.

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What’s cool? Among the cooler tower defense games in the iTunes App Store, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers expands on the story of the original Kingdom Rush, and adds lots of new gameplay elements, as well. Like other tower defense games, players lay down various structures along pathways and use them to fight off enemies seeking to get from one side of the level to the other. If too many enemies make it through, the game ends, so players upgrade their towers with better defenses with money earned by killing bad guys. You’ll also deploy and upgrade powerful heroes, and use quick reflexes to drop flaming meteors on bad guys or send reinforcements to bolster your defenses. Kingdom Rush: Frontiers adds three new Halloween-themed levels, plus new enemies to fight and new heroes to use.

Who’s it for? If you like tower defense games, you’ll definitely want to play Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, as it’s among the best out there.

What’s it like? You’ll also want to check out the original Kingdom Rush, as well as Jelly Defense.

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