New iPhone apps worth downloading: NARR8, WinZip full version update, Knightmare Tower

Aug 8, 2013
Tech

Find yourself some cool new motion comics, interactive novels and more to enjoy with NARR8, today’s first app worth downloading. Previously available on Android, NARR8 packs lots of different comics and other media, as well as social capabilities to bring you into the community of other viewers and readers. We’ve also got Winzip full version, […]

Find yourself some cool new motion comics, interactive novels and more to enjoy with NARR8, today’s first app worth downloading. Previously available on Android, NARR8 packs lots of different comics and other media, as well as social capabilities to bring you into the community of other viewers and readers. We’ve also got Winzip full version, which allows users to create condensed files to share and to view lots of different kinds of condensed files on their iOS devices. Finally, there’s Knightmare Tower, a vertical scrolling game in which players have to keep up their momentum as they fly through a huge tower, by slicing up and bouncing off countless enemies.

NARR8 (Free)

What’s it about? Read and watch interactive novels and motion comics with NARR8, a platform filled with specially designed comics for your iOS device.

What’s cool? Reading digital comics on a smartphone or tablet can be a great way to get your illustrated fiction fix, but they don’t really take advantage of all the technology in those devices. Enter NARR8, a platform specifically designed for motion comics, interactive novels, and other pieces of media that do more than just present images and text to be read. The app is filled with a library of fiction for users to check out, often with interactive elements that allow you to get deeper into the story, or with animations that take a standard comic and turn it into something more. There are also social networking features that allow you to share your opinions and read what others think on NARR8’s forums.

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Who’s it for? If you’re a fan of comics and other media that go beyond standard storytelling, you’ll want to check out NARR8.

What’s it like? Find more digital comics offerings from Comics and Dark Horse Comics.

WinZip full version ($4.99)

What’s it about? Condense your files for easier sending and downloading with the mobile version of WinZip, which allows users to encrypt, compress and view files in a number of formats.

What’s cool? Receive an email attachment as a .rar file on your iPhone and there’s a very good chance you won’t be able to access it – unless you have WinZip. The app allows you to download and view condensed files like those in .zip or .rar formats, and you can also use it to condense your own files to make them smaller for sending across your Internet connection. You can download and save files from emails into a special My Documents folder, and the app also lets you share the documents you encrypt with other users on Twitter and Facebook, as well as by email.

Who’s it for? Users looking for a better way to condense, send, download and view files should check out WinZip.

What’s it like? There’s also a free version of WinZip users might consider checking out, as well as iZip.

Knightmare Tower ($0.99)

What’s it about? Climb a tower filled with monsters in arcade title Knightmare Tower, which takes a page from vertical scrolling games, but adds a lot more action.

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What’s cool? There are princesses that need rescuing in Knightmare Tower, and you’re just the rocket-riding knight to help them. Your goal is to get as high in the tower as you can, and to do so, you’ll catch a ride on a rocket that propels you vertically through the building. But to keep up your speed and momentum, you’ll need to slice up the many flying monsters that come after you by tapping on the screen and descending on them with your sword. The more enemies you slice without falling down the tower, the bigger a combo you’ll build up, which will eventually help to rocket you even higher. You can also earn coins that can be traded for a ton of upgrades to help along the way.

Who’s it for? Players of casual titles who like engaging arcade games that are great for killing a little time should check out Nightmare Tower.

What’s it like? There are a lot of similar mechanics in titles like Jetpack Joyride and Doodle Jump, so give those a look as well.

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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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