New iPhone apps worth downloading: Sudo, Bondsy, Ultimate Stick Fight

May 28, 2013
Tech

We’re kicking off the shortened week with a couple of apps that could help you save money! First up is Sudo, an app that brings you only the local deals and discounts that interest you, protecting how your data is shared with advertisers. Second is Bondsy, an app designed to let you trade items with […]

We’re kicking off the shortened week with a couple of apps that could help you save money! First up is Sudo, an app that brings you only the local deals and discounts that interest you, protecting how your data is shared with advertisers. Second is Bondsy, an app designed to let you trade items with others, but which is limited to friends and friends of friends, and supports cash transactions as well as bartering. Finally, Ultimate Stick Fight brings back some beat-’em-up nostalgia as players work through side-scrolling levels, pummeling stick men using tons of combos and abilities.


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Sudo (Free)

What’s it about? Discount app Sudo lets you share data about yourself with merchants and stores in order to grab cool deals and rewards that interest you.

What’s cool? You’ve probably heard about how valuable user data can be to advertisers and merchants, which is why social networks such as Facebook and Google+ don’t mind giving you access to their sites for free – they make money sharing data about their users with advertisers. Sudo puts the ability to share that data with stores in your hands, giving you reward points for using discounts and allowing you to determine how much data you share and with which stores. The app provides you with all kinds of discounts for your area but only shows you the ones that interest you, and helps you determine that if you’re going to be advertised to, at least those ads will be useful.

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Who’s it for? Deal hunters, Sudo takes a unique approach to dealing with discounts and ads.

What’s it like? Find more local deals using Groupon and LivingSocial.

Bondsy (Free)

What’s it about? Instead of selling your stuff to strangers, Bondsy is a social network geared at trading your stuff with friends.

What’s cool? There are lots of services on the Internet that help you get value out of your old stuff by reselling it to other users, usually pretty directly. Bondsy takes that same idea but keeps it fun, social and private – instead of selling things, you use Bondsy to arrange trades of your stuff for someone else’s. In order to keep things safe and above-board, however, Bondsy keeps things simple: the social network is built so that you only interact and trade with friends you trust, rather than with complete strangers. In order to list an item, you just have to snap a photo and write something quick about the item, and you can choose to either add a monetary price tag or accept a straight trade instead. The app also lets you make offers on the things listed by friends and friends of friends.

Who’s it for? If you’re the sort of bargain hunter who likes to make trades, negotiate, and get rid of something old to make room for something new, try Bondsy.

What’s it like? You can take on a more traditional buying and selling system with eBay and Half.com.

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Ultimate Stick Fight ($0.99)

What’s it about? Side-scrolling brawler Ultimate Stick Fight pits stick man against stick man in tons of battles in this old-school arcade title.

What’s cool? Taking a page from the side-scrolling brawlers of the 1990s, Ultimate Stick Fight lets players take on the role of either Ryan or Slash, a pair of stick men on a mission to beat down other stick men. Using combos, weapons like swords and guns, and 20 different moves that are unique to each character, players fight through 40 levels that will remind of titles such as Double Dragon and Streets of Rage. You’ll also spend time upgrading your characters to make them more effective, and Ultimate Stick Fight also includes three difficulty levels for additional challenge.

Who’s it for? Players familiar with the side-scrolling brawlers that made arcade cabinets so awesome will have lots of fun with Ultimate Stick Fight.

What’s it like? Grab DoubleDragon and X-Men for more nostalgic arcade beat ’em ups.

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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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