20 best iPhone and iPad apps and games this week

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It's time for our weekly roundup of the best new iPhone and iPad apps and games to have emerged on Apple's App Store.

As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed by the time you read this. (Free + IAP) means in-app purchases are used within the app.

Want more apps? Browse previous Best iPhone and iPad apps roundups on The Guardian. And if you're looking for Android apps instead, browse the archives of the weekly Best Android Apps roundups.


Moment (Free + IAP)
There are umpteen apps to help you quantify yourself, from activity to diet to fertility to stools. Moment has a new twist on the trend: it tracks how much you use your iPhone, with the aim of providing a polite intervention (of sorts) if you're spending too much time squinting at your screen, and not enough interacting with the real world and people around you.

Whyd (Free)
Subtitled "everyone's music playlist", Whyd is one of a clutch of music startups – see also Bop.fm, Songdrop and Tomahawk – trying to sit in between the various streaming music services, and provide a way to create and share playlists that work across them all. Its app is a good way to discover new music, or simply to show off your own tastes.

Osper (Free)
Osper is an interesting idea making its debut in the UK: a "money management system" for young people – i.e. under-18s. It's essentially a prepay debit card, funded by parents, with the app used by both children and parents to keep tabs on balances and transactions. Although a fair few teenagers may balk at the idea of their parents seeing an itemisation of their spending...
iPhone / iPad

Dinosaur Mix (£1.99)
Dinosaurs: reliably brilliant for children, and indeed, for most adults too. The latest app hoping to capitalise is Dinosaur Mix, from inventive British developer Cowly Owl. It gets children to build colourful dinosaurs from their constituent body parts, then feed them and send them off exploring the scenery. Creative and fun.
iPhone / iPad

MakerBot PrintShop (Free)
This is the work of 3D printing firm MakerBot: an iPad app designed to work with its own MakerBot Replicator printers, creating everything from signs and rings to designs uploaded to the company's Thingiverse web community. A fun, intuitive tool to get you creating your own objects, not just printing other people's.

BeamIt - Visual Messaging (Free)
The latest messaging app for iOS comes from a startup, Cooliris, that has traditionally focused on photo-sharing. That's still a big part of BeamIt though: a private messaging app to ping photos back and forth with text, with comments supported and also the option to send messages to people who don't have the app.
iPhone / iPad

Lenka (£1.99)
More photography: this is an uber-stylish camera app by photographer Kevin Abosch. It's for black and white shots only, with neat real-time previews, "constant light" instead of a flash, and a trend-bucking ban on front-facing camera shots. In other words, a selfie-free zone.

Bernhoft Islander (£13.99)
If you're new to Norwegian musician Bernhoft, this might be a good introduction: it's an app version of his new album Islanders that's as focused on getting you to play with the music as play it. There's a remixing tool, a set of virtual loops to make your own music, and a 360-degree video. Although of course, an HD version of the full album is also included.
iPhone / iPad

Shutter (Free)
It's a good week for new iPhone camera apps: the schtick here is "an unlimited camer roll", uploading all your shots to maker StreamNation's servers, while ensuring you can always access your last 200 shots. It can shoot videos as well as stills, and ties in to the StreamNation cloud service, which charges for some levels of storage.

AlertsPro (£1.49 + IAP)
This app aims to keep you posted on severe weather coming your way, from blizzards to monster thunderstorms. The app promises up to 48 hours advance notice, with a simple system of colour-grading to indicate severity. A handy tool for weather-watchers of all stripes.


Supernauts (Free + IAP)
Supernauts has been a long time coming: the first game from hotly-tipped Finnish publisher Grand Cru. It's a little bit Minecraft, in the way you craft buildings from raw materials, with elements of city-building and resource management games. You build a space-base, complete missions to rescue Earthlings, and play and chat with friends over the network. Early days, but this could be a big hit.
iPhone / iPad

Wartune: Hall of Heroes (Free + IAP)
I was once given a demo of Wartune at a press event held by publisher Kabam, by someone who'd unlocked pretty much everything in this massively-multiplayer game that blends battles with city-building. It looked mind-bogglingly baffling, but playing from the start opens up its features at a manageable pace. It's still hardcore, but looks worth the investment in time (and, yes, in in-app purchases should you so desire).
iPhone / iPad

Enigma Express (Free + IAP)
Over to British developer Relentless, for its latest polished hidden-object game. You have to search locations around the world for various objects, enjoying the scenery, storyline and music along the way. It's neatly integrated with Apple's AirPlay – this genre works very well projected onto a TV screen with nearby friends or family members helping (or, indeed, hindering you).
iPhone / iPad

World of Tanks Blitz (Free + IAP)
And now... war! A wargame from Wargaming.net, based on its existing massively multiplayer online PC game, but created for iOS as a standalone spin-off. It sees you choosing tanks (from the US, Germany and USSR in times gone by) battling other humans across a varied set of environments, upgrading your army as you go.
iPhone / iPad

Civil War: 1864 (£2.99)
The second polished war-game this week, this focuses on the American Civil War – part of a series from developer Hunted Cow Studios – with 40 missions based on real battles, and accessible gameplay and controls to make the game appealing for more than just experienced virtual generals.
iPhone / iPad

Monty Python's The Ministry of Silly Walks (£0.99)
And now for something completely diff... Well, you see where I'm heading. This is the first official Monty Python game for iOS: an endless runner where the running is silly walking based on one of the comedy troupe's most famous sketches. John Cleese provides voice acting, while the rag-doll physics are good for a few laughs.
iPhone / iPad

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood (Free + IAP)
Once upon a time, Paris Hilton had her own mobile game: she even turned up to the E3 games industry show to promote it (while, er, forgetting its name). Several years later, Kim Kardashian is getting in on the act, with a fashion-themed freemium game that gets you wandering around LA trying to become a celebrity – occasionally running into Kim herself. Actually pretty fun, regardless of whether you're a fan or not.
iPhone / iPad

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake (£2.99)
This game's by Cartoon Network: the latest in a burst of mobile gaming from the TV channel. It's a puzzle game populated by colourful monsters, each with their own special powers to help you navigate through levels – pushing lots of blocks as you go. It's very addictive.
iPhone / iPad

The Rhythm of Fighters (£0.69 + IAP)
Here's a genre to conjure with: "Fighting x Music". This game comes from SNK Playmore, working in elements of its famed beat 'em up series The King of Fighters, with rhythm-based musical gameplay as you tap in time to tunes to make your character fight.

Wokamon - Virtual Pet Pedometer (Free)
Here's something strange but potentially captivating: a fitness-focused virtual pet game. The idea: you do lots of walking in the real world, and your Wokamon beastie grows faster, with you unlocking more as you go. It works with devices like Fitbit and Jawbone's Up, as well as Facebook's Moves app – if you're already tracking your steps.

Those are our picks, but what have you been enjoying on iOS this week? Post your recommendations (or feedback on these) in the comments section.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Stuart Dredge, for theguardian.com on Monday 30th June 2014 16.04 Europe/London

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