Apple dominated the headlines this week with new iPads, the incredible retina iMac and news that iOS 8.1 is right around the corner. There’s no better time to be an iOS user and no better time to start downloading great new apps. This week, we see our favorite birds get weaponized, make a text entry app the center of our universe, and rekindle our love for classic Track and Field. It’s time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for October 19th, 2014.
Angry Birds Transformers
What seems like an unlikely pairing, there is a new Transformers version of Rovio’s Angry Birds. The result is resonating with fans of both franchises, with an astounding 5-star rating from over 20,000 reviewers. Our favorite birds turn in their angry to become AutoBirds. You’ll join up with the Deciptihogs in attempt to save Piggy Island.
Angry Birds Transformers is a 3-D shooter. The birds have traded in their slingshots for some serious weaponry. There are massive upgrades throughout, including a number of different vehicles. The 80s inspired soundtrack is a surprising bonus that helps to elevate the overall quality of this game.
The game is free to play, but makes heavy use of in-app purchases. If there is any downside to the app, it’s the feeling of bait and switch. At this point, most experienced gamers expect some form of pay to play.
Download Angry Birds Transformers – Free
The folks at Agile Tortoise are back with Drafts 4, a perennial mainstay atop the best sellers in the Productivity category. Aimed at being your go-to app for text entry, Drafts 4 is focused on being a quick, easy way to capture text. Text rules in this app. Launch it and a blank draft appears, ready for text entry.
This isn’t a simple text editor, but an app you can use to create your tweets, status updates and more. Extensive output options let you send text to Twitter, Facebook, Mail, Message, a Calendar event, quickly save (or prepend/append) to Dropbox, Google Drive or Evernote and much more. This new version adds support for advanced multi-step actions, so you can combine options that are executed with a single tap.
Drafts can redefine your workflow, redefine how you enter text on your iPhone.
Download Drafts 4 – $4.99
GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine
Designed for the kids 4 and up, GoldiBlox is both fun and education. Kids can learn the fundamental of animation, while creating their very own digital shorts, all with a flick of your finger. Using the photo capture tool, lets you become the star of the show. GoldieBlox lets you draw, color, sticker and create stop motion movies. With each step, there is positive reinforcement, earning confetti celebrations with each movie made. Movies are saved and can be viewed your own BloxTown Film Festival Gallery. Here’s what people are saying in the App Store.
“I only let my daughter using my iPad for things that engage her creativity and educationally. Goldiblox manages to do both!”
“I especially love how it gives kids a way to expand their engagement with technology.”
Download GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine (Free)
Alien Blue -reddit official client
Alien Blue, which had already drew praise from fans of Reddit, has now become the official client. Reddit acquired Alien Blue and the original developer is still on board. You can browse all of reddit including images, videos, news and more. Upvote stories of interest, submit comments and find communities specific to your interests.
The Alien Blue Pro upgrade is now free, offering you advanced options including switching between multiple reddit accounts, gallery mode browsing, discovering subreddits and more.
Both the app and IAP are free, so this is a great time to grab an app for your Reddit addiction.
Download Alien Blue -reddit official client
Javelin Masters 2
Imagin Track and Field, reimagined for the screen. An incredibly retro game gets a touch screen upgrade in Javelin Masters. Using your finger, you swipe back and forth to run. And when the time is run, throw your javelin as far as you can. The game lets you customize the position of your buttons, select your running shoes and take advantage on coaching. It includes old-school graphics, cool sound effects and javelins that feature different dynamics.
Download Javelin Masters 2 – Free
These our your apps of the week for October 19th, 2014. The App Store is brimming with new apps each and every day. Did you spot a great new app this week that we missed? Share it in the comments!