It’s time to learn history through the eyes of Ken Burns, re-live childhood gaming memories and enjoy everything there is to love about sushi. There’s something for everyone this week in yet another strong week for new releases. These are the apps of the week for February 16th, 2014.

Apps of the week

Ken Burns

Known for his great documentaries, this app is a unique look at American history. A truly interactive app that allows you to zoom through time and view scenes from major historical moments. The app features a ‘Theme’ view will curated playlists including race, war, politics, art and hard times. The free version comes with one playlist that centers around the theme of innovation. Users can unlock the entirety of the app for $9.99.

Ken Burns

Download Ken Burns (free)

R-Type II

As a lucky kid who owned a TurboGrafx-16, I have a soft spot for R-Type II. Side-scrolling arcade shooters don’t get any more retro, nor classic than this. It’s been faithfully reproduced for iPhone and iPad. Battle through six levels, each with a unique boss. Party like it’s 1989 with R-Type II.

R-Type II

Download R-Type II ($1.99)

Card Wars

Based on an episode in Adventure Time, Card Wars is everything but your typical card game. Engage in card combat using an army of warriors. As you collect new cards, you’ll boost your creatures, spells and towers. If you love Adventure Time and have an admiration for collectible card games in the vein of MTG (Magic the Gathering), check out Card Wars. One cautionary note: this game has a healthy amount of IAP (in-app purchases) and might be tough on your wallet.

Card Wars

Download Card Wars ($3.99)

Sooshi

The icon alone might make you hungry. This one is for person who loves all things sushi. Sooshi will help you find local sushi joints, but that’s only the beginning. Different categories help you further explore your love. There are directions on how to make your own sushi at home, details on what utensils you’ll need and a complete section on fish.

Sooshi

Download Sooshi ($1.99)

Dinosaur Train A to Z

Based on the popular PBS kids show, Dinosaur Train A to Z has left the station, helping your child build reading skills and more. There are 26 interactive dinosaurs that kids can access when learning letters. It goes beyond A-Z, with dinosaur facts and a interactive games. Some folks have been complaining of crashes, so if you don’t have a newer iOS device, you might want to wait until they sort out the bugs, specifically an issue that causes it to crash on launch. Pin this on on the wish list until an update is pushed. For those who have experienced Dinosaur Train A to Z, they’ve found it to be a tremendous learning tool and resource.

Dinosaur Train A-Z

Download Dinosaur Train A-Z ($1.99)

BBM 2.0

BlackBerry has released a major new upgrade with 2.0 of BBM. There are two key features that set it aside from other ‘messaging apps’. With the new version BBM, you can now make free voice calls using WiFi. There is also a new BBM Channels feature that allow you to take part in conversations with groups of BBM users, brands, businesses, communities and more.

BBM 2.0

Download BBM (Free)

These our your apps of the week. 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!