As we enter August, the dog days of summer are upon us and the virtual shelves of App Store might buckle from the heat of the week’s hottest new apps. This week, we circumnavigate the world in 80 days, find new ways to get organized, listen to carefully curated news and take part in twenty new activities for the kids. It’s time for the everythingiCafe Apps of the Week for August 2nd, 2014.
If you are ready for a journey filled with epic monster capture, this RPG features over 130 fully animated monsters. You must complete countless challenges as you capture, train and battle each monster.
Train your monsters with skills that fit your game strategy. A massive world of exploration that should provided hours upon hours of gameplay. It’s not free and you should be prepared for costly in-app purchases, if you plan on purchasing diamonds used for in-game currency. Your goal is to become the top tamer of Pixekai. So what are fellow RPG fans saying about Micromon?
“I would definitely recommend this if you are a fan of Pokemon style games.”
“I have been waiting for two whole years and this was worth the long wait. It was more than I hoped it could be.”
Download Micromon ($0.99)
Fans of NPR, which produces news and cultural programming, received great news in the form of a new app for iPhone and iPad. NPR One connects you to a steady stream of programming that includes news and stories, carefully curated for you. You’ll always hear the news of the day, but beyond that, you can personalize the radio to your preferences.
The app seamlessly mixes local news with global happenings. If things are moving along fast enough for you, the DVR-like functionality lets you skip, rewind, pause and share. Content is delivered to your iOS device in a nice, simplified UI devoid of clutter, just like their news. It’s public radio the way you want it.
Download NPR One (Free)
If you are looking for a fun educational game for younger children, the team behind Curious George’s About Shapes and Colors is back with a new game that features over 20 different activities. The game features Izzy and Mac, with an appearance by George. Kids will look for dinosaur bones, engage in thought-provoking adventures and solve puzzles.
The toolkit features drawing, stickers, puzzles and kids can even utilize the microphone and camera on their iOS devices. It features child-friendly navigation, so ages 3+ should find it easy to use.
It’s free to play, with expansion app packs available as in-app purchases.
Download Curious World (Free)
Under Armour Women – I Will What I Want
Give your workout a boost with the new app from clothing manufacturer Under Armour, built for women. It’s billed as the ultimate social fitness community, offering plenty of support as you strive to reach your goals. Find friends, post status updates, progress photos and motivational statements.
You can track your activity, with support for the iPhone 5s and other major fitness trackers. Steps, workouts and sleep are all tracked.
Download Under Armour Women
Crazy Taxi: City Rush
Sega is back with a sequel to the highly popular Crazy Taxi franchise. This version features all new one-touch controls. The crazier you drive, the higher the reward. It features an all-new city, cast of crazy passengers, new missions, challenges and more.
Reviews have been positive, with some folks showing a preference for the classic version. It’s free to download, so you can decide if this arcade translation is right for you.
Download Crazy Taxi: City Rush
Timeful – Smart Calendar and To-Do List for Google Calendar, Exchange, and iCal
We’re always on the lookout for great calendar apps and Timeful is the latest entry, offering an intelligent time assistant to help you get things scheduled. As you use the app, it’ll make better recommendations. This app can serve as both your to-do list app and calendar app. It supports Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook/Exchange, Yahoo! Calendar, Apple’s Calendar and more.
A brilliant interactive fiction adventure that features stunning art and storytelling. Travel the world and explore over 150 cities as Phileas Fogg’s loyal valet. You’re in charge of your master’s health, finances. A strategy based game, you’ll select your path on this amazing race set in 1872. Each and every adventure features a different narrative, all based on your choices.
Folks in the App Store are raving about this unique game, exclusive to iOS:
“This is hands down the best game ever. It has an intriguing storyline that you can never get tired of…”
“Simple, yet amazing from start to finish.”
“This game is a masterpiece. Every time you play a new game, the story completely changes. Well worth the $5.”
Download 80 Days
These our your apps of the week for August 2nd, 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!