Pilot a spaceship like James T. Kirk, explore art filled worlds in Monument Valley and fall in love with numbers. Spring has ushered in some amazing new apps this week. These are your everythingiCafe apps of the week for April 5th, 2014.
In this stunning adventure game, you’ll experience beautiful 3D architecture that is fully interactive. This indie game is unlike anything you’ve seen on iOS. You take on the role of Princess Ida, as you twist and drag the world on your path of exploration, while avoiding the Crow people. You advance by solving puzzles throughout your journey. The visuals and sounds are incredible, allowing for an immersive game experience.
Monument Valley is at the intersection of adventure gaming and art, succeeding at both. Since hitting the App Store, the reviews have been incredibly positive.
“This little gem is one of the most mesmerizing games of iOS.”
“Puzzles were easy for the most part, but fun gameplay, tranquil music and incomparible visuals make this a 5-star experience.”
“Stunningly beautiful, suprisingly atmospheric and super addictive.”
This game has wide appeal. Art, beauty, puzzles. There’s plenty to like here.
Download Monument Valley $3.99
FTL: Faster Than Light
This port of the incredibly popular PC simulation, FTL: Faster Than Light has won a number of awards for its spaceship simulation. This mission based game allows you to experience like as the captain of a spaceship. If you’ve ever dreamed of living life as James T. Kirk, FTL might be the game for you. As you’d imagine, piloting a spaceship is no easy task. You have to manage the power distribution of your ship, select the right artillery when in battle and more. You’re in charge of a crew, so you’ll need to develop a strategy and give orders. Are you up to the task?
From the App Store, it appears fans of the original are unanimous in their opinion of the iPad port of FTL: Faster Than Light. People have called it the “perfect port”, “brilliant” and gushing continues throughout the review section. If you loved the original and have an iPad 2 or later, experience the thrill all over again.
Download FTL: Faster Than Light $9.99
Fantastical 2 for iPad
You cannot talk about calendar app alternatives for iOS 7 without bring up Fantastical. Some have said it’s the app that should have shipped with iOS 7. The only problem was that it lacked an iPad version. So while it was awesome on your iPhone, you were stuck with the iOS 7 calendar on your iPad. Thankfully, the calls to bring Fantastical were answered this week. There are less expensive options, but with Fantastical 2 for iPad you are getting everything you love in the iPhone version, optimized for you iPad. It works with your existing calendars and has iOS reminders integrated.
One of the iPad specific features is a new dashboard.
With a simple gesture, you can toggle between the DayTicker, week view, and full-screen week view. Even better, the DayTicker, week view, calendar, and event list are all connected. Fantastical lets you manage your events and reminders like never before.
Download Fantastical 2 for iPad $9.99
Incredible Numbers by Professor Ian Stewart (iPad)
World renowned mathematician Ian Stewart is bring his love for numbers to the iPad that is appropriately titled Incredible Numbers. Stewart includes 23 articles that are reinforced using over seventy interactive demonstrations, which shine on the iPad. Also included are 15 of his famous mathematical puzzles.
Ian Stewart is a champion for math and he is using this app to help expose the beauty of math. See how numbers appear in nature and how patterns help shape music.
A tour-de-force for math lovers and those who still need convincing that math can be beautiful.
Download Incredible Numbers by Professor Ian Stewart $4.99
ToDo Movies 3
This free app is geared towards movie lovers. A gorgeous iOS 7 redesign features three tabs to discover movies by genre, in theaters or upcoming. Tap on one of the tabs and you’ll see a grid of movie poster art. When you select a movie, you have options to watch a trailer, add it your reminder list, see a photo gallery or share it.
ToDo Movies also includes a news section, broken into easy to follow categories (General, Movies, Celebrity). The app is fast, fluid and the design gets out of the way. It’s free and during my time using ToDo Movies 3, I’ve never seen a single ad. Two thumbs up from this movie fan.
Download ToDo Movies 3
Microsoft Office Suite for iPad
Previously available for the iPhone, people have waited years for Microsoft to bring Office to the iPad. Some might have moved on to iWorks, but there are still a large contingent of folks that rely on Microsoft’s productivity suite at work and home. Office is being made available as three separate apps. The App Store currently offers PowerPoint, Excel and Word. These apps are joined by an updated version of OneNote, a digital notebook which is intended to compete with Evernote. The trio of Office apps are available for free, but they require an Office 365 subscription, currently priced at $99 per year, in order to edit or create documents. It’s free to read documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
Download Microsoft Excel (iPad) Free*
Download Microsoft PowerPoint (iPad) Free*
Download Microsoft Word (iPad) 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!