1 GT Racing: Motor Academy
GT Racing comes from the same school of racing as the popular Gran Turismo series on PlayStation. And like the latter, it aims to replicate the realism of driving a vast array of licensed vehicles right on the iPhone. It does not disappoint.
There are over 100 cars from 25 different manufacturers to choose from, including big names such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. The attention to detail that has been put into the handling of each car is impressive to say the least, as each car has distinct characteristics based on its real life version. Not to mention the fact that the game is stunning to look at, with striking visuals and realistic physics to boot.
Moreover, there is a career mode that challenges your racing skills on fourteen tracks pulled from real life. And if that’s not good enough, the game boasts both local and online multiplayer for up to six players as well as worldwide rankings.
Quite simply, GT Racing is one of the best games to have graced the iPhone. Even if you are not a fan of simulation racing, as an iPhone owner you still owe it to yourself to try this technical masterpiece.
2 Riddim Ribbons feat. The Black Eyed Peas
Riddim Ribbon is the spiritual successor to one of the most critically and commercially successful iPhone games out there, Tap Tap Revenge. However, instead of simply tapping random on-screen prompts this time around, Riddim Ribbon lets you ‘race’ along a track by tilting your phone sideways while keeping clear of obstacles.
Once in a while you will arrive at an intersection where the track will split, allowing you to choose which way you want to go, with the track that you choose getting ‘remixed’ with the previous track you were on. You can also nudge the phone forward to add additional effects to your remix. It's a very cool concept and something that you really have to experience for yourself.
The app comes bundled with tracks from the Black Eyed Peas and you can download additional levels featuring Tiësto and Benny Benassi.
3 AA: Route Planner
AA: Route Planner, as you might have guessed from its very self-explanatory title, is a journey planner app from the Automobile Association.
It allows you to easily plot a route throughout the UK and Ireland by selecting your start and destination locations by place, address and postcode, or from your current GPS location. Routes and turn-by-turn instructions are clearly displayed on an interactive map and as a list with distance and drive times. You can also optimise routes based on your driving preferences.
The interface is simple and easy to follow, but what really sets the app apart from other apps like Google Maps is that all routes have been researched by the AA and are displayed exactly as you would see them on the road with correct signposting. Also, Google Maps is not always as accurate or as reliable as it might be, so the AA: Route Planner is a nice, cheap alternative to have handy in case of an emergency.
MoneyBook is a simple finance management app that provides an easy way to manage your personal budget. Its straightforward interface lets you enter new expenses or incomes with a few simple gestures. You can easily add recurring monthly expenses and incomings, view progress over the previous months and add notes for all your transactions.
It also features an animated statistics page that provides a transaction or history view based on the phone’s orientation and supports CVS export of all your transactions.
5 Plants vs. Zombies
It would be understatement to say that Plants vs. Zombies is quite possibly one of the most addictive tower defence games I have played. And to finally have it playable whenever I want, wherever I go is an ecstatic feeling that may not be possible to describe in a coherent way.
All you need to know is that if you have never played a tower defence game before, here is your chance. If you have played tower defence games before but not this one, here is one of the best. If you have already played the game on other platforms and own an iPhone, what are you waiting for?
For those who have no idea what the fuss is about, Plants vs. Zombies is a strategy game that puts you in the role of a homeowner trying to stave off a never-ending zombie invasion using the power of agriculture. Your objective is to strategically place magical plantlife that shoot projectiles at oncoming zombies or devour them completely. What’s not to like?
Bills are one of the most universally dreaded objects that exist. But try as you might, you can’t just wish them away. Enter Bills, the latest app to help you keep track of your financial obligations. It has an incredibly slick interface and a simple navigation bar to access all the main areas of the app. You can mark bills as paid or unpaid with a simple tap, view your payment log with history of actions, password protect your data and add repeating bills and custom pre-alerts and customisable categories to organise your bills.
There is also free push notifications for life, auto payment and syncing options and the ability to access all your data on the web for added convenience.
7 X2 Snowboarding
Although the highly anticipated snowboarding title SSX, from EA, is supposed to be making its debut on the iPhone this year, it has not been heard from in a while. Fear not, as there is a new snowboarding game in town to keeps fans of the extreme sport entertained.
In addition to unique cell-shaded graphics and full motion and touch controls, X2 Snowboarding features six different boarders and a number of slopes from around the globe to race on. Once you have mastered the controls you will be able to perform and chain together spins, flips, grabs and grinds to unlock various special abilities for your boarder such as an in-game rewind system that allows you to replay sections of the game in real-time to correct mistakes, slow down time to perfect difficult manoeuvres or ‘boost’ to reach extreme velocity.
ProLoop is an advanced loop player app for both professional musicians and hobbyists. If you happen to be the latter or have no idea what a loop is, it basically allows you to play repeating music samples whether you want to use it as a live electronic instrument by itself or just to experiment.
This neat app can play up to six loops simultaneously and, besides changing the volume, each loop can be manipulated in a variety of ways such as pitched/transposed, reversed, muted, panned, ring/frequency/phase modulated by other loops, and synchronised to a masterloop.
All loops can be controlled in real-time using multitouch support to adjust several parameters at once and there is a Freeze FX feature that lets you temporarily freeze a loop with adjustable grain size and position.
The app comes bundled with loops created by many professional musicians that you can play around with and you can upload your own soundfiles to ProLoop through the web browser.
9 Pocket Chef
Pocket Chef is a 3D cooking game that teaches you to art of cuisine with 19 different mini-games composing of real recipes from around the world. There have been other cooking games before but Pocket Chef takes it a step further by blending realistic graphics with its unusual style. Whether you love cooking games or cooking in general, Pocket Chef is definitely a fun way to enjoy cooking without the disastrous side effects that inevitably come with amateur cooking.
And if you are serious about learning, you can view unlocked recipes anytime to try them in real life. Better yet, you can listen to your iPod library in the background while you do it.
10 Ghosts 'n’ Zombies
Ghosts n’ Zombies is an side-scrolling shooter that puts the player in the shoes of an über monk sent by the Vatican to investigate an ancient chapel that has been infested by ghosts, zombies and vampires for no apparent reason. Armed only with your faith and an arsenal of weapons ranging from bazookas to flamethrowers, your task is to rid the chapel of all its evils.
The controls are simple; you can move by tilting the phone and tap on enemies to shoot them. Dead enemies drop crystals that represent and replenish your health and ammunition. There are 15 different stages in the game with two different game modes and a survival mode that tests your ability to survive against an endless wave of enemies.
The game has a really charming art style and it’s also very easy to pick up. If you are looking for a fun way to pass the time, definitely give it a try.