It's that time of the month again. Top10.com has trawled through the App Store's melange of goofy apps, games and practical business tools to bring you very best to hit the market in October.
1 Cut the Rope
Cut the Rope is possibly the most fun puzzle game you’ll play on your iPhone this Autumn. Forget all the Angry Birds nonsense. This, dear readers, is the real deal.
Your goal is simple: to feed a really adorable creature that’s been left at your doorstep with the only thing in the whole wide world it cares to eat – candy. But that’s not going to be too easy, as the treats have to be carefully retrieved in the game’s many mind-bending, but ludicrously addictive levels.
Essentially, you have to cut through ropes to make a piece of candy dangling at the top of the screen fall directly into the wide-open gob of said creature. But to do so, you’ll need to master the laws of physics and various obstacles in the level. As you progress through the game, the difficulty ramps up but so does the fun.
Take it from us: buy this gem right away. It’s the best 59p you’ll ever spend
2 Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus
The iPhone gets a lot of flak, particularly from so-called hardcore gamers who bemoan the notion that it is not a ‘true’ gaming device. If Gameloft’s Modern Combat 2 is anything to go by, they couldn’t be more wrong.
There’s no getting away from the fact that this more than just ‘draws inspiration’ from the multi-million seller that is Modern Warfare 2. But few games even on consoles know how to copy from the best and do it as well as this.
With a stellar single-player campaign that takes players on a globe-trotting journey packed full of epic set pieces, and a full-fledged online multiplayer mode that offers the same sleep-depriving gameplay that gamers have come to expect from online shooters, Modern Combat 2 ticks all the boxes.
Oh, and did I mention the graphics? No? Well that’s remiss of me. Because this is arguably the best looking first-person shooter we’ve seen on the iPhone, if that means anything to you graphics obsessives out there.
If you love first-person shooters and own an iPhone, you owe it to yourself to pick up this game.
3 Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I is a continuation of the original Sega Genesis series. This latest episode puts you in charge of the Blue Blur once more and challenges you to thwart arch-nemesis Dr. Eggman’s evil plans to turn cute cuddly animals into mindless robots.
Previous appearances of Sonic on the iPhone haven’t lived up to expectations. Far from it, in fact. But fans can rest assured that this latest adventure does away with many of the flaws that plagued past ports, with revamped controls, smoother frame rate and faster gameplay all adding up to a smart new outing for the spiky one.
All of Sonic’s classic moves make their return, as do classic Sonic stages, including seven special levels from the Genesis-era, also re-imagined for your pleasure
At £5.99, it is not exactly the cheapest title on the iPhone, but believe us when we say that this is a Sonic adventure every fan can be proud of.
4 Ugly Meter
Ever wondered if your face was the real reason behind the invasion of Iraq? Ugly Meter might have the answer.
It’s a nifty little app that uses hundreds of lines tracking your facial features in real-time and takes a photo and processes it on-the-fly to give you a score on a scale of one to ten on the ugly scale. Ten being the face of a child only a mother can love - without her glasses on.
5 Championship Manager 2011
Championship Manager 2011 is the latest iteration of the classic football simulation franchise that’s served fans of the land’s most beloved sport so well over the years.
Although the same couldn’t be a said for the title’s last iPhone incarnation two years ago, that’s not the case this time around, because Eidos has listened to the complaints and rebuilt the interface from the ground up, with cleaner, easier to navigate menus designed specifically with Apple’s smartphone in mind. Not to mention it boasts an updated roster consisting of thousands of players from nearly every major league in the world.
Sure, it’s not nearly as fleshed out as the desktop versions that hardcore CM fans have grown accustomed to, but as a portable title for the casual footy fans, it’s a winner.
So think you’ve got what it takes to manage a team full of overpaid prima donnas? Download Championship Manager 2011 right now and get stuck in.
If you’re a dedicated gamer then you probably already know about Raptr. For those that don’t, Raptr is a social networking service that allows gamers to keep their friends informed of what games they have been playing and what achievements they have unlocked. It also lets users add new friends and exchange messages via a unified inbox.
The iPhone app allows you to do all that and more while you’re on the move, so you’ll know exactly when to ditch the missus and head home to join your chums in Modern Warfare 2.
7 Yahoo Messenger
Yahoo Messenger, as you might have guessed, is the popular instant messaging client from Yahoo. While it’s not a new app, it did receive a major update in October that we felt deserved a spot on our list.
This latest version, two-point-oh, not only adds the coveted video call feature, enabling users to join a friend on a one-to-one video chat. It also gives you the option to make free voice calls to other Yahoo Messenger users, plus low-cost calls to landline, mobile and International numbers.
Better yet, it runs in the background. And unlike Apple’s overhyped video chat solution FaceTime, Yahoo Messenger is an already well-established, cross-platform service that works with Wi-Fi and 3G.
8 The Incident
The Incident is the latest in a growing list of vertical platformers on the iPhone, with a distinctly 16-bit look, complemented by a retro soundtrack that will take you back years.
For some reason, in the game’s universe all manners of objects are falling out of the sky and to stay alive you need to stay on top.
Your objective is to climb as high as possible in the level by jumping on top of the junk that’s piling up around you. To control your dude you need only to tilt your iPhone sideways and tap the screen to jump.
It’s one of those games that’s easy to play but difficult to master. If you’ve been looking for something new to play after titles such as DoodleJump and NinJump, you’ll be right at home with The Incident.
9 Age of Zombies
Halloween may be over but the zombapocalypse is still on. Barry Steakfries, the same chap from Monster Dash, which we featured in our top 10 round up in August, returns once more to lay down a world of hurt on the undead in Age of Zombies.
It’s essentially a two-stick survival shooter, except the sticks are emulated on the touchscreen, which surprisingly works really well. It’s a chockfull of fun too, as Barry mows down everything in his sight while delivering cheesy one-liners.
If you love zombies, or killing them at least, this is for you.
10 Top10.com 3G Speed Test
It wouldn’t be a top 10 list if we didn’t give a nod to our own brand spanking new Speed Test. This great app (is that hubristic of us?) allows you to test the download and upload speeds of your iPhone across a range of connectivity options (3G, Wi-Fi, Edge, et al) to see if you’re really getting the best coverage from your chosen provider.
You can also save your speed tests in the history to keep track of how it changes over time and view an interactive map showing how your speed compares to other regions in the UK.
It’s really neat and completely free. So go on, give it a try.