In my business, I cope with all sorts of software from different categories and platforms every full day. There's a lot of great software out there for every platform (and certainly some bad ones, too), but once in a while you find something so unique it truly shines. I wouldn't say the app I'm talking about today is the best game I've ever played, but the design, music, and interface are not really found in any other game and are truly something to behold on the iPhone. Let's just say, I've played plenty of iPhone games, but this one is in a class by itself. This week's applications include a new public radio app and a unique game in which you explore a creepy bug-infested mansion as a spider. MN7-7 on this page. Browse through Programs to find your selected NPR shows NPR News (Free) is the official NPR iphone app featuring national NPR radio listings, streaming radio, and full news stories to read. piratebayhm. The interface includes buttons across the bottom you can select to read news stories; listen to popular programs either by streaming them live or streaming the most recent; and a stations section where you can listen to NPR streaming live from any continuing state.
You also get a playlist section where you can select and queue up several streamed stories to play continuously. From listening to the many entertaining news stories and programs aside, what makes the NPR News iphone app especially cool is that you can listen and read stories simultaneously, adding an extra factor to the broadcast (like looking at images as you listen). The ability to set up playlists is useful also, perfect for long exercise sessions or--if you have a car adapter--long car trips. Simply go to the Programs section, select a program you like and you'll have the option to add it to your playlist. But even with all the listening options in this app, you can still read the latest news stories in a scrollable feed. If you're an NPR fan, this free iphone app has just about everything you need to listen to precisely what you want whenever you want it. humaninternet. Use your surroundings to build giant webs to catch more insects Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor ($2.99) challenges you to play as a spider, spinning webs, catching bugs, and slowly solving a mystery as you travel from room to room.
The interface is fantastic, letting you swipe your screen to jump, a single tap to anchor your web silk, and simply pressing in the direction you want to crawl. Different types of bugs fly around, each with their own challenges as you spin webs (mosquitoes run from you and hornets need to be tackled midair, for example). Each of the bugs have different point values and each room is timed, with a dialog box at the end of each level showing your best time, stats, and score. But as you live you the full life of a spider, you'll also stumble after secret spots with clues to the mystery of the Bryce family. Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor quickly becomes mesmerizing as you try to figure out the best way to make polygonal webs within your environment. The blend of the hand-drawn rooms, the movement and ability to anywhere create webs, and the mysterious music that accompanies your quest, make this not an software just, but an almost artistic experience. There are four game modes to play through including the primary adventure, a Feeding Frenzy to eat as many bugs as possible; Hunger mode, which forces you to eat quickly to stay alive; and a precision mode giving you shorter threads to make webs as the game is completed by you.
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor is truly a unique game on the iPhone, and I think it will appeal to just about anyone (even the types who hate spiders). What's your selected iPhone app? Convert graphic files easily. Did NPR do a good job with their first foray into iPhone apps? What do you think of Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor? Let me know in the comments!
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