Nice Apps for iPad

Posted on Monday, Aug 15 2011 on 12:00 AM
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Shift 2 Unleashed for iPad, $6.99, Released August 4

If you are a fan of the Electronic Arts title, Need for Speed Shift (which appears to be pulled for now), you may want to check out the follow-up sequel that recently hit the App Store. This second game is called Shift 2 Unleashed, and for iPad owners, Shift 2 Unleashed for iPad.

        

Need for Speed Shift is a series of racing titles mostly set in city landscapes. The games are quite different from other arcade-intense racing titles from EA — like Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. The Shift series games are more like sims than pure arcade action. Precise turning and steering is required in the Shift titles.

Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, $2.99 & Universal, Released August 12

A fantasy-based, classic game has recently hit the App Store as a universal app and it’s called: Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim. The game was originally released on the PC in 2000 and not long ago it was ported to Android. This is a fantasy-RPG, real-time strategy, and sim hybrid with gameplay that offers indirect control of units. You have to influence your people, instead of directly ordering them where to go or what to do.

       

“There are a lot of heroes in your lands: valiant warriors and warlike barbarians, powerful wizards and grim necromancers, industrious dwarves and skilful elves plus many more. But all of them live their own lives and decide for themselves what to do at any moment,” the app description states.

Rdio, Free & Universal, Updated August 4

Last week, Rdio upgraded its popular iPhone/iPod touch app making it universal. Today, we offer our first look at this impressive product.

What is Rdio?

Rdio was founded in 2010 and currently offers unlimited music streaming for a little as $4.99 per month. The service currently offers between nine and ten million songs for streaming.

When the Rdio app went universal, it became just the second of the larger streaming music providers to offer a native iPad app. Slacker Radio was the first.

Although Rdio costs just $4.99 for web and Rdio desktop use, it actually costs $9.99 monthly to use the service on an iDevice. However, for that price, you also have the ability to save music for offline use, which is an important option for many users.

This price compares with similar plans offered by Spotify, MOG, Rhapsody, and Slacker.

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