Badland, Launch Center Pro, Moves

updated 02:03 pm EST, Thu February 13, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Badland 1.9 ($4) - Badland is a side-scrolling platformer where players must guide a forest dweller through a number of levels in order to discover the cause of some strange occurrences. Version 1.9 introduces a new friendly multiplayer level where players need to co-operate with a friend in order to complete it. iOS 7 Game Controller support is also now included, along with support for a multiplayer mode that uses a combination of touching and controllers. [Download - 157MB]

Launch Center Pro 2.2.1 ($5) - Launch Center Pro can be used to create shortcuts that can launch apps or perform certain actions. Some examples include a shortcut for calling a contact, creating a new item in Omnifocus, or searching Yelp for a nearby coffee shop. The v2.2.1 release is a minor update that resolves a couple of bugs. [Download - 17.3MB]

Moves 2.5.1 ($3) - Moves can be used to track all of a users exercise, commuting, and time spent in important places. The app automatically tracks walking, cycling, and running, and turns a day into a simple story line. The latest release is now a 64-bit app optimized for the iPhone 5s, and includes several localization improvements. Additionally, various other minor bug fixes and improvements are also included. [Download - 9.9MB]

Words With Friends 7.10 ($2) - Words With Friends HD is the iPhone version of Zynga's social word puzzle game. In the game players take turns placing lettered tiles onto a game board in order to create words and score points. The v7.10 update fixes a bug with chat notifications and game-over dialogs, and now lets players share moments from within their games through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. [Download - 24.3MB]

Sonic Dash 1.10.0 (free) - Sonic Dash is an endless running game where players must guide Sonic the Hedgehog through various 3D environments wheel avoiding obstacles. Version 1.10.0 adds a new Eggman boss battle where players must avoid mins and missiles in order to defeat Eggman and earn a large score bonus. New achievements have also been added for Silver the Hedgehog. [Download - 56.3MB]

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