iGrand Piano, Comics4Kids, Pitfall!

updated 02:45 pm EDT, Fri October 12, 2012 | Posted in iPhone Apps

iGrand Piano for iPad 1.0 ($20) - iGrand Piano features samples of 17 different pianos, including grands, baby grands, uprights and specialty pianos. Each of the pianos can be adjusted via seven different parameters, such as Volume, Ambience, and Brightness, which can all be mapped to an external MIDI controller. Additionally, the app includes an onboard recorder with overdubbing, punch-in, quantize, and a metronome. [Download - 237MB]

Comics4Kids 3.1.4 (free) - Comics4Kids is an iOS comic reader designed specifically for kids. The app includes its own store with kid-friendly comics from publishers like Archie Comics, Markosia, Bluewater, and Shadowline. The v3.1.4 update includes a new interface that is said to offer improved loading times, as well as HD books for use on the new iPad. iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support is also included. [Download - 25.8MB]

Pitfall! 1.0 ($1) - Inspired by the classic game of the same name, Pitfall is a running game where players must escape from an erupting volcano. In the latest release players can now choose to start their run form any of their reached checkpoints, either at the title screen or checkpoint screen. Motorbike handling has also been improved, along with overall stability. [Download - 45.5MB]

Recall 1.0.1 ($1) - Recall is a tool that can help users remember any music, movies, TV shows, apps, or books that are recommended to them. After searching for the desired reminder material, users can select what type of reminder they would like, such as "remind me the day it comes out." The v1.0.1 update offers improved compatibility for the iPhone 5 and other minor bug fixes. [Download - 9.4MB]

Mirrorgram 1.0 ($1) - Mirrorgram can be used to creating mirrored images on the iPhone and iPod touch. After choosing an image from the Camera Roll or taking a new image, users can pick between different mirror effects as well as numerous image filters. Finished images can then be saved directly to the device or shared to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. [Download - 3.5MB]

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