Metal Slug, Flickr, Kayak Pro

updated 10:49 am EST, Thu December 13, 2012 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Metal Slug 1.0 ($4) - Metal Slug is a mobile recreation of the classic 2D action shooting game. In addition to its classic Arcade mode the game also features a mission mode that lets users choose which stage of the game they want to play. Support is also included for customizing the control scheme, and for playing with friends via Bluetooth. [Download - 34.1MB]

Flickr 2.00.762 (free) - Flickr is a mobile client for the photo sharing service that allows users to upload photos directly from an iOS device. The latest release is a complete redesign that includes a simpler sign-up process, 16 unique camera filters, full Groups capabilities, and the ability to explore photos from around the world. [Download - 25.4MB]

Kayak Pro 24.1 ($1) - Kayak Pro can help users to compare flight, hotel and car rental deals. Users can also book hotel rooms directly within the app, as well as track flight statuses, manage trip itineraries, and view airport terminal maps. The v24.1 update adds support for editing events on the Trips screen, as well as for sharing trips with other users. Additionally, Passbook support for trip events is also included along with the ability to share travel information on Facebook and Twitter. [Download - 19.4MB]

Minigore 2: Zombies 1.1 ($2) - In Minigore 2: Zombies players must help John Fore fight his way though hoards of zombies. The game features a variety of weapons to use against the 60 different enemies and seven bosses, as well as a total of 20 playable characters. A new Hardcore mode can now be unlocked after reaching level 30, providing users with a more challenging way to play the game and earn double the experience. A crash that could occur when the game failed to read save data at startup has also been patched. [Download - 47MB]

PDF Expert 4.4 ($10) - PDF Expert allows users to store and read PDF files on an iPad. The app includes support for password protected, full text document search, navigation through embedded PDF bookmarks, and more. Version 4.4 includes GoogleDrive sync capabilities, as well as integration with PDF Convertor and Sharefile. In addition, a German localization has also been added. [Download - 21.8MB]

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