Cut the Rope HD, Rise Alarm Clock, 1Password

updated 02:04 pm EST, Mon January 14, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Cut the Rope HD 2.1 ($4) - Cut the Rope HD is the iPad version of Chillingo's popular puzzle game where players attempt to feed Om Nom candy. Version 2.1 introduces 25 brand new levels that challenge players to feed Om Nom in a new way. All of the levels feature new steam clouds that make cary float in the air, as well as low-to-high pressure valves that control the amount of steam. [Download - 100MB]

Rise Alarm Clock 1.2 ($2) - Rise Alarm Clock is a simply designed alarm app. The v1.2 update includes both Chinese and Portuguese localizations, as well as support for quickly getting to the current time screen by double tapping the Main Time or Current time in the main screen. Bugs related to snooze functionality and 12 and 24 hour time support have also been resolved. [Download - 15.3MB]

1Password 4.1 ($18) - 1Password is a password management app that allows users to store and organize multiple passwords. Full iCloud support is included for syncing passwords across multiple devices, as well as a password generator that can create passwords of varying strength. Both Dropbox and iCloud syncing have been improved in v4.1, along with new support for AgileBits' USB sync utility. Improvements have also been made to the Master Password and Quick Unlock Code settings. [Download - 20.7MB]

Doodle Jump HD 3.3.1 ($3) - Doodle Jump HD is a game where players must guide their character up through levels by jumping from platform to platform. As the level progresses the platforms begin to move and various monsters begin to appear. The v3.3.1 release addresses several minor bugs. [Download - 90.6MB]

Monopoly 2.2.25 ($1) - Monopoly is a digital recreation of the classic real estate management board game. The latest release has been optimized for the iPhone 5. The game will now automatically scale to the larger 4-inch display, and a number of code optimizations should provide an improved gaming experience. [Download - 31.9MB]

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