Doodle Jump HD, Angry Birds Star Wars, Unmechanical

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Thu March 28, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Doodle Jump HD 3.5 ($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 v3.5 update introduces a variety of new outfits for the Easter theme, each offering its own unique power. [Download - 102MB]

Angry Birds Star Wars 1.2 ($1) - Angry Birds Star Wars is a physics based puzzle game where players must help the Rebel Birds take down the evil Imperial Pigs. The game builds on the original Angry Birds game with the addition of Star Wars themed powers, such as lightsabers, blasters, and Jedi powers. The latest update allows players to explore Cloud City in a brand new episode. Several new gameplay mechanics are introduced across the 20 Bespin levels and additional Boba Fett levels can be unlocked by collecting five hidden rocket packs. [Download - 40.4MB]

Unmechanical 1.1 ($3) - Unmechanical challenges players to guide a small helicopter through a number of puzzles. More than 30 unique puzzles are included in the game, including logic, physics, and memory -based challenges. Version 1.1 has fixed an issue related to Game Center achievements. [Download - 191MB]

SlingPlayer for iPhone 3.4.1 ($15) - SlingPlayer for iPhone allows users to watch and control their home TV and DVR over a 3G, 4G, or WiFi connection. In v3.4.1 users can now wirelessly archive their personal media from a smartphone with SlingSync, as well as listen to TV shows with a new Audio only mode. Several minor bugs have also been fixed. [Download - 19.2MB]

WhatsOnAir Pro 1.6.6 ($2) - WhatsOnAir Pro is a mobile radio player that can alert users when their favorite songs or bands are playing on an internet radio station. Version 1.6.6 opens the co-listening feature to all users and adds a new instant messaging system. A Trending Radio section has also been added, along with a feature for suffusing new radio stations. [Download - 12.4MB]

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