Saturday, November 19, 2011

Top Apps of the Week Plus Today's Free App: Puffle Launch (11/19)

After a great first week for the Kindle Fire, we're recapping the top apps that we've featured this week, including some very practical ones like Quickoffice Pro and some fun ones like Bejeweled 2. Just like how the Fire has been a great success, the Kindle Fire Department here has gotten a wonderful reception as well. Our goal is to make this a daily stop in your internet browsing by providing the best cheap and free content available. If you know someone with a Fire, let them know about us!

Let's get started with today's free app:

Name: Puffle Launch
Rating: 3.0 stars over 30 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: It's time to blast off! From the high-speed hero and mischievous enemy to the fast-paced action, you'll have everything you love about Club Penguin's Puffle Launch right at your fingertips. Kids and adults alike will enjoy spending time with this extreme pet puffle and riding along with him on a high-adrenaline journey as he gets the snacks back that were stolen by the evil crab boss.

Analysis: Just based on the physics of this game, it recalls Angry Birds for me, though there's a bit more gameplay than one swipe and one touch. It's also interesting that this app was developed by Disney, who you can always count on to wade into new territory sooner or later.
Get your free copy of Puffle Launch!

The Top Apps of the Week!

Name: Sketchbook Mobile
Rating: 4.0 stars over 131 reviews
Price: 1.99
Description: Budding artists, casual doodlers, and seasoned sketchers alike will enjoy SketchBook Mobile for their Android device. SketchBook Mobile, from the makers of the popular SketchBook desktop software, provides a full-featured drawing application and image studio that lets you follow your artistic bliss wherever you go with your phone or tablet.

Analysis: This is an amazing app that should be on everyone's Kindle Fire, and I'm absolutely thrilled that it's become available as today's free app of the day. This is a complete no-brainer. Even if you aren't much of a drawer, you never know when this'll come in handy, either as a fun time-spender or when someone good at it will come along. Don't miss this one!
Get your copy of Sketchbook Mobile!

Name: Greedy Spiders
Rating: 4.4 stars over 484 reviews
Price: 0.99
Description: Those Greedy Spiders have set up a diabolical trap for their bug neighbors. With the help of an out-of-the-way bar, a sign, a few musical instruments, and some clever disguises, they now have the bugs right where they want them: in their webs.

Puzzle games like this are deceptively simple, making them incredibly popular, but they also have a huge amount of detail put into them. Part of what sucks you into games like this is the desire to get the next weapon and see what it does, whether its scissors or fire, and that keeps you playing to the next level. Playing this game once may very well get you caught in its web.

Get Greedy Spiders!

Name: Bejeweled 2
Rating: 3.3 stars over 57 reviews
Price: 2.99
Description: Bejeweled is back! The casual game that became a phenomenon a few years ago on the Web returns with this engaging sequel from the folks at PopCap Games. As you may know by now, Bejeweled is an immensely popular matching puzzle game with a great interface and addicting gameplay.

Analysis: The first time I saw Bejeweled was almost a decade ago, and it completely trashed everything I knew about gaming. It was just a new kind of Tetris. No amazing graphics, no long, drawn out levels or stories. But here's the thing: people couldn't stop playing it. This is the sequel to the game that invented casual gaming, and here's your chance to find out what it's all about.
Get your copy of Bejeweled 2!

Name: QuickOffice Pro
Rating: 2.0 stars over 2 reviews
Price: 14.99
Description: Quickoffice Pro lets you get work done on the road by allowing easy access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint wherever you take your mobile. This app also provides you with a convenient PDF viewer so you can keep your important documents with you at all times. View document footnotes and endnotes in Word. Use the text-to-speech voice input and text recital option for an alternative way to word-process your documents. Get the most out of your Android tablet with this award-winning productivity suite.

Analysis: Getting this app for free is a huge bargain that should not be passed up. Access documents, make changes, and get creative all on the go using common Microsoft programs. Note that this versions works with the Kindle Fire and phones.

Get your copy of QuickOffice Pro!

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