Sunday, January 22, 2012

Top Apps For the Third Week of January

We've got another great week ahead of us with lots of new features, help with problems, and great apps! Let's recap the most popular ones from the past week, according to you!

When we posted Uno earlier this week, the response was overwhelming. We thought everybody already knew this game was out for the Fire? Guess not, because enough people grabbed it to send Uno shooting up the bestseller chart, where it is now ranked #6. Yeah, Kindle Fire Department readers basically dominate the Amazon Appstore. :)

Name: UNO (Kindle Fire Edition)
Rating: 3.1 stars over 106 reviews
Price: 0.99
Description: Admit it. You are obsessed with Uno. You often wake up in the middle of the night yelling "Uno!" You chuckle with evil glee every time you hand someone a Draw Four Wild Card. Now you no longer have to carry around a deck of Uno cards with you everywhere. Gameloft has brought this classic family card game to your Android device, in all its colorful, turn-reversing glory.

For the uninitiated, Uno resembles the card game Crazy 8s, but Uno is far crazier than its inspiration. There are always four players in a single match. The deck has four colors: Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow; and the cards are numbered from 0 to 9. You drop a card from your hand into the discard pile to match either the color or the number laid by the previous player. The first person to drop all his cards is the winner. But within the deck are special cards that add an element of surprise to the game: Wild Card, Reverse, Skip, Draw Two Cards, and the dreaded Draw Four Wild Card. These special cards make Uno wildly unpredictable. Just as someone thinks they're about to win the game, the momentum can suddenly swing against them. And you must exclaim "Uno!" when you're down to one card, or you have to draw two cards!

Get your copy of UNO (Kindle Fire Edition)!

A great app that helps you mold the pots and vases of your dreams without any mess or skill at all! Fortunately, the sale price is still in effect, but don't hesitate because it might not be around for long!

Name: Let's Create! Pottery
Rating: 3.8 stars over 12 reviews
Price: $4.99 1.99
Description: With Let's Create: Pottery, making ceramics has never been more simple and fun! You will be amazed at what you can shape and form with the touch of your finger on virtual clay, spinning on an app's screen wheel.

Become a true artist and create "one of a kind" pottery art, and share the graphics files with your friends! Throw the clay on the virtual wheel, release all your artistic talents, and create works of art from dozens of materials available in your virtual warehouse. Even when you glaze and fire your very first pot, you'll feel accomplished and relaxed, as making pottery is a great way to relieve your everyday stress and find your inner peace. An amazing, therapeutic and uplifting experience, you can enjoy and share making pottery art with your family and friends!

Get your copy of Let's Create! Pottery!

Although this is another kids game, I think the appeal extends even to adults. Jurassic Park deserves a big thanks for getting everyone interested in paleontology for decades to come!

Name: Dino Digger
Rating: 4.0 stars over 22 reviews
Price: $1.99 0.99
Description: Dig up dinosaur bones, bring them to life, and interact with your 3D dinosaurs! Dig up dinosaur bones, build them into interactive 3D skeletons, and bring your dinosaur bones to life! Interact with each dinosaur and dinosaur skeleton by tapping on their heads, bodies, shaking them, and swiping. No matter how you tap, swipe, or shake, you can't go wrong. The intuitive interface in this app is very kid friendly and incredibly easy to navigate. It's like having a dinosaur excavation and a bunch of pet dinosaurs with you at all times!

*6 dinosaur skeletons to dig up
*6 live dinosaurs
*Many unique animations for each dinosaur and each skeleton
*Realistic dinosaur sounds
*Beautifully rendered HD scenery and dinosaur detail

Get your copy of Dino Digger!

A great app for helping young children learn letters and words, Alphabet Car was a very popular one with parents this week!

Name: Alphabet Car
Rating: 4.9 stars over 15 reviews
Price: 1.99
Description: Jump behind the wheel and buckle up for a learning journey you won't soon forget! Alphabet Car, an innovative educational app that makes remembering letters and words fun, puts you in the driver's seat. You'll be fully engaged, using your eyes, ears, and hands. If you're new to Alphabet Car, you'll start out driving Baby Bus; as you continue playing, you can unlock other cars. Oh, the places you'll go in this big-eyed, bouncing yellow school bus…

To start, choose which mode you'd like to try: Preschool, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert. As you progress through each mode, you'll play with longer words, starting with one and two-letter words in Preschool to six-letter words in Expert. Within each mode there are nine stages, many of which you'll have to unlock. So let's get going!

Get your copy of Alphabet Car!

This last app is a perennial favorite, one that no Fire should be without. We probably recommend it to someone everyday for its ease in moving files between devices without a cord.

Name: WiFi File Explorer
Rating: 4.5 stars over 231 reviews
Price: 0.99
Description: If you've ever needed to access a file from your phone (a photo, for example, or a song you like) but don't have a cable to connect the phone to a computer, WiFi File Explorer PRO can make it happen. This Android app allows you to browse, download, and stream information--as well as manage your files--from your phone directly to a computer using a Wi-Fi connection and password-protected Web browser.

Setup for WiFi File Explorer PRO is simple and easy. When you open the app, it automatically detects nearby Wi-Fi networks and supplies you with a URL address to enter into the Web browser of your computer. You'll also be prompted to enter a password (which you will create when you first begin using the app).

Get your copy of WiFi File Explorer!


  1. I bought this UNO app. it said it was under 5MB, then once you download it they want you to load anothe 80MB to be able to play the game.. thats crazy for one app...85MB?

  2. Hmm, that's odd that it would be so much bigger than advertised. I actually heard that Asphalt 6 is like 500MB, which is literally almost half your app storage.


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