The Christmas presents have been open and you might have been one of the lucky ones to receive an iPhone, iPad or even an iPod Touch. You have finished admiring how great the device feels in your hand and how sexy it looks you and now you’re wondering what apps to download. Spend a little extra time to admire your new gadget because we at iPhoneGlance have you covered. Below is a list of 10 great apps that did great in 2013 and will no doubt do more amazing in 2014. The list will consist of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. So let’s kick things off:
Jungle Heat: One of our particular favourite and serious cannot get enough of it. Jungle Heat is a military strategy management game that blends together beautiful graphics and deep and exhilarating gameplay into one amazing package. Mine resources, build up your jungle fortress and assemble the mother of all armies to reign down death and destruction upon your arch enemy General Blood. Packed full of awesome troops and weapons from tanks, missile launchers and mortars to heavy gunners and attack helicopters. Whether you’re a fan of strategy games or a wannabe armchair general, Jungle Heat packs a serious punch and serves up that ‘one more go’ factor in spades. FREE in-app purchases available.
Minecraft – Pocket Edition: Another one of our favourites, Minecraft was the top paid app in the UK for 2013. Not often an app with a considerable price tag hits the top. Minecraft is about placing blocks to build things and going on adventures. Pocket Edition includes Survival and Creative modes, multiplayer over a local Wi-Fi network, and randomly generated worlds. You can craft, create and breed anywhere in the world so long as you have hands spare and battery to burn. Since the first release of Minecraft – Pocket Edition, we’ve added heaps of new features and made massive improvements to the way things look. There’s never been a better time to enjoy Minecraft on the move.
Minecraft — Pocket Edition is a Universal App. Pay once and play on any of your iDevices. PRICE £4.99.
Duolingo – This app actually picked up the App Store “App of the Year” for 2013. Everyone would like to learn a new language and there probably isn’t a better way to learn for free. Duolingo is changing the way people learn languages. With Duolingo, you learn a language completely free, without ads or hidden charges. You have fun while you learn, levelling up and competing with friends. You have the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language you are learning, and in doing so, help us translate the Web into other languages. Yeah, it’s pretty sweet. FREE!
Candy Crush Saga: You just simply cannot get enough of it. There are news reports, TV adverts and newspaper articles about people how have gotten themselves into issues playing Candy Crush. It’s addictive and fun. If you’re not careful you might empty your bank account paying for extra moves. Switch and match your way through more than 400 levels in this delicious and addictive puzzle adventure. Ain’t it the sweetest game ever? Please note: Candy Crush Saga is completely free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment. You can turn-off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device’s settings. The super hit game Candy Crush Saga is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch! FREE in-app purchases available.
WhatsApp Messenger: You going to want to stay in contact with family and friends. So what better way than with a messenger app that’s completely free to send instant messages. No more worrying about your SMS usage. You are even able to send videos. The only thing is your family and friends will have to have WhatsApp installed, then again who doesn’t. WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for iPhone and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages. First year FREE! ($0.99 USD/year after).
Twitter: Well who isn’t on twitter these days and the best way to make sure you’re up to date while away from your computer is with the official app. With reports that people are ditching Facebook, you might want to get in on the tweeting. With Twitter, you can watch the world unfold like never before. Get real-time stories, pictures, videos, conversations, ideas, and inspiration all in your timeline. Follow people and your interests to get unfiltered access and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives. Express yourself with photos, videos and comments. Twitter is your global town square. FREE!
Instagram: makes anyone’s photos look like an absolute professional. With effects and some basic image editing, you will become a photography quickly.It’s a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments on your iPhone. Customize your photos and videos with one of several gorgeous and custom built filter effects. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family. Share your photos and videos with friends and followers in a photo feed, or send posts directly to your friends. Follow what your friends post with the click of a single button. Every time you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos and videos of your closest friends and creative people from around the world. FREE!
Jamie’s Recipes: I’m a huge fan of Jamie Oliver and I don’t think I’ve gone a week without trying a recipe from is app. All the recipes are great. My app is all about giving you the tools and inspiration to create really great-tasting food easily at home. With retina imagery for each and every recipe step, as well as HD video guides for some of the tougher techniques, you really can’t go wrong. I’ve included a free taster pack consisting of ten recipes to get you started, and for subscribers, I’ll be updating the app every month with my latest and greatest discoveries from all over the world. You’ll find a whole library of recipes to choose from, from classic comfort food and beautiful baking recipes to festive treats, super-quick suppers and a whole lot more – there really is something for everyone. FREE! in-app purchases available.
Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption: Even though I have never actually played this I have heard about how good it is. In fact, it’s actually picked up the App Store “Game of the Year” for 2013. So there must be something to it.A handcrafted game about fishing with guns, chainsaws & toasters. Follow Billy as he tries to find redemption from his uncertain past. Chase your destiny on the high seas and embark on a heroic quest for glory and gills. Hours of gameplay across the continents including a never-ending Infinite arcade world. Dozens of unlockables, weapons and items including popular fishing gear like the Most Expensive Hairdryer In The World and A Bowling Ball. PRICE £1.99
Free Music Download Pro – Downloader and Player: Let’s face it, everyone likes free music and downloading it legally makes it even better. Full-Featured Free Music & Video Downloader. Download FREE and LEGAL music, videos, lyrics, ring tones and audio books. Play, sort, organize your media files easily. Create native iPod style music and video playlists. Listen to your music in the background and lock screen modes with playback controls. Search for the lyrics of the song online. Transfer music from and to your PC/MAC via USB and Wi-FI and enjoy other cool features. PRICE £1.99
That’s it, we do hope you enjoy your new device and these apps. Look out for more recommendations for us. And as a bonus – SyncMate, the tool that will sync data between iOS and Mac. Unlike iTunes, Syncmate will sync not only media files but personal data like contacts and calendars too.