Weekly App Store Gems – Mixed Edition

Every single day thousands of applications flood the the open doors of Apple’s App Store. Some are genuinely good while others are trash that someone has created simply to squeeze a few bucks out of, which causes many of the deserving applications to slip under the view of a casual App Store user. Therefore, in order to shed light on these underrated applications, iPhone Alley has begun to highlight any hidden gems hiding within the arsenal of applications the App Store currently hosts. Whether you’re the kind seeking a worthwhile game to waste some time, or you’re in search of an intuitive utility that bests every other, these weekly guides are your ultimate resource for finding apps that have slipped under the general radar of App Store users.

 

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The current Twitter-client competition has remained mostly between the official Twitter app and Tapbot’s polished client, Tweetbot. Despite the countless availability of other, undoubtedly worthwhile, Twitter apps, the aforementioned two have been the normal among the majority of Twitter users.

Flurry, a very promising Twitter app, recently found its way into the App Store. Once you’re in, you’ll notice the standard timeline, mentioned, direct messages and more with navigation between each controlled by icons on a taskbar lining the bottom of the screen. Although it offers a fresh, new aesthetic theme, the app really doesn’t provide App Store customers with enough reason to switch from their Twitter client of choice.

Truly, the application does wonders graphically. However, the lack of push notifications, few glitches and other minute details leave it a bit behind in the race against Twitter and Tweetbot. Rectify these issues and you’ve got yourself quite a mighty, robust Twitter client capable of quelling the competition.


Polyroll

Polyroll

by Justin Craig


This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
1.99 USD
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From the era of Mario and Donkey Kong up to the current-day classics such as LittleBigPlanet, the platformer genre hasn’t yet seen a shortage of innovation. Though the whole genre revolves around one main core idea, developers are consistently finding ways to keep the whole thing from becoming stale. Whether that requires the use of different art styles or simply combining another genre to the mix, gamers are still finding platformers increasingly engaging.

Polyroll is a relatively new app to be introduced onto the App Store, and it’s certainly gone right by without much publicity or notice. Taking quite an evident inspiration from the popular Sonic series, the game places you in the role (pun intended) of Polyroll who has inevitably ended up with the job of rescuing all of his friends and defeating the evil Kaiser Kiwi.

To achieve this, you’ll need to navigate through a variety of different level settings. These will be populated with running, jumping and also flying enemies and will contain other inanimate dangers such as spikes. Although the controls are conveniently placed, they’re a bit unresponsive causing for a bit of mishap. You may sometimes miss a button, which can be annoying but is definitely an issue that’s easily overcome.

Maintaining a retro aesthetic, the game has been crafted pixel by pixel. On the same note, the music is quite fast-paced, and these both contribute to the overall arcade feel.

If you’re in search of a unique platforming title that has been executed to an amount that’s nearing perfection, Polyroll takes the cake.