Friday, August 3, 2012

The Week In Review, July 28 - August 3, 2012

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Welcome to our Week In Review! Here we'll take a look at some of the great games and apps that embodied our theme this past week, and discuss what's to come in the week ahead. 

You may have noticed a preponderance of space-themed games and apps this week; that's because we've all been preparing for next week's big cosmic event: NASA's newest Mars rover, Curiosity, will be touching down upon the Red Planet's surface! To commemorate, we've featured the following, to help you get into the mood:

Neil Burlock's Exoplanet Explorer Lite lets you range around our galaxy, discovering for yourself all the varied planets and stars we've uncovered over the years. For something closer to home, check out Bruno Oberdorfer's Pocket Planets Lite, which gives you details on our nearest celestial neighbors in our own solar system. Once Curiosity lands on Mars, you might want to follow its adventures with Mars Map, from ATLOGIS Geoinformatics oHG, which presents you with a zoomable look at the Martian surface. And finally, what exploration of our cosmos would be complete without the official NASA app itself?

When it comes to games, space is always a favorite theme to revisit. Some of the more recent releases you'll want to sample include Awem's Star Defender 3, a smartphone update to the kinds of classic shooters you'd have found in arcades of the past; and Astro Shark Demo, from unit9.apps, a game that tasks you with using the gravity of planets to slingshot your way around the galaxy in search of Laika, the missing Russian space dog.

What's coming up for Best Apps Market? Next week, we'll help you get out and have some fun in the sun while Summer's still with us, and celebrate Hot August Nights with our car-themed apps and games. And don't forget to install our widgets to keep up with our daily Editor's Top AppsTop Games, and Apps of the Day! Have a great weekend! -- Keoni C.

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