Yesterday, I mentioned how excited I was about the new iPhoto and updated GarageBand for iOS. But, those aren’t the only new apps I’ve been spending some time with or have been excited about. Some were updated to be Universal, giving me the opportunity to use them on my iPhone, others were new or just became free, giving me a chance to check them out that I might not have taken otherwise. I’ve listed them below with a brief description and links to iTunes.

GroupShot (Currently Free) – This is an app designed to help you fix all those group photos in which someone blinks, looks away, or forgets to smile. It lets you take two or more flawed photos, take elements from each, and merge them into one fixed image. Honestly, it feels like magic when it works and it’s currently free to celebrate SXSW. I highly recommend it to everyone.

Assassin’s Creed: Recollection (Free) – I’ve never played any of the mainstream Assassin’s Creed titles. However, there have been several iPhone titles in the past. One of them was a multiplayer only game that was truly terrible and has since been reborn as Assassin’s Creed Rearmed. I haven’t had a chance to play it yet, but judging from the reviews, a lot of the issues with the title have been resolved. AC: Recollection, however, is a new breed of game for the Assassin’s Creed universe. The game is based on the premise of traditional trading-card games, but is played in real time, rather than being a turn-based affair. Players start with a basic deck and use in-game currency to purchase card packs to improve their deck. Players can also use in-app purchases to gain additional credits, if they feel they are earning them too slowly. I love it so far, and I believe it’s the best card game currently available for the iOS platform.

The Bard’s Tale ($4.99) – I picked up a used copy of this game for the original Xbox a while back and quite liked what little of it I had time to play. I picked up this title so I could have the opportunity to play it anywhere and to also get the original The Bard’s Tale games from the ’80s. Honestly, it’s an incredible package, and well worth the five bucks it costs. The new game is a top-down hack-and-slash similar in style to Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and X-Men Legends. It also has a rather healthy sense of humor that is refreshing. The original titles from the ’80s are traditional Western RPGs. Played from a first-person perspective and controlling a party of adventurers as they delve into dungeons and face off against mystical beasts, they are robust and entertaining titles.

RobotGladi8or ($2.99) – Infinity Blade and it’s sequel have had a few clones since its release, but most have been haphazard and rushed by comparison. RobotGladi8or isn’t quite at the same level as Infinity Blade, but it’s still a great way to get your fix. Plus, it offers some additional gameplay elements beyond simply slashing and stabbing at your foes that may appeal to gamers that feel the genre already growing stale.

There are plenty of other games that I could take the time to tell you about, but then we’d both be here all day. Instead, I suggest checking these out for now and reading through my older posts for more apps to explore.

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