This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Are you ready to race in a hyper-realistic racing simulator? Real Racing 3 is the next entry in the Real Racing series, and things are even better this time around. Not only are the graphics better, the price is better: free! There’s even Time Shifted Multiplayer, which means you can race against your friends even if you can’t race at the same time. While you’re at it, why don’t you download the updated version of the official YouTube app, which can now control playback on XBox and PS3. And before the weekend is over, maybe film yourself with the James Bond gun barrel effect and pretend you’re a 00 agent.
The Top Three Free Apps:
- Real Racing 3 – It’s the game you’ve been waiting for. It’s a hyper-realistic racing simulator with simple controls and endless amounts of entertainment. New features include officially licensed tracks, an expanded 22-car grid, and over 45 meticulously detailed cars from famous makers. But the coolest new feature is the Time Shifted Multiplayer; now you can race against your friends, but you don’t have to play at the same time! Real cars, real tracks, real people, and for some reason it’s really free. About the only drawback to this game is that it’s super high quality comes at a capacity cost. Make sure you have at least 2GB free on your device.
- YouTube – Google just updated the official YouTube app with some sweet features. Now you can control the playback of YouTube on devices equipped to be controlled—such as some TVs, XBox or Sony PS3—straight from the app. They’ve also issued some stability and even streaming improvements. Plus, you can capture video from the app and upload it straight to YouTube, no other apps required.
- Skyfall Gun Barrel – The opening to every James Bond film is iconic. Now you can be a part of this tradition by filming yourself and having the gun barrel effect overlaid on top of the video. Just be sure to wear a really nice suit and don’t actually sure your iPhone or the person holding it. K?
More Free Apps:
- Trenches II – Dig for victory! You’ll be leading groups through over 50 locations in a non-linear campaign that spans the European continent. The Great War has arrived and it’s time to take to the trenches again.
- TAMAGO HD – Try to crack the egg as fast as possible. That’s it really.
Free Apps for a Limited Time:
- Newsify RSS Reader – Here’s another Google Reader app to try out. It has a newspaper-like article list style. The app supports offline reading and all the other usual stuff.
- QED Solver – If you want a more complex calculator app, you might want to give this a try. It’s sort of like an app for a programmer, since there aren’t big shiny buttons. Instead, there are a bunch of functions that you can type with the built in keyboard. It’s definitely not for everyone, but you might like it.
- TopNotes Pro – Take notes with this powerful app for handwriting and organizing notes, sketches, diagrams, and drawings. It has different papers, pens, highlighters and erasers from which to choose. It can even ignore your wrist on a portion of the screen so you can write comfortably.
- Calculator LCD – Need a simple calculator app for your iPad? Try this one.
- All Budget – With this app you can keep track of all of your accounts and transactions with this app. It creates reports for you to view and can even import and export data to a CSV file. It even has a slick interface.
- Puzzle Lab – Play three puzzle games: Flow, Memory or Pattern. Combined, there are 200 levels to be played.
- Plight of the Zombie – Need more zombies? Of course you do. This game isn’t designed for those apathetic people who just want to kill poor, innocent zombies all the time. No, this game is just about being hungry. There are over 50 deliciously brainy puzzles now and more to come. Help end zombie hunger.
- Chess Masters – Chess is a great game, but getting better at it can be tricky. This app has chosen 150 classic chess games and challenges you to pick the “best” move that a chess master previously made in the same situation.
- Flight Unlimited Las Vegas – This flight simulator features console quality visuals that are supposed to rival that of a desktop flight simulator. There are five aircraft to choose from and over 130 square miles of Las Vegas to fly over in incredible detail. Heck, there’s even street traffic.
- Kid Vector – It’s a platformer that features a nouveau retro 2.5D world full of vector graphics. There are mysterious UFOs, relentless space worms, and a very angry vector dragon. It has 15 levels, and it even supports iCade.