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Apps Rush: Barefoot Atlas, Flight Control Rocket, Sky Gamblers, Little Fox Music Box, My Little Geek & more

What’s new on the app stores on Friday 16 March 2012

A selection of 19 new apps for you today:

Barefoot World Atlas

Book-app publisher Touch Press is back with an innovative atlas app for children, based on the Barefoot Books World Atlas. A spinning 3D global can be zoomed in on to check out animations, photos and historical objects, with text and narration from BBC presenter Nick Crane. It’s optimised for the new iPad’s Retina display too.
iPad

Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

Namco’s Sky Gamblers dogfighting game was one of three app demos at Apple’s launch for the new iPad, so it’s hotly anticipated. Its spiffing 3D visuals show off that device’s Retina display, but it runs on older iOS devices too. Expect 40 jets to fly, and a combination of solo and online multiplayer modes.
iPhone / iPad

Scramble With Friends Free

Zynga has ported its Boggle-like social game Scramble With Friends from iPhone to Android, opening up even more potential for competitive wordplay between friends. It involves finding words in a 4×4 letter grid in two-minute rounds, with players taking their turns at their leisure.
Android

Flight Control Rocket

Now an EA studio, Aussie developer Firemint has launched an interstellar sequel to its hugely popular Flight Control game. It sees you guiding 15 different spacecraft into base safely, with robots chipping in to boost your score. It’s fully Retina-friendly for the new iPad too.
iPhone / iPad

FIFA 12

EA has taken its latest FIFA football game to Android, with the usual big licensing stats (22 leagues, 500+ teams, more than 15,000 players), and silky-smooth gameplay.
Android

Little Fox Music Box

This is a real work of craft: a “sing-along app” for iOS that teaches three songs to children using beautiful visuals, before letting them create their own tunes by tapping on objects in a fox’s treehouse. It’s the work of German developer Shape Minds and Moving Images.
iPhone / iPad

Mass Effect 3 Live Wallpaper

Nvidia and Bioware are making… live wallpapers? Yes indeed: this promotional download on Android kits your smartphone out in full Mass Effect 3 branding.
Android

Qello – Watch HD Music Concerts

Live music website Qello has launched its first iOS app, which offers a large archive of gig videos from the likes of Jay-Z, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, U2, Mumford & Sons and other artists. It’s free to download but costs £2.99 a month via an iTunes subscription.
iPhone / iPad

Dora’s Rhyming Word Adventure

There’s a definite increase in the number of rich apps for kids launching on Android, after a long time where iOS was the platform of choice for children’s apps. Dora the Explorer stars in this educational app from MTV Networks.
Android

Zombie Jombie

Japanese social mobile gaming company Gree is setting its sights on western markets, with Zombie Jombie its first game on that score. It’s a card game that sees you battling zombies, while using in-app purchases to boost your prospects.
iPhone

NBA Jam

Another big EA franchise makes its way to Android, as 30 NBA duos do battle on the court with big dunks, tricks and a local Wi-Fi or Bluetooth multiplayer mode.
Android

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