I'm not really into too many games, since I'd rather play on a larger screen. Some of them are pretty good, though. Reading on the iPhone is actually not bad, & I'm currently reading the version of "Thoughts on Life & Art" by Leonardo da Vinci in iBooks.
I am starting to work on getting my own game app developed, for the award-winning strategy game I created as a college student, "Da Vinci's Challenge™" The gameboard is a pattern of circles known as the Flower of Life, that was studied by Leonardo in his codex drawings. I have been downloading other Da Vinci based material to help inspire this effort. Now that I am able to check out apps & their capabilities, this project is one of my top priorities now.
In order to share the time I personally spent picking quality apps, I'm making a
Probably one of my favorite apps is Relax Melodies, which is a wonderful ambient noise generator. I love using it! Although I don't really have trouble sleeping, having relaxing background noise is really nice sometimes.
• Forge of Neon - draw cool glowing mult-dimensional designs, with details you can zoom into & rotate.
• Mandala Lite - this is a cool colorful fractal kaleidoscope in motion
• Shark Fingers! Free - my little nephews & friends' kids love this. You touch the screen & sharks start "biting" your finger & the water turns red w blood. Crazy.
• SpinArt Free
• Sci-Fi Sounds
• Genesis Free - I've only played a little of this game but its very engaging. You manipulate beams of light to hit all the planets, which burst into color & activate sounds.
• Beatles Trivia - I downloaded this while I was showing the phone to my Dad & we played a round. Some of the questions were tough even for him.
• Fun Blast Trivia Lite - As a trivia buff, I'm inevitably going to try this type of game.
• Logos Quiz Game - As a graphic designer, this is a must-have.
• Top Gear Stunt School Revolution - fun stunt driving game
• Atlantis Oceans Free - kind of fun, but is also tough
• Hungry Shark Part 1+ - I literally just downloaded this but it's entertaining, you just eat everything in sight.
• Pulse - a great customizable visual news feed that can be organized into categories
• Reddit's Alien Blue
• Red Cross First Aid - the obvious medical emergency reference
• Yellow Pages - very useful
• Global Convert - indispensable unit conversion
• Drinks & Cocktails - encyclopedia of stuff that will get you drunk
• SAS Survival Guide Lite - outdoor survival
• Minipedia - an offline encyclopedia with varying amounts of data you can store
• How to Tie Knots
• Stellarium - this app boggles my mind & makes me feel I'm truly living in The Future. You point your phone at the sky & it tells you what stars & constellations you are looking at.
• Magnifying Glass w Light - see details closer than the human eye can discern
• Find iPhone - if someone is dumb enough to steal my phone, or if I'm dumb enough to lose it, this will help me find it.
• Multi-Measures - a neat toolkit with metronome, stopwatch, timer, seismometer, ruler, surface level, teslameter, plumb bob, protractor, etc
• Google Translate - an amazing app that confirms my lazy refusal to learn other languages.
• Waze - an innovative, community-based navigation app that shows all kinds of relevant traffic info, along with it's turn-by-turn directions. This is what I'll use, at least until Apple releases their app.
• Google Earth - just a virtual planet, that's all.
• Official NJ State Parks & Forests Guide - a great app for people here in NJ who enjoy the outdoors
• Official PA State Parks & Forests Guide - ditto for PA
• Sierra Club Trail Explorer - great app from America's most well-known nature advocates
• Musée du Louvre - an awesome timeline of artwork from the Louvre's collection.
• Leonardo da Vinci -
• Impressionism HD Free - a nice collection of beautiful paintings by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, & more.
• National Gallery in London HD - another great digital art collection
• Artmatch - using the iPhone's capabilities to recognize & catalog interesting art
• Buddha Quotes 500
• Tao of Wisdom - a nicely illustrated version of the Tao Te Ching
• A Seeker's Journey
• Daily Zen Enlightenment
I'll probably post lists of new apps as time goes on, but these are ones that I think are worth getting so far.