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Issue v1.2 – WANT: Apps

Issue v1.2 – WANT: Apps
Thomas Offinga
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Thomas Offinga

Thomas is the lead designer and producer of TNW Magazine, The Next Web's own digital magazine. When he isn't designing the magazine, he's pr Thomas is the lead designer and producer of TNW Magazine, The Next Web's own digital magazine. When he isn't designing the magazine, he's probably creating something else in his spare time. You can follow him at @thomasoffinga

The cool thing about an iPad magazine is that you can download all of the apps that we review here with a single click.


For the secret nagging mother in all of you. ChoreMonster takes your kids’ to-do list and gamifies it. You can use the app as either a Kid or a Parent; Parents can schedule chores (read: due dates apply!) and approve them once done, for an amount of points that are variable but parents can set. Kids can purchase different rewards using their allotted points. Hint, parents: don’t allow your kids to redeem things that are TOO off the wall. We don’t recommend them buying week’s worth of free chores.

Epic Win

Amp up your to-do list’s staying power with Epic Win, an app that lets you do just that with an atmosphere that makes your productivity feel pretty darn bad ass. Somehow, emptying your overflowing trash bin just feels better when you’re also snagging 200 points for it. We bet your free time is worth the $2.99 you’ll spend to download it.


kiip is the Renaissance man of rewards. Appealing to brands, gamers and developers, here’s how it works: redeem rewards if you’re a gamer, engage with your audience and consumer as a brand in the gaming space, or get funded if you’re a developer. Now only available for Android users as an app on Google Play, but worth a spot on your phone’s main screen.

Pixel People

Available for iPad and iPhone, urban planners and gamers alike will love Pixel People. Use your fingertips to create a virtual world that you control. (Sounds like Utopia to us.) Not dissimilar to the Sims, as a user you create an entrance to a private world, choose clones to be a part of it, and grow your population, create residents and unlock secret buildings.

Sounds pretty revolutionary to us – even if your characters aren’t in the high-definition resolution you’re used to.

Wide Sky

Wide Sky, available for iPhone 4 models on up, is really just a hedgehog you can train. Using over 40 challenges, 11 ropes and almost as many special powers, you too, can be the master of your own hedge. As critics who verge more on the side of ‘tech nerd’ than ‘gamer’ status, we have to admit the animation and emotional variability of this app rocks. Especially for $0.99.

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