There are often those Apps we totally love, but never get the recognition we feel they deserve. It's unfortunate considering how great these Apps are. These don't belong in any single category. Two are games, some are reading material and another is just for entertainment. Definitely do yourself a favor and check these out, you may find that you really enjoy them.
Here's our list of favorite under-appreciated Apps of 2010:
1) Kiko: The Last Totem (99 cents)
We found this one while browsing around the App Store and really ended up liking it. The gameplay is simple, you must guide Kiko and his cat-like friends (all of whom are sleeping…typical cats) by sliding them around the level to little panels that match their color. It all sounds very easy, but that's what makes a great game: easy to grasp but difficult to master.
2) Frotz for iPad (free)
We are huge fans of text adventures. While trying to find an iOS version of Zork, we ran into this beauty. It's a collection of text adventure games compiled for the iPhone and, more recently, the iPad. It's fun, it's entertaining and its classic gameplay before fancy HD graphics…before graphics of any kind, actually. Yes, the writer of this post wasn't even born when many of these games were first released, but that doesn't mean he can't love the genre.
3) Cracked (free)
Cracked is the magazine many of us grew up reading as kids. It was like Mad for a younger generation. Of course the magazine eventually died off and as of today is no more. However, Cracked took a totally new approach with great lists such as 5 Silver Linings Now That Identity Theft Ruined Your Life, 11 Celebrities Who Were Secretly Total Badasses and 6 Deadly Injuries You Think You'd Survive (Thanks to movies). The lists are actually quite informative given the comedic nature of the posts, and you will actually find yourself learning a lot.
4) Discover – Wikipedia in a Magazine (Free)
Say what you will about the accuracy of Wikipedia, but we think it's a fun website. Much of what's available is gathered from credible sources. It's also just fun reading, because you can get a pretty good amount of general information there. Discover turns Wikipedia into somewhat of a magazine, dividing each section into separate pages. We learned a lot about the Metroid series on this thing.
5) Comics (free)
Enjoy comics? We do, and this is one of the most awesome ways to read them. The application is free, but you will have to purchase individual comics, and their prices vary. This is our favorite of the comics Apps. While the Marvel reader only has Marvel Comics, this reader has several of the major publishers. We truly think that this is the best way to read comics.
We Welcome Your Suggestions…
We know that there are an uncountable bunch of Apps out there that are great. Many of them are overlooked and lost in the huge mountain of content available on the App Store. We are interested in hearing what underrated Apps our readers have found and enjoyed. Let us know in the comments!