<p>Play Bill Gates’ 8-bit racing game, guide fireflies in an experimental music poem, get crowdsourced weather reportage, do graphics programming on the move, and get iPad games for your cat.</p>
The app stores are teeming with new releases, but who has time to go through them all? We do. Bringing you a selection of the most interesting, creative, and innovative apps each week. Submit your suggestions for next week in the comments below.
DONKEY.BAS [iPhone and iPad]
Jump on the good ship retro and set sail for this racing game, which was originally written by Bill Gates and Neil Konzen in 1981. Keeping the 8-bit look of the original with the same low-key colors, the idea is to race along while avoiding the donkey in the middle of the road. If 1981 is a distant memory to you (or way before your time), then why not relive the simple gameplay of what used to pass as cutting-edge gaming.
Not content with ruling the internet, cats now have their own iPad games. OK, so this isn’t exactly a new release, but it passed us by and we couldn’t resist covering it. Not when it means you can now share the world of video gaming with your pet. Anyone who’s ever owned a cat will know that anything that moves fast is pretty much going to garner the attention of your feline, but now you can forgo having dead vermin dragged into your home by letting Muffy play with one of these three titles: Cat Fishing, Tasty Treasure Hunt and Party Mix-up.
Flight of the Fireflies [iPad]
Here’s an atmospheric game that lets you guide fireflies using your touchscreen, corralling them as they leave the city and head for pastures new. But it’s not just about guiding fireflies—each one represents a note, and as you gather more of your brethren together, you can make sweet music as they become a symphony of sounds. It sits somewhere on the border between experimental game and interactive art work.
Metwit – Social Weather hyperlocal App [iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad]
lf you never trust the weatherman to know which way the wind blows, then how about trusting your fellow app users instead? Metwit allows for real-time weather updates from people on the ground who tag the weather wherever they are using a number of icons—sunny, rainy, cloudy, etc—which is then uploaded to a map, and thus they’re turned into amateur weather reporters. Let’s just hope no one’s lying.
GLSL Studio lets you do graphics programming on the move with the first full-featured OpenGL ES 2.0 programming environment for iOS, so you can code when you’re away from the laptop. That way there’ll be no excuse to not get that project finished on time—claiming you’ve been on holiday with nothing but your iPad for company will cease to be an acceptable excuse.