Google Spotlight Stories (free) — Originally debuted on as a showcase project for the Moto X and Android, Google’s acquisition of Motorola a few years ago led to the wider release of this cool immersive storytelling app that incorporates 3D and 2D animation with 360-degree spherical video that creates a mobile animated movie theatre on your iPhone. What’s particularly fun here is the interactivity, as you rotate and move your device around to look anywhere around you, following characters or just exploring the view as the story unfolds, creating a slightly different experience each time. Right now there are four stories available in the app, including Help which is directed by Justin Lin of The Fast and the Furious, along with Duet, directed and animated by Disney Legend Glen Keane. It’s definitely worth a look, and the app and the stories within are all available free of charge, for now at least – it’s uncertain if Google may eventually start charging for them.
PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX ($5) — The iconic yellow dot-muncher returns to the iOS platform in a port of the high-acclaimed enhanced console game. Optimized for the iPhone and iPad, this version provides the same addicting, maze-running gameplay, having you gobbling up pellets and ghosts across five separate game modes, ten unique zone layouts, and 132 stages, and the same electric visual and sound design introduced in the console editions.
Stupid Zombies 3 (free) — Enter the third chapter in GameResorts’s zombie-blasting franchise, which brings the undead back to, well, more undeadness, with 100 levels of zombie destruction, and three unique characters with their own special weapons for blasting, burning, and blowing up the zombie hordes. The geometry shooter challenges you to take out the zombies by aligning crazy bank shots and scoring huge combos for getting them in specific patterns or groups, and you can also play with your friends and save progress to iCloud to pick up and play on multiple devices.
Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (free) — The Microsoft Office trio gets an update to allow viewing of protected documents, built-in sharing features that allow you to invite people and grant permissions directly in the app, and direct integration with Microsoft Outlook for editing documents received via e-mail. Improvements to Arabic, Hebrew, and Thai language support are also included.