Apps: Badland 1.9, Ken Burns, Slice Fractions + WineRatings+ 4.0


The questionable and increasingly strange saga of the mediocre game Flappy Bird has gotten plenty of attention lately, but the App Store has long had a one-touch flapping game that’s actually great — Frogmind’s Badland ($4). Badland now has iOS 7 game controller support in version 1.90. The update also adds a co-op multiplayer level to the game. Badland is $2 for a limited time.

Apps: Badland 1.9, Ken Burns, Slice Fractions + WineRatings+ 4.0

Documentarian Ken Burns has released his own iPad-only app, Ken Burns. The app takes clips from Burns’ filmography and places them in a slick interactive timeline that offers a view of American history. It’s free to download the app, which comes with access to the innovation-themed playlist. The other playlists — featuring more than three hours of video and other exclusive content — can be unlocked in the full version for $10. Other themes include art, hard times, politics, race, and war. iOS 7 is required for the Ken Burns app.
Ululab’s Slice Fractions ($3) is an app supposedly designed to teach kids fractions through games. Physics puzzles and slicing games teach fraction concepts without the use of words. Though concepts covered include part-whole partitioning, numerator/denominator notation, equivalent fractions, fraction ordering, and subtracting fractions from 1, the actual educational elements can get lost in the shuffle, as the Cut the Rope-like games don’t really reinforce the math they’re using for puzzles. The game has no ads or in-app purchases.


Wine Spectator’s free WineRatings+ app has updated to version 4.0. The app has been redesigned for iOS 7 and a new version has been designed for iPad. Though the free content offers vintage charts and WineSpectator reports, a $3/month subscription gives users ratings, expert picks, and more. The update adds the top 100 wines for 2013, in addition to new wine categories in the picks section.

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Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy was the Editor-in-Cheif at iLounge. He mostly edited and oversaw all site editorial content, managed staff and freelancers, made the final call on product review grades and awards, and led online coverage of all Apple events and live coverage of the International CES in 2015.