Apps: Contra: Evolution, Foodspotting 4.0, Google Earth 7.1.1 + Jetpack Joyride 1.5

Contra: Evolution finally makes its official App Store debut. The Konami game brought to iOS by PunchBox Studios is out for the iPhone ($1) and iPad ($3) — the latter as Contra: EvolutionHD. The gameplay looks like classic Contra, and the graphics are sharp. Notably, a number of in-app purchases are available within the game.


Foodspotting has updated its free app to version 4.0, with the most notable addition being the Food Camera. The Food Camera gives users a bevy of new options when photographing food, including the built-in ability to take and compare multiple photos of one dish. New gestures allow users to adjust and lock focus, while adjusting the exposure independently. It’s also now possible to select multiple photos for comparison, in addition to being able to zoom on photos to select the sharpest shot of a dish.
Google’s Google Earth (free) iOS app has introduced Google’s Street View in version 7.1.1. Directions have also been improved, so users can “visualize transit, walk, bike and drive directions in 3D” while quickly browsing through updated search results. The UI has also been revamped, as a new left hand panel makes it easier to navigate through the app.


Halfbrick Studios’ Jetpack Joyride (free) has updated to version 1.5, with new jetpacks and costumes. Each week, a new jetpack or costume will be added to the game for a limited time, while new and existing items will also be switched up weekly. A new vehicles, the wave rider, has also been added. And we’d be remiss not to mention “Mrs. Doubtfries,” which is being teased as some kind of mysterious new character. If it’s not a Mrs. Doubtfire reference, who knows.

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