Apps: Modernist Cuisine at Home, PlayStation App, Strangebeard + Tilt to Live 2

Modernist Cuisine at Home is indeed an $80 app, but if you’re a cook, you’ll understand why it’s actually a bargain. An interactive digital version of the $140, James Beard Award-nominated cookbook Modernist Cuisine at Home, the app from Inkling includes 260 more recipes and 359 more photos than the print cookbook; it’s also been reformatted to read more easily on screens much smaller than the gigantic original volume. The app also features 37 cooking technique videos, including how to execute the water displacement method or how to use a blowtorch on steaks, as well as interactive versions of Modernist Cuisine’s famous photographs, and calculators to let you scale recipes up or down for your needs. A free demo chapter is available through Inkling’s own app; the book can be downloaded in full through Inkling and added to the app’s library, or kept as a standalone version.

Sony’s free PlayStation App has made its way to the App Store just before tomorrow’s release of the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation App lets users interact with friends, receive notifications, game alerts, and invitations. An iOS device can also be used as an onscreen keyboard. Among other features, the app also lets users buy games from the PlayStation Store to push to the PS4.
StoryToys has introduced another interactive storybook, Strangebeard – The Pirate Princess ($4). An original story rather than based upon a past fairy tale, the book sees pirate princess Isabel guiding children through an adventure story, and a number of games are also included, as well. Updated from the company’s prior storybooks, the new version is a little easier for young kids to self-navigate, and designed to be particularly appealing to girls.



Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous ($3) from One Man Left is the long-awaited sequel to Tilt to Live—an early tilt-based iOS game with disproportionate style and humor given its seemingly simple theme. In the game, a player tilts the iOS device to steer a ship, avoiding and destroying an ever-increasing onslaught of dots. The new version leaves the original in the dust by adding some amazing new dot-destroying weapons—including a Star Wars-style dual Lightsaber, complete with a John Williamsesque song and cinematic screen change—plus boss encounters with differing play mechanics, and even better animations than before. It’s device-universal and certainly worth checking out even if you didn’t try the original.

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