PolyFauna is a new app from Radiohead — yes, the band Radiohead. The free app has an expectedly vague description. Basically, you hear clips from “Bloom” off the group’s 2011 album The King of Limbs while guiding yourself through a strange, open landscape. Touching the screen creates different textures as you swoop around. Following the red dot will take you to new areas. It’s a very Radiohead kind of app.
DotEmu has brought R-Type II ($2) to the App Store. The classic side-scrolling shooter from 1989 has proven hard to come by over the years, with various versions not quite the same as the original arcade game. R-Type II comes with the original features — six levels with bosses, and the same weapons and upgrades. But players can upgrade to improved graphics, choose between three difficulty levels, change the screen ratio, and more. The game supports iOS 7 controllers, as well.
Threes! ($2) from Sirvo has leapt to the top of the paid apps chart in the App Store. The puzzle game challenges players to combine factors of three by swiping cards across a board in unison. There’s an obvious math element, but don’t let that turn you away — it’s a very simple game to learn and play. The design is also simple and charming, with no in-app purchases. Sometimes, the most simple games are the best games. Threes! is no exception.
Wake Up Mo ($3) is StoryToys’ follow-up to Good Night Mo, another children’s storybook app. Instead of getting ready for bed, little monster Mo is starting his day and getting ready for school — getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing his hair, and so forth. Featuring eight pop-up scenes and full narration in English, French, German, or Spanish, Wake Up Mo helps kids understand a daily routine.