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Apps Worth Checking Out

In an App Store of tens of thousands of apps (a number that will rise to hundreds of thousands quickly enough, if the iPhone App Store is any guide), narrowing down a list of recommendations to just a few apps is hard. That’s why so many chapters of this book have specific app recommendations. Here are some apps—and games!—that don’t quite fit in those chapters but that you should consider checking out.

Guitar Hero Live—A reinvention of the classic Guitar Hero game in which you play along with hits and rock your way to the top. Although you can use the Siri Remote with Guitar Hero Live, you’ll have more fun if you buy the $99 guitar controller that lets you use an instrument while playing. The game includes hundreds of songs and access to GHTV, a live streaming video channel that you can play along with.

Madefire—Madefire brings comics and graphic novels to the Apple TV, but with a twist: These comics move. Called Motion Comics, the offerings here combine traditional comics with limited animation to bring the comic pages to vibrant life. Look for titles from big-name publishers such as DC Comics, Dark Horse, and IDW.

Galaxy on Fire: Manticore Rising—Take control of a space fighter plane in this science-fiction space battle game. Use the Siri Remote, or a game controller, to pilot your fighter through all kinds of space battles and marvel at the beautiful 3D graphics on display.

Air Wings—A new twist on the classic flying game. In this case, you’re not piloting a normal plane, but instead are guiding a paper airplane through a room packed with treasure, weapons, and obstacles. Play on your own, against friends, or against players from around the world.

Podcasts by MyTuner—The Apple TV doesn’t come with a built-in podcasts app, so Podcasts by MyTuner is a good option if you’re looking to keep up to date on your favorite podcasts. It provides a store-style interface for finding audio and video podcasts, including some of the most popular series such as This American Life, Hardcore History, and Serial.

7 Minute Workout—Your Apple TV doesn’t have to just be about sitting back on the couch and watching things passively. A bunch of apps can help you get active and stay fit, too. 7 Minute Workout is a good one for those of us pressed for time. As the name suggests, it provides a series of exercises and workouts that you can do in just seven minutes.

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