Final Fantasy Tactics, Chelsea FC, Bebo Mobile, Bon Appétit, Movellas and more from Apps Rush;

Thursday, February 23rd 2012. | Software News

fftA selection of 15 new apps for you today:

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

Square Enix brought its Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions game to iPhone in August 2011, but now it’s been upsized for iPad. It remains a remake of the 2007 PSP remake of a 1997 PlayStation game, with turn-based tactical battles. It costs £12.99 too – a bold move from the Japanese publisher given pricing trends on the App Store, where even Grand Theft Auto 3 has never cost more than £2.99 (and has still managed to make plenty of money).

Official Chelsea FC

Samsung has teamed up with Chelsea FC for an official Android and bada app, available exclusively on its own Samsung Apps store until May. It promises daily videos, live match text commentary and stats, player profiles and other content. Meanwhile, fans paying for a Chelsea TV subscription get additional match highlights and live audio commentary.
Android / bada

Bebo Mobile

Time to take a trip back in time, to when Bebo was one of the most popular social networks in the world, and seen as worth $850m by AOL. It’s still around, and now there’s a new iPhone app for it. Browsing friends’ status updates and uploading photos – customised with digital stickers – appear to be the focus.

Bon Appétit

Condé Nast’s Bon Appétit has a new tablet edition for iPad and Nook devices. It’s kicking off with its March Tastemakers issue, with text recipes complemented by videos and slideshows, as well as other cooking tips and tutorials.
iPad / Nook


More than 1m people had downloaded the TouchyBooks app, offering e-books for kids. Now it’s been relaunched with a new name, PlayTales, with more than 90 e-books to choose from. Some of them now include games, too.
Android / iPhone / iPad / Windows Phone


Movellas has made its name as an online self-publishing site for short stories, with more than 46,000 chapters published so far. Now there’s an app for that on iPhone, enabling people to read stories, comment on them and create lists of their favourites.


Point’n’click adventure Lume has already been nominated for an Independent Games Festival award in 2012 for its Excellence in Visual Art, but now iPhone owners can check it out for themselves. Beautiful graphics include a set built out of paper and cardboard then filmed for the game.

Splinter Cell Conviction

Gameloft has taken stealthy game franchise Splinter Cell to Windows Phone, offering 11 levels of jumping, shooting and creeping with Special Forces operative Sam Fisher. Xbox Live is plumbed in, naturally.
Windows Phone

Polar Bear Horizon

Craving an arctic-animal fix after the BBC’s Frozen Planet series? Oceanhouse Media’s latest app produced with the Smithsonian Institution may help. It’s a book-app for young children focusing on polar bears.
Android / iPhone / iPad

InstaMatch – The Instagram Game

Here’s an interesting idea: a matching game based on photo-sharing service Instagram. “Your goal is to match two similar photos of the same kind. Choose from five themes, packed with some of the most popular photos from Instagram including: World Wonders, Cities, Nature, Food, and Animals.”
iPhone / iPad

Midway Arcade

Venerable games brand Midway is being revived by Warner Bros in this iOS app, which offers 10 games including Spy Hunter, Rampage, Joust and Defender. Additional game packs sold in-app include the likes of Gauntlet and APB.
iPhone / iPad

Retro Racing

The developers of Retro Racing cut their teeth making driving games for the Amiga like Nitro and ATR. They’re now getting back to their roots on iOS with a new game offering old-school skidding, sliding and power-ups.
iPhone / iPad

SBK 2012

The FIM Superbike World Championship gets an official Android app, offering live timings, news, stats and video interviews from races, as well as photo and wallpaper downloads.

Bunker Buster – Foursquare goes to war

This isn’t the first iPhone game trying to turn Foursquare check-in data into a war game – that honour goes to FoursqWAR – but Bunker Buster is intriguing nonetheless. See units on a map of the real world, and duke it out against other players through missions and building-occupations.


UK firm Widebeam Digital has linked with FoxDevil to publish a puzzle game for iOS called 90º. It’s a shape and colour-matching title with 60 levels and Game Center integration, as well as use of in-app payments for energy packs.
iPhone / iPad

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