Published on October 25th, 2012


The clocks go back this weekend – are you prepared?

Its that sad time of year again when the days are getting shorter and winter is definitely setting in. This weekend the clocks are going back which means an extra hour in bed for all, but also that it will be officially winter time and time to get your woolies out again! Luckily for at the Apple device owners out there, your device will update the time automatically leaving you with no worries that you will be on time.

Here at izzyj, we have some suggestions to ensure you make the most of that extra hour – rather than staying in bed! Here are some fun-filled apps and games which are sure to keep you occupied:

1. Topia

Have you ever dreamt of ruling the world? Not in the “mwahaha you’re all mine!” kind of way but to be able to mould the world as your own? Well as the saying goes, “there’s an app for that!”, in this case there really is. Topia World Builder gives you the ability to create your very own world, become a god in your own rights! With just a swipe of the finger you can create mountains, valleys, rivers and oceans, watch trees grow before you very eyes! Spawn thousands of animals to rome across the world and see them live and die on the planet you created.

Available on: iPhone, iPad & iPod

Price: £0.69

2. 10000+ Bread Recipes

Bread Recipes galore, this app teaches you to bake literally thousands of different types of bread from sweet tasting fruit breads to paprika oozing loafs. Bread recipes are commonly used in every home across the world to create the perfect components for your every day sandwiches. Bread Recipes allows you to expand your cookbook capabilities and create new snacks for the whole family. It covers all different types of bread such as chapatti, naan etc. and includes all of your favourites right down to the standard square loaf.

Available on: iPod Touch/iPad/iPhone

Price: £1.49

3. Crazy Taxi 

Sega have done it again, a pure act of genius has been relaunched on to the iPhone and iPad. Many of us will have spend many an hour in the arcade or on the ol’ PS2 / Dreamcast, driving frantically around the sun set streets, picking up unsuspecting people to give them the taxi ride of their life! In this game there is one aim, drive your passengers insane! Who would ever have thought that a game could have been made out of taxi driving, how ever taking a cab in New York for example really starts to make you realise how crazy certain taxi drivers can be!

Available on: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Price: £2.99

4. SnapTell

This clever little scanner is not just limited to barcodes like the more commercial applications, SnapTell is totally different. With the camera, you can take a ‘snap’ of the cover of any book, DVD, CD or video game and within seconds of processing you can get a rating, a description and links to many different sites such as Google, Youtube, Wikipedia, IMDb and Barnes & Noble. Use this app in store to find out user ratings, compare prices and even buy the product form the device.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free


VEVO is a music app which is closely integrated with the well known Youtube app. The difference is, Vevo gives you the most exclusive music videos and tour details around. From local concerts to full tours, Vevo has it all. You are also able to purchase tickets for tours directly from the site to save you from fishing around on the internet. Find your favourite artists using the search function and find out all of their personal details, as well as website links and Facebook pages all under one page. The app also lets you download music directly from iTunes onto your iDevice.

Available on: iPod Touch/iPad/iPhone

Price: Free

These apps and games should keep you entertained for more than the extra hour, and it beats laying in bed and wasting the day away! Keeping you occupied throughout the winter, you’ll find these apps exciting and productive – soon you’ll wonder how you lived without them!

Photo by deux-chi/Flickr



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