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New iPhone apps worth downloading: Lync 2013, Into the Dead, Protoxide: Death Race

by Phil Hornshaw

Enterprise users familiar with Microsoft Office’s Lync will be pleased to know that today’s first app worth downloading is Lync 2013, an updated version of the messaging service available on your Android device. We’ve also got a couple of games for when you’re not working. Into the Dead is an endless runner that has players avoiding zombies, while viewing the action from a first person perspective. Protoxide: Death Race is a futuristic racer where players fire powerful weapons and try to out-maneuver each other.


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Lync 2013 (Free)

What’s it about? Microsoft’s Office-based messaging service has a newly updated app in Lync 2013, allowing users to log in to meetings, send instant messages, make phone calls and more.

What’s cool? Lync is a handy service for businesspeople looking for a communication solution. The app integrates with Lync’s existing service in Microsoft Office, and offers capabilities such as instant messaging to colleagues, the ability to see another person’s availability in real time, call forwarding to your Lync ID number, and teleconferencing services that don’t require calling in or typing in long sign-in numbers. You’ll need an existing Lync account to access the app’s features, but once you’re signed in, you should be able to enjoy all the services Lync provides on PCs and Macs on your Android device.

Who’s it for? This one’s geared at enterprise users and people with existing Lync accounts.

What’s it like? You can find a lot of the same useful features in a non-enterprise context in Skype.

Into the Dead (Free)

What’s it about? There are plenty of endless running games out there, loads of which feature zombies. Into the Dead mixes the two, forcing players to sprint for their lives from the undead, presenting the action from a first-person perspective.

What’s cool? Unlike other endless running titles, which use a 2-D side-scrolling layout or put over-the-shoulder perspective of the protagonist, Into the Dead takes on a first-person view to really put you into the action. Your goal is to escape hordes of zombies after your helicopter crashes, and your only hope is to just run. Players can use tilt controls or virtual buttons to guide the player character left or right to avoid incoming zombies, and you can also pick up weapons along the way to clear a path in front of you. Coins you earn in each mission are spent on power-ups and other boosters to help you stay alive for longer. This one’s a bit gory, though, and so it’s not for every audience.

Who’s it for? Fans of zombie titles and the endless runner genre should get a kick out of this fresh take on both.

What’s it like? You’ll find some similar ideas at work in Temple Run 2. Meanwhile, if you want to run from zombies at the same time as you get in shape, try Zombies, Run!.

Protoxide: Death Race ($0.99)

What’s it about? In a post-apocalyptic future, players race hovering cars across deadly tracks, taking each other down with various weapons and fighting for supremacy in Protoxide: Death Race.

What’s cool? Race across four different single-player modes in Protoxide: Death Race, in which you pilot a futuristic flying car in hopes of being both the fastest and the deadliest racer. The game’s modes include straight-up races, survival challenges and deathmatches, and you can set up quick matches for yourself, or engage in the game’s campaign. Power-ups like rockets and mortars litter the tracks to give you an edge, and you can unlock and utilize 12 different racers, all with different stats and abilities. There’s also a local multiplayer mode that lets you take on a second player.

Who’s it for? Fans of fast-paced racing (and also shooting) will enjoy Protoxide.

What’s it like? Both Flashout 3D and TurboFly HD offer similar futuristic racing thrills.

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