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New Android apps worth downloading: Zeebox update, Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, Scribblenauts

by Phil Hornshaw

Get more out of your TV viewing experiences with today's first app worth downloading, the updated Zeebox. It brings you information on whatever you're watching, plus the ability to connect with other viewers and more. While you're waiting to watch your favorite shows, check out the two great games we have waiting for you, starting with Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, a dueling game in which you, as Batman, beat down the bad guys of Arkham City. Finally, we've got Scribblenauts Remix, a puzzle title in which whatever you type appears in the game for you to use.

Zeebox update (Free)

ZeeboxWhat’s it about? Second screen app zeebox brings all kinds of additional information to your TV viewing, billing itself as your TV's sidekick.

What’s cool? Among the niftier functions of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is the ability to quickly search for information while doing something else. When it comes to TV, second-screen apps often can bring die-hard fans information like trivia, behind-the-scenes tidbits, additional insight into the creation of the show and more. Zeebox is just such a second-screen app, which brings info about what you're watching, the ability to connect with friends and other viewers, and more. The latest update to the app adds recognition capabilities that can figure out what you're watching mid-show, and can give you a curated list of recommended shows based on the things you like.

Who’s it for? If you're a big TV fan, consider going a bit deeper with the help of zeebox.

What’s it like? Get more out of TV with TV.com and GetGlue.

Batman: Arkham City Lockdown ($5.99)

Batman: Arkham City LockdownWhat’s it about? Fight criminals as Batman in Arkham City Lockdown, a mobile companion game to the popular console and PC title, Batman: Arkham City.

What’s cool? Criminals are on the loose in Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, and you have to fight through them one at a time as you take on the role of the Dark Knight. You'll duel with bad guys as Batman, dodging their attacks and following up with devastating combos of punches and kicks when they let their guards down. As you win fights, you'll be able to upgrade Batman's gear and abilities, and you'll fight off bosses that change up Arkham City Lockdown's gameplay to amp up the challenge.

Who’s it for? Fans of Batman and the Arkham games won't want to miss this one.

What’s it like? You'll find a lot of gameplay similarities in Horn and Avengers Initiative.

Scribblenauts Remix ($0.99)

Scribblenauts RemixWhat’s it about? Adventure through side-scrolling levels and solve problems by typing words and making them into objects in Scribblenauts Remix.

What’s cool? Scribblenauts Remix just isn't like other platforming and puzzle titles. As you come across problems as you move through each of the game's levels, you don't have to jump on bad guys or carry objects around – you actually have to create those objects and characters. You do it by typing in words, which manifest in the game: If you need to cross a body of water, for example, you can type “boat” and create a boat to help you get where you need to go. The game includes 50 levels to work through, with more on the way that players can purchase.

Who’s it for? If you like interesting, challenging puzzle titles, Scribblenauts Remix is for you.

What’s it like? Check out Ending and Where's My Water?, another pair of great puzzle titles.

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