Fresh Android Apps for Aug. 10: MTV Live & Local, Jewels Link!, Greedy Spiders Free

by Ian Black

What do apps do better than the web? Local. So, when you want to check out the concert scene in your area, look to MTV Live & Local.

For fun, check out a fresh Bejeweled clone called Jewels Link! and a creepy puzzler named Greedy Spiders.

MTV Live & Local (Free)

Like the name suggests, this new MTV app helps navigate your regional concert experiences quickly and easily.

Powered by SuperGlued, the app features a location-based calendar of upcoming shows, a list of recommended shows based on artists you like, and a music scanner that will peruse your library and recommend shows based on your purchase history.

Find a show you like? Then use the ticket search to find the cheapest tickets across multiple ticket agencies, bring up a map of the venue and use it to navigate there, and read and post to a show-specific Twitter stream.

Jewels Link! (Free)

Bejeweled clones have been out of the news long enough for us to have gotten over our being over them.

This game twists up the formula – slightly. Use your finger to move jewels to link them across the tiled surface. Because the links don’t have to connect all within a row, you can eliminate many jewels of the same color in a snake-like line.

Like other jewel games, this one features surprise gems that explode with dynamite, shift time, and other tricks that help you clear the board.

Greedy Spiders Free (Free)

I love this line from the app’s description in the Android Market – “Somewhere out there, a tiny world needs a huge hand…” That’s your hand and you can use it to save helpless bugs from the hungry spiders of the title.

You have a few tools at your disposal to keep the spiders from eating the bugs trapped in their web, including scissors, fire, and divine intervention. Ultimately, it’s a puzzle game that will crawl under your skin.

Download the free Appolicious Android app