Philip MichaelsEditor, Macworld

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Philip has covered the Mac market since 1999, with a focus on the iPhone, iPad and iOS in recent years. In all that time, he has never tested a fart app.

Riot Rings for iPhone and iPad

Both the iPhone and iPad versions of this match-three game offer a winning mix of colorful critters, goofy sound effects, and ever-shifting game play.

A Charlie Brown Christmas for iPhone and iPad

This iOS ebook is a worthwhile adaptation of the beloved 1965 TV special, though the story really comes to life on the iPad.

Monkey Bongo for iPhone and iPad

A distinctive look helps Monkey Bongo set itself apart from other physics puzzle games on the iPhone and iPad. The game has enough features to appeal to both novices and more advanced players alike.

League of Evil for iPhone and iPad

Don't be fooled by the old-school graphics and chiptune soundtrack of this app: League of Evil is a challenging iPhone and iPad platform game -- perhaps too challenging for some players.

Mighty Fin for iPhone and iPad

The graphics, sound, and gameplay in this game add up to a great side-scrolling offering for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

Review: SportCaster, PlayUp share the agony of defeat

Two apps -- SportCaster and PlayUp -- combine a basic sports scoreboard with the ability to interact with your fellow sports fans. While the two apps go about this in different ways, the results disappoint.

Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App for iPhone and iPad

This mobile adaptation of the Mo Willems book will delight fans of the Don't Let the Pigeon series of children's books. for iPhone

While not a perfect app -- there are some navigational issues to work out -- is ideal if you'd like to watch your favorite CBS and CW television programs from your iPhone or iPod touch.

IMDB Trivia for iPhone

This trivia app stands out thanks to a well-implemented design that's perfectly suited to the touch controls of your iPhone or iPod touch.

Up Close with iOS 5: Game Center

Apple introduced Game Center to the iOS platform about a year ago, and while 67 million people have signed up for the service, it hasn't always been as useful as it could be. iOS 5 looks to change that by making it easier to find both friends and games via Game Center.

Alfred for iPhone and iPad

Like many restaurant finders on the App Store, Alfred uses the geolocation tools on your iOS device to locate nearby eateries. But it also bases its picks on the kinds of restaurants you like. The results are good, but is it worth the effort to train Alfred to know your preferences? Philip Michaels puts the app to the test.

Cowboy Guns for iPhone and iPad

There's a lot to like about this Western-themed shoot 'em up, which is available in both iPhone and iPad versions. Unfortunately, the control scheme isn't one of those things.

NFL Rivals for iPhone

NaturalMotion rolls out a new edition of its Backbreaker Football game, this one with actual NFL team names and logos. For NFL fans, it's another way to let their true colors show.

Tiny Tower for iPhone and iPad

Fans of sim games should love this tower-building offering, in which you fill an ever-expanding skyscraper with housing and businesses.

Zombie Gunship for iPhone and iPad

The App Store may be overrun by zombie games, but few can match the excitement of this airborne battle against an army of the undead.