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Best Apps: Entertainment

entertainmentLooking for a little fun? Check out the Entertainment section of the App Store. You find some great jokes, scary stories, interesting sound effects, personality quizzes, and more. You can even find a nice refreshing iBeer! Entertainment apps can be fun time wasters, but some can help you organize your recreation plans. The difference between the Entertainment and Game categories is sometimes a bit blurry. Generally speaking, games have scores and entertainment apps don't. In addition, competition usually doesn't play a part in these apps. However, they can be a lot of fun and a welcome distraction.

Best of the Best

Distant Shore ($0.99, app2.me/2705) Sends out digital messages in a bottle and reads them from all over the world.

Lightsaber Unleashed (free, app2.me/2702) is for the Jedi in all of us. Star Wars Boy, eat your heart out.

Flixter (free, app2.me/2697) Watch movie trailers, find showtimes, get critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, share movie ratings with your friends and even purchase tickets in advance.

SmackTalk! ($0.99, app2.me/180) Great voice-altering app features animated guinea pig, puppy, kitten, and Chihuahua.

Texts From Last Night ($0.99, app2.me/2703) View hilarious text messages sent by random people from all over the country.

Most Ridiculous

Crazy Eye ($1.99, Lite version available, app2.me/2710) turns one of your eyes into a "crazy eye" when you look into the camera.

Fat Booth ($0.99, app2.me/2706) takes pictures of you or your friends and "adds an extra 'few' pounds."

iBeer ($0.99, iPad version available, app2.me/2707) lets you "drink" beer on your phone. Perfect for when you're the designated driver.

iFart–Atomic Fart ($0.99, app2.me/2708) No ridiculous list is complete without a farting app. This one even includes a fart drum kit.

Pocket Girl–Interactive Girlfriend ($1.99, app2.me/2709) Here are some of my favorite lines from the description."No talking, No Shopping, No Complaining...Be careful she gets bored easily.

For Killing Time

iFish Pond HD ($2.99, iPhone ver. avail., app2.me/2704) is for all of us who'd rather be fishing. Cast your digital hook and see what you can catch.

Pocket God ($0.99, app2.me/100) is a virtual desert island and you are the all-powerful god that rules over the primitive islanders.

Texts from last night–A top Entertainment app (See "Best of the Best")

SlingPlayer Mobile ($29.99, app2.me/3017) Watch and control your TV and DVR on iPhone/iPod touch. Requires 3G or Wi-Fi connection and Slingbox SOLO, PRO, or PRO-HD (Slingboxes sold separately).

Dollar Origami ($0.99, Free version also available, app2.me/3019) From basic to complex designs, clear, complete directions provide step-by-step instructions for creating dollar bill origami. No need for special paper, just use the money in your wallet!

Movies Apps

Fandango Movies (free, app2.me/2698) Get movie/theater listings, watch trailers, read fan reviews, buy tickets fast and easy.

Hulu Plus (free, app2.me/2700) Stream countless episodes from current & classic TV shows with Hulu Plus subscription.

IMDb Movies & TV (free, app2.me/2701) is the world's largest collection of movie, TV, and celebrity information. Use the app to watch trailers, browse photo galleries, get U.S. TV listings, find the latest DVD releases, explore popular charts, and share movie info.

Netflix (Free, app2.me/2968) lets you instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming on your iOS device.

Flixter–A top Entertainment app (See "Best of the Best")