5. Super Hexagon ($3.98)
Minimal avoid ’em up Super Hexagon started a trend of brutally hard games on iOS, lacing them with absurdly addictive gameplay. All you have to do is move left and right to avoid the walls. You’ll die — within seconds — again and again, but you won’t give up, as the colours swirl and hypnotise.
6. Haze ($3.98)
Haze is a weather app with a difference. Instead of countless facts and figures, you get an animated, colourful screen that displays sun hours, temperature or rainfall for the day. Multiple themes are available to adjust the colours, and tap/pull gestures can be used to display additional information.
7. Rise Alarm Clock ($2.58)
Rise is a minimal alarm, where you drag the timer down the screen to set it. As you do so, the hour updates and the background references the time of day, slowly changing from a deep midnight blue to a cyan-and-yellow midday, moving through pinks and oranges as it does so.
8. Blur ($1.28)
This app only does one thing, but it does it well: blur a picture. You can use the camera or choose from your library, and you then drag the slider to define the blur level. The resulting images make for gorgeous, colourful iOS 7 backgrounds on an iPhone 5C.
9. They Need To Be Fed 2 ($2.58)
We’re unsure whether They Need To Be Fed 2 involves an endless supply of amazingly selfless little characters or one hardy masochist, but the aim is to bound to the end of each level and feed yourself to a giant, hungry plant. Each level comprises a number of bouncy mini planets atop simple, colourful backgrounds. Beware the sadistic Epic mode.
10. Figure ($1.28)
Propellerhead Software’s Figure compresses all of the company’s dance-music smarts into a handful of colourful, vibrant screens. You can set up drum, bass and lead loops in seconds, mixing sounds on-the-fly. Audio masterpieces can be exported via iTunes, copied to AudioCopy or sent to SoundCloud.
[iPhone 5C renders via Pixeden]