Best iPhone apps this week

We like our iPhone apps half fun, half useful and half plain scary – and the App Store really delivered this week

KLIK £Free

This photo app from will recognise the mugs of your Facebook friends before you've even taken the photo and if KLIK doesn't get it right first time, the clever software will learn from its mistakes. Filters, easy sharing and comments complete the set-up.

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N.O.V.A 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance £4.99

If your budget doesn't stretch to a PlayStation Vita but you want console-like gaming on the go, try the latest installment of N.O.V.A. It looks fantastic and offers a big sci-fi storyline plus multiplayer battles with up to 12 players. We just wish we could mow down those in-app purchases.

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Sounder: Just Talk £Free

This VoIP app does away with ringtones as it lets a handful of your VIPs call you and start talking at any time – as long as Sounder isn't set to Do Not Disturb. Be careful who you tell about this one.

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Hiragana Pixel Party £Free

If this isn't the definition of "super-mega-fun" we don't know what is. Tap to the chip-tune rhythm to avoid your silhouette bumping into obstacles while you learn how to recognise Japanese characters. Boring language classes could soon be a thing of the past.

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iTunes Festival London 2012 £Free

Get into a gig for free without feeling like you're plunging a dagger into your favourite artists' poverty-stricken hearts. Apple's spending its money wisely and the competition is worth a punt. Enter your details for the chance to win a pair of tickets to one of 30 (mostly) big name gigs at the Roundhouse in Camden, London this September.

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