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6 excellent apps

These apps will make your gadgets ready for portable fun

LEGO BATMAN:DC SUPER HEROES

Holy LEGO monsters, Batman!

The minifig Dark Knight makes the leap to app gaming as he and Robin fend off a host of baddies from the DC universe, including the Joker and Lex Luthor. Never fear, though: You can unlock an all-star selection of Justice League members — like Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash — as you progress. (iOS; $4.99)

HAUNTING MELISSA

Melissa won't be the only one who's haunted

Producer Neal Edelstein (The Ring) developed this app/live-action horror movie about a woman's mysterious disappearance. The movie unfolds in chapters that may change over repeat viewings, and subsequent chapters unlock only when the app tells you. You'll be on tenterhooks for that alert. (iOS; free for first chapter, $.99 for each additional chapter)

THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD: OVERKILL — THE LOST REELS

For the zombie addict in all of us

Sega's goretastic shooter game for Wii gets a mobile makeover that has you blasting zombies — including undead strippers! — as one of four original characters, including Agent G and Varla Guns. (iOS and Android; $4.99)

DOTS

For the dot addict in all of us

The elegantly simple, absolutely addictive puzzle game quickly became one of the most downloaded new free apps for the iPhone. See what all the fuss is about and start making the connections between those mesmerizing pastel-colored points. (iOS; free)

SAY THE SAME THING

Words with friends — or strangers

The viral-video-bait rock band OK Go came up with this brainy, social word game, which pairs you with strangers or Facebook friends. You each say a random word, then have to say another that's related to the first two until you both say...well, the title tells you. (iOS and Android; free)

ANYTHING AFTER — THE MOVIE CREDITS STINGER APP

Never skip a cool bonus scene again

Don't you hate missing those extra scenes that run as credits roll? (See page 117 for a history of the ''stinger.'') This handy app crowdsources movie-goer reports to let you know which films have stingers and which ones are worth sticking around for. (iOS and Android; $.99)

Originally posted May 24, 2013 Published in issue #1261-1262 May 31, 2013 Order article reprints