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Rise

In case you haven't noticed, gestures are starting to replace buttons in simple apps. Rise ($2) is a perfect example. This replacement for Apple's serviceable built-in alarm replaces the bland aesthetic of the stock app with a clean, inviting interface that has you swipe up and down to set the alarm time, swipe right to turn it on, and swipe upwards to choose things like your wakeup sound or playlist. No, it doesn't really do anything else, but that's the point — only by stripping away unnecessary features can you make an app this good looking.

  • Over

    Type superimposed on top of photos doesn't have to be set in white Impact. Over ($2) lets you add beautiful typography to your photos, in whatever typeface and color you choose. You can use it to add witty captions, of course, but it's useful for much more than just that — thanks to the range of fonts available, you can find the perfect one to compliment the mood of your photo, then add extra meaning by choosing your words carefully. Instagram suddenly got a lot more interesting.

  • ChoreMonster

    No, it's not some ridiculous Swiss Army-style household implement for mopping, dusting, scrubbing, and generally taking care of the house. Instead, ChoreMonster ($Free) is a clever little app that helps parents convince their kids to do their chores. As a parent, you can set up scheduled chores worth certain points, that you can approve once they're done. As your offspring collect enough points, they can "purchase" different rewards using their points, such as an hour of gaming, a trip to the movies, or a trip to Disney (that'd better be a lot of points).