I have to admit that testing out this app tried my ability to remain objective as a reviewer. This is simply because while I wouldn’t ever use such an app myself, I’m positive there’s a market for it, and it’s really well done.
iSnuggle, designed by teatime media, is every bit as cuddly an app as you’d imagine, right down to the musicbox music and smiley flowers on the main menu. When you tap “Message,” the app automatically generates a random background, character and message. You can tap the buttons at the bottom of the screen to choose a character, a new background (including ones from your photo album), a new message, and a font and color for the text.
If you tap ‘edit message’ on the top bar you can type your own text onto the picture itself. Here’s a sample of the pre-made messages your snuggly picture will include:
- Let’s go for a deep sea snuggle!
- I play for Team Snuggle!
- You’re my snuggle biscuit!
- Come fly on my snugglerocket!
- Happy Snuggleversary!
Make of those what you will.
After getting your message and image together, tap Share and you can send it via email or text, or share on Facebook or Twitter. I tried them out and had a few friends ask if I was on drugs, which I’m assuming is the typical response to receiving a message with a mouse standing in a baseball field asking you to make some snuggle rock.
The music is interesting and made me laugh – it changes from the musicbox tinkles to something that’s a bit heavier later. In the gallery, accessible from the main menu, you can read the bios of each and every character, check them out in different scenes, and see your own message creation history. There’s also a few characters you can unlock after sending a certain number of messages from the app.
Like I said, I can’t say I’d use this – but I’m not a texter, and I Facebook update rarely and use Twitter to chat only occasionally. If you love sending silly messages and emoticons, iSnuggle takes that to another level. It’s well designed and does exactly what it claims to do.
iSnuggle [iTunes link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.