Out of camera-oriented developer Milk Drinking Cow’s doors comes yet another entertainment-based photography iPhone app, Creepy Critter Camera. The iPhone app makes it easy to perform a rather frightening task—covering your friends, family, and enemies in various insect types—and all from the comfort of your favorite device. It’s a free experience, to boot, with upgrades available via in-app purchase. If you’re a fan of these kinds of overlay photography apps, then Creepy Critter Camera is certainly a must-have. Check out our iPhone app review, and enjoy the hilarity.
Concept and Functionality
Like most other entertainment-based photography apps for the iPhone, Creepy Critter Camera allows users to modify their pictures in interesting ways for humorous results. This particular app comes packed with about nine different bugs that can be rotated, scaled, and shoved wherever the user so desires. Once the insects have been placed, users simply point the camera at a friend (or a less-than friend) and snap away. The app automatically combines the two, producing a snapshot of the world, plus a handful of creepy crawlies.
The camera itself is a basic auto-focus affair with the option to tap and specify a point of interest. Dragging bugs into the frame is an equally simple matter: Users simply click and drag, rotating with two fingers and scaling in the same manner. It makes it easy to adjust and perfect your bug placement, but there’s currently no way to adjust the color or lighting of the insects. This is a bit of a drag, as it makes creating truly realistic looking photographs nearly impossible. However, the value of doing so anyway is certainly debatable, as Creepy Critter Camera is intended to provide a few laughs, and not much else.
Once a photo has been completed, it can be exported straight to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, or your default email client. We especially appreciated this social networking integration, as these kinds of apps are perfect for getting “likes” on Facebook—and we like to be as lazy as possible.
Design and Layout
Creepy Critter Camera’s buttons and interface are simple enough to figure out, but still, the in-app documentation leaves a little to be desired. There are basic, illustrated instructions to show users how to operate the camera and bug selector, but as for editing, or understanding the other features, it’s entirely a click-and-see affair.
That being said, once the hang of things has been acquired, creating bug-laced images is a simple matter. We especially appreciated the quality graphics of the bugs themselves, too. We would have liked to see a few more come stock (there are other bug packs available via in-app purchase) but as Creepy Critter Camera is free, beggars can’t be choosers.
Creepy Critter Camera is free, meaning if you like this kind of application, you have nothing to lose by giving it a test drive—and potentially a boatload of laughs to gain. It’s simple, quick, cheap, and though not totally decked out with content, it’s certainly got enough functionality to warrant a visit.
Creepy Critter Camera requires iOS 4.2 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.
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