CuteShot: iPhone Apps Written Review
One of our favorite genres on the iPhone: What is it? Well, it isn’t the physics puzzler game, though you might think that from our previous statements. No, in fact we’re much more sold on the concept of a simple novelty app. Anything that lets us have fun with our chosen mobile device and our camera is fine with us. As such, we’re more than pleased to introduce you today to CuteShot by developer Offsiteteam. The app delivers a lot of quality and entertaining camera-fueled novelty action, which translates to a lot of value on the iPhone. And for our full review, you need only to check beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
The idea behind CuteShot is already in your world knowledge, whether you quite realize it or not. Do you know those big wood cutouts down at the fair? You know, the sort that you put your face into. Well, CuteShot is pretty much exactly like that, only with a digital twist. Rather than using an actual hunk of wood, the app presents you with a collection of various virtual cutouts, all of which come with a unique theme for you to play around with. The theme might let you use just your face, or perhaps you’ll be using the whole scene. Either way, the handy photo placement controls make it easy to line up your cute shot—see what I did there? Furthermore, with a wealth of scene packs to choose from, as well as rotation and sharing, you’re going to get a lot of opportunity to spam and include your friends in your own novelty photos. You can also choose photos from the photo gallery if you would rather, too.
At the moment CuteShot has 10 albums, with 4 paid ones (Cities, Frames, Retro and Easter)
Design and Interface
We have to admit, CuteShot has greatly improved since its last incarnation. It’s got a new interface that, in our eyes, is simply rock-solid. It’s got a lot of attitude, and it’s easy to navigate. Furthermore, the simple aesthetic of the whole thing jives with our sensibilities. That being said, we would have liked to see a few more photo manipulation tools. For instance, filters like those found in Instagram would have been nice, as we could have easily made our snapped shots fit better with the theme. However, future updates could easily bring along this kind of fleshing out.
Our other complaint has to do with pricing: CuteShot only costs a dollar, but you’re not going to get the whole package. You’ll get quite a few free scene packs to play with, but you’ll have to fork out another $0.99 per pack to get the rest. To us, this is an huge faux pas—we like to get the entire app when we pay for it. But if that doesn’t bother you so much, then by all means! Go for it, as CuteShot is easily worth a download.
Special note: The developers will be cutting the price of CuteShot to $0 for a limited time right after the initial release. Along with the release the developers will arrange sale for 2 new albums (Cities and Frames), so that users can buy them with 50% discounts (2 albums for $0.99). Future plans for CuteShot: The developers are constantly working on new features and fresh albums to make the CuteShot experience more enjoyable, they have alerted us that many more templates are coming soon in future updates so keep an eye out!
CuteShot requires iOS 3.2 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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