Do you ever miss the warm hiss of an old vinyl record? That soothing sound of a needle hitting the groove? If so, you’re not alone—in fact, you’re in luck. Thanks to the good folks over at Quintessential Productions, you can now add that analog warmth to your iPod tracks using Vinyl Junkie.
A concept like iVinyl Junkie’s is a bit hard to explain: Essentially, the iPhone app serves as a mask for your iPod tracks, bathing them in randomly selected, pre-recorded vinyl tracks. Each of these tracks is designed to meld with the .MP3, creating a combination that’s digital in origin but analog in quality. To put it even simpler, iVinyl Junkie does its darndest to make your music sound like it’s coming from vinyl, including adding pops, hisses, cracks and a bit of warmth.
iVinyl Junkie accomplishes this with the eight vinyl tracks the developers have included. Each is a recording of a record spinning, offering the essence of all that captured analog warmth. When the app senses your iPod is running, it immediately overlays its vinyl track onto the tune. How much of the vinyl you hear can be adjusted using iVinyl Junkie’s volume knob—which totally goes to eleven. You also have the option to turn on override, which will keep the retro sounds coming no matter if your iPod is playing or not. This is particularly useful if you want to use the same analog tone with other apps.
Have you ever wanted to take pieces from all your favorite social networking apps and put them together in one place? Do you love the local feel and connections of apps like Four Square, but crave messaging, functionality and games like you can find in apps like Facebook? What about event information and tracking? Developer Frendz LLC hears you and has the answer. The new social networking app BuzzE combines the best features from all those other guys. Their fully functional social networking iPhone app will change the way you connect with the world.
Creating a BuzzE account was free and easy while conducting my tour for the iPhone app review; a few simple taps and I was in. Once you’re signed in you can connect with existing contacts in the “Friends” tab, or take a walk on the social side and browse nearby users. That’s right, log in to BuzzE on your iPhone at a local watering hole and connect with other people nearby. The distance between you displays right next to their username. Invite them to play fun games and see who wins or send them a gift to break the ice.
It’s all about connectivity. You can send pictures from your phone or take one to share with your new friend. If you think you’re interested in hanging out, on BuzzE or in person, press the “Buzz” button to see if they’re around, or “Like” them. Don’t worry, unless they like you back, they’ll never know!
All of these interaction options exist in BuzzE on top of the chat function, where you can carry on more than one conversation at a time with ease. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed with the inventive ways to connect on BuzzE, they just need more uses to make this app spectacular.
BloomDots, by developer Glass Puppy, is a throwback to the Ye Olden Days of arcade gaming, combining the best elements of Missile Command and Breakout to create a wholly new and inventive game. The iPhone app is an absolute steal, featuring a killer price, rich gameplay and a unique hook that will keep you occupied for hours.
After performing my iPhone app review I found that it was quite hard to nail down exactly what BloomDots is, but perhaps it’s best defined through its predecessors. The iPhone app is a bit like Missile Command, but at the same time is equally a bit like Brick Breaker, or Breakout. BloomDots has you hell-bent on destroying an army of floating lights, which cruise through space like purposeful balloons. Clicking on a dot causes an explosion, which if done right, can create a chain reaction amongst the other floating elements. This means you’ll spend most of your time strategizing and waiting for the right moment to kick off a level-wide explosion.
But the festivities don’t stop there! BloomDots also features a hefty brick-busting mechanic, where in floating dots split up nearby bricks as they go, earning you points. Certain bricks are broken more or less easily than others, while some change the trajectory of the dots themselves. This adds a whole new level to the gameplay, meaning you’ll have to leverage quickly beating the level and busting up bricks to earn points. If you tap too much, though, the game penalizes you, meaning you’ll have to ration your stabs. All in all, BloomDots’ is a wonderful concept that draws from a lot of classics, creating a one-of-a-kind experience on the iPhone.
The uber-popular matching game Box of Sox dares to pose the question we all think but are too afraid to say. Why do socks go into the dryer in pairs, and come out alone? Fight only sock syndrome with your keen matching skills when you play Box of Sox HD from HD Interactive, recently added to the list of iPad friendly apps.
While writing my iPhone app review I realized Box of Sox is a serious matching game for the ages. You may hear the words “matching game” and instantly begin a sardonic yawn. Not so fast! Box of Sox for iPhone and iPad is actually challenging, interesting and addictive, with exciting levels and brain teasing fun for all ages.
Tap the dryer to begin a frenzy of sock matching fun. The top row of each level will populate with five socks. Find matches for the top row of socks as the game board populates. Match other pairs on the board to keep it from filling up.
Careful! If you leave a matching pair of socks on the board too long it’s gonna get interesting as socks begin flying onto the screen with increased speed filling up your board! Find matches for all the top row socks before the board fills to pass the level. Fail and you’ll get buried in a pile of socks.
Each level gets progressively harder and faster. You think matching is easy? Give Box of Sox a try. This game gets challenging. Keep track of your top scores and progress whenever you launch the app in the highest score box at the bottom of the screen.
In what is easily the most overplayed genre on iOS, it’s refreshing to see developers like HD Interactive mixing a blast of innovation into a beat-oriented iPhone app. Their latest offering, MrMixit, is an amalgam of several different genres with just a dash of tasteful art to top it off.
The gameplay of MrMixit is, to the best of my knowledge, unique in the AppStore. The game has you playing the robotic protagonist for which the iPhone app is named as he spins, beats, and mixes puzzle pieces together. Your goal is to pair up two symbols on the decks, creating a whole image. To do this you’ll need to first find the correct pair from a wall of possible choices, and then mix the two together like you’re beat-mixing a track.
MrMixit is a great game concept, and it gets especially fun when the in-game clock becomes an issue. The finger-flicking starts when you have to race the clock to find the right pair, drag it to the decks, and then twist and turn the platters to just the right spot—all before the timer hits zero.
Sharing pictures with your friends and relatives can be a complicated process, especially if you want to make the photos really pop with presentation. Want great photo presentation results without all the effort? Amoveo iPhone app from Eternal Empire Inc. can create a custom photo slide show video that displays your pictures perfectly in about 30 seconds. The hardest part will be choosing the iPhone photos you want to share!
Amoveo’s user interface is beyond simple, it’s downright easy. Making a photo slideshow for the iPhone app review coverage was painless and fun, and I got a great Mother’s Day slideshow out of it to share. Each screen offers options for showcasing your pictures. Tap your preferences. In two clicks you’ll be looking at your iPhone picture gallery. I do wish this page offered more organizational options. If you have a lot of photos on your iPhone this process may take a minute.
Once you select the pics you want in the slideshow, the hardest part is over. Sit back and enjoy your creation, complete with complimentary music. A blue bar at the top of the screen will display where you are in the creation process. Simply tap on a topic to navigate back to it if you want to change your choices. Sharing is just as easy. Your iPhone will interface directly with Facebook and uploading is a simple two tap process. I give Amoveo’s brilliantly straightforward user interface a solid score. Simple steps, amazing results.