If there’s one thing a designer loves more than typography, it’s discovering new colors. Thanks to Adobe Kuler (derived from the Mauritian creole word for “color”), capturing and sharing any shade of the rainbow is now as easy as opening an iPhone app. Much like the Flash-based web version, which is one of the more intriguing services included with Adobe Creative Cloud, Kuler allows designers to play with and save five-color swatches (called “themes”) for later use in desktop applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.
When you begin a game of Stickets, the emptiness of its 5x5 grid is a vast expanse of possibility. You have four shapes, all L-blocks made up of three squares each. These squares alternate in color between three set tones, with the palette randomly ordered. Each L-block, unable to be rotated, can be placed anywhere on the screen as long as there’s room to accommodate its shape, and when placed it plays an ambient tone. Once on the grid, the block is replaced with one of a different color arrangement, with the same rotation. Your sole objective: Make three or more squares of the same color touch so you can clear them from the board. There’s no timer, and the only score is the number of moves you manage to rack up. What do you do? Stickets' total lack of forgiveness generates a brilliant iPhone puzzle experience.
Many different genres and software types are well represented in the App Store, including games, musical instruments and recording options, science tools, and loads of other choices. However, so rarely does one app meld together varying experiences in a way that yields something as downright cool, fun, and creative as Musyc. It comes as no surprise that this amazing little gem was created by the same minds behind the excellent drum app DM1, and while it’s hard to completely control at times, the entropy is a big part of the absolute fun here.
So a dwarf, an elf, a wizard, and a berserker walk into a bar [cue cheesy sitcom laugh track]. Admittedly, there's nothing particularly revolutionary about the way Warhammer Quest's quartet of generic protagonists gallivant away on catacomb-clearing, monster-carving adventures across the brooding fantasy landscape. But this turn-based dungeon crawler based on the mid-'90s RPG tabletop board game doesn't disappoint with its flashy presentation, excellent storytelling, and satisfying creature-pummeling combat.
World War Z for iOS may not feature Brad Pitt or focus on specific events in the upcoming film adaptation of the bestselling novel, but it does create the ideal environment for drawing you into the apocalyptic world envisioned by author Max Brooks. Unlike most movie tie-ins, World War Z is more than interactive propaganda, and will please both fans eagerly awaiting the film and gamers looking for a solid mobile action shooter.
When I was a kid, I got this magazine called Penny Power, which was put out by Consumer Reports with the goal of helping kids grow wise to the concepts of money (mostly spending it) in age-appropriate ways. It's no longer published, but I still remember some of the lessons it taught me, because it made those lessons fun. Dinorama appeals to me for the same reasons, now as a parent myself. It's filled with teachable moments about money, wrapped up in a tycoon-style game where kids build and run their own dinosaur park.
Just how fast can the iPhone shoot, process, and share a digital photo? The makers of minimalist to-do app Clear decided to find out, and the result is the equally slick Analog Camera. While third-party camera apps usually try to pile on the features, Realmac Software goes in the opposite direction with Analog Camera. While using the app, you can almost imagine the developers hunched over an iPhone with a stopwatch, making sure each step can be done in a matter of seconds.
To make a great task manager, three criteria need to be met: Simple list creation, easy gestures, and effortless syncing. With a clean, flat design and versatile text options, Listacular for Dropbox hits every note and then some. Listacular sports a minimal interface subtly influenced by a sheet of loose-leaf paper, but what it lacks in color and pizzazz, it makes up for in intuitiveness.
Fancy yourself a comic book fan? If you've always dreamed of weaving together your own comics and image-heavy stories, but don't have the motivation (or ideas) to pursue the real deal, Halftone 2 for iPad can scratch that itch and then some. With more flexibility and features than its predecessor, this greatly improved follow-up lets you create elaborate and hilarious comics from your camera roll almost effortlessly – if you're willing to drop some green on in-app purchases, that is.
You’ll be nursing more than a bruised ego if your friends come out ahead in Bam Fu, an entertaining same-screen multiplayer game from the makers of Fingle that quickly turns into a full-contact sport. However, redemption won’t be so sweet when the novelty wears off. A free-for-all battle to turn virtual pebbles your way with kung-fu-like speed and precision, Bam Fu is best played on a full-sized iPad laid flat between a few friends, although you could get a decent two-player experience on an iPhone.