New iPhone apps worth downloading: Fast Dial, The Witch With No Name, Greedy Jump

Oct 30, 2013

Grab today’s first app worth downloading if you’re looking for an easier way to contact with your friends. Fast Dial lets you access other messaging and social networking capabilities from your Contacts List, making it easier to get in touch with people in the best way possible. We’ve also got The Witch With No Name, a storybook for kids that mixes storytelling with interactive elements and games, and Greedy Jump, a casual vertical scroller that brings a Halloween theme along with it.

Fast Dial ($0.99)

What’s it about? Fast Dial is a dialer app that brings photos to your contacts and other useful social additions to your phone.

What’s cool? Usability is the goal behind Fast Dial. The app brings users the ability to access their Contacts List as a series of photos rather than just a list of names, but it also supports quick access to other apps from your list and the ability to associate specific actions with particular contact, to allow you to contact them more quickly. You can also access other apps and services, like Twitter and Facebook, to contact particular people on your contacts list.

Who’s it for? Anyone looking to streamline their Contacts List to make it easier to get in touch with others should check out Fast Dial.

What’s it like? Contacts+ and FaceDial Visual Dialer are both useful apps for making your Contacts List even more useful.

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The Witch With No Name ($0.99)

What’s it about? A storybook that blends in game elements, The Witch With No Name tells the tale of one witch’s quest to retrieve her lost name.

What’s cool? The Witch at the heart of The Witch With No Name might be nameless now, but that wasn’t always the case. And with the help of her newly arrived “u-see-all” crystal ball and with assistance from readers, she’s on a mission to find her name and return it to where it belongs. The Witch With No Name is a 3-D storybook app that also mixes in some puzzles and other game elements to bring interactivity to the experience, allowing kids to participate in helping the witch on her quest just in time for Halloween.

Who’s it for? The Witch With No Name is geared toward kids ages 4 to 10.

What’s it like? Grab developer SlimCricket’s other witch story, The Littlest Witch at School, and check out Vampire, another fun Halloween storybook for kids.

Greedy Jump – The Holiday Egg Jumping Treasure Hunt (Free)

What’s it about? Vertical scrolling game Greedy Jump has players swinging from floating platforms in an attempt to climb as high as they can, scoring points along the way.

What’s cool? Players of Greedy Jump, like other vertical scrolling titles, have only one goal: get as high as possible to score as many points as possible. Instead of bouncing off platforms frantically like in other games, however, Greedy Jump is about making careful leaps from floating nest to floating nest. The higher you climb, the more points you’ll earn as you snag power-ups and collectibles, but the more difficult your jumps will become as nests begin to move more and more. Careful timing is a must, but the faster you ascend, the higher your score multiplier will be. Greedy Jump includes a Halloween theme to add a little festive spookiness to the experience as well.

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Who’s it for? Fans of casual titles and vertical scrollers should try Greedy Jump.

What’s it like? Some of the most popular vertical scrollers include Mega Jump and Doodle Jump, and both offer a different experience based on the same concept as Greedy Jump.

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Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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