New iPhone apps worth downloading: Squawk Messenger, VS., League of Evil 3

Jun 27, 2013

We’re starting today off with a chat app that includes just about every feature you could want. Squawk Messenger leads today’s fresh apps list, bringing stickers, photos, text and audio, group chatting and even the ability to set messages to self-destruct after a certain amount of time. We’ve also got VS., and app that lets you use Twitter to determine what people like better of two topics, and League of Evil 3, another tremendous platformer in a series known for awesome controls and challenging levels.

Squawk Messenger (Free)

What’s it about? Get just about every feature imaginable in Squawk Messenger, including group voice and text chat and the ability to send self-destructing messages.

What’s cool? Squawk Messenger includes just about everything you’ve ever heard of in a chat app. You can use it to text and send voice messages to individuals or groups, and you’re also able to send photos, add stickers, customize the chat background and draw on images. Squawk also lets you edit messages after you’ve sent them, and includes the ability to make any message self-destruct after a certain amount of time so that your secrets stay secret.

Who’s it for? If you need a lot of horsepower and fun in your chatting, Squawk Messenger can likely accommodate you.

What’s it like? Grab Tango or Kik Messenger for more message-sending power.


VS. (Free)

What’s it about? Tap the Twitter community to pit any two topics against each other to see which is better liked and more popular in VS.

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What’s cool? Polling people on which they like better of two things is an ancient entertainment tradition, and VS. uses technology to find out what public sentiment is on literally any two topics. The app lets you pick two things, either by entering your topics in question or picking from Twitter trends, and then trawls through tweets and analyzes the language in them to find out what people really think of the comparison. The results are tallied and visualized by the app, and you can use VS. to share the results of your poll on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Who’s it for? Looking for the real opinions of the public on the Heat vs. the Spurs or which summer blockbuster was better? VS. is for you.

What’s it like? Do some more social network polling with Tiny Voter and Pollr.


League of Evil 3 ($1.99)

What’s it about? The latest entry into one of the best platforming series on iOS is back with new features and new obstacles.

What’s cool? If you’re a fan of platforming games on mobile devices, you need to play the League of Evil series immediately. The franchise is known for its excellent controls and hard-but-quick levels, and League of Evil 3 sticks with what’s awesome about its predecessors across 80 new levels. The game features a new comic book story and new obstacles for players to surmount, and throws in some cool new elements like the ability to watch and share videos of your best runs through the game and race against ghost versions of yourself.

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Who’s it for? Fans of platforming games or just fun in general and playing games on their phones shouldn’t miss League of Evil 3.

What’s it like? If you like this one, check out the earlier League games, League of Evil and League of Evil 2.

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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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