New iPhone apps worth downloading: Swoon, Gravity Guy 2, Evilot for iPad

May 16, 2013

Hit the weekend and search for potential dates in your area with Swoon, today’s first app worth downloading. It lets you anonymously search profiles of other singles near you and “like” them, and if two people “like” each other, they’re given the option to send messages. We’ve also got some games for your weekend: Gravity Guy 2, an endless runner that tasks you with controlling the floor beneath your character’s feet, and Evilot, a puzzle defense iPad game in which you play a villain who has to defend his horde of treasure from pesky heroes.

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Swoon (Free)

What’s it about? Swoon is a dating app that simplifies the process of finding people who interest you by making it fast and easy to navigate.

What’s cool? Dating services often have the problem of being bogged down with lots of time spent evaluating other people and waiting to get messages from, or for them to respond to your messages. Swoon simplifies the process by presenting you with profiles on other singles and allowing you to anonymously “like” them or skip them. When the app finds two people who mutually “like” each other, it gives you the ability to message each other if you want to try to take things further. If not, you’re in the clear, because everything in Swoon is handled anonymously up to that point.

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Who’s it for? If you’re looking for a new way to meet potential matches, Swoon could be helpful.

What’s it like? You might also check out OKCupid and Zoosk for dating alternatives.

Gravity Guy 2 ($0.99)

What’s it about? The follow-up to the popular gravity-swapping platformer, Gravity Guy 2 is an endless runner that introduces a new mechanic – controlling the floor.

What’s cool? In the first Gravity Guy title, players were tasked with getting as far as they could on the 2-D side-scrolling endless runner by tapping a button that would reverse gravity for the main character. By flipping it, you could send Gravity Guy to the ceiling to help him avoid obstacles on the floor, and then send him back down again for the same reason. In Gravity Guy 2, the flipping mechanic has been replaced by something that can also be just as interesting – you control the floor beneath Gravity Guy’s feet, raising it high enough that he can make jumps across gaps or avoid disasters in the way. It takes a bit to get used to, but raising the floor as you leave a platform and bringing up the next to meet Gravity Guy actually takes quite a bit of skill to get right.

Who’s it for? Fans of endless runners and the Gravity Guy franchise will find something new and different here.

What’s it like? Obviously the similarities with Gravity Guy make it worth checking out, and try Bobbing for another fun gravity-switching title.

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Evilot (iPad) ($0.99)

What’s it about? Puzzle defense title Evilot has players using monster characters to fight back against heroes looking to steal your gold.

What’s cool? In Evilot, you play an evil mastermind who has retired to enjoy the treasure he’s accrued over the years. Trouble is, heroes keep wandering down into his lair, attempting to fight him and steal all that gold. Players have to defend against the heroic onslaught by placing various fighters and monsters in the heroes’ paths on grid-like levels, making decisions about how to deploy troops and utilize them to best effect. Where you put your characters determines how they act – if you place three of the same kind together in a row, for example, they’ll combine to create one stronger character instead. The game includes 50 levels to fight through and 15 different units to utilize.

Who’s it for? Strategy fans, you’ll find Evilot to be a game that’s easy to learn but will throw plenty of challenge your way.

What’s it like? For another great strategy title in which players defend their treasure from roving heroes, try Tiny Heroes.

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