Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 2: Snapguide, Kaptur, Fibble, Light The Flower

Apr 2, 2012
Games

Learn something new this week, or teach someone else how to do something, with the help of Snapguide, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App. The social app is filled with user-created how-to guides that can teach you any number of things, and you can even make your own to share with others. Following that is another […]

Learn something new this week, or teach someone else how to do something, with the help of Snapguide, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App. The social app is filled with user-created how-to guides that can teach you any number of things, and you can even make your own to share with others. Following that is another social app, Kaptur, which allows users to pull down all the photos and videos created by their friends for common events, such as weddings. Fibble, a casual physics game from game developer Crytek – a studio known for pushing the graphical envelope – kicks off today’s the week’s game offerings, followed by Chillingo’s latest puzzler, Light The Flower.

Snapguide (iPhone, iPad) Free

Looking to learn how to do something new? You might want to give Snapguide next time you take to the Internet trying to learn how to do something, like cook a meal. The app is filled with user-created how-to guides, which can teach you to do any number of things with a combination of text and photos to show you what to do and how to do it at each step of the way.

Snapguide is also pretty social, allowing you not only to read and learn from others’ guides, but to create your own. Guides are created by typing out steps or recording audio and pairing them with photos, and they can be shared over Facebook and Twitter as well as within the app for others to learn from and use.

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Kaptur (iPhone, iPad) Free

Social photo app Kaptur helps people find and aggregate all the photos and videos from specific events. Put simply, if you attend a friend’s wedding or a concert with your pals and everyone snaps photos, it can be a pain to locate them all. Kaptur allows you to scour your friends’ social media networks, snag the photos from the common events you share, and download them all to a single album so you can get hold of all the memories captured by everyone, all in the same place.

Kaptur allows you to customize your albums when you create them and makes sharing them easy by providing custom URLs that take everyone to same place. You can also share your “kaptures” through social media such as Facebook and Twitter, create slideshows to embed on blogs, and control the privacy settings of your albums.

Fibble (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

From Crytek, the makers of the well-known Crysis series of first-person shooters, comes Fibble, a graphically beautiful casual physics puzzler. In each level of Fibble, players control the titular round alien as he works to repair his spaceship and escape from Earth. The trouble is, he’s tiny in comparison to the world around him, and each set of stages has him working his way through locales like a kitchen, a bathroom and an attic.

In each of Fibble’s levels, players launch the alien through a miniature golf-style course, manipulating where he ends up by tilting the device and bouncing Fibble to different areas. Your performance is scored by various coins and stars you can snag in each level, and by how many “flings” it takes you to complete each one. Fibble packs 30 levels and includes Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

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Light The Flower (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Chillingo’s latest offering in the iTunes App Store is Light The Flower, a puzzler that’s all about geometry and angles. Your job in each of the game’s levels is to bounce sunlight around the rooms of various houses using mirrors in order to get it to one or more flowers. Speed is a factor, as is creatively maneuvering the light in order to have it cross over three stars before it hits the flower to finish the stage.

Things get more difficult over time as Light The Flower throws in things like filters that change the color of light so that it can be used on different flowers, or as more flowers are added to the mix. Light The Flower includes 60 levels, plus Game Center support that lets you track your performance against other players all over the world.

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Phil Hornshaw

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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