Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 20: Fragile Earth, Time to Enjoy, Chalk Walk, Shaun the Sheep

Apr 20, 2012
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Get geared up for Earth Day on April 22 with Fragile Earth, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App. It’s filled with aerial photos that can give users an idea of how huge and incredible planet Earth is, and what the effects of things such as climate change and natural disasters actually look like. Time To Enjoy, […]

Get geared up for Earth Day on April 22 with Fragile Earth, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App. It’s filled with aerial photos that can give users an idea of how huge and incredible planet Earth is, and what the effects of things such as climate change and natural disasters actually look like. Time To Enjoy, our next app, lets users find things to do all around them. Chalk Walk, an educational iPad game that teaches young children how to properly hold a pencil to prepare them for school, leads our game offerings into the weekend, followed by tilt-based racer Shaun the Sheep – Fleece Lightning.

Fragile Earth (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Just in time for Earth Day comes Fragile Earth, an app filled with aerial photography that’s meant to educate users on different effects on the planet. Users get shots that can show the effects of issues such as urbanization, climate change, and natural disasters, giving users an idea of what Earth is like through the use of many still images.

Fragile Earth is filled with photos, and you can search through them based on the part of the world from which they originate, when they were taken and the category into which they fall. You can also share any of the photos you find particularly interesting with others through Facebook and Twitter.

Time To Enjoy (iPhone, iPad) Free

Time To Enjoy is an app to help you find things to do all around you. It lets you “search the world for fun events,” using your iPhone’s GPS capabilities to find events happening in your area, and linking to your calendar so you can set reminders to go to them. The app can find all kinds of events wherever you are or wherever you want to search, and brings you information about those events before you attend.

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The app can provide you with alerts for events you want to attend, appointments in your calendar, and directions to wherever you need to go. It also brings sharing capabilities through email, text messaging, Facebook and Twitter that allow you to inform others of the events you want to attend, so they can come as well.

Chalk Walk (iPad) $3.99

Education app Chalk Walk is a game for young children that helps them get ready for school. A lot of teachers are finding that kids coming into school for the first time haven’t gotten much experience with writing because of devices such as iPads, which encourage kids to draw by tracing a finger across a screen. Chalk Walk, on the other hand, helps kids learn to make the pincer grip necessary to learn to write.

Players in Chalk Walk use tracing and lines to collect puzzle pieces with alphabet letters on them, or chase around prizes by tracing lines. They’re also encouraged to make their own designs to give them a chance to learn how to effectively create lines and to think about how they position their hands for writing.

Shaun the Sheep – Fleece Lightning (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

A simple racing title, Fleece Lightning has players controlling sheep and guiding them through courses laden with obstacles. In each race in Fleece Lightning, players have to avoid obstacles and race around obstacles to beat rival pigs to a gate on the other side of the course. The game uses either tilt controls or touch controls to get your sheep through each course.

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In addition to fast-paced tracks to battle through that grow more and more difficult over time, Fleece Lightning also includes a pretty robust level editor that allows you to create and share tracks of your own. The game includes more than 80 courses to play through, plus the tracks that you and other players create, so you’ll have plenty of sheep-racing action to keep you busy.

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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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