Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 24: LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker, TeleTweet, DOFUS: Battles 2, Trees of Life

Apr 24, 2012
Games

LEGO fans: start making movies with your superhero LEGO sets and your iOS device with the help of LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker, an app that lets you create stop-motion movies. It’s followed in today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list by TeleTweet, an app that lets you use Morse code to send updates to Twitter. Strategy […]

LEGO fans: start making movies with your superhero LEGO sets and your iOS device with the help of LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker, an app that lets you create stop-motion movies. It’s followed in today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list by TeleTweet, an app that lets you use Morse code to send updates to Twitter. Strategy title DOFUS: Battles 2 kicks off the day’s games, followed by mathy puzzler Trees of Life, in which users have to create fractal trees carefully in order to score points and climb the game’s leaderboards.

LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker (iPhone, iPad) Free

If you’ve got a ton of LEGO toys lying around (or if your kids do, I guess), you might have contemplated using them to make a movie at one time or another. Apparently, LEGO also considered this eventuality, and now provides users with the tools to make stop-motion videos with their toys with the help of a handy iOS app.

The app includes the ability to snap all the photos you need to make your movie, edit it, and even add a score. It’s designed specifically for LEGO superhero sets, so it also includes things like title cards that are themed for different superheroes. When you’re done, you can save your movie to your device’s camera roll and share it online.

TeleTweet (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Feel like using a decidedly anachronistic method of sending updates to Twitter? You can do it, with TeleTweet, a goofy little novelty app that actually turns your iOS device into a Morse code transmitter. Tie the app to your Twitter account and presto, you can tap out your tweets in Morse with the help of the app’s handy cheat sheet, just like sending a telegram.

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Though there aren’t strictly a lot of uses for TeleTweet, it is kind of a fun way to mess around with Twitter and a good way to teach yourself Morse code, should you wish to learn. What’s more, you’re not stuck using just the code transmitter. The app also includes a keyboard, which, while defeating the purpose, does help make things a bit easier.

DOFUS: Battles 2 (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

Strategy title DOFUS: Battles 2 takes a page from its predecessor, tower defense title DOFUS: Battles, and turns the tables on it. You even play as your nemesis from the first game, Jeff, as he fights monsters and gathers minions to fight for him. Rather than a tower defense title, DOFUS: Battles 2 is a little more tower-attack, with players choosing which minions to send into battle and where to deploy them so that they’ll be effective.

In addition to fighting off other monsters and navigating each level’s grid setup, you’ll also have to circumvent puzzles and traps in order to advance by using your monsters to your advantage. You’ll also be able to track your progress and ability on DOFUS: Battle’s 2 Game Center leaderboards.

Trees of Life (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Simple puzzler Trees of Life is all about creating fractal trees, which are designs that look like trees that originate from a central point. The start of a fractal tree is a straight line that branches in two different directions. The player sets those two directions, and from those two new branches, two identical branches form with the same angles, growing out from each newly created branch to create what looks like a tree. In Trees of Life, you pick the shape of the tree by determining those first two branches, in an attempt to get your trees to grow in the right way to touch and snag glowing orbs.

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The goal in each Trees of Life level is to get all the orbs on the screen with a single tree. Every time you create a new tree, you lose one of five extra lives. When they’re all gone the game is over, and the goal is to collect as many orbs as you can before you run out of chances. How good you become at creating fractal trees, and how many orbs you collect in a single run, is measured on worldwide leaderboards provided by Game Center.

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