Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 6: Pholium, Jybe, Skylanders Cloud Patrol, Triple Trouble

Apr 6, 2012
Games

Take all the photos you snap this weekend and use your iPad to turn them into your very own e-books with today’s leading Fresh App, Pholium. The app allows you to organize your shots into books you can fully customize and share with others. You can find stuff to do for the weekend with Jybe, […]

Take all the photos you snap this weekend and use your iPad to turn them into your very own e-books with today’s leading Fresh App, Pholium. The app allows you to organize your shots into books you can fully customize and share with others. You can find stuff to do for the weekend with Jybe, an app built to create recommendations for you based on the things that you like. Your weekend games start with Skylanders Cloud Patrol, a game in which you fire away at enemies by tapping them in an attempt to rack up combos. Closing out the selection is Triple Trouble, a game that links match-three gameplay with the arcade physics of games like Angry Birds.

Pholium (iPad) $9.99

Now that digital photography is better than a decade old, lots of us have plenty of digital pictures floating around on media of all kinds. Pholiumi is an iPad app meant to make finding, organizing and viewing those photos easier, by allowing you to create photo e-books right from your iPad. Each e-book can pack as many as 48 photos and display as many as four at a time over each two-page spread.

Pholium has three different modes with which users can view and organize photos. Gallery mode is for importing and viewing photos on your iPad from your computer or other devices; Studio mode allows you to create and customize your new e-books; and Library mode, with which you can view your saved e-books. You can also share your e-books with users who don’t have the app, customize them just about any way you want, and view the photos in your e-books as slide shows.

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Jybe (iPhone, iPad) Free

Get all kinds of recommendations about things you should check out, from restaurants to books, with Jybe. The app takes information about the things that you like and dislike as it feeds you recommendations, and adapts to your preferences to provide you with all kinds of different new things to do, try, read and watch. It also keeps track of the history of everything you like and dislike and uses OpenTable to allow you to make reservations to restaurants and get driving directions.

Jybe allows you to link a Netflix account and quickly add recommended movies to your queue, and you can buy tickets to nearby movie theaters through the app as well. You can check the menus of local restaurants and even download e-books or order hardcopies.

Skylanders Cloud Patrol (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Tying in with video game publisher Activision’s crazy-popular Skylanders toy and game series is Skylanders Cloud Patrol, a solid action game in which it’s your job to tap enemies to shoot them as fast as possible as you enter each new area. Blasting trolls nets you coins and bonuses, and the more you can link together by dragging your finger from one enemy to the next in order to create a combo, the higher your score will be. The goal is to rack up lots of fast shots, grab some coins, and avoid blasting deadly bombs that will end your game.

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All the coins you earn can be used to buy power-ups and you’ll be able to access as many as 30 Skylanders characters throughout the course of the game. If you already have Skylanders toys, you can unlock the characters you already own in the game. There’s also Game Center support that gives you 30 achievements to earn and access to worldwide leaderboards on which to compete.

Triple Trouble (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Combine Angry Birds-style arcade physics with the match-3 puzzle gameplay of Bejeweled and the result is Triple Trouble. Inspired, it seems, by Star Trek’s Tribbles, Triple Trouble has players manipulating furry little round characters that each come in a different color. The goal in each level is to fling the triples using touch controls into a spot on the level where they won’t move, then toss more of the same color to the same spot to make a group of three or more. Each level has a certain number of groups you need to create, and the more triples you can put into a single group, the more points you’ll score.

Each level has a different shape and construction, so flinging triples to the right spot gets more and more difficult. You also lose points if triples fall off the level, so it’s important to be careful. Triple Trouble includes 48 levels to play through, as well as Game Center support, which provides leaderboards and achievements. It also sports Twitter and Facebook connectivity.

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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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