Fresh iPhone Apps for Aug. 20: InstaGenius, Blackjack Domination, Super Mole Escape

Aug 20, 2012
Tech

Do some quick and easy editing of the photos you took this weekend with the help of Instagram-optimized photo editor InstaGenius. The app is built for adding filters and borders to make great shots for your Instagram collection. We’ve also got an app that might help you on your next weekend in Las Vegas – […]

Do some quick and easy editing of the photos you took this weekend with the help of Instagram-optimized photo editor InstaGenius. The app is built for adding filters and borders to make great shots for your Instagram collection. We’ve also got an app that might help you on your next weekend in Las Vegas – Blackjack Domination. It’s a book that brings you a whole lot of strategies for trying to beat the house. Finally, there’s Super Mole Escape, a tilt-based game in which you play a mole escaping from prison by tunneling, like moles do.

InstaGenius (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Photo app Instagram gained widespread popularity because of its easy-to-use filters and editing capabilities. But if you need a little more power, you might want to check out InstaGenius, an app specifically designed for editing Instagram photos. The app is packed with additional filters and other one-step effects that can make your photos even more interesting.

InstaGenius makes editing your photos easy, and it includes a lot of other cool features as well. For one, the app allows you to put as many as six photos together to create collages. The app also includes a robust photo browser for looking through your shots, and packs about 30 borders and frames for finding the pitch-perfect presentation for all of your shots.

Blackjack Domination: Learn Strategy, Count Cards, and Beat Vegas (iPhone, iPad) $9.99

If you’re going to try to get good at a casino game and make money gambling – which isn’t exactly a recommended course of action, but still tempting – blackjack is the game with which to do it. It’s the game with the best odds, but only if you play the game perfectly and know all the best strategies, according to the experts. That’s where Blackjack Domination comes in: the book app will help you learn strategies for mastering blackjack, as well as other strategies like “card counting.”

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The book features a number of testimonial stories from the authors and other successful blackjack players, as well as step-by-step strategies that help you learn what to do in every situation in order to have the best odds of winning. The book can also teach you the technique of counting cards, which is really just a system of knowing approximately how many potential “10” cards could come up if you go for a hit.

Super Mole Escape (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

If you were a criminal and a mole, looking to escape prison, how would you do it? By tunneling, of course. That’s the premise of Super Mole Escape – you must tilt your iOS device left or right in order to guide your mole through the ground as he or she tunnels around mines, rocks and monsters in order to stay clear of the pursuing guards and escape.

Super Mole Escape is pretty simple in its rules, but things get complex when power-ups and enemies are added to the mix. Dodging hard rocks and other hazards is key to keeping up your speed, and you can grab gems from the dirt to boost yourself up and also buy upgrades or power-ups. The game also has a versus mode you can play with friends or random opponents across a Wi-Fi connection, adding a whole other level of sabotage to the fast-paced gameplay.

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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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