Fresh iPhone Apps for August 9: Pitfall!™, Trigger Fist, Ocarina 2

Aug 9, 2012
Tech

Today’s Fresh iPhone Apps features a pair of new games for your consideration. Up first is Trigger Fist, a multiplayer first-person shooter with console-level polish. Second is Pitfall!, a modern re-imagining of the arcade classic that Temple Run fans should enjoy quite a bit. Go into the last two days of your week with a […]

Today’s Fresh iPhone Apps features a pair of new games for your consideration. Up first is Trigger Fist, a multiplayer first-person shooter with console-level polish. Second is Pitfall!, a modern re-imagining of the arcade classic that Temple Run fans should enjoy quite a bit. Go into the last two days of your week with a little creativity, thanks to Ocarina 2, Smule’s app for turning your iPhone into an ancient flute-style instrument. With this “sequel,” the app was re-configured, adding the ability to learn songs through training as well as just play the app freely.

Pitfall!™ (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

In celebrating the 30th anniversary of the low-resolution arcade classic Pitfall!, Activision has updated the game for the modern era and released it as an iOS Universal title. The familiar gameplay formula calls back to the old side-scrolling days. Players have to avoid obstacles as they run through the jungle, but the 3-D take on Pitfall Harry’s adventures is much more like Temple Run than Super Mario Bros.

While Pitfall! draws some inspiration from other popular 3-D running games in the App Store, it brings some new features to the mix as well. For one, it successfully changes up behind-the-back perspectives with 2.5-D, meaning you’ll sometimes control Harry from right behind him, and other times watch him at an angle or from the side. The change in perspective alters how the game feels and operates. You’ll also increase Harry’s “level” by earning points and gathering treasure. All that can earn you power-ups and different clothes and upgrades to get you through the game.

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Trigger Fist (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

There are some quality first-person shooters on Apple’s iOS platform. Trigger Fist joins the ranks of quality shooters, providing a Call of Duty-like multiplayer experience you can enjoy against players all over the world. The game pits players against each other deathmatch-style bouts, in which you’ll need to race around each map and take out your enemies. Just make sure they don’t get the drop on you.

Trigger Fist packs four different unlockable multiplayer modes, including Free-for-All, Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch and “Sacred Goat,” in which players carry around a goat in order to score points while other players try to take it from them. Its multiplayer works over Wi-Fi and includes Game Center support for achievements, leaderboards and friends lists.

Ocarina 2 (iPhone, iPad) Free

Check out the follow-up to Ocarina, an app that turns your iPhone into a musical instrument. Developer Smule, well-known for touchscreen musical instruments, has added new features in the sequel to its popular app, although the underlying setup is the same. You blow into the microphone in your iDevice while touching spots on the screen that simulate holes in the flute-like instrument.

Probably the coolest new addition to Ocarina 2 is its “Song Mode,” which teaches users how to play various tunes. The app comes a few songs you get for free, and more are released weekly – both for free and available through in-app purchases. You can also switch the app to “Freeplay” mode to mess around with the Ocarina in its classic presentation, as seen in the original version of the app.

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