Fresh iPhone Apps for Dec. 2: Bloom*, Stachematic Camera, Inertia: Escape Velocity, The Bard’s Tale

Dec 2, 2011
Games

Take an inspirational approach to setting reminders with Bloom*, an app that skips to-do lists in favor of personal reminders that combine photos and music to inspire you to do what your reminders say. It’s followed on our Fresh Apps list today by Stachematic Camera, which can add mustaches to the faces of the subjects […]

Take an inspirational approach to setting reminders with Bloom*, an app that skips to-do lists in favor of personal reminders that combine photos and music to inspire you to do what your reminders say. It’s followed on our Fresh Apps list today by Stachematic Camera, which can add mustaches to the faces of the subjects of your iOS photos. Inertia: Escape Velocity leads our games selection going into the weekend – it’s a sci-fi platforming game that lets you manipulate gravity to reach new heights. Finally, The Bard’s Tale takes a humorous stab at role-playing games.

Bloom* (iPhone, iPad) Free

Bloom* is something of a to-do list app that’s light on the listing and heavy on inspiration. When you create a Bloom* reminder, you don’t just throw an item on a list to be checked off, you’re creating a reminder to do important things in your life that are for you personally. These are less about remembering to pick up dry cleaning and more about stopping to take a walk or reminding you to get healthy.

You’ll create Blooms, as they’re called, by first choosing a photo and then a song to go with your text reminder. When a Bloom* reminder kicks on (either at a set time on a set day, or at random), it’ll play the song and show the photos. You can add your own photos or choose from some Bloom* provides, but the idea is that you’re creating a tiny little audiovisual motivator personally made for you. The app also includes social networking capabilities so you can share your Blooms and your accomplishments with others.

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Stachematic Camera (iPhone, iPad) Free

“Movember” is officially over, but it only just ended, so get a few more mustache-related hurrahs in with Stachematic Camera. It’s a pretty simple novelty: The app lets you take photos from your iOS device and add mustaches to the subjects, resulting in hilarity. Stachematic features quite a few mustache options to be added to your photos.

You can snap your pics either straight from the Stachematic app, or import them from your camera roll to add our mustaches. Once you’re finished, photos can be saved to the camera roll, or shared through email, Facebook and Twitter.

Inertia: Escape Velocity (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

There’s no gravity in space, and when an object starts moving in a straight line, it keeps moving. That’s the central idea of Inertia: Escape Velocity, a space-based side-scrolling platformer in which you play a sci-fi salvager with the ability to turn his own gravity on and off. You’ll run through each of the game’s levels, jumping and gathering scrap to fix your space ship, and turning gravity off to allow you to glide over pits, fly through the air and bounce off walls.

Inertia brings 35 levels for its $2 asking price, and in each you’re scored on gathering all the necessary scrap and doing so under the time limit for each stage. It also includes OpenFeint support, providing players with achievements to earn and online leaderboards on which to test your skills and see how you rank.

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The Bard’s Tale (iPhone, iPad) $5.99

The Bard’s Tale originally was a console and PC role-playing game released in 2004, lauded at the time for its humorous and satirical take on the genre. Now that game has made its way to iOS, complete with tons of enemies, 14 hours of celebrity voice acting and more than 150 items to find and use as you explore the game.

You play The Bard’s Tale as, shocker, the Bard, a character annoyed with his lot as an RPG hero. He uses music to summon other characters to fight for him, all the while making snarky comments about the situation at hand. Take note that The Bard’s Tale is a pretty massive game, coming in at 1.68GB. It also features Game Center support for achievements, leaderboards and friends lists.

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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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