Fresh iPhone Apps for Dec. 23: Onion Magic Answer Ball, Animoog, Law & Order: Legacies, Terra Noctis

Dec 23, 2011
Games

As we head into the Christmas weekend, you might some use from today’s future-telling leading Fresh iPhone App, Onion Magic Answer Ball. Shake it, and it’ll tell you the future by answering your questions – but since it’s a product of satirical newspaper The Onion, those answers are more than a bit snarky. If you […]

As we head into the Christmas weekend, you might some use from today’s future-telling leading Fresh iPhone App, Onion Magic Answer Ball. Shake it, and it’ll tell you the future by answering your questions – but since it’s a product of satirical newspaper The Onion, those answers are more than a bit snarky. If you need some way to be creative during Christmas, we’ve got that covered, too, with musical synthesizer app Animoog. In games, Law & Order: Legacies brings you into the famous TV show, and Terra Noctis provides lots of retro platforming action. Happy Holidays!

Onion Magic Answer Ball (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Turn your iPhone into a future-predicting magic 8-ball of hilarity with Onion Magic Answer Ball. The app is powered by satire newspaper The Onion, so the answers you get when you shake your iPhone when you ask it questions (just like a magic 8-ball), the responses you receive are going to have a humorous, satirical bent.

In addition to handing out answers, Onion Magic Answer Ball also comes pre-loaded with questions that it can ask itself to give out some hilarious answers as well. You can also share your questions and answers with your friends on Facebook.

Animoog for iPhone $0.99

Following in its iPad version’s footsteps, Animoog for iPhone has appeared in the iTunes App Store to turn smartphones in to musical synthesizers. The app turns your device’s touchscreen into the interface for a Moog synthesizer, allowing you to create interesting and dynamic soundscapes by adjusting a number of elements to produce the music you’re looking for.

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Animoog has a pretty huge number of controls – exactly what you’d expect from a synthesizer. It also gives you the ability to make recordings within the app, which goes further to allow you to record multiple tracks over one another or play along live with a previous recording. Music lovers and creators will find a lot to love in Animoog.

Law & Order: Legacies (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

The latest point-and-click adventure title from Telltale Games, the developer behind Hector: Badge of Carnage and Back to the Future: The Game, is an interactive take on the long-running multi-spinoff TV series Law & Order. Legacies puts you in the thick of a Law & Order story with the cast of several iterations of the show to play along with in different rolls – both investigating the crimes and prosecuting the offenders.

Legacies is packed with narrative intrigue throughout its cases, allowing you to both conduct the investigation and play through the court room drama you’d expect from the show. Cases have multiple endings that depend on your choices as a prosecutor, to either convict a suspect, plead the charges down or even drop the charges against him or her. The app includes the first two episodes of the seven-part Legacies series; the rest will be available each month as in-app purchases.

Terra Noctis (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

A retro side-scrolling platformer, the first thing you’ll notice about Terra Noctis is its rather beautiful art style. The game itself is pretty simple in a Super Mario Bros. kind of way. You move left or right with a pair of touch buttons on one side of the screen, jump or duck with a pair on the other. Enemies you encounter can be taken out by jumping on them, and your primary task is to collect as many floating fairies as you can on your way to the end of the level.

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Terra Noctis features “hours of gameplay,” an original soundtrack, some epic boss fights and other staples of the platforming genre that old-school gaming fans will enjoy. It’s also filled with collectible items that will allow you to unlock additional levels along the way, and has support for iCade and from Game Center for achievements and leaderboards.

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