Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 13: Voice Valentines, Fotopedia Women of the World, Soul Tamer KiKi, The Lighthouse HD

Feb 13, 2012
Games

You’ve only got one more day until Valentine’s Day, but luckily, our leading Fresh App can help. It’s Voice Valentines, an app that lets you send customized valentines from your iOS device to Facebook, Twitter or email, complete with your own photos and recorded sound. Following that is Fotopedia Women of the World, a photograph […]

You’ve only got one more day until Valentine’s Day, but luckily, our leading Fresh App can help. It’s Voice Valentines, an app that lets you send customized valentines from your iOS device to Facebook, Twitter or email, complete with your own photos and recorded sound. Following that is Fotopedia Women of the World, a photograph collection that spans the globe and brings images and stories of women from all walks of life. Soul Tamer KiKi, an action role-playing title that lets you collect and tame animals, leads our game selection to start the week, followed by the iPad path-drawing game The Lighthouse.

Voice Valentines (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and if you need a cool, quick card idea, Voice Valentines might be able to hook you up. The app lets you send a personalized valentine to whoever, be they special someone or just a friend, from your smartphone through a variety of different means – and you can personalize your message with sound recording, photos and more.

Voice Valentines can be sent as SMS messages, via email or through Twitter and Facebook, and the app includes dozens of different themes that let you quickly and easily design how your message will look. Then you just add a photo and a voice message and you’ve got a personalized valentine ready to go. You can also add a written message and send cards to people on your device’s Contacts List.

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Fotopedia Women of the World (iPhone, iPad) Free

The latest of Fotopedia’s collections of photographs focuses specifically on women from all over the world, packing thousands of images from several photographers, shot across the globe. The app’s iTunes description calls it a “poignant combination of political engagement and aesthetic vision,” and the photos found within give a look into the lives of women from hundreds of different countries and in plenty of different circumstances.

Women of the World also includes the ability to turn its photos into wallpapers on your iPhone or iPad, and it contains tons of slideshows that are regularly updated. Also receiving regular updates are “visual stories” that go with the photos to give context to the things you’re seeing. You can also share your favorite photos through email or social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Soul Tamer KiKi (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Role-playing title Soul Tamer KiKi takes a page from action-RPGs for years past, putting players in a dangerous world full of monsters that KiKi has to defeat and can tame to help her fight. It combines features of games such as The Legend of Zelda with those of Pokemon, requiring you to care for the animal souls you collect as well as blast bad guys with weapons and special attacks, as well as traps you set.

Soul Tamer KiKi is a pretty big game with lots to do, with plenty to appeal to fans of old-school RPGs. It features a crafting system, plenty of loot to find, and a pretty long and involved story. It also features Game Center support for achievements and access to your Friends List.

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The Lighthouse HD (iPad) $2.99

In The Lighthouse, your job is to guide ships through darkened seas and help them avoid running aground and other nasty disasters. So it’s something of a path-drawing game, except you’re limited by the illumination supplied by your lighthouse: you can’t see everything, so you’ll need to plot careful paths for your ships to keep them out of harm’s way.

You’ll guide multiple kinds of ships with different characteristics throughout The Lighthouse, working to keep them from colliding with each other or tangling with rocks and even giant squids. The game packs more than 30 levels as well as three challenge modes in which to test your skills. It also packs Game Center and OpenFeint support for achievements and leaderboards.

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