Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 15: Reward Volunteers, RAVN Events, Track Lapse

Feb 15, 2012
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Today’s leading Fresh iPhone App encourages its users to be more active in their communities and to give back. It’s called Reward Volunteers, and it provides incentives to volunteers in participating organizations (and the organizations themselves) for time spent helping out, allowing both the volunteer and the organization the chance to earn prizes, including cash. […]

Today’s leading Fresh iPhone App encourages its users to be more active in their communities and to give back. It’s called Reward Volunteers, and it provides incentives to volunteers in participating organizations (and the organizations themselves) for time spent helping out, allowing both the volunteer and the organization the chance to earn prizes, including cash. Following that, we’ve got RAVN Events, an app that makes finding things to do such as outdoor markets, nightlife events and other things in your city quick and easy. Track Lapse, a running game with an interesting take on the genre, is our game selection for today.

Reward Volunteers (iPhone, iPad) Free

There are tons of organizations across the U.S. that need volunteers every day. Reward Volunteers helps bring volunteers to those groups that could use their services by tracking their service and providing rewards to people who help out. Volunteers who log lots of hours and also comment and participate in Reward Volunteers’ social networking functions receive “Reach” points, and those points can be redeemed for any number of different prizes and rewards.

Reward Volunteers also has incentives for volunteer organizations, as well. By using the service to look volunteers, organizations can also earn Reach points, which they can apply toward cash rewards from sponsors to help fund their projects.

RAVN Events (iPhone, iPad) Free

Looking for something to do? Check out RAVN Events, an app that’s geared toward finding activities in your immediate area that interest you. RAVN provides personalized suggestions based on your interests of events taking place in your city and near you, including things like food fairs, street markets, exhibitions and night life events.

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In addition to seeing personalized suggestions, RAVN lets you interact with your friends on Facebook, getting an idea for the things they might want to do with you and using social networking sites to share events with others. You can also see live pictures from some events through the RAVN app, and use it to meet people with similar interests and who like to do the same things you do.

Track Lapse (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Running title Track Lapse gives players familiar with the genre a few interesting new twists on the games they know and love. Sure, at its core, it’s another side-scrolling game in which players avoid obstacles while trying to keep the main character’s speed as high as possible. In Track Lapse, you’ll use jumping to dodge lots of issues, as well as the specialized Action button to interact with of the game’s new environments. The variety of obstacles the game provides increases its charm, requiring players to adapt in each new level to something new (and usually kind of goofy).

Track Lapse includes 11 levels to run through, each with its own obstacles. It also includes a Time Attack game mode to add reply value to the title and a full album-length soundtrack written exclusively for the game. There’s also Game Center support, which provides achievements and leaderboards to give players even more goals to attain as they play.

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