Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 17: Localmind update, Chee.rs, RobotGladia8or, Pizza vs. Skeletons

Feb 17, 2012
Games

Spend the weekend sharing knowledge and the things you like with others with a couple of social networking apps that lead today’s Fresh iPhone Apps. The first is Localmind, an app that has users who check-in to locations answer questions, providing handy information about everything from events to restaurants to businesses. Chee.rs, on the other […]

Spend the weekend sharing knowledge and the things you like with others with a couple of social networking apps that lead today’s Fresh iPhone Apps. The first is Localmind, an app that has users who check-in to locations answer questions, providing handy information about everything from events to restaurants to businesses. Chee.rs, on the other hand, lets you show off the things you like or think are cool from everyday life with other users. The Infinity Blade-like Robot Gladi8tor leads our games selections for the weekend, bringing great graphics and a first-person environment, followed by Pizza vs. Skeletons, a game in which you play a giant pizza across tons of challenging levels.

Localmind update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Localmind keys you into information about the world around you by gathering it from other users. If you need to know how long the wait is at a nearby restaurant, for example, or you’re wondering if an event is picking up steam or winding down, you can quiz people who have used other social media such as Foursquare or Facebook to “check in” at those locations and ask them questions. The trade-off is that when you check in, you participate and answer questions for others.

The latest big update to Localmind changes the way the app works a bit, making it possible to “pass” on questions users don’t feel like answering. The app now also lets you search for information about any place, polling users from all over the world quickly and easily. It’s a great way to find out whatever you need to know, whenever you want to know it.

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Chee.rs (iPhone, iPad) Free

Another social networking service, Chee.rs lets you apply the “Like” quality of services such as Facebook and Pinterest to your everyday life. For example, you can search for popular things and people and “cheer” them, or you can snap a photo of something you like as you’re going about your day.

Chee.rs also lets you see the things your friends are cheering, allowing you to make comments on their cheers and they on yours. And as you cheer things and comment on other things, you’ll earn “Cheer Points” that let you see your “Cheerfluence” on other users.

RobotGladi8or (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

You’ll probably recognize the underlying thinking behind RobotGladi8tor: it’s a lot like the award-winning sword-fighting title Infinity Blade, but it has you facing off against a variety of robots instead of giant monsters. But while it’s similar to the swipe-fighting style of Infinity Blade, RobotGladi8tor sets itself apart with a sci-fi setting and storyline and a first-person perspective.

The premise of RobotGladi8tor is that you’ve been dropped on a (mostly) abandoned space station and made to fight robots for the amusement of a TV audience. The better you fight, the better your score, but your ultimate goal is to explore the station and find a way out. You’ll also collect weapons to use in your battles and find other tools to advance the story.

Pizza vs. Skeletons (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

So this is a bit weird. You’re a giant pizza, pursued by the ravenous undead because you’re delicious. But being huge, you’re a dangerous, giant pie, and you can crush your enemies with your massive bulk. You steer the pizza through the side-scrolling levels by tilting your device left and right and jump through the air by tapping on the screen. Each level requires you to use your abilities differently; sometimes you’ll fight off undead, other times you’ll run races and gather coins, and more.

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Pizza vs. Skeletons includes 100 levels with lots of different goals and challenges, and features a great, hand-drawn art style. It also includes boss fights and an in-game store that lets you spend coins you earn to customize your pizza. And there’s Game Center support to provide achievements and leaderboards to track your progress.

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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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