Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 21: Inspire, Art of Coffee, WrestleFest Premium, VR Mission

Feb 21, 2012
Games

Turn your iOS device into a painter’s canvas with the help of Inspire, a newly added free version of developer KiwiPixel’s powerful paid app. You can use Inspire to create works of art on your smartphone, choosing which brushes to use and paints to apply, and even mix your own colors. It’s the leader of […]

Turn your iOS device into a painter’s canvas with the help of Inspire, a newly added free version of developer KiwiPixel’s powerful paid app. You can use Inspire to create works of art on your smartphone, choosing which brushes to use and paints to apply, and even mix your own colors. It’s the leader of today’s Fresh Apps list, followed by an app for making a different kind of art. Art of Coffee teaches its users how to manipulate foam and cream to create latte art. An old arcade title is made new again in WrestleFest Premium, which kicks off today’s games selection. Rounding out the selection is VR Mission, a title that has a lot in common with the popular Metal Gear video game series.

Inspire – Paint, Draw & Sketch (Free) Free

Developer KiwiPixel has released a free version of its popular drawing app, opening up the app’s wide array of features to artists who might not have wanted to spring for its more expensive counterpart. The app is designed to allow users to basically paint with their iOS devices, creating works of art from its tools that can be shared with others through social networking.

Inspire includes three different kinds of brushes with multiple sizes, and artists can adjust how much paint is applied to the brushes before they’re used. You can also mix your own colors, change how your brushes interact to allow you to sketch as well as paint, and access multiple undos to fix mistakes. Then, when you’re done, your paintings are automatically saved to your camera roll, and can be shared by email or uploaded to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.

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Art of Coffee (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Learn the techniques of latte art with Art of Coffee, and app that shows users special ways of adding foam, milk and other ingredients to lattes to create interesting designs in each cup. The app draws on the skills of a pair of top baristas from Australia, teaching users to create 30 different designs.

Art of Coffee teaches you what ingredients you’ll need to make each design and how and why each is important. Each of its designs includes step-by-step instructions, including photos, to show you what you need to do to create each new piece. You can also look up common coffee terms in the app’s included glossary.

WrestleFest Premium (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

A remake of the 1991 arcade title, WWE WrestleFest has been revamped from the days when the WWE was called the WWF, mixing a few classic contenders wrestlers with a few more modern fighters. The core gameplay, however, is the same as it ever was in the arcade version, with players moving their wrestler around the ring to punch, kick, throw, body slam and clothesline other fighters into submission.

WrestleFest supports lots of different game modes, including single-player gameplay and an online multiplayer option. Publisher THQ also pledges monthly content updates that’ll include new wrestlers and game modes, to keep you embroiled in Wrestlemania for a long time coming.

VR Mission (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

VR Mission will look pretty familiar to fans of the hugely popular Metal Gear Solid series on game consoles. This iOS title borrows a lot of its inspiration from that series, but what’s on offer here is more like the original Metal Gear games from way back in the late 1980s – a top-down game in which you play an elite operative that has to sneak through various facilities. Each of your missions has you slipping past heavily armed guards, often to download intel from computers or complete another goal before making your way out of the room.

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Sneaking in VR Missions is done by avoiding the visual range of your enemies, which is indicated by a blue cone laid over each bad guy. You’ll also have to avoid making noise as you walk around levels and occasionally silently take down your enemies. VR Missions’ levels include all kinds of traps and security, such as security cameras and lasers, as well as puzzles you’ll need to solve to complete them.

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