Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 8: LoSo update, TextVite, The Lost City, Fly With Me

Feb 8, 2012
Games

Feel like heading out with some friends? You might want to make use of two of today’s Fresh iPhone Apps: LoSo, an app that gives you info about what’s going on in restaurants and bars (as well as exclusive deals and discounts), and TextVite, an app lets you send instant SMS-style event invitations using your […]

Feel like heading out with some friends? You might want to make use of two of today’s Fresh iPhone Apps: LoSo, an app that gives you info about what’s going on in restaurants and bars (as well as exclusive deals and discounts), and TextVite, an app lets you send instant SMS-style event invitations using your own photos. While you’re waiting for everyone to meet you, we also have some handy games to play. The Lost City is a point-and-click adventure game full of puzzles that’s akin to the classic Myst, and Fly With Me is a side-scrolling game in which you’ll have to tap to keep a bird flying and guide him toward bees he can eat to keep his strength up.

LoSo update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Restaurant info app LoSo just got a big update that introduces several new social networking features to users. At its core, LoSo is designed to give you insider information about nearby restaurants before you go; info like what specials are available, what live music is playing and more. LoSo also lets you “check-in” to locations to share them with your friends.

The update to LoSo adds more social networking capabilities with the “What’s Up?” feature that lets users post information about what’s happening in a restaurant or bar in real time, giving you a window into the scene without actually showing up. It also contains loyalty rewards and deals you can access for the places you visit exclusively through the app.

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TextVite (iPhone, iPad) $3.99

Next time you have an event you want to get your friend to, you might want to give TextVite a try. The app allows you to invite your friends to events, bypassing the typical invite or e-vite you might send over the Internet, to get immediate feedback. Instead, you send your invites like SMS messages.

The cool thing about TextVite is that it allows you to send invites immediately, as well as personalize them. You can use photos in your camera roll as the backgrounds for your invitations, or shoot fresh ones from within the app. You can also add cool designs to make digital fliers for your events, be they formal or impromptu.

The Lost City (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Fans of the old classic PC point-and-click adventure title Myst will get a kick out of The Lost City. A story of exploration, you reach a deserted island with a special stone and a mess of puzzles to solve, stepping into each new scene to look for ways to move forward by using the objects you discover along the way. While on the island, you’ll discover the ability to change the seasons, which is key to finding your way through the entire game.

The Lost City is an old-school style point-and-click, which means there’s little in the way of narrative but lots to do to exercise your problem-solving skills. The game also uses a graphical style consisting of real photos, giving it an interesting art style.

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Fly With Me (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Side-scrolling bird game Fly With Me is all about carefully managing your taps. Each time you tap the screen, your bird flaps his wings – but you only have so many taps (or so much energy) to get through each level. Along the way, you’ll need to eat bees to keep up your strength and snag stars to rack up a high score.

Fly With Me includes 45 levels to work through, each with a hidden gear you can find along the way that will eventually unlock the Robo Bird form for you. The game also includes three challenge modes to provide you with even more to do along the way. There’s also a kid mode with 30 easier levels.

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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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