Fresh iPhone Apps for Jan. 13: MoPho, Calendr, ZDAY Survival Simulator, Pixel Land

Jan 13, 2012
Games

Take all those cool Instagram photos you’ve been snapping on your iPhone or iPad and turn them into real stuff, like mugs and coasters, with the help of MoPho, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App. It lets you put your pictures on real objects and order them, making customized things you can send as gifts or […]

Take all those cool Instagram photos you’ve been snapping on your iPhone or iPad and turn them into real stuff, like mugs and coasters, with the help of MoPho, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App. It lets you put your pictures on real objects and order them, making customized things you can send as gifts or keep for yourself. Next, we’ve got Calendr, a no-nonsense calendar app with a simple interface but lots of functionality. ZDAY Survival Simulator, a text-based role-playing game, brings a healthy dose of zombie apocalypse to our games selection today, followed by Mario-like platformer Pixel Land, a challenging title that uses only 64 pixels.

MoPho: Prints and Products (iPhone, iPad) Free

Create printed mugs, T-shirts and other cool stuff from your iOS devices’ camera roll using MoPho. You’ll need photos on your iPhone or iPad, so snap some or import them, from iTunes, Picasa, Facebook or Flickr. Once you’ve got your shot, you can pick what items you want to create and submit your order. Once you pay using a credit card, your items will be shipped to you or wherever you want as gifts.

You can add photos to your products, preview and edit them before you buy, then add as many as you want to your cart to have them custom made. Checking-out is done within the app, and MoPho provides 24/7 customer support in case you have any issues.

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Calendr (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Calendr, a calendar app, has an interface that doesn’t include much in the way of frills, opting for a streamlined look instead. Where it excels is the many ways it can sync with other apps and services, including Exchange, iCloud, Google and others. It’s optimized for use with one hand, and allows you to quickly search through your events and appointments with ease.

Another handy function Calendr affords users is the ability to share your events with others, as well as to quickly edit or delete them as needed. The app also can give you hints and reminders about your upcoming appointments to keep you up to speed on what you’ve got going on.

ZDAY Survival Simulator (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

An old-style text-based role-playing game, ZDAY Survival Simulator throws you in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. As the epidemic spreads, you’re given choices of how to approach each situation that comes up. Do you search an abandoned house for supplies and risk a zombie attack or do you keep moving? Flag down a suspicious military helicopter or hide until it passes? Your choices determine how well you’ll survive and how far you’ll make it when the inevitable happens.

Throughout ZDAY, you’ll find weapons, encounter people you can add to your group, and fight numerous zombies, all of which help determine whether you’ll make it and all of which are affected by your choices. When you’re done with the game, you can share your results on Facebook or Twitter to see how your stats stack up against your friends’.

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Pixel Land (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Those familiar with Super Mario Bros. will recognize the level design inside Pixel Land – it’s a shot-for-shot recreation of the classic platforming title from Nintendo. The difference between Mario and Pixel Land, however, is that Pixel Land uses only 64 pixels to form the picture on the screen of your iPhone or iPad. That means, on an 8×8 grid, you’re not controlling Mario, you’re controlling a simple square. So while the game is similar to other platformers, its low-resolution presentation makes it quite a bit harder.

Everything you do in Pixel Land earns you points, from smashing enemies to crunching bricks, so you’ll want to play it a lot like Super Mario. It’s not for everyone – having basically no graphical fidelity really does make it difficult to know what’s happening, and the game requires some precise actions with its touch controls. But for those who like their games tough and weird, Pixel Land isn’t a bad bet, especially for just a buck.

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