Fresh iPhone Apps for Jan. 18: GroupShot, Moonit, Monkey Quest, Scramble With Friends

Jan 18, 2012
Games

Get a hand taking some solid group photos with the help of GroupShot, an app that lets you switch parts of photos with other parts to help you get the photos where nobody is blinking. Moonit, our next Fresh App, makes it easy to find people based on your astrological sign. Monkey Quest: Thunderbow leads […]

Get a hand taking some solid group photos with the help of GroupShot, an app that lets you switch parts of photos with other parts to help you get the photos where nobody is blinking. Moonit, our next Fresh App, makes it easy to find people based on your astrological sign. Monkey Quest: Thunderbow leads our games selections, adding explosives to the Angry Birds-like physics-based arcade gameplay, followed by Scramble With Friends, a social game similar to Boggle and playable on the Internet.

GroupShot (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Photography app GroupShot might help save a few shots for you iPhone photographers out there. It’s a nifty little app that lets you take multiple photos and switch some of the subjects between them. The example used on the app’s iTunes App Store page is one of a family sitting in the grass, with three different photos taken of them. In no single photo is everyone looking forward and smiling. With GroupShot, you can take the best of each photo and combine it to make one good shot at the end.

GroupShot makes editing easy, as well. Just highlight the area of the photo you want replaced with your finger and select another shot you want to replace it with, and the app does all the work. You’ll just need several shots with your subjects, like family members, in the same relative places for the app to do its magic.

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Moonit (iPhone, iPad) Free

With Valentine’s Day approaching, social networking app Moonit might be a good way for some iPhone and iPad owners to meet new people – potentially to spend a romantic holiday with. Moonit is geared toward helping you find local people through astrology, matching your sign to theirs to test compatibility related to when you were born.

The app makes it easy to connect with people, but it also gives a detailed “date of birth analysis” to determine just how astrologically compatible you might be with others. Once you’ve found someone you’re interested in meeting, the app contains chat tools that allow you to interact. The more people you meet, the more stickers and badges you unlock for use within the network, as well.

Monkey Quest: Thunderbow (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Sure, there are a lot of Angry Birds-alike games in the iTunes App Store, but the best ones add their own spin to the festivities. Monkey Quest’s addition: explosives. Lots of them. You play a monkey fighting off scorpions with a bow that fires explosive arrows. In order to take out all the enemies and rack up the biggest score, you’ll have to put your explosive attacks in key positions to demolish structures, snag bananas and set off chain reaction.

Monkey Quest packs several dozen levels to play through, and the game will continually outfit you with new weapons to help you bring the mayhem to your enemies. It includes Game Center support for achievements ad leaderboards, and it links in with MonkeyQuest.com, giving players unique gifts for the website’s game that can’t be earned any other way.

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Scramble With Friends (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

The latest in the “With Friends” series from Zynga With Friends comes Scramble With Friends. It takes a page from the previous titles in Words With Friends and Hanging With Friends, Scramble With Friends has players taking turns as they challenge other players over the Internet and on Facebook. Where Words With Friends tapped Scrabble, Scramble With Friends is more akin to Boggle.

Each player takes a turn identifying as many words from a bank of scrambled letters as possible. You identify the words by tracing your finger over the letters in order. The more words you find, the better your score will be, but you only have a limited time to come up with your combinations. When you’re done, you wait for your opponent to do the same, and then tally up the scores.

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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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