Fresh iPhone Apps for Jan. 9: Shoutz, Scribe, Tongue Tied!, Walkabout Journeys

Jan 9, 2012
Games

Start sharing video updates with your friends with Shoutz, a mobile-based social network getting some brand new content starting this month. It’s leads our Fresh Apps today, followed by Scribe, a no-nonsense text-editor that lets you save straight to the cloud through Dropbox or iTunes. Tongue-Tied! is our first game offer today, which has you […]

Start sharing video updates with your friends with Shoutz, a mobile-based social network getting some brand new content starting this month. It’s leads our Fresh Apps today, followed by Scribe, a no-nonsense text-editor that lets you save straight to the cloud through Dropbox or iTunes. Tongue-Tied! is our first game offer today, which has you controlling a pair of dogs with their tongues tied together, followed by Walkabout Journeys, in which you’ll need to rotate your device to keep the path clear for a group clowns traveling through a crazy world.

Shoutz (iPhone, iPad) Free

Social network Shoutz is all about sharing videos among mobile users. Rather than posting text updates to the Internet as you would on other social networks, Shoutz has users making short videos that they can post to the Internet. You’ll see your friends’ videos and they’ll see yours. Then you can comment on each other’s posts.

Shoutz is designed for mobile users to view, so it makes shooting videos easy. It’s also easy to comment quickly, “Re-Shoutz” with your friends through the network and more. Shoutz also plans to roll out fresh new content in an update this month, and if you sign-up now, you can get updates for when the new content is available.

Scribe (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Editing text when you’re out in the world can be a really handy function for your iPhone to have, which is why snagging Scribe can be pretty useful. The app is a minimalist text editor designed for the iPhone and iPad, giving you the ability to write text and save it when you need to, without a lot of other functions to get in the way.

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Scribe supports both iCloud and Dropbox to let you save your work using an Internet connection, and you can also save files locally. It uses iOS’s cut-and-paste functions to make it easy to do HTML editing, if that’s your thing, and includes useful bits like undo and redo functions, word counts and AirPrint support.

Tongue Tied! (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Side-scroller Tongue Tied! has you controlling a pair of dogs with an interesting relationship – their tongues are tied together. Despite the implications, both canines seem fine with the situation, and even use their elastic tongues to gather bones and work their way through the game’s levels. That’s where you come in. As the two dogs walk the path from one side of the level to the other, you pull one or the other to launch him into the air, using the second dog as an anchor and gathering coins from all over the place.

Tongue Tied! has a cool cartoon art style and atmosphere, giving it the air of the Saturday morning shorts from years gone by, and 50 levels of goofiness to play through. It contains 30 special challenges to up the difficulty, and there’s also Game Center support so you can track how well you manage your tongue-tied dogs as compared to players all over the world.

Walkabout Journeys (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Another side-scroller with a unique art style, Walkabout Journeys stars a strange group of clowns (apparently) out on a stroll together. Trouble is, the screen tracks forward but the terrain doesn’t always cooperate, which is where you come in. You’ll need to rotate your iOS device in order to open paths forward for the group so they can keep moving. Send them too far back or forward, however, and you’ll lose them, and lose points, too.

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Walkabout Journeys has 16 levels that cover each of the seasons and a great look about it. Its gameplay is pretty simple, but different levels can require fast reactions in order to keep your group alive and moving forward. Walkabout Journeys also just picked up a few new Christmas-inspired levels for the holidays, as well.

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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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