Fresh iPhone Apps for July 10: Figure update, Left2Die, Bio Crisis

Jul 10, 2012
Games

Turn your iOS device into a musical instrument and throw together synth tracks in minutes with today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, Figure. The app just got a big update that adds new functionality, including the ability to save and share your tracks through iTunes. We also have a pair of games for you to check […]

Turn your iOS device into a musical instrument and throw together synth tracks in minutes with today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, Figure. The app just got a big update that adds new functionality, including the ability to save and share your tracks through iTunes. We also have a pair of games for you to check out: first, multiplayer twin-stick zombie shooter Left2Die, and second, old-school top-down action title Bio Crisis.

Figure update (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Touch controls in music app Figure make it possible to create your own looping tracks composed of bass, drums and lead synthesizer sounds, all with your iPhone or iPad. It’s surprisingly easy to make tracks, building on loops that you can record and add to and then tweak by affecting elements such as timing or pitch.

The update to Figure adds the ability to not only make tracks, but to record and save them to your iOS device and upload them to the Internet. You can also adjust the length of the loop to make longer or shorter pieces for each sound. Figure is surprisingly easy to use, and it only takes a few minutes to create a track.

Left2Die (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Twin-stick shooter Left2Die, like many games in the iTunes App Store, tasks players with fighting through hordes of zombies in various levels. You get access to three weapons for your character – a primary gun like a double-barrel shotgun, a backup melee weapon like a baseball bat, and a super-weapon you can only use after taking out enough zombies, such as a chainsaw. The idea is to stay alive as long as you can, racking up money you can use to buy better weapons and other upgrades.

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The thing that sets Left2Die apart from other zombie shooters is its multiplayer element, which allows you to join up with a friend either locally or over a Wi-Fi Internet connection. You can cooperate to take down zombies as a team, or square off in deathmatch mode. There are also 60 missions to play through by yourself, as well as an endless survival mode to master.

Bio Crisis (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

The developers of Bio Crisis seem to have an affinity for marrying old-school visuals and play styles with new-school concepts. In Bio Crisis, they put players in a top-down shooter like something you might have seen at an old arcade or on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and adds late-generation concepts like taking cover and rolling to avoid damage. The result is a game that gives a sense of nostalgia while also feeling fresh.

Players move through levels in Bio Crisis on their route to the end, diving behind cover and using it to take down enemies from safety. You’ll also have to avoid mines and conserve ammo, because while you have a number of weapons, your supply of ammunition is limited. You can grab more ammo from special supply depots scattered in different levels, or make in-app purchases to get more. Strategy is key, though, in order to make sure you can best your opponents without your gun going dry across Bio Crisis’s 36 levels.

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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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