Fresh iPhone Apps for July 18: Speakeasy Cocktails update, SoundGecko, Gets to the Exit

Jul 18, 2012
Games

Mix the perfect cocktail with the help of about 200 drink recipes to be found in Speakeasy Cocktails. The app just received a big update to make it universal, and it even adds a few more recipes to the mix. It kicks off today’s Fresh iPhone Apps, followed by SoundGecko, which allows its users to […]

Mix the perfect cocktail with the help of about 200 drink recipes to be found in Speakeasy Cocktails. The app just received a big update to make it universal, and it even adds a few more recipes to the mix. It kicks off today’s Fresh iPhone Apps, followed by SoundGecko, which allows its users to convert articles found on the Internet into audio files, so you can listen rather than read. Rounding out today’s picks is Gets to the Exit, a Lemmings-like game in which you’ll need to make a clear path for cavemen to reach a goal without getting killed along the way.

Speakeasy Cocktails: Learn from the Modern Mixologists update (iPhone, iPad) $9.99

Speakeasy Cocktails is like having a bartending class in your iOS device. It brings you tutorials, instructions, drink recipes and even as many as 40 videos (that total up to 90 minutes, all in HD) that show you how to mix the perfect cocktail, with hundreds of varieties from which to choose. All you have to do is provide the alcohol and the glasses.

The latest update to the app brings a number of new speakeasies to the app’s “World Tour” feature, along with three new videos of cocktail tutorials – including a new original one. Speakeasy Cocktails is now universal, so you can purchase it once and use it on whatever iOS devices you have, and it supports Retina displays on the new iPad and the iPhone.

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SoundGecko (iPhone, iPad) Free

Turn articles you find on the Internet into audio files you can listen to hands-free with SoundGecko. The app allows you to put links to articles into the app, which then converts them into MP3 files that you can play with various devices. The process is quick and painless, allowing you the ability to catch up on things you want to read on the Internet when you can’t actually do the reading.

You’ll need to create a SoundGecko account in order to make use of the app, but once you do, you can bookmark articles in your Chrome Internet browser or email them the files in order to access them.

Gets to the Exit (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Part Amazing Alex, part Lemmings is Gets to the Exit. Your goal in the game is to help some rather stupid cavemen to get to the exit of each level. You can do that by manipulating the terrain around them, either raising or lowering sections of the ground to make a clear path. But there are lots of things along the way that can kill your cavemen, so timing and speed are essential to solving each level and getting a high score.

Gets to the Exit includes 55 different levels to work through and you’ll need to manipulate 16 different kinds of movable platforms to solve its puzzles by the end. It features simple touch controls, which you’ll be able to pick up and learn almost immediately, and there are even nine “bosses” to deal with along the way.

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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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