Fresh iPhone Apps for July 27: Cooliris, Bubble Witch Saga, Manos – The Hands of Fate

Jul 27, 2012
Games

Bring all the photos you shoot and share this weekend to one place with photo app Cooliris. It allows you to view shots from multiple sources and share them easily with your friends through social networking. It kicks off today’s Fresh Apps haul, followed by Bubble Witch Saga, a bubble-shooting puzzler that mixes in elements […]

Bring all the photos you shoot and share this weekend to one place with photo app Cooliris. It allows you to view shots from multiple sources and share them easily with your friends through social networking. It kicks off today’s Fresh Apps haul, followed by Bubble Witch Saga, a bubble-shooting puzzler that mixes in elements of Pachinko. Finally, we’ve got Manos – The Hands of Fate, a retro platformer old-school gamers are sure to enjoy.

Cooliris (iPhone, iPad) Free

Cooliris is like having a personal social network for all of your photos. The app allows you to aggregate all the images you have on Facebook, Instagram and your iOS devices, and put them in one place. You can also browse photos from the web, and quickly share them with others straight from the app. The goal is that you’ll never have to go looking around for your photos again, because Cooliris keeps them all together.

The great thing about Cooliris is that, because it keeps all your photos together, it makes it easy to share them and comment on them among your friends. You can also easily view everything with the app’s pretty user interface and view them on your Apple TV or Mac with AirPlay. There’s no limit to the number of photos you can include in Cooliris, either.

Bubble Witch Saga (iPhone, iPad) Free

Video game aficionados will see elements of the popular Bust-A-Move franchise in Bubble Witch Saga. The goal in each level of the game is to shoot colored balls toward the top of the screen, where a number of balls are stuck together. Hitting a group of a single color with the same color from the player’s cauldron (the place from which the colored balls derive) clears them out, earning points and bringing the whole cluster of balls at the top of the screen closer to falling down. Your objective: Drop the balls down into cauldrons below, Pachinko-style, to earn huge points.

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There’s an element of strategy to Bubble Witch Saga as well, because every time you make a big combo by clearing balls from the top of the screen, a spider descends from the ceiling that adds a multiplier to falling balls that bounce off it. But if you fire a shot that doesn’t clear any balls, a spider retracts from that same side – so you’ll want to be very careful about your shots and where you fire them. Your points on each level rack up to earn you stars, and how well you do on each stage is tracked on Game Center leaderboards.

Manos – The Hands of Fate (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Based loosely on a movie considered to be “among the worst films ever made,” Manos – The Hands of Fate brings players into a retro game world reminiscent of offerings from back in the 1980s. You play as Mike, a man exploring a haunted inn, armed with only his ability to jump and a gun as he works through the game’s side-scrolling levels. It’s not unlike games like Super Mario Bros., but Manos has its own weird charm that sets it apart.

The cool thing about Manos is how true to the retro feel it really is. With 8-bit graphics and a chip tunes soundtrack, it really does feel like a game from a bygone era. It also has some pretty challenging, engaging gameplay, providing players with regular boss fights and obstacles you’ll need all your skills to surmount. There’s also Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

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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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