Fresh iPhone Apps for July 29: Shark Week Live, ComicBook!, Gesundheit!, The Marbians

Jul 29, 2011
Tech

Next week marks the start of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, and we have just the thing to carry fans through it – Shark Week Live, an app designed to be used while watching to keep users tuned into the show with extra information. Also handy for this weekend is ComicBook!, which allows users to create […]

Next week marks the start of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, and we have just the thing to carry fans through it – Shark Week Live, an app designed to be used while watching to keep users tuned into the show with extra information. Also handy for this weekend is ComicBook!, which allows users to create comics using their own photos and text. Gesundheit! an action game that’s all about monsters and phlegm, leads the weekend’s games offering, followed up by physics puzzler The Marbains.

Shark Week Live (iPhone, iPad) Free

Follow along with Discovery Channel’s Shark Week with Shark Week Live, a companion app that sends content your way that corresponds with the Shark Week shows you’re watching. The app is filled with behind-the-scenes and other information to give you an insider look at the programs you’re watching without tearing your attention away from the sharky action.

Among the other features of Shark Week Live are social aspects to the app that allow you to engage with other viewers. There’s a live chat feature and you can even check out Shark Week-related photos and take quizzes based on what you’re learning.

ComicBook! (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Create digital comic books using your own photos and text with ComicBook!, which packs all the tools you need to make a story out of your own elements. ComicBook! packs lots of different photo filters, comic book fonts and layouts that help turn your life into your own comic book story.

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In addition to a whole bunch of features that allow users to create comics of their own, ComicBook! allows you to save and share the final product through various social networking applications. It has compatibility with Facebook and Twitter, so you can key your friends in to your creations as well.

Gesundheit! (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Gesundheit! is a game in which you control a pig with a phlegm and a monster problem. As a sneezy member of pig society, it’s up to you to navigate each level and trick a monster terrorizing your pig city into falling into a trap to destroy it. You only have two things to use as bait – yourself and your green loogies, which the monsters apparently can’t resist.

Also scattered through each level are special star fruits that you can gather, which serve as your means of scoring for each stage. Snag all three stars and ditch the monster to earn top ranks for each level. Scores are tracked through leaderboards provided by Game Center.

The Marbians (iPhone, iPad) Free (with in-app purchase of $0.99)

Much like a game of pool, The Marbians is about bouncing a ball around a flat level using geometry to gather objects and to pull down high scores. After crash-landing on earth, you have to help the pint-sized Marbians bounce around each level to retrieve moon rocks and make it back to their UFOs to escape the planet. You get one shot to catch all the rocks and grab the highest score possible before getting to your saucer and taking off.

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The Marbians starts out free, but after six levels you’ll need to upgrade the game to the full version using an in-app purchase. Once you do, you’ll get access to all 72 levels in this puzzler, as well as the ability to track your high scores and see how you stack up against friends using Game Center’s leaderboards.

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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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