Fresh iPhone Apps for July 3: Facebook Messenger update, Fibble update, Doodle Fit 2

Jul 3, 2012
Games

Many iPhone and iPad owners will be pleased to know that Facebook Messenger, the mobile app that allows Facebook friends to interact with one another (and just may kill the SMS text message), has been improved and updated to lead today’s Fresh Apps list. It’s followed by an updated game, Fibble, which we really enjoyed […]

Many iPhone and iPad owners will be pleased to know that Facebook Messenger, the mobile app that allows Facebook friends to interact with one another (and just may kill the SMS text message), has been improved and updated to lead today’s Fresh Apps list. It’s followed by an updated game, Fibble, which we really enjoyed when it first launched. Finally, there’s puzzler Doodle Fit 2, packing a huge number of levels, online multiplayer, and a level creator for fans to make stages of their own.

Facebook Messenger update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Facebook’s mobile app for interacting with your friends while you’re out in the world has just gotten better with a brand new update. The app previously made it simple for users to text chat with each other either on their mobile devices or with Facebook users on their computers, and now the app has been improved by making it easier to have more conversations with friends and to flip between them quickly.

Facebook Messenger also lets users have conversations with friends of their friends, expanding its usefulness to include a much wider range of people. You can also upload larger photos to share with people as you’re chatting with them. The app has been improved to run better as well, with bug fixes and other improvements.

Fibble update (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Puzzler Fibble is known for its great graphics and solid gameplay. Players use touch controls to “flick” a round alien called Fibble along paths to collect coins and reach a goal. It’s a lot like virtual miniature golf, with the power and speed of the flick determining how far Fibble goes. Scores for each level are kept on Fibble’s Game Center leaderboards.

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A recent update to the game adds more levels to Fibble’s roster, adding a new area and a stack of new levels to play. Some of them are available from the get-go, and others can be unlocked by discovering secrets along the way. There’s also a new alien to meet in the new levels, and iCloud support to make your experience even better.

Doodle Fit 2: Around the World (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Doodle Fit 2 rounds out the day’s games selections with a different brand of puzzler. In each level in Doodle Fit 2, players are presented with the outline of a shape on the screen, and a series of Tetris-like blocks that can fit into it. The goal is to fill in the entire outline perfectly with the interlocking blocks. The faster you can solve each puzzle, the better your score will be.

There are more than 200 levels in Doodle Fit 2, spread across three different game modes. There’s also online multiplayer in which you can compete against other Doodle Fit 2 players. The game packs Game Center support for online leaderboards and achievements, and also includes a level creator so you can make your own Doodle Fit stages and share them with other players, or play the levels created by the rest of the community.

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