Fresh iPhone Apps for July 6: Etch-o-Matic for Sphero, AXL: Full Boost, Outwitters

Jul 6, 2012
Games

Bring a little nostalgia to your weekend with the help of Etch-O-Matic. Today’s leading Fresh App can turn your iOS device into an Etch-A-Sketch, bringing back the feel of the classic toy and the blocky drawings you can create with it, providing you own the Sphero device. We also have some quality games for you […]

Bring a little nostalgia to your weekend with the help of Etch-O-Matic. Today’s leading Fresh App can turn your iOS device into an Etch-A-Sketch, bringing back the feel of the classic toy and the blocky drawings you can create with it, providing you own the Sphero device. We also have some quality games for you to play this weekend: AXL: Full Boost, a sci-fi racer with some fast and frantic action; and Outwitters, a free-to-play turn-based strategy game that’s all about multiplayer gameplay.

Etch-O-Matic for Sphero (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Turn your iOS devices into an Etch-A-Sketch with Etch-O-Matic. The app allows you to emulate the experience of turning knobs to make pictures, just as you would with the old plastic drawing toy. The difference is that with the power of an iPhone or an iPad, Etch-O-Matic can give the feeling of an Etch-A-Sketch but add things like color and other capabilities. You’ll need to own (or purchase) the separate Sphero device to use this app.

Etch-O-Matic allows you to adjust the way you make your drawings in a variety of ways, such as by speeding up or slowing down the speed of the cursor as it adds lines to the drawing using the Sphero. The app allows you to create more involved drawings than you otherwise would be able to on a real Etch-A-Sketch. You can also shake your device to clear it, and share your drawings through integration with Twitter.

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AXL: Full Boost (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Futuristic racer AXL puts you in control of powerful, fast hover cars that are controlled by tilting your device left and right. In each race, you need to avoid walls and do your best to log the top times you can by gathering power-ups that allow you to fire powerful booster engines. When you use up your boost fuel, other racers can gather it to give themselves an edge, so you have to be careful about when and where you make use of the power.

AXL packs 71 races and three different game modes to work through, including a story mode and a free run mode. It also includes a great futuristic art style and solid 3-D graphics. You can also unlock other “shifters,” or race vehicles, to take with you onto the track, and AXL includes Game Center support to provide achievements and leaderboards.

Outwitters (iPhone, iPad) Free

Outwitters is a free-to-play asynchronous strategy game, which means you can fire it up and take on opponents that don’t necessarily have to be ready to play right when you are. Players take turns summoning various troops and moving them around a hexagonal grid to attack enemy soldiers. The goal is to reach a generator on the opponent’s side of the map and destroy it, but you have to make your actions carefully because attacking, moving and adding to your army costs “wit” points, and you might need more of them later on.

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Outwitters is free to play and allows you to take on your Game Center friends or battle against random opponents. It supports either one-on-one or two-on-two game types, and has three different game modes: an exhibition match against other players, a pass-and-play local multiplayer mode, and a “league” mode in which players can compete in ranked matches.

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