Fresh iPhone Apps for July 9: Caveface, Ski Safari update, Frankenword

Jul 8, 2012
Games

Fire up your iOS device and turn your friends into cave-people – or at least mess with their photos – with the help of today’s leading Fresh App, Caveface. The app allows you to alter photos to stretch the faces of your Facebook friends and create some pretty funny images. We’ve also got a few […]

Fire up your iOS device and turn your friends into cave-people – or at least mess with their photos – with the help of today’s leading Fresh App, Caveface. The app allows you to alter photos to stretch the faces of your Facebook friends and create some pretty funny images. We’ve also got a few quality games for you to kill some time with this week: A big update to the awesome endless runner Ski Safari, and word puzzle game Frankenword, which challenges players to combine two words to make a new (often hilarious) word.

Caveface (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Photo app Caveface, developed from the imagination of YouTube star Philip DeFranco, allows you to make cave-people of your friends and of yourself. The app alters your photos by stretching the faces of their subjects to make them look a little more like Neanderthals, creating some hilarious images you can share with your friends and family through Facebook and Twitter.

Caveface allows you to choose how your photos will be altered, and you can choose shots from your camera roll or snap new ones. You can also pull photos directly from Facebook to mess with, and send your shots to Philip DeFranco directly.

Ski Safari update (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Endless runner Ski Safari is among my favorites in the genre, and when it first launched a few months ago, I played it to completion, maxing out every challenge and grabbing all the high scores I could. Players ski down hills ahead of avalanches, using a single touch on the screen to jump and holding down to make their character backflip. The idea is to execute stunts to pick up speed and jump on penguins, yetis and snowmobiles to keep your speed up as you score points and grab coins and avoid getting squashed by falling snow.

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Now Ski Safari is back with its first major update, adding a whole new area called the Howling Hills and a new animal to ride: a wolf. Even cooler, there are 30 new challenges to tackle, so players will have a reason to keep at it other than hitting high scores on the Game Center leaderboards. There’s also a new in-game store to spend all those coins you collect throughout the game on new clothes and power-ups for your character.

Frankenword (iPhone, iPad) Free

Word puzzle title Frankenword is all about creating portmanteaus, or combinations of two single words to create a new word. The idea is to make a word by figuring out a pair of clues: for example, one puzzle gives the clues “buddy or pal” and “shellfish,” with the answer being “homeboyster.” Each puzzle also provides players with a group of letters to choose from to use to solve them.

Frankenword packs 50 puzzles for free, with more free puzzles coming in August, according to the developers. More puzzles are available through in-app purchase, as well. The developers state that the game includes more than 600 puzzles available for purchase, and more are on the way. The game also provides a series of hints you can use to help you when you’re stuck in a puzzle, and you can earn more of them by sharing your puzzle solutions on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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