Fresh iPhone Apps for June 13: Fancy update, Adventures of Valentin, Foursquare update

Jun 13, 2012
Games

Today we’ve got an update to Fancy, a Pinterest-like app that makes it easy to find and like various things from their photos, and even purchase some of them. In games we have Adventures of Valentin – The Valiant King, a point-and-click adventure game with a great art style. Finally, foursquare dropped another big update […]

Today we’ve got an update to Fancy, a Pinterest-like app that makes it easy to find and like various things from their photos, and even purchase some of them. In games we have Adventures of Valentin – The Valiant King, a point-and-click adventure game with a great art style. Finally, foursquare dropped another big update bringing users the ability to make recommendations to others about places they should visit.

Fancy update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Fancy is a lot like Pinterest, but designed more for style and products. The app provides lots of photos that users can flip through, and similar to services such as Pinterest, you can “fancy” those images you like to create what the app’s designers call a “museum of you.” What’s more, many of the items shown on Fancy include price tags and are available to purchase right from within the app.

You can also do a lot of social stuff with Fancy. When you hit “fancy” on items, other users who “follow” you on the social network can see the things you enjoy and like them as well. You can leave comments on various items and read the comments from other users, as well as share things through social networks and email. With the new update, you now get “fancy credits” when you invite friends that you can put toward actual products.

Adventures of Valentin – The Valiant King (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

A point-and-click adventure game with a unique style, Adventures of Valentin is all about solving puzzles. In each level, or scene, you have a definitive goal – get into a castle, sneak past a guard, and so on. You need to interact with the level in a certain way to solve the puzzle of the scene, avoiding getting caught while you work to get where you’re going. You’ll need to tap different items in the environment for Valentin to interact with them and solve the puzzle.

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Like in other adventure games, Valentin can pick up objects and use them with other objects in the environment as well. You’ll need to figure out how to use different things you find to open locks, knock out guards, and otherwise help you progress in each level to reveal the game’s story. Adventures of Valentin also includes a hint system in case you get stuck, and features stylish hand-drawn graphics.

Foursquare update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Location-based check-in app foursquare is pretty well-known at this point. The app lets users “check-in” when they go to various locations, earning loyalty rewards when they visit locations a lot of times. You can also share your check-ins with your friends, allowing you to see where your friends are hanging out, and for them to see where you are.

Foursquare has gotten quite a few big content updates, but the latest redesign brings a new user interface to the app to make it easier to use. The update also adds a new feature to its check-in capabilities, providing users with recommendations of where else they should go and what other places they should check out. It also includes the ability to search for things like Wi-Fi access and other aspects of businesses.

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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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