Fresh iPhone Apps for June 21: P5P – Generative Sketches, MosaicArtist, Hard Lines, TITUS

Jun 21, 2011
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Tap into your creativity with today’s Fresh iPhone Apps, starting with P5P – Generative Sketches, an app that combines math and lines to create interesting drawings, and MosaicArtist, which breaks up your photos into tiled mosaics. We’re also bringing you a few new games to try out: Hard Lines, a modern take on Snake with […]

Tap into your creativity with today’s Fresh iPhone Apps, starting with P5P – Generative Sketches, an app that combines math and lines to create interesting drawings, and MosaicArtist, which breaks up your photos into tiled mosaics. We’re also bringing you a few new games to try out: Hard Lines, a modern take on Snake with multiple game modes; and TITUS, a compilation of five mini-games centered on a story of political conquest.

P5P – Generative Sketches (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

P5P creates “generative sketches” by basically performing math equations and graphic the results on your iPhone’s screen. The app works by allowing you to set parameters, choosing what kind of sketch to create, how many lines, and a host of other numbers. With the information on-hand, P5P creates a drawing in real-time.

You can also interact with the sketches by touching the screen and moving your iOS device, which alters and affects the way the sketches are generated. When you’re done, you can save your generated drawings, print them, and even share them online.

MosaicArtist (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Much like P5P, MosaicArtist is an app that uses math to create interesting visuals. Adding a photo to the app allows you to alter it by giving it a mosaic, or tiled look, by adjusting several parameters within the app. MosaicArtist does all the math for you, altering your image and reworking the entire thing to appear as if it is made out of tiles.

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There’s not much more to MosaicArtist beyond that. The app creates vector images when it alters your photos. Once you’re done, they can be quickly and easily saved to your camera roll and downloaded to your computer or shared by email.

Hard Lines (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

You’ve probably seen Snake in action before: it’s a game in which you control a growing snake that moves around a grid. In the original game, the goal is merely to grow your snake as much as possible without it running into a wall or itself; in Hard Lines, however, things are a bit more competitive. Hard Lines includes six different game modes, including a survival mode in which you’ll battle other snakes for as long as you can stay alive, and modes in which you’ll attempt to get the highest score possible in a short amount of time.

Your snake is controlled by swiping touch controls throughout all six game modes in Hard Lines. The game packs OpenFeint leaderboards so you can track your high scores against other players, along with achievements to give players a reason to keep hammering away for more points.

TITUS (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

You’re Titus, a local man charged with deposing the corrupt mime Desmond from his seat of mayor of their town. But Titus can’t just jump from agoraphobic clockmaker to mayor of his town – he needs to climb the political ladder, and that means winning a lot of elections. To do that, Titus needs to play a little dirty, by spreading rumors, finding lobbyists, raising money and buying positive press.

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It sounds boring, but TITUS skips over the actual politicking by filling the intervening moments with lots of arcade-style mini-games. For example, spreading leaflets into constituents’ mailboxes is done by playing a Doodle Jump-like game in which the Titus bounces from one mailbox to the other, trying not to fall down the screen. The game mixes strategy, an interesting art style, and diverting mini-games to keep the whole process interesting.

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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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