Fresh iPhone Apps for June 22: Avocado for iPhone, Cloth update, The Act

Jun 22, 2012
Games

It can be tempting to share all your kissy photos and mushy messages with your significant other on Facebook or Twitter, to the annoyance of your other friends. Instead, use Avocado, an app that creates a photo-sharing, message-sending social network just for the pair of you. We’ve also got an update to Cloth, an app […]

It can be tempting to share all your kissy photos and mushy messages with your significant other on Facebook or Twitter, to the annoyance of your other friends. Instead, use Avocado, an app that creates a photo-sharing, message-sending social network just for the pair of you. We’ve also got an update to Cloth, an app that can let you share your outfits with others and even recommend what you should wear based on the weather. Finally, The Act is our game selection going into the weekend, putting players into a comedic cartoon to control its protagonist.

Avocado for iPhone (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Using Avocado is like firing up a two-person social network, designed specifically for you and your significant other. The app is meant to make it easy to stay connected and share things with one another even when you’re apart, specifically keeping things private. You can use the app to quickly send messages and photos and create shared media galleries that are yours alone.

Of course, sometimes you might want to share things with the outside world as well, and Avocado makes it easy to selectively share things on Twitter and Facebook as a couple. You can also use the app to make and share lists that can be practical, like when planning grocery trips or when you need to give the other person a reminder. Avocado is also available for Android devices, so you can link up with your partner even if he or she isn’t also an iOS device user.

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Cloth update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Social fashion app Cloth is a place where you can store share your outfits and fashion sense, getting ratings and comments on your clothes and ideas from friends and family. The app allows you to take and share photos of what you’re wearing through various social networks, tag your favorites with different attributes to note what sort of weather and situations you can wear them in, and to discuss others’ outfits with them as well.

Cloth’s latest update integrates the app with wundeground.com. That means Cloth can now take a look at the weather in your area with your iOS device’s GPS capabilities, then search through the wardrobe you’ve uploaded and suggest outfits for you based on the conditions. The app also now includes photo editing capabilities and filters that you can apply to your shots before you share them, and the ability to search through your outfits by their tags to find the clothes that fit your needs.

The Act (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Putting players into the realm of a cartoon is The Act, a comedy in which you have to help main character Edgar attempt to win the woman of his dreams. The controls are simple: in each stage, you need to swipe either left or right to control Edgar, with the basic premise that left makes him more timid and right makes him bolder. Every level generally includes interaction with other characters in a way that’s specific to the moment, like when Edgar impersonates a doctor and has to blend in with other doctors.

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Though the gameplay is pretty simple, the animation and production values for The Act are of a pretty high caliber. The game looks great and is actually quite funny, despite not including any actual dialog. It’s an interesting experiment in what’s possible in iOS games, even if it’s over too fast and a little short and over-simple.

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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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