Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 12: Pollroll, Pulse News update, Sminis, Hang in… Go!

Mar 12, 2012
Games

Start the week by gathering the opinions of your friends with today’s leading Fresh App, Pollroll. It allows you to instantly create and participate in polls, sharing them online through Facebook and Twitter and garnering answers and comments from the people you know. Following that is an update to Pulse News, a news reader app […]

Start the week by gathering the opinions of your friends with today’s leading Fresh App, Pollroll. It allows you to instantly create and participate in polls, sharing them online through Facebook and Twitter and garnering answers and comments from the people you know. Following that is an update to Pulse News, a news reader app that now has the ability to bring you stories that are unique to your geographical area. Sminis, a Lemmings-like multitasking game, kicks off today’s games listings, requiring you to have quick reflexes to save some hapless robots; and lastly, Hang In…Go! uses a mix of touch and tilt controls to maneuver a glob character around dangerous levels.

Pollroll (iPhone, iPad) Free

Powered by Ask.com, Pollroll makes it easy for users to instantly generate opinion polls to send to their friends and family through integrated social networking. It requires a Facebook or Twitter account to get started in order to tap into a base of users to whom you can send your questions, but once you’ve got that, polls are created simply by typing out a question and some answer choices and adding a photo.

Along with the ability to create polls and share them, Pollroll is packed full of other polls created by others that let you see how many people think the way you do and read the comments of other users who have responded to them. Pollroll also can bring you results based on your location, showing you how many people in your area have voted on a given poll and what they tended to think about it.

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Pulse News update (iPhone, iPad) Free

News aggregator Pulse gained popularity last year for providing a slick and simple interface for reading news stories. It makes it easy to tap into a number of online media outlets such as Wired or Fast Company, bringing their stories to a visual home page where you can tap interesting headlines and read the news, all without the pain of trying to browse your favorite sites on a mobile web browser.

The latest update to Pulse makes it more dynamic and more relevant to readers with the addition of “local” content. By plugging in GPS data from your iPhone or iPad, Pulse can find and bring you regional stories from your area through a partnership with Patch. The app also pipes in local deals, sports news and restaurant reviews.

Sminis (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Sminis are robots, and your goal in the game by the same name is to help those robots navigate potential destruction by avoiding obstacles and reaching safety. Fans of titles such as Lemmings will be pretty familiar with the simple but engaging gameplay, in which you tap a button to signal your robots to move and tap it again to stop them. You’ll need fast reflexes and good timing to get your sminis through each level and keep them from mashing into each other or getting crushed by various forces.

As the game gets harder across Sminis’ 30 levels, you’ll need to multitask and amp up your reflexes to keep your robots from buying it on their path to safety. There are also hidden items to collect along the way, and Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

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Hang In…Go! (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Puzzle-platformer Hang In…Go! puts you in the role of a gooey creature that has to navigate through its various levels by firing slime tentacles at objects. Those tentacles let you stick ceilings and walls, allowing you to swing yourself forward, sling-shot off things and perform other moves to get moving forward. Hang In…Go! uses a combination of touch and tilt controls to make that happen, allowing you to shake your device to stretch your tentacles, tilt back and forth to swing, and so on.

There are 17 levels in all, which grow longer and more difficult as time goes on. Players will have to use their goo skills to avoid obstacles, traps, and falls to their deaths. There are also hidden areas to find and puzzles that change gravity to challenge you as you go, requiring you to rotate your device and think about new ways to progress.

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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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