Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 14: Paper’d, Peel update, Coco Loco, Pebble Universe

Mar 14, 2012
Games

Tired of looking at the same iPhone background every single day? Paper’d has your back – and your iPhone’s too – providing free backgrounds as well as paid ones you can download straight to your device. American Idol fans will find content especially for them in social TV app Peel’s new update. In today’s games […]

Tired of looking at the same iPhone background every single day? Paper’d has your back – and your iPhone’s too – providing free backgrounds as well as paid ones you can download straight to your device. American Idol fans will find content especially for them in social TV app Peel’s new update. In today’s games selections, we’ve grabbed a couple of interesting physics puzzlers: Coco Loco, a mix of puzzle-solving and Angry Birds action, and Pebble Universe, a game that’s all about timing, and smashing things together.

Paper’d (iPhone, iPad) Free

Customize your iOS device and access all kinds of images for your iPhone and iPad with Paper’d. The app is filled with hundreds of wallpapers you can download for free to give your device’s home screen the flare and personality you want. Paper’d also features a rotating gallery of images that can be downloaded through in-app purchases.

Wallpapers are organized to be easy to search and can be previewed ahead of downloading them to see how they look on both your lock screen and your home screen. You can also download individual wallpapers, or whole collections so you can rotate them in later.

Peel – Personal TV Show Guide update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Fans of American Idol will want to check out the latest update to social networking TV app Peel, which has just added a bunch of features specific to the show and its fans. Fans of the show can now access Peel as they watch live, “cheering” and “booing” along with the rest of the audience and other Peel participants, and rate the performances as they watch them, as well as rate the performances of the judges.

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Peel isn’t just for American Idol, however: it’s designed to help you find TV shows to watch, by date, time, genre and more. Peel brings you a visual guide to what’s on TV, allows you to share what you’re watching with others and mark your favorite shows, while cutting shows you don’t like from your search results. And you can set alarms to help you avoid missing the shows you like.

Coco Loco (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Coco Loco is an arcade game in which you need to shoot your marshmallow friends at structures to destroy them and knock out oppressive coco beans. It’s basically the same setup as Angry Birds and similar titles, but with desserts. But Coco Loco isn’t just a clone of Angry Birds: it adds puzzle elements and liquid physics to really change up the common formula.

In each level, you’ll have to puzzle out how to get the results you need. In some levels, you’ll be able to knock over vats of chocolate to destroy structures; in others, you’ll expand jelly items and explode them to spray goo all over the level. You’ll have to think creatively through each level to manipulate Coco Loco’s elements and get the best scores available.

Pebble Universe (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Another physics puzzler with an interesting take on the genre, Pebble Universe isn’t about firing objects at enemies, it’s about bashing rocks together. In order to take out the stationary monsters in each puzzle level, you’ll need to tap the screen to let your pebble characters roll into position. The key is to roll two pebbles together at the right spot to send debris shooting into the air, and that means getting the timing right to get the two characters to smack into each other.

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Pebble Universe packs a cute art style and some addictively simple play. The fewer pebbles you can use in each level, the higher your score will be. And you can see how you stack up against other players thanks to Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

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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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