Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 23: Blurtt, The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Hunger Games: Girl on Fire, Madcoaster

Mar 23, 2012
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Head into the weekend with a today’s Fresh iPhone App, Blurtt, which allows you to add photos and images to your text messages and emails, both from the Internet and from your camera roll. Follow it up with The Greatest Stories Ever Told, a National Geographic Adventure app that brings all kinds of videos to […]

Head into the weekend with a today’s Fresh iPhone App, Blurtt, which allows you to add photos and images to your text messages and emails, both from the Internet and from your camera roll. Follow it up with The Greatest Stories Ever Told, a National Geographic Adventure app that brings all kinds of videos to iPad users. We’ve got a couple of solid games for you to take into the weekend, as well: first, Hunger Games: Girl on Fire, a running game that ties in with the newly released movie, and second, Madcoaster, another side-scroller that requires fast reflexes to grab a high score.

Blurtt (iPhone, iPad) Free

Messaging app Blurtt has a pretty simple mandate and mission: it’s often easier to depict what you’re trying to say with pictures rather than text – so why not use pictures? The app allows you to add images to messages you send using the app’s giant image database. All you have to do is put in the search terms of what you’re looking for, find a suitable image and tap it, and it’s ready to go in your text message or email.

Blurtt lets you track down images from either the Internet through the app’s service, or from your own Camera Roll, to use in your messages and emails. You can also adjust the font and size of text in your message, share your “blurtts” through Twitter and Facebook, and participate in the Blurtt community, where you can see and comment on other people’s Blurtts, as well as share your own.

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National Geographic Adventure Presents the Greatest Stories Ever Told (iPad) $1.99

National Geographic Adventure’s new app is basically a wealth of video showing some of the world’s greatest modern exploring. You can watch a number of explorers as they embark on a number of different journeys, including Robert Ballard’s discovery of the wreckage of the Titanic, as well as many others from around the world.

Greatest Stories Ever Told is filled with photos, text and videos about great adventures that span the globe. There’s mountain-climbing, caving, trans-Atlantic exploration and more, all with a scientific bent and all filled with information, as well as lush videos about the locations and the discoveries made within them. If you already enjoy National Geographic’s documentaries on TV, you’ll love them available right on your iPad.

Hunger Games: Girl on Fire (iPhone, iPad) Free

Just in time for the release of The Hunger Games in theaters comes Hunger Games: Girl on Fire. A side-scrolling running game with graphics of the 16-bit persuasion, Hunger Games puts you in the role of protagonist Katniss as she find herself in a series of fairly rough situations. You’ll need to swipe up and down to move her from one path to another to dodge attacks and tap to fire her bow to ward off attackers.

Hunger Games includes some pretty fast-paced action, as well as boss fights that require quick reflexes on the part of the player to stay alive, plus retro production values that give the game an interesting feel. It also packs Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

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Madcoaster (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Another running title, Madcoaster is a little different from Hunger Games because it puts players in a runaway rollercoaster, but the principles are the same. Players tap to jump their coaster over gaps and onto different tracks, where they can pop over loops, snag coins and acquire power-ups to stay alive. There are also tons of enemies to plow through to earn points.

Madcoaster scores players by gauging how many coins they collect along the way and how much ground they can cover before crashing. It also includes leaderboards and achievements from Game Center, so players can check their skills against other players from all over the world.

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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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