Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 28: Q-Up, Pix: Pixel Mixer, Super Lemonade Factory, Burning Run

Mar 28, 2012
Games

Make the most of your next networking opportunity with today’s leading Fresh App, Q-Up. The app makes it easy to quickly share contact information with the people you meet using a short-range Bluetooth connection. We’ve also got Pix: Pixel Mixer, a quick and easy photo filtering app that lets you mix and match as many […]

Make the most of your next networking opportunity with today’s leading Fresh App, Q-Up. The app makes it easy to quickly share contact information with the people you meet using a short-range Bluetooth connection. We’ve also got Pix: Pixel Mixer, a quick and easy photo filtering app that lets you mix and match as many as 30 different filters to create your own looks and effects. Side-scrolling platformer Super Lemonade Factory kicks off today’s games titles, followed by Burning Run, a casual game in which you’ll tap flaming animals to put out the fires on their heads.

Q-Up (iPhone, iPad) Free

Networking app Q-Up is basically designed to allow users to quickly and easily trade contact information without having to do a lot of talking to get it done. The app makes use of your iOS device’s Bluetooth capabilities, allowing you to quickly share your pre-approved contact information with a nearby device – owned by someone you just met – in order to hand off your name, email address, phone number and whatever else you might want to provide.

Q-Up has a number of handy features that make it easy to keep track of who you met, where and when. You can add dates and times to contact information to help jog your memory of your meeting, and add data about yourself that you can quickly toggle on or off to customize what you want to share with each new person you meet. Once you’re all set, it’s just a matter of connecting with another users with a single button.

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Pix: Pixel Mixer (iPhone, iPad) Free

There’s a ton of photo editing and filtering apps in the iTunes App Store, but often with such apps, simple is better. Pix: Pixel Mixer does a pretty good job of keeping things simple for its users, while providing lots of filters that users can add to their photos. Even better, you can add multiple filters to your shots, mixing and matching their effects to get the result you’re looking to achieve.

Pix includes 30 filters, as well as 24 film layers you can add over top of your shots, and another 16 frames to use to finish off your shots when you’re done adjusting them. Filters are added with a single touch, and you can save your favorite effects for later so you remember what they are. There’s also an option to add random effects, and you can save your results with others through Facebook, Twitter and email.

Super Lemonade Factory (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Side-scrolling platformer Super Lemonade Factory’s retro feel and art-style perfectly complements its somewhat simple but engaging gameplay. You take on the role of a couple that has just inherited the responsibility of running a lemonade factory, and have to deal with untrusting employees as you work through each level of the game. There are two characters, each with different capabilities, and in order to solve each level, you’ll frequently have to switch between them.

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Super Lemonade Stand includes 72 platforming levels and some pretty mature storytelling, revealed as you speak with employees and learn more about the world and the business you’re running during wartime. It also packs a level editor so you can make stages of your own, and Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Burning Run (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Burning Run is a pretty simple casual title, and it’s all based on having the right tool for the job. In each level of the game, you’ll be tasked with saving various critters from a forest fire. Your job is to put out fires on the heads of those animals using various tools. You’ll start with a bucket, which is good for swiping the flames off rabbits, but before long you’ll need tougher tools to save bigger animals.

As you progress through Burning Run, you’ll earn coins that can be spent on upgrading your tools or buying new ones. You’re able to return to past levels to earn more money to buy upgrades and ammo for your different tools, which is key to success. Burning Run includes 84 levels of frantic and fiery action, as well as three difficulty modes through which to test your skill.

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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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