Fresh iPhone Apps for May 16: Consmr Barcode Scanner, eBay Fashion update, Monster Shooter: The Lost Levels, RPG Dragons Odyssey Frane

May 16, 2012
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Today’s fresh apps are built to help consumers find what they’re looking for. Consmr Barcode Scanner makes finding reviews in the grocery store or drugstore a snap, and even provides alternatives to products when you scan something and find you don’t want it. An update to eBay Fashion, a clothing-based official eBay app, also brings […]

Today’s fresh apps are built to help consumers find what they’re looking for. Consmr Barcode Scanner makes finding reviews in the grocery store or drugstore a snap, and even provides alternatives to products when you scan something and find you don’t want it. An update to eBay Fashion, a clothing-based official eBay app, also brings new capabilities to users, including the ability to search for accessories and share sales through social networks. Monster Shooter: The Lost Levels, a cute but somewhat violent twin-stick shooter, starts the day’s games, followed by the extensive Japanese role-playing title, RPG Dragons Odyssey Frane.

Consmr Barcode Scanner (iPhone, iPad) Free

Next time you head out to the grocery store or drugstore, try bringing along Consmr Barcode Scanner and start doing a little research about the things that you buy. Consmr allows you to scan the barcodes of products you find in the supermarket and instantly pull up information about that product, specifically in the form of consumer reviews, which can help you determine what you want to buy and what you don’t.

Consmr brings user reviews as well as ratings across a number of categories, and if you find something while scanning, you can leave a review of the product yourself to help out others. It’s also possible to search for products by their various details, such as gluten-free, in the app, and you can use Consmr to browse for and find alternatives to whatever products you might scan that you determine you don’t actually want.

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eBay Fashion update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Search through eBay’s huge amount of clothing and accessory listings on the auction service’s website with the help of eBay Fashion. The app is specifically geared for the fashion-minded, helping users to search through millions of different items and buy anything you might like. The app also includes exclusive flash sales for users, and makes finding things easy based on its image search capabilities. You might use images related to an item you’re checking out to find something even better.

eBay Fashion just received a big update that adds new search capabilities, adding a lot of accessories and jewelry to the app’s already extensive catalog. It also has undergone some improvements to its user interface, and includes new abilities to share items and even sales on Twitter, Facebook, instant message and email.

Monster Shooter: The Lost Levels (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

As you might expect, there are monsters that need shooting in Monster Shooter: The Lost Levels, and you’re just the purple alien-looking character to do it. Monster Shooter is a twin-stick shooting game in which players are tasked with taking down scores of squid-alien bad guys, using a host of different weapons. You’ll gain experience to “level up” your character and add new special abilities and traits to yourself, while also procuring new weaponry.

Monster Shooter packs 60 levels and weapons that can be upgraded repeatedly to make them more powerful. It also packs more than 100 “missions,” or small-scale objectives that help keep players focused and get them leveling up faster. There’s also Game Center support, which provides online leaderboards as well as more than 80 achievements.

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RPG Dragons Odyssey Frane (iPhone, iPad) $11.99

A role-playing game in the classic Japanese style of games such as those in the Final Fantasy series, Dragons Odyssey Frane puts players in a 16-bit world that’s packed with high production values, including full voice work for the game’s extensive story. Like other Japanese RPGs, Dragons Odyssey is heavy on story and includes turn-based combat.

You’ll pick your characters’ moves when fighting monsters by making choices from a menu, and strategy and item management are key to success again bad guys that range from small random bad guys to massive bosses. Dragons Odyssey also includes hand-drawn graphics and hours of gameplay through which players can work.

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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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