Fresh iPhone Apps for May 21: Fotopedia Morocco, Kohler, Extinction Squad, Boomlings

May 21, 2012
Games

This week, learn more about the diversity and people of Morocco with the help of today’s leading Fresh App, Fotopedia Morocco. It provides thousands of photos of the country and shows off portions of Morocco you’ve likely never seen or heard of before. Following that is Kohler’s new iPad app, which makes it easy to […]

This week, learn more about the diversity and people of Morocco with the help of today’s leading Fresh App, Fotopedia Morocco. It provides thousands of photos of the country and shows off portions of Morocco you’ve likely never seen or heard of before. Following that is Kohler’s new iPad app, which makes it easy to preview the company’s product lineup as if it were in your own kitchen. Touch-controlled animal-saving game Extinction Squad is up next, complete with its leaderboards on which you can pursue high scores, followed by Boomlings, a match-3 puzzler with a lot of freedom.

Fotopedia Morocco (iPhone, iPad) Free

The latest app in Fotopedia’s releases of apps filled with themed photography comes from Morocco, giving insight into the country that’s hard to get anywhere else. Like Fotopedia’s other apps, Fotopedia Morocco endeavors to bring an understanding of the country of Morocco and its diversity, from oceans to snow-capped mountains. It also shows the lives of its people in an intimate and detailed way that’s hard to get anywhere else.

Fotopedia Morocco includes thousands of photos and includes a feature that allows users to create their own tours of the country using those shots. You can also create free wallpapers for your iPhone or iPad from what’s included in Fotopedia Morocco, share photos across Facebook and Twitter, and create Instant Slideshows so you can see multiple photos quickly and easily on your device.

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Kohler (iPhone, iPad) Free

If you’re looking for new fixtures and appliances for your kitchen or bathroom, your iPad can be a handy tool for figuring out what you want and how it’ll look in your house, thanks to a newly released version of Kohler’s iPad app. It’s filled with all of the faucet and toilet company’s products, but what makes it more notably useful are its augmented reality abilities that allow you to see how different fixtures will actually look in your kitchen.

Kohler has also outfitted the app with a 360-degree tour feature that allows you to move through a virtual room outfitted with a number of the company’s products, view different samples in side-by-side comparisons to help you make a decision, and scan bar codes and QR codes to find Kohler products and compare them.

Extinction Squad (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

The cartoonish art style and goofy premises Adult Swim Games are known for are very much a part of Extinction Squad, in which players join Chuck Darwin’s Extinction Squad in an effort to save animals from throwing themselves to their deaths. The trouble is that, after a lost colony of Dodo birds has resulted in their being re-released into the wild all over the world, the birds gaseous emissions are so horrifying that other animals find they no longer want to live. Your job is to save them from their deadly leaps with a trampoline.

In each level of Extinction Squad, you’ll use touch controls to slide the trampoline back and forth around the screen to catch falling animals. The more you catch without missing, the higher your score climbs. Occasionally, bombs will fall as well, which you’ll need to dodge. You can also gather coins to unlock power-ups and new stages, and your scores are tracked on Game Center leaderboards.

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Boomlings (iPhone, iPad) Free

Puzzler Boomlings is about match-3 gameplay and careful planning. The game presents you with a grid that’s covered sporadically with square boomlings of different colors. The goal is to make groups of four or more to clear them, and you can slide boomlings around the grid to anywhere so long as there’s a clear path. Mixed throughout are bombs of different colors that can help trigger big combos.

In order to really spike up your scores in Boomlings, you’ll not only need to make groups of all one color, but you’ll want to link those groups to other groups by using bombs. The more boomlings you can clear in a single move, the higher your score, so careful planning is rewarded. More boomlings appear on the grid with every move, however, so you’ll need to act quickly and carefully to succeed.

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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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