Fresh iPhone Apps for May 22: Mad Wig Out, FlySmart, The Sandbox, Scotland Yard

May 22, 2012
Games

A promotional app for the animated film Madagascar 3, Mad Wig Out, lets you throw rainbow clown wigs on your friends in your iOS photos, and it leads out Fresh Apps for the day. You can adjust your photos, and share them on Twitter and Facebook. Following that is FlySmart, an app that brings you […]

A promotional app for the animated film Madagascar 3, Mad Wig Out, lets you throw rainbow clown wigs on your friends in your iOS photos, and it leads out Fresh Apps for the day. You can adjust your photos, and share them on Twitter and Facebook. Following that is FlySmart, an app that brings you flight information as well as telling you what kind of restaurants and shops you can find in the airports where you’ll be waiting for flights. Elemental physics title The Sandbox kicks off the day’s game titles, in which players create objects by mixing other elements, with the app version of board game Scotland Yard rounding out the selection.

Mad Wig Out (iPhone, iPad) Free

A promotional app for the third Madagascar movie, Mad Wig Out lets you put clown wigs on the subjects of your photos. The movie has its animal characters finding themselves under the big top, and you can make the people in your photos look like they belong in a clown car or loading themselves into a cannon by adding virtual wigs to the people in the shots.

Once you’ve tossed a rainbow clown wig on the subject of your photos, you can also add characters from the film to your shots. After that, you can save your shots to your camera roll and share them with others through email, Facebook and Twitter.

FlySmart: Be An Airport Insider (iPad) Free

If you find yourself headed to an airport anytime soon, you might want to check out what FlySmart has to offer. The app brings you all kinds of information when you travel, including real-time flight data and push notifications that let you know when your plane is on its way or when it might land. Outside of your own flight information, you can also find out things about the airports where you’ll be staying and find ratings of their amenities.

FlySmart includes information about shops and restaurants in 90 different airports, bringing users listings of what they’ll find in them. It also shows lots of other information, such as parking lot availability, baggage claim locations, weather updates and suggestions of what to do in the areas around those airports.

The Sandbox (iPhone, iPad) Free

You get to play god in a very literal sense in The Sandbox. As a helper of The Creator, your job is to create objects and elements by combining other elements, energy and weather. For example, to grow plants, you’ll first need to use the sun to heat mud; mud requires water and dirt. As you progress step-by-step, you’ll unlock new elements and complete different challenges that allow you to create as you see fit in The Sandbox’s world.

The Sandbox includes 24 missions to play through during the course of the game, and you’ll earn “mana” to buy different elements and items. Once you have your elements, you can craft worlds of your own that can be shared within the app. Just be warned that some players feel the game is designed to force in-app purchases for mana, so the “free” designation might not be so accurate.

Scotland Yard (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

Scotland Yard is a mobile version of the popular board game in which players team up as Scotland Yard detectives on the hunt for another player who takes on the role of Mr. X. Your job is to move around London from station to station, trying to track down Mr. X and capture him in the turn-based game that’s good for as many as six players.

The game is set up so you can even play alone against computer players, and also supports local pass-and-play, Bluetooth multiplayer or online play. It also includes voice chat through Game Center, and has a tutorial mode to teach you how to play quickly and easily at the outset of the game.

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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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