Fresh iPhone Apps for Nov. 15: Clingle, Riversip Technology News, Chocohero, INC

Nov 15, 2011
Games

Try a new form of location-based check-in with Clingle, an app that adds video to the kind of social networking you do when you’re wandering around town. The app lets you record short videos to use as your check-ins at businesses or other locations, and you can even leave items, videos or messages for other […]

Try a new form of location-based check-in with Clingle, an app that adds video to the kind of social networking you do when you’re wandering around town. The app lets you record short videos to use as your check-ins at businesses or other locations, and you can even leave items, videos or messages for other users to find when they check in. Next is Riversip Technology News, a curated tech news app that brings you the most important stories first and has a fair amount of room for customization. Chocohero leads today’s fresh games offering. It’s an endless falling title in which you try to destroy platforms and save chocolate people from destruction. INC rounds out the list by providing a side-scrolling hybrid between classic platforming and shooting bad guys.

Clingle (iPhone, iPad) Free

Location-based social networking app Clingle takes the standard of “checking-in” to places you visit and adds something more. Instead of just broadcasting your location by text to your friends using your social networking service, Clingle allows you to check-in by shooting short videos and sharing those with other users.

Clingle also lets you leave secret, hidden messages behind when you check in to different locations around your city. If you drop by our favorite burger joint, for example, you can leave behind a video that your friends will see, should they happen to check-in there. The app also helps you find local deals and hotspots around you, using your iOS device’s GPS capabilities.

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Riversip Technology News (iPhone, iPad) Free

As its name suggests, Riversip Technology News is a news aggregator app that brings you tech news from all over the web, with a philosophy of quick and easy delivery. The app delivers you a prioritized list of news stories by importance, centered around technology, that you can update at your leisure. No matter when you tap into Riversip, so long as you have an Internet connection handy, you can be up to date on the latest, most important tech news.

Riversip allows you to customize how you want to see news, so you can page through headlines, then go deeper into stories that interest you. Once you find something you want to read, you can tap into it to get the full low-down, and even find additional sources with more information on the topic. The app is also curated to bring you highly relevant sources and prioritize stories so you always see what’s most important first.

Chocohero (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Freefalling tilt-based Chocohero is a pretty simple casual arcade title, where instead of avoiding obstacles, you want to crash through them. As you drop down the screen as the game starts, your goal is to free your chocolate-based friends from cages and crash through the platforms nearby. The more friends you save, coins you collect and platforms you destroy, the higher your score.

Chocohero also includes “objectives,” requiring you to fall into a certain number of platforms or save a set number of friends. Once you do, Chocohero earns a longer cape that allows him to score even higher.

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INC (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Part puzzle platformer, part side-scrolling action title, INC puts a gun in your hand and sends you on your way through an 8-bit level filled with dangers. As you travel through the game, you’ll fight off enemy agents by blasting them, jump gaps, trigger platforms and avoid traps as you touch three markers that allow you to open the way out of the level. You’re scored based on your speed, lethality and picking up objects along the way.

INC packs 40 levels for your consumption, as well as a mixture of 8-bit and comic book aesthetics. It also includes Game Center support, which supplies achievements to earn and online leaderboards, on which you can measure your skills.

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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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