Fresh iPhone Apps for Nov. 28: Myxer Social Radio, ContactsTap, The Opposites, Howling Mouse

Nov 28, 2011
Games

Start the week off socially with today’s leading fresh iPhone apps. Myxer Social Radio leads the charge, which allows its users to link up with their Facebook friends to listen to music together. It’s followed by ContactsTap, an app that makes organizing your contacts list easy and quick. Today’s games offerings have a bit of […]

Start the week off socially with today’s leading fresh iPhone apps. Myxer Social Radio leads the charge, which allows its users to link up with their Facebook friends to listen to music together. It’s followed by ContactsTap, an app that makes organizing your contacts list easy and quick. Today’s games offerings have a bit of an educational side: The Opposites is a fast-moving word-matching title, and Howling Mouse is a side-scrolling running title that’ll teach you about the titular mouse, as well as a few other animals.

Myxer Social Radio (iPhone, iPad) Free

Listen to music online with your friends with Myxer Social Radio. The app allows you to create dedicated online “listening rooms” into which you and your friends can sign on, allowing you (or them) to play DJ for your whole group. All you need is a Facebook account for the app to work, and you’re good to go.

Myxer allows you to listen to music socially by inviting your Facebook friends along through the app. You can also chat with your friends in real time when you join your friends in a listening room, and use the app to create a “Song Story” video to share through the app.

ContactsTap (iPhone, iPad) Free

ContactsTap makes it easy to organize your iOS device’s contacts list, allowing you to set up groups, monitor birthdays and send mass emails or SMS messages with just one tap. The app makes use of all the contacts already stored in your iOS devices, and makes it possible for you to search through them and link them to your calendar app, as well.

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The app allows you to make use of a lot of cool elements found in your iPhone. You can see your contacts’ addresses using the map app, organize contacts as businesses or individuals, and do a host of other things to give you full control over all the listings found in your device.

The Opposites (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

An educational word game, The Opposites is all about matching words with opposite meanings. The words start out simple enough, but become more complex as time goes on. As the words appear on the screen, you tap the pair to eliminate them before they fill the screen.

As you move up through The Opposites’ levels, you’ll face words that get really tough. Anything you can’t solve on your own, you can look up using the app’s onboard dictionary, which can help you win your way through the game, or at least teach you a little something about the English language. The Opposites is recommended for players 7-years and older.

Howling Mouse (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Your babies have been kidnapped and it’s up to you to rescue them in Howling Mouse, a side-scrolling running game. Touch the screen to make your mouse jump over obstacles; hold on the screen and she’ll jump even higher. Along the way, you’ll grab grasshoppers to eat, fight off scorpions and spiders, and avoid a horned owl bent on making you a tasty snack.

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Howling Mouse was created by Nat Geo WILD, which means it also includes lots of information about the kinds of animals you’ll find within the game. It offers 30 levels to play through, spread across three different areas, and also includes Game Center and OpenFeint support for friends’ lists, achievements and leaderboards.

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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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