Fresh iPhone Apps for Oct. 25: Toilet Finder!, Big Lens, Powder Monkeys, Fara

Oct 25, 2011
Games

Finally, a really useful thing to do with your iPhone: Track down a bathroom in an emergency. You can do that with Toilet Finder!, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App. Once you’ve got that situation under control and you’re feeling a little more relaxed, try your hand at some photography with your new iPhone 4S and […]

Finally, a really useful thing to do with your iPhone: Track down a bathroom in an emergency. You can do that with Toilet Finder!, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App. Once you’ve got that situation under control and you’re feeling a little more relaxed, try your hand at some photography with your new iPhone 4S and Big Lens, a camera app that gives you lots of control over focus. In games, Powder Monkey puts you in control of a pirate-hunting monkey captain with his own ship, and Fara is a role-playing game not unlike The Legend of Zelda with a humorous story and some pretty artwork to facilitate it.

Toilet Finder! (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Smartphones and tablets have some great technologies squirreled away inside them, which makes for some really useful and practical applications. Location-based apps offer a lot of versatility for finding things you need, but there’s one thing that’s always incredibly difficult to locate in an emergency: a bathroom. That’s the niche that Toilet Finder! finds itself in. It uses your iPhone’s GPS to help you find the nearest public restroom.

Toilet Finder! makes use of your iOS device’s embedded maps app to provide standard or satellite views, so you can navigate a given urban area when time is of the essence. It also provides additional information about the toilet’s location, like the phone numbers and addresses of the buildings and businesses containing them.

Big Lens (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Optimized for the iPhone 4S, Big Lens adds greater power for your iOS device’s camera by adding more depth of field to your photos. It works on two tenets – focus and filters – and gives you greater control over both. Big Lens basically allows your iPhone to function more like an SLR camera by giving you more control over where you want the focus: just tap on something on your screen and the app does the rest.

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In addition to its “Smart Focus” feature, Big Lens, also gives you instant focus and blur options, aperture controls, and 18 filters you can apply to your shots. You can preview your photos before you mess with them and upload them to various social networks, including Facebook and Picasa.

Powder Monkeys (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Take to the high seas in Powder Monkeys, in which you’re the captain of a monkey ship in a naval war against insects. Powder Monkeys has you sailing around a group of islands, protecting them and attacking and gathering new weapons and items for your ship, like watermelon cannon balls and defensive umbrella bullets. When you’re stocked up, you’ll sail off and get into battles with enemy ships, in which your goal is to take them out by firing your shots quickly and past the enemy’s defenses, while protecting yourself.

There are quite a few quests for you to complete in Powder Monkeys, and each one earns you experience and money you can use to better your ship and become more of a dominant force on the high seas. You’ll also win better ship parts as you finish battles, which you can use to upgrade and customize it.

Fara (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Combining action and role-playing games, Fara puts you in control of a mysterious young man who finds himself washed up on the shore of a weird island. There you’ll work to figure out what happened to you and where you are, while battling monsters in the style of games such as Final Fantasy or The Legend of Zelda.

Fara includes quite an involved, goofy story infused with a lot of humor in its characters and plot. It also features a great deal of hand-painted graphics, and it often looks pretty great. In addition to the story and many quests to complete, it also makes use of Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

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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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