Fresh iPhone Apps for Oct. 26: Facinate Halloween, Living Language, Eve of Impact, Hungry Sumo

Oct 26, 2011
Games

Get ready for Halloween, or at least get your iOS devices’ photos ready, with Facinate Halloween, an app that lets you add goofy costume props to your photos. It leads today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list, along with Living Language – Spanish, an app that’s like a Spanish class in your iPhone or iPad. Eve of […]

Get ready for Halloween, or at least get your iOS devices’ photos ready, with Facinate Halloween, an app that lets you add goofy costume props to your photos. It leads today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list, along with Living Language – Spanish, an app that’s like a Spanish class in your iPhone or iPad. Eve of Impact leads off our game selection, in which you’ll use missiles to defend the Earth from asteroids while the planet is evacuated, followed by Hungry Sumo, an action-puzzler in which you’ll have to feed your sumo wrestler so he can grow large and defeat smaller sumos.

Facinate Halloween – Funny Scary Props (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Halloween is fast approaching, but you don’t need to dress up in a costume to take great photos and get into the spirit. Facinate Halloween is designed to take the dressing up part out of the equation, instead providing you with the ability to put virtual items on the pictures you take with your iOS device. Facinate Halloween is loaded down with Halloween-type items, like jack-o-lantern eyes, devil horns and more.

You can use photos you snap with the app or import photos from your device’s camera roll. It includes more than 100 items you can add to photos, and also has the ability to upload pics straight to Facebook, save them to your camera roll or email them to others.

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Living Language – Spanish (iPhone) Free (with $14.99 in-app purchase)

Let your iOS devices teach you Spanish with the latest of Living Language’s apps, this one geared toward Spanish and designed for the iPhone. The app includes things like flashcard-style that include Spanish words and their English translations on the backs of the cards, audio pronunciations, grammar lessons and more, creating full lessons for each of the app’s difficulty levels: Essential, Intermediate and Advanced.

Living Language – Spanish packs 11 lessons spread over three levels with the free app download, allowing you to try it out for free. The rest can be unlocked through an in-app purchase of $14.99. That nets you 46 lessons spread out over three courses.

Eve of Impact (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

The Earth is a being assaulted by a massive meteor shower. The end of the world is imminent, and the only thing that can be done is the evacuation of the planet. But time is of the essence, and while the Earth is protected by a shield, it can’t withstand too many meteor strikes. Your job: protect the planet for as long as possible with Earth’s defensive missiles. But you can blow up the asteroids, because the pieces just keep going – you need to use the shockwave from the missiles’ explosions to send the rocks off-course.

Eve of Impact’s missiles are fired by tapping, and were you tap on the screen is where your missiles are fired and detonated. The longer you protect the planet, the more people can evacuate it, which counts toward your score. When the planet takes too many hits, it’s all over, though.

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Hungry Sumo (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Puzzle arcade game Hungry Sumo includes lots of different kinds of games all mashed together. Primarily, it’s a simple game in which you control a sumo wrestler that bounces around the screen with other, enemy sumos. When the sumos touch, they take hits, and if your sumo gets hit too much by bigger sumos, it’ll turn into one of the enemies. Lose all your sumos and you lose the game; but you can pump up your sumo by quickly tapping it (so long as he doesn’t get hit while you’re making him grow) and make it take over the enemies, instead.

As you clear out more and more puzzle levels, you’ll eventually play bonus stages, like a whack-a-mole-style game, or a slicing game similar to Fruit Ninja. You score points by bouncing into sumos and finishing the levels quickly, or by scoring well during the bonus rounds. The more you rack up, the higher you’ll be able to place on the game’s online leaderboards, provided by Game Center.

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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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