Fresh iPhone Apps for Sep. 27: Stooges, Missions, Dead End, Cowboy Guns

Sep 27, 2011
Games

Leading today’s crop of iPhone apps is Stooges, an app that lets you recut bits of The Three Stooges episodes into beatbox loops that you can upload to YouTube. Following it is Missions, a task management app that lets you tie your to-do list items to geographic locations. In games, grab Dead End, a zombie […]

Leading today’s crop of iPhone apps is Stooges, an app that lets you recut bits of The Three Stooges episodes into beatbox loops that you can upload to YouTube. Following it is Missions, a task management app that lets you tie your to-do list items to geographic locations. In games, grab Dead End, a zombie game in which your character is too terrified to shoot straight (which adds quite a bit of challenge), and Cowboy Guns, in which straight shooting will save your life.

Stooges (iPhone, iPad) Free

Here’s a great idea for an app. Stooges is filled with clips of episodes of The Three Stooges, and puts video-editing capabilities in your hand on your iPhone or iPad. The app’s capabilities: remixing those clips into songs. Made up of “Hey Moes!” and “Why I Oughtas!”, the end result is a beatbox loop you can play again and again, complete with the video as you mixed it – kinda brilliant.

Once you’ve created your Stooges loop, the app gives you a few options with which to share it with the world. You can post your creations to YouTube or Facebook, email or just save to your camera roll. You can also instantly share your clips with other Stooges users.

Missions (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Task management app Missions puts a bit of a modern military spin on your to-do lists. The app uses its futuristic interface to turn your tasks into something a bit more dramatic, allowing you to assign missions to different physical locations using your device’s GPS capabilities. When you approach the location of a mission, the app lets you know, and you’ll be able to see what you need to do to complete it, and how long you have left.

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Missions lets you set locations based on your contacts and maps, and the app will shut itself off when it doesn’t detect any nearby locations in order to help maintain battery life. The app also keeps you notified of when your missions are running out of time or nearing their expirations, so you can make sure to complete them.

Dead End (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Lots of games in the iTunes App Store deal with the inevitable zombie apocalypse, but in most games let you play a character who can grab a gun, grit their teeth and fight off the horde like it’s no big deal. Dead End has a slightly more realistic take on the zombie apocalypse, in which you play a guy scared out of his mind. He runs around the screen unendingly, flailing his arms and bouncing off walls. Touch the screen and you can fire your guns, but only in a horrified circle.

You’ll fight through 15 waves of zombies in Dead End if you can survive in your freaked-out state that long, using various different guns and dodging a mess of zombies. As time goes on, you’ll fight-off tougher waves with different types of zombies mixed in. The more dead zombies you stack up, the higher your score, which you’ll be able to compare with other players on Dead End’s Game Center and OpenFeint leaderboards.

Cowboy Guns (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Grab your six shooter and take to the Wild West in Cowboy Guns, a dual-stick shooter in which you play a gunslinger by the name of The Kid. You play something of a hired hand and bounty hunter who helps out your local sheriff, taking down outlaws and defending the town from ruffians. Winning shootouts and finding hidden sheriff stars scattered throughout the game earns you points and cash, much of which can be traded for weapon upgrades and other bonuses.

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Cowboy Guns has four boss characters to take on during the course of the game, and you can also switch to “bounty hunter mode,” if you don’t feel like following the game’s story. There’s also a survival mode, in which you’ll see how many bad guys you can take down before they take you down.

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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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