Fresh iPhone Apps for Sep. 6: PostSecret, Forkly, Naught, Haraka

Sep 6, 2011
Games

It took quite an investment, but an app for community art project PostSecret is now available in the App Store, and it leads today’s Fresh iPhone Apps. Download it and start reading secrets (and sending in a few of your own), before you head out to dinner with the help of Forkly, an app that […]

It took quite an investment, but an app for community art project PostSecret is now available in the App Store, and it leads today’s Fresh iPhone Apps. Download it and start reading secrets (and sending in a few of your own), before you head out to dinner with the help of Forkly, an app that recommends dishes at eateries near you. In games, Naught takes the class side-scrolling platformer and turns it, and your device, on its head, and Haraka re-imagines Pong as a tennis-like sport featuring two guys battling against one another for points.

PostSecret (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

After a long time in development, an app for the community art project and blog PostSecret has finally hit the iTunes App Store. The app allows users to join in the project, which has anonymous writers send one-sentence secrets written on post cards to artist Frank Warren. Using the app, you can submit a secret on any photo rather than mailing a physical postcard to Warren.

Everyone who contributes to PostSecret is anonymous, and that anonymity is maintained with the PostSecret app. In addition to sending in secrets of your own, you’re also able to browse secrets submitted by other users and even see the ones that have come from people near you. You can’t be outed by the location you send from, however – it’s easy to opt out, and you can send from general public locations like whole cities or schools.

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Forkly (iPhone, iPad) Free

Forkly is a recommendation app that doesn’t work by restaurant or eatery, but by dish. The app uses your Twitter account to link into what’s good at particular restaurants and helps you find food you might like by scouring the tastes and recommendations of others. When you hit a new restaurant, Forkly will recommend food you might like based on your tastes, and if you see something you’re interested in but don’t feel like having during that particular visit, you can note it in the app so you’ll remember to try it next time.

Being tied in to social networking, Forkly also provides a means of sharing what you enjoy with other users. You can snap photos of dishes and share them through Facebook and Twitter without much hassle, and the more you share, the more “influence points” you earn that lend credence to your recommendations to help out other users.

Naught (iPhone, iPad) Free

Side-scrolling platformer Naught isn’t the kind of game you play with buttons like others in the genre. Instead, you direct your character, Naught, through each of the game’s levels by shifting the world around him. Rotating your device changes gravity, causing Naught to walk forward or just to fall, to avoid obstacles and deadly objects. It’s an interesting way to rework a familiar style of gameplay.

If rotating isn’t your thing, you can also use one of two other control methods, but they’re a bit less innovative. The game is available for free with an in-app purchase of $0.99, which nets you 15 more levels, and more updates are coming down the pipe that will add more to the story and Game Center support.

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Haraka (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Imagine if Pong was played by two characters using sticks to bat a ball back and forth, and you’ve got Haraka. You control one of these two guys, directing him left and right with a pair of buttons on either side of the screen. The goal is to anticipate where the ball will end up and hit it back, rather like tennis. Points are scored by bouncing the ball off the floor or side walls of your opponent’s half of the court before he touches the ball, and the first to 10 wins.

But there’s more to consider than just the basics of Haraka. You can increase the stats of your character to make him quicker or stronger using power-ups and by pulling down victories in the campaign mode. There’s also a local multiplayer mode that allows you to take friends to test your Haraka skills, using the same device.

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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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