New iPhone apps worth downloading: Paltalk Video Chat, Congress by Sunlight Foundation, Siegecraft TD

Jul 10, 2013
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Discover new people with your interests across the street and across the world with chatroom app Paltalk, which supports thousands of chat rooms and sports both text and video chat capabilities. We’ve also got a great app for making informed decisions about your government: Congress by Sunlight Foundation, an app full of information about your […]

Discover new people with your interests across the street and across the world with chatroom app Paltalk, which supports thousands of chat rooms and sports both text and video chat capabilities. We’ve also got a great app for making informed decisions about your government: Congress by Sunlight Foundation, an app full of information about your legislators and the work they’re doing in Washington. Finally, Siegecraft TD takes a bit of a new look at tower defense by bringing it into the world of the popular iOS game Siegecraft.

Paltalk Video Chat ($0.99)

What’s it about? Group text and video chat app Paltalk helps you to meet new people with common interests through the use of various video chat rooms on lots of different topics.

What’s cool? There are thousands of chat rooms in the Paltalk network, and the newly released Paltalk app gives you remote access to all of them. The app lets you use your iOS device’s front-facing camera to join live video chats with other users, and you can search for rooms by various topics and interests to find people you want to meet and have conversations with. If video’s not your thing, you can opt to leave your camera off and chat by text with lots of other users, but the app also supports up to three video users at a time.

Who’s it for? If you’re a fan of Paltalk or want to meet new people who are united with you by common ground, interests and ideas, you’ll want to grab this one.

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What’s it like? There’s also a free version of Paltalk, and you can get similar chat room capabilities out of Chatmity.

Congress by Sunlight Foundation (Free)

What’s it about? Keep track of what’s going on with the U.S. Congress, from connecting with legislators to reading about current legislation, using info gathered by the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation in its Congress app.

What’s cool? Finding out what’s going on with legislation and various elected officials is key to a free democracy, which is why Congress by Sunlight Foundation is an app worth snagging. It brings you all kinds of information about what the U.S. Congress is doing at any given time, including rundowns of legislation being debated or voted on, which legislators have sponsored various bills and how they’ve voted, and more. The app also brings you any contact and social media information you might need to connect with various legislators and communicate with them, as well.

Who’s it for? This is the kind of app that every American, especially those concerned with politics and wanting to be informed when voting, should grab.

What’s it like? Check out The Congressional Record for more info on what your elected officials are doing in Washington.

Siegecraft TD ($2.99)

What’s it about? A sequel to defense title Siegecraft, new elements make their way into Siegecraft TD that bring a tower defense flare to the franchise’s world.

What’s cool? It might be set in the same game world as Siegecraft, but pseudo-sequel Siegecraft TD is a very different game. The “TD” stands for “tower defense,” and as such, players are tasked with placing fortifications and attack towers along the path of attacking enemies in order to defeat them before they reach the player’s castle. The goal of each stage is to save money earned from defeating enemies to buy and upgrade new towers, and to build an effective maze that drives enemy attackers past as many damaging towers as possible in order to defeat them. Siegecraft TD packs 30 levels and boasts more than 10 hours of single-player gameplay, and there’s also a multiplayer mode that allows you to challenge your friends, as well.

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Who’s it for? Fans of tower defense games and the original Siegecraft shouldn’t miss this spin on both.

What’s it like? Don’t forget to check out the original Siegecraft, as well as another well-loved franchise in mobile tower defense, Kingdom Rush.

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