New iPhone apps worth downloading: Snapverse update, Ansel & Clair: American Bowl, The Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2

Dec 22, 2013
Tech

Create short, shareable holiday videos this week with Snapverse, our first app worth downloading today. It lets you make 20-second videos and add music from a number of artists and sources. We’ve also got Ansel & Clair: American Bowl, an educational trivia game about America (and which also includes bowling), and The Walking Dead: The […]

Create short, shareable holiday videos this week with Snapverse, our first app worth downloading today. It lets you make 20-second videos and add music from a number of artists and sources. We’ve also got Ansel & Clair: American Bowl, an educational trivia game about America (and which also includes bowling), and The Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2, the continuation of the phenomenal and dark game about making tough choices during the zombie apocalypse.

Snapverse update (Free)

What’s it about? Create 20-second videos to share with others, and add music from top artists, using Snapverse.

What’s cool? Sharing photos is cool, sharing videos might be better, but Snapverse lets you take your shared videos even further with the ability to add music. The app lets you create 20-second videos with your iOS device, and then supports adding music to them when you share them online. The cool thing is, the app licenses bits of popular songs, allowing you to create movies with a soundtrack or just shoot yourself doing karaoke, and then share it. You can also view others’ creations and add comments. Snapverse’s latest update adds lots of new holiday features, like holiday music and snaps featuring Santa, as well as new search features for snaps created with particular songs.

Who’s it for? Anyone interested in making movies with music, or those looking for a unique way to discovernew music, will want to check out Snapverse.

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What’s it like? Create more short, shareable videos with Vine and Instagram.

Ansel & Clair: American Bowl ($0.99)

What’s it about? Combining the fun of virtual bowling with American trivia questions, Ansel & Clair: American Bowl can help kids learn while they also have fun.

What’s cool? The underlying purpose of educational game app Ansel & Clair: American Bowl is to teach kids about American history and culture through trivia questions. But in order to make that learning fun, it also includes a game of bowling that encourages kids to get right answers so that they can throw unlockable balls at pins. In the game, bald eagles have been captured by an evil force and the only way to save them is by earning strikes or spares in bowling – but the only way to get a chance at bowling is to answer trivia questions correctly. The game includes three difficulty levels, plus more than 1,000 questions to answer in lots of different categories.

Who’s it for? American Bowl is great for elementary school kids, and its adjustable difficulty levels mean it works for multiple age groups.

What’s it like? Check out the other Ansel & Clair titles, Ansel & Clair’s Adventures in Africa and Ansel & Clair: Little Green Island.

The Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2 ($4.99)

What’s it about? The follow-up to Telltale Games’ phenomenal adventure game from last year, The Walking Dead Season 2 picks up with protagonist Clementine in a world based on the popular comic series.

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What’s cool? Picking up more than a year after The Walking Dead Season 1, Telltale’s point-and-click adventure title follows the young Clementine, the girl who players cared for throughout Season 1. Growing up and finding herself alone amid the zombie apocalypse, Clementine has to fight for her survival in the first of five episodes, “All That Remains.” Basic gameplay hasn’t changed much – Clementine solves puzzles and occasionally has to fight off zombies or people with quick taps or gesture controls – but the interface has been improved. Season 2 continues what The Walking Dead was known for: tough choices, adult themes, and a full willingness to kill off well-liked characters.

Who’s it for? Fans of The Walking Dead comics and powerful stories will find Season 2 a must-play, but it’s too gory, adult and intense for younger players.

What’s it like? Grab The Walking Dead: The Game to catch up on last season, and Telltale’s other new episodic title, The Wolf Among Us, based on the comic “Fables.”

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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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