New iPhone apps worth downloading: The Moth, Guinness World Records 2014 – Augmented Reality, Device 6

Oct 18, 2013
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Get your week going with some super-cool storytelling from The Moth, today’s first app worth downloading. It brings you stories told on “The Moth Radio Hour,” which you can stream and download to your device. We’ve also got Guiness World Records 2014 – Augmented Reality, which brings you additional content to go with this year’s […]

Get your week going with some super-cool storytelling from The Moth, today’s first app worth downloading. It brings you stories told on “The Moth Radio Hour,” which you can stream and download to your device. We’ve also got Guiness World Records 2014 – Augmented Reality, which brings you additional content to go with this year’s Guinness World Records book. Finally, we’ve got Device 6, an interactive fiction title with an interesting presentation.


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The Moth ($0.99)

What’s it about? Stream and download spoken-word stories told at The Moth and featured on the public radio show “The Moth Radio Hour” with The Moth app.

What’s cool? The Moth is a theater in New York, where storytellers gather to give personal accounts on-stage. They’re often funny and emotional, and the success of the program led to the creation of the public radio show “The Moth Radio Hour.” The Moth app is your portal to those cool stories, allowing you to listen to streams of lots of different stories from all kinds of different people. You can also mark stories as your favorites to listen to again later, share stories over social networks with others, and download stories to listen in offline mode.

Who’s it for? If you like interesting, dramatic storytelling in audio form, The Moth is totally worth checking out.

What’s it like? Also worth a listen for great stories are Radiolab and This American Life.

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Guinness World Records 2014 – Augmented Reality (Free)

What’s it about? Use your iOS devices to view turn Guinness’s most recent record book into an augmented reality experience.

What’s cool? Every year, Guinness compiles its huge number of world records into a book that’s filled with the most extreme things in the world. Going along with the book this year is an augmented reality app that can turn those records into visuals you can access with your iPhone or iPad. The app works by scanning the pages of the record book and overlaying pictures on the screen of your device, showing things like the world’s biggest snake or video clips related to records. There are also interactive elements, as well, that let you do things like add the world’s longest tongue to photos of your friends.

Who’s it for? If you’re a fan of Guinness’ world record books, grab this app. But note that you’ll need the 2014 book for it to work.

What’s it like? Grab the earlier Guinness apps as well, Guinness World Records 2013 and Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition.


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Device 6 ($3.99)

What’s it about? The latest title from developer Simogo, Device 6 is something of an interactive fiction game in which players read along with a story, while interacting with strange elements in the text.

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What’s cool? At first glance, Device 6 seems to be something like an ebook, heavy on text and telling a slowly unfolding story. As you read, however, the more game-like elements become apparent, as interactive images and and buttons start to insert themselves into the text. Unlocking the story over time gets weird as players track text moving around their screen, finding strange elements and trying to solve their puzzles.

Who’s it for? If you like storytelling in your games and experimental approaches to play, try Device 6.

What’s it like? Check out Simogo’s other great games, Year Walk and Beat Sneak Bandit.

 

 

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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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