Developer: Nicholas Lee Designs
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

It’s fun to be able to take a quick snapshot on your iOS device, press a button or two and watch the wacky results come out. WackyCam appreciates this and throws a whole load of different effects at you. It does exactly what its description states too offering a fairly streamlined process. If only the effects bar was a little easier to eke out from the interface.

I hate to list features but there’s no better way to get across just how many filters and effects are on offer here. Once you take a photo, or while the subject is still in front of the camera (you can use both the front and rear camera and each effect is done on the fly for added convenience), you can wheel your way through the effects and see how it looks. In all there are 21 different effects plus two custom modes. Some are not quite so thrilling such as red, green and blue filters. Others remind you of a funfair attraction but aren’t perhaps very practical such as the mirrored effects like Twirl, Pinch and Bulge. Then there’s the really cool ones like Night Vision, X Ray and Pop Art, which creates four images of you (still on the fly) in various colors just like an Andy Warhol picture. Vertical and Horizontal Mirrors create a funky effect where the subject is divided into two in a way. My personal favourite however is Text Art which looks like a cross between The Matrix and one of the teaser posters for The Social Network.

Besides these predefined filters, you can create your own whereby you can adjust the color, mirroring effects and distortion. It’s a nice move although I found myself pretty happy with what was already there. As is customary, you can share your creations via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and email easily enough which is convenient.

The only downside is that the effects bar that you have to tap the edge off to bring down, isn’t as responsive as it should be. It took me quite a few attempts to drag it down even though other times it’d be quick to react. Once it’s down, it’s easy to wheel through the selections, it’s just starting off that’s tough.

Other than this though, WackyCam is a pretty cool app for the sub dollar price. It packs a lot into its simple frame and it’s good fun to mess around with amongst friends. Do bear in mind though that this app ONLY works with the iPhone and iPod Touch 4.

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