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NFB StopMo Studio is a complete stop-motion utility for iPad that not only teaches you the basics of stop-motion animation, but lets you shoot your first stop-motion film as well. The application was actually born from the National Film Board of Canada's "legendary animation workshops," and concentrates "decades of expertise" to make it the App Store's very best stop-motion tool.
The app features a wide variety of capture tools including time-lapse features, access to both front-facing and rear-facing cameras, "onion skins," a grid tool, and more. Additionally, after you've shot your stop-motion film the app also provides many editing features such as the ability to add an iTunes soundtrack, add fade-in, fade-out, and sound effects, and the ability to export your film to MP4 format.
You can get NFB StopMo Studio from the App Store for $0.99. The app is only compatible with iPad.
Check out the below stop-motion video, which was made with the StopMo Studio app:
Great Big War Game gets a great big price cut to celebrate nearing the 500,000 online games mark (and perhaps to help push it over that number, as well).
Great Big War Game is now available for only 99 cents, dropping from its previous price of $2.99. The price change will only last until Monday, July 22nd, so be sure to check out this turn-based strategy title before then.
Fun fact: Great Big War Game is nearing half a million total online games played. It's currently sitting at around 426,316.
From the creators of Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit comes a brand new associated iOS title, Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno. You return as Ash, the prince of hell, in this side-scrolling action title, riding a deadly jetpack driller and blasting your way through gruesome monsters to avoid deadly obstacles.
•The simplicity of two button gameplay.
•50 unique levels set in 5 different worlds.
•Avoid obstacles whilst thrusting through the game in the high-speed jetpack action.
•Break through walls and kill monsters using cool weapons including a machine gun and a rocket launcher.
•Defeat more than 30 monsters and collect their tokens
•Collect gold and unlock 50 new masks and jetpack skins!
•Find the Doom Token hidden within each level to unlock secret areas
I think there was a moment in my late childhood when my dad really wanted me to understand how cars work. I didn't pay much attention, honestly, as I was generally lost in my own little world throughout my days of kid-dom. Today, though, there are times when I really wish I had paid more careful attention to the lessons of my youth. And that's where How Cars Work comes in. Simply put, it's an instructional app that teaches...yep...how cars work. From steering and suspension to powertrain and braking, pretty much all of the basics are covered in this tidy little app.
Now, in version 1.3.0, developer Aymen Alshawi has added a basic maintenance section to help those who may not know how to perform basic maintenance like changing a tire on their vehicle. It's a handy and quick way to find information if it's needed in an emergency, and while all makes and models are different, this app covers the basics that apply to pretty much every vehicle. And more is on the way in future update, including a guide to vehicle modifications.
Make up for those lost lessons of youth and learn a little more about your car with How Cars Work.
Meet Heckerty is a delightful interactive storybook app that introduces children to a relatable witch named Heckerty whom children will really enjoy.
The story is a charming introduction to the character of Heckerty, as she explains how here face turned green by a botched potion that was originally concocted to clear her skin of warts and spots before having her photo taken.
This story is told in the first person, with fabulous narration that really brings this character to life as well as including highlighted words and the chance to tap any word to hear it spoken. This book can also be read by oneself, but I am happy to announce that this narration is on my short list of best narration heard in an application to date.
I appreciate the sophisticated nature of this story’s structure told in a flashback as this witch explains how her face turned green, as well as this story opening up with Heckerty being in a frustrated mood which children will find relatable while never off-putting.
Simple illustrations are included that become animated with a tap. I admire the choice to keep the drawings auxiliary with the text center stage, keeping the focus on the storytelling which is quite engaging, as are the antics that ensue as Heckerty and her faithful cat work on a potion together with unintended results.
It is easy to recommend this app as adults and children will both love this story as do I.
I look forward to more stories about Heckerty from the “Love Heckerty” series of stories which were created by London’s Royal Storyteller, as this app is of a very high quality.
Even though Alwar's latest creation features some of the cutest tiny white bunnies in history, Robber Rabbits is anything but cuddly. These are masked thieves who the player must help shoplift delicious carrot flavored ice cream. The physics-based puzzle is set in Valentine's Day garb and is full of shooting experiments that puts the player in a tough position to obtain high-hanging carrot ice cream.
However, they have obstacles in their way such as swaying platforms that have to be hit to knock off the loot. The big problem is that the platforms are in the way of each other, which creates the puzzle portion. And the obstacles don't stop there. Broken light bulbs, blowing fans, and other interactive objects make sure that the game will be challenging. Available for both iPhone and iPad, Robber Rabbits features 96 unique puzzles, 3 unique weapons such as a popcap gun as well as the shooting physics to go along with the shot. The game is full of cuter than cute characters and graphics, original music and sound effects inspired by Valentine's Day and supports OpenFeint and Game Center. Alawar's other games are all on sell until the evening of Valentine's Day.