’Tis the season for movies with obscenely large budgets, and often obscenely larger explosions. There are a lot of big films that have just come out, are coming out, or will be out soon - to the point where it can be difficult to keep up. But don’t fret! 148Apps has got you covered with our list of nine apps to make your moviegoing experiences easier.
My Talking Tom is an adorable app from Outfit7 Limited where you raise a cat from kittenhood, play mini games, and decorate a home for him. Recently, Outfit7 has created an animated web series based on the app that includes characters from the company's other releases.
Movies are great, right? How about free ones streamed directly to an iOS device? No, I'm not talking about a subscription service like NetFlix but an entirely free ad-supported service.
Popcornflix promises hundreds of free full length movies all at the tap of the screen. These films aren't going to be huge blockbusters, but that's not to say the quality is dire. Plenty of different tastes are catered for with the ability to browse according to genres such as Action/Thriller, Comedy, Romance, Horror and Family. All films are professionally mde and full of (sometimes vaguely) familiar stars.
In particular, I'd personally recommend quirky indie film Lymelife starring Alec Baldwin but there are sure to be other hidden gems out there. The makers of Popcornflix promise that at least one new movie is added every day so users should struggle to ever run out of options.
Popcornflix is out now, it's an Univeral app and completely free to use.
In just a few short days, Telltale Games' second "adventure game that's practically a sequel for the movie it's based on" will be unleashed. On less mobile devices, anyway. The iPad 2 version is set to follow soon after the November 15th release date, but nothing specific has been stated as of yet. That's okay though, because we have these new morsels of information to tide us over.
Jurassic Park: The Game takes us back to Isla Nublar shortly after the events of the first film, following a new cast of characters simply trying to escape the island with their lives intact. However, it's not just about the new faces: this time around we're going to be seeing more of the park itself. Sure there will be familiar areas (i.e. Dennis Nedry's "ditched" vehicle), but we've also learned of some new locations players will get to explore that weren't covered in the movie.
Locations such as the still under-construction Bone Shaker Roller Coaster, the Geothermal Power Plant, Dr. Laura Sorkin's Field Lab used for observational studies (as well as some unsanctioned and dangerous experiments, the North Docks which are a stone's throw away from the iconic Visitor's Center, and finally the Marine Facility (video featured below), which I'm personally terrified to experience. Wait until the end of the clip to see what I mean.
iPad 2 owners, keep an eye on that App Store after the 15th. There might not be an official release date for the iOS version, but I'd imagine it might only be a week or two longer. Heck, since the 15th is a Tuesday it's also not out of the question to consider it might be available on the 17th (Thursday). So... Anyone have an iPad 2 they don't want anymore..?
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Film trivia buffs and retro video game lovers rejoice! Screenlife, makers of all things Scene It? on the App Store, have just releasedScene It? Pixel Flix. Okay so it's not a real combination of the two, but rather a trivia game dressed-up in vaguely 8-bit visuals. Still, it's a neat idea and certainly grabbed my attention.
Players take on the role of a pock-marked theater usher as they attempt to complete a gauntlet of movie related trivia questions and ultimately square-off against the theater's "boss." It follows the same basic structure as most other titles in the genre with multiple categories to choose from (Leading Ladies, Horror, etc...) and several different methods of answering questions on a timer. My personal favorite is the one that recreates famous movie scenes in pixel form and asks players to guess the film. Watching an 8-bit rendition of Sarah Connor blasting away at that liquid metal guy is hilarious.
Pixel Flix is free (ad supported) and sitting in the App Store right now.The base experience is bound to keep small-time trivia hounds busy, but the elite can also buy add-ons such as new genre questions and power-ups through in-app purchases. Just remember to clear some space before downloading as it's a somewhat hefty 160 MB.
When it comes to films there are few names that are bigger than Sony Pictures. Acting as home to many iconic film franchises such as Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, and Men In Black, Sony's titles have also been prominently featured in the iTunes Store for quite some time. With a stable of strong films already at their disposal now the question becomes, how could the company better promote their titles on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, while still taking advantage of the iOS platform?
The answer to this question seems to be coming in the form of a brilliant new app from Sony Pictures, named My Daily Clip. So how exactly does a piece of software that serves up daily clips of films help sell flicks? The crux of the product seems to be the attempt to introduce consumers to titles they wouldn't have otherwise recognized or been interested in, via this daily sneak peak. This sounds like a brilliant way to reach out to an audience, and it will be very interesting to see how this works out in practice.
Another interesting angle of the app is its entertaining trivia mode, which will ask viewers a interesting question related to the daily featured clip. Yeah, this isn't exactly the kind of trivia challenge that film buffs may be looking for, but a piecemeal challenge is better than nothing. Who knows? Maybe you will fall in love with a flick and have a new piece of media to add to your iTunes Library. So why not give My Daily App a download and let us know what you think of it in the comments section.