Your parents told you to never play with fire. However, there is nothing wrong with playing with it on the FX Toy
app, which recently joined the App Store.
Created by Phoenix Software
, the app is an amazing concept, but one that you could become bored with easily. Using your finger, click across your iPhone/iPod touch screen and watch a nice display of visual effects.
In addition to showing what looks like fire, FX Toy includes 11 additional effects. These include fountain, bounce, comet, starfield, cool fire, swarm, fireworks, lines, flow fire, blob and plasma.
By default, each effect is presented in a loop one after another, but this can be changed. You can delete certain effects and also change the type of palettes used. Each effect and palette can also be timed. For example, effects can be timed to last between 5 seconds and 10 minutes. Or, you can set the effect to “infinite” and watch it run forever.
The app reminds me of the Visualizer in iTunes, but instead of music affecting the display, it's your fingers that change the patterns.
The effects look amazing, especially on the iPhone 4 screen. Still, this is a novelty app which might wear off pretty quickly.
is available in the App Store for $.99.