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Today's Best Apps: Sympler, Blackbar And Tetra

he App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable productivity suite, etc. However, we have a solution. Today’s Best Apps tackles this problem by providing you with a handpicked and tested list of apps that are truly worth your consideration each and everyday. Remember: Even though in-app purchases typically require your iTunes Store password for processing, you can further prevent them and other unauthorized actions by enabling local restrictions using the passcode locked iOS parental controls


Sympler by Public Picture (Free, 10.2 MB): Hypnotic to both the eyes and ears, this is video mixing with ease. Similar to the audio mixing performed by DJs to create catchy dance tunes, you can now assemble a montage of beat-based video clips, such as someone tapping their foot or just sharpening a knife. Put together properly and people won't be able to get addictive repetition out of their heads. Best of all, it's as easy as an audio mixing app. First, select a backing track, any non-DRM song from your iTunes library, and a set of videos, either imported or freshly recorded. For easy access, the clips become pad-like buttons that begin or restart with every tap, allowing for super simple selection and selective repeating. Next, tap any video clip to begin and do your thing for the next 20-seconds, melding clips in a mind blowing mix of sight and sound. If you're satisfied, all it takes is a couple of taps for friends and followers of Facebook and Twitter to enjoy your masterpiece. The app automatically exports the final project to the iOS camera roll during the sharing stage at 480-by-360 quality.


Blackbar by Neven Mrgan ($2.99, 4.2 MB): Inspired by the concept of classic text adventures, this story-based puzzler provides an interesting mix of entertainment and difficulty. Initially confusing, you're immediately placed into a mystery tale of friendship told through the exchange of letters. However, there's something strange about these messages, they've been censored by the Department of Communications. Not only an enjoyable piece of political satire, the DoC is also what makes the app a game. To continue forward, you must fill in the censored blanks using only the surrounding context. Indeed, the vagueness seems impossible and downright needlessly frustrating at times, however, just take a few calms breaths, try some similar words, think it through, figure it out, and enjoy.

Tetra - Board Game by Charles Etzel (Free, 2.2 MB): Enjoy a casual mind workout against a friend or stranger by challenging them to this intriguing turn-based strategy game. At first glance, it appears much like Tic-Tac-Toe with it's small grid in addition to the "+" and "O" pieces. However, there's a bit of Connect Four as well with two color variations and the goal of aligning four of the same pieces to win. But then, we also get a little Poker action going on in the form of suits or something similar. Rather than just a one size fits all, Tetra has large and small, blue and red, solid and hollow variations of each, resulting in quite a few attributes to consider. Also a mirror of Poker, you can match any of those attributes. For example, you can win by placing a red row consisting of a large solid red cross, a small hollow red circle, a large solid red circle and a small solid red cross. Before finishing your turn, there's one more strategy element, you select the opponent's next piece. While it may seem easily crippling, the following move could be surprising clever. The game features flat 2-D graphics nearly identical to Letterpress, multiple match support, Push notifications, plus Game Center friend invite or auto-match.

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