Byte The App: Must See Apps Of The Week 3/8
The app stores are teeming with new releases, but who has time to go through them all? We do. Bringing you a selection of the most interesting, creative, and innovative apps each week. Submit your suggestions for next week in the comments below.
DimSong [iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad]
DimSong was out last September, but we think it’s awesome enough to share even a little late. The app lets you remix music by responding to your environment. By being responsive to light, movement, and touch, it lets you control the intensity and arrangement of the music, so the listening experience becomes an interactive one. The app is free and comes with three preloaded songs for you to remix as you wish.
iOS users have long been able to enjoy the many talks from this juggernaut of intellectual inquiry that has grown so huge that it’s like a corporation of knowledge. Now Android users can watch the enlightening TED Talks on their handheld devices, with over 1,200 videos and audio recordings to expand your mind. Or maybe just have the icon sit there on your screen so it looks like you’re cultured.
Vertigo Comics [iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad]
Vertigo Comics is like the pipe-smoking, chin-stroking, sophisticated brother of DC Comics. Well, if pipe-smoking, chin-stroking sophisticates like stories about characters from fairytales living in New York, pulp comic noir, and Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman series. The publishers run stories that are a bit more adult in content than the average Batman tale, written by leftfield writers like Grant Morrison—and now they’ve made the transition to app form, so you can download and read Vertigo’s unorthodox comic tales on your phone.
Monty Python: The Holy Book of Days [iPad]
If you’re a fan of the Knights Who Say Nee, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot, and the Killer Rabbit—which may well have filled your student days with hilarity while annoying all those around you—then you’ll enjoy Monty Python & the Holy Grail in interactive form. The app includes a diary of the filming by Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam storyboards, and 360° props, all recreating the 28 day shoot of the film.
There’s retro fun to be had of the RPG variety with this game that looks back to years past when games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past were the zenith of the genre. The graphics look like they’ve just stepped out of the 1990s with their 16-bit aesthetic. If you’re old enough to remember those old school games fondly, then this is for you.