Check out the latest and greatest in apps for your Windows Phone 7 with our monthly app roundup.
A seriously comprehensive photo-editing app.
Phone photography is becoming better and better as time moves on. Only a few short years ago it would have been nigh-on inconceivable for me to use my phone as my primary camera, yet there is now a noticeable layer of dust accumulating on my point-and-shoot. The low-aperture lenses of phones are greatly outweighed by the benefit of instant editing and sharing of images. Indeed, Fantasia Painter provides one more nail in the pocket camera coffin.
As the name implies, Fantasia Painter is more than just a photo-editing app; while you can do the usual editing, such as colour, brightness, contrast, white balance, etc., the app also allows you to paint colour and effects onto your images, or even a blank canvas.
There really are a massive number of tools, filters and effects available in the app, so it can be a little intimidating to start to use. Thankfully, the app opens with a decent ‘how to’ guide to get you started, but you won’t get the full power of the app until you start experimenting.
Notably, the biggest flaw of the app is actually a flaw in the platform: when you have such powerful editing tools on hand, you really want to be doing the edits on a bigger screen.
$2.49 (Ad-supported version available) > Nokola > Get it here
Air Soccer Fever
A blend between air hockey and soccer, Air Soccer Fever stands apart from the many air hockey clones by throwing in a few soccer elements (three flickable pucks, yellow and red cards for fouls, and annoying chants from the audience), and -- most importantly -- local and internet multiplayer and cross-platform Windows 8 support (when it arrives).
My biggest gripe was that the internet multiplayer seemed to suffer from some serious lag, but overall the game is really quite addictive and well worth look.
Free > Dangling Concepts > Get it here
As a wee baby fish trapped in a jar, your only real desire is to grow up to be one of the big fish that you’ve read about in your waterproof story books. To achieve this -- you tell yourself -- you need to eat as much as you can.
So you start chomping. And growing. And chomping some more. Adventures abound as you progress beyond your fish tank, where food, coins and danger await you across 78 levels and two game modes.
$2.49 > Epic Pixel > Get it here
Sometimes it can be difficult to catch that perfect action shot, like that special moment when your cat ‘finds’ the spring-loaded mouse at the bottom of its food bowl. Timing is critical, and a wealth of great gags have fallen short of Twitter fame because of a lack of photos to document them.
So, if you’re keen for internet fame, you should try Turbo Camera as it shoots at around 14-16 shots per second (albeit at 640 x 480), almost guaranteeing you to capture that perfect moment.
$1.99 > venetasoft > Get it here