Posted by: Stacey Maka
That title is courtesy of my cheesy brilliant sister. I recently entered the world of Android, and like with any new phone relationship, we have been attached to the hip since day one. Being that I was a Blackberry user for the last 3 years, I never had a wide range of fun apps and games. My Samsung Galaxy S II is keeping my fingers and eyes occupied in search for the next great app. It’s hilarious what you can find when you type in any random word, and trust me I would certainly know from this experience. From the enjoyable to the just plain weird, here are my findings while exploring the Google Play Store.
The name is pretty much self-explanatory. You record when you went to the toilet, your turd’s colour, shape, and consistency (did you throw up a bit in your mouth yet?). When an app like this pops up you know Asians were behind this crazy operation. I can’t really pin point the obsession and fascination Asians have with poo, but all I know it is glorified as something healthy and oddly cute. If you go to any Asian store you will find “poo” in various forms such as hanging off keychain charms, hand knit plush dolls, and you can even find them shaped into pillows with a face happily smiling back at you. But we’re not here to judge about this one. Maybe people just like having this record in case they need a reminder.
This is the most messed up app I have found so far. I don’t really see the entertainment in an app like this. For obvious reasons, I did not purchase nor would I ever purchase such an app that promotes drugs as a fun game to share with friends. And what type of moron actually buys the Nose Dose app for $1.95 (yea it is a lot cheaper than the real thing but that’s not the point!!). Things like this that sends out bad messages…super thumbs down.
This brought back memories of my trip to Tokyo so I was very happy to discover this app. In Japan, purikura (the short form of Purinto Kurabu or in English, Print Club) is very popular among young people. In these photo booth machines you are given the choice of adding fun and girly filters, stamps, super cute (or as they say in Japanese, cho kawaii!) characters, as well, you have the choice of adding in your own text or handwriting with tons of vibrant colours to choose from. You basically have full control of how your image will turn out. You end up with multiple photo stickers for friends to share and stick into notebooks, cellphones (keitai), etc. If you can’t go to Japan, bring Japan to you!
I have seen the ZombieBooth many times but never have I seen HauntedFace before. I know, I’m definitely behind on this one but it’s still sinking in for me. I’m terrified of ghosts but this one sets my fears aside a bit since I can take a picture of anyone I know, see their haunted alter-ego and having a good laugh at what is generated. I’m relieved to say I’m not a scary-looking ghost at all!
If you have time to kill this app sure frees you of any boredom. Let your creative side run wild and have fun animating little mannequin and stick figure characters into any motion you want. With the paid options there are a lot more to choose from such as creating your own characters or adding more items into your scene, but using the app free is still pretty entertaining even with the limitations.
Sumooru Kyara Kame
Is your flask looking a bit dull? Why not make it interesting by adding some eyes to it! Yes this is another wacky yet extremely amusing Japanese app. You think it’s a little silly at first but then you find yourself constantly trying to look for objects around you to add some funny cartoon eyes onto. There is quite the range of eyes to choose from – flirty, batting eyelashes to ecstatic happy eyes. I also like that you are able to show off your images on facebook or twitter. There is no English option for this app but I’m sure if you play around with it you can figure it out on your own.
Yet another app to cure your boredom on the bus and train ride home, waiting in the dentist office, or just those plain lazy laundry days. There’s always something very enjoyable about psychological tests because they do make you think twice about your decisions and the paths you take. In this app, there are multiple tests to choose from, such as discovering your personality traits based on your favourite animal. The one I like the most is, “A walk in the woods”, which gives you certain situations and with your chosen actions describes the inner meaning. This app is in Korean but there is the option of changing the language into English.
I love discovering new apps so if you have any to share please feel free to leave a comment. Happy APPing!