An interactive graphic novel, a game featuring popcorn smell-o-vision, and more.
Each week PSFK features many new and innovative apps. To highlight the some of the best, we’ve compiled a roundup of the most interesting and creative apps written about on the site this past week:
FRAMED is a narrative-puzzle game set in a noir comic book world that allows you to rearrange the comic panels to decide the characters’ fates. Though the developers’ pitch featured nothing but stick figures on square bits of paper, the ingenuity of the concept was clear enough to grab the developers an Australian government grant.
A new iPad game called Monument Valley from ustwo London combines the visual influence of Japanese prints and MC Escher’s optical illusions to trippy visual effect. In it, you guide a princess walking through some gorgeous 3D-detailed monuments as you avoid the ‘crow people.’ You could play it on a smaller screen, but the iPad really does the gorgeous visual details the best justice.
For hypochondriacs, the under/uninsured or just those who don’t like paying through the nose for quick consultations, Doctor on Demand will pair you up with a doctor in your state for a 15-minute consultation for $40. There are obvious limitations to the service, but the video element means that they can perform a visual inspection of whatever is ailing you, and there’s nothing like having your concerns quickly put to rest by a professional (instead of a rando on Yahoo Answers).
Leo Grand, a homeless man in Manhattan, re-enacted the old ‘teach a man to fish’ parable by choosing a 16-week coding class with Google Helpouts instead of a cash handout of $100. The result is Trees for Cars, which helps users find carpoolers in their area while promoting some healthy competition over the amount of CO2 saved. “Trees for Cars is a great way to build relationships, strengthen communities, help each-other financially and energy wise, all under the umbrella of saving the environment,” Grand said in an official statement about the app. All proceeds from it will go to assisting him.
Smell-o-vision comes to mobile: popcorn company Pop Secret has developed a limited-edition accessory called the Pop Dongle that attaches to the headphone jack of a mobile device and emits a buttery popcorn smell. It’s designed to be used during the company’s dangerously addictive free sponsored game, “Poptopia.”