New Android apps worth downloading: Tic Tac PhOto, Angry Birds Star Wars II, Incredipede

by Phil Hornshaw

Turn sharing photos into something of a game with today's first fresh app, Tic Tac PhOto. It sounds like a competitive endeavor, but it's not – instead, Tic Tac PhOto encourages users to create montages of X and O shapes they see in the world around them. We've also got Angry Birds Star Wars II, which combines classic Angry Birds gameplay with a huge number of characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and Incredipede, a physics puzzler in which you add muscles to a strange creature's legs and help it to move through various levels.

Tic Tac PhOto (Free)

Tic Tac PhOtoWhat’s it about? Team up with friends and family to create photo montages in Tic Tac PhOto, which uses the game Tic-Tac-Toe as its premise.

What’s cool? Tic Tact PhOto sounds like something competitive, but it really isn't. The app encourages users to create photo montages on a 3x3 grid, but it uses common knowledge of Tic-Tac-Toe to do it. You and a friend meet up online with the app and take turns adding photos to the grid, creating an organic montage based on the images you've got in your Android device. The idea is to find “x's” and “o's” that are out in the world around you, take photos of them, and use them on the grids. Since Tic-Tac-Toe is pretty easy to figure out and turn into a stalemate game, the idea isn't about “beating” the other person, but about creating interesting groups of photos that you can share with others across Facebook, Twitter or email.

Who’s it for? Users who like snapping photos with their Android devices and sharing interesting photos should check out the collaborative ideas in Tic Tac PhOto.

What’s it like? Create more combined albums with OSEF and Photobucket Mobile.

Angry Birds Star Wars II (Free)

Angry Birds Star Wars IIWhat’s it about? Melding the gameplay of Angry Birds with the characters and elements of the Star Wars universe, Angry Birds Star Wars II greatly expands on its predecessor and offers up lots of new gameplay experiences.

What’s cool? In the last Angry Birds Star Wars, players had to solve various levels by using the abilities of birds that took on the roles of characters like Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. In Angry Birds Star Wars II, the number of characters at your disposal has been greatly expanded, leading to lots of new levels with unique solutions for you to solve. Though at its heart, the game is still your classic Angry Birds formula – fling stuff at structures to destroy them – Angry Birds Star Wars II tweaks things just enough to make it feel fresh, and even lets you join the “Pork Side” and shoot evil pigs at hapless birds.

Who’s it for? If you liked the first Angry Bird Star Wars, you'll want to check out its expanded sequel, which takes place during the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

What’s it like? While there's a lot of new stuff in Angry Birds Star Wars II, don't neglect its predecessor, the awesome Angry Birds Star Wars.

Incredipede ($3.99)

IncredipedeWhat’s it about? Maneuver a strange creature with awkward limbs through various physics-based puzzles in Incredipede.

What’s cool? Incredipede is about a weird creature with even weirder limbs. Its legs are a conglomeration of weird bones that it can gro wwhenever it needs them, and your job is to help the creature get through 120 different levels using only physics and skill. You'll often find yourself deciding where to add muscles to the creature's limbs, providing it with the ability to move, but part of the challenge is learning where muscles belong and how they work on the creature's different limb configurations. Incredipede also includes a level editor so you can create and share your own, and the ability to share the creatures you create with friends to see if they can manage to control them.

Who’s it for? Fans of challenging physics puzzlers and great art direction should try Incredipede.

What’s it like? Physics game QWOP comes with some similar leg-controlling mechanics, as does Phys Run.