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New Android apps worth downloading: XnBooth, Pivvot, Cloudy with Meatballs 2

by Andrew Koziara

XnBooth is an all new photo editor from XnView that lets you create your own creative photo booth strips. Pivvot is a super fun, super challenging arcade title that tests your reflexes and reaction time like few others can, kind of like Super Hexagon in spirit. Also, as an official tie-in to the new movie from Dreamworks, you can play Cloudy with Meatballs 2, a colorful new match-three puzzler.

XnBooth (Free)

What’s it about? Create your own fun and colorful photo strips and share it with your friends and family with this app.XnBooth1

What’s cool? Not the first in the Xn series of imagine manipulation apps from XnView, XnBooth is one of simpler, more fun oriented apps from this developer. Using four photos from your gallery, either imported or taken fresh, you can choose from a multitude of different layouts and effects before it’s time to share. The large variety of layouts allow for some seriously cool and creative final photo strips, and while this app does have some problems and issues, it’s a lot of fun to use, and the developers are always working on fixes. There’s an ad-free pro version as well.

Who’s it for? People interested in their own home made photo booth strips.

What’s it like? Photobooth is one cool editor. Photo Booth Effects is another one.

Pivvot ($2.99)

What’s it about? A super challenging, abstract arcade game with minimalist art that will test your reflexes.

What’s cool? Games like these are a reminder that even today, totally new styles of games are being created, still full of that hardcore retro challenge. Developed by Fixpoint Productions, your goal is to pivot a dot along aPivvot1 scrolling pathway, avoiding obstacles all the way as the speed and intensity increases. In text it sounds boring, but just look at it. This is in the vein of Super Hexagon, offering the same kind of addictive ‘one more try’ challenge. With several unlockable levels, procedurally generated pathways, and an awesome soundtrack, this one should keep you hooked. Also there is no IAP at all.

Who’s it for? People who love reactionary, skill based challenges.

What’s it like? Super Hexagon is like its spiritual brother. Gyro is like its cousin.

Cloudy with Meatballs 2 (Free)

What’s it about? A great new match-three and the official game of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2!CloudyWithMeatballs2_1

What’s cool? Movie tie-in games and match three games are a dime a dozen when it comes to mobile, but they can still be done pretty well. Cloudy with Meatballs 2 from PlayFirst Inc is just such a game, and when you’re based in the hilarious universe of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, you’re sure to have a fun combo. Using a simple trace to match gameplay system, you’ll match cute little foodimals from the movie. There are plenty of appearances from your favorite characters in the films, along with special game boosts and collectibles, and sixty levels to enjoy out of the gate.

Who’s it for? Fans of the movie. Match-three gamers who aren’t playing Candy Crush Saga.

What’s it like? It uses a tracing system similar to Dungeon Raid. There’s always the most popular match-three in the world, Candy Crush Saga.