Doing something cool this weekend? Consider grabbing today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, Broadcast for Friends, before you do. The app lets you shoot and stream videos directly to Facebook, which basically means you can do live broadcasts wherever you are, for either the public or just for your friends. Follow that up with Strut Type, a vintage camera app that allows you to take pictures as though you were shooting them on a camera from 1900. Finally, Mikey Shorts is a game to keep you busy this weekend, with lots of side-scrolling platformer levels you’re challenged to finish as fast as you can.
Broadcast for Friends (iPhone, iPad) Free
Turn your iOS device into a live broadcasting video camera when you fire up Broadcast for Friends. The app allows you to stream video directly to Facebook for free, meaning you can create live broadcasts wherever you are that your friends can enjoy. There’s no limit to the length of videos you can stream, and Broadcast for Friends works across both a Wi-Fi connection or a 3G/4G one. That way, you can transmit from almost anywhere.
Broadcast for Friends makes sending videos easy, but you can also spiff them up a bit by using one of 10 different video filters. The app lets you connect with people who are watching your broadcast as you’re making it by providing notifications when someone comments on your video. You can also control who sees what you shoot by adjusting privacy settings, meaning you can stream just to your friends, specific people, or the public at large.
Strut Type (iPhone, iPad) $1.99
Novelty camera apps are all over the place in the iTunes App Store, and while some provide filters that make your photos look old, they generally don’t go as far back in time as those created by Strut Type. The app turns your device into a Strut folding camera from the early 1900s, giving them a dated, vintage look. It packs filters as well as a black-and-white mode, so you can get exactly the sort of 100 year-old photo you’re searching for.
Strut Type includes a number of editing features that allow you not only to filter your shots and make them look old, but tweak them in order to get the exact effect for which you’re searching. You can also recreate different effects old-style cameras were known for, like light leaks and faded edges caused by the Strut’s lens. Once you’re done, you can share your photos through Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and Twitter.
Mikey Shorts (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Side-scrolling platformer Mikey Shorts is sure to hit your nostalgia buttons. The game plays a bit like classics such as Super Mario Bros., and in it you’ll navigate levels in which you need to either jump up onto platforms or over obstacles, or slide beneath them, using one of two buttons. Your goal is to free the people of the world from the statue forms in which they’ve been imprisoned, and you can do that by touching them as you run by. There are also coins you can gather to buy new gear, and robots that can be either used as platforms to get you higher, or taken out with a slide.
There aren’t many in the way of enemies or deadly traps in Mikey Shorts, but the game carries its own brand of challenge in the form of scoring you based on the speed with which you complete each level. You’ll quickly find yourself trying to tear through each stage perfectly, with no wasted seconds from missed jumps or ill-timed slides. Mikey Shorts packs two different game modes and 72 levels through which you can play, including 48 challenge levels designed to push your skills.