Three freebies for readers today, starting with a free game -- Rocket Runner, a 2D casual platformer in which you get to use a jetpack to aid in your quest to reach as far to the right of the screen as possible. If you’re feeling paranoid about your device, and worry people might be trying to access your personal information or other things on your phone, grab TrustBust, an app designed to catch untrustworthy friends and family in the act. Finally, there’s Blipr, a messaging alternative that lets you send Emojii emoticons and sounds to your recipients. Not one costs a penny -- enjoy.
Rocket Runner (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $0.99)
A jetpack and a place to be -- that’s what you’ve got in Rocket Runner, a 2D side-scrolling platformer in which the player controls the runner and his rocket as he attempts to get as far to the right as he can. It’s simple to learn but challenging the more time you spend with it.
Rocket Runner isn’t just about running and avoiding pitfalls and brick walls. Hidden among the stylized cartoon graphics of the game’s background are stars that can net you a higher score for collecting them. The better your score, the better your medal at the end of the run. A casual game that doesn’t demand a lot, Rocket Runner is perfect for killing a little time.
TrustBust (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $7.99)
Starting to suspect someone’s pawing through your iPhone or iPad when you’re not around? Set up TrustBust and catch the culprit in the act using your iPhone 4 or iPad’s front-facing camera. Once you’ve set the app, it’s booby trapped, snapping up to 25 photos of the first person who unlocks it while displaying a message to catch the person red-handed. A lawyer might call it entrapment, but we call it security.
TrustBust can gather evidence on your perp quickly and easily with up to 25 photos, all taken without camera sounds and without the knowledge of the person doing the spying. Afterward, TrustBust won’t just save the photos to your phone -- it’ll email and share them automatically with people and services you designate so they’re out in the cloud, safe from deletion.
Blipr (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $1.99)
When simple text messaging isn’t enough for what you want to convey, there’s Blipr, an app that lets you message your friends with more than 100 sounds, emoticons and lots of other tools to help you convey your messages, via text or otherwise.
Blipr packs lots of sounds as it is, but you can buy more through in-app purchases to keep your options fresh. You can message multiple people in a group, and Blipr even supports emoticons from Emoji, an app that supplies tons of such icons for text messages as an iOS app.