Round-up of the latest LEGO-related iOS apps
There's been something of a surge of LEGO related apps in the Apple AppStore lately, and I haven't been able to keep up with them all. Here's a quick round-up of the best.
It's very simple to play and designed for kids of, er, age 4+. Basically you drive a vehicle along a rolling landscape picking up 1x1 round plates. As you progress through the game you are given more sub-assemblies to build your vehicle from, some of which are quite amusing.
I actually quite enjoyed it, despite being at least 10 times the target age. It's certainly worth every cent (it's free) and it looks great on an iPad.
LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker is new this week and lets you make movies on your iPhone. I haven't tried it myself so I'm hoping someone who has can tell me if it's any good. Unfortunately it's not a Universal app, so doesn't look good on an iPad, although I believe it does work if you have a iPad 2 or 3 with a camera.
LEGO Minifig Creator 3D is an unofficial app that lets you customise a minifig, then view it from different angles. You can choose leg and body colours, heads and hats and hair. It's fun for 5 minutes, but I'm told by the developer that he has big plans for it so maybe future versions will be more involving, and have some practical use. It costs 99c/69p and is iPhone only.
I have left the best until last: A World of Bricks is a free universal app written by Brickset user Cyril in France that makes use of the Brickset public API to provide a very quick and efficient way of searching and browsing for sets and then viewing official LEGO instructions on your iDevice.
The iPad is the ideal device for viewing instructions while you've building and this app simplifies the process of finding and flicking through them. It's incredibly quick, looks fantastic and is easily the best iOS app I've seen that uses the Brickset API. Download today! (Please note that you need to search for 'AWOB' for this app).
Android user? Don't despair, there's a Brickset app in the pipeline. Stay tuned for more news!