iPhone technology has allowed you to find changes between two different pictures, vote for awards that already took place, and make stick figures run down hand drawn tracks. We've come a long way baby.
These days its not good enough to have a fully branded free iPhone application, you have to have one that is also brought to you by a second brand. Vanity Fair Hollywood, graciously brought to your by Loreal, is a free iPhone application that is intended to let you save your predictions for the Hollywood film awards season. This is really just geared toward the Academy Awards, and since there is already an Oscar free iPhone application it kind of makes you wonder why the Vanity Fair Hollywood one even exists. Oh, there are also numerous communication features in Vanity Fair Hollywood that are supposedly going to keep you interested. On each page of the Vanity Fair Hollywood free iPhone application you have a link to "share this app with friends." Isn't that nice. You can also create groups, or tap into your Facebook groups. There is no clear reason who would actually be enticed to create groups in Vanity Fair Hollywood, but who can really tell at this point. The most annoying and insulting feature of Vanity Fair Hollywood is the Gift Bag section that is just a series of detailed advertisements for different Loreal products. Yes, you have just been duped into downloading yet another advertisement installation. There is a news feature to Vanity Fair Hollywood, but it so sparse that its better just to check almost any other news based free iPhone application. As the award season is over there is not even a reason to pretend that Vanity Fair Hollywood is a good free iPhone application.
It is up to iPhone puzzle games to reinforce the outsider in any crowd. Find the Differences is a free iPhone game rendition of the classic game where you are paired with two images and you must find items that are not in the other. This has often been played by half drunk bar patrons for a dollar at the very last table over, and you can do it here too. Find the Differences is not a very interesting game even within this context. The images are dull and often hard to interpret. The differences between them are not that inventive, but games like this never really are. To top all of this off you have annoying pop up advertisements when you first open up Find the Differences for things like free iPhone ringtones. Free iPhone ringtones are great, but if I want free iPhone ringtones I'm not going to look for them inside a free iPhone game called Find the Differences. Over all this is visually sub par and really loses your interest quickly, unless you are loaded during last call.
Stick figure iPhone games are on the perpetual rise, but their fall is imminent. If trends like text based iPhone MMO RPGs and lame puzzle upgrades did not teach you that what goes up must come down, just watch the future of stick figuring gaming on the iPhone. This time has obviously not come, and this can be seen really clearly with the popularity of Stick Sports: Summer Games. This game gives you a few different olympic inspired events that you can complete with, well, stick figures. Yes, the stick figure things seemed cute at first but it is already starting to wear thin. You do get a somewhat clever image of a stick figure running against a poorly drawn on piece of graphing paper. This brief chuckle aside, it is still difficult to see the tiny stick figure and navigate the awkward controls. You can eventually get Stick Sports: Summer Games down, but it takes an awkward amount of time to really do this. The free iPhone game version of Stick Sports: Summer Games only gives you three events: Javelin, the 100 Meters, and the 1500 Meters. None of these are a significant amount of fun, but I guess it may be passable on a long subway ride. The full version of Stick Sports: Summer does not give you much more than this except for the connection to the Open Feint network. Open Feint is really not a selling point unless the software really utilizes the network. Just so you know, Stick Sports: Summer Games doesn't.