iOS 10 is quite fantastic. It’s brought a host of new features and changes to enhance the iPhone experience. There’s one major overhaul in particular that really excites us: the new iMessage.
iMessage has largely been unchanged since its inception and quite often lost out to other messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram and the sort. With the changes brought about by iOS 10, iMessage has firmly established itself as a top of the line messaging service. There’s one part in particular that we’d like to focus on today and that’s the inclusion of apps (and a whole new App Store) in iMessage.
As it stands majority of the apps are some form of stickers or GIFs, which could make iMessage your go-to meme platform but we aren’t going to talk about those here. We’re going to look at the games and perhaps a couple of other really cool apps on the new iMessage App Store.
This popular offering from Zynga has been around for time immemorial. Making the jump to iMessage is a brilliant idea for them. We’ve played a couple of rounds and it really does make the game a much more social experience to play the game via messages.
This is a pretty straightforward game. You and your opponent each set a word, which the other player has to figure out one letter at a time. Of course if you’re confident you’ve cracked the word you can try and guess the whole thing in one go but if you guess wrong, you lose. There are no bells and whistles on this one but it’s the simplicity that really draws me to it. It’s a great way to spend 10 minutes and it’s so easy to just keep playing over and over.
GamePigeon has a few different games in it and while we haven’t played most of them we’ve played the two that really count: Pool and Battleship. Both games are brilliantly implemented and fit into the messaging service quite well. Though pool could perhaps use another mode or two, and both games could use aesthetic options it’s still early days and we’ve already gotten a lot of mileage from this one.
It’s checkers on iMessage! Play your turn and send it across. Not a whole lot more to it but really, what else do you need? The game features slick animations and you can play at your pace, just like any other iMessage offering. Oh, and unlike the Chess apps on iMessage you can get Cobi Checkers for free.
Zen Brush 2
This is the only non-game app (also the only paid app) I’m including but it could well be my favorite on the list. Now I’ll admit I haven’t used it a lot but it serves as an alternative to Apple’s more than competent whiteboard. Zen Brush gives you a variety of options with which to paint, sketch and write to your hearts content. It even gives you the option of sharing your creation as an image or as a sticker (which displays an output similar to Apple’s whiteboard). This is a must have for the more artistically-inclined owners of an iPhone.
These are the iMessage Apps that we’ve fallen in love with in our short time spent with them. There are a lot more that will hopefully pop up over time (I’m looking at you Uno) but for now these are more than enough to get by. We’d love to hear which iMessage apps you’ve enjoyed as well. Let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to give them a spin as well!