posted by @HeyItsKamo
During my endless search for rad apps to screw around with all damn day, I ran across one of the coolest time-killers in my library. I was skeptical at first- how fun could this be? How the heck does it even work. What kind of- wait… I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. Cue the music, I have some explaining to do.
I found a pretty cool app/game a few days ago called My Monster Builder, which lets you create your own little monster guys and make them all messed up and creepy looking. So that got me thinking- what other creator games/apps are out there? To my surprise, a whole damn bunch, but I haven’t found any so far that are better than the Futurama Head-In-A-Jar Creator. With its “love it or shove it” attitude, this unforgiving app lets you do what you always wanted- create a blue Fry!
No, but for real this app is so damn good and it’s free, so when you’re done reading all about it here, you really need to get the heck out, scoop up your phone/iPod/whatever and give this guy a download- even if you don’t like Futurama, I think you’d still have a fun time goofing around with the app (although it’s probably better if you’re a fan of the show, and why wouldn’t you be? What are you, a butthead or something?).
Back on track: this thing rules. When you launch the app, you’re brought to the main menu and given four options: Videos, Head Museum, More, and Get Started. Videos is exactly what it sounds like- if you click the tab, you get to watch clips from the show. And not just one or two short clips, I’m talking a whole big page worth of funny from the same guy that brought us The Simpsons; my guess is there’s about 100 total watchable videos on the page. Head Museum is kind of like a library for all of the heads that you’ve created in the app- you show them off on shelves (just like on the show!) and can scroll through each shelf, clicking on heads as you go to see them up close- the My Exhibits section on this page is pretty much the same concept. The More feature lists all types of ways you can share the app via social networking websites and check out more Futurama related stuff (Facebook, etc.).
On to the good stuff- let’s get started and make some heads that we can put in jars, y’all! The left side of the screen is full of tabs that allow you to change the features of your head, which at this point is just a blank slate.
You can choose a bunch of different things for your head: Species (Male, Female, ROBOT!, and Alien), Head (this is pretty much just the shape of the head, lots to choose from), Eyes, Nose (aka Human Horn), Hair, Extras (yeah, we’ll talk all about that one in a second), Name, and Scene. In my first experience with this app, I decided to try and make as close of a representation of myself as I could- it didn’t turn out as good as I hoped, so I moved on to the Robot species immediately.
Head shapes for all of our favorite characters are available to tool around with: Fry, the Professor, Leela, Amy, Hermes, the Robot Devil, Bender, Mom, Kif, Zapp Brannigan, the alien news anchor, and my favorite: Dr. Zoidberg! Oh, also Scruffy is in there, or whatever… There’s also a lot of other generic heads (in a variety of colors, to boot) to choose from, so take your time and check them all out. Once you have your species and head selected, it’s time to move on down the list. Tons of different eyes are available, from the standard two to the more rare “Leela’s giant single eye” to multi-eyes, and even glasses; robots and aliens have a totally different, more unique set all their own. The same goes for noses, although Robots and Aliens don’t get options for noses or hair- I know, I wanted to give Bender a giant afro too…
The Extras tab let’s you add all kinds of funny stuff to your masterpiece, and there’s all kind of unique things for each species. Hats, eye stalks, antennas, Nibbler’s forehead eyeball, brain slugs, piercings, cigars, cigarettes that look like joints, sunglasses/monocles/eye patches, bow ties, and all types of other goodies let you customize your character to look like a total lunatic. Last up is naming your head and picking their scene, which is the background behind the jar: futuristic cityscapes, the Planet Express building, alien planets, space, junkyards, and a whole bunch of others await.
I love Futurama, it’s one of my favorite cartoons of all time, and this game brings a lot of the likable aspects of the show to the palm of your hand: interesting characters, funny clips from actual episodes of the show, and great replayability make this a must hav- ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!
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