The developers behind the Bobble Head Avatar Maker, Bobbleshop, recently released an all new app, Pixelheads, which is designed to allow users to create a pixellated portrait to use as an avatar on social networks.
The app, which is available for both the iPad and the iPhone, can be used to create a pixel portrait of anyone, from friends and family members to popular celebrities.
Upon opening the app, you will be presented with a blank slate, which is yours to decorate in any way that you wish. The first step is to enter a name, which is done by tapping on the stand at the bottom of the screen. From there, you can begin to create your Pixelhead.
The app uses intuitive tap zones to facilitate decorating, so simply tap at the top of the head to begin with choosing a skin tone and a hair style. There are quite a few different options available, which allow you to get pretty deep into the image customizations.
You can add an array of different features, like noses, eyes, ears, and extras like mustaches, makeup, and earrings. You even get to choose an outfit, so you can literally spend hours designing characters and never end up with the same look twice.
There are a lot of little details to add too, like customized cheeks and eye sockets, which can give a very specific look. People will be amazed at how lifelike their avatars can appear, though it can also be time consuming to try to get every detail right!
In addition to adding a slew of different character features, you can also physically adjust each and every one. Simply use pinch gestures as you would to zoom in and out on a screen, which will make features bigger or smaller. You can also use drag gestures to add a slant to features, like the eyeballs.
After your Pixelhead is created, you can choose a background and add special background items to bring an entire scene to life. I’m especially fond of the boxes you can put the Pixelheads inside.
The app comes with already customized Pixelheads if you want to see what it’s capable of. The heads that resemble Abraham Lincoln and Harry Potter are incredibly spot on! You can also use the randomize button to get a pre-made Pixelhead to play with, or download Pixelheads from the gallery.
When you’re all done, you can post your avatar to Facebook, Twitter, the Bobbleshop website, use it as a contact, or send it as an email.
Save your customized DNA files and you can even share your creations directly with your friends!
What I liked: I never get tired of creating fun avatars, and sharing them with my friends and family is a blast. Everyone loves having a Pixelhead!
What I didn’t like: I’d like to see more customization options, including additional hairstyles, head shapes, hair colors, and fun props. It wasn’t clear how items were deleted, so I also think the app could use a short tutorial.
To buy or not to buy: Pixelheads, much like BobbleShop, is a ton of fun. Every social network requires an avatar, and this app is a great way to get a picture that will stand out from the crowd.
- App Name: Pixelheads
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Entertainment
- Developer: Bobbleshop
- Price: $0.99