If you have logged into Facebook recently, you may have noticed a large number of cartoon strips cluttering up your newsfeed. Yeah, those colorful 2D images are called Bitstrips and they have recently gone viral, dominating social networking websites the world over.
With Bitstrips, you can transform yourself into a cartoon character and star in your very own comic strip alongside your friends and family. Admit it, you’re curious. Hit the jump to find out more!
Connect via Facebook
Before transforming yourself into a cartoon character, you must first connect to Bitstrips via Facebook.
Personally, I would much prefer to register using an email address, but that is probably because I am an anti-social loser and hate broadcasting everything I do over social media. Unfortunately, however, registering via email is not an option (not yet, anyway) therefore you do not have a choice but to surrender to Mark Zuckerberg.
Design an Avatar
I’m not going to lie: creating a cartoon character of yourself is a pretty hilarious process, and I found myself spending just as much time designing my avatar as I did creating each comic strip. Bitstrips enables you to tweak your hairstyle, outfit, skin tone and even your chest size to design an avatar that closest resembles you, and then select a thumbnail image to represent yourself throughout the application.
It would be nice to have a larger selection of clothing to choose from during the design process, and the ability to change the outfit color would not go amiss here either but apart from that, it is surprisingly simple to create a easily-identifiable cartoon character of oneself.
Choose a Comic
Once you have created your cartoon self, it is time to design your first comic strip. Here, you have the choice to create a Status Comic, Friend Comic, or Greeting Card featuring a variety of scenes, such as work, vacation, and space travel, for example.
With a Status Comic, you play the leading character. Bitstrips will automatically generate a handful of cartoon strips spanning several categories, with more available via the drop-down menu at the top of the screen.
Text displayed in each strip can be edited to your specification, and every one that you create can be shared over social media.
Yes, you guessed it, a Friend Comic is a comic strip starring you and your buddies. Like a Status Comic, a Friend Comic can be edited to suit but features multiple people instead of just one.
Who wouldn’t want a greeting card featuring your ugly mug? Bitstrips has a card for every occasion which can be shared over social media, or saved to your Camera Roll and printed.
Involve Your Friends and Family
Adding a friend or family member to the mix will leave you howling with laughter although, annoyingly, they do have to be a Facebook member in order to participate. If your selected friend does not yet have an avatar, then you get to create one yourself which takes the laughter to a whole new level indeed, especially if you choose to exaggerate their appearance.
I suppose that one benefit of connecting to Bitstrips via Facebook is that you can view the cartoon strips created by the rest of your Friends List in their entirety, instead of one by one on Facebook itself. Bitstrips includes a dedicated feed displaying each strip in reverse chronological order, and is a great source of entertainment once you have finished creating a comic strip of your own.
Bitstrips boasts a rather minimal-looking interface which is both easy to navigate and intuitive. Yes, it is no oil painting but in my opinion, the theme complements the rest of the app well, allowing the content to shine.
I am a big fan of the cartoons themselves, and you can tell that a lot of work has been put into designing each one and brainstorming funny scenarios.
There is no denying that Bitstrips is funny, especially when you include your friends and family in each strip. My only gripe is that you have no choice but to connect via Facebook although, to be fair, the developer has stated that the ability to register via email address is coming shortly, so I cannot complain too much.
I like the fact that you can control almost every aspect of your appearance during the design process, and feel that there is a satisfying amount of comic strips to be had, with more being added daily. I also enjoyed flicking through the creations of my Facebook friends via the app, but the ability to leave a comment would be welcome addition here, as would a ‘Like’ button.
Overall, Bitstrips is captivating, hilarious and not to mention free, and its regularly updated content will no doubt keep you coming back for more.