10 of the Best Novelty Apps the App Store Has to Offer

There’s an abundance of novelty apps cluttering up the App Store: some great, others not so much. We here at iPad.AppStorm have separated the wheat from the chaff, and compiled a list of ten of the very best novelty apps that the App Store has to offer. Click “more” to see which made the cut!

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Ever wanted to know what you’d look like sporting a few extra chins? Admit it, you’re curious. Well, it’s your lucky day because FatBooth can show you just that and more. Simply take a self-portrait or upload an existing photograph, adjust the markers, and let the app work its magic.

Share your super-sized mug via Facebook or Twitter for extra giggles, or stick it to the refrigerator to discourage you from eating that last slice of chocolate cake. See, novelty apps do have their uses after all!

Price: Free
Developer: PiVi & Co

Cat Piano Concerto

Cat Piano Concerto is quite literally a piano that produces cat noises when played. Featuring ten individual voices, including the rather odd-sounding Asthma Kitty, Cat Piano Concerto will provide you with endless entertainment, and enrage every cat within a few miles radius at the same time.

Not a cat person? Never fear, this completely pointless yet highly amusing app is also available in dog form, too. Woof.

Price: $0.99
Developer: George Talusan

Akinator the Genie

Akinator the Genie can guess the exact character you happen to be thinking about at that particular moment, simply by asking a series of questions. How? I have no idea, but color me impressed!

Characters may be real or fictional, and once Akinator the Genie has guessed correctly, the app will display the number of times that character has been played, along with the option to add a question or picture associated with them.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Elokence

Talking Tom

Talking Tom is a cat that will mimic your every word in a squeaky, high-pitched voice. Annoying? Very, but also strangely addictive. Pet Tom to hear him purr, or poke his stomach and watch him double over in pain.

Additional animations can be unlocked via an in-app purchase, while every move may be recorded to form a short video that can be shared with friends and family via social media or email.

Price: Free
Developer: Out Fit 7 Ltd.

iSwap Faces

Use iSwap Faces to morph one person into another in record time, eliminating the need for expensive editing software. All you have to do is select a photograph, place the two masks, et voilà — your chosen faces have successfully been switched!

iSwap Faces saves images at nine times the iPad’s screen resolution, and will have you trawling Facebook for hours in search of unsuspecting victims to switch and laugh at.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Black Frog Industries LLC

Better Pig Latin

Antway otay erfectpay ouryay Igpay Atinlay? Want to perfect your Pig Latin? Then Better Pig Latin is a must-have. All you have to do is enter your desired text, and Better Pig Latin will translate it into this secret language which can then be shared between friends and family.

Better Pig Latin is free to use, but advanced features such as audio playback can be unlocked for 99 cents, which is a bargain if you ask me, especially when you consider the amount of fun to be had confusing the heck out of people.

Price: Free
Developer: Shane Hatcher

The Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake went viral in February 2013, prompting many people to replicate this famous meme, and spawning several apps in the process.

The Harlem Shake will help you compose a Harlem Shake of your very own in just two takes, complete with slow motion ending. The app itself is free to use, but an in-app purchase of 99 cents is required to save your video, which may be bypassed through visiting affiliate websites.

Price: Free
Developer: HitCents.com, Inc.

Voodoo My Ex

Turn your ex into a virtual voodoo doll with Voodoo My Ex. Select a doll of your choice from the list, give it a name, and then torture it to your heart’s content.

From pins and staples to hot candle wax and rotten tomatoes, there is certainly no shortage of implements with which to inflict pain. You can even share your creation with friends, or maybe even the person your doll is based upon, afterwards.

Price: Free
Developer: Midnight Illusions Ltd.

Pocket Philosopher

Pondering the meaning of life? Consult the Pocket Philosopher, a wise old man with an answer for everything.

Covering topics such as religion, ageing, and other philosophical issues, the Pocket Philosopher will provide you with hours of entertainment, and maybe even teach you a thing or two along the way.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Smashware

9,999,999 Crazy Fortune Cookies

Fortune cookies are now available in virtual form, and while they might not be quite as tasty as their real life counterpart, each one is still jam-packed full of wisdom.

9,999,999 Crazy Fortune Cookies contains exactly that amount cookies, and will keep you in good fortune for many years to come. Simply pull your desired cookie open using two fingers to begin.

Price: Free
Developer: Very Nice App

Harmless Fun

So there we have it — ten novelty apps that are actually worth your time. While they may be unlikely to win any high accolades, each one is entertaining nonetheless. Have we missed out any obvious choices? Drop us a comment and let us know!