It you’ve hosted a party or even just a small gathering of friends, you know that it can be hard to maintain a dynamic atmosphere when there’s a lull in conversation. Sometimes certain groups of people don’t get along, or maybe your guests have run out of topics to discuss. Whatever the case may be, awkward silences and a tangible sense of boredom can ruin a party if you don’t change the pace. Luckily there are plenty of smartphone and tablet apps that can fill an entertainment vacuüm among a group of people. Below are five mobile apps to deploy when parties get in crisis mode.
If you need to insert some humor into the mix, try the photo-altering app Fat Face from Apptures. Fat Face, like the name implies, allows the user to enhance a person’s face to look much fuller than it originally appeared. You could use Fat Face on a rambunctious member of your party to take them down a peg, or use it on yourself to get a healthy laugh from the crowd. It’s a free app, so there’s no reason not to have it in your party arsenal just in case.
Akinator is an app designed as a version of the popular guessing game 20 questions. On the app, Akinator the genie will ask the user a series of questions in an effort to guess what real or fictional person you’re thinking of. As a way of getting other people involved in an activity, Akinator works as a perfect conversation stimulator. I’ve thought of random characters from Count Chocula to Herbert Hoover to Lady Macbeth in an effort to stump Akinator, but the app reads my thoughts every time. You’ll have a blast with your party guests trying to think of a person that could stump the app. Good luck, as I’ve only stumped it a handful of times!
If you’re playing music at your party, you could make use of the revolutionary Soundhound music app. When activated, Soundhound can identify virtually any song you can play to it. Obscure artists that popup on your shuffle or no-name bands on the radio will finally have a name once you subject the music to Soundhound. What’s more, the app can identify songs and artists by the tone and melody that you hum to it. If you friend has a song stuck in their head whose name they can’t seem to remember, have them hum the tune into Soundhound. If your friend has a decent sense of sound, the app will most likely identify the song to the amazement of your guests.
Whether you want to distract someone in your party or please an entire crowd, this app will work for you. The app Djay works like a real DJ set, allowing the user to spin and mix two tracks at the same time in an attempt to make your own signature sound befitting of a dance club. You can either lose yourself in the details of mixing a perfect set of tunes or let the app mix some of your favorite songs automatically. This is definitely a great app if you need to change up the musical landscape of your party.
If you want to flatter your party guests, you could use the photo app Instagram to give them some candid but alluring impromptu portraits. The app has become a sensation in the smartphone community because of the ease with which it allows users to create highly stylized photos in mere seconds. The app allows you to choose from a number of screens to customize your photos, with options ranging from vintage tones to sepia tint. It’s a great way to appease (and encourage) the divas at your party. You won’t be missing your Polaroid camera after you get this app.